within the university, Dr. Richard “Jim” Brown has raised
concerns about the welfare of the animals in the school’s labs.
Brown was a senior program veterinarian at the university’s Research
Animal Resource Center, where he says he was bullied and retaliated
against for raising such concerns.
Cosmetics industry criticised
as EU set to admit delay in animal testing ban
Critics accuse pharmaceuticals industry of stalling on tests.
EU rule could involve extra 54m animals in lab experiments.
counter A Europe-wide ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals
anywhere in the world may now be delayed for up to four years. The
final phase of European law designed to eradicate testing on animals
of chemicals used in the cosmetics industry is set to be delayed for
as long as four years because it is thought
that alternative ways of testing the safety of ingredients' will not
be ready in time. Cosmetics and testing experts predict the European
commission will announce shortly that it is unable to introduce the
third phase of the European cosmetics directive, as planned in 2013.
This directive would have banned the sale in Europe of any cosmetics
tested on animals anywhere in the world. Neil Parish MP, chair of the
associate parliamentary group for animal welfare, said "sufficient"
replacement safety tests would not be available until 2017.
In her first comment
to the press since the scandal came to light about the denied existence
of a police infiltrator and her exonerating reports, the Minister for
Justice told the media that this was an 'unusual' procedure but she
was not prepared to stop the case
Her comment has
done nothing to quieten the press: articles continue to appear in the
major newspapers scorning the judge, the prosecution and the Ministry
for Justice. It now remains to be seen what the Minister for Justice
will make of the report of the proceedings ordered by her from the prosecution.
Meanwhile VGT manager
Harald Balluch, one of the defendants, has written a seventeen page
long open letter to the Ministry for Justice detailing the various ways
in which the prosecutor in the case has broken the law.
slim French women may have paid for their figures with their lives as
'miracle' diet drug is 'linked to deaths of thousands'
people had been using the potential killer drug for 30 years
A 'miracle' slimming
pill may have killed thousands of people in France and could become
the worst health scandal in the nation's history. The drug Mediator
was prescribed to up five million people, originally to overweight diabetes
sufferers, from its launch in 1979 until it was banned last year. And
for 30 years it was also used as an appetite-suppressing drug by thousands
of healthy men and women, with its cost even subsidised by the French
healthcare system. But a forthcoming official report is now warning
that it may be linked to the deaths of up to 2,000 people and caused
heart problems in 3,500 more.
scientists claim the active ingredient in Mediator, called benflourex,
could have caused thickening of the heart valves, fatigue, breathlessness
- and had no effect at all on weight loss. Politicians and successive
health ministers are now under pressure to answer why they ignored repeated
warning from experts that the drug could be highly dangerous.
Animals victory: NASA cancels plans to dose monkeys with radiation
a victory for the animals that would have been used in a $1.75 million
project to inject 2-pound squirrel monkeys with doses of high-energy
radiation has been stopped after activists, including PETA, showed the
country the horrors of such experimentation. PETA and other animal rights
groups have called much of NASA’s policies of using animals in
experiments “cruel and unnecessary.” Many authoritative
texts on animal testing and animal rights have pointed out that much
of the data garnered in the testing process is disregarded by experts
because humans are too different than animals.
NASA operates the Brookhaven Lab’s Space Radiation Laboratory
where the experiments would have occurred. NASA has been in the media
often in recent months after more and more reports of animal testing
come from the US Space Program. Controversy over this specific experiment
has been large, with protests and campaigns calling for the cancellation
of the monkey experiments. Paul McCartney and Alicia Silverstone had
joined the campaign to force NASA to shut down the project.
Anti-hunt lobby scents first blood as officials
admit there will be no repeal next year
The Government is to shelve a promised vote on repealing the ban on
foxhunting until 2012 at the earliest, in a move likely to dismay countryside
campaigners as they attempt to set out for Boxing Day meetings.
Cameron, a self-confessed "country boy", has condemned the
2005 ban on hunting with dogs as a "mistake" which intruded
into part of rural life "where the criminal law shouldn't go".
However, the Conservative election pledge to hold a free vote on repeal
"early" after polling day has been abandoned, senior officials
at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs admitted on
With major reforms of the health, education, and welfare systems being
piloted through Parliament, no vote is expected in 2011. "There
are many greater priorities facing the Government at the moment,"
said Jim Paice, the Agriculture Minister. And
deep divisions over the hunt ban remain within both Tory and Liberal
[Walter is making himself available to the media for interviews from
jail. Contact 303-277-0211]
Two buzzwords I often hear in various radical circles are “revolutionary”
and “militant”. I think they are two very important words
that have become far too commonly used and thus do not command the respect
they deserve. In this essay, I am going to put a fresh perspective on
the word “revolutionary” and get back to the definition
of “militant”.All this from the perspective and for the
benefit of the abolitionist animal liberation activists and radical
environmentalists that care more about our mother earth and her animal
nations than contemporary industrialized society.
Revolutionary. Advertisers would like us to think that their products
are revolutionary. Politicians would have us think that revolutionaries
are “radical” and “extreme”. Religionists believe
their prophets to be standard-bearers of revolution. I guess the common
usage for “revolutionary” might mean anything that brings
about great change, and in particular, great change for the cause or
causes in which one believes. But for me, the importance is in “How
do we effect great change?” Therefore, I view revolutionary as
a steadiness instead of an event horizon. From my unorthodox view of
the word, I find a planet in orbit to be the best and most accurate
A planet in orbit stays in orbit. Revolution after revolution, our mother
earth stays that course of action. No matter what obstacles fall in
the path of travel, be it asteroids or comets. Even if a confrontation
with another planet were to occur, threatening the certain deaths of
both planets, our mother earth would not move. Even though, to an outside
observer, the failure to move out of the way or change direction may
seem suicidal, or the inability to budge may seem to be unreasonable.
In any case, the earth can only remain in orbit. She revolves, she is
in Middlesex headed for Heathrow Airport as part of the Gateway to Hell
day of action.
Leaflets were distributed throughout the main terminals, informing travelers
of the thousands of animals transported through the airport destined
to die on laboratory cage floors.
Following this, we headed for the Animal Quarantine Station at the south
of the airport. This is the unit where laboratory animals are transported
through, before heading to vivisection facilities across the country.
Leaflets were given to staff and those collecting companion animals,
some of whom were horrified at the idea that their pets were held alongside
sentient beings who will suffer a lingering death as part of archaic
experiments. Security shortly joined us, as did a large number of police
officers and we were escourted from the BAA Heathrow premises.
Heathrow is a hub for the import and export of laboratory animals. We
strongly urge members of staff to leak information about the various
companies operating from there and their involvement in animal testing.
Protection Trial: Sixty-three Days in Court - Undercover Agent testifies
- Journalists call for the Trial to be stopped
Durand" - 16 months in the middle of the Austrian Animal Rights
agent proves to be the best exonerating witness the defense could wish
last week of the trial for this year was dominated by the undercover
agent 'Danielle Durant's' hearing. After police and prosecution denied
the fact that an undercover probe had in fact been operating in the
midst of VGT for nearly sixteen months, they now have to watch as she
proves to be the best exonerating witness the defense could wish for.
postponing the hearing on Monday to Wednesday, the judge took the decision
to question 'Danielle Durant' in a neighbouring room and have the hearing
displayed via a video link in the court room on Thursday. She argued
that the 'health of the witness was otherwise in danger' and she was
concerned that due to all the media interest, the witness may fall victim
witnesses are permitted to testify outside of the court room only when
they have been the victim of, for example, sexual abuse in order to
avoid the trauma of being in the presence of the abuser.
that everyone could see the witness on fotos displayed on the internet,
and that she was an officer trained to be an undercover investigator
it was obvious that the real reason for keeping her out of the court
room was to avoid the defense being able to ask questions.
Celebrity wildlife heroes Brian
May & Bill Oddie support BUAV’s call for an end to the UK’s
role in cruel monkey trade
Rock guitarist Brian May and TV wildlife expert Bill Oddie have joined
the BUAV in its call on the UK Government to stop supporting the cruel
trade in wild-caught monkeys. Brian May and Bill Oddie joined a host
of MPs, primatologists and other scientists who attended an event at
the House of Commons for the BUAV’s Stop the Baby Trade campaign
to end the cruel trade in monkeys for research. The event was hosted
by Leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas MP, with guest speaker,
field biologist and conservationist Ian Redmond OBE. Brian May and Bill
Oddie were shocked to learn about the cruelty and suffering involved
in the capture of wild primates. Despite a UK ban on the import of wild-caught
primates since 1997, there is not a similar ban on their offspring.
Since 2009, over 2,000 monkeys born to wild-caught parents have been
imported into the UK. The majority of these came from Mauritius which
is the UK’s main supplier of primates.
Dr. Suzanne Humphries writes, “It’s fall in the northern
hemisphere and more than one type of darkness has set in. Vaccines are
being injected at lightning speed. New vaccines, untested vaccines,
double-strength flu vaccines for the over-65 group; none of which have
been shown to be effective at keeping anyone healthy. The naïve
are lining up at clinics, shopping malls, and retail stores. They don’t
know which kind of vaccine they will receive. Which manufacturer is
it? Does it have mercury? What chemicals does it contain? Why should
they care? Why would they not trust their doctor (or their local pharmacist)?”
Pfizer Inc. said Friday it is pulling its blood pressure drug Thelin
off the market and stopping all clinical trials because the drug can
cause fatal liver damage.
Linked To 700% Increase In Miscarriages
data presented to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
(CDC) Advisory Committee on Children's Vaccines has revealed some shocking
information about the effects of the H1N1 / swine flu vaccine on pregnant
women. According to the report, the rate of miscarriage among pregnant
women during the 2009 H1N1 / swine flu pandemic soared by over 700 percent
compared to previous years, pointing directly to the vaccine as the
culprit -- but the CDC denies the truth and continues to insist nobody
has been harmed.
to the CDC, nearly 50 percent of all pregnant women were vaccinated
with the H1N1 vaccine during the 2009 / 2010 influenza season. Those
whose physicians instructed them to get a seasonal flu shot were three
times more likely to get it, while those instructed specifically to
get the H1N1 shot were ten times more likely to get it. And the numbers
clearly show that along with the rise in vaccinations due to the H1N1
scare came the sharp increase in miscarriages, including a slew of actual
reported adverse events.
Duncan Smith accused of 'bullying' in greyhound row
Mira Bar-Hillel, Property Correspondent
Police have been asked to investigate in an increasingly bitter row
over the redevelopment of Walthamstow Stadium after a Cabinet minister
was accused of making threats.
and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, who is MP for Chingford, has
come under fire after backing campaigners fighting a scheme to turn
the greyhound-racing stadium into flats.
& Quadrant, the housing association which bought the site two years
ago, announced plans last week for 320 homes - but no racing. The project
has been opposed by campaign group Save Our Stow, with the support of
Mr Duncan Smith, Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, and Mayor
has responded by cancelling two consultation meetings, and issued a
statement saying it was calling the police to investigate alleged "individual
and collective threats to members of staff" from those opposing
An animal rights activist involved in notorious protests against a former
guinea pig farm near Burton is to stand trial after refusing to pay
her television licence in protest at a BBC programme about the affair.
Janet Tomlinson claims the Crimewatch Solved show, broadcast in August
2006, contained ‘factual inaccuracies’ about the campaign
against Darley Oaks Farm, in Newchurch, which shot to national prominence
after the body of Gladys Hammond, mother-in-law of one of the farm’s
owners, was stolen from her grave.
Tomlinson, of Shobnall Close, Burton, who was arrested and questioned
about the exhumation before being released without charge, refused to
buy a new TV licence until the BBC retracted claims made in the programme
In an appearance at Burton Magistrates’ Court, a defiant Tomlinson
said she would be using her argument against the BBC as the basis for
a not guilty plea to a charge of using a television without a licence.
before Thanksgiving, the Animal Rights Militia liberates 20 turkeys
a year that saw few liberations of domesticated animals, the Animal
Rights Militia liberated 20 turkeys from a roadside pen in Vermont.
The liberation came just hours before the turkeys were to be killed.
on a mobile slaughter vehicle were also slashed.
medicine is to be banned. Yes it is. As of April Fools Day 2011. This
sound like some joke? It is in fact deadly serious. Please read on and
then share this information widely. Some will call you names like conspiracy
theorist or nut job but a great many more people will be grateful to
you for opening their eyes to the truth. This legislation has not even
been discussed in our parliament instead it is forced upon us by the
European dictatorship which we need to remove ourselves from. Most UK
MP's are as much in the dark as the rest of us so contact yours and
let's force a debate. We don't have much time but we can still act to
stop this blatant attack on our health and freedom.
can contact your MP to object using this simple online form from Save
Herbal Medicine - click here
Pharma Scores Big Win: Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU
It's almost a done deal. We are about to see herbal preparations disappear,
and the ability of herbalists to prescribe them will also be lost.
Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle
to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight
months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal
in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different,
but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become
nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness
choose to send our way, and we have no option but to pay whatever rates
Big Pharma and Agribusiness have almost completed their march to take
over every aspect of health, from the food we eat to the way we care
for ourselves when we're ill. Have no doubt about it: this takeover
will steal what health remains to us.
to boost vaccination rates by pumping babies with six vaccines at once
drug companies are no longer satisfied with a tiered vaccine schedule,
and would rather have babies receive their shots all at the same time
in order to ensure full compliance. A recent announcement by the U.K.
Department of Health insists that babies should receive a six-in-one
"super-vaccination" when they turn age one, for the primary
purpose of increasing vaccination rates.
U.K. babies receive their meningitis shots separate from other shots,
with about a month of buffer time in between. But officials are now
telling general practitioners (GPs) to give three measles, mumps, and
rubella vaccines, as well as two meningitis vaccines and a pneumonia
vaccine, all at the same time. And they claim that there is no health
risk involved with babies getting this barrage of vaccines.
agent. Seventeen months at the heart of the VGT
and Prosecution give false evidence in Court. Seventeen months active
within VGT: Undercover infiltration unlawfully carried out
has recently been made public that a police special unit undercover
agent was in place at the very heart of the VGT from April 2007 until
September 2008. In the trial proceedings up until now police have always
denied this was the case and have blocked access for the defence to
these files. But now, due to proof of the existence of an undercover
agent presented by the VGT, police have confirmed that this was the
case, but claim that it was a measure to prevent crimes taking place
and therefore not subject to authorisation. The VGT strongly refutes
Theuer, human rights expert form the University of Vienna: “Undercover
investigations for the prevention of crime are only possible under the
security police law (SPG). Undercover investigating under this law consists
only of the gathering of information. Infiltration and active participation,
as was the case with the undercover agent 'Danielle Durand' within the
VGT, is not permissible. And in any case, undercover information gathering
necessitates a warrant, which the police did not have. In addition,
the use of the security police law in this case is inappropriate due
to the fact that clear suspects had already been identified.”
US Egg Producer Exposed For Extreme Inhumane Treatment Of Hens
undercover investigation prompted by the Humane Society of the United
States (HSUS) has revealed horrific conditions at hen houses owned by
the nation's largest egg producing company. Cal-Maine, a Jackson, Miss.-based
egg producer that owns 26 million birds and sells eight billion eggs
a year, operates a massive factory egg plant in Waelder, Texas, that
an HSUS investigator found to be ridden with filth, disease, and death.
discreetly hired one of its own to work at the Cal-Maine plant for about
a month in order to document what was happening there while incognito.
During that time, the investigator noted "multiple abuses and food
safety threats," many of which are highly shocking.
prominent hunt saboteur is bringing a landmark discrimination claim
– after he was allegedly sacked by a garden centre because of
his "philosophical" objection to blood sports.
Hashman's undercover filming helped convict celebrity chef Clarissa
Dickson-Wright of attending illegal hare coursing. Joe Hashman, 42,
is arguing that his anti-hunting beliefs deserve protection in the workplace.
Mr Hashman's undercover filming helped convict celebrity chef Clarissa
Dickson-Wright of attending illegal hare coursing. The next day, the
owners of the centre allegedly had him sacked by email because they
were keen fox hunters. He was instructed not to bother coming back to
professional gardener is suing Orchard Park Garden Centre, of Gillingham,
Dorset, for discrimination on the grounds of philosophical belief. The
centre's owners Sheila Clarke and Ron Clarke are keen supporters of
the South and West Wiltshire Hunt, and its company secretary Lucinda
Stokes is the former joint Master of the Hunt.
were also allegedly heightened by the death of a keen local huntsman
with whom Mr Hashman had regular run-ins over the years. Married father-of-two
Mr Hashman, of nearby Shaftesbury, is seeking £50,000 for loss
of earnings and injury to feelings.
of the United Kingdom's school milk program are becoming more vocal,
challenging the widespread national assumption that drinking milk is
good for children.
Winston Churchill's wartime order to keep the milk flowing, which was
formalized under the 1946 School Milk Act ... the idea that it is natural,
healthy and an essential part of a good diet has been unchallenged,"
writes Andrew Marszal in The Telegraph.
consensus is wavering. Recently, junior health minister Anne Milton
suggested that the national program to provide free milk for children
under five should abolished. And research continues to emerge that milk
is neither an essential nor healthy part of the human diet.
Marszal notes, milk contains no nutrient that cannot be found in a balanced,
dairy-free diet. Although milk is high in calcium, most of this nutrient
cannot actually be absorbed by the human body, making green leafy vegetables
a much more effective source. Cow milk, designed for calves, also contains
more fat and protein than the human body needs -- which is unsurprising
considering that while it takes a human infant 180 days to double its
birth weight, it takes a newborn cow only 47 days.
A weight loss drug
that has been taken by millions of French is likely to have been the
cause of death of 500 people, the country's drug safety body announced
on Tuesday, amid claims that health authorities long ignored calls for
the drug to be banned.
pharmaceutical group was yesterday at the heart of a spiralling health
scandal over Mediator, a drug initially reserved for obese people with
diabetes that became a popular appetite suppressor.
Afssaps, the drug
safety body, yesterday said expert epidemiologists believed Mediator,
made by Servier, had been lethal for at least 500 people and had caused
3,500 others to be admitted to hospital since its launch in 1976.
Some 300,000 people
were taking the drug when Afssaps pulled it from the market last November,
saying it had little effect on diabetes and might lead to a dangerous
thickening of heart valves. The European Medicines Agency followed suit.
Wars: Michelle Rodriguez will set sail with anti-whaling activists Sea
Shepherd from Fremantle this afternoon. Picture: Reuters Source: news.com.au
actress Michelle Rodriguez, star of blockbuster Avatar, is in Fremantle
throwing her support behind anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd.
said she will be on board Sea Shepherd’s flagship vessel MY Steve
Irwin when it sets sail at 4pm today for Hobart where crew plan to replenish
supplies before heading to the Southern Ocean in December.
trip, dubbed 'Operation No Compromise', will be Sea Shepherd’s
seventh mission into the frigid waters of Antarctica to try and stop
the slaughter of whales by Japanese researchers.
In Britain, at the present time, around one third of general hospital
patients are suffering from cancer. Two out of five of the population
have, or will develop, the disease. If we accept the figures, for cancer
incidence, of 30 percent in 1980, 40 percent now and 50 percent in the
year 2010, at the present rate of increase the figure will reach 100
percent around 2080. A multitude of factors suggest that the rise is
set to accelerate.
The 5-year survival figures, not to be confused with the successful
treatment of the disease, for the major cancers are:
stomach - 5 percent
trachea, bronchus and lung -5 percent
breast -50 percent
oesophagus -5 percent
large intestine - 22 percent
pancreas - 4 percent
liver - 2 percent.1
There has been no significant increase in survival rates since records
The Solid Gold Source
The cancer business is second only, in size, to its big brother, petrochemicals.
In the 20 years from 1970 to 1990, in the USA alone, the cancer business
was worth an estimated 1 trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000).2 If
the same percentage of the overall disease bill applies in Britain as
in the US, the current expenditure on cancer will be 3 to 6 billion
pounds per year.
With these kind of amounts involved it is quite understandable why the
drug/radiation/scalpel/vivisection cancer cartel have maintained a constant,
ruthless campaign to suffocate, at birth, any and all attempts to introduce
rational therapeutic regimes to deal with the species-threatening plague.
cruel practice of testing drugs and chemicals on monkeys is outdated
and "bad science", according to a new report. Veterinary surgeon
and zoologist Andre Menache, who lives in Sevenoaks, has produced research
calling for an end to use of non-human primates in toxicity testing.
He told how the monkeys are captured in the wild and torn away from
their family groups before being shipped in crates from countries including
China, which takes 54-hours, to the UK.
here they are put in single cages, nothing resembling their natural
environment, and taken away from their families. They go bananas, biting
and beating themselves," Mr Menache, director of the non-governmental
organisation Antidote Europe, said.
they’ve even been experimented on, the animals are so stressed
it invalidates the data... They will be killed at the end of the experiment
or may be used more than once before they are killed."
& PepsiCo To Help Write UK Health Policy
Department of Health putting fast food companies at heart of policy
on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease
Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald's and
KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg's,
Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy
on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease, the Guardian has learned.
an overhaul of public health, said by campaign groups to be the equivalent
of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry, health secretary
Andrew Lansley has set up five "responsibility deal" networks
with business, co-chaired by ministers, to come up with policies. Some
of these are expected to be used in the public health white paper due
in the next month.
groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have
been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises. Working
alongside them are public interest health and consumer groups including
Which?, Cancer Research UK and the Faculty of Public Health. The alcohol
responsibility deal network is chaired by the head of the lobby group
the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. The food network to tackle diet
and health problems includes processed food manufacturers, fast food
companies, and Compass, the catering company famously pilloried by Jamie
Oliver for its school menus of turkey twizzlers. The food deal's sub-group
on calories is chaired by PepsiCo, owner of Walkers crisps.
rights campaigners have won a legal row with a North East university
over access to animal testing data
British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) launched action
after a failed Freedom of Information request on experiments carried
out at Newcastle University.
asked the university’s medical research department for details
on testing procedures and welfare controls for tests on primates undertaken
in 2008. Almost
21,000 animals were used in medical experiments at the university that
year, including Macaque monkeys for examining new treatments for Parkinson’s
disease, Alzheimer’s and spinal conditions.
bosses rejected the FoI request, claiming the institution itself did
not hold the information requested and that sensitive research programmes
would be endangered if details were released before the work was completed.
They argued that research details remained the “intellectual property”
of individual scientists and not the university until work was finished
and published in UK medical journals.
must disclose information on substance-abuse tests using monkeys
state must turn over documents that detail taxpayer-funded experiments
conducted on monkeys and other non-human primates for substance abuse
research, a state Supreme Court justice ruled in Albany.
state Office of Mental Health attempted to block the Freedom of Information
Act request filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
saying that the scientists who performed the studies may be targeted
by animal-rights terrorists if the details of their experiments were
Supreme Court Justice Richard M. Platkin threw out nearly every argument
requested public records relating to OMH-funded research done by three
Columbia University scientists at the New York State Psychiatric Institute
in New York City, including grant applications, complaints filed against
the researchers and research protocols. OMH provided 27 pages of information
but denied the group access to the bulk of the records.
Solidarity & A Chance To Achieve A Vctory
looking for activists from Austria-neighbouring countries to join an
international action on the Austrian border as part of the Shame on
Austria campaign http://www.shameonaustria.org
to support the persecuted activists in Austria.
is now a very important time for the campaign as the Austrian parliament
is to have a session on 23rd November where an amendment of the anti-mafia
law, which has been used against the 13 activists on trial, will be
considered. There is a chance to achieve a reform that would make it
impossible for the prosecution to sustain the current charge! Moreover,
there is a significant support of the reform among the Austrian politicians
BUT how much they will push it through depends on the amount of public
pressure that we are able to create (this was literally said by one
influential social democrat).
why the campaign is so important now. If we manage to achieve the reform
of the law, not only will it help the currently persecuted activists,
it will become an important precedent proving that it is possible to
successfully defend oneself against vicious state repression.
in the week between 15th and 21th November, we would like to have protest
actions on different border crossings with Austria. We have called this
a "banana week". Why banana? Because the idea is to block
the crossings for a few minutes and give the people in the vehicles
free bananas. These bananas would have stickers "Produce of Austria"
and the protestors could have some funny banana costumes with flags
of Austria that would have a banana "emblem" in the middle.
The message of the action would be that, in a few days, Austria would
be about to make a very important decision - whether they want to walk
the way of a developed constitutional state or rather the way of a banana
republic (i.e. whether they want to keep the law as it is, giving a
blessing to persecuting people for their political activities and opinions,
or whether they want to reform it to give a clear stance that such practices
won't be tolerated in Austria).
delighted to report another success in our fight against the fur trade!
night, Fingal County Council passed our motion to 'Ban the Import and
Sale of real fur' in their jurisdiction. The motion was proposed by
Cllr. David McGuinness, and it passed unanimously gaining cross-party
support. Apparently many councillors also spoke highly of our efforts,
and showed a lot of support for the issue. They then wrote
a letter to government, on our behalf, asking for a review
of the current legislation.
are a few more councils that will be proposing the fur ban motion soon
- I'll keep you all posted!
A 12-year-old chimpanzee is heading to a sanctuary in Brazil after animal
rights workers discovered him smoking cigarettes to entertain visitors
at a Lebanese zoo.
Omega has never climbed a tree or seen other chimpanzees.
Organisers of Omega's evacuation say it marks the first time a chimpanzee
has been rescued in Lebanon, a country with virtually no animal rights
In his younger years, Omega was used in one of the local restaurants
to entertain people and was made to smoke cigarettes and serve water
pipes to customers.
After he grew stronger, he was locked up and taken to a zoo where for
the past ten years he has lived in a small cage.
Chimpanzees and other highly endangered wildlife are regularly smuggled
to the Middle East to be displayed in private zoos, hotels and for the
hens' reality on Israeli farm exposed by hidden webcam
pressure group Anonymous for Animal Rights reveals battery cage conditions
ahead of parliamentary vote
Three hens confined to a small wire coop in a battery farm in central
Israel have become the stars of a 24-hour web-feed aimed at drawing
attention to the plight of caged chickens ahead of a key parliamentary
chickens, who barely have room to move inside their 40cm x 33cm x 45cm
cage, are forced to peck for food through wire mesh.
from Anonymous for Animal Rights, a Tel Aviv-based pressure group, installed
a hidden camera in a covert operation at an unidentified chicken farm
in central Israel.
had to use small yet reliable equipment that could transmit continuously
from the chicken coop to a PC hidden in its vicinity," said one
activist involved in the operation. "Today, in the free-flowing
era of the internet, one cannot hide such things any more."
long-awaited study testing Arena Pharmaceuticals’ weight loss
drug lorcaserin in diabetic patients raises new safety concerns about
the medicine, lowering the odds that the Food and Drug Administration
will ever approve it.
weight loss results were not impressive, but were statistically significant
and strengthen the case for the drug, which the FDA rejected last month.
The result in HbA1C, a measure of blood sugar, was better, showing a
0.5% absolute reduction. That’s as much as Kombiglyze, the recently
approved diabetes pill from Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca, lowered
blood sugar compared to an older drug, metformin.
those results are outweighed by the safety result, which shows more
patients on lorcaserin had heart valve problems, or valvulopathy, than
those on placebo. Valvulopathy has been the main safety worry for lorcaserin
from the start, because the drug was designed to hit the same receptor
as the diet drug fenfluramine, which was withdrawn because it caused
heart valve damage.
of mild painkillers such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen during
pregnancy may partly account for a sharp increase in male reproductive
disorders in recent decades, according to a study published on Monday.
research found that women who took a combination of more than one mild
analgesic during pregnancy had an increased risk of giving birth to
sons with undescended testicles. This condition, called cryptorchidism,
is known to be a risk factor for poor semen quality and a greater risk
of testicular cancer in later life.
researchers from Finland, Denmark and France, whose work was published
in the Human Reproduction journal, said more studies were urgently needed
and advice to pregnant women on use of painkillers should be reconsidered.
"Women may want to try to reduce their analgesic use during pregnancy,"
said Henrik Leffers of Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet, who led the research.
"However, as biologists this is not something we can advise women
about. So we recommend that pregnant women seek advice from their physician."
to the Leffers team, more than half of pregnant women in Western countries
report taking mild analgesics. Doctors generally say women should avoid
taking medicines while pregnant, but that paracetamol, ibuprofen and
aspirin are considered safe in some conditions and at certain times.
has been found to affect as many as one in 11 Scandinavian boys, although
rates vary from two to nine percent in various Scandinavian countries.
drugs cause liver damage, kidney failure and cataracts, says BMJ
by: David Gutierrez
statin drugs significantly increase a person's risk of cataracts, muscle
weakness, liver dysfunction and kidney failure, according to a study
in the British Medical Journal.
The study also confirmed
that the drugs lower the risk of heart disease and esophageal cancer,
but claims of other health benefits were unsupported.
Nottingham University in the United Kingdom examined data on more than
2 million patients between the ages of 30 and 84, seen at 38 different
general practices, who had been prescribed the cholesterol-lowering
drugs. More than 70 percent were taking simvastatin (Zocor), 22.3 percent
were taking atorvastatin (Lipitor), 3.6 percent were taking pravastatin
(Pravachol, Selektine), 1.9 percent were taking rosuvastatin (Crestor)
and 1.4 percent were taking fluvastatin (Canef, Lescol, Lochol, Vastin).
confirmed prior data suggesting that statins increase patients' risk
of cataracts, liver dysfunction, kidney failure and a form of muscle
weakness known as myopathy. They found that for every 10,000 women treated
with the drugs, 23 would develop acute kidney (renal) failure, 39 would
develop myopathy, 74 would develop liver dysfunction and 309 would develop
cataracts. Men suffered an even higher risk of myopathy, but their risks
of the other three conditions were similar to those suffered by women.
and campaigners predict class action after failures to mount full-scale
research into warnings left millions of patients at risk. Secret documents
reveal that government-funded experts were warned nearly 30 years ago
that tranquillisers that were later prescribed to millions of people
could cause brain damage.
Medical Research Council (MRC) agreed in 1982 that there should be large-scale
studies to examine the long-term impact of benzodiazepines after research
by a leading psychiatrist showed brain shrinkage in some patients similar
to the effects of long-term alcohol abuse. However, no such work was
ever carried out into the effects of drugs such as Valium, Mogadon and
Librium – and doctors went on prescribing them to patients for
anxiety, stress, insomnia and muscle spasms.
and lawyers described the documents as a scandal, and predicted they
could lead the way to a class action costing millions. There are an
estimated 1.5 million "involuntary addicts" in the UK, and
scores display symptoms consistent with brain damage.
MRC hosted a meeting of eminent experts and government representatives
in 1981 after research by Malcolm Lader, now emeritus professor of the
Institute of Psychiatry, showed brain shrinkage occurred in some benzodiazepine
Marmoset monkey used in animal research climbs up the bars of its cage
at a testing centre. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Graeme Robertson
of monkeys have been imported into the UK for use in laboratory research
despite a legal ban, animal rights campaigners have claimed. The trade
in primates continues because the ban, introduced in 1997, does not
include the offspring of wild-caught parents, said the British Union
for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). Between 2008 and 2009 almost
5,000 primates were brought into the UK to be used in experiments. The
figures were disclosed by the Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone
in response to a parliamentary question.
lovers may have a greater likelihood of developing certain cancers of
the throat and stomach than people who limit their intake of steaks
and hamburgers, a new study suggests.
found that among nearly 500,000 older U.S. adults followed for a decade,
only a small number developed cancers of the esophagus or stomach. However,
the risks were relatively greater among those who ate a lot of red meat,
or certain compounds generated from cooking meat.
study participants in the top 20 percent for red-meat intake were 79
percent more likely than those in the bottom 20 percent to develop esophageal
squamous cell carcinoma -- a cancer that arises in the lining of the
upper part of the esophagus.
the risk of a type of cancer in the upper portion of the stomach near
the esophagus (gastric cardia) was elevated among men and women with
the highest estimated intake of one form of heterocyclic amine (HCA).
HCAs are compounds that form when meat is cooked using high-temperature
methods, such as grilling over an open flame; they have been found to
cause cancer in lab animals.
high doses of Novo Nordisk's anti-clotting medicine to treat dangerous
bleeding in non-haemophiliacs may raise the risk of heart attack or
related complications, researchers said. The drug, NovoSeven, is a genetically
engineered version of factor VII, a key protein missing in some people
with the bleeding disease haemophilia.
doctors prescribe the drug in "off-label" use to stop unwanted
bleeding associated with stroke, trauma, surgery, transplantation and
other medical conditions. Doctors may prescribe any approved drug for
any reason they want to. But
this drug may not be worth the risk, said Dr Marcel Levi of the University
of Amsterdam and colleagues at Novo Nordisk.
analysis of 35 studies found that the overall likelihood that an artery
would clog was 68 percent higher with NovoSeven therapy compared to
a placebo. The risk of heart attack, angina or related complication
more than doubled, the researchers reported in the New England Journal
over 65 who got the drug were more than twice as likely to develop an
unwanted clot in an artery than younger patients, they found. Those
over 74 were three times more likely.
who complain they are harassed should perhaps consider how lucky they
are. The screaming, crying terrified victims of this HLS saga are the
500 animals slaughtered in all manner of barbaric ways at HLS every
day. They suffer behind closed doors while their perpetrators walk around
freely, taking their chances, laughing, joking and mocking their victims.
They will rejoice at the sentencing of yet more of those who speak for
the animals. Perhaps they will feel safe from those who sent sanitary
towels through the post. Perhaps such an adversary would be preferable
to one who seeks real revenge. The funny thing is none of the defendants
in this weeks stage show were in any way implicated in posting anything
offensive to anyone, none was found guilty of breaking so much as a
window. They were merely party to a widespread and growing campaign
of opposition to violent extremism and a collection of incidents and
offences committed by A N Other used to justify the oppression of compassion.
write letters to them and your offer support:
Officials Hid Bone Drugs' Risks, Lawyer Tells Jurors
AG officials downplayed risks that the drugmaker’s bone-strengthening
medicines Aredia and Zometa could destroy patients’ jaws, a lawyer
for a woman suing the company told a North Carolina jury.
of the Basel, Switzerland-based drug company got reports from doctors
as early as 2002 that Rita Fussman and other cancer patients taking
Aredia and Zometa to prevent bone loss during treatment suffered irreplaceable
jawbone damage, Bob Germany, a lawyer for Fussman’s family, said
in opening statements in a trial over the medicines. Fussman died in
2009 of complications from breast cancer.
family contends Novartis didn’t adequately warn that Aredia and
Zometa could cause disfiguring jaw damage that forced cancer patients
such as Fussman to subsist on baby food, Germany told jurors in federal
court in Winston-Salem.
and their doctors “were not told the whole story about these drugs,”
Germany said. “In fact, we were not told half the story.”
Fussman family’s lawsuit is the third product-liability case to
go to trial over the bone-strengthening treatments, which had 2009 sales
of $1.5 billion, according to Novartis’s annual report. Both drugs
are still on the market.
New investigation into the Norwegian fur industry
RELEASE: Strike three, you're out!
In the wake of the
investigation of 45 Norwegian fur farms last year, Norwegian Minister
of Agriculture, Lars Peder Brekk, condemned the cruelty exposed in the
media. Following the disclosure, he promised that the industry would
lose his political support if such negligence were documented again.
During the summer
of 2010, Network for Animal Freedom and the Norwegian Society for Protection
of Animals have documented systematic and widespread animal cruelty
at 39 Norwegian fur farms. Thousands of pictures and several hours of
video footage document countless injured and severely sick animals.
Foxes and minks with missing legs, grave bite injuries and stereotypical
behaviour were common sights at the farms investigated. The investigations
show that the regulations for breeding fur animals does not prevent
animals from suffering daily in their small wire mesh cages.
has a loyal following in France - but as David Chazan reports, the sport
is coming under strong pressure from animal rights groups. Think of
bullfighting and you naturally think of Spain, but the controversial
blood sport is also popular in parts of southern France. Since a vote
to ban it in the Spanish region of Catalonia from 2012, French animal
welfare groups have been stepping up their campaign to get bullfighting
outlawed in France as well. About 100 bullfighting contests are held
each year But some towns in the south are planning to stage more bullfights
because they're hoping to attract fans from Spain. In Manduel, outside
Nimes in southern France, hundreds of spectators are packed into the
stands at a small village bullring.
tense visibly and fall silent as the matador goads the black bull with
flourishes of his red cape, and the bull snorts and lowers his head
to charge. The sense of gladiatorial drama is heightened by the music
coming over the PA system - brassy, Spanish-sounding melodies with a
French touch. At one point, a few bars of the Marseillaise are played.
"This is an important tradition which is part of our culture,"
says Brigitte Dubois, president of the bullfighting association of the
nearby town of Nimes. Although bullfighting originated across the border
in Spain, it took root in France a century and a half ago, partly because
of an influx of Spanish immigrants. Wherever you go in this part of
France, you see posters for bullfights - and the crowd in Manduel is
loving every moment, undeterred by the knowledge that a few hundred
metres away, there's a protest going on.
Against VGT Since December 2009: Smashed Window!
Instead of police investigating these crimes there has been a new wave
of house raids of two animal campaigners and one animal protection organisation
very same offences being used in court to claim the existence of a criminal
organisation within the animal movement, which 13 campaigners supposedly
supported with their legal campaigns, are being perpetrated against
VGT on a regular basis. Since December 2009 VGT has been victim of slashed
tyres, glued locks and smashed windows.
Balluch: “We find ourselves in the position of being terrorised
from all sides. As an organisation that uncovers the abuse of animals,
not only do we suffer continuous damage to our property and regular
death threats but also the seemingly never ending police persecution
through this monster trial against us”.
steaks, leg of Greyhound, Afghan burgers, Dachshund sausages, Beagle
chops, Chihuahua poppers…these are just some of the exotic meats
being promoted at the new organic and free-range dog meat catering trailer
that will set up shop at the edge of farmers markets across the UK.
pictures of happy healthy dogs running through fields, chasing balls
and swimming in streams, and the words ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’,
the trailer will be offering dog meat to the public, with the assurance
that all the animals were loved and well cared for before being butchered.
that’s when the unpleasant truth lying behind Animal Aid’s
initiative is spelt out.
organic, free-range, corn-fed or rested on the finest mattresses, at
the end of the day it’s all the same for animals farmed for their
flesh. They all end up in the same slaughterhouses; they are all alone
and terrified; they are all hung upside down by their hind legs and
all end up bleeding to death.
For those of us in the natural health field, any headline stating that
B vitamins can help the brain, and be particularly useful for people
with Alzheimer’s, certainly wouldn’t be considered ‘new’
or ‘ground-breaking’. We are repeatedly told by the
media and mainstream medicine that vitamins are bad for you and even
downright dangerous at dosages higher than the recommended daily allowances
is until a study comes along with such overwhelmingly strong evidence
that even the diehards worshipping at the feet of evidence-based medicine
(EBM) have to capitulate. So it is with the ‘new’
and ‘ground-breaking’ study
conducted at Oxford University, UK, which found a staggering 53% improvement
in 85 patients with brain shrinkage associated with 'mild cognitive
impairment' (MCI) which, for many, precedes full-blown dementia and
Alzheimer's disease. The drug's active constituents? You have it, the
trio of good ol' B vitamins associated with lowering homocysteine: folic
acid, B6 and B12.
Brain shrinkage or atrophy is a natural part of ageing, but it is known
to be accelerated in people with MCI – a kind of memory loss and
forgetfulness – and Alzheimer's. As with cardiovascular
disease, Alzheimer’s patients tend to also have especially high
levels of an amino acid called homocysteine in their blood. These
B vitamins help reduce this age and disease related elevation, and the
current research corroborates that high doses of B vitamins (including
folic acid) can be particularly effective at lowering homocysteine levels.
The Oxford University study further demonstrated that the participants
who had the highest homocysteine levels benefited the most from the
treatment with high doses of B vitamins.
Animal Protection Trial: Judge finds police special unit guilty of denying
defence access to investigation files
after the defendants in this monster trial were put onto remand custody
in May 2008 it became clear that police were not allowing lawyers access
to investigation files. The defence quickly responded by bringing the
police to court and judge Pablik passed the verdict that the withholding
of investigative information showed the intention to keep the defendants
in the dark and contravened rights set out in the constitution. Police
were instructed by the court to provide the defence with immediate and
complete access to files in order to ensure a fair trial.
in Meat Pose Health Threat, Admits FDA
June 28 of this year, the FDA issued a draft of new guidelines urging
meat producers to refrain from using antibiotics to promote livestock
growth, calling the practice an "urgent public health issue."
preserve the effectiveness [of antibiotics], we simply must use them
as judiciously as possible," said FDA Deputy Commissioner Joshua
livestock industry regularly gives antibiotics to healthy animals to
make them gain more weight faster, as well as to prevent infection.
For more than 30 years, public health experts have warned that this
practice is contributing to the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria,
including strains that can infect humans.
are seeing the emergence of multidrug-resistant pathogens," Sharfstein
said. "FDA believes overall weight of evidence supports the conclusion
that using medically important antimicrobial drugs for production purposes
is not appropriate."
order to preserve the effectiveness of "medically important"
antibiotics, including penicillin, tetracyclines and sulfonamides, the
FDA issued new guidelines reiterating that antibiotics should be given
to food animals only for health-protection purposes, and that veterinarians
should oversee all such drug use, from selection to treatment.
offers reward for information about kangaroo incident in nightclub
A €10,000 reward is today being offered for information surrounding
the reported death of a wallaby or small kangaroo after it was unleashed
at a 30th birthday party recently.
long-term supporter of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) anonymously
contacted the group to offer the cash for information leading to arrest
Australian national took action after hearing about the incident which
took place at the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley in Dublin.
are calling on members of the public and those who attended the party
to contact the organisation.
abusers are cowards," said ARAN director John Carmody. "They
take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.
In this case, with laws being so weak in Ireland to protect those most
vulnerable, we’re hoping that people will now come forward with
information that will convict the cowards who treated such a vulnerable,
terrified and tormented animal with such recklessness and neglect.
anonymous Australian national said: "Most people in Australia are
horrified to hear of what has happened, this will no doubt leave Ireland
with a bad reputation in my country.
Avon and Somerset police say they are investigating allegations by South
West Hunt Saboteurs that they were attacked and robbed by hunt supporters.
The saboteurs claim that the incident took place on Saturday when members
of the South West hunt saboteurs were out monitoring a hunt taking place
on the Mendips at Ston Easton and Emborough.
Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs, said they were present at
the hunt to monitor for evidence of illegal hunting and to present any
such evidence to the police.
Mr Moon said: "Whilst standing on a public footpath watching the
hunt, the group of eight anti-hunt protesters, made up of men and women,
were approached by five vehicles whose number plates had been obscured
with mud. "Approximately a dozen men jumped out of the vehicles
and proceeded to attack the hunt saboteurs shouting "get the cameras".
People were punched in the face and one man had his leg repeatedly stamped
favourite pet set to be 'the next lab rat'
those celebrity pets par excellence, are being lined up as Europe's
preferred laboratory animals. The miniature porkers, which can cost
more than £1,000 for a piglet, have captured the hearts of various
notables, from George Clooney and David Beckham to Paris Hilton and
Megan Fox. Now they could be about to replace monkeys, mice, rats and
dogs in the testing of new drugs and chemicals. A five-year study sponsored
by the European Union has concluded that miniature pigs are better models
for testing the effects of new drugs on humans than other creatures,
because of their "close physiological and anatomical similarities
Developed from species such as the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, mini-pigs
first appeared in the West in the 1960s and were initially bred for
medical research. But since the 1980s they have become increasingly
popular as pets, thanks to their smallness: they weigh about 150lbs,
whereas an adult farmyard pig may be six times heavier.
Women who took hormone replacement pills had more advanced breast cancers
and were more likely to die from them than women who took a dummy pill,
raising new concerns about the commonly prescribed drugs, U.S. researchers
said on Tuesday. The study, published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association, is the first to report more breast cancer deaths
among women taking hormone replacement therapy. And
it contradicts prior studies that suggest women taking the drugs had
less aggressive, easier-to-treat breast cancers.
opposed to the prevailing thought of two years ago, that cancers associated
with estrogen plus progesterone would be favorable and not much of a
problem, we are actually showing they are associated with an increased
risk of death from breast cancer," Dr. Rowan Chlebowski of the
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, who led the study, said in
a telephone interview.
findings include 11 years of follow-up from the Women's Health Initiative
study, which in 2002 found women who took estrogen plus progesterone
for five years had higher rates of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, strokes
and other health problems.
of U.S. market leader Wyeth's combined estrogen plus progesterone pill
Prempro have fallen by about 50 percent since 2001 to around $1 billion
a year. Wyeth is now owned by Pfizer.
Letter: Animal research and the squeeze on science funding
across the country will be awaiting the outcome of tomorrow's comprehensive
spending review with understandable trepidation (Letters, 16 October).
cuts to the UK science budget will likely have a devastating impact
on Britain's research effort. Those of us whose work focuses on or benefits
from novel 3Rs approaches – replacing, reducing and refining the
use of laboratory animals – may have particular cause for concern.
funding for 3Rs research is already a challenge. There are precious
few dedicated 3Rs funders and mainstream funding sources seldom prioritise
innovation aimed at reducing dependency on live animals or proposing
entirely new approaches aimed at replacing animal models altogether.
Reducing and replacing animal research wherever possible is, quite rightly,
a requirement on all scientists. The government recognises the very
real scientific and animal welfare advantages produced by novel alternative
techniques in toxicology as well as medical research.
government's National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction
of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) demonstrates what can be achieved when
sufficient state funding for alternatives is in place. After years of
funding neglect, alternatives are now far better supported and consequently
Britain has become a world leader in alternatives technology development.
But for how much longer?
than 17,000 doctors and other healthcare providers have taken money
from seven major drug companies to talk to other doctors about their
products, a joint investigation by news organizations and non-profit
than 380 of the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other professionals
took in more than $100,000 in 2009 and 2010, according to the investigation
released on Tuesday. The report said far more doctors are likely to
have taken such payments, but it documented these based on information
from seven drugmakers. The payments are not illegal and usually not
even considered improper. But the investigation by journalism group
ProPublica, Consumer Reports magazine, NPR radio and several publications
showed doctors were sometimes urged to recommend "off-label"
prescriptions of drugs, meaning using them for conditions they are not
approved for. And
the report points to several studies showing that even small gifts and
payments to doctors can affect their attitudes, and many companies have
stopped giving out once-common gifts such as pens, cups and other objects
carrying drug brand names.
of thousands of U.S. physicians are paid to spread the word about pharma's
favored pills and to advise the companies about research and marketing,"
the group says in its report, available here
groups used information from seven drugmakers -- AstraZeneca, Cephalon,
GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Merck and Pfizer.
of the companies were forced to disclose this information as a result
of legal settlements; others released it voluntarily," Consumer
said more than 70 other pharmaceutical companies have not disclosed
payments made to doctors, although the healthcare reform law passed
in March will require them to do so by 2013.
This past June, a very young orca was found separated from her pod and
swimming alone in the shallow Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands.
She appeared thin, weak and distressed. According to Reuters, she was
the first orca to be found alive in Dutch coastal waters in more than
Dutch marine mammal rescue group SOS Dolfijn captured the orca and transported
her to the marine park "Dolfinarium" in Harderwijk, the Netherlands.
According to original statements from the Dolfinarium, the marine park's
initial plan was to release the orca (named Morgan) back into the wild
as soon as she had recovered.
But now it appears that the marine park might keep Morgan in captivity
and possibly ship her to a SeaWorld theme park in the US or another
foreign facility, where she would suffer a lifetime of misery in a small,
concrete tank. Information requests from PETA Germany on the status
of Morgan's release have gone unanswered, and Dolfinarium's website
states that scientists around the world are considering what the best
option would be for Morgan.
The more time that passes, the more difficult it will be to release
Morgan back into the open ocean - her rightful home.
Please help spare Morgan from a lifetime of captivity!
the past month, the Food and Drug Administration has concluded that
in some cases two types of drugs that were supposed to be preventing
serious medical problems were, in fact, causing them.
is bisphosphonates, which is widely used to prevent the fractures, especially
of the hip and spine, that are common in people with osteoporosis. Those
drugs, like Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva, will now have to carry labels
saying they can lead to rare fractures of the thigh bone, a surprising
new discovery that came after another surprise — that they can
cause a rare degeneration of the jawbone.
other is Avandia, which is widely prescribed for diabetics, whose disease
puts them at risk for heart attacks and heart failure. Two-thirds of
diabetics die of heart problems, and a main reason for taking drugs
like Avandia is to protect them from that. But now the F.D.A. and drug
regulators in Europe are restricting Avandia’s use because it
appears to increase heart risks.
the case of bisphosphonates, the benefits for people with osteoporosis
still outweigh the risk, bone experts say. And no one has restricted
their use. But the fact remains that with decades of using drugs to
treat chronic diseases, the unexpected can occur.
Health chiefs have for the first time acknowledged that the swine flu
jab may be linked to an increased risk of developing a deadly nerve
condition. Experts are examining a possible association between
the controversial jab and Guillain-Barre Syndrome, according to a report
from official watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory
the Government has always stressed there is no evidence to link the
paralysing condition to the H1N1 vaccine.
The Mail on Sunday revealed in August 2009 that doctors were being asked
to monitor cases of GBS during the swine flu pandemic, a letter from
the Health Protection Agency’s chief executive Justin McCracken
stated: ‘There is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of
GBS from the vaccines being developed to fight the current pandemic.’
the MHRA’s newly published report suggests the Government’s
position has changed. It says: ‘Given the uncertainties in
the available information and as with seasonal flu vaccines, a slightly
elevated risk of GBS following H1N1 vaccines cannot be ruled out. Epidemiological
studies are ongoing to further assess this possible association.’
It is not known precisely what causes GBS but the condition attacks
the lining of the nerves, leaving them unable to transmit signals to
can cause partial paralysis and mostly affects the hands and feet –
but it can be fatal.
After a very valiant
and brave fight, 8-10 Risso dolphins were captured and slaughtered in
Taiji, Japan today.
It went on for several
hours, the relentless banging and boats charging back and forth. We
watched this unfold from the shore of the public part of the cove. Over
time, the hunter boats managed to push the small pod ever closer to
the mouth of the cove. The dolphins refused to enter the cove. They
must have sensed the evil there and actually from time to time dove
under the hunter boats and headed back out sea. We all cheered them
on, but they turned back at one point. I suspect that one of their members
had not made it out and they would not abandon their mate.
The so-called fishermen
wasted no time getting to their grisly task of bringing murder to these
dolphins. In the past, it has been their practice to leave the dolphins
in the cove overnight. Early the next morning, the trainers would come
and examine them to possibly make selections for the captive trade.
These, being Risso dolphins, are not in much demand at dolphanariums
because they do not look like flipper. Two were selected earlier this
week before most of that pod was slaughtered. This time though, the
trainers were not interested.
The pressure must
be getting to them now. They probably got the killing done right away
to keep us from setting up cameras overnight to catch their early morning
deeds. Well, we caught them anyway. At least the cameras of Save Japan
Dolphins caught some of the slaughter and of the dead dolphins being
dragged into the Taiji butcher house. Look for Save Japan Dolphins to
post their vivid shots. No matter how much these pathetic excuses for
men attempt to hide their shameful deeds, someone will film them.
Waters Released from Prison Today on Bail. The 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals reversed the environmental activist's conviction on September
14th, 2010, based on their findings that her conviction was improper
because important rulings by the trial court deprived her of a fair
trial. After serving 2 and a half years, she was released from prison
today, October 14, 2010, pending a re-trial. She is ecstatic about being
reunited with her daughter, Kalliope.
On June 19, 2008, Briana was sentenced to six years in prison after
she was falsely accused of participating in a politically motivated
arson which took place at the University of Washington in May 2001;
a federal jury found her guilty of two counts of arson on March 6, 2008
EU figures on lab animals disappoint activists
The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), an umbrella
group of key animal protection groups across the EU, has expressed “profound”
disappointment at the lack of a significant decrease in the number of
animals used in experiments across the European Union.
organization was commenting on the publication of the Sixth Statistical
Report by the European Commission which covers data collected by 27
Member States for the year 2008.
was the first time since 2005 that the statistics were made available.
They were released only weeks after the EU adopted new legislation on
animal experimentation, which replaced an earlier directive from 1986.
ECEAE branded the new legislation a missed opportunity to introduce
measures that would have given greater protection to animals used in
the opportunity to improve the lot of animals in laboratories, the recently
adopted legislation does not include any mechanism to systematically
reduce and ultimately replace the use of animals in research. The future
looks bleak for the millions of animals who will continue to suffer
and die each year in EU laboratories” ECEAE Chief Executive, Michelle
Thew, told Bikya Masr.
and lifestyle factors cause cancer, as a new study finds little evidence
of the disease in ancient times
is a man-made disease caused by modern day environmental factors such
as pollution and diet, a new study suggests.
analysing the remains of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, researchers at
the University of Manchester concluded that cancer was extremely rare
in ancient times.
Greek literature rarely refers to illnesses resembling cancer, and there
is scant evidence of tumour growth in animal fossils and non-human primates,
the researchers said. Cancer rates in have risen massively since the
Industrial Revolution, in particular childhood cancer, suggesting that
the rise is not simply due to people living longer.
Rosalie David, an expert in biomedical Egyptology said: “In industrialised
societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause
of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There
is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has
to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet
important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective
to this disease. We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates
in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia,
not one hundred years, and have masses of data.”
it has been suggested that shorter life spans may be the reason why
the researchers found little evidence of the disease, people in ancient
Egypt and Greece lived long enough to show signs of other modern diseases
such as hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis and other bone conditions.
— The Food and Drug Administration has warned eight companies
to stop marketing “miracle cures’’ that they claim
treat everything from autism to Parkinson’s disease by flushing
toxic metals from the body.
say the products, sold over the Internet, can cause dehydration, kidney
failure, and death. Known as chelation therapies, the products have
been used for decades, although medical societies and government specialists
say there is no evidence they cure diseases.
only FDA-approved chelation therapies are used to treat lead and mercury
products are dangerously misleading,’’ said Deborah Autor,
the FDA’s director of compliance.
A flutter, a wager, a punt, a bet; a night at the dogs or trip down
the bookies is just a bit of harmless fun, right? For the dogs, there's
more at stake than your cash. What you don't see trackside or in the
betting shops are the thousands of greyhounds that are unaccounted for
every year. Some go missing as puppies because they are too slow or
shy for the tracks. Other ex-racing dogs lose their speed after a few
years and disappear - the majority of them are presumed dead. (*1)
We campaign to protect animals. Our products are all vegetarian and
mostly vegan, we work to eliminate animal experiments from the cosmetics
industry, and we use our website and our shops to speak up on issues
that we are passionate about. Not too long ago, a group of our shop
managers got together and told us they wanted to campaign about reported
cruelty in the greyhound racing industry. So, we consulted with expert
sources, did our own research, and what we found left us speechless;
we felt it was time to take a stand.
THE PROBLEM WITH GREYHOUND RACING
The life of a racing greyhound can be a far cry from the loving homes
that many of the UK's dogs live in today. Some racing greyhounds are
not treated as part of any family, they are bred and raised to make
money for the racing and betting industries.
Fox off: Marksmen call off Roehampton cull following complaints
Pest controllers have been forced to back down from plans to shoot up
to 10 foxes in a quiet cul-de-sac tonight after residents complained
the slaughter would be inhumane.
Property management company Nightingale Chancellors said campaigners
had bombarded its office with emails protesting against the cull in
Roehampton Close, Roehampton.
Wildlife management boss Bruce Lindsay-Smith - a self-styled "Dirty
Harry" of the pest control world - planned to take “marksmen”
to the estate this evening and use live ammunition to shoot the animals.
But Nightingale Chancellors, which warned residents to keep their pets
indoors tonight, cancelled the booking with County Pest Control after
police warned that campaigners planned to stage a protest.
A spokesman for Nightingale Chancellors, who refused to give his name,
said: “We’ve been saturated by emails from people who know
nothing about it.
“Apparently there’s a West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group.
We’ve also been contacted by the police.” He added: “The
amount of fuss this has created is quite ridiculous, I can’t believe
people haven’t got better things to do.”
are still waiting to hear of a date for the planning meeting, as soon
as we know we will let you know of details of protests. In the meantime,
the planners have given very little time for objections to be raised,
so please contact Camden Council, and the individual councillors and
officials who will be taking the decision about whether to allow the
building to go ahead, see below for contact details.
of focusing on the inherent cruelty of animal experimentation, Dr. Greek
and Dr. Menache gave a presentation outlining that not only is information
gained from animal experiments inaccurate, it's potentially dangerous.
Greek is an anesthesiologist who specializes in Pain Management. He
has a private practice, has taught at multiple universities, and has
published several books about the need to end vivisection. Dr. Menache
is a former president of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine
and received a 21st century award for achievement from the International
Biographical Centre at Cambridge.
case could allow injured persons to once again sue vaccine makers
are implicated in causing all sorts of health damage, from neurological
disorders like autism and Alzheimer's disease to intestinal problems
like ulcerative colitis and Chron's disease -- and everything in between.
And a vaccine injury case currently before the Supreme Court could be
the landmark decision that once again allows those injured by vaccines
to sue vaccine manufacturers for damages, a course of action that has
been barred since 1986 because of special federal protections enacted
to immunize vaccine manufacturers against having to abide by the rule
25 years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine
Injury Act, which exempts vaccine manufacturers from being liable for
damages caused by their vaccines. The Act established an entirely new
"legal" system to deal specifically with vaccine injury cases,
handling each one in a special "vaccine court" that essentially
just dismisses most cases as unwarranted.
Act is entirely unconstitutional as no company or entity can legally
be exempted from due process within the real legal system, but it was
enacted anyway and has served as a shelter for vaccine companies to
hide behind in order to avoid costly litigation. And since the medical
industry as a whole continues to deny a link between vaccines and autism,
for instance, the "vaccine courts" can just automatically
go along with the notion and arbitrarily reject all autism-related vaccine
cases as unsubstantiated.
antidepressant prescribed to about 5,000 people in England at a cost
to the NHS of almost £900,000 a year is "ineffective and
potentially harmful", academics have concluded.
discovered that reboxetine, marketed as Edronax by Pfizer, was no more
effective at countering major depression than a placebo sugar pill,
after studying all available data on the drug.
the study, published in the British Medical Journal today (WED), the
German researchers found that some trials which failed to show reboxetine
worked well were not submitted for publication by academic journals.
they said, was "a striking example of publication bias" -
where academics or drug companies decide not to publish unfavourable
results in peer-reviewed journals.
data on nearly three in four patients who took the drug went unpublished,
claimed the researchers, working for the German Institute for Quality
and Efficiency in Health Care.
on 74 per cent of the patients included in our analysis was unpublished,
indicating that the published evidence on reboxetine so far has been
severely affected by publication bias," they wrote.
demands UBC lift 'veil of secrecy' around animal testing
group of 60 animal advocacy groups across Canada, the U.S. and Europe
sent a letter today to the University of British Columbia demanding
"its veil of secrecy surrounding animal research" be lifted.
100,000 animals are subjected to research experimentation at UBC, but
the public has no way of accessing up-to-date information about them,
said Brian Vincent, who is with Stop UBC Animal Research, a group of
about 300 volunteers that began its work in February. "Our ultimate
goal is to end animal research at UBC. We are trying to find out information
about the UBC program now but in Canada much of that information is
hidden from the public," he said.
must lift its veil of secrecy surrounding animal research. Since much
of UBC's animal research is funded by taxpayers, the public has a right
to know what the university is doing to animals with public money."
the letter to UBC, the group -- led by Stop UBC Animal Research, People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, National Anti-Vivisection Society,
Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Defenders International, Born Free
USA, In Defense of Animals, International Network for Humane Education,
Liberation BC and the Vancouver Humane Society -- urged UBC to provide
details about its animal research program, such as the exact numbers
and species of animals used, research protocols, any reports of UBC
noncompliance with animal care guidelines, and photo and video documentation
of animal experiments.
lack of transparency to date has given the impression it does not want
the public to see what researchers are doing to animals privately,"
the letter states.
are poor models for research -they fight disease via a different process'
Gazette spoke with Theodora Capaldo, president of the New England Anti-vivisection
Society, the oldest animal protection agency in the United States.
is working with the Fauna Foundation's Gloria Grow on Project R&R
(rescue and restitution), an initiative that aims to secure permanent
and humane retirement for chimps used for biomedical research.
are some facts that Capaldo offered on chimpanzees and research:
States is the only country that continues to regularly use chimpanzees
for invasive biomedical research.
on orangutans were given up years ago because they were too susceptible
to upper-respiratory infections, and gorillas were not used for
experiments because they are too big.
are eight times stronger than humans.
at six laboratories
in the United ¦ About 1,000 chimpanzees are held
Women who take hormone
replacement after menopause are at increased risk of developing kidney
stones, new research shows.
mean that women should stop taking hormone therapy based on this fact,
but it does need to be taken into account when deciding to take the
hormones or not," Dr. Naim M. Maalouf of the University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of the study's authors, told
From 5 to 7 percent
of postmenopausal women in the U.S. suffer from kidney stones, Maalouf
and his colleagues note in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Kidney
stones aren't just extremely painful when they are passed out of the
bladder; "people who have kidney stones over time tend to have
more kidney damage," Maalouf said.
Studies to date
of the relationship between hormone therapy and kidney stones have had
mixed results. To investigate, Maalouf and his colleagues reviewed data
from the Women's Health Initiative, the largest-ever randomized controlled
trial of hormone therapy for postmenopausal women.
Their analysis included
10,700 postmenopausal women who had undergone hysterectomy and were
randomly assigned to take estrogen or placebo, and another 16,600 who
hadn't had hysterectomies and were put on either estrogen and progestin
or placebo. Women in the first group were followed for nearly six years,
while the women in the second group were followed for seven years.
Cardiff University asked to justify
controversial kitten experiments exposed by BUAV
The BUAV's recent exposé of experiments carried out on kittens
at Cardiff University has received widespread attention. Today, the
South Wales Echo has carried a follow-up article in which it reports
that the deputy leader of Cardiff council, Neil McEvoy, has written
to the Vice-Chancellor at the University asking why its scientists are
using cats in experiments.
experiment, in which 19 two to six months old kittens were subjected
to invasive surgery under anaesthesia and had parts of their brains
exposed in order to implant electrodes, hit the headlines earlier this
year in the Wales
on Sunday newspaper.
that time an attempt by the BUAV to find out further information about
this and other experiments on cats under the UK's Freedom of Information
(FOI) Act, has been refused by Cardiff University. This lack of accountability
and transparency is totally unacceptable. Much of the animal research
carried out at universities such as Cardiff is funded by the tax payer.
The Medical Research Council supported the kitten experiment. Therefore,
it is important that Cardiff University is held accountable for the
pain and suffering it inflicts on animals.
In 2009, Cardiff University was responsible for using 46 cats, which
accounted for 26% (over a quarter) of all those cats used in research
facilities in the whole of the UK during that time period.
In another experiment uncovered by the BUAV, cats were implanted with
electrodes and placed in sound-proofed large boxes so researchers could
record their brain activity. Other cats were deeply anaesthetised and
their brains removed while they were technically still alive so that
the researchers could do additional experiments on slices of their brains.
In some of the harshest language ever expressed by a legislative body,
the Commonwealth Senate repudiated the experimentation with several
types monkeys on the island Monday.
Led by New Progressive Party Sen. Melinda Romero, the Senate approved
a resolution that not only expressed its concern regarding the use of
ITAL macaca fasciculavis ITAL primates for biological experiments, but
denounced the company that attempted to introduce the practice to Puerto
“I want to make sure that the federal authorities understand the
problem here regarding the use of these animals for testing," Romero
said. "I’m completely opposed to the issue on the grounds
that other things could be done before a life is sacrificed.”
mainstream medicine largely continues to deny the inherent healing capacity
of natural plants and herbs, the insect world is abuzz with activities
that confirm the plant world to be nature's medicine cabinet. According
to a new study published in the journal Ecology Letters, the Monarch
butterfly routinely uses medicinal plants to help its offspring resist
disease and infection.
observed that Monarch butterflies prefer to lay their egg larvae on
milkweed leaves, so they decided to investigate why this is the case.
They discovered that milkweed plants contain vital compounds that help
the larvae to stay healthy.
have shown that some species of milkweed, the larva's food plants, can
reduce parasite infection in monarchs," explained Jaap de Roode,
an evolutionary biologist at Emory University, and author of the study.
"[W]e have also found that infected female butterflies prefer to
lay their eggs on plants that will make their offspring less sick."
diet high in protein increases women's risk of the cluster of conditions
known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to
a study conducted by researchers from the Center Hospitalier Universitaire
de Bicetre in Paris an published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
is characterized by severe inflammation of the digestive tract, and
includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
results may help better understand the role of diet in IBD risk,"
the researchers wrote. "If confirmed, they can lead to protective
strategies, especially in families at risk of IBD, and possibly to advice
for preventing relapse."
researchers followed more than 67,000 women between the ages of 40 and
65 for an average of 10 years, during which time 77 participants developed
IBD. The researchers then analyzed all participants' dietary patterns
for a potential link with the disease.
Diary: Save the bulls,whales, stags, hares, and even the foxes
There is a meeting on the fringe of the conference this morning which
is fated to be sparsely attended, and not just because it is at 8am.
It will be gathering of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting. Yes, that
word is "against".
Tory MPs who opposed fox hunting used to be as rare as Labour MPs who
defended it. Now there is a small but growing faction in the party who
think it would be wrong or foolish to repeal the Hunting Act. In their
manifesto, the Conservatives promised a free vote on the matter, with
David Cameron committed to voting for legalisation.
Blamed for Rise in Animal Experimentation
90,000 lab mice are used to test batches of Botox each year in the European
China Photos/Getty Images
injections are making it more difficult to smile than ever before, thanks
to statistics recently published by the European Commission (EC) regarding
the use of animal experimentation.
Nearly 90,000 lab mice are used each year in the European Union alone
to test batches of Botox before they can be used on humans, according
to the journal Nature. That number has increased from 33,000 mice in
EC report singled out Botox testing as a major reason that animal experimentation
persists at sustained levels in the EU despite the fact that it has
been reduced in many other fields. Currently, every single batch of
Botox must be safety tested on mice before it can be injected into the
face of a human.
Overall, the report indicated that over 12 million animals are tested
on for scientific purposes in the EU each year, the largest proportion
of which are research animals used in fundamental biology studies. More
than two thirds of the animals were used by five of the EU's member
states — France, the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Secret abattoir video shows 'sickening' abuse of animals
Charity's secret video shows pigs being kicked and stamped on –
prompting calls for CCTV cameras in all abattoirs
The government is calling on nearly 370 slaughterhouses in Britain to
install surveillance cameras to help enforce legislation against cruelty
to animals, following a controversial campaign run by animal rights
The Food Standards Agency plans to override objections in the meat industry
to the move by saying breaches of the law are "unacceptable"
and enlisting the support of consumers and supermarkets for the campaign.
The move, to be discussed by the agency's board on Tuesday, represents
a victory for the animal rights charity Animal Aid, which installed
secret cameras in seven abattoirs across England. The charity said it
had footage of pigs being kicked, stamped on and inappropriately stunned.
Sainsbury's said it had suspended its contract with an abattoir in June
as soon as allegations were made. It had resumed beef supplies last
month once it was satisfied improvements had been made: "We have
the highest standards of animal welfare and we are working with all
suppliers across all species with a view to them all installing CCTV."
“GENDER bending” chemical found in everyday plastic food
and drink containers, tins and baby bottles may cause prostate cancer,
scientists are warning. Levels of the chemical typically found in humans
can damage the prostate but also make it inflamed – creating ideal
conditions for the disease to develop. It is the latest research to
show that bisphenol A (BPA) is harmful to human health.
is widely used to harden plastics and is found in baby bottles,
CD cases, plastic cutlery and the lining of food and drink cans. Scientists
are concerned at its use because it mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen
and may interfere with the way hormones are processed by the body.
studies on animals have shown the chemical to be safe, but others have
linked it to breast cancer, liver damage, obesity and fertility problems.
is estimated that BPA is detectable in more than 90 per cent of people
and is one of the world’s most widely manufactured chemicals,
with more than 2.2million tons made each year. Denmark became the first
EU country to ban BPA in food and drink containers for the under-threes
earlier this year and it has also been barred in Canada and three US
EU Statistics for Animal Experiments Released
shame – animal groups react to the latest EU statistics for the
number of animals used in experiments The European Coalition to End
Animal Experiments (ECEAE), a coalition of key animal protection groups
across the EU, has today expressed its profound disappointment at the
lack of a significant decrease in the number of animals used in experiments
across the European Union. This follows the publication of the
Sixth Statistical Report (1) by the European Commission which covers
data collected by 27 Member States for the year, 2008 (2).
statistics, the first publicly available since 2005, have been released
only weeks after the EU adopted new legislation on animal experimentation
(replacing the earlier Directive 86/609/EEC) (3). This new legislation
has been criticised by the ECEAE as being a missed opportunity to introduce
measures that would have given greater protection to animals used in
latest statistics show:
Total number of animals used in 2008 was just above 12 million which
is a small decrease from 2005 (reported as 12.1 million)
user countries continues to be France, UK and Germany, constituting
approximately 55% of the total number of animals used throughout the
EU. Germany use increased by 11% (to 2,021,782), UK by 21% (to 2,266,884)
and France by 0.13% to (2,328,380).
increases in the number of animals used in certain countries, including
Spain (increase of 51% to 897,859), Estonia (increase of 610% to 34,794),
Ireland (increase of 197% to 112,835), Austria (increase of 32% to 220,456)
and Portugal (increase of 22% to 50,888).
Protection Trial: Border signs declare Austria as an Unconstitutional
International human rights activists change Austrian border signs to
protest the ongoing animal protection trial
advantage of Austria being bordered by so many different countries,
creative human rights activists from various neighbouring countries
set about making changes to border signs to protest at Austria's misuse
of laws to curb and silence NGO work.
and author Carol Leifer, who has written for “Seinfeld”
and “Saturday Night Live,” is starring in a new national
campaign to promote health charities that don’t fund or conduct
In the new 30-second radio public service announcement produced by the
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Leifer urges potential
donors to “Give and Let Live” by supporting compassionate
charities that provide vital care to patients and advance research without
The ad introduces The Humane Charity Seal of Approval, a unique certification
program that allows potential donors to quickly identify those health
charities that match their values and don’t fund animal tests.
The Humane Charity Seal of Approval offers a rapidly expanding directory
of charities that fund only humane, human-based research or patient
- Spain's bullfighting tradition suffered a new setback Wednesday as
the senate rejected a proposal to declare bullfights a part of the country's
rejected the proposal presented by the main opposition conservative
People's Party (PP) with 129 votes against 117 and one abstention.
had inspired countless Spanish artists, PP representative Pio Garcia-Escudero
argued, describing the matador as an artist who had improvise and risk
PP had the support of about 60 people representing the bullfighting
industry, including bullfighters and bull breeders, who came to follow
the debate at the senate.
Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party, however, said
the PP's proposal violated the authority of Spain's 17 semi-autonomous
regions, which were responsible for decisions concerning cultural heritage.
It is a label that
promises high welfare for animals at a premium price for consumers.
But a Five News investigation has exposed a farm under the RSPCA's Freedom
Food scheme which is flouting the rules.
We found chickens
in cramped conditions, dead birds and electric wire at the farm producing
eggs for a well-known brand.
Over the past two years we've
exposed five farms keeping their birds in poor conditions.
response to our findings, the RSPCA and Noble Foods provided us with
the following statements.
It's 'the end of the story' for rolofylline against this tough-to-treat
condition, researcher says. A new experimental drug for treating patients
who have acute heart failure plus kidney failure did not show any overall
benefit, indicating that the future of this particular drug, called
rolofylline, is over.
think this is the end of the story for this drug," said Dr. Barry
Massie, lead author of a study appearing in the Oct. 7 issue of the
New England Journal of Medicine. "There was a very promising pilot
trial but these results . . . were neutral. I am disappointed,"
results were presented last year at the European Society of Cardiology
meeting. Shortly before that, drug company Merck, which has been developing
the medicine and which funded this study, announced that it would not
be filing for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for rolofylline.
Rolofylline is known as an A1-receptor antagonist and is intended to
make diuretics work more effectively.
anonymously (translation); image from Sveriges Television:
the night of October 4th all 20,000 mink were released from a fur farm
outside Skillingaryd. Although most Swedes are against fur farming,
there are currently 1.4 million animals trapped in cages. This is contrary
to Swedish animal welfare legislation, but with the tacit acceptance
of a paralyzed government. Our action during the night is a reaction
to an industry that does not respect the law, democracy or animal welfare.
There is now a wild population of mink in Sweden, which originated from
fur farms. There is evidence that animals raised in captivity successfully
re-adjust to a life of freedom when they are given the chance. Some
get caught, some may be run over by cars. This is nothing we desire
for any of them, but for those who escape, that means everything. Our
goal is to close the farm and that the cages remain empty. Forever.
For mink on Animals' Day"
collusion in human medical experiments no longer just a conspiracy theory
It used to be that when you talked about Big Government conspiring with
Big Pharma to use human beings as guinea pigs in bizarre medical experiments,
people would look at you as if you were some kind of loon. "Oh,
the American government would never do that," they'd say, smug
in their self assurance that they are somehow ruled by compassionate,
honest government operatives and corporate do-gooders who are always
looking out for the public's best interest.
All of a sudden,
all those people who somehow thought medical science was all about protecting
people found themselves stunned -- and even ashamed -- to learn that
their own government would conspire with the medical industry to intentionally
engage in such behavior.
ANTONIO, An animal rights watchdog group says it wants a new U.S. Department
of Agriculture probe into monkey deaths at a nationally known research
a release, the group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, also calls for an
Inspector General's investigation of the conduct of the Animal &
Plant Health Inspection Service regarding the Southwest Foundation for
Biomedical Research in San Antonio.
says previous USDA reports revealed primates have died at the Texas
lab from dehydration and hypothermia, while others have simply been
"found dead" -- possibly without veterinary care -- after
suffering from serious disease conditions that include temperatures
up to 105 degrees.
BBC wildlife presenter Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek joins leading scientists
and doctors to launch campaign
The campaign’s report presents an immediate science strategy
to end poisoning tests on non-human primates
by Dr Andre Menache, director of science group Antidote Europe, the
report is endorsed by biologists, toxicologists, conservationists, doctors
and animal behaviourists.
Poisoning tests comprise around 90% of all primate experiments in the
UK and US; are some of the most shockingly cruel; and are not predictive
for human biology. Says Dr Uhlenbroek: “I have never filmed inside
a primate laboratory, nor would I want to. However I have seen undercover
footage of monkey breeding farms and macaques undergoing invasive test
procedures filmed inside laboratories — and I was shocked by those
images. It is difficult to imagine the emotional and psychological trauma
that these animals endure when they are separated from their family
groups, transported in tiny cages to far away destinations, to be used
as living test tubes.
“We are told that toxicity tests are performed on non-human
primates to safeguard human health, because of their similarity to us.
However, by the same token we have a duty and an obligation to afford
them special protection. Given that modern science has the means to
obtain the required safety data without the use of animals, we must
act immediately and decisively to end those animal experiments.”
fine for meat firm: Sheep left with no water for days
HALAL meat producing company have been fined almost £10,000 after
hundreds of sheep were left without drinking water or room to move.
Premier Halal Meats Ltd of Brookwoods Industrial Estate in Holywell
Green, was fined £9,401 after pleading guilty to three counts
of failing to look after their animals.
Magistrates heard how 864 sheep in the slaughterhouse were left for
days without drinking water, enough space to lie down, stand up and
turn around and were caused unnecessary pain and suffering. Mr Howard
Shaw, prosecuting for DEFRA, said that sheep were standing on top of
each other and that drinking water troughs had been turned off. The
sheep had been forced into the pen by a delivery driver and the abattoir
supervisor after a mix up regarding what time sheep would be delivered.
total 11 sheep died during the incident which took place at the end
of February of last year, many through asphyxiation and being trampled.
A senior meat hygienist said that "he had never seen anything as
bad as this" when he visited the slaughterhouse, Mr Shaw told the
court. Debbie Wilson, who attended court as a representative of Halal
Meats, said that the company had made significant changes to the way
they operated following the incident.
Lion tamer hospitalized, attacked by lion during circus performance
An animal tamer was taken to hospital on October 2 after having suffered
an attack by a lion during a circus show in Lviv, reads a statement
made by Lviv municipal council.
lion attacked the tamer in the circus during the show," the statement
performance was stopped immediately, and the spectators evacuated. The
tamer was rushed to city hospital No.8, where he underwent an urgent
surgical operation. No
victims among the spectators have been reported.
torn from families on paradise isle and used to breed babies for UK
dangled upside down by its tail and swung from side to side... a monkey
is sickeningly tormented after being snatched from the wild.
a high-pitched scream the animal is then thrown in a cage and forced
to become a breeding machine – churning out babies to be sold
across the globe for scientific tests. And
thousands are sent to Britain, where the demand from pharmaceutical
and cosmetic companies for animals to use in tests is soaring.
reveal the UK imported more than 2,000 monkeys from Mauritius in the
past year – making snaring an animal from the jungle on the Indian
Ocean isle a lucrative business for hunters.
the Sunday Mirror exposes the cruel ways in which these monkeys are
captured and condemned to a life of suffering. Our
disturbing pictures were obtained by campaigners from the British Union
for the Abolition of Vivisection, which has been working under cover
for a year investigating the trappers in Mauritius.
covert video shows huntsmen snaring long-tailed macaques – an
endangered species – by laying traps baited with bananas
and sugar cane around the forest where the creatures live.
Meets Big Disappointment in Failed Herpes Vaccine
effort that began eight years ago to develop a herpes simplex vaccine
for women has ended in failure and uncertainty. After assessing final
Phase III trial results, the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) vaccine, known as
Simplirix, failed to meet its primary endpoint, which was preventing
genital herpes. However, it remains unclear why the vaccine was not
effective. Safety issues were not cited as a problem.
outcome is a huge disappointment for the drugmaker, which has been attempting
to expand its portfolio of vaccine products, given that an estimated
one in four women in the US alone has genital herpes. In other words,
the afflication is one of the most common infectious diseases and that
can translate into huge revenues.
study, which was a randomized, double-blind trial, was undertaken with
the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and tested
8,323 women between 18 and 30 years old, who were tested at 50 sites
in the United States and Canada. Participants received either Simplirix
or a version of Havrix, an FDA-approved vaccine for thwarting hepatitis
A that is sold by Glaxo (see the NIAID statement and a question-and-answer
from the agency).
studies were encouraging. These involved men and women who did not have
genital herpes but whose sexual partners were known to be infected,
and the vaccine prevented genital herpes disease in more than 70 percent
of the female volunteers although there was no clear effect in men.
Moreover, Simplirix reduced the risk of developing antibodies to herpes,
which are used as an indicator that a person has been infected with
HSV, by 40 percent.
October's Dublin City Council's monthly meeting, Councillor Cieran Perry
proposed our motion to ban the import and sale of real fur, in the jurisdiction
of Dublin City.
by Cllr. Mannix Flynn, the motion passed successfully - with only one
councillor voting against it! Unfortunately though, due to current trading
laws, this motion will only have effect on fairs, markets, stalls and
council-organised events - not individual shops or boutiques. However,
this is still a wonderful achievement in our fight against the fur trade
- and this is only the beginning of our country-wide campaign to get
fur permanently out of Ireland in time for the fur farming ban.
Monkeys torn from families on paradise isle and used to breed
babies for UK lab tests
dangled upside down by its tail and swung from side to side... a monkey
is sickeningly tormented after being snatched from the wild.
With a high-pitched scream the animal is then thrown in a cage and forced
to become a breeding machine – churning out babies to be sold
across the globe for scientific tests. And thousands are sent to Britain,
where the demand from pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies for animals
to use in tests is soaring. Figures reveal the UK imported more than
2,000 monkeys from Mauritius in the past year – making snaring
an animal from the jungle on the Indian Ocean isle a lucrative business
for hunters. Today the Sunday Mirror exposes the cruel ways in which
these monkeys are captured and condemned to a life of suffering.
Our disturbing pictures were obtained by campaigners from the British
Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, which has been working under
cover for a year investigating the trappers in Mauritius. A covert
video shows huntsmen snaring long-tailed macaques – an endangered
species – by laying traps baited with bananas and sugar cane
around the forest where the creatures live.
am shocked by the findings of the BUAV's investigations into the trade
in monkeys for research. This is a horrific market which inflicts great
cruelty on our primate cousins. Monkeys, torn from their families and
homes, are imprisoned in farms to produce babies to feed the research
animals are kept behind bars on concrete and are deprived of the green
foli-age of their jungle homes. Their babies are snatched away at just
a few months old. Taking infants from their mothers is incredibly cruel.
The distress they must feel is unimaginable. In the wild, monkeys usually
stay with their family group for many years, sometimes for life. These
sensitive young animals are later sent around the world to laboratories.
Handled like cargo, they are stuck in wooden crates and shipped in the
holds of airlines as if they were luggage.
Leading members of the science community met in Havant to discuss the
pros and cons of animal testing. Dr Ray Greek and Andre Menache, as
well as Leigh Park Councillor Faith Ponsonby, met yesterday with Havant
MP David Willetts, who is the science minister.
Greek believes that testing on animals for new drugs should be massively
he believes more pharmaceutical testing should be on human tissue. They
believe animals such as rats have a very different biology to humans
and therefore the testing is not thorough enough.
decades, antipsychotic drugs were a niche product. Today, they’re
the top-selling class of pharmaceuticals in America, generating annual
revenue of about $14.6 billion and surpassing sales of even blockbusters
like heart-protective statins.
the effectiveness of antipsychotic drugs in some patients remains a
matter of great debate, how these drugs became so ubiquitous and profitable
is not. Big Pharma got behind them in the 1990s, when they were still
seen as treatments for the most serious mental illnesses, like hallucinatory
schizophrenia, and recast them for much broader uses, according to previously
confidential industry documents that have been produced in a variety
of court cases.
with names like Abilify and Geodon, the drugs were given to a broad
swath of patients, from preschoolers to octogenarians. Today, more than
a half-million youths take antipsychotic drugs, and fully one-quarter
of nursing-home residents have used them. Yet recent government warnings
say the drugs may be fatal to some older patients and have unknown effects
The United States apologised on Friday for an experiment conducted in
the 1940s in which government medical researchers deliberately infected
Guatemalan prison inmates with syphilis.
of State Hillary Clinton and other top officials issued a statement
about the experiment, which echoed the infamous 1960s Tuskegee study
in which black American men were deliberately left untreated for syphilis.
sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948
in Guatemala was clearly unethical," the statement reads.
these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such
reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public
health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologise to all the
individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practises."
experiments, aimed at testing whether penicillin could prevent syphilis,
were discovered by Susan Reverby, professor of women's studies at Wellesley
College in Massachusetts.
Novartis to pay millions in fines for off-label marketing of
Pharmaceuticals Corp. has agreed to pay $422.5 million in civil and
criminal fines for promoting drugs for uses that had not been approved
by the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice
announced Thursday in Philadelphia. The corporation is the U.S. subsidiary
of Novartis AG, which is based in Switzerland.
the settlement, which requires approval by federal court in Philadelphia,
Novartis agreed to plead guilty and pay a criminal fine of $185 million
for off-label marketing of the antiepileptic drug Trileptal. It also
will pay $237.5 million in civil penalties for off-label marketing of
that drug and for offering financial inducements for doctors to prescribe
Trileptal and five other Novartis medicines - Diovan, Exforge, Tekturna,
Zelnorm, and Sandostatin. The "kickbacks" included payments
for speaker programs, advisory board memberships, entertainment, travel,
and meals to encourage doctors to prescribe the drugs.
a news release, Novartis said it had disclosed earlier this year that
it had set aside money for the settlement. The company said it had agreed
to five years of additional federal monitoring, auditing, training,
education, reporting, and disclosures.
Animal Defenders International:
Concern As NASA Steps Closer to Irradiation Experiments On Monkeys
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30th, 2010 NASA bill S. 3729 (National Aeronautics
and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010), has passed the
House and will now go to the President for his signature.
Animal Defenders International is disappointed that The House passed
the Senate version of the bill, which did not include the original House
language that required "justification and rationale for any additional
research involving non-human primates".
After Russia commenced experiments on monkeys which were condemned by
Russian and European astronauts, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced
that it would not be using primates in future, and saw no need for animal
experiments. However, here in the US, NASA then followed the Russian
announcement with plans to spend $1.75million on widely-criticized monkey
tests, despite having recently laid off 5,000 workers. A NASA aerospace
engineer has resigned in protest.
The monkey experiments will see squirrel monkeys given massive doses
of radiation and then forced to perform tasks, and have been criticized
from every side, scientists, animal protectionists, astronauts, former
NASA employees, and even the European Space Agency.
- This trial against 13 animal rights campaigners accused
of being members of a Mafia-like criminal organisation started on 2
March 2010. So far there have been 50 days spent in court and the end
of this monster trial is no where in sight. On the contrary, the court
is still only hearing witnesses from the prosecution!
and costs -
It is expected that the case will be heard until well into 2011. An
increasing number of notable legal experts and journalists openly criticise
the trial, not only condemning the initial decision to use anti-Mafia
laws against NGO campaigners, but also the treatment of the defendants
in the court proceedings and the unbelievably long duration of the trial.
Aside from the cost of such a trial for the tax payer, the defendants
have been unable to work since the trial began and can look forward
to personal financial ruin incurred through lawyers costs alone.
of evidence -
In all these hours and days in court spent listening to the prosecution's
case not one piece of evidence has been brought forward to implicate
the defendants in belonging to a criminal organisation, or indeed that
such an organisation even exists!
was described as a "large number" of mink have escaped from
a farm in the Ardara area, it was confirmed yesterday.
animals were being rounded up after getting out from their confines
at the mink farm.
motorist, who came upon the animals while travelling on the Ardara to
Killybegs road on Sunday, said he saw a number of the animals dead on
the road after they had been struck by passing vehicles.
saw five living ones. They were startled in the middle of the road -
the lights were blinding them and they didn't move. When we saw the
first one, my girlfriend thought it was a cat but I said to her 'that's
no cat, that's a mink."
number of other witnesses also reported seeing the mink who were being
farmed in the Meenavalley area. They are understood to have escaped
from the Anderson's Mink Farm.
from the farm was available to comment at the time of going to press.
But a spokesman confirmed that the animals were being rounded up yesterday.
Fishermen transfer selected dolphins caught at
the drive hunt to sea pen for the dolfinarium trade
from the European conservation organisation The Black Fish have last
night cut the nets of six holding pens in Taiji, Japan, that were holding
dolphins caught during a dolphin drive hunt a few days earlier. During
this hunt a number of dolphins were selected for the international dolphinarium
trade and transferred to these holding pens. In rough weather conditions
the divers swam out and cut the nets of six of these holding pens, allowing
a number of dolphins to swim back out to
sea. No arrests were made.
year, between September and April, the sea around the fishing village
of Taiji on the east coast of Japan turns red as it becomes the scene
of one of the biggest mass slaughters of marine wildlife in the world.
The dolphin drive hunt, which recently made global headlines through
the Oscar winning documentary 'The Cove', is responsible for capturing
and killing over 2,000 dolphins of Japan's annual quota of 20,000. Fishermen
drive the dolphins from sea into a cove, where some animals are selected
for dolphinariums while the others are killed for their meat.
Black Fish and other marine conservation and animal welfare organisations
run ongoing campaigns to push for the closure of the remaining dolphinariums
in Europe, where some of the dolphins caught at Taiji inevitably end
up. Dolphinariums are already banned in United Kingdom. The Black Fish
believes that it is unacceptable to keep dolphins, orca's and other
marine wildlife in captivity, given the vast areas which these animals
normally inhabit, the miserable and squalid
conditions under which they are often kept and the stress that public
performances put on them.
Farm Worker sentenced to jail for cruelty to Conklin Dairy cows
Mercy for Animals released an undercover video of Billy Joe Gregg Jr.,
25 hitting cows in the face with crowbars, poking cows with pitchforks,
breaking their tails, punching defenseless baby calves and kicking them,
the nation gasped at such an egregious demonstration of animal cruelty.
Friday, at Marysville Municipal Court Gregg pleaded guilty to six counts
of animal cruelty. He was given an eighteen month jail sentence, but
the judge suspended it to eight months. He is also required to pay a
$1000 fine, receive psychological counseling, and will not be allowed
contact with animals for the next three years.
Bernard Rollin, a Distinquished Professor of Animal Studies at Colorado
State University viewed the tape and 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 defenseless."
is the only worker to have faced criminal charges, and in court he apologized
but gave no explanation as to his behavior.Gregg was fired the day the
video was released.
Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, a global animal rights group whose sole aim
is to close down animal testing laboratory Huntingdon Life Sciences
(HLS), has today announced it will target all companies linked to Fortress
Investment Group LLC, in particular those who are considering assisting
Fortress with their upcoming re-financing.
news comes after the revelation that Fortress are seeking $440million
in a pair of loans to re-finance the company due to increasing debt.
Fortress have been deemed a top priority target by SHAC after it became
known that they had secretly loaned $70million to HLS in 2006 after
Stephens Inc. pulled out, which as a result kept the 7 times exposed
animal testing facility open throughout severe financial difficulties
during the past few years, helping to fund the continuation of the torture
and deaths of over 600,000 animals.
$70million loan provided by Fortress remains essential for HLS to continue;
without it, they would have been crippled by staggering debt and forced
to liquidate years ago. As a result, SHAC intend to step up their campaign
against Fortress, and will start to pressure them from all angles possible
– including targeting the companies who are helping Fortress with
their re-financing efforts.
counted about 10.000 protesters marching on Saturday sept 25th in the
streets of Rome against Green Hill and against vivisection!
I guess this was probably the biggest AR demo ever, maybe not only in
we knew this demo would attract thousands of non-activists or just animal-lovers,
outraged by the latest EU directive and the news on vivisection becoming
public and spread all over, we decided to use this demo to give a lot
had speeches on abolitionism, antispeciesism connected to racism, grassroots
activism, campaigning with no political flag or big organization needed,
veganism, direct action and supporting prisoners. The crowd cheered
and liked them all, especially when we said we were there with no political
flags or big AR groups names! We gave hundreds of specific flyers inviting
dog lovers to become vegan and active for the animals.
diabetes drug placed under severe FDA restrictions in US as European
regulators ban it outright
diabetes drug Avandia, shown to raise heart attack risk by 40 percent
in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was banned
today across many European countries in a coordinated global announcement.
The FDA didn't quite ban the drug but placed it under severe restrictions
that will all but guarantee the drug's sales in the United States drop
to almost zero.
the FDA's new restrictions require that doctors and patients first "try
every other diabetes medication" before turning to Avandia as a
last resort. And even then, they must acknowledge being made aware of
the drug's serious risks.
Avandia has been the subject of seemingly endless accusations and criticisms
from both alternative and conventional medicine practitioners. Just
here on NaturalNews.com, we reported how the FDA's own scientists backing
Avandia's so-called "safety" had financial ties to the drug
VETERINARY COLLEGE ENDS INDEFENSIBLE KILLING OF HEALTHY DOGS
Effective this academic year, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) will
end the training of students through terminal surgeries which have taken
the lives of hundreds of healthy dogs. The termination of these animal
experiments, and their replacement by models, cadavers and supervised
clinical learning opportunities with shelter animals, was announced
September 10, 2010 on the OVC website following a sustained campaign.
The process of change began in 2009 with a friendly beagle, Rainbow,
who was one of the OVC dogs whose fate was to be killed after surgical
Corner has received yet another communication from Walter Bond, the
alleged “ALF Lone Wolf.” He asked us to make his essay public:
On the Second of
September, 2010, my grandmother, Gwen Bond, passed away in Mason City,
IA. I regret not being by her side when she went, but I regret even
more that I could not be there to console my father, James L. Bond (yes,
my father’s name is actually James Bond). He was always very close
with his mother and I know it is a hard time for him, as having not
only lost his mom but also having his son imprisoned at the same time
together create quite a tribulation for him.
Gwen, or Grahm as
we all called her, was the last of my grandparents to pass. She will
be missed by many in north Iowa, as she was the life of the party–literally
singing and dancing the night away well into her 80’s. She was
also a friend to any cat who crossed her path. My grandmother had two
homes, one in Mason City and one in Clear Lake, IA, which was a cottage.
At the cottage she diligently cared for 8 indoor cats, fed the strays
in the neighborhood, and provided food for the ferals in the woods around
Her home in Mason
City was damaged by flooding a few years back. This forced her to move
in with my father at his adjoining property. She never allowed the house
to be destroyed though. Since she could not live there, she donated
it to the cats. She would have my father walk her over several times
a week to visit them. My grandmother taught me that the very best way
to fall asleep is with a cat on your chest, one on your legs, and perhaps
another one by your side. Wherever you are, Grahm, I will miss you and
I know the cats do too.
Bisphosphonate drugs to prevent osteoporosis double the risk of esophageal
In a series of television
commercials, actress Sally Fields has long promoted the drug Boniva
as a wonderful and super easy way to treat and prevent the bone robbing
disease known as osteoporosis. Just pop a pill once a month and stay
strong, youthful and energetic like Sally, the ads imply. The trouble
is, Boniva and other drugs in the class of medications known as oral
bisphosphonates not only have a host of side effects, including heartburn
and diarrhea and constipation, now scientists have found out these medications
can be deadly. Research just published in the British Medical Journal
(BMJ) shows the drugs double the risk of esophageal cancer.
(which, along with Boniva, include Fosamax, Actonel and Didronel), are
the most commonly recommended and prescribed Big Pharma drugs for post-menopausal
bone loss. And as they've grown in widespread use, troublesome case
reports have mounted suggesting people who take oral bisphosphonates
for osteoporosis are developing esophageal cancer far more often than
would be expected. In fact, a letter to the editor by an FDA official
published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine warned that
these drugs might be linked to esophageal cancer -- and, in some cases,
the drugs were suspected of causing deaths from bisphosphonate-linked
the huge numbers of people, mostly women, taking the drugs, no large
study looking specifically at the potential cancer-causing risk of bisphosphonates
has been conducted until now. Researchers from the University of Oxford's
Cancer Epidemiology Unit and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory
Agency in the United Kingdom (UK) have carried out large-scale research
to finally investigate whether bisphosphonates are a cancer risk.
Plc's rotavirus vaccine may be linked to a small increase in a life-threatening
type of bowel obstruction, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday.
data from a study in Mexico suggested infants given the Rotarix vaccine
may face a higher chance of an intestinal problem known as intussusception
in the 31 days after their first dose, the Food and Drug Administration
said on its website.
the results are preliminary and will require further evaluation, FDA
approved revised labeling to inform healthcare providers of this finding,"
the agency said.
is the world's leading cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration in young
infants. The benefits of rotavirus vaccines continue to outweigh risks,
the FDA said.
rotavirus vaccine sales in 2009 were $440 million globally, including
$118 million in the United States.
British drug company's shares slipped 0.7 percent to $40.06 in morning
trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)
antipsychotic drugs, especially AstraZeneca's blockbuster Seroquel,
may increase the risk of patients developing life-threatening blood
clots, British researchers said on Wednesday.
finding, from a trawl of tens of thousands of patient records, adds
to a growing body of evidence linking so-called atypical antipsychotics
to adverse side effects.
-- which also include Eli Lilly's Zyprexa, Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal
and Bristol-Myers Squibb's Abilify -- dominate the antipsychotic market,
which had sales of $16 billion in 2009, according to Thomson Reuters
introduced more than 20 years ago, such drugs cause fewer of the involuntary-movement
problems associated with older medicines but have been linked to diabetes
and increased mortality in people with dementia.
has also been limited evidence linking them with dangerous blood clots,
such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, although previous
studies have been small.
large British study, which compared 25,000 cases of patients with venous
thromboembolism (VTE) against 89,000 controls, found people prescribed
antipsychotics had a 32 percent greater risk of serious blood clots,
after adjusting for other potential risk factors.
government papers expose lies about measles vaccines for infants
government policy on measles vaccination for children has changed for
no discernible reason notes Christina England, writing on vactruth.com,
citing an internal document from 1968.
document, titled "Notes On the Use and Storage of Measles Vaccine
(Live Attenuated) for Routine Vaccines," clearly states in Section
7 that the vaccine should not be given to children under the age of
nine months old. According to the paper's authors, the presence of maternal
antibodies in the blood of such children interferes with the action
of the vaccine, making it ineffective. Instead, the government recommended
vaccination at the age of two after vaccination for diptheria, polio,
tetanus and whooping cough.
contrasts this with the ongoing push for earlier measles vaccination,
most recently highlighted with a study that found almost no maternal
antibodies present in children's bodies by the age of six months.
also draws attention to Section 6 of the government document, which
acknowledges that "mild febrile reactions and transient rashes
may be expected to follow the administration of the vaccine in a substantial
proportion of cases" but that "the Committee on Safety of
Drugs ... does not however, wish to receive reports of mild febrile
reactions and rashes associated with the use of this vaccine."
Wild monkeys sustain broken limbs from commercial trapping in
island nation Mauritius
this Nov. 3, 2009 photo released Sept. 21, 2010 by the British Union
for the Abolition of Vivisection, BUAV an injured wild monkey is seen
in Mauritius. A new report "Mauritius: The trade in primates for
research" released to The Associated Press on Tuesday Sept. 21,
2010 says that wild, long-tailed monkeys sustain broken limbs and other
injuries when trappers catch the primates and transfer them to breeding
farms on the island nation of Mauritius. Mauritius has four major breeding
farms and a fifth farm is to be opened soon, evidence that the trade
is expanding, said the report by BUAV _ the British Union for the Abolition
of Vivisection _ which calls itself the world's leading organization
campaigning to end animal experiments. (AP Photo/British Union for the
Abolition of Vivisection, HO)
Kenya - Wild long-tailed monkeys sustain broken limbs and other injuries
when trappers catch the primates and transfer them to breeding farms
on the island nation of Mauritius, said a new report released Tuesday.
in the report showed handlers swinging monkeys by the tail and monkeys
confined to small, rusty metal cages.
Indian Ocean island nation has four major breeding farms and a fifth
farm is to be opened soon, evidence that the trade is expanding, said
the report by BUAV — the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection
— which calls itself the world's leading organization campaigning
to end animal experiments.
are highly social and intelligent animals with strong family ties. Their
brutal capture from the wild and forced captivity in Mauritius is morally
unacceptable," said the BUAV's Sarah Kite. "We call on the
government of Mauritius to put an end to this brutal trade and for the
USA, European Union and Israel to ban primate imports and stop perpetuating
this appalling cruelty."
pleads guilty to illegal marketing of psychiatric drugs
subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has
pleaded guilty in federal court to misdemeanor charges of marketing
a drug for unapproved uses.
guilty plea comes as part of a larger, $81-million settlement signed
by J&J to settle government allegations that it illegally marketed
its anti-seizure drug Topamax for the treatment of conditions including
bipolar disorder and drug and alcohol addiction.
law allows doctors to prescribe drugs for any use they see fit, but
prohibits drug makers from actively promoting drugs for any use not
specifically approved by the FDA.
side effects unveiled: Hundreds injured, possible deaths
FDA has announced that it is investigating reports of at least 775 serious
side effects, including 30 deaths, associated with Tylenol and other
over-the-counter drugs recalled by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
side effects were reported by consumers who experienced them after taking
products involved in one of four McNeil recalls in recent months. The
FDA will determine whether the drugs were directly responsible for any
of the incidents. Thus far, researchers have determined that most of
the deaths were not caused by the drugs, a source close to a Congressional
first word of side effects came in November 2009, when McNeil recalled
five lots of Tylenol Arthritis Pain 100 count with EZ-open cap, after
consumers reported an unusual odor that caused nausea, stomach pain,
diarrhea and vomiting. One month later, the company expanded the recall
to include all lots of the product.
next month, after reports emerged of consumers experiencing feelings
of sickness associated with a strange odor from other McNeil drugs,
the company recalled an unspecified number of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl
and other over-the-counter products. The recall concerned drugs produced
between January 1, 2008 and April 30, 2010.
— The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing data suggesting
a possible link between the widely used diabetes medication Actos and
agency said yesterday that five-year results from an ongoing study show
that patients who have taken Actos for the longest period of time had
a higher risk of bladder cancer. Bladder cancer was also more prevalent
in patients who had taken the largest cumulative dose of the drug.
manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals is conducting the study, which is
scheduled to run 10 years.
agency has not concluded that Actos increases the risk of bladder cancer,’’
the agency said in a statement. Patients should continue taking Actos
unless told otherwise by their doctor, according to the agency statement.
agreed to study the risk of bladder cancer with its drug in 2003. But
a company executive said yesterday the results are too preliminary to
make any conclusions about the drug.
Corapeake, N.C. — Three dozen animal groups rescued more than
200 animals from a North Carolina research lab closed after People for
Ethical Treatment of Animals released video of alleged animal abuse
by lab workers. The
U.S. Humane Society coordinated an 14-hour effort Friday to remove the
animals from the closed Professional Laboratory and Research Services
Inc. facility in Corapeake.
"The (animal) shelter on the whole East Coast came together,"
said Mike Williams, with Wake County Animal Care and Control. "No
one shelter can absorb that many in one night."
Rescue workers had to follow strict rules once they were inside the
lab, said Karen Carlton, Triangle Beagle Rescue of N.C. Only one group
was allowed in at one time, and rescue workers couldn't carry recording
or communication devices, such as cell phones or cameras. Lab workers
loaded the animals and did little or no talking.
Animal researchers usually try to display some respect for the animals
they experiment on. They may do things they don’t want you to
know about to animals and install elaborate security measures just to
be sure, but they usually say they honor the animal’s sacrifice
and it will benefit people as well as other animals. But not so with
a primate researcher at Wake Forest University. In a PowerPoint presentation
at a National Institute on Aging workshop which appeared on the NIA
web site until July, the researcher finds the primates who will give
their lives to science…funny.
The first photo shows an orangutan who someone has put in an aqua colored
flannel dress with white diamonds on it. Her face is contorted in terror.
A green, comic strip style balloon is coming out of her mouth. It says,
“I just don’t know what to think,” as if her anguish
stems from research questions in the lab instead of her tenure there.
The next mirthful photo shows a chimpanzee appearing to have typed a
page on a typewriter to illustrate the “cognition research”
being performed in the lab. Get it?
A third amusing photo shows a capuchin monkey who someone has dressed
up in big, black eyeglasses that are barely supported by her little
skull. She is also commenting about the ongoing research in the lab.
There is a chain around her neck and she appears to be held in position
by human hands.
the recent meeting of the American Association of Clinical Oncologists
(ASCO), some 25,000 doctors met to discuss advances in cancer therapy.
Over 10,000 scientific abstracts were presented.
Surely now, after countless billions have been spent on research since
President Nixon’s war on cancer was declared in 1971, there must
be some dramatic cures. Something must have emerged from this meeting
to reverse the growing cancer epidemic and justify the skyrocketing
medical costs for cancer treatment. Surely.
But not so.
The meeting highlighted how that cancer therapy is shifting from conventional
cut-burn-poison to a more technologically sophisticated, molecularly
targeted pharmaceutical approach. It’s a cash cow heyday for drug
companies and a wonderful fix for the addicted Rx generation.
A new fleet of drugs include tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as Gleevec
and Iressa. Tarvesa is an ingenious pharmaceutical that targets the
epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in neoplasms. Another category
is antiangiogenic drugs, such as Avastin, that inhibit the growth of
blood vessels in tumors.
There have been some qualified ‘successes’ but not without
downside serious side effect risks. For example, Avastin causes serious
and even fatal bleeding into the lungs (hemoptisis). In one instance
31% of patients experienced this side effect. But,
you might say, so what if there is a good chance of cure? Surprisingly,
during this meeting, little discussion could be heard about meaningful
results. Everyone was giddy about the science (like kids with new toys),
but the take away for the cancer victim was sobering and depressing.
SeaWorld has had quite the banner year ... if we're talking about funeral
banners. Just last week, they lost yet another killer whale, bringing
Shamu's 2010 death toll to 3 orcas and 1 trainer.
Sumar was a 12-year-old orca. Born in captivity, Sumar was separated
from his mom — who he would have stayed close to his entire life
in the wild — when he was just a calf after she reportedly attacked
him during a show. (It should go without saying that, in the wild, they
wouldn't have been subjected to the stress of turning tricks for food
in a small tank in front of an audience.)
Earlier this year, while Sumar was living in exile in San Diego, his
father, Tilikum, was involved in the death of a trainer. Tilly is pimped
out by SeaWorld in, as Marc Bekoff aptly puts it, their "whale
mill" operation, where they continue to breed killer whales like
it's a puppy mill, and ship the calves all over the country with no
regard for their family bonds. A couple months ago, Sumar's mother,
Taima, impregnated yet again by Tilly, died along with her stillborn
That's a pretty troubled life story for someone of any species. But,
nonetheless, SeaWorld called Sumar's death "mysterious," much
like the previous deaths had been "unexpected."
Pharma Scores Big Win: Medicinal Herbs Will Disappear in EU
It's almost a done deal. We are about to see herbal preparations disappear,
and the ability of herbalists to prescribe them will also be lost.
Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle
to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight
months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal
in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different,
but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become
nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness
choose to send our way, and we have no option but to pay whatever rates
Big Pharma and Agribusiness have almost completed their march to take
over every aspect of health, from the food we eat to the way we care
for ourselves when we're ill. Have no doubt about it: this takeover
will steal what health remains to us.
Campaign Success: Münster dolphinarium to release dolphins
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The Black Fish, WDSF and ProWal which have all campaigned for the closure
of a dolphinarium in Münster, Germany, are celebrating today after
the announcement that the four dolphins in the facility will be re-homed
at the latest by the end of 2012. It is still to be decided where the
animals will go to but The Black Fish activist Arne Feuerhahn is hopeful
on a positive outcome: "We will find a respectful and acceptable
solution for the future of these four bottlenose dolphins. Transferring
them to another concrete prison is not one of them."
N.C.— An animal-welfare group believes workers at a North Carolina
research lab abused dogs, cats and rabbits, and the activists released
what they said was undercover video of caretakers handling the animals
local prosecutor and the company's president are now taking a close
one scene of the video released Wednesday by People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals, a beagle cowers in the corner of its cage as a
person approaches, derisively describing the dog's condition before
snatching it by the back of the neck: "They act like they've been
clip shows an employee at Professional Laboratory and Research Services
Inc. purposely letting a cat grasp a fence with its claw before yanking
it in an apparent attempt to rip off its nails, according to PETA's
account of the video. In another portion, a caretaker drops a dog back
to the ground before pushing it into the cage with a foot. Another scene
shows a dog squirming through a tooth removal as workers acknowledge
that the sedation drug is a couple years past its expiration and may
not be working very well.
Time after time headlines in the news will spotlight a recently developed
drug that may potentially provide treatment to patients that suffer
from diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple
sclerosis. These drugs appear in the news because they have reached
the late or near final stages of the drug development process where
they can be tested in clinical trials involving humans who are living
with these diseases. But again and again it seems that these drugs are
discontinued at this late stage and are thwarted out of becoming the
medical therapies their developers had hoped to create. Why is this
In a recent edition of The Lancet Neurology, an article discussed the
problems for drug development in Alzheimer’s disease. And, although
the summary only focused on this disease, the problems discussed can
explain why drugs being tested for diseases like MS are also failing.
One of the reasons that The Lancet Neurology gives to explain drug failure
is the animal issue.
from a screen shot of They Live! 1988. Directed by John Carpenter.
we consider the problem of monsters as a whole, its size is gargantuan.
To begin to understand the problem, we can identify the places and circumstances
that attract them. One thing they look for is the shield of authority,
so it makes sense to look for them in government. And there are places
in government where they flourish.
interrogators, prison guards, county and state mental institution doctors
and nurses, all of these professions have a disproportional incidence
of employees abusing the people under their control. The circumstances
have common elements. They are out of the public eye; the people being
abused have absolutely no recourse; authority figures tacitly or overtly
condone the abuse; and most importantly, the people being abused are
deemed of low status, powerless, and deserving and personally responsible
for the ills visited upon them.
enforcement is a place where monsters can be found without too much
trouble as well. You don’t have to watch many episodes of COPS
to get an idea of what passes as normal and accepted police behavior,
or watch Jail to begin to wonder just what sort of being is attracted
to such a job. You can’t watch the many available videos of groups
of police officers surrounding and striking with their clubs, kicking,
pepper spraying, and tasering people, without beginning to understand
that this is a profession that attracts monsters and people who can’t
do much more than follow orders or implied orders, people whom Milgrim
called “moral imbeciles.” And it isn’t a coincidence
that most such cases involve minorities as victims—poor, sometimes
alien, usually non-Caucasians.
This is the yet another example of the heartless, cruel vivisection
supplier PPI and the suffering involved in the global primate trade.
Thanks to the work of The Animal Liberation Investigation Unit we have
been made aware of the suffering inside the chilling confines of Primate
Products, Inc. (7780 NW 53rd Street Miami, FL). The ALIU has released
ten damning photographs from within Primate Products.
The photos depict lifeless monkeys, many bloodied with their skulls
exposed. We don't know what happened to these unfortunate animals, but
the injuries shown in the pictures are horrific. These pictures have
become public and follow on only two weeks after the leaked documentation
showing PPI's involvement in the supply of primates to HLS in New Jersey.
If you are in the Florida area and can help with the campaign to close
down this primate supplier, then please do get involved!
This is a major victory against primate vivisection suppliers, since
El Al was the only company flying pimates form Mazor Farm in Israel
to the rest of the world!
EL AL Stops transporting primates!
morning EL AL has announced its decision to stop transporting primates,
and any other animals, for the vivisection industry.
decision came after regular demonstrations outside EL AL's offices,
both in Israel and abroad.
want to use the opportunity to thank all of you, who participated in
this campaign - whether it was by coming to protests, writing letters,
phoning EL AL, or spreading the info in any other way - it is thanks
to you all that EL AL came to this decision!
you're in Israel, please join on Saturday night for a victory party,
which will take place at the Rogatka - a vegan bar in Tel Aviv.
vaccinations: A scientific look at the missing science behind flu season
someone with a good deal of education in scientific thinking and the
scientific method, I have put considerable effort into attempting to
find any real scientific evidence backing the widespread use of influenza
vaccines (flu season shots). Before learning about nutrition and holistic
health, I was a computer software entrepreneur, and I have a considerable
scientific background in areas such as astronomy, physics, human physiology,
microbiology, genetics, anthropology and human psychology. One of my
most-admired thought leaders is, in fact, the late physicist Richard
don't speak from a "scientific" point of view on NaturalNews
very often because it's often a dry, boring presentation style. But
I do know the difference between real science and junk science, and
I find examples of junk science in both the "scientific" side
of things as well as the "alternative" side of things.
example, so-called "psychic surgery," as least in the way
it has been popularized, is nothing more than clever sleight-of-hand
where the surgeon palms some chicken gizzards and then pretends to pull
diseased organs out of the abdominal cavity of some patient. The demonstrations
I've seen on film are obvious quackery.
flu season vaccines are mainstream medicine's version of psychic surgery:
It's all just "medical sleight of hand" based on nothing more
than clever distractions and the obfuscation of scientific facts. Flu
season shots, you see, simply don't work on 99 out of 100 people...
Pics Leaked From Miami Animal Research Facility Internal photos show
severely injured primates, firm offers explanation
The public is getting a rare, if unsettling, glimpse inside an animal
research facility right here in South Florida after ten internal photos
of severely injured primates fell into the hands of animal activists.
When it comes to experimentation on live animals, emotions and opinions
run the gamut. Are animals still used unnecessarily? Isn't it worth
saving human lives?
The ten photos don't answer these questions. But they are certainly
sparking a very public debate.
Primate Products, located in a non-descript warehouse in Doral, imports
primates from around the world and sells them to animal research labs.
They're also licensed for research, according to the USDA.
The photos depict bloodied, lifeless primates in a surgical setting,
deep gashes on skulls, an open wound on an arm, and you can see reddish
or inflamed areas on the hindquarters in one photo.