here as Evan Harris claims wildly that the Animal Protection Party leaflet
is both "defamatory and inflammatory" and accuses Keith of
attacking people, including constituents of his, this of course is both
"defamatory and inflammatory" and in simple English lies.
He claims he’s reluctant to talk on air about our accusations
so not to give us publicity. Yeah well here it is. He’s protested
on the streets of Oxford for more animal experiments and he’s
proud of it. He’s says that scientists are "entitled"
to do what they do to animals, that its "ethical research, it's
well conducted, it's legitimate." He claims most of what we say
about him is false and untrue. We say he is not equipped to represent
Court documents unsealed as part of a lawsuit against drug giant Pfizer
reveal how drug companies used deception and fear to manipulate women
into taking dangerous hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drugs.
information coming out in litigation helps us understand how a belief
in a 'protective benefit' of estrogens on the heart was able to spread
like wildfire through the medical community," said Jerome L. Avorn
of Harvard Medical School.
which purchased Wyeth in October 2009, is being sued by more than 13,000
people who claim that they developed cancer and other health problems
after taking HRT drugs. The plaintiffs claim that Wyeth knew of these
risks all along, and downplayed them even as it exaggerated the drugs'
A trainer at a US aquatic park was dragged to her death by a killer
whale after her long hair drifted into the animal's mouth, a police
Trainer Dawn Brancheau was lying nose-to-nose with the orca in shallow
water when the incident happened at the SeaWorld park in Florida. She
escaped to the surface briefly but the animal struck her twice more
before she was dragged under again. Ms Brancheau, 40, was killed while
performing with 'Tilikum' in February. The medical examiner ruled that
she died from drowning and traumatic injuries.
SeaWorld employee Lynn Shaber, said the whale, Tilikum, was "a
possessive animal" and she had therefore known Ms Brancheau was
in trouble when she saw her underwater, according to the Orange County
Sheriff's Office report.
normally keeps things that he has and will not release them,"
some cancer with that burger? Eating meat linked to bladder cancer
No one wants cancer
served up with their steak or hamburger. But that's just what you may
be getting. As NaturalNews has previously reported, numerous studies
have linked meat consumption with cancer http://www.naturalnews.com/024966_inflammation_cancer_meat.html
Now comes evidence from scientists at the University of Texas M. D.
Anderson Cancer Center that eating meat frequently, especially meat
that is well done or cooked at high temperatures, significantly raises
the risk of developing bladder cancer.
research cancer findings, recently announced at the American Association
for Cancer Research's 101st Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C.,
indicate that heterocyclic amines (HCAs), substances formed when meat
(including beef, pork, poultry and fish) is cooked at high temperatures,
may be what links meat to malignancies. Earlier research found strong
evidence that 17 types of HCAs contribute to cancer.
Accuses Captain Paul Watson of Obstructing Japanese Whaling Operations:
“Duh, ya think?”
Japan Discovers that Sea Shepherd Obstructs Illegal Whaling Operations
Japan Coast Guard has obtained an arrest warrant for the head of the
anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for allegedly ordering
members of the group to obstruct operations by Japan's whaling fleet,
investigative sources said Friday.
I discovered today that the Japanese Coast Guard has issued an arrest
warrant against myself for ordering my crew to obstruct Japanese whaling
operations in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
It does seem amazing that it has taken five years for the Japanese Coast
Guard to discover that Sea Shepherd volunteers have obstructed illegal
Japanese whaling operations. We’ve only been obstructing whaling
operations since December 2005 and every year we have been more successful
than the year before. This last season we saved the lives of more whales
than the Japanese whalers slaughtered and we cost them tens of millions
You can see
Jim behind Hoey pondering her inablity to defend the indefensible
The Lies the Animal Rights Lobby are Telling about Kate Hoey
By Harry Mount Politics
I bumped into the Labour MP Kate Hoey yesterday, canvassing in her Vauxhall
constituency, and had a very jolly chat with her.
She didn’t mind that I don’t live in her constituency –
and so my vote couldn’t help her. Instead she happily munched
away on a Creme Egg (no effect on her whippet-thin figure, smartly wrapped
in a pink linen dress, it seemed), and gave me the inside view on her
The animal rights lobby have been running a ferocious campaign against
Hoey, because she’s the Chairman of the Countryside Alliance,
and supports hunting.
There are quite a lot of foxes in Vauxhall, but no foxhounds, and no
pink coats, but that doesn’t matter to the animal rights lot.
They’re going round, blackening her name and saying, among other
things, that she takes £5,000 a year from this newspaper (which,
because it also supports hunting, becomes wicked by default). Actually
she hasn’t written for a while for the Telegraph and - much as
she likes writing for the paper, she told me, and believes herself perfectly
well-paid – she’s never earned anything like that sum. There’s
no point in her going to the libel courts, and giving the animal rights
lobby more publicity, and so she must let the lies stand, where she
can’t counter them in door-to-door canvassing.
Dem MP for Oxford West, Dr Evan Harris, has this week become the subject
of an angry leaflet campaign, aimed to deter constituents from voting
Harris has been branded "Dr Death" due to his support for
voluntary euthanasia and the removal of some restrictions on abortion.
leaflet was from anonymous "concerned constituents in Oxford West
and Abingdon". The other was issued by Keith Mann, from the Animal
Protection Party, who is running against Dr Harris. It said, "Harris
is the most vocal supporter of Oxford University's secret animal research
programmes. Here researchers attack the brains of monkey's [sic] in
order to replicate the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease."
Harris admitted that he was worried for his seat, in what has become
a marginal constituency after recent boundary changes.
well have we stirred one up! Working on the principle that our society
needs to extend its compassion to all living beings and that the enemy
of our enemy is our friend, we set about exposing Big Pharma apologist
Dr Evan Harris with a view to losing him his power base in Oxford. You
can see what Harris represents here
for anyone who hasn’t yet digested this character.
have leafleted the entire population in this area and rallied other
groups who have issues with Harris. Harris, a bully, claims to be an
“extremist for free speech” and not surprisingly labels
those who defend animal rights as ‘terrorists’ and ‘extremists’.
But when the tables are turned he isn’t so cocky.
have joined up the dots on his links to our ill-health, to dangerous
drugs and some quite horrific animal abuse and we have set about losing
him his seat in Parliament. So what does he do in response to us utilising
the ballot box? He calls in the police! See here.
He claims he needs protection but what exactly does he need protecting
truth would seem to be something of an issue for the unpleasant Evan
Harris. One issue his predominantly Christian voters don’t approve
of is his view on abortion and his desire to liberalise the process.
We have highlighted his enthusiasm for extending the time limit on abortion
beyond the seemingly arbitrary 24-week time limit of today.
I find it quite abhorrent that a child of that age can be legally killed,
but it doesn’t shock me having seen what goes on inside the animal
labs where age is no barrier to savagery. My best friend was born premature,
uncomfortably close to this ‘cut off point’ but she is my
world. She is a beacon of light for our species and is here for a reason.
Harris is rattled by the attention he is now getting as he seeks another
5 years of bringing forth the darkness and is doing what they all do
when having to defend the indefensible - he is failing miserably.
told BBC Radio Oxford today (29/4/10) that he is not happy and claims
we have defamed him in our leaflets, although he was reluctant to be
specific about exactly what it is he claims we are mistaken about. Jonathan
Djangoly in Huntingdon is equally unhappy with our campaign there and
reckons his solicitor is involved, but more on him later. Kate Hoey
is blowing the same hot air. Our response: BRING IT ON.
talk about the disgusting cruelty and fraudulent science you defend,
let’s look at a 24-week old baby and discuss its future and allow
us to analyse the fluoride and the vaccinations. That’s what we
are here to do.
now claims he is not seeking to extend the abortion time limit and that
we have lied about him. Earlier this week, before we set out our stall,
you could go to Dr Death’s Lib Dem website and read in his own
words how it was
time that applications were made to carry out the research”
on “clinical grounds for abortion for foetal abnormality after
24 weeks.” here
also welcomes “the current consensus view that foetal pain
was very unlikely before 26 weeks and that this was not in any event
relevant to abortion law reform.”
you do a Yahoo search for Evan Harris Abortion
and try to follow the links to the evanharris.libdems.org.uk
abortion stories, which were linked to his page before
we arrived in Oxford, you will find these have been removed from view
in apparent haste and replaced with something quite unrelated. here
links do still have some of the original stories for now but we have
them all saved anyway. Might one assume they have been hidden by someone?
What is clear is that we have him running from the truth. The information
that he is now trying to hide is still publicly available for all to
that Harris is denying what we say the conclusion seems foregone. How
can we trust anything he has to say when he confidently states his opinions
one minute and then the next is trying to cover them up?
an Oxford Mail story on the 24th 'Animal Rights election candidate
served time for arson' had attracted a string of comments and it
was clear the debate was going in the wrong direction - from arson onto
vivisection. Two days and many comments later all existing contributions
and the right to add more were taken away.
have nothing to hide and a great deal to expose and will be hitting
Oxford on Saturday May 1st to drive home our message that Harris must
go. He is just the beginning of the clean up. It’s hanging in
the balance for the Dr of Death and over to us to tip it.
Animal experimentation: Mice cured of cancer...but there's still hardly
any medication available for humans after years of animal tests.
British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) does not share
the view of Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam on non-human
tests as reported in The Malay Mail on April 26, 'Malacca still mulling
over animal test lab plan'. We do not believe that animals are here
to be exploited by human beings. The fact these creatures will be subjected
to experimentation or testing of drugs is unequivocal proof they will
be treated cruelly — by any common definition of the word. Moreover,
contrary to what the Chief Minister states, people campaigning on animal
protection issues are usually vegetarian and often vegan.
is opposed to the construction of an animal testing facility in Malacca
for both ethical considerations and the lack of scientific validity
of using animals in research. Its Chief Minister wrongly believes that
animal experiments play a major role in curing major human diseases,
but the facts speak for themselves. For example, not one of the 85 or
more AIDS vaccines tested successfully' on primates had worked in human
Over 1,000 potential neuroprotective stroke treatments have been tested
in animal 'models' but none of the 150 that progressed to human trials
has proved successful. A former director of the US National Cancer Institute
once remarked: "The history of cancer research has been the history
of curing cancer in the mouse. We have cured mice of cancer for decades
and it simply didn’t work in human beings."
Oxford MP Evan Harris went crawling to the police to seek protection
from the truth as the Animal Protection Party election campaign closes
in. The Oxford West MP told a local media he had asked police for advice
about protection from his most vocal opponents in this election.
is he afraid of now if it isn’t the truth? One minute they’re
telling me how to protest and assuring me the way ahead is via the ballot
box. I’m now out there on the streets collecting up Evan Harris’s
votes and advising residents of the threat he poses and he is running
scared! And all the media can talk of are my past efforts to raise human
consciousness (and a few meat lorries).
spent valuable time informing the Oxford Mail of the damage being done
to animals of all species inside those freakish laboratories and the
failings of the research, I told them of the damage being done to our
children through the use of ill-conceived, inadequately tested vaccination
concoctions that are packed with aluminium and mercury, animal and DNA
and pig viruses. I told them of the damage wrought by fluoride in a
water supply and of Evan Harris’ desire to create human-animal
hybrid beings to experiment on. And what do they ‘reveal’
to the people of Oxford? That I have spent time in prison in the 1990’s!
This is investigative journalism at it’s best! Remember the media
version of the Morrissey Oxford Lab Threat story we reported on: link.
What we are getting is far from ‘the news’, which is why
we are an the streets with our information.
past will follow me around because it’s a suitable distraction
and quite interesting, but it isn’t revealing or newsworthy. I
have nothing to hide or to fear but the same cannot be said of the delightful
Dr Death. We must form a protective barrier of concerned citizens around
the likes of Evan Harris to ensure the nasty agenda they promote is
suppressed by compassion.
animal testing laboratory to be built in Leicester
£15m laboratory which will be used for testing drugs on animals
is being built in Leicester.
University of Leicester is building the laboratory on a car park behind
the fire station in Lancaster Road, on the edge of its city campus.
chiefs said work there would involve carrying out "vital"
tests on mice and rats in an effort to find new treatments for cancer,
heart disease, meningitis, diabetes and kidney disease in humans.
rights activists said they were disturbed by the plans, and said they
were considering holding a protest march at the site within months.
National Anti-Vivisection Alliance (NAVA) said it believed beagle dogs,
which are commonly used in animal testing, as well as rodents would
be used for tests at the laboratory.
Anglican priest’s leaflet campaign about Oxford West and Abingdon
candidate Evan Harris has been condemned by the politician as an ‘inaccurate
personal attack’. About
10,000 leaflets have been distributed which make claims about Dr Harris’s
stance on abortion and euthanasia and his views on religion.
Dr Harris, Liberal Democrat MP for the area since 1997, said the material
was based on a distorted view of his voting record and contained personal
abuse. He spoke out as it emerged the leaflet’s author, Lynda
Rose, had complained to police after receiving abusive phone calls following
the distribution of the A4 sheets.
leaflet claims Dr Harris promotes liberalising the law on abortion and
embryo research and claims he is ‘one of the most out-spoken secularists
in Parliament’. The
leaflet also claims he has been reported as having the nickname ‘Dr
Death’ in Westminster.
death label for local mp 29/4/10 read
dr death cover up exposed 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part four 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part three 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part two 29/4/10 read
allies against the enemy part one 29/4/10 read
app world day election speech 28/4/10 watch
oxford mp running scared 26/4/10 read
Elections are not as a rule anything to get excited about but we are
executing a plan to improve things! With the election looming the Animal
Protection Party is in the process of distributing over half a million
leaflets to homes in our four target areas, Huntingdon, Oxford, Wickham
and Vauxhall. We are standing candidates in these key constituencies
not to reach for a slice of the power pie but so we can take some of
that power from the bad guys. This is a positive campaign. We have no
manifesto, we have no policies but we have issues. Keith Mann is standing
in Oxford against the vile Evan Harris, Sarah Coats is standing in Wickham,
Carrie Holliman in Huntingdon against Jonathan Djangoly and Jim Kapetanos
in Vauxhall against Kate Hoey.
home in these areas will get our leaflets through their letterbox explaining,
for example, of the horrors befalling 500 animals each day in the name
of product testing at their local Huntingdon Life Sciences and the MP's
role in this. We have activists on the streets and are knocking on doors.
In just four weeks we hope to get our message out to over one million
people who happen to be in key campaign areas. This in itself is a significant
achievement but it needn’t end there. The potential remains for
us to unseat one or more of these characters and send a strong message
to others like them who defend the indefensible.
election process dictates that potential candidates need 10 local residents
to sponsor them. In each of these constituencies by knocking on doors
and telling residents that we are standing in their area to unseat their
current MP we have gathered the names we needed in a single street.
Think about that. Ten random members of the public in Huntingdon have
given their full backing and their personal details to APP activists
who'd knocked on their door. And Oxford and Wickham and Vauxhall. Most
of what most people hear about people who care for animals is that they’re
extremists but when they hear it from the horse’s mouth, so to
speak, it doesn’t sound quite the same. We believe that compassion
is at the core of our society however much human behaviour is manipulated
and in four years time we aim to do this on a much greater scale.
you can help leafleting in any of these areas any time in the next few
weeks or can help fund this effort please check in and help us inform
as many people as possible of what we are trying to do and why.
Miss Coats lives in Portsmouth and is an administrator for a recycling
She was educated at Havant College and is standing for the new Animal
Protection Party, which says it exists 'not to reach for a slice of
power pie, but so we can take some of that power from the bad guys.
This is a positive campaign. We have no manifesto, we have no policies,
but we are determined to make a point.'
Coats said: 'I believe people and animals should have the same rights
to live without pain. We want to give attention to what is happening
at Wickham Laboratory, and other similar labs.
Wickham they are testing botox on animals and we think it's wrong to
make animals suffer for cosmetic reasons.
will be talking to people on the street, handing out leaflets and getting
people talking about this. It's a terrible thing and it deserves to
be in the public eye.'
Dr Evan Harris has been nicknamed Dr Death by some of his fellow
MPs because of his enthusiasm for voluntary euthanasia and for extending
the time limit on abortions.
also advocated the use ‘Frankenstein’ hybrid human/animal
embryos for research.
is the most vocal supporter of Oxford University’s secret
animal research programmes. Here researchers attack the brain of
monkey’s in order to replicate the symptoms of Parkinson’s
Disease. To most thinking people this is nothing short of idiotic
and can never reveal a cure for this devastating, uniquely human
also wants to remove our right to refuse mass fluoridation of our
water supply. Fluoride is a waste product of the aluminium industry
and is linked to a variety of diseases.
speaks out for the forced vaccination of children and defends drug
companies who kill and maim people. The triple whammy MMR he especially
favours has been linked to autism in 5000 children in the US alone.
Harris has worked feverishly to ridicule and destroy anyone who
dares to question the use of these bizarre concoctions in our children.
is heavily involved with ‘Sense About Science’ a pseudo
charity which is actually a front for big pharma interests. Harris
criticises alternative (non Pharma) treatments such as homeopathy,
he is funded by numerous bio tech interest including GSK, Pfizer,
BP, Astra Zenica, the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry.
Death is an aggressive secularist, serving on the council of the
‘National Secular Society’ and attacking anyone (particularly
Christians) who allow their faith to challenge his views.
delightful Dr Harris has been exposed for spending thousands doing
up his taxpayer-funded second home then selling it to his parents
for a tidy profit. Claiming over £147,000 he rated 120 out
of 646 MPs, and was only £40,000 behind the MP who claimed
the most money.
is heavily backed by ‘Sense About Science’. This lobby
group is made up of Big Pharma interests and attacks alternative
medicine and promotes GM crops. SAS is a spin-off of a bizarre political
network that launched ‘Living Marxism’ in the late eighties
and campaigned against, among other things, banning child pornography.
police detective John Madigan involved in investigating animal rights
extremism in the UK took the witness stand on Monday of the sixth week
in court. He told the court that there had been no contact between activists
he has investigated in the UK and the Austrian defendants. He also informed
the court that none of the Austrian defendants were in the UK at the
time of any of the relevant crimes. This prompted defence lawyers to
question the relevance of this particular witness.
presence as a witness became clear as Dr Martin Balluch told the court
that he had lived in the UK until 1997. At this, the English detective
suddenly announced that Balluch had a previous conviction from 1993.
The conviction was a conditional fine. Following questioning from the
defence it transpired that this conviction is a spent conviction and
as such is not only no longer legally relevant but it is also not permitted
to bring this conviction up in court. In response to this sneaky move
by the prosecution Balluch told the judge that this conviction had resulted
from an action where civil disobedience had been used in order to prevent
the shooting of grouse.
English detective went on to talk of police attempting to track down
Dr Balluch in 1997 in connection with damage to a dog kennel. When asked
in more detail about this the detective admitted that the files had
been destroyed and that he was only aware of the matter because he had
seen a memo about it on the police computer. Later during questioning
Madigan confirmed that the investigation had been discontinued.
what the SHAC campaign had to do with Austria Madigan answered that
he only had the report of 4 demonstrations in February 2006 from the
SHAC website. The Judge wanted to know if any offences had been committed
in connection with these demonstrations.
G. Komen for the Cure has now crossed the line into asinine idiocy thanks
to its new alliance with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets
of fried chicken are sold under the slogan, "Buckets for the Cure."
I'm not making this up.
idea that buying fried chicken is actually going to cure cancer is one
of the most utterly idiotic health ideas yet witnessed in American pop
culture. Komen for the Cure is so far gone from reality that the organization
apparently doesn't even think twice about suggesting such an absurd
idea. Eat more fried chicken, folks, and then what? Loading up on that
kind of a diet is more likely to cause you to kick the bucket than to
find a cure for cancer.
Does fried chicken actually promote cancer?
Fried chicken, you see, is coated in starches. The recipe for the KFC
chicken batter is basically flour, sugar, salt, black pepper and monosodium
glutamate (MSG). All by itself, this is a recipe for chronic degenerative
disease because the flour and sugar are highly processed, and the MSG
is an excitotoxin that Dr. Russell Blaylock links to obesity, cancer
and neurological disorders. And the chicken meat itself? That's another
cruel story on top of that (read more below).
you fry starches at high temperatures, you also create acrylamides,
toxic chemical by-products of cooking that are believed by many health
experts to promote cancer http://www.naturalnews.com/acrylamides.html
One scientific study, for example, demonstrated that eating acrylamides
boosts kidney cancer rates by 59 percent. Acrylamides are also linked
to ovarian cancer.
A judge has rejected a legal challenge to the assembly government's
decision to cull badgers in part of south west Wales
Animal charity the Badger Trust applied to the High Court for a judicial
review of the planned cull, which aims to combat bovine TB infection.
The cull area would cover north Pembrokeshire, and a small part of Ceredigion
and Carmarthenshire. Justice Lloyd Jones said the Welsh Assembly Government's
order was lawful.
The cull is expected to take place over the next few months. Rural Affairs
Minister Elin Jones said previously that bovine TB was out of control,
and last year cost the taxpayer nearly £24m in compensating farmers.
She said cattle and badgers were the main sources of the disease and,
to eradicate bovine TB, the disease had to be tackled in both species.
Effect on cattle
There would also be stricter cattle control measures in the cull area.
Opponents say it has not been proved that a cull of badgers would significantly
contribute to the eradication of bovine TB. Justice Lloyd Jones heard
two days of submissions during a hearing in Swansea last month. The
assembly government's barrister Timothy Corner QC said there was no
dispute about the significance of bovine TB and the effect on cattle.
He argued there was a lack of evidence for vaccinating badgers and it
had not been qualified scientifically. The Badger Trust's barrister
David Wolfe said there seemed to be a different approach to pushing
forward with the cull in Pembrokeshire while possibly vaccinating in
other parts of Wales at a later date. He also questioned whether the
minister had made her decision based on all the facts and all the scientific
Newcastle University in desperate attempt to avoid disclosing details
on monkey research
BUAV has lodged an appeal with the Information Tribunal following last-ditch
moves by Newcastle University to avoid releasing information about primate
research, under freedom of information legislation. The university has
made the extraordinary claim that its animal researchers do not need
to have their official licence available when experimenting on animals.
licences, issued by the Home Office under the Animals (Scientific Procedures)
Act 1986 (ASPA), are long and highly technical documents, setting out
precisely what can be done to animals, what steps must be taken to keep
suffering down, when animals can be re-used, when they must be killed
and so forth. It is a criminal offence to carry out unauthorised experiments.
University initially admitted that it did have the two licences in question
but later claimed to the Information Commissioner that it did not, despite
sending him copies of them! The university’s argument was that
only the official vet, an university employee, had access to the licences,
and that the researchers themselves did not need to; nor, it seems,
did the senior employee with overall responsibility for animal experiments
there or the animal care officer with day-to-day responsibility for
the animals. In effect, the university is trying to wash its hands of
responsibility for animal experiments carried out on its premises, by
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a schoolboy, I hated biology for one reason: dissection. I found the
smells and sights so repulsive that I vowed to give the subject up,
which I did.
Today, like so many people, my head rules my heart when it comes to
vivisection. It disgusts me, yet I am convinced that animal experiments
have an important role in medical research – unlike the extremists
who have threatened children, disinterred relatives and resorted to
fire bombs and death threats to bring them to an end.
I had always assumed that any scientist prepared to endure such opprobrium,
and to wade through the red tape that accompanies animal experiments,
would make sure that the quality of the work was high enough to make
it all worthwhile. But it is with a mounting sense of disbelief that
in recent months I have seen evidence that much animal research is biased
A few days ago, in New Scientist, we reported a study by Dr Malcolm
Macleod, a neurologist at the University of Edinburgh, who analysed
animal studies in stroke medicine. Having reviewed more than 1,300 experiments
in 525 papers, his team estimated that one in six animal research studies
is never published, most likely because they described boring or neutral
Statistical analysis suggested that this total did not include another
200 unpublished trials, which failed to show that a new treatment had
any beneficial effect: a bias that could mean that we exaggerate the
benefits of new drugs by up to 30 per cent.
whalers blame Sea Shepherd for smallest catch in years
of ships returns home with 507 whales, short of 935 target, and says
conservation group sabotaged hunt
Ady Gil with signs of damage after a confrontation with the Nisshin
INC PIC Maru in Australia's Antarctic waters. Photograph: Sea Shepherd
whaling ships have returned from the Southern Ocean with their smallest
catch in years, prompting the fleet's leader to blame harassment by
the Sea Shepherd marine conservation group for the shortfall.
Nisshin Maru, the fleet's mother ship, returned to Tokyo harbour yesterday
with just 507 whales, a little over half the target catch of 935, according
to the fisheries agency. The haul of minke whales and a single finback
was well down on last year's catch of 680.
fleet said Sea Shepherd's attempts to sabotage the hunt had deprived
it of 31 days' whaling.
Zealand Open Rescue have produced a new video about the campaign against
pig factory farming in our country. The video includes footage from
pig farms all over New Zealand, the recent rescue of two gorgeous piglets
and a sum up of the political situation here in NZ re: pig farming practices.
a week's break for Easter this week saw two days in court with the further
questioning of 13th defendant Harald Balluch, VGT's office manager and
on the following day Bettina Bogner, the head of the special commission
responsible for the police investigations
ever, it was difficult to find any criminal connection to what the 13th
defendant had to say and, again, as usual, questioning was based around
typical NGO work and email content. Much court time was taken up by
a dog called Otto and whether taking him for a walk provides evidence
of a criminal organisation – more about Otto below!
the international protest
massive protest website is now up and running, giving people the chance
to send protest emails to the Austrian political party leaders. The
website has been translated into over 20 languages allowing people from
all over the world to read in detail about this extraordinary trial. http://www.shameonaustria.org
the judge really unbiased?
important feature of this trial is that there is no jury, the verdict
depends upon one person alone: The independent judge. The interest in
her neutrality is therefore perfectly understandable. Just how independent
is she? The consensus among court observers is certainly that she is
not independent, they say that this is clear in her behaviour towards
the defendants. This week alone she told the defendants to shut their
mouths as they pointed out that Bettina Bogner was reading from prepared
papers in answer to questions put to her, whereas this was something
that the judge had ordered the defendants not to do.
We have many examples of pointless experiments carried out at HLS, but
the ones we feature here are amongst the most striking. Remember every
drug or product that is withdrawn because of serious side effects, every
pesticide that proves to be carcinogenic, every stupid 'new and improved'
household product that we don't need, Huntingdon will have forced that
product down the throats of thousands of animals and then passed it
safe just for it later to go on to maim, harm and kill humans.
In 2009, a Japanese company paid HLS to use and kill 4-week-old rats
in a study to test the effects of suguki (a traditional, fermented Japenese
vegetable) on the body of humans. This is despite the vegetable having
been consumed safely by the Japanese population for well over 1,000
years - something they point out in their own research paper!
rats were force fed a strain of the vegetable by 'oral gavage' - the
scientific way of saying a tube was forced down the animals' throat
and the substance pumped directly into their stomachs. Later, the rats
were killed and dissected to see what effect it had on the body. Naturally,
and unsurprisingly, there was "no clear treatment-related effect
and no significant toxicological effect" from the vegetable.
Death Of The Internet: Unprecedented Censorship Bill Passes
process used to rush through draconian legislation as a pitiful handful
of MPs attend debate
A draconian Internet censorship bill that has been long looming on the
horizon finally passed
the house of commons in the UK yesterday, legislating for government
powers to restrict and filter any website that is deemed to be undesirable
for public consumption.
Economy Bill” was rushed through parliament in a late night
session last night after a third reading. In the wake of the announcement
of a general election on May 6, the government has taken advantage of
what is known as the “wash-up process”, allowing the legislative
process to be speeded up between an election being called and Parliament
being dissolved. Only a pitiful handful of MPs were present to debate
the bill, which was fully supported by the “opposition”
Conservative party, and passed by 189 votes to 47 keeping the majority
of its original clauses intact.
lawsuit filed last week accuses Johnson & Johnson of conspiring
with pharmaceutical consultant Omnicare in an effort to push J&J
drugs on nursing home residents, and violating federal Medicaid laws
in the process.
As a result of the scheme, "residents were overcharged for their
medications, had additional medications administered and were unlawfully
switched to Johnson & Johnson drugs," all in the name of increasing
revenue, according to the lawsuit.
The suit, filed in federal court in California, says Omnicare -- which
"occupies a 'dual' role of a dispensing pharmacy and consulting
pharmacy" -- gave certain J&J drugs "elevated status as
the default drug of choice" for thousands of nursing home patients.
J&J allegedly gave Omnicare "performance rebates" -- essentially
kickbacks -- in return for its services. This arrangement was memorialized
in a 1997 "Supply Agreement" between the two companies, the
The agreement provided that the two companies would "meet quarterly
to review their joint 'business plan' and 'performance goals,'"
and came up with a novel way to deal with the performance-rebates: they
would be treated as year-end bonuses.
The drugs allegedly targeted for promotion under the agreement included
Floxin, Levaquin, Risperdal, Ultram, Duragesic, Procrit, and Aciphex.
The suit contends that under the agreement, J&J paid to have its
drugs labeled as "preferred" -- a status that Omnicare purportedly
confers on drugs that receive high marks "for their clinical effectiveness
in the geriatric community."
Trainer's Autopsy Report Indicates Tilly Wasn't Playing
a judge ruled that the video footage showing Tilly the orca attacking
SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau won’t be made public, Brancheau’s
autopsy report was released recently--and it sure doesn’t sound
like Tilly was playing when he grabbed her by the ponytail and pulled
her under water.
According to the six-page report, Brancheau's left arm and part of her
scalp were ripped off, she suffered spinal cord injuries, her ribs were
broken, as were bones in her legs, arms, and face, she had bruises and
cuts all over her body, and, ultimately, she was drowned.
This sounds more like an act of rage than an attempt at “play”
gone wrong. As PETA President Ingrid Newkirk says, “These were
not love bites, but the vented fury of an angry and frustrated being
who has been deprived of everything in life: family, friends, freedom—all
for the sake of human profit and a few giggles.”
Orcas may not have the same sense of revenge that humans do—and
Tilly may not have premeditated the attack—but it’s not
unusual for animals in circuses, zoos, travelling exhibits, and amusement
parks to injure or kill the people who deprive them of everything that
is natural and important to them. And can you really blame them?
new film http://www.captiveanimals.org/news/2010/circusvideo.html
by CAPS exposing the cruelty of animal circuses has been narrated by
Nicholas Ball, famous for his hard man acting roles in East Enders and
Footballers' Wives. Nicholas showed he had a real heart when it comes
to animal suffering and was keen to help CAPS get the message out that
people should not visit circuses with animals.
make the film CAPS went undercover and under the canvas of the Big Top
to record the confinement, restrictions and training of animals in UK
CAPS investigator working at a major UK circus filmed elephants chained
for 11 hours a day, animals being put through their paces in the secretive
training ring and an elephant repeatedly jabbed with a metal stick to
make her perform.
CAPS investigators documented the confinement of tigers in cages, transportation
of animals and the meaningless tricks they are forced to perform for
a paying audience.
video is being launched to coincide with World Circus Day on 17 April.
WCD is an industry initiative to promote circus-related events. CAPS
recognises circuses as an important form of entertainment but rejects
the use of animals for ethical reasons http://www.captiveanimals.org/news/2008/ethics.html
dying horses, BBC told, as Aintree faces legal action
Annual Grand National 'carnage' covered up in bid to sell television
footage overseas, say campaigners
The BBC has been urged to show the deaths of any racehorses when they
broadcast the Grand National meeting at Aintree, which starts this week.
Activists claim a television "cover-up" is helping to perpetuate
a "national disgrace". The organisers of Britain's biggest
race day have also been threatened with legal action if any horses are
killed or injured during this year's race.
Campaign group Animal Aid has accused the BBC of "concealment and
a negation of basic journalistic standards" by, it says, barely
mentioning the deaths of five horses at last year's meeting. In a letter
to Barbara Slater, director of BBC sport, it claimed the broadcaster
is "fashioning a dishonest, sanitised picture" to maximise
overseas sales of footage.
The accusation came as the group launched a publicity drive to get people
to stop betting on the race. It plans protests at Aintree course, where
a 40-strong field takes on 30 fences over a gruelling 4.5 mile course
Five were killed at last year's Grand National meeting – the highest
since 1997. During the past decade, 30 horses have died and many others
injured at the event. The campaigners say that more than 500 horses
have died on British racecourses since March 2007.
Campaigners claim that race organisers could be in breach of the law,
and are threatening legal action.
with the industry, a controversial marine mammal trainer has decided
to set his last 17 dolphins free.
Chris Porter trained Tilikum, the orca responsible for the death of
his SeaWorld trainer last month, when he was living at Sealand of the
Pacific in Canada. He says it was the death of veteran whale trainer
Dawn Brancheau, 40, at SeaWorld in Orlando that prompted the change
of heart. “I have been decided to release the remaining animals
back into the wild,” Porter told the Vancouver Sun. Porter owns
a lucrative business, capturing animals in the Solomon Islands and selling
them to aquariums. He has sold 83 dolphins around the world over the
last nine years.
gathered in David Jentsch's neighborhood to educate his neighbors as
to what he uses their tax money for, and to reveal him for the evil
monster that he is. (See YouTube video to view portions of the picket
by clicking here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_crqilitII
David Jentsch is a sick, perverted, primate vivisector who addicts primates
to Crystal Meth and other terrible drugs like PCP. In one of his experiments,
he attempts to create "human schizophrenia" in vervet monkeys
by addicting primates to the monstrous drug phencyclidine (PCP), making
them psychotic. Jentsch forces non-human primates to perform tests while
receiving chronic and heavy doses of PCP. He states, "The effects
of these drugs will be assessed in vivo using a tracer and microPET."
Then he kills the primates and takes measurements of their brain dopamine
Primates do not use street drugs, nor do they develop "human schizophrenia",
nor can they describe what they are feeling to the experimenter. But
for the blood money he receives off the pain, misery and death of these
primates, Jentsch continues to perform these evil experiments. Imagine
primates purposefully addicted to a monstrous drug like PCP in order
to make them psychotic so that Jentsch can study “human”
schizophrenia. James David Jentsch is truly one of the most evil individuals
in the entire world. Jentsch, like the other primate vivisectors at
UCLA, has the blood and misery of primates dripping from his hands.
Next on the hit parade was Edythe London (she actually looks a lot like
Cruella DeVille from the movie, 101 Dalmatians, but she tortures primates
to death, not Dalmatians...
Liberation Front Delivers Incendiary Devices to Four Utah Vivisectors
Dedicated to Jailed Animal Liberationist Prisoners
Salt Lake City, UT: In an anonymous communique received by the Press
Office yesterday, the Animal Liberation Front claims to have placed
incendiary devices at the homes of four University of Utah vivisectors,
as well as vandalizing their homes and nearby vehicles. Robert H. Lane,
Jennifer Ichida, Allesandra Angelucci and Paul Bressloff are known to
utilize animals from local shelters, as well as non-human primates in
their experiments. Angelucci and Bressloff reside at the same residence.
The communique describes placement of "cocktails" on each
vivisectors doorstep, presumably referring to Molotov Cocktails, simple
devices designed to ignite nearby combustible materials. It is unknown
whether the devices actually detonated or caused significant damage
to the homes.
Video cameras captured footage at both facilities in late February 2010.
What is happening to our horses in these plants is horrible beyond words.
The footage is difficult to view, as they contain images of horses meeting
their end at the barrel of a gun. Those fortunate enough to go down
quickly are spared the suffering of many that do not meet their end
so quickly or painlessly. If you find it hard to watch the footage,
there are also footage indexes that you can read instead.
From Nicholas H. Dodman, D.V.M., one of the world's most noted and celebrated
veterinary behaviourists, a founding member of Veterinarians for Equine
Welfare and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Professor
“Noise, blood and suffering is what you get at the Bouvry
equine slaughter plant: Horses kicking after they have been shot...
Sheffield & Leeds Sabs January – March 2010 Report
Another busy few months of sabbing
hares, and our group alike had a few days off from the sickening display
of violence and stupidity that is hunting this December and January.
Divine intervention, in the form of snow, ice and frost meant that many
hunts cancelled several meets.
were out again on January 16th and had a go at finding some much overlooked
beagles, without success. So we decided to call in late on the Badsworth
& Bramham Moor hunt. The hunt, who on this occasion totaled only
10 or so riders and about 10 supporters, took one look at us, changed
course and headed straight back to their meet!
helped Cumbria Sabs with a Monday visit to the Ullswater hunt on Jan
25th. This hunt had not been sabbed for 20 years due to their violent
reputation, but on sight of around 15 sabs, they decided to run, and
hide in the car park of an agricultural college - all day. Result!
visited the Quorn hunt for the first time in 5 or more years, with Merseyside
Sabs at the end of Jan. They too took one look at us and packed up immediately,
claiming the weather wasn’t suitable for hunting! With some sabs
escorting the Quorn back to their kennels, others went on to the nearby
Meynell & South Staffs hunt. At the Meynell a fox was seen by sabs
and hunt staff in the same field as the hounds, but due to our presence,
the huntsman hunted the hounds along the foxes’ scent, in the
opposite direction, leaving the fox to run free. Later in the day we
saw hunt staff again taking action to ensure the hounds didn’t
hunt in front of our cameras. We know that this hunt (like all the others),
kills foxes when left to their own devices.
Feb 6th we paid a visit to the South Wold hunt, who had not...
Following an appeal
court judgement on the unsafe conviction of animal rights campaigner
Mel Broughton, he was this week moved from the far north of England
where he was serving 10 years for offences he always denied committing
back to HMP Oxford from where he was granted bail pending a further
trial, the third. What the media are not saying much about in their
‘animal rights fire bomb conviction’ stories is that not
only has Mel been in custody since December 2007 but the jury in Mel’s
trial was mislead by the judge and that the forensic evidence was worthless.
Perhaps most newsworthy of all is that the very police who visited this
event upon Mel Broughton were caught recording themselves plotting to
do such a thing in the months before his arrest. Conspiring to get him
out of the way by harassing him! The police. More to come from this
open news source shortly.
Trial: Notes from Week Three and Four
Questioning of Jürgen Faulmann, Chris Moser, Elmar Völkl
and David Richter. Refusal to cooperate from other defendants
At the time of his arrest Faulmann was head of international campaigns
for the Austrian animal welfare organisation Four Paws. Faulmann explained
at length how Four Paws uses the same strategies and has the same campaigns
and target companies as VGT. Wherever the prosecution has tried to argue
that VGT activities support the supposed criminal organisation, the
same can be said of Four Paws, he told the judge. The fact that Four
Paws has been omitted from police investigations points to the destruction
of VGT being the prosecution's aim.
Faulmann is charged with liberating pigs and also for animal cruelty
in connection with their liberation as the prosecution claim that 3
pigs died as a consequence of their liberation. An independent examination
of the dead pigs showed however that the pigs were already dead before
the liberation took place. Police tracking of Faulmann's mobile phone
does place him near the farm on that day, however, only in the afternoon
and very briefly. The liberation had taken place in the night, though,
when the tracking of his mobile showed him to be at home. Faulmann explained
to the judge that he was with a number of friends on a 5 hour long bicycle
tour around his home, which explained his presence. Faulmann and his
lawyer argued that if the police would behave as they were legally obliged
to then they would include exonerating evidence in the files and it
would become clear through the police surveillance records that Faulmann
had not released the animals. Faulmann said while he sympathised with
the release of the pigs it was not something he would have done because
the farmer simply had rounded them up again.
Chris Moser was mostly questioned by the judge about his art and the
motivation behind it.....
As fur protesters
and avid animal lovers Isaac Peter and Michael Lawson stood chanting
anti-fur slogans on the sidewalk outside of Ribnick's Furs in downtown
Minneapolis on March 2, neither expected to be spending their evening
undergoing booking at the Hennepin County jail. They had been protesting
in the same location, using the same chants for over 5 months -- why
would March 2 be any different? Officers (including sargents) had often
assuring them "You can chant as much as you want, scream to the
top of your lungs for all I care, just don't block the sidewalks".
But (date of arrest) took a turn for the worst; when two Minneapolis
police officers who Peter and Lawson had never seen before arrived on
the scene, entering into the storefront without attempting to engage
in dialogue with either protester.
After speaking with
owner Bill Ribnick, they exited, informing both protesters they were
being charged with disorderly conduct for being "too loud".
Both protesters attempted to tell the officers of the circumstances,
and that previous officers had given them assurance that they were acting
within their rights. The male officer's response was immediately that
he "wasn't interested". Peter and Lawson were taken to the
Hennepin County jail until bail was posted. When it came time for their
arraignment, it became clear that this was not an ordinary "disorderly
conduct" charge. Bill Ribnick, owner of Ribnick's Furs –
who was not even a party to this case -- was in attendance with a very
expensive and affluent attorney by his side, talking with a city prosecutor,
as she hugged him and gave him her condolences.
In a disgusting
attempt to curb free speech, and a ...
the unholy and enigmatic alliances between lobbyists, insurance companies
and their friends in Congress are responsible in large part for the
unsettling vicissitudes of health care reform, Big Pharma must surely
share in the blame game as well.
No doubt we have all been beneficiaries of research and development,
which has led to major breakthroughs in all fields of medicine. We are
living longer and, some would argue, healthier lives as a result of
medications that forestall the damage due to age-related illness and
self-neglect, or bail us out of situations that would have knocked off
But these days Big Pharma is throwing billions of dollars into marketing
drugs that really don't do anything new or exciting. In a disturbing
trend, pharmaceutical companies are in the business of manufacturing
a diagnosis to their drug, rather than working on a new drug for an
existing condition. From a physician's point of view, we're seeing resources
shifting from the development of important new drugs to the marketing
of "me too" variants of existing drugs. In an effort to gain
or expand upon patent protection, an existing drug might be tweaked
or repackaged ever so slightly, at great cost but relatively little
benefit to the public.
So how do drug companies manage to sell drugs we don't need for conditions
we don't have? Ah, the power of multilevel marketing.
Sadly, physicians are first in line to be manipulated. Our medical journals
consist almost entirely of glossy pharmaceutical ads, with an occasional
scientific article thrown in to justify their publication. And there
are always those...
Or so they tell
us in the Daily Mail Online on March 23 2010 alongside the picture of
the man holding a gun over the confused caption ‘Morrissey back
animal rights brigade’
Here begins is a
glaring example of how the media distorts the truth. On the face of
it Morrissey has shot his mouth off and is making threats consistent
with those who are about animals enough to get off their arses and do
something, but when you take a closer look you see that this story is
utter nonsense! It’s regurgitated from one written in the Oxford
Mail four years earlier and it makes no sense!
Trial Press Conference: Accusations Nothing but Hot Air!
The first four weeks of the
trial are over. All accusations have been laid on the table and it is
clear that the prosecution's case has no substance
Defendants and defence lawyers
gave a press conference on 26.03.10 to mark the end of the fourth week
of the animal protection trial proceedings. It was suggested that the
case should go down in history not as the “monster” trial
as it is being called in the Austrian media, but as the “e-mail”
trial, as the case is almost entirely based on the defendants' expressing
of opinions in e-mails and internet forums.
Withholding of Information
The lawyers told the press
that police have still failed to present all the results of their investigations
to the defence although they are legally obliged to do so. One of the
lawyers representing three of the defendants said he found it particularly
puzzling that the prosecution have the researching of factory farms
as such a central accusation. The photos made during such research make
up reports of cruelty against farmers to the State Prosecution, not
to any criminal organisation. He went on to show journalists photos
of sick and dying animals on factory farms and asked if anyone could
imagine a criminal organisation anywhere in the world that would be
interested in these photos, because he certainly couldn't.
From the director
of the multi-award-winning documentary film "Behind the Mask"
comes the new documentary the fur industry doesn't want you to see.
takes the viewer on a journey form the birth of fur used for trading
between Native Americans and Europeans, to the exploitation of animals
and fur for fashion. The film delves into the corruption and lies perpetrated
by fashion designers that claim their fur designs are eco-friendly"
as well as those retailers and fur farmers who claim that the animals
are killed humanely.
With a pulsating
soundtrack by Duran Duran and The Faded, Skin Trade is sure to motivate
and inspire designers, celebrities and consumers to stop buying fur
and start making a stand.
Featuring John Feldmann,
Jorja Fox, James Cromwell, Rikki Rockett, William McNamara, Todd Oldham,
Ingrid Newkirk, and more!
With the help of
producers John Feldmann (lead singer of Goldfinger and famed music producer),
Jennifer Lee Pryor (widow of the infamous Richard Pryor and amazing
activist) along with Gene Blalock and The Faded, and title theme by
Duran Duran, this film will shatter the fashion industry!
But we still need
your help! Please help spread the word or if you are interested in hosting
a screening in your area, please contact. Thanks for the support!
An animal rights
campaigner jailed for 10 years for plotting a fire bomb attack on Oxford
University has had his conviction overturned
Mel Broughton 48,
of Semilong Road, Northampton, was jailed at Oxford Crown Court in February
last year after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson.
He appealed against his conviction earlier this year and, after taking
more than a month to consider the verdict, Lord Justice Thomas returned
to the Court of Appeal today to quash the conviction.
The judge, who heard
the appeal with Mr Justice Kitchin and Sir Geoffrey Grigson, said an
error in the way the trial judge summed up the evidence to the jury
meant the conviction was "unsafe". After an application by
crown prosecutors, the judge ordered that Mr Broughton, who was not
present in court, be retried on the allegation as soon as possible.
Let us not forget
that Mel was set up. He did not do what he has been convicted of. They
did what they did to him to get him out of the way. Mel, like all activists
campaigning against these atrocities, is a thorn in the side of those
who perpetrate them. Mel has a slim hope of being freed through appeal
but to him the most important thing is for there to be more people on
the streets of Oxford. http://www.speakcampaigns.org/
The Animal Protection
Party will be standing in Oxford at the General Election in a couple
of months. This is a great opportunity that we can all get involved
in to raise this issue to new heights and to take away the privileges
that Oxford MP Evan Harris has accumulated on the suffering of countless
animals. - Keith
'I saw it growing
every day, and I could see it taking his life'
Do implanted microchips
cause cancer in dogs and cats?
That's the question
owners are asking after highly aggressive tumors developed around the
microchip implants of two dogs, killing one and leaving the other terminally
ill. The owners – and pathology and autopsy reports – suggest
a link between the chips and formation of fast-growing cancers.
'I could see it
taking his life'
A 5-year-old bullmastiff
named Seamus died last month after developing a hemangio-sarcoma –
a malignant form of cancer that can kill even humans in three to six
months, explains privacy expert, syndicated radio host and best-selling
author Dr. Katherine Albrecht. Albrecht, an outspoken opponent of implantable
microchips, has been contacted by pet owners after their animals experienced
what they believe to be side effects from the procedure.
According to a pathology
report, Seamus' tumor appeared between ...
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Jan 2010 saw 100
hens were liberated from a battery unit in the UK. This was followed
by several visits by unknown activists to farms in the Midlands region
where a further 200 hens were rescued from a battery hell. Four piglets
were also secreted away under cover of darkness and will now no longer
be heading for the slaughterhouse.
vaccine contaminated, officials say
(CNN) -- Federal
health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix,
one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus,
saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus. "There
is no evidence at this time that this material poses a safety risk,"
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told
reporters in a conference call.
Rotarix, made by
GlaxoSmithKline, was approved by the FDA in 2008. The contaminant material
is DNA from porcine circovirus 1, a virus from pigs that is not known
to cause disease in humans or animals, Hamburg said. About 1 million
children in the United States and about 30 million worldwide have gotten
Rotarix vaccine, she said. Rotavirus disease kills more than 500,000
infants around the world each year, primarily in low- and middle-income
countries, she said. Before rotavirus vaccine became available, the
disease was blamed for more than 50,000 hospitalizations and several
dozen deaths per year in the United States, she said.
The FDA learned
about the contamination after an academic research team using a novel
technique to look for viruses in a range of vaccines found the material
in GlaxoSmithKline's product and told the company, Hamburg said. The
drug maker confirmed its presence in both the cell bank and the seed
from which the vaccine is derived, suggesting its presence from the
early stages of vaccine development, she said. The FDA then confirmed
the drug maker's findings.
The Gyrocopter pilot
who was cleared of killing a hunt supporter in the Midlands says he
fears reprisal attacks, and believes that his family might have been
safer had he gone to prison. Details of Bryan Griffiths’ home
address and the location of his copter were discovered in the Land Rover
belonging to the dead man, sparking fears that they might be targeted.
Speaking for the first time of his year of hell, animal rights enthusiast
Mr Griffiths, talks to the Sunday Mercury about the accident, his time
in prison and his opposition to fox hunting. The 55-year-old self-employed
heating engineer from Bedworth, near Coventry, has installed CCTV at
his home, and takes safety measures such as noting car registration
plates. “Even before the trial I thought we would be safer if
I was convicted rather than acquitted,” he admits. Mr Griffiths
was cleared of the manslaughter of hunt supporter Trevor Morse last
Wednesday after a two-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
A jury found him
not guilty of killing Mr Morse at Long Marston airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire. The pilot, and a passenger, had been monitoring the Warwickshire
Hunt from the air on March 9, in the £38,000 Gyrocopter he re-mortgaged
his house in order to buy. When he landed at the airfield to refuel,
Mr Morse, 48, stood in his path, refusing to move out of the way. Mr
Griffiths told the court how he feared for his safety. As the copter
edged forwards, the rear propeller of the aircraft – moving at
a speed approaching 200mph – struck the hunt supporter, killing
The incident was
caught on camera by Peter Bunce, who had taken fuel to the airfield
– and the jury was shown the shocking footage a number of times
during the trial. Judge Mrs Justice Slade said there had been simmering
tensions between the two groups, leading up to the death of Mr Morse.
The pilot had repeatedly denied manslaughter by gross negligence and
was found not guilty by jurors after deliberations of seven and a half
call for inquiry after revelations about undercover Police
Protest groups that
were targeted by infiltrators plan legal action to obtain access to
police files after disclosures by Officer A
have reacted with anger to revelations in last week's Observer that
their organisations were infiltrated by an elite undercover unit of
the Metropolitan police. Members of one of the groups demanded a public
inquiry after the Observer disclosed that a former member of Special
Branch, known as Officer A, had infiltrated far-left organisations in
the mid-1990s to gather intelligence about potentially violent demonstrators.
He was regularly involved in brutal confrontations with uniformed police
officers and activists from the extreme right. On numerous occasions
he engaged in violent acts to maintain his cover.
Many activists suspected
they were being infiltrated by the state at the time, but it is only
now that their suspicions have been confirmed. One target of Officer
A, a former student union leader who has asked not to be identified,
told the Observer: "I suspected that my phone might have been tapped.
I believed that there might have been some police spies at the demonstrations
that I attended. But however paranoid I was, I never imagined they would
go so far as to invest the level of resources needed to give someone
a completely new identity for five years and have them spy on someone
like me. It really is astonishing."
Ray Greek received
his MD from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine
in 1985 and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison in1989. He is board certified in Anesthesiology
with sub-specialty certification Pain Management. He has practiced in
two university teaching hospitals where he performed research with human.
Prior to that research he participated in research with animals. He
has published in the scientific and nonscientific literature, appeared
on numerous television broadcasts including the BBC and CNN. Since 1996
he has been President of Americans For Medical Advancement, based in
Europe (AE): Could you describe to our readers how you came
to question the efficacy of animal experiments? The first book you wrote
("Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on
Animals") was co-authored by your wife, who, interestingly, is
(RG): During the late 1980s, my wife Jean was attending veterinary
school at the same university where I was teaching in the medical school.
She would come home at night and we would discuss the treatments we
were using on our patients, the various illnesses they were suffering
from, the ways we were anesthetizing them and so on. We quickly noticed
that her patients-dogs, and cats had very little in common with mine.
Illnesses that routinely killed humans did not affect her patients and
drugs she used could not be prescribed to humans. This led us to question
whether research conducted on animals, under the guise of finding cures
and treatments for humans, was rational. After several months of rather
detailed discussion, I asked numerous physician-researchers if what
they did with animals actually led to the development of treatments
for humans. All responded that while the specific research they conducted
did not, the research others were doing did in fact lead to cures. I
found this very interesting because what each researcher was saying
was that animal-based research helped the other guy. Everyone assumed
animal-based research was immensely important to someone else. It was
actually quite funny going from researcher to researcher and hearing
the exact same thing.
accused of skewing debate about diabetes treatment linked to heart attacks
More than nine out
of 10 scientists who backed a drug at the centre of a safety scare had
financial links to the pharmaceutical industry, a study has found.
The disclosure will renew concern about the influence of the multinational
companies on patient safety, where a warning about a drug can wipe billions
from their balance sheets.
industry has become adept at manipulating results and selectively withholding
unfavourable data that could expose patients to harm. Now it is accused
of skewing the debate over one drug, Avandia, prescribed to millions
of people around the world with Type 2 diabetes. Avandia, made by the
British multinational GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which helps diabetics control
their blood sugar levels, was linked with an increased risk of heart
attacks in research published in 2007.
Since then debate
has raged within the scientific community about whether Avandia should
be withdrawn from the market. Warnings were issued on both sides of
the Atlantic but the drug is still recommended by the National Institute
for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) in the UK and taken by tens
of thousands of British patients.
In the US, internal
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents leaked to The New York
Times last month said 500 heart attacks a month could be avoided in
the US if patients on Avandia were switched to a rival drug. A separate
investigation by a cross-party US Senate committee was sharply critical
of GSK, saying it failed to warn patients of the heart risks earlier.
It also said GSK executives had "attempted to intimidate independent
126 Minks were released
from a farm in Teruel last Tuesday:
101 of them have
been recaptured. The owner says that since he started the mink farm
in 2002 he has had 7 incidents but this is the first liberation. The
rest of the incidents were stealing solar panels and stuff like that.
It seems that the
farm was alarmed and the cages were closed with wires.
Stand up to the Extremists. This is Red Hot!
Finally, a Seattle
FireFighter Eric Lawyer, for truth group for Fire Fighters to stand
up and join. No longer silent, while the pieces of their fellow NY Fire
Dept. firefighters lay buried in the landfill without dignity or proper
Thanks to the Architects
for Truth. The Science is finally proving that 911 was in fact an inside
job, not made up by Conspiracy "nuts", but here Eric Lawyer
states flatly that the Book for Forensic preservation of evidence from
a crime scene was blatantly ignored. True. But no one better than a
FireFighter familiar with the "book" to say so. Willie Rodriquez
was erased from the fraudulent Federally tainted so called 911 investigation,
Prof. Jones thermate evidence ignored, Key witnesses were scene being
thrown out for trying to testify. BUSH & Cheney and Rumsfelt got
their Rubber stamp Congress to pass a law, that they can NOT be indicted
if torture, or anything illegal they did should be later found to be
a crime. What greater admission of guilt need we? WE THE PEOPLE, should
expect another type 911 event and soon, now that Eric Lawyer and the
Architects & engineers for 911 truth have scientifically proved
that planes did NOT take down two of the three World Trade Center buildings.
FACT is 47 story 7WTC bldg also came down 6 hours later and NO PLANE
hit it at all. But the video of that 3rd bldg which Silverstein ordered
"Pulled" by demolition charges was NEVER broadcast on West
Coast, and ran only once in N.Y.C. by BBC & NBC which called it
about 22 minutes before it actually came down.... supposedly from small
fires, which never EVER happened before to a steel frame and concrete
building, and in only 6 hours of small fires, later on Sept. 11, 2001.
No ONE on West Coast Saw that, because CNN & FOX & the rest
The USPCA is calling
for a change in the law to make hunts more liable for the actions of
their hounds after a pet dog was torn to pieces. The incident occurred
near Newry on Saturday when a pack of hounds ripped a family's pet dog
apart in front of two young cousins. The boys were walking their pet,
Pip, in the fields when the hunt arrived. They spoke of their horror
as the out-of-control animals tore the little Jack Russell-type dog
The boys said one
member of the hunt got off his horse and examined what was left of Pip.
He then threw the various parts into the hedge. When the boys asked
him if their dog was dead, he replied 'yes', got back on his horse and
As the law stands,
hunts are not held liable for the actions of their hounds. The USPCA
want the new welfare of animals act to change all that. The BBC spoke
to several members of Newry Harriers but none wanted to make comment
on the incident. When the USPCA heard about what had happened to Pip,
they brought the children a new pup. He was an immediate hit and there
is no doubt he will help to ease the pain. Sadly, though, the shock
of what happened seems certain to remain with the boys for a long time
A woman detained
by federal authorities for refusing to testify before a grand jury considering
a University of Iowa animal lab break-in was released from custody Thursday.
Carrie Feldman, 20, was ordered held by federal Judge John Jarvey after
she refused to testify before the Davenport-based grand jury in November.
Her attorney, Jordan Kushner, said the order to release Feldman stated
her testimony is no longer necessary. "I don't know of any reason
for her to have any more involvement in the future," he said.
comes three days after FBI agents raided a home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
One of the targets of the warrant was Peter Young, an animal rights
activist who served time in federal prison for fur-farm raids in the
1990s, documents show. His name had been mentioned previously in connection
with the case.
The U.S. Attorney in Davenport is prosecuting the case. Spokesman Mike
Bladel declined comment. Neither Feldman nor Young could be reached
Feldman, of Minneapolis,
was ordered held in connection with an investigation into an Animal
Liberation Front, or ALF, action at the University of Iowa in 2004 that
caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. University officials
are now building an animal research facility underground, citing security
concerns. The action was designated as a domestic act of terrorism.
my shoes, and that was no way within the scope of the warrant,”
says animal rights activist Peter Young. “So I'm stuck with these
Cell phones, computers,
even an iPod were among the expensive items taken by the FBI, but also
sentimental items like photographs and a postcard from Iowa. More than
50 items in all were taken, but they don't trust that the FBI properly
cataloged all the small items, like individual photographs, because
they were not allowed to observe the agents as they poked through their
was found. There were no arrests. The residents were not hand cuffed
nor did the plain-clothes agents draw weapons. Most of the residents
were detained for eight hours without being allowed to use the phone—not
even to call their employers to explain their absence. At least one
was found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence
A gyrocopter pilot
has been found not guilty of killing a hunt supporter who was struck
by the machine's propeller. Bryan Griffiths, 55, was acquitted of the
manslaughter by gross negligence of Warwickshire Hunt member Trevor
Morse at Long Marston airfield in March 2009. Birmingham Crown Court
heard Mr Morse, 48, refused to move as the craft went towards him and
died instantly. Mr Griffiths, of Wiltshire Close, Bedworth, had been
monitoring the hunt and stopped at the airfield to refuel.
A Philadelphia jury
has found drug giant Pfizer Inc. guilty of deliberately ignoring evidence
that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug Prempro increased women's
risk of breast cancer, ordering it to pay unspecified damages to defendant
Millions of women
used Prempro and other HRT drugs up until 2002, when the groundbreaking
Women's Health Initiative study found that taking the drugs significantly
increased women's risk of breast cancer and death from cardiovascular
disease. The risk was so striking that researchers called an early halt
to the study out of concern for participants' lives. The drugs were
-- and still are -- marketed to relieve the symptoms of menopause, such
as hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.
More recent research
suggests that HRT drugs also increase women's risk of dying from lung
was marketed by Wyeth, Pfizer assumed liability for ...
A jury in the case
of an animal rights enthusiast who piloted a gyrocopter which killed
a hunt supporter has retired to consider its verdict
55, denies manslaughter by gross negligence of Warwickshire Hunt member
Trevor Morse at Long Marston airfield in March 2009. Mr Morse, 48, refused
to move out of the way as Mr Griffiths went towards him, Birmingham
Crown Court heard. Mr Griffiths, of Wiltshire Close, Bedworth, had been
monitoring the hunt. During the two-week trial, jurors have heard Mr
Morse's head was cleaved "from top to bottom" by the blade
of the gyrocopter as he tried to stop it from taking off.
Mr Griffiths had stopped at the airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon,
to refuel. The incident was caught on camera by the man who had taken
fuel to the airfield, Peter Bunce, and jurors have watched the footage
a number of times during the trial.
You see them in
the fields eating grass and later in the supermarkets all wrapped up
in cling film and, well, dead. What of the significant bit in between,
how come we don’t see that very much? It’s nothing like
being there but take a quick look at the few poignant images here and
you will understand all you need to about this missing time. If you
are moved please act, take this product out of your life or share these
photos with others and bring some change to this world.
Meet Arnie, the
Terminator Trout with the physique of a body-builder
created a genetically-modified trout with the rippling muscles of a
body-builder. The mutant fish is the result of a decade-long effort
by Terry Bradley, a professor of fisheries and aquaculture at the University
of Rhode Island. The rainbow trout’s enhanced muscle mass is between
15 to 20 per cent higher than that of a standard fish, thanks to Professor
Bradley’s research into the inhibition of myostatin, a protein
that slows growth. The increased muscle mass will have commercial benefits
in that larger fish can be grown without increasing the amount of food
they need. While the physical differences in the fish include a prominent
dorsal hump, making it look as if it has muscular shoulders, and the
appearance of ‘six pack abs’, no differences in behaviour
have been noted.
Most of this week
saw DDr Balluch being questioned. His questioning was concluded by him
stating that the only accusations against him have been discussing and
expressing opinions and taking part in NGO legitimate i.e., non-criminal
activities. He has no intention of refraining from either.
On Thursday 11 March
questioning began of Mag. Felix Hnat, head of the Austrian Vegan Society.
The accusations against him consist of fully NGO compatible activities
which the prosecution attempts to connect to animal rights related crimes.
His questioning will continue on Monday 15 March.
The judge continues
to disrupt defendants and defence lawyers and not let them finish speaking.
The judge also repeatedly quoted from faulty translated documents presented
by the prosecution despite being informed of incorrect translations.
is persona non grata in canine circles after her film, Pedigree Dogs
Exposed, highlighted the problems of inbreeding. Undaunted, she smuggled
herself into the first day of the annual show to find out whether the
issue has been confronted. Jerome Taylor joined her
As the Basset Hounds
made their way onto the green carpet at Crufts yesterday afternoon,
a tangible air of excitement swept across the crowd of spectators who
had gathered to watch. With their floppy ears, droopy eyes and trademark
baggy trouser legs they bounded across the room impeccably behaved,
their paws padding in perfect synchronisation with their proud owners.
One by one they
were slowly whittled down by Siegfried Peter, a stern-looking judge
from Germany who dismissed the hapless losers with a flick of his wrist.
As the forlorn owners traipsed back to their benches, an animated buzz
rose from the crowd as fans and experts alike furiously debated who
should have won.
One woman stood
alone in the crowd. "The Bassets are a desperately controversial
breed," she said, her arms tightly folded. "They're meant
to be working dogs, trained to hunt rabbits, but look at all those folds
of skin. Those droopy eyelids can get very easily infected and it can't
be comfortable to have so much spare skin. This year's batch looks a
little better but there is still so much work to be done."
FBI agents and law
enforcement from multiple agencies have raided a well-known activist
group house in Salt Lake City, Utah, today in connection with an investigation
of Animal Liberation Front crimes in Iowa.
I just got off the
phone with multiple housemates who were there witnessing the raid, and
who were able to read the warrant. Details about all of this are still
emerging, but at this point it is clear that the warrant was issued
by the Southern District of Iowa, and authorizes the seizure of any
books, pamphlets, computers and other materials tied to “animal
In Minnesota, a graduate student named Scott DeMuth has been indicted
on conspiracy charges under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. The
charges are related to a 2004 raid by the Animal Liberation Front at
the University of Iowa.
activist, Carrie Feldman, has been jailed for refusing to testify about
her political beliefs and political associations before a grand jury.
Feldman was a teenager at the time of the ALF crime, and says the grand
jury is clearly an attempt to harass and intimidate the activist community.
So how did the FBI
end up in Utah? One of the housemates, Peter Young, is repeatedly mentioned
by name in the warrant. Young was one of the first people prosecuted
for “animal enterprise terrorism” in connection to fur farm
raids in the late 90s. (His co-defendant Justin Samuel is also mentioned
in the warrant). He served two years in prison, and has been living
in Salt Lake City, speaking at colleges, and writing on his website,
Voice of the Voiceless. He is among the most vocal, public supporters
of the ALF and direct action.
Greyhounds now desperately need re-homing, due to the upcoming closure
of the Portsmouth Greyhound Track. If anyone thinks they would be able
to adopt or foster one of these lovely animals email: email@example.com
(ensure you write the word 'greyhound' or 'G4U' in the subject line
of your email, or within the email itself) or ring 0787 961 5471.
giant Diageo has been secretly killing a herd of deer - while continuing
talks with campaigners desperate to save them
hired hitmen to start slaughtering the creatures despite giving hope
to animal lovers that other options were still being explored. The roe
deer, including hinds, bucks and year-old fawns, have been in the grounds
of the bottling plant in Leven, Fife, for over a decade. Last night
the multi-national booze firm refused to say how many of the 'Drambis'
are still alive. But campaigners are furious their efforts - including
a 2,000-signature petition - look to have been in vain and called for
a boycott of Diageo products. TV wildlife expert Les Stocker, who runs
the famous St Tiggywinkles rescue centre in Buckinghamshire, slammed
the decision. He said: "They don't need to be shot. We can move
them quite comfortably and release them."
Patrick, of Scotland for Animals, said he has had emails from all over
the world in support of saving the deer. He added: "The deer should
be saved because there is no practical reason to cull them. "They
could be set free from the site with no problem and they have an offer
of a new home they could be moved to. The fact that Diageo has gone
ahead with the cull is completely unjustified." And the Scottish
SPCA added: "Any further options for the remaining herd should
be properly explored." The deer are being shot at night so the
land can be reclaimed for an extension to the plant, creating 400 new
jobs. They were caught over a decade ago when a huge security fence
was put up. Then-owners DCL fed them and brought a vet in to give them
annual health checks.
months after Nepal came under fire from animal lovers worldwide for
holding the biggest animal sacrifice fair in its southern plains, hundreds
of people are now flocking to the west to participate in a festival
to drink yak’s blood.
women and even children have been heading for Myagdi, a remote district
in western Nepal, to take part in the khun khane ritual, which literally
means drinking blood. The festival sees the local yak herders making
money by selling the blood of live yaks to people who queue up in hundreds
to drink it, in the belief their illnesses will be cured. While lactating
female yaks are spared, other yaks above the age of two are chosen for
the ritual. Pinned down by people who hold their tails and horns and
their legs tied, the yaks are then bled by a professional bleeder, known
as the aamji. The aamji pierces the jugular vein of the hapless animal
and the streaming blood is collected in cups that are then passed among
the crowd, who drink the warm, frothy liquid unwaveringly. Each yak
is bled to collect between 20 to 40 cups of blood.
Austrian TV on "terror-activism" with Connection to
UK and Switzerland
there was a quite unbalanced, corrupted and "pseudoneutral"
article about animal activism in the public television channel.
main message was "does terror against animals justify terror against
humans" which is ridiculous, because implies that animal activists
ever applied means of terror... :-/
were interviews with english activists and swiss politicians and police
officers... i interpret this 30 min report as an attack on the "austrian
13" trial... - the main media report quite good and balanced apart
from this and one mini-newspaper.
seems like the swiss SVP (or another party) plans an anti-AR-activism-law.
Waltzing Matilda has come to a close after three long, weary, and dramatic
months upon the most remote and hostile seas in the world. This past
weekend, the Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin and Bob Barker were welcomed
by crowds of cheering supporters in the port of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
will not know the final results until the Japanese whaling fleet reports
back to Tokyo in April, but we cut the kill quotas nearly in half during
the three previous years and this year was much more effective, so the
results promise to be very satisfying. We know we have cost the whalers
tens of millions of dollars in lost profits.
this edition of the Sea Shepherd E-News, I have a report on Operation
Waltzing Matilda, an update on Captain Peter Bethune, an interesting
parody about the global impact that whaling has on the environment,
and much more. Please read on...
Because of your generous support, we just completed our most ambitious
and effective campaign to defend the great whales that we have ever
undertaken. Operation Waltzing Matilda, our sixth voyage to the Southern
Ocean Whale Sanctuary to oppose the illegal whaling activities of the
Japanese whaling fleet, was astoundingly effective.
more mink farm shut down its activity this year in Italy
farm "Agricola Casilina" in San Cesareo (Rome) was still open
and imprisoning animals at the end of 2008. They had about 2000 breeders
+ thousands more minks in 15 sheds. In January 2010 an inspection of
the farm revealed it was no longer operation, in fact it was no longer
there! The camp layout of sheds had been completely dismantled
is still a Weapon! An account of the Global Action Day on March 2nd
2nd saw activists all over Europe making their opinion known about the
criminal prosecution of thirteen Austrian animal rights campaigners
charged with membership of a criminal organisation. We would like to
thank all who took the time and trouble to show their solidarity. It
was very much appreciated and indeed makes all the differences for the
accused. In Austria, the day started off with banners being hung up
on houses and along the highway A2, visible for the defendants on their
way to the court in Wiener Neustadt (for example over Triesterstraße).
While the trial started off, around 60-70 protesters took over the square
in front of the court house, played music, distributed leaflets and
made sure that the people inside noticed their presence. A demonstration
around the court house with people using their drum kits put a finishing
touch to this well organized event. In the evening, there were further
demos in Innsbruck and in Vienna. In Innsbruck around 100 people joined
in when a spontaneous solidarity march was arranged. At the end of the
march the police decided to put a stop to the action and rounded up
15 people and made them to hand over their personal details. In Vienna
70 people vociferously demanded the instant discontinuation of the legal
proceedings. In neighbouring Switzerland, actions started off with the
hanging up of placard s and banners in Zurich and Bern. In Bern ten
people organised a spur–of-the-moment demo, after they had made
their opinion known in front of the Austrian consulate. Also in Geneva
and Lucerne, people gathered in front of the respective consulates.
monkeys are being illegally trapped and plundered from the forests of
south east Asia for use in British research laboratory experiments,
fear animal welfare campaigners. Campaigners and MPs are calling on
the Home Office to examine allegations that wild-caught macaques are
being sourced from the jungles of Laos and Cambodia in breach of international
investigators from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection
(BUAV) found “appalling” conditions at one primate centre
in Laos where the “factory farming of macaques takes place on
an industrial scale”. They said monkeys were kept in rows of small
chain-linked pens whose floors were made of either concrete or suspended
wire. And infants were taken from their mothers aged six months, they
said, causing extreme distress to both.
primates can only be imported into the UK for toxicology and medical
research tests from companies approved by British inspectors.
Metropolitan Police Service’s approach towards photography in
public places is a subject of regular debate. We encourage officers
and the public to be vigilant against terrorism but recognise the importance
not only of protecting the public from terrorism but also promoting
the freedom of the public and the media to take and publish photographs,
Guidance around the issue has been made clear to officers and PCSOs
through briefings and internal communications. The following advice
is available to all officers and provides a summary of the Metropolitan
Police Service’s guidance around photography in public places.
to photograph/ film
of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph
in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing
incidents or police personnel
'are making our dogs sick as vets cash in'
given to dogs are making them ill, a pet charity claimed yesterday.
Profit-hungry drug companies and vets are 'frightening' dog owners into
inoculating their pets more often than necessary, according to Canine
Health Concern. Some puppies have developed conditions including autism
and epilepsy after a raft of injections, it warns.
O'Driscoll, from the charity, said: 'We are not anti-vaccination. What
we are saying is that currently our pets are receiving far too many.
'The latest scientific research shows that after the first course of
injections as a puppy most dogs are immune against these diseases for
at least seven years, if not for life. 'Every year pet vaccination companies
hold National Vaccination Month, a national campaign when pet owners
whose boosters have lapsed by 18 months or more are terrified into having
their pet jabbed.
the vast majority of vets might simply not be aware of the latest scientific
research, we are concerned that for a few undoubtedly doing multiple
jabs is a way of making more money from worried pet owners.'
hammer man sentenced for killing his dog in Kent
man who beat his dog to death with a claw hammer has been banned from
owning dogs for ten years. Christopher Dance, 23, of Sittingbourne,
struck his pet bull terrier with the weapon in May 2009. The RSPCA prosecuted
Dance for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal in his care. Sittingbourne
Magistrates gave Dance a two year community order, a six month curfew
and ordered him to pay £750 costs. RSPCA Ch Insp Dermot Murphy
said: "It was a disturbing scene to deal with and a case that needed
to be brought to court."
this with the sentencing of nurse and animal lover Sarah Whitehead who
was sent to prison for two years by a Kent judge for rescuing a dog
that was being abused. Sarah remains in prison. Read
more about this story
Percent of Fish in U.S. Streams Found Contaminated with Mercury
a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), every single
fish tested from 291 freshwater streams across the United States was
found to be contaminated with mercury.
study shows just how widespread mercury pollution has become in our
air, watersheds and many of our fish in freshwater streams," said
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
is a potent neurotoxin that builds up in the food chain at ever higher
concentrations in predators such as large fish and humans. It is especially
damaging to the developing nervous systems of fetuses and children,
but can have severe effects on adults, as well. The pollutant enters
the environment almost wholly as atmospheric emissions from industrial
processes, primarily the burning of coal for electricity. It then spreads
across the plant and settles back to the surface, eventually concentrating
in rivers, lakes and oceans, where it enters the aquatic food chain.
number one cause of human mercury poisoning in the United States is
the consumption of fish and shellfish.
sees 'gruesome' film of hunt man being killed by copter blade during
row with pilot'
Bryan Griffiths leaves Birmingham Crown Court where he is accused of
killing a hunt supporter A fox hunting supporter's head was cleaved
from 'top to bottom' by the blades of a gyrocopter after he tried to
confront the pilot for tracking his hunt, a court heard today. Jurors
watched in horror as a gruesome video showing the last seconds of Trevor
Morse's life were played to a hushed courtroom.
Morse, 48, was killed instantly after being hit by the rear propellers
of the gyrocopter, being piloted by Bryan Griffiths, which were rotating
Crown Court heard that Mr Morse had been trying to stop Griffiths from
taking off again after he stopped to refuel. Griffiths had been monitoring
the hunt from his gyrocopter - a small open helicopter - and was confronted
by Mr Morse and another hunt supporter. Mr Morse refused to move out
of the way as Griffiths went towards him and the rear propeller of the
gyrocopter cut Mr Morse's head from top to bottom, the court heard.
Gareth Evans QC told the court: 'Just under a year ago, on March 9,
2009, a 48-year-old man called Trevor Morse, who was deliberately trying
to stop a gyrocopter taking off, was killed.
was killed when his head was struck by the rear propeller blade of the
Animal Protection Party is set to launch candidates in constituencies
of primary focus to those wanting a better world for the animals. Just
think of the potential this vast swath of compassion has to affect the
way politics encourages animal abuse if, as we intend, those MP’s
who stand in places such as Oxford, Huntingdon, Wickham and Vauxhall
lose their seats because of APP opposition. Let’s be clear, we
don’t want their seat nor to be a lonely cog in a corrupted system,
we want them out. In Vauxhall, London Labour MP Kate Hoey stands funded
as the chair of the Countryside Alliance and is working to overturn
the hunting ban. Evan Harris has overseen the opening of the highly
contentious animal testing lab in Oxford where monkeys are being brain
damaged as we speak. At the vile Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratory
complex in Cambridgeshire many different species are tortured every
day and 500 die.
And who will speak out against the use of tens of thousands of animals
in gross Botox cosmetic tests at Wickham Laboratories? Clearly not the
elected representatives in these constituencies! That’s where
we come in. We need your help. We particularly need donations right
now. Politics is an expensive business, and we desperately need your
help with campaign funds. We also need supporters on the streets when
we canvas. If we work together we can take control of the way things
work in this world. Join us as we flood these areas with our message
and make the gravy train that these MPs travel on a lot less comfy.