Simon Festing says that reducing publication bias in animal research
would ensure a sound basis to move from animal studies into clinical
trials (5 June, p 22). This would be true if the results of animal studies
translate directly to humans. They do not, which is a far more important
problem than publication bias. Full publication of every animal study
of the immunomodulatory drug TGN1412, for example, would still have
suggested that it was safe to proceed to clinical trials, since the
devastating response to the drug is unique to humans.
Systematic reviews of the applicability of animal results to human medicine
- such as those by Pablo Perel and others (BMJ, vol 334, p 197) and
by Daniel Hackam and Donald Redelmeier (The Journal of the American
Medical Association, vol 296, p 1731) show consistently that animal
studies predict human response incorrectly a majority of the time. In
the case of stroke, is anyone seriously suggesting that more than 150
treatments successful in animals have failed in humans because of publication
bias? Of course, this bias should be addressed. There should unquestionably
be a registration system for animal studies, as there is for human studies.
As chief executive of Understanding Animal Research, surely Festing
should be calling for this, rather than merely commenting that "it
is not inconceivable that we might move towards a similar system".
Healthy Foods now called a Mental Disorder
its never-ending attempt to fabricate "mental disorders" out
of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the
most ridiculous disease they've invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.
This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you're "mentally
diseased" and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving
powerful psychotropic drugs. The Guardian newspaper reports, "Fixation
with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder"
and goes on to claim this "disease" is called orthorexia nervosa
-- which is basically just Latin for "nervous about correct eating."
A new study in
JAMA raises an interesting question about using animal models to predict
drug response. Taking the diabetes drug rosiglitazone has been linked
to an increased risk of heart attack. The study was a meta-analysis,
which is a fancy way of saying scientists analysed all the studies that
have been conducted on rosiglitazone and combined all the data in order
to make a judgement about the drug. The conclusion that rosiglitazone
increases risk for heart attack is controversial for reasons that do
not have an impact on this blog, hence we will ignore them.The question
this study brings to the fore is: What is the purpose of testing new
drugs on animals?
these tests to protect the patients taking them when the new drugs come
to the market? Or, are the animal tests supposed to protect the volunteers
and patients that take the drug in clinical trials?
The reality is,
the animal tests fail in both cases. But the question is valid because
the animal experimentation industry, via its spokespeople, tells society
that animal testing is performed to keep children and other patients
safe. They claim that every time a child takes a new drug, he would
be at risk of death and severe side effects were it not for animal testing.
Faith Shattered After Glaxo's Latest Scams
Conventional doctor's faith in Big Pharma shattered after Glaxo's latest
in Forbes magazine, Yale cardiologist Harlan Krumholz notes that in
spite of his desire to believe in the good intentions of the pharmaceutical
industry, the actions of companies such as GlaxoSmithKline continue
to disappoint him.
"I want to believe in America's pharmaceutical companies,"
Krumholz wrote on Feb.25. "I want to believe that people in these
companies believe that the best strategy for success is to do what is
best for patients. I want to believe that they are interested in scientific
truth and eager to know of any safety issues and ready to share that
information with the public.
of kangaroos have been euthanized due to acute fluoride poisoning in
the Australian state of Victoria, the country's Environment Protection
Authority (EPA) has announced.
The poisonings appear to be occurring due to emissions of fluoride from
the Alcoa aluminum smelter at Portland and the Austral Bricks factory
at Craigieburn, the state's first and second biggest emitters of fluoride
dust, respectively. According to Bruce Dawson of the EPA, the toxic
chemical is being absorbed by nearby plants that kangaroos and other
animals forage on. The animals may also be breathing in the chemical
The levels of fluoride being emitted by Alcoa and Austral are fully
legal under Australian law. The smelter emits 120 tons of the dust per
year, while the factory emits 66 tons.
Threatened with Lawsuit Over Toys in Happy Meals
Los Angeles Times recently reported that the Center for Science in the
Public Interest (CSPI) is planning to sue fast-food giant McDonald's
if the company does not comply with its demands to remove toys from
"Happy Meals". CSPI claims that marketing unhealthy food with
toys is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic and should be
The announcement by CSPI comes just weeks after a California county
banned not only toys but all other promotions aimed at children that
involve McDonald's Happy Meals. By doing this, the county believes that
children will be less attracted to fatty foods that are high in salt
According to the same article, back in April, Santa Clara County, California,
also banned toy promotions from fast food meals sold in unincorporated
parts of the county.
Spokesmen from McDonald's denied that Happy Meals are inherently unhealthy,
citing the fact that the meals are of an appropriate size...
Officers claim they don't need law to stop photographer taking
police officers stopped a teenage photographer from taking pictures
of an Armed Forces Day parade - and then claimed they did not need a
law to detain him.
Jules Mattsson, a 16-year-old freelancer from Hackney, east London,
was photographing police cadets on Saturday when he was ordered to stop
and give his personal details by an adult cadet officer who claimed
he needed parental permission to capture images of the cadets.
After arguing his rights in a series of protracted legal debates with
officers, the sixth former says he was pushed down a set of stairs and
detained for breaching the peace until the parade passed.
He is now considering taking legal action against the Met which has
often been criticised for its heavy handed approach towards photographers
in the capital.
from the Food Standards Agency, Animal Aid and The Association of Independent
Meat Suppliers give their responses
Tim Smith, Chief
Executive, Food Standards Agency:
takes its animal welfare responsibilities seriously and I have recently
met with Animal Aid to discuss their concerns. However the scale of
GB meat production means that FSA staff cannot watch the slaughter of
majority of slaughterhouses in GB are fully compliant with their animal
welfare legal requirements but there should be no exceptions.
we have suspended performed their duties satisfactorily when watched
by an FSA vet, but the footage shows some appalling actions when they
are not being observed. The solution would seem to lie in more observation,
whether by management in person, CCTV or additional FSA vets or inspectors.
CCTV is a good option as there is often limited space in the stunning
does not require slaughterhouse operators to install CCTV, but the FSA
does support its use in abattoirs. We are working with the meat industry
to encourage voluntary CCTV installation as best practice and we would
encourage retailers to consider whether they should make it a requirement
of their suppliers.
conference tables seven motions against public funding of 200-year-old
will this week call for a total ban on all homoeopathic treatment on
Hundreds of delegates to the British Medical Association's conference
are expected to support seven motions all opposed to the use of public
money to pay for remedies which they claim are, at best, scientifically
unproven and, at worst, ineffective.
Critics of the 200-year-old practice also want junior doctors to be
exempt from working at homoeopathic hospitals because it goes against
the principles of evidence-based medicine. Sugar pills and placebos
have no place in a modern health service, they say, especially as the
NHS must find £20bn in savings over the next few years. But supporters
claim homoeopathy helps thousands of patients with chronic conditions
such as ME, asthma, migraine and depression who have not responded to
conventional medical treatments. The British Homoeopathic Association
(BHA) points out that less than 0.01 per cent of the massive NHS drug
bill is spent on homoeopathic tinctures and pills.
Nevertheless, the conference will also hear calls for homoeopathic remedies
to be banned from chemists unless they are clearly labelled as placebos
rather than medicines. The over-the-counter market is worth around £40m
a year, and rising, according to Mintel, the consumer research organisation.
The increasingly vocal dissent follows a report from MPs on the influential
science and technology select committee earlier this year, which also
urged the NHS to cease funding omoeopathic treatments due to a clear
absence of scientific proof about its efficacy. The MPs criticised current
licensing and labelling regulations which "lend a spurious medical
legitimacy" to homoeopathic products which are no more than sugar
admits it gave bull elephant electric shocks
is not a Woburn elephant but is another one in similar dire situation
which we must get them out of
male elephant said to be best trained and most manageable in Europe
was given 4,500-volt shocks to make it obey
male elephant at Woburn Safari Park which has been described by bosses
there as “one of the best trained and most manageable bulls in
Europe" was forced to obey its keeper’s commands with the
use of high voltage electric shocks, it has emerged.
a 16-year-old Asian bull elephant, was trained in the past by being
given jolts from an electric goad when he disobeyed. The 4ft-long goads,
also known as “hotshots”, deliver a charge of at least 4,500
volts and their use has been condemned as inhumane by animal welfare
Government Panel Pushing "vaccinations for all"
government panel now pushing "vaccinations for all!" No exceptions…
advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) has recommended that every person be vaccinated for the seasonal
flu yearly, except in a few cases where the vaccine is known to be unsafe.
"Now no one should say 'Should I or shouldn't I?'" said CDC
flu specialist Anthony Fiore.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 11-0 with one
abstention to recommend yearly flu vaccination for everyone except for
children under the age of six months, whose immune systems have not
yet developed enough for vaccination to be safe, and people with egg
allergies or other health conditions that are known to make flu vaccines
hazardous. If accepted by the CDC, this recommendation will then be
publicized to doctors and other health workers.
The CDC nearly always accepts the advisory committee's recommendations.
Current CDC recommendations call for the yearly vaccination of all children
over the age of six months, all adults over the age of 49, health care
workers, people with chronic health problems and anyone who cares for
a person in one of these groups. These recommendations cover 85 percent
of the US population.
Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs...
Pharma Companies Get Rich
drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That's one person
every five minutes. How did we get here?
many people do you know who regularly use a prescription medication? If
your social group is like most Americans', the answer is most. Sixty-five
percent of the country takes a prescription drug these days. In 2005
alone, we spent $250 billion on them.
recently caught up with Melody Petersen, author of Our Daily Meds, an
in-depth look at the pharmaceutical companies that have taken the reins
of our faltering health care system by cleverly hawking every kind of
drug imaginable. We discussed how this powerful industry has our health
in its hands.
Perdomo: Your book includes some staggering stats. For example, 100,000
Americans die each year from prescription drugs — that’s
270 per day, or, as you put it, more than twice as many who are killed
in car accidents each day. Could you elaborate on this? Are these people
abusing their prescription drugs or is this a sign of prescription meds
Petersen: The study estimating that 100,000 Americans die each year
from their prescriptions looked only at deaths from known side effects.
That is, those deaths didn’t happen because the doctor made a
mistake and prescribed the wrong drug, or the pharmacist made a mistake
in filling the prescription, or the patient accidentally took too much.
Unfortunately, thousands of patients die from such mistakes too, but
this study looked only at deaths where our present medical system wouldn’t
fault anyone. Tens of thousands of people are dying every year from
drugs they took just as the doctor directed. This shows you how dangerous
Selling Meat from Animals Fed GM Crops
Supermarkets across Britain are routinely selling food from animals
reared on genetically modified crops without having to declare it on
labelling, it can be disclosed.
have acknowledged that meat, fish, eggs and dairy products on their
shelves could contain “indirect” GM ingredients. Every major
supermarket in the country said it was unable to provide a guarantee
that it was not selling products from animals given GM feed.
''high-end’’ retailers said only the more expensive organic
ranges were certain to have been produced without any GM involvement.
The disclosures have reignited the debate about the use of genetic technology
in food production following health and environmental concerns. Opponents
of the technology claimed that retailers were using a loophole in labelling
rules to “trick” the public over the link to GM. The disclosures
follow the recent resignation of two leading academics from a government
panel set up to assess public attitudes to the new technology in protest
at “GM propaganda”.
16-year-old girl lost nearly all of her vision within 10 days of receiving
the second course of her vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV),
reports a case study in the Journal of Child Neurology.
The HPV vaccine is designed to prevent infection by the strains of the
virus that are responsible for the majority of cervical cancer and genital
The study recounts the case of a previously healthy teenage girl who
developed a headache on the left side of her head and began to lose
vision in her right eye eight days after receiving her second HPV vaccine
shot. Over the course of the following 48 hours, the pain spread across
her head and she began to lose sight in her left eye as well.
Ireland bans hare coursing, and fox hunting could be next
The Assembly has voted to ban hare coursing in Northern Ireland. A motion
to outlaw the use of greyhounds to chase and kill Irish hares was passed
by 23 to 18 this week and has been incorporated into the Wildlife and
Natural Environment (NI) Bill. It is expected to come into force after
the summer. It
follows a series of temporary bans by successive Environment Ministers
on taking hares.
Members will also be considering a Private Members Bill introduced by
the Green Party aimed at banning fox hunting. Northern Ireland is the
only part of the UK where hunting foxes with dogs remains legal.
WHO to tax your internet usage to fund vaccines in third-world
The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) is pushing hard
to impose global consumer taxes to help fund its various programs, including
a new proposal that would tax the internet in order to pay for vaccines
and other pharmaceutical medicines for third-world countries. Yes, you
read that right - WHO wants every person in the world to help pay for
drugs that make Big Pharma even richer.
Consider it a reverse Robin Hood ploy: They're stealing from the working
class and giving to the ultra wealthy drug companies!
Of course this isn't the first time the UN has petitioned governments
around the world to illegally tax citizens in order to further its own
agenda. This body of unelected officials tried to push "cap and
trade" legislation for supposed climate change just last year (but
failed to do so because many countries simply refused the idea).
In the current scheme, WHO appointed a so-called panel of "medical
experts" to prepare a report highlighting various financing ideas
that would fund all the projects WHO is trying to accomplish in the
world. One of those ideas is to have governments tax internet usage
in their countries and give the money to WHO for "medical research
and development" in poorer, developing countries. (This is code-speak
for unlawfully pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into the coffers
of Big Pharma in the name of charity).
Lewis has angered her tour staff by not allowing any meat to be consumed
in her tour venues, according to reports.
'I Got You' singer, who takes her Labyrinth tour to Glasgow tonight,
has been a strict vegetarian since the age of 12 and is said to be banning
people from even bringing in meat from outside.
are going to be murders. Leona has demanded that only veggie food be
made available for everyone - and members of the crew are threatening
to quit," a source told The Sun.
will not even allow food to be bought off-site then brought in. She
is getting a reputation as a bit of a pain in the a**e. She is such
a diva. It's getting out of control."
support act Gabriella Cilmi recently expressed her concern to Digital
Spy about eating on the tour, admitting: "All I know so far is
that the food's going to be vegan, and I'm not sure how I'm going to
cope with that."
USA (AFP) – The Supreme Court lifted Monday a four-year ban on
the sale in the United States of genetically modified alfalfa, which
farmers fear contaminates others crops.
district court judge in California in May 2007 blocked the US biotech
giant Monsanto from selling alfalfa seeds that it had genetically modified
to resist its Roundup weed killer.
ruling was upheld on appeal in 2009, but Monsanto went to the Supreme
Court arguing that any decision should have awaited the findings of
a study by the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection
APHIS seeks to effect a partial deregulation, any judicial review of
such a decision is premature," the Supreme Court said.
BP is burning rare sea turtles alive, blocking
efforts to save them
A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned alive in
BP's controlled burns of the oil swirling around the Gulf of Mexico,
and a boat captain tasked with saving them says the company has blocked
Mike Ellis, a boat
captain involved in a three-week effort to rescue as many sea turtles
from unfolding disaster as possible, says BP effectively shut down the
operation by preventing boats from coming out to rescue the turtles.
us out of there and then they shut us down, they would not let us get
back in there," Ellis said in an interview with conservation biologist
Part of BP's efforts to contain the oil spill are controlled burns.
Fire-resistant booms are used to corral an area of oil, then the area
within the boom is lit on fire, burning off the oil and whatever marine
life may have been inside.
turtles get in there they can't get out," Ellis said.
cracked down on flaws at the famous wildlife park after they found animals
were being kept in overcrowded enclosures
Woburn Safari Park,
which claims its animals enjoy living in a “natural environment”,
has been keeping many of them for long periods in overcrowded, unsafe
or dangerous enclosures which left some half-blind and in pain.
The park, which
is owned by the Duke of Bedford, and attracts almost 500,000 visitors
a year, trades on the way the lions and tigers are allowed to roam freely
across spacious enclosures covering more than 40 acres. When the public
are not looking, however, it has been packing them into cramped cages
for up to 18 hours a day.
The harsh reality
of the treatment suffered by the animals has emerged in a report by
government inspectors. It raises serious questions about the attraction,
opened 40 years ago, as one of the first drive-through safari parks
hearing that this woman, who claims to care for animals, was to open
the Harrods sale anti fur activists bombarded her with correspondencea
and film of animals being skinned alive and caught in traps and so on.She
didn't turn up to open the sale but failed to adequately explain why.
Lumley provokes questions by checking out at Harrods
Joanna Lumley, a close friend of the Duke of Edinburgh, has pulled out
at the last minute from appearing at Harrods.
In a move
that is likely to provoke much speculation, Joanna Lumley pulled out
on Friday from opening the Harrods summer sale.
Executives at the
department store, which was recently sold by Mohamed Fayed to the Qatari
royal family in a £1.5 billion deal, had hoped that the appearance
on Saturday morning of the actress, who is a close friend of the Duke
of Edinburgh, would herald a "step change" in its history.
London's 'somewhat unusual' new research centre. Britain plans
£600-million biomedical facility for young investigators
As the United Kingdom grinds through its worst recession in decades,
British researchers have unveiled an ambitious design for a massive
biomedical science complex in central London. The UK Centre for Medical
Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) is the most significant scientific
development in Britain "for a generation", says Paul Nurse,
a Nobel-prizewinning cell biologist and chair of the project's scientific
says the state-of-the-art research centre will be among the largest
in the world. In Europe, it will be second in size only to the Paris-based
Pasteur Institute, he says. Its aim will be to understand the fundamental
biology that underlies disease.
detailed plans for the building, which will be located near London's
St Pancras International train station, were unveiled at a press briefing
on 18 June and feature a distinctive glass atrium that stretches the
length of the entire structure. A small educational laboratory and a
450-seat lecture theatre also feature in the design, which will include
lab and office space for 1,500 staff.
drug side effects need watching: study.” Reuters. 20 May 2010
“J&J strengthens warning about suicide on painkillers.”
APP.com. 25 May 2010.
“FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that it has
approved a revised label for Xenical to include new safety information
about cases of severe liver injury that have been reported rarely with
the use of this medication.” FDA Medwatch. 26 May 2010
“GTx plunges on study failure. GTx drops after company says toremifene
did not meet goals in preventing prostate cancer.” Yahoo News.
26 May 2010
animal lover has been fined after attempting to liberate battery hens
from a farm near Wimborne.
Mark Organ, 46, and seven others had hired a van and gathered cages
and bags in order to free unhealthy or distressed birds late one night
in January last year.
They were foiled by a man out walking with a powerful lamp as they approached
a Witchampton farm.
A jury at Bournemouth Crown Court found Mr Organ guilty of conspiracy
to steal, and on Thursday, June 17, he was ordered to pay £1,515.
Judge James Meston, QC, told Mr Organ: “It is clear you have a
long-standing serious concern about the welfare of animals, and believe
your self to be morally justified in stealing chickens.
like Man vs. Wild on the Discovery Channel, in which Bear Grylls set
fire to a cave filled with bats to smoke them out and then gleefully
beat them to the earth with a club before stomping them to death, must
be brought to an end. They can only perpetuate the unwelcome idea that
any non-human creature is some foreign object to be treated in any way
people wish, no matter how cruelly. Grylls’ actions differ little
from some of his Medieval counterparts who for entertainment used to
tie cats to their heads and run full speed against a concrete wall smashing
the cats to death against the wall. In fact, the indiscriminate killing
of cats in the 14th century during the period of the plague, like throwing
them from belfry towers to kill the evil spirits they were thought to
possess, also had the effect of increasing the incidence of the disease.
With fewer cats to control the rat population that carried the fleas
responsible for transmitting the plague, it was easier for the disease
to spread. Superstition and ignorance can kill, and cruelty to animals
will always have consequences.
I have personally witnessed the gleeful, sadistic killing of an
animal on only one occasion. That happened when I was a boy and observed
a schoolmate wire the feet of a live frog to an electric transformer,
pour gasoline over the frog, and then turn the transformer on so that
the frog was electrocuted and set on fire simultaneously. This boy was
so thrilled by his action that he repeated it again and again on the
same frog that he had killed, laughing gleefully with a wild, crazed
look in his eyes……
below news that Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute is to develop
genetically engineered pigs to be born with Cystic Fibrosis to be used
in experimentation then killed.
To do this to any animal is obscene but it is worth noting that pigs
have been proven to be one of the most intelligent animals on earth.
They far surpass the mental capacity of dogs and even many primates
and can master complex exercises such as playing basic computer games.
Professor Stanley Curtis of Penn State University who's studied them
has said “Pigs are able to focus with an intensity I have never
seen in a chimp.”
for a so-called super dairy close to a village in Lincolnshire have
been dropped after opposition from residents in the area.
Velmur, the firm that wanted to put almost 3,000 cows at South Witham
near Grantham, said it had decided to withdraw the plan.
In a statement, the company said the scale of the plan was not "acceptable
to people in the village". Martin Wilkins, of the parish council,
said people were pleased with the news. In their statement, Velmur said:
"The directors of Velmur and their advisers have, following
their meeting with the South Witham Parish Council and the open meeting,
reflected on comments raised at the meeting and the reaction of the
village." The firm said it considered that the case "for
more intensive dairying" remains in the UK and added they
thought the scheme could have met anticipated concerns of the village.
But the document continues: "Velmur had from the outset agreed
to consult and listen to the views of the village.
AstraZeneca Denied Drug's Link to Diabetes for Years After Admitting
Link to Japanese Physicians
Drug giant AstraZeneca attempted to obscure the connection between one
of its blockbuster drugs and diabetes risk for years after it knew of
the problem, according to documents recently unsealed as part of lawsuits
against the company.
More than 15,000 patients have sought damages from the company, alleging
that they were harmed by side effects from its atypical antipsychotic
Seroquel. According to the plaintiffs, AstraZeneca deliberately hid
information linking the drug to an increased risk of weight gain and
diabetes. The lawsuits have been consolidated into a single case for
the purpose of pre-trial proceedings.
The recently unsealed documents include notes from a meeting between
salesperson Nancy White and a doctor in July 2006, during which the
doctor said that his patients were expressing concern about Seroquel's
links to diabetes. White reported telling the doctor that "there
has been no causative effect" proven between the drug and the disease.
Nature. Original in International Journal of Obesity
diet increases wheel running in mice selectively bred for high voluntary
Objective: Mice from a long-term selective breeding experiment for high
voluntary wheel running offer a unique model to examine the contributions
of genetic and environmental factors in determining the aspects of behaviour
and metabolism relevant to body-weight regulation and obesity.
Like a spoiled kid who owns the ball, threatens to quit the game, and
take his ball home with him unless he gets to win, Japan has now threatened
to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unless it
gets what it wants. And what Japan wants is to kill whales, despite
the fact that practically every other nation in the world (except for
the retro-Vikings in Norway and Iceland) considers whaling to be barbaric,
cruel, and unnecessary.
The Associated Press reported today that Japan is considering withdrawing
from the IWC if no progress is made toward easing an international ban
on commercial whaling according to its fisheries minister on Tuesday.
In other words, they get to kill whales or they leave the party.
The annual IWC party begins next week in Agadir, Morocco and because
of Japan’s persistent bullying and threats, the delegates are
expected to seek a compromise between pro and anti-whaling countries,
which would legalize commercial whaling on a limited scale. Stung in
recent days by revelations of vote buying, Japan has now resorted to
threats to leave the IWC and take whatever whales it wants, wherever
it wants, whenever it wants. And rather than enforce the existing moratorium,
some nations including the United States and New Zealand are apparently
willing to throw the baby out with the bath water with the ridiculous
compromise of allowing whales to be killed in order to keep Japan from
killing more whales. In other words, they are saying that we will have
to kill the whales to save them.
This is not the first time that Japan has threatened to withdraw from
the IWC and they are at it again
FARMER and former magistrate has been fined for trapping and shooting
a badger which dug up his garden.
The RSPCA yesterday warned people against killing the animals after
dairy farmer and former High Sheriff of Dyfed Richard Harold James,
77, caught the badger in a snare near his Pembrokeshire home and blasted
it to death at close range with a shotgun.
The ex-JP was given fines and costs totalling almost £3,000 by
Swansea Magistrates yesterday (tue) for killing a protected animal and
using a snare to trap it. He shot the animal twice near his home at
Home Farm on the Stackpole Estate in Pembrokeshire just before last
Christmas. James then threw the animal onto a slope leading on to National
FORTRESS: FINANCING ANIMAL TORTUREFortress is vital to HLS' survival,
who are still millions of dollars in debt and are struggling to stay
afloat. Since the recent buyout of HLS, they are now in even more debt
- totalling over $100million. Fortress themselves are also in heavy
financial trouble due to the recession - so now is a great time to ask
them to recall HLS' loan of $70 million plus! Without this loan, HLS
could not have stayed open these past years - and
if it was recalled, they could not stay open in the future.
week of action against HLS' lifeline lender, Fortress Investment Group
Jury Sworn in for Animal Rights Campaigned Arson Trial
jury has been sworn-in over a 49-year-old animal rights campaigner accused
of plotting an arson attack against Oxford University.
trial of Mel Broughton, of Semilong Road, Northampton, is due begin
at Oxford Crown Court tomorrow. He is accused of conspiracy to commit
arson and possession of an article with intent to destroy property.
22 years old bullfighter was arrested in Mexico this week after he ran
away as the bull entered the ring. A symbol of the bullfighter
is a small ponytail in their hair so when they end being bullfighters
they cut their ponytail. This bullfighter after temporarily re entering
the ring away cut his ponytail in front of the crowd and left again.
Sadly he didn't refuse to kill the bull because any kind of compassion,
just because he lost his nerve. He said to the media "I don't have
balls to be a bullfighter".
Afterwards he was arrested because the contract said he was going
to kill two bulls and he only killed one.
Lush boss Mark Constantine has defended his company’s anti-hunting
campaign after it was banned by the advertising watchdog. He spoke to
the Daily Echo after the campaign, by his high street cosmetics chain,
was banned following 129 complaints.
A leaflet by the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) and distributed in
Lush stores read: “Hunting ban, what hunting ban?”, while
a postcard by Lush stated : “The hunts are still at it! The foxes
still need your help”, with a note inviting customers to forward
it to their local police chief constable.
Complainants to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) raised a range
of issues with the campaign, including complaints that it unfairly denigrated
hunts and hunters and misleadingly implied that hunts were intentionally
and regularly breaking the law.
Animal experimenters in the US, beware: you may find yourselves facing
criminal charges for simply doing your job. That's what has happened
to nine staff at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who could go to
jail or pay heavy fines for carrying out decompression experiments on
sheep for the US navy.Some sheep died in the experiments, which aimed
to find new ways to save divers from decompression sickness, otherwise
known as "the bends". Antivivisectionists at the Alliance
for Animals in Madison and at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
discovered that Wisconsin has a law banning the killing of animals through
decompression. The AFA and PETA filed charges, and on 2 June circuit
judge Amy Smith backed the animal-rights groups' claim. She concluded
that the researchers "intentionally or negligently violated Wisconsin
law", and so should face criminal charges. Smith dismissed the
university's defence that the research project was exempt from the law.The
case is the first in which animal researchers have faced criminal charges
in the US since 1981. "If animal rights groups continue to pursue
the use of laws in ways they were not originally intended, I'm concerned
that universities may be forced to expend additional resources to counteract
these unwarranted legal attacks," says Frankie Trull, president
of the Foundation for Biomedical Research in Washington DC, which defends
animal experiments. "I recommend institutions doing biomedical
research educate their in-house counsels about these animal rights strategies
and be prepared."
Pharma lies about statin drugs finally exposed in British Medical Journal
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
hear Big Pharma tell it, statin drugs are "miracle" medicines
that have prevented millions of heart attacks and strokes. But a recent
study published in the British Medical Journal tells a completely different
story: For every heart attack prevented by the drug, two or more people
suffered liver damage, kidney failure, cataracts or extreme muscle weakness
as a result of taking the drug.
Statin drugs, in other words, harm far more people than they help.
Julia Hippisley-Cox and Carol Coupland led the study which examined
data from over two million patients, including over 225,000 patients
who were new statin drug users. They found that for every 10,000 women
being treated with statins, there were only 271 fewer cases of heart
disease. And yet, at the same time, the statin drugs caused 74 cases
of liver damage, 23 cases of acute kidney failure, 39 cases of extreme
muscle weakness and 307 cases of cataracts.
Statin drugs, in other words, helped 271 people but harmed 443 people.
This demonstrates how they are wreaking havoc with the health of those
who take them, causing damage that far outweighs any benefit they might
Big Pharma's highly deceptive advertising implies that statin drugs
help everyone who takes them. So if 10,000 people took the drugs, we're
promised, heart attacks would be prevented in all 10,000 people. That's
the implied message in the drug ads, anyway. But this is just a wild
exaggeration and distortion of the facts. Most drugs don't work on most
people, and statin drugs only "work" on about 2.7% of those
who take them. Yet they cause serious damage in about 4.4% of those
who take them.
So if you take statin drugs, your odds of benefiting from them is less
than 3 out of 100. But your odds of being harmed by them are more than
4 out of 100. For 96 out of 100 people, statin drugs do nothing except
make the drug companies rich and pollute the waterways every time you
flush the toilet.
SUNDAY TIMES investigation has exposed Japan for bribing small nations
with cash and prostitutes to gain their support for the mass slaughter
The undercover investigation found officials from six countries were
willing to consider selling their votes on the International Whaling
The revelations come as Japan seeks to break the 24-year moratorium
on commercial whaling. An IWC meeting that will decide the fate of thousands
of whales, including endangered species, begins this month in Morocco.
Japan denies buying the votes of IWC members.
However, The Sunday Times filmed officials from pro-whaling governments
They voted with the whalers because of the large amounts of aid
from Japan. One said he was not sure if his country had any whales
in its territorial waters. Others are landlocked.
They receive cash payments in envelopes at IWC meetings from Japanese
officials who pay their travel and hotel bills.
disclosed that call girls were offered when fisheries ministers
and civil servants visited Japan for meetings.
Gardiner, an MP and former Labour biodiversity minister, said the investigation
revealed “disgraceful, shady practice”, which is “effectively
A cull on badgers in Pembrokeshire will not begin before the results
of an appeal, the Welsh rural affairs minister has announced. The decision
was made after the Badger Trust was told it could appeal against the
outcome of a judicial review that backed the assembly government's plans.
Elin Jones had initially said work on the cull to try to stop TB being
spread to cattle, would continue until a judge said otherwise.
The appeal is due on 30 June.
The trust disputes a cull, which is being piloted in an area of Pembrokeshire,
would make any difference to the spread of bovine TB. At least 1,500
badgers could be killed during the five-year programme.
The Badger Trust, a charity which campaigns for the conservation and
protection of badgers, had asked for the right to appeal against the
outcome of a judicial review held in April, which upheld the assembly
government's right to mount the cull.
It argued that the assembly government and the minister had not shown
that a cull would "eliminate or substantially reduce" the
rate of TB infection, as the law meant it had to, and that ministers
had a duty to weigh the harm to the badger population against the possible
benefits to farmers, but had not done so.The exact location of the proposed
cull is a tightly-guarded secret
Mr Justice Elias agreed that these two points were "arguable"
and granted the trust leave to appeal.
Kent police 'learns the lesson' of £5.3 million policing
operation that resulted in mass human rights breaches
Bindmans Press Release
Climate Camp protestors have received an unqualified apology from Kent
police for subjecting them to unlawful searches, together with a commitment
to disseminate the lessons learned to every police force in the UK and
a modest amount of compensation.
The settlement brings to an end test case litigation brought by veteran
activist Dave Morris and 11 year old twins who were attending the Climate
Camp at Kingsnorth in July 2008 as their first political event.
Some three thousand five hundred stop and searches were carried out
at Kingsnorth pursuant to the unlawful policy. It was set out in a secret,
'Police eyes only' briefing document known as 'Slide 18', the existence
of which was only revealed immediately before the final court hearing.
Kent Police had previously argued that searching officers had the necessary
individual suspicion to justify every search.
In January the Divisional Court held that there had been human rights
breaches in each of the test cases but referred the question of what
redress needed to be made to the County Court if it could not be agreed.
A settlement has now been reached under which the new Chief Constable
of Kent will write to every other force stating: "During the Operation.
a briefing was issued which did not give reasonable grounds to stop
and search the Claimants under section 1 PACE. The material part . headed
Slide 18, is also attached to this letter. As the October 2008 review
undertaken by the National Police Improvement Agency found, this was
interpreted as an instruction to search everyone. This interpretation
by Officers within these circumstances has led Kent Police to face what
it is we face today. Many people were searched as a result of these
briefings. That should not have happened.
week in court a hunter testified about the burning down of a hunting
cabin in 2007. He had told police in his statement that he had found
the burnt down cabin on 13 November 2007. Whilst at the cabin he claimed
he had seen two people cycling by and that one of them was one of the
defendants. He said he recognized the defendant from a TV appearance.
experts say however that the cause of the fire was most likely the careless
use of a stove. A police officer on patrol had found...
An activist has today begun a hunger strike outside the office of Willmott
Dixon in Coleshill in protest at the involvement in the construction
of a new animal lab at the University of Leicester.
A local campaigner commented "Midlands Animal Rights activists
want to mount the pressure on the company, and a 3 - 5 days hunger strike
will start as of Monday 7th June 2010 at 12 noon outside of their site.
We are hoping to publicise this in the local press as much as possible
in order to expose Willmott Dixon to the public and thus further the
pressure on them to pull out of their contract in helping to build the
new vivisection laboratory for Leicester University."
Please lend your support by attending, or contacting Willmott Dixon
in disgust at their involvement in the new lab:
Tel: 01675 467 666
Until a few years ago, there was little opposition to bullfighting in
Spain. Now, the time-honoured bloody spectacle risks being outlawed
in Catalonia. Is the game up for la corrida?
The Observer - Paul Richardson
Matador Manuel Jesús, ‘El Cid’,
performs a pass in 2007 at La Maestranza in Seville, the sport’s
oldest bullring. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters
bull ring in a big Spanish city on a weekend afternoon: not a place
for faint hearts, nor for anyone with ethical qualms about what they
are here to see. The plaza is packed to the rafters; there are elderly
couples and groups of young women, families, a few teenagers. Imagine
a cross between a baseball game, a Roman circus, and a sell-out concert
by some X Factor idol. All is noise, heat and shouting and garish colours;
a wind band plays Spanish bullfight paso dobles.
Nothing about this scene has changed, in essence, since Hemingway, Orson
Welles and Ava Gardner pitched up in Pamplona to sit in the front row
and chomp on fat cigars. Out on the circle of sand, a vast open-air
theatre, still strut the men in their black winged caps, their neat
black slippers, their sparkly traje de luces ("suit of lights"),
tighter on their taut bodies than seems either plausible or advisable,
and their thick capes of DayGlo violet on one side and canary-yellow
on the other.
Even the action, when it happens, seems archaic, timeworn, stuck in
a groove of tradition. Out of a gate comes a large black bull moving
at great speed, a thick-set beast weighing half a ton. The men in the
spangly suits move in, taking the bull around the ring, tiring him out.
The banderilleros do their grim business, planting coloured spikes in
the bull's back, making the blood stream down its sides. But the torero
is the star the public wants to see. He wields the red cape, the bull
following it this way and that, creating an effect almost of intimacy
as 500 kilos of horned fury brushes past his body. In an unguarded moment,
the torero is caught off balance and the bull tosses him on its horns
like a rag doll. The crowd screams as the torero staggers to his feet.
There is dark blood running down his leg, staining the rich embroidery.
In a world that is bent on putting "reality" in inverted commas,
there are few spectacles more viscerally immediate than this. There
is plenty of brutality and death on our computer screens, but this live
gore-fest is powerfully shocking to sensibilities numbed by virtual
Residents shocked by 'barbaric' cull of Canada geese in park
- Stoke - PLEASE HELP!!
Residents shocked by 'barbaric' cull of Canada geese in park
RESIDENTS have branded a cull of Canada geese "barbaric" after
they were woken early in the morning by the sound of gunfire in a neighbourhood
The shooting at the lake at Longton Park began soon after 5am yesterday
and lasted for at least half-an-hour. One neighbour today described
being particularly unnerved as the shots rang out just hours after she
had seen TV footage of a gunman running amok in Cumbria, massacring
Cassie Fletcher, whose home in Queens Park Avenue, Dresden, overlooks
the park, said: "When you hear all that shooting at that time of
the morning, the first thing in your mind is whether something similar
is happening here. It made it doubly worrying." She was woken up
by the noise just before 6am and rang the police immediately.
WHO scandal exposed: Advisors received kickbacks from H1N1 vaccine
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
stunning new report reveals that top scientists who convinced the World
Health Organization (WHO) to declare H1N1 a global pandemic held close
financial ties to the drug companies that profited from the sale of
those vaccines. This report, published in the British Medical Journal,
exposes the hidden ties that drove WHO to declare a pandemic, resulting
in billions of dollars in profits for vaccine manufacturers.
Several key advisors who urged WHO to declare a pandemic received direct
financial compensation from the very same vaccine manufacturers who
received a windfall of profits from the pandemic announcement. During
all this, WHO refused to disclose any conflicts of interests between
its top advisors and the drug companies who would financially benefit
from its decisions.
All the kickbacks, in other words, were swept under the table and kept
silent, and WHO somehow didn't think it was important to let the world
know that it was receiving policy advice from individuals who stood
to make millions of dollars when a pandemic was declared.
WHO credibility destroyed
The report was authored by Deborah Cohen (BMJ features editor), and
Philip Carter, a journalist who works for the Bureau of Investigative
Journalism in London. In their report, Cohen states, "...our investigation
has revealed damaging issues. If these are not addressed, H1N1 may yet
claim its biggest victim -- the credibility of the WHO and the trust
in the global public health system."
the Austrian Animal Protection Trial – Week 11
outside the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC, USA
Support in Washington DC...
and volunteers from the American animal rights organisation FARM held
a protest outside the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC this week. For
an hour activists gathered and marched in front of the Austrian Embassy
chanting messages and carrying large signs reading “Stop Austrian
Repression”, “Activism is NOT a crime”, “Protect
Free Speech” and “Drop all Charges – Shame on Austria!”.
During the demonstration activists approached the embassy to deliver
a letter to the embassy's public information officer, Wolfgang Renezeder.
Friendly and understanding, Mr Renezeder was aware of the worldwide
protests and agreed to make sure that the letter was delivered to the
Ministry of Justice in Vienna.
activists said they will continue to take a stand and speak out against
the Austrian government until this injustice is stopped and the charges
have been dropped against the 13 individuals.
judge throws two defendants out of the court room and much more
Case against me is all lies, says whaling activist on trial
Bethune with the powerboat which became the Ady Gil, which was fuelled
by natural fats. It was sliced in half by the Shonan Maru No 2
at sea, taken to Tokyo in handcuffs and now facing a possible 15-year
jail sentence for trying to stop Japan's annual whale cull, Peter Bethune
has become a controversial hero of the environmental movement. But in
Japan, where he is on trial for boarding a whaling ship and assaulting
a crew member, he is despised and harangued by nationalists, who call
him an eco-terrorist.
Bethune is accused of throwing an acid similar to rancid butter, and
injuring a member of the crew of the Shonan Maru No 2 that collided
with his powerboat a month earlier during clashes in the Antarctic Ocean.
The New Zealander's trial is the first in Japan against a member of
the Sea Shepherd Conservationist Society, a direct action group founded
more than 30 years ago in the US, and has attracted huge media attention.
ultra-nationalists have picketed his daily court appearances and staged
noisy protests outside the New Zealand and Australian embassies in Tokyo.
Some called for Mr Bethune to be "hanged" and for Japan to
go to war with Australia over its whaling stance. Australia announced
this week that it is upping the ante in the anti-whaling battle by following
through on a long-standing threat to take Japan to the International
Court of Justice in The Hague.
and New Zealand accuse Japan of commercial whaling in what both countries
consider a whale sanctuary. Tokyo calls the annual cull "scientific
whaling" and says neither country has any legal claim over the
southern oceans. Against this backdrop, Mr Bethune, from New Zealand,
told The Independent that much of the evidence against him is an "orchestrated
litany of lies" and described his trial as "judicial rape".
Animal rights activists say they plan to protest outside the headquarters
of an Ilkley-based firm over the company’s involvement in the
building of an animal testing laboratory. The National Anti-Vivisection
Alliance (NAVA) group, based in Oxfordshire, says it plans to carry
out a peaceful ‘sustained’ protest at buildings owned by
the NG Bailey group of companies, including the firm’s head office,
group is opposed to the building of a £15 million laboratory at
the University of Leicester, which will be used for carrying out tests
on animals. University bosses said earlier this year that the ‘vital’
tests would be in an effort to find new treatments for cancer, heart
disease, meningitis and other human illnesses. NAVA says it is
targeting NG Bailey for protests as the main sub-contracting builders
for the laboratory. The group further claims that thousands of beagle
dogs and rodents would be used in experiments at the laboratory –
and said demonstrations had already taken place at two Leeds offices.
Marks & Spencer launches national animal-friendly
Company promotes its cruelty-free approval by the internationally recognized
The BUAV is delighted that Marks & Spencer, the major high street
retailer, has today launched a national advertising campaign showcasing
its non-animal testing policy and BUAV Approved status as part of its
‘Plan A’ eco-initiative. All Marks and Spencer’s own
brand cosmetic, toiletries and household products are approved by the
BUAV's Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS) and Humane Household Product
Standard (HHPS) and carry the globally recognised Leaping Bunny Logo.
The range of over 1200 products is the largest range of ‘cruelty
free’ household and beauty products available on the High Street.
BUAV's Leaping Bunny Logo is the absolute gold standard in cruelty-free
products. It symbolises an extensive independent audit process and guarantees
that no animal testing has occurred in any part of the product or its
ingredients after a fixed cut-off date. A fixed cut-off date is a date
after which a company will not accept animal testing of any of its ingredients
for cosmetic purposes.
The animal experimentation community sells animal use to society based
on their claim that animals can predict human response to drugs and
disease. Want to cure cancer? Study mice. Want to understand HIV? Study
monkeys. For example, according to the BBC May 31, 2010: American scientists
say they have developed a vaccine which has prevented breast cancer
from developing in mice. The article quotes Vincent Tuohy, from the
Cleveland Clinic as saying:
We believe that this vaccine will someday be used to prevent breast
cancer in adult women in the same way that vaccines have prevented many
childhood diseases. If it works in humans the way it works in mice,
this will be monumental. We could eliminate breast cancer. (Emphasis
An editorial in Nature May 20, 2010 is titled Still prime time for primates.
Rats turn out to be surprisingly useful for research on cognition [see
Neuroscience: The rat pack]. But if the goal is to understand the human
brain and its many disorders, then primate studies remain essential
. . . But the rodent researchers have never argued that rats could or
should replace primates in research that is ultimately directed at understanding
how the human brain works — and thus what goes wrong in neurological
and psychiatric conditions . . . This approach — combined with
the low cost of rearing and keeping rodents and the wide availability
of genetic tools for studying them — promises to help scientists
to reach these
basic cognitive components with unprecedented speed and rigour. Rodent
research is also a less ethically sensitive issue than primate research,
so the more information that can be wrung out of rats and mice the better.
However, scientists will not be able to extrapolate directly from the
rodent brain to the human brain to work out what has gone wrong in complex
disorders such as schizophrenia. (Emphasis added.)
This week saw three detectives from the special commission testifying
in court. What they told the judge revealed many shocking inconsistencies
which the defence attempted to address in their questioning. However,
the judge prevented this by not allowing many of the defences' questions.
and house raids based on assumptions
transpired that in October 2007 police were already planning home raids
and remand prison for a number of activists. The police reports show
that Dr Balluch and VGT were the main suspects. However, this was based
on nothing more than the assumption that VGT possibly provided a cover
for people committing offences, there was no proof or any evidence.
And Dr Balluch was considered the main suspect only because he was president
evidence – irrelevant?
about investigative results, such as DNA tests and Mobile phone and
vehicle tracking, which would clear the defendants of any involvement
in offences, the detectives claimed that the results were in their reports
but not in the final police reports, since evidence was only considered
relevant, if it provided evidence for guilt.
judge saw fit to end this line of questioning indicating that exonerating
evidence was irrelevant for the 278a law as the defendants are not charged
with committing any offence, but merely be a member of a criminal organisation
by supporting it through legal means. She instead busied herself with
asking the detectives whether they were of the opinion that the listed
offences had been carried out by a “freaked out individual”
acting alone with no connection to campaigns, campaigners or animal
groups or whether an organisation was behind the offences. Observers
of the proceedings, those few who were not trainee police officers ordered
to be there of course, were dismayed at this question as it can only
reflect the judge's opinion that there can only be one or the other.
This is not the reality of a normal protest movement. A good example
of this are the so called “threatening” e-mails sent to
fur retailers. They are standard requests to a company asking them to
stop selling fur.
CITY, Ohio — More than 150 law enforcement officers lined U.S.
Route 42 on Monday for an animal rights protest at a dairy farm.
protest against Conklin Dairy Farms Inc. was planned after an animal
rights group shot undercover video of a Conklin employee brutalizing
Joe Gregg, who was seen in the video, was fired last week and was charged
with 12 counts of animal cruelty, 10TV News reported.
law enforcement included Union County sheriff's deputies, Ohio State
Highway Patrol troopers, firefighters and emergency management staff.
They were bracing for the possibility of violent action by animal rights
activists, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
images shown here are part of the Animal Equality's investigation on
Spanish pig farms. They have been selected among thousands of photographs
taken during our investigation. This has led us to visit 172 farms (intensive
and extensive ones) from different parts of Spain. We have documented
the life of these animals since their birth till their death at the
slaughterhouses, and all the horrors they suffer (mutilations, freedom
deprivation, cannibalism, illness, open wounds...).
Major firms scrap animal testing / Ito En, Shiseido
take lead in consideration of EU, U.S. markets.
OSAKA--Ito En, Ltd., a major beverage maker based in Tokyo, abolished
animal testing at the end of April, while cosmetics giant Shiseido Co.
aims to do so within the company by March next year and abolish the
practice completely, including through outsourcing, by March 2013, The
Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.The companies decided to scrap the tests,
eyeing European and U.S. markets, where animal rights movements are
strong. In Europe, sales of cosmetics developed via animal testing are
regulated. Since it is the first time major Japanese companies have
decided to abolish animal tests, the move likely will affect other corporations.
According to Ito En, the company decided to abolish animal testing through
talks with animal rights organizations in the United States, the company's
major export market, and also because it learned that two major U.S.
beverage makers have abolished the practice. "It's an inevitable
step as we take our business global," a staff member said. Ito
En had experimented with animals, mainly rats, to verify the effectiveness
of catechin, which is a substance in green tea. From now on, however,
the company will adopt alternative testing methods such as using human
cells. Yet animal tests are required to obtain government authorization
of foods for specified health use. The company said it would outsource
animal tests in case the data derived from such procedures become necessary
in the future.Shiseido has not performed animal testing in its cosmetics
research and development since the latter half of the 1980s and has
limited such tests to the application of cosmetic materials. This spring,
the company decided on a policy to completely abandon the practice,
in accordance with European Union regulations.
James Gray was found guilty of the worst case of animal cruelty seen
by the RSPCA.
A horse trader who went on the run while awaiting sentence for what
RSPCA described as the worst case of animal cruelty it had even
seen started an eight-month jail sentence today. James Gray, who ill-treated
more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys on his family's farm, was arrested
after being stopped by police during a random check on the M5 near Bromsgrove,
The 46-year-old had absconded from Aylesbury crown court, Buckinghamshire,
two weeks ago, and was
given a 26-week prison sentence in his absence. Today, he was given
an extra eight weeks' jail by the same court for breaking his bail conditions.
The RSPCA chief inspector Rob Skinner said: "This is such an appalling
and shocking case, not just because of the terrible suffering the animals
endured, but because of the lack of compassion shown by members of the
family who seemed to think it was OK to sit back and watch it happen."
Thanking West Mercia police for spotting Gray's car using number plate
recognition, he hoped the trader would never own another animal in his
The investigation cost the RSPCA more than £2.3 million, including
veterinary treatment and care of the rescued horses, who will now be
misery: Thanks to that TV ad, they're now a must-have pet... but behind
the cute image lies shocking cruelty
at the back of the pet shop, between the cages of mice, sacks of puppy
feed and swarms of goldfish at £2.50 a pop, a little animal no
more than eight inches tall is running up and down a poky mesh cage.
a one-year-old meerkat, is on sale for £900, making him quite
a money-spinner for the store. Despite his high value, however, he looks
anything but happy.
His cage at Planet Pets in Radcliffe, north Manchester, is just 5ft
by 2ft ('not good enough,' according to the RSPCA) and he is kept in
it alone, despite the fact that wild meerkats live in groups of ten
star: Meerkat 'Aleksandr Orlov' in the adverts for price comparison
The animals are also hardwired to spend their days digging tunnels,
but Simples has only a shallow layer of wood chips to play with.
he's far from the only meerkat living in these kind of conditions, because
they are big business - selling at pet shops up and down the country
for as much as £1,500 each.
criminal trial against Sea Shepherd Conservation Society volunteer Captain
Pete Bethune begins in Tokyo on May 27. Captain Bethune was arrested
in March and remains in maximum-security detention in Tokyo. He was
detained after boarding the Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru 2 in
February to protest the sinking of Sea Shepherd's vessel Ady Gil (which
he captained) as well as Japan's illegal whaling operations. He faces
several charges, including trespassing and property damage.
Captain Bethune boarded the Shonan Maru 2 to present the captain of
that vessel with a three million dollar invoice for damages arising
from the Shonan Maru 2's destruction of the vessel Ady Gil. Bethune
also boarded the vessel in an effort to stop it from slaughtering more
whales, and his actions did cause the Shonan Maru 2 to prematurely withdraw
from the illegal whaling operation in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Shepherd's Seattle-based law firm, Harris & Moure, will have two
of its lawyers in Tokyo during the trial both to assist Bethune's Japanese
defense team and to explain Sea Shepherd's position regarding the trial
and Japan's illegal whaling operations. Harris & Moure's Managing
Partner, Dan Harris, will be available in Tokyo for media questions
beginning on May 26 and throughout the trial.
Dickinson, who heads Harris & Moure's Asia practice out of Qingdao,
China, will be at the trial both as a translator and as a liaison to
Sea Shepherd in the United States. Mr. Dickinson began his legal career
with a prominent Tokyo law firm and is fluent in Japanese.
calf no more than ten days old lying dead in a 'zero grazing' shed with
blood seeping from his nose and mouth.
pigs looking for sustenance in a trough filled with faeces.
A piglet wandering across a floor streaked with afterbirth searching
for his mother.
bin full of dead sheep and lambs.
film was shot secretly in randomly-selected farms across the UK during
the last three years. The images support Animal Aid's argument that
modern animal farming presents a significant threat to human health,
as well as an intolerable burden upon the animals themselves.
BEWARE THE VIDEO IS SHOCKING
Chilling undercover footage recorded during a new Mercy For Animals
investigation exposes dairy farm workers sadistically abusing cows and
on hidden camera, the shocking scenes of abuse reveal a culture of cruelty
at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio.
a four-week investigation between April and May, MFA's investigator
documented farm workers:
punching young calves in the face, body slamming them to the ground,
and pulling and throwing them by their ears
using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach
"downed" cows (those too injured to stand) in the face and
neck – abuse carried out
and encouraged by the farm's owner
beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars – some attacks
involving over 40 blows to the head
cows' tails until the bones snapped
about stabbing, dragging, shooting, breaking bones, and beating cows
and calves to death
After viewing the
footage, Dr. Bernard Rollin, distinguished professor of animal science
at Colorado State University, stated: "This is probably the most
gratuitous, sustained, sadistic animal abuse I have ever seen. The video
depicts calculated, deliberate cruelty, based not on momentary rage
but on taking pleasure through causing pain to cows and calves who are
trader Gray arrested after disappearing for two weeks
trader James Gray is back in police custody two weeks after he disappeared
from court as he was due to be sentenced for animal cruelty offences.
Gray was arrested by police officers in Kidderminster, Worcestershire,
earlier today and is to due back in court in Aylesbury tomorrow.
the owner of Spindles Farm in Hyde Heath, disappeared from Aylesbury
Crown Court on Wednesday May 12 during a lunch break just as he was
to be sentenced for nine offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
had originally been convicted of the offences and appealed – but
had his sentence of 26 weeks in prison, a lifetime ban from keeping
equines and being made to pay £400,000 costs upheld in his absence.
other members of his family were sentenced at the same court hearing
– having bans from keeping animals extended from five years to
The Chiltern district's head of policing, Chief Inspector Ian Hunter,
said: “I'm delighted that he's been arrested. We've been relentlessly
pursuing and following all lines of enquiry.
was very confident he was going to be caught and that has now happened
today. He will now carry out the sentence as the court had intended.”
hospital is under fire for feeding a life-long vegetarian patient meat
as she lay helpless in bed.
her family's pleas, staff fed it to frail and confused Dorothy Leese,
87, for two weeks. And yesterday a probe into what went wrong was under
way at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Mrs Leese's daughter, Tina
angrily hit out: "When I raised her diet with staff I was made
to feel I was being a nuisance.
is almost as though they're saying, 'She's a vegetarian - so what?'"
Mrs Leese feels so strongly about animal rights she has never worn leather.
Tina added: "I haven't got the heart to tell Mum what they've done
because she'd be devastated."
blew up 119 live pigs in explosive tests
By Ian Drury
rights campaigners expressed outrage last night after the Ministry of
Defence admitted blowing up 119 live pigs in explosives tests.
The MoD defended the experiments, saying they had 'saved many lives'
in Afghanistan and Iraq. They have led to improvements in body armour
and the medical treatment of soldiers injured by roadside bombs, it
Questionable research? Scientists blew up 119 pigs at Porton Down research
centre in Salisbury. They were investigating the effects of IEDs and
explosives used by the Taliban. But animal welfare activists criticised
the 'unethical' practice of causing 'massive mutilation and injury'
to the pigs. The research took place at the Government's secret military
research laboratory Porton Down, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, between
2006 and 2009. Official figures reveal 25 pigs were used in improvised
explosive device experiments in 2006, 19 in 2007, 40 in 2008, and 35
in 2009. The animals are anaesthetised before the explosions.
The FDA has just given its nod of approval to vaccines that are contaminated
with a pig virus that causes a fatal wasting disease.
According to the FDA, injecting this virus into the bodies of human
infants and children is perfectly fine. Read more about this shocking
development in today's feature story:
flagship, Steve Irwin, is currently in Cannes, France, making final
preparations for Operation Blue Rage. On another front, because of the
catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we have just announced
our plans for a campaign to help with the animal rescue efforts there.
This is called our Gulf Rescue Campaign.
read on to learn more about these current campaigns as well as environmental
protection progress being made in the Galapagos and an update on the
Australian Maritime Safety Authority's investigation into the sinking
of the Ady Gil this past January.
is a critical time for Sea Shepherd. Our funds are stretched tight,
having two campaigns at once while simultaneously preparing to go back
to Antarctica to defend whales, but we know that with
your support we can continue to defend, conserve, and protect our
While British Petroleum (BP) may be morally and legally responsible
for causing the deep-sea oil breach in the Gulf of Mexico that is turning
into the largest and most destructive oil spill in history, it is impractical
and unwise to leave the rescue of all marine life in the Gulf to a private
We have initiated plans for a Gulf Rescue Campaign and are calling upon
all able organizations to join us in sending vessels with trained crew
to support large-scale efforts to rescue oiled sea birds, turtles, and
other marine species.
Wales Against Animal Cruelty are being joined by Brian May's SAVE ME
campaign, a site dedicated to defending the hunting act. They will be
putting out an appeal on their site for donations towards reward money
being offered for information leading to the conviction of those responsible
for torturing this fox cub to death.
WAAC have already pledged £250, and that's just the start!
Found a dead fox cub on the edge of the Hiraethog forest today, with
orange nylon rope tied in a knot around one her back legs. Her other
back leg had been torn off - there was just a bit of jagged upper leg
bone jutting down from her lower body. I believe this poor animal was
used for baiting young hounds to become more vicious and so track and
savage fully grown foxes to death. She was then dumped in the forest
down a ditch on top of bramble and dried grasses. It was the smell of
decay that gave away her whereabouts. This cub was obviously well fed
by somebody before she was trapped/dug out, then abused, presumably
by being swung around on the rope and mutilated by dogs. You could see
she must have been very beautiful, not the thin scrawny types usually
found in a forest area.
poor girl was definitely tortured to death for the purpose of encouraging
hounds/dogs to rip their victims apart I cannot begin to image what
this poor young animal went through before she died of her injuries.
Coalition agreement likely to delight farmers but enrage animal welfare
are preparing to order targeted badger culls in England in a move that
will delight farmers who believe it the prime factor in the spread of
TB through their dairy herds – and enrage many animal welfare
new coalition agreement released by Downing Street today says: "As
part of a package of measures, we will introduce a carefully managed
and science-led policy of badger control in areas with high and persistent
levels of bovine tuberculosis."
cull is due to start in west Wales soon, after a failed legal challenge
by critics. But the previous Labour administration ruled out the measure
in England, insisting scientific research suggested it could actually
help spread the disease faster as animals fled the kill zones.
The Coalition agriculture and food minister, Mr Jim Paice is reported
to have told West Country farmers that there would be a badger cull
in areas of high bovine tuberculosis infection.
The formal Programme for Government issued today (May 20) says only
the following: “As part of a package of measures, we will introduce
a carefully managed and science-led policy of badger control in areas
with high and persistent levels of bovine tuberculosis”.
The Badger Trust says that if the policy really were science-led killing
badgers would not be considered at all.
David Williams, the chairman, said: “We do not yet know what ‘badger
control’ means – vaccination, killing the protected species
or effective biosecurity measures. In the case of killing badgers, repeated,
properly structured scientific research, authoritatively and publicly
published, has demonstrated that killing them would be of only marginal
benefit, and even that would not be permanent. In addition there is
a real risk of making the situation worse.
Mystery around remote NY island begins to lift as storied animal research
lab heads west
This undated file photo provided by the Agricultural Research Service
of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Plum Island Animal Disease
Center off the coast of New York's Long Island. The federal government
is looking for the public's input on what to do with the island now
that plans are under way to move an animal research lab there to Kansas.
(AP Photo/ARS-USDA/File) (Anonymous, AP / August 9, 2006)
CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Hannibal Lecter, the fictional villain in "Silence
of the Lambs," said it sounded "charming." Author Nelson
DeMille made it the centerpiece of his 1997 thriller about deadly viruses
and hidden treasure.
the infancy of the Cold War, Plum Island has been the site of an animal
disease laboratory; access is limited to scientists, support personnel
and, on rare occasions, invited guests. Because of its remote location
a mile and half off the eastern tip of Long Island's north fork, it
frequently has been the target of rife speculation about what really
goes on there.
general public could someday get access to the 840-acre pork chop-shaped
oasis now that the federal government is moving its animal disease research
functions to a new lab in Manhattan, Kan. With a "For Sale"
sign about to go up at Plum Island, the General Services Administration
is seeking community input on what should be done with the property.
A hearing was held Wednesday in Connecticut and another is scheduled
for Thursday on Long Island.
Sheep CT scans boost
the process is just speeding up natural selection
Putting a live
sheep into a CT scanner looks ungainly, even slightly comical, but the
science behind it has serious implications for Britain's national flock.
One by one they are mildly sedated by a vet and then strapped to a gurney,
complete with head cushion for comfort. Once loaded on to the machine
itself, a slow conveyor takes them through the large white, donut-shaped
This is not happening
because the animal is hurt or injured, in fact the Charollais ram is
in tip top condition and his owner wants more like him. Dr Kevin Sinclair,
a professor in developmental biology at The University of Nottingham,
is helping farmers pick the best of the best to breed better quality
meat into their flocks. He says:
for lamb becoming less popular as a meat is because people complain
about it being too fatty.
"Breeders are increasingly testing their animals for leanness and
this does it with pinpoint accuracy."
famous Austrian musician gave a concert in Stuttgart, Germany. A demonstration
against the repression in Austria was organised in front of the concert
almost all of last week and most of this week's trial dates being taken
up by questioning witnesses about legal anti fur demonstrations the
defence made an objection to the judge on the grounds that the demonstrations
under discussion were legally registered, not forbidden by the police
and had no relevance to any crimes. The judge overruled the objection
stating that those demonstrations were incriminated as part of a double
strategy of legal protests and illegal activity. The two days in court
this week were taken up with shop assistants and store managers being
asked to describe the anti fur demonstrations in front of their stores
and the behaviour of the protesters taking part.
store manager claimed enthusiastically that one of the defence lawyers
was an aggressive protester who was constantly demonstrating outside
her store! Dr Stuefer, the lawyer in question, has nothing to do with
animal rights campaigning.
Please contact Harrods' new owners at the address below.
of you will by now be aware that Harrods was bought last week by Qatar
Holding, a company set up by and operated on behalf of the Qatari Royal
Family. You probably also know that Harrods is the only department store
in the UK which continues to sell real fur, despite the fact the production
of fur is illegal in the this country.
several years anti-fur campaigners had been trying to persuade the previous
owner Mohamed Al Fayed to withdraw fur from sale, but instead Al Fayed
went to court and took out legal injunctions to try to have the protests
stopped. After 4 years of protests and court cases, the campaign continued.
When Qatar bought Harrods they also bought the campaign that goes with
Holding is basically an arm of the Qatari royal family, which rules
the tiny, but oil rich Gulf Arab state. The Chairman of Qatar Holding
is also the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, (His Excellency
Sheikh. Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani.) He is also part of the
Al Thani Dynasty which has ruled Qatar for almost 2 centuries, his cousin
is the Emir of Qatar.
are hoping that the new owners will take the compassionate step of stopping
the sale of fur in Harrods once and for all, and that is where you can
Greyhound Racing Ends in New England; Opponents Focus on Florida
By Michael J. Mooney
time last year, we had a cover story about Jailamony, a greyhound with
a broken leg, and the national fight over greyhound racing. While Florida,
with 13 tracks, remains the mecca of dog racing in this country, other
states continue banning live racing.
Island Gov. Don Carcieri signed legislation Friday allowing betting
parlors in that state to end dog racing, meaning greyhound racing is
over in all of New England.
Vermont, and Maine each outlawed dog racing in the past couple of years.
It ended for financial reasons in New Hampshire, and the state Senate
recently voted to make live racing illegal. Connecticut's last greyhound
track closed in 2006.
to waste fur industry claims that A.L.F.-liberated mink do not survive
in the wild, a recent study published in April 2009 studies the survival
rate of captive-bred mink when released. The study, done in partnership
with Oxford University, tracked the survival of released mink over eight
years. The study found that none of the released mink died directly
due to lack of survival skills.
years, anecdotal evidence and quotes from wildlife biologists supported
the possibility of high survival rates for released mink. For example,
view this article on a (now removed) blog post from a Utah woman finding
a mink in her yard near the McMullin Fur Farm, 18 months after it was
raided by the Animal Liberation Front.
Mink Release Study
study (viewed here), is titled "The survival of captive-born animals
in restoration programmes – Case study of the endangered European
mink Mustela lutreola".
Study of Glaxo platelet drug halted due to clots.
Newron shares plummet 55% after drug fails
F.D.A. Rejects InterMune’s Drug for Fatal Lung Disease.
Tylenol, Excedrin study shows they have no benefit
‘Antidepressant tied to risk of newborn heart defect.’
Regulator examines prostate medications for diabetes and heart risks.
‘Trial Of Glaxo 'Red Wine' Drug Suspended; Safety Events Cited.’
‘F.D.A. Rejects InterMune’s Drug for Fatal Lung Disease.’
‘Taking the pill could be putting women off sex, a new study has
Pfizer halts late-stage testing of cancer drug due to serious adverse
‘Anticonvulsant drugs linked to suicidal behaviour.’
‘“Don’t give children flu jab” says chief medical
FDA boxed warning for Propylthiouracil due to liver injury, failure
Alzheimer drug fails.
Antisoma loses staff as drug fails
Medical journal ‘Alzheimer's drugs hurt brain?’
GSK lupus drug disappoints in human trials.
March FDA posting issues 40 new adverse reaction warnings.
US regulator FDA issued 25 further new warnings over adverse reactions
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are currently 451 dogs held in Met police kennels Scotland Yard has
been urged to destroy thousands of dangerous dogs rather than paying
more than £10m to care for them.
The Metropolitan Police (Met) plans to outsource kennelling and care
of dangerous dogs, which could cost up to £10m over four years.
Harris, former Metropolitan Police Authority chairman, asked: "Why
don't we just put them down?"
record 1,146 dogs, including pit-bull terriers, were seized in London
in 2009. Police currently have 451 dogs. Each dog can cost the force
up to £9,000, while owners fight lengthy court cases trying to
Despite going to their best efforts to hide all contractors involved
in the construction of the new laboratory at the University of Leicester,
we have managed to track them all down.
We are able to confirm that as of Monday, A-Plant Hire are no longer
involved in the project and are withdrawing all building and construction
equipment from use at the site.
As "one of the largest non-operated equipment rental companies
in the world" with over 100 sites in the UK, and many others in
the USA, this is the first of many victories on the road to stopping
the new animal lab being built. We thank A-Plant for making the ethical
decision and hope that other contractors will make the same choice and
Rather than bemoaning the loss of science-savvy politicians in last
week's election, researchers in the UK should strive to make new friends
As Nature goes to press, the United Kingdom's general election of 6
May has still not produced a clear outcome. Although the right-leaning
Conservative Party won the most seats in the parliament, they failed
to capture the majority needed to form a government. In the coming days,
the Conservatives or the incumbent Labour Party are likely to form a
coalition with the left-leaning Liberal Democrats to govern the country.
What seems clear, however, is that the next parliament will contain
fewer scientifically savvy members than the current one. An analysis
by London's The Times newspaper shows that some 71 candidates with scientific
backgrounds have been elected, down from 86 of the 650 members in the
last parliament. Among the defeated is Evan Harris, a Member of Parliament
(MP) for the Liberal Democrats, who was considered by many to be the
most articulate voice during the election for science and its importance
Harris's fate represents the dashed hopes of a small but vocal minority
of scientists and policy-watchers who tried to shape research into a
live campaign issue. In the aftermath of the election, The Times announced
that it had been a “terrible night” for science, while New
Scientist declared that “science is the loser”.
Influenza vaccines have sent 57 children into life-threatening convulsions,
reports The Age out of Australia. These influenza vaccines were being
give to children under five to "protect" them from seasonal
flu, but after receiving the shots, these children started going into
investigation has revealed that there is no quality control problem
with any particular batch of influenza vaccines. They all pass quality
control, in other words, so the convulsions are being caused by what
is intentionally put into the vaccines, not by some mistaken chemical
of course, baffles conventional doctors who have all been told that
vaccines are perfectly safe and could never harm anyone. So rather than
pausing to consider what might be contained in the vaccines that's causing
children to go into convulsions, they charge ahead with the recommendation
that even more people should get vaccines.
Hampson, chairman of Australia's Influenza Specialist Group, "...advised
young, healthy people anxious to get the flu vaccine to consider having
the swine flu vaccine" reports The Age. There is no amount of real-world
evidence, you see, that can break the mythological stranglehold that
vaccines have over the minds of mainstream physicians. Even if children
start dropping to the floor and convulsing right in front of them, they
will continue to push vaccines on even more children.
A horse trader convicted of the worst case of animal cruelty ever seen
by the RSPCA absconded from court today as he awaited sentence. James
Gray, 46, neglected more than 100 animals on his family farm, with horses
found crammed into pens ankle-deep in their own faeces and carcasses
littering the fields.
Gray attended Aylesbury Crown Court, Buckinghamshire, to appeal against
his 24-week prison sentence today, having lost an appeal against his
convictions last week. But when the court resumed after adjourning for
the judge to deliberate, Gray was nowhere to be found.
It is thought he walked past security guards and into the town centre,
despite being told by Judge Christopher Tyrer not to leave the court
building for the hour-long break. A warrant for his arrest was issued.
Michael Fullerton, representing Gray, was asked by the judge where his
client was, and replied: "I have no idea. I haven't seen him from
the time the court rose."
Gray, who was convicted along with his wife and three of his children
following the neglect at Spindle Farm in Amersham, Buckinghamshire,
was sentenced in his absence to 26 weeks in prison.
Tyson's fighting fit again... and he's turned VEGAN
He once infamously bit off part of an opponent's ear during a fight,
but it seems Mike Tyson has lost his taste for meat
The former boxer claims to have given up animal products in exchange
for a purely vegan diet. And it seems the change is doing him some good.
After piling on the pounds in recent years, Tyson looked fighting fit
as he headed out for dinner in Beverly Hills last night. While recording
a 90-minute interview for the Yes Network in New York last week he revealed
that he had given up eating meat or animal products. The 43-year-old
said he'd become a vegan and finally had 'no drama' in his life.
The wire service AP reported: 'Alternately defiant, choked-up and introspective,
Tyson's frank answers frequently drew applause and laughs, some of the
nervous variety, as he detailed his rise and fall as heavyweight champion.'
up to the news that Dr Evan Harris, the Liberal Democrat science spokesperson,
had lost his seat in last week’s election by a tiny margin was
devastating. I can’t even remember how or under what circumstances
I met Evan, but for anyone who works, as we do, on the frontline of
some of the biggest scientific debates of our times, it is only ever
a matter of time before you get to know this MP well. As the Science
Media Centre emerged out of the ashes of the GM saga the remit was clear:
to encourage more scientists to engage more effectively on contentious
issues like GM. Opening in April 2002, a series of issues faced us that
were clearly our reason for being: the MMR/autism controversy, the high
profile campaign of opposition to animal research and the controversy
over the use of embryos in stem cell research. Finding scientists to
speak out on any of these issues was initially a huge challenge, yet
Evan seemed to have made every one of them his own; arguing on behalf
of the scientists involved in every public forum he could access. And
that brave and dogged support of scientists working on the most controversial
issues has remained a constant – seemingly impervious to either
party politics or the search for vote-winning populist policies that
dominates so much of politics.
was eagle-eyed Evan Harris who first spotted the line in the draft Human
Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that revealed that government may
move to ban human-animal hybrid embryo research in response to public
revulsion. It was Evan who organised the first meetings of scientists
to contest the proposed the ban, which grew into one of the biggest
and most successful scientific collaborations on a scientific controversy.
A year later, when Parliament voted in favour of allowing research on
human-animal hybrids, few in science failed to acknowledge the exceptional
contribution of one politician to this amazing transformation in public
and political opinion.
in the office after Evan’s defeat I discovered that my personal
sense of dismay was widely shared with hundreds of scientists, science
press officers and science journalists, all emailing and texting to
express their shock that science had lost one of its foremost champions
in Parliament. It’s clear that this is not a partly political
issue, with one of the first supportive comments received coming from
Lord Drayson, the Labour government’s Science Minister who has
sparred respectfully and humorously with Evan at all three pre-election
science candidates' debates. Perhaps one of the more poignant comments
came from Professor Brian Cox, who admitted aloud that he and the scientific
community should have waded in to fight for Evan’s seat given
the importance of having such a champion in Parliament. His comments
reflected some of the interesting articles written about science in
government in the run up to the election, with respected journalists
like Mark Henderson and Roger Highfield speculating whether we should
or could corale the ‘science vote’ as a force in British
are running high in Yarmouth County. A proposal for a lakeside mink
ranch near Carleton, Nova Scotia has resulted in a call for the provincial
government to declare a moratorium on the establishment of new lake-
and riverside farming developments. Residents are worried their lake
will be condemned to the same fate as many other water-bodies in the
Carleton River watershed, which have been overrun by blue-green algal
pollution is so bad," says Carlene MacDonald, a Carleton resident.
"The mink breeders choose to use 100 kilometres of river systems
as their toilet and the government allows it by not responding.”
Preparations have begun for the mink ranch on Sloans Lake.
Locals are concerned their lake will be polluted by manure, urine, offal,
caustic cleaning liquids and fly control chemicals from the ranch. Photo:
Food and Ethanol Shortages Imminent as Earth Enters New Cold Climate
The Space and Science Research Center (SSRC), the leading independent
research organization in the United States on the subject of the next
climate change, issues today the following warning of imminent crop
damage expected to produce food and ethanol shortages for the US and
the next 30 months, global temperatures are expected to make another
dramatic drop even greater than that seen during the 2007-2008 period.
As the Earth’s current El Nino dissipates, the planet will return
to the long term temperature decline brought on by the Sun’s historic
reduction in output, the on-going “solar hibernation.” In
follow-up to the specific global temperature forecast posted in SSRC
Press Release 4-2009, the SSRC advises that in order to return to the
long term decline slope from the current El Nino induced high temperatures,
a significant global cold weather re-direction must occur. According
to SSRC Director John Casey, “The Earth typically makes adjustments
in major temperature spikes within two to three years. In this case
as we cool down from El Nino, we are dealing with the combined effects
of this planetary thermodynamic normalization and the influence of the
more powerful underlying global temperature downturn brought on by the
solar hibernation. Both forces will present the first opportunity since
the period of Sun-caused global warming period ended to witness obvious
harmful agricultural impacts of the new cold climate. Analysis shows
that food and crop derived fuel will for the first time, become threatened
in the next two and a half years. Though the SSRC does not get involved
with short term weather prediction, it would not be unusual to see these
ill-effects this year much less within the next 30 months.”
SSRC further adds that the severity of this projected near term decline
may be on the order of 0.9 C to 1.1 C from present levels. Surprising
cold weather fronts will adversely impact all northern grain crops including
of course wheat and the corn used in ethanol for automotive fuel.
Oxford West and Abingdon MP Dr Evan Harris blames leaflet smears from
animal rights and Christian groups
Evan Harris blamed “inflamatory” leaflet campaigns for his
being ousted from parliament last week. The Liberal Democrat MP lost
his Oxford West and Abingdon seat after 13 years when Conservative Nicola
Blackwood beat him by just 176 votes. Dr Harris said he feared campaigns
by an animal rights group and an Anglican priest played a part in swinging
votes against him. He
hope that this does not discourage other politicians from speaking out
on some of these important issues.
people think these kind of negative campaigns are effective, we could
see more of it. But we need politicians who speak their minds. You cannot
agree with both sides. Some politicians keep quiet and do not argue
press this week have reported on the long drawn out nature of the trial
and the distinct lack of any evidence against the defendants coming
to light. Reports also reminded the public of the tax payers' money
which has been and continues to be sunk into this case. Other reports
focused on the bizarre and often deeply worrying happenings inside the
courtroom. One journalist compiled a list of quotes and events –
the majority of which appear in these and preceding notes. This week
also saw the head of Amnesty International Austria criticising the trial
in an online interview with one of the country's leading newspapers.
decision to withdraw linguistic statement
judge again adjourned her decision to withdraw Dr Schweiger's statement
and the decision to allow a second linguistic statement from the defence.
spokesperson for Kleider Bauer
questioning of Kleider Bauer's media spokesperson was conducted by the
judge in a separate room in the court building. The questioning was
shown on a screen in real-time in the courtroom. The reason for this
unusual procedure was that the spokesperson claimed that she “felt
mentally unable to testify in front of the defendants”.
leaving the courtroom to conduct the private questioning, the judge
told the court that this witness would be questioned about two incidents.
Firstly about damage to her car in 2007. The judge showed photos to
the court of the car where white marks could be seen on the paint work
and the tyres had been punctured. Police had found fingerprints on the
car, but they didn't match to any of the defendants.
Evan Harris stood on the podium five years ago and romped home with
a 7,683-seat majority. A safe seat for the Big Pharma front man and
useful to them to help peddle their potions. These are all tested on
animals, passed as ‘safe’ and often go on to do people harm
or lead to more drugs which are tested on animals and so on. At around
4.00am yesterday morning following a number of tense recounts of the
Oxford West votes, Evan Harris took the platform for the result along
with Keith Mann but was rather less buoyant than previously. Let us
not forget we don’t ask for votes for the Animal Protection Party
instead we ask for voters to tick any box other than the target, for
example Evan Harris. And they did, wiping out his majority!
Let us also remember that this defender of great evil has been prominent
in inciting the savagery inflicted on our companions inside the windowless
chambers of Oxford University. Remember Tipu Aziz brain damaging little
Felix and the others for TV? Harris and Aziz marched with placards through
the streets of Oxford alongside the vivisectors and assorted chums demanding
more of this terrible, misguided exploitation of our fellow earthlings!
How much of human society really wants more animals to be used in this
way? We believe that most people have evolved beyond this and view children
in a similar way to animals and as Evan Harris hasn’t we joined
up some dots for his constituents and forged allies to achieve our stated
couldn’t hold back from moaning to the audience during his losers’
speech of the “dirty” nature of the Animal Protection Party
campaign and told of his hopes that this approach wouldn’t become
a regular feature of British politics. It only added insult to his injury
when we reiterated that this is exactly what we intend to do!
lost one of its strongest parliamentary supporters with the surprise
defeat of Evan Harris, Professor David Nutt, who resigned as chairman
of the Government's drugs advisory committee, said that it was a sad
day for science and the Government." The Independent
To further strengthen this important step forward we have established
connections with people who once might have had less respect for our
kind of thinking than they now do. Many of who have expressed their
admiration for our efforts, one Oxford candidate, a Green, was big enough
to state that he believed that we had a greater case for standing than
he did. And it’s perhaps worth noting that the personable Nicola
Blackwood, the Conservative who has replaced Evan Harris, is against
repealing the Hunting Act. Harris however voted very strongly against
the ban. What a gem!
week, we predicted that May 6, 2010 would be a bad night for parliamentary
representation of science in Britain. Many of the Commons's most effective
champions of science were retiring or threatened with losing their seats,
and they did not appear to be matched by many likely newcomers with
similar credentials. The number of MPs with a science background, our
research indicated, was likely to fall from 86 in the last Parliament
to 77 in the new one.
turned out to be much worse than that. This election looks to have had
a truly dreadful outcome for science, regardless of which party or parties
ultimately go on to form the Government. It has denuded the House of
Commons of science's strongest advocates, and significantly eroded its
most damaging result came in Oxford West & Abingdon, where Evan
Harris, the Liberal Democrat science spokesman, lost to the Tories by
just 176 votes, after a recount. His departure will be keenly felt,
for no MP has done more to speak up for science and to campaign for
its interests over the past 13 years.
Harris has been front and centre on almost any scientific issue you
care to name. He played a pivotal role in ensuring that the recent Human
Fertilisation and Embryology Act was amended so as not to constrain
science or medicine. He has led the campaign for reform of the libel
laws, in light of cases such as Simon Singh's. He speaks up for the
researchers who conduct animal experiments, and was a brave defender
of Oxford University's new animal research facility (which was in his
constituency under old boundaries).
Dem MP Evan Harris loses Oxford West and Abingdon
Dr Harris said it was a "great disappointment"
Liberal Democrat Evan Harris has lost the seat for Oxford West and Abingdon
to Conservative Nicola Blackwood. In a surprise defeat Dr Harris, who
took the seat from the Tories in 1997, polled 23,730 votes - only 176
less than Ms Blackwood's 23,906 votes.
The count was so close that the votes had to be recounted.
Dr Harris, who said opponents had told untruths against him during the
campaign, said the result was a disappointment but he would come back.
During the campaign, Dr Harris criticised an opponent's leaflet campaign
describing him as "Dr Death".
The Animal Protection Party claimed Dr Harris had an "enthusiasm
for euthanasia", but Dr Harris dismissed the attack as "disgraceful".
Ms Blackwood said: "I feel rather elated; I have to say this wasn't
the result I expected when I came over in the car this evening. "It
has been rather a tense evening. We've had several recounts but when
it comes down to it this was a seat where every single vote counted."
then fulfilled a promise to sing live on air on BBC Oxford. Earlier
in the night she promised she would sing if she won - after fellow Tory
MP Ed Vaizey revealed she was a trained opera singer.
international solidarity actions took place this week. The first was
a blockade on the border between the Czech Republic and Austria which
got into the main news channels. Protesters were interviewed at length
about the case and about the international protest campaign: http://www.shameonaustria.org
press conference this week presenting this years terrorism report of
2009 informed media that in 2009 only 3 animal rights related crimes
had taken place in Austria. Ministers conclude from this that the leaders
of the criminal organisation are the people now standing trial. The
report summarizes fully legal activities as being activities of a criminal
morning of week 7. Outside the court building police in full uniform
were present. In the court room between 40 and 50 trainee police officers
took up seats in the public viewing gallery. Presumably this measure
was in response to the last session's disturbances from the public as
they expressed their outrage at the disputed testimony given by the
prosecution's linguistic expert.
addition, anyone wanting to observe the proceeding as of Monday must
now show ID. This was not the case up until now. Thanks to this surprisingly
rapid change in court regulations around 30 animal rights sympathisers
didn't get to watch the proceedings, including relatives of the defendants.
general ban on filming anywhere in the whole court building was also
issued this week.