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Uni Vet Quits Over Animal Testing

31/12/10

Brown: 'If you can't take care of the animals, you shouldn't take the money.'

The University of Wisconsin has been accused of bullying a senior veterinarian into resigning after he spoke out against animal welfare abuses at their research facility.

UW has been cited over twenty times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act in the past year and a half, and its consistent noncompliance with even the bare minimum of standards imposed by the AWA has been a source of criticism, both from within the university and without.

From 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.

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EU Delay Cosmetic Test Ban

31/12/10



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.

Cosmetics 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.

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Unforeseen In Animal Tests

News Headlines 16th Nov 2010 to 31st Dec 2010


 
“Pfizer Ordered to Pay $1.5 Million in Prempro Damages.”

Bloomberg. 31 December 2010.

“New Drug Approvals Fall in 2010 as Safety Concerns Slow U.S. FDA Decisions.”
Bloomberg. 30 December 2010

“FDA places experimental pain drugs on hold.”
Reuters. 28 December 2010.

“Regeneron pain drug put on clinical hold by FDA.”
Reuters. 27 December 2010 Reuters. 27 December 2010

“Obecure obesity drug fails trial. In contrast to a previous trial, Obecure's Histalean did not prevent weight gain by patients taking the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa.”
Globes. 24 December 2010

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Austrian Trial – Activists Accuse Prosecutor

29/12/10

Animal Protection Trial – VGT accuses Prosecutor

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.

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Diet Drug Kills Thousands

29/12/10

How slim French women may have paid for their figures with their lives as 'miracle' diet drug is 'linked to deaths of thousands'

French 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.

Paris government 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.

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NASA Monkeys Spared

27/12/10

Animals victory: NASA cancels plans to dose monkeys with radiation

Certainly 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.

http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=23616

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No Plan To Overturn Hunt Ban

26/12/10

Tories abandon promise of early vote on hunting

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.

David 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 Friday.

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 Democrat ranks.

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In UK 10 Million Turkeys Killed For Xmas

25/12/10

Comparing to traditional and factory farming, organic way of breeding animals seems to be a healthier and more ethical solution.

Our new short film shows breeding and slaughter of turkeys in one of organic farms in Britain.

We are happy to spread the message so feel free to send the link, embed the video. If you wish to get a footage from us - let us know.

Xmas Special - Short Life of Organic Turkeys
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Revolutionary & Militant by Walter Bond

20/12/10

From Golden, Colorado jail

[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 depiction.
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 revolutionary.

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Middlesex Activists Head For Heathrow

17/12/10

Activists 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.

For the animals, until next time.

http://www.antivivisection.info/news/17_12_10b.html

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Austrian Trial Reaches Critical Stage

17/12/10

Animal Protection Trial: Sixty-three Days in Court - Undercover Agent testifies - Journalists call for the Trial to be stopped

"Danielle Durand" - 16 months in the middle of the Austrian Animal Rights Movement

Undercover agent proves to be the best exonerating witness the defense could wish for

The 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.

After 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 to stalking.

Usually 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.

Given 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.

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Celebs Speak Up For Lab Primates

15/12/10
 
Celebrity wildlife heroes Brian May & Bill Oddie support BUAV’s call for an end to the UK’s role in cruel monkey trade

London: 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.

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Pharmaceutical Terrorism

14/12/10

Is Alive and Well

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.

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H1N1 Vaccine Linked To 700% Increase In Miscarriages

8/12/10

Recent 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.

According 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.

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Tory MP ‘Bullying’ In Greyhound Row

6/12/10

Iain 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.

Work 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.

London & 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 Boris Johnson.

L&Q 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 the plans.

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A Brave Woman Takes A Stand

1/12/10

TV Licence Protest Over Grave Robbers

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 and apologised.

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.

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20 Turkeys Liberated

25/11/10

Just before Thanksgiving, the Animal Rights Militia liberates 20 turkeys in Vermont

After 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.

Tires on a mobile slaughter vehicle were also slashed.

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Big Pharma Plans to Ban Herbal Medicine

Herbal 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.

You can contact your MP to object using this simple online form from Save Herbal Medicine - click here

Big 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 they want.

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.

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Plans To Increase Vaccine Dose For Kids

24/11/10

UK to boost vaccination rates by pumping babies with six vaccines at once

Apparently 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.

Normally, 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.

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Austian Trial: Undercover Agent Confirmed

22/11/10

Undercover agent. Seventeen months at the heart of the VGT

Investigators and Prosecution give false evidence in Court. Seventeen months active within VGT: Undercover infiltration unlawfully carried out

It 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 this.

Eberhart 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.”

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Largest US Egg Producer Exposed For Extreme Inhumane Treatment Of Hens

22/11/10

An 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.

HSUS 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.

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Hounded Out? The Garden Hunt Saboteur

20/11/10

A 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.

Joe 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 work.

The 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.

Tensions 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.

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Unforeseen In Animal Tests

News entries 12th October to 19th November

Testing medications on animals means drug trials and drug releases littered with surprises. This isn't an occasional event, it is commonplace.

“Propoxyphene: Withdrawal - Risk of Cardiac Toxicity. Sold as Darvon, Darvocet, and generics.”
FDA Medwatch. 19 November 2010

“Heart drug Multaq linked with 387 reports of adverse effects.”
Sacramento Bee. 19 November 2010.

“Study of Pfizer, Bristol drug halted by bleeding.”
Reuters. 19 November 2010.

“Heart drug raises questions. Report links Multaq with 387 reports of adverse effects.”
JS Online. 19 November 2010

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School Milk Challenged As Unhealthy

17/11/10

Critics of the United Kingdom's school milk program are becoming more vocal, challenging the widespread national assumption that drinking milk is good for children.

"From 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.

That 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.

As 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.

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Weight Loss Drug 'Caused 500 Deaths'

16/11/10

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.

France's second-largest 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.

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Hollywood Actress Joins Sea Shepherd

16/11/10

Avatar Michelle Rodriguez Star Joins Sea Shepherd

Whale Wars: Michelle Rodriguez will set sail with anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd from Fremantle this afternoon. Picture: Reuters Source: news.com.au

Hollywood actress Michelle Rodriguez, star of blockbuster Avatar, is in Fremantle throwing her support behind anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd.

Rodriguez 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.

The 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.

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The Cancer Business

15/11/10

Cancer & Biopsy

Epidemic

by Pat Rattigan ND

The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

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 began.

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.

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P Diddy Announces He Turned Vegan

15/11/10

P Diddy has continued his Monday morning announcements on Twitter, with the news that he has now become a vegan.

Minutes earlier, the notorious ladies' man had told his three million-plus followers that he was getting married on Valentine's Day, although it's not known whether he was being serious.

The 41-year-old hip-hop star, who is rumoured to be dating R&B singer Cassie Ventura, tweeted: 'I also became vegan today!'

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1599185.php

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Vet Calls For End To Monkey Drug Tests

14/11/10

The 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.

"Once 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.

"Before 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."

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Sea Shepherd Latest Report from Taiji

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McDonald’s & PepsiCo To Help Write UK Health Policy

12/11/10

Exclusive: Department of Health putting fast food companies at heart of policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease

The 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.

In 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.

The 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.

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Victory in Row Over Animal Testing Data Access

12/11/10

Animal rights campaigners have won a legal row with a North East university over access to animal testing data

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) launched action after a failed Freedom of Information request on experiments carried out at Newcastle University.

BUAV 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.

University 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.

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Monkey Tests Must Be Disclosed

12/11/10

State must disclose information on substance-abuse tests using monkeys

The 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.

The 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 disclosed.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard M. Platkin threw out nearly every argument OMH offered.

PCRM 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.

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Austrian Solidarity & A Chance To Achieve A Vctory

11/11/10

I'm 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.

It 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).

That's 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.

So 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).

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Anti Fur Motion Passed Ireland

9/11/10

I'm delighted to report another success in our fight against the fur trade!

Last 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.

There are a few more councils that will be proposing the fur ban motion soon - I'll keep you all posted!

For a fur-free Ireland,

Laura Broxson

CAFT Ireland / National Animal Rights Association
http://www.naracampaigns.org

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Smoking Chimp Rescued

9/11/10

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 protection laws.
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 pet trade.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20101109/toddly-smoking-chimp-rescued-cc3a409.html

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Webcam Exposes Egg Farm Cruelty – Israel

9/11/10

Battery hens' reality on Israeli farm exposed by hidden webcam

Israeli 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 vote tomorrow.

The chickens, who barely have room to move inside their 40cm x 33cm x 45cm cage, are forced to peck for food through wire mesh.

Activists 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.

"We 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."

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Obesity Drug Dangers

9/11/10

Safety Data Worsens For Arena’s Obesity Drug

A 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.

The 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.

But 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.

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Painkillers Linked To Reproductive Disorders

8/11/10

Use 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.

The 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.

The 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."

According 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.

Cryptorchidism 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.

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Statin Drugs = Liver & Kidney Damage

7/11/10

Statin drugs cause liver damage, kidney failure and cataracts, says BMJ

by: David Gutierrez

Cholesterol-lowering 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.

Researchers from 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).

The researchers 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.

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Tranquillisers Linked To Brain Damage

7/11/10

Drugs linked to brain damage 30 years ago

MPs 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.

The 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.

MPs 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.

The 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 patients.

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Primate Research Continues Despite Ban

6/11/10

A Marmoset monkey used in animal research climbs up the bars of its cage at a testing centre. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Graeme Robertson

Thousands 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.

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Red Meat Linked To Cancer

5/11/10

Red-meat 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.

Researchers 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.

Overall, 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.

Meanwhile, 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.

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Haemophilia Drug Can Damage Heart

4/11/10

Using 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.

Some 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.

Their 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 of Medicine.

People 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.

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HLS Monsters Enjoy Hollow Victory

1/11/10

Those 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.

Please write letters to them and your offer support:

Nicola Tapping (HK9804)
HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middx. TW15 3JZ

Tom Harris (A8086AX)
HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5DF

Jason Mullen (A8076AX)
HMP Winchester, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 5DF

Sarah Whitehead (VM7684)
HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middx. TW15 3JZ

Nicole Vosper (VM9385)
HMP Bronzefield, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford, Middx. TW15 3J

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Novartis Hid Drug Dangers

1/11/10

Novartis Officials Hid Bone Drugs' Risks, Lawyer Tells Jurors

Novartis 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.

Officials 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.

Fussman’s 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.

Patients and their doctors “were not told the whole story about these drugs,” Germany said. “In fact, we were not told half the story.”

The 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.

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Norweigian Fur Industry Exposed Again

31/10/10

Norway: New investigation into the Norwegian fur industry

PRESS 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.

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Bullfighting Comes Under Attack in France

31/10/10

Bullfighting 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.

They 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.

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Ninth Attack Against VGT Since December 2009: Smashed Window!

30/10/10

Instead of police investigating these crimes there has been a new wave of house raids of two animal campaigners and one animal protection organisation in Salzburg

The 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.

Dr 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”.

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Dog Meat Promoted at UK Farmers Market

28/10/10

Labrador 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.

Featuring 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.

…And that’s when the unpleasant truth lying behind Animal Aid’s initiative is spelt out.

Whether 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.

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Pharma Game Plan Revealed?

25/10/10

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 (RDA).

That 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.

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Austrian Judge Finds Police Unit Guilty

24/10/10

Austrian Animal Protection Trial: Judge finds police special unit guilty of denying defence access to investigation files

Soon 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.

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Antibiotics in Meat Pose Health Threat, Admits FDA

22/10/10

On 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."

"To preserve the effectiveness [of antibiotics], we simply must use them as judiciously as possible," said FDA Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein.

The 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.

"We 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."

In 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.

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Kangaroo Incident Reward

21/10/10

Organisation 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.

A long-term supporter of the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) anonymously contacted the group to offer the cash for information leading to arrest and conviction.

The Australian national took action after hearing about the incident which took place at the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley in Dublin.

ARAN are calling on members of the public and those who attended the party to contact the organisation.

"Animal 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.

The 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.

"Please help us find these people."

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'Hunt Supporters Attacked Us' Claims

21/10/10

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 on.

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Swapping Rats for Pigs is Not Science

20/10/10

Celebrities' favourite pet set to be 'the next lab rat'

Mini-pigs, 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 to man".

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.

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Hormone Therapy Causes Breast Cancer

20/10/10

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.

"As 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.

The 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.

Sales 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.

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Experts: Fund Lab Technology No Vivisection

19/10/10

Letter: Animal research and the squeeze on science funding

Scientists across the country will be awaiting the outcome of tomorrow's comprehensive spending review with understandable trepidation (Letters, 16 October).

Inevitable 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.

Securing 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.

The 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?

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Drug Companies Bribe 17,000 Doctors

19/10/10

More 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 groups found.

More 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.

"Tens 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

The groups used information from seven drugmakers -- AstraZeneca, Cephalon, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Merck and Pfizer. "Some of the companies were forced to disclose this information as a result of legal settlements; others released it voluntarily," Consumer Reports said.

It 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.

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Free Morgan! Contact Dolfinarium

17/10/10

Ask Dolfinarium in Harderwijk to Release an Orca

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 60 years.
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!

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Drugs Causing What They Are Treating

16/10/10

In 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.

One 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.

The 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.

In 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.

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Swine Flu Jab ‘May Cause’ Deadly Nerve Disease

16/10/10

Experts admit swine flu jab 'may cause' deadly nerve disease

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 Agency (MHRA).

Previously, the Government has always stressed there is no evidence to link the paralysing condition to the H1N1 vaccine.

After 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.’

Now 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 muscles effectively.

It can cause partial paralysis and mostly affects the hands and feet – but it can be fatal.


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Sea Shepherd v The Dolphin Killers

16/10/10

UPDATE

Report from Taiji:


dolphins in the killing cove

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.

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Briana Waters Released

16/10/10

Briana 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

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Dire EU Figures On Vivisection

11/10/10

Latest EU figures on lab animals disappoint activists

LONDON: 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.

The 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.

It 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 experiments.

“Despite 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.

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Cancer Is A Man Made Disease

15/10/10

Environmental and lifestyle factors cause cancer, as a new study finds little evidence of the disease in ancient times

Cancer is a man-made disease caused by modern day environmental factors such as pollution and diet, a new study suggests.

After analysing the remains of hundreds of Egyptian mummies, researchers at the University of Manchester concluded that cancer was extremely rare in ancient times.

Ancient 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.

Professor 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 and lifestyle.

“The 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.”

Although 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.

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Drug Companies Make Wild Claims

15/10/10

Firms told to end ‘miracle’ drug sales

WASHINGTON — 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.

Regulators 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.

The only FDA-approved chelation therapies are used to treat lead and mercury poisoning.

“These products are dangerously misleading,’’ said Deborah Autor, the FDA’s director of compliance.

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A Love Affair Between a Shark & Man

15/10/10

An incredible relationship off the South Australian coast

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Greyhound Racing Harmless Fun?

15/10/10

Don't Bet On It!

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.

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Fox Slaughter Stopped

14/10/10

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.”

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Object to New 'Super-Lab'

New “Super-Lab” Planned for Central London, Please Object Now

Please Add Your Comments by 14th October 2010

After many false starts and delays, the planning application for the new so called “Super-Lab” planned for St Pancras has been lodged with Camden Council.

There will be more details on the information below on the NAVA website soon http://www.antivivisection.info

We 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.

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Doctors Seek Ban on End Animal Testing

13/10/10

Doctors Urge Scottish Parliament to End Animal Testing

Two doctors spoke with Scottish parliament members about the need to end animal testing in Scotland on Friday.

Scotland for Animals arranged for doctors Ray Greek and Andre Menache to speak with members of the Scottish Parliament about the scientific falsehood that vivisection represents.

Instead 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.

Dr. 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.

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Vaccine Lawsuits Opened?

13/10/10

Landmark case could allow injured persons to once again sue vaccine makers

Vaccines 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 of law.

Nearly 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.

The 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.

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Unforeseen in Animal Tests

47 news items 24th August to 13th October 2010

“Pfizer's Antidepressant Reboxetine Doesn't Quell Illness, Analysis Find.”
Bloomberg. 13 October 2010.
 

 “Pfizer depression drug ineffective, may be harmful: study.”
Reuters. 13 October 2010.
 
“Hormone replacement increases kidney stone risk.”
Reuters. 12 October 2010.

 
 “Novartis's Afinitor Fails to Slow Rare Form of Pancreatic Cancer in Trial.”
Bloomberg. 11 October 2010.
 
“Jazz Fails to Win U.S. Approval of Fibromyalgia Drug.”
Bloomberg. 11 October 2010.

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Antidepressant Ineffective & Harmful

13/10/10

An 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.

They 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.

In 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.

This, they said, was "a striking example of publication bias" - where academics or drug companies decide not to publish unfavourable results in peer-reviewed journals.

Overall, 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.

"Data 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.

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Tell The Truth About Animal Testing

12/10/10

Group demands UBC lift 'veil of secrecy' around animal testing

A 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.

Approximately 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.

"UBC 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."

In 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.

"UBC's 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.

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‘Chimps Are Poor Models’

12/10/10

'Chimps are poor models for research -they fight disease via a different process'

The Gazette spoke with Theodora Capaldo, president of the New England Anti-vivisection Society, the oldest animal protection agency in the United States.

Capaldo 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.

Here are some facts that Capaldo offered on chimpanzees and research:

  • The United States is the only country that continues to regularly use chimpanzees for invasive biomedical research.
  • Experiments 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.
  • Adult chimpanzees are eight times stronger than humans.
  • at six laboratories in the United ¦ About 1,000 chimpanzees are held

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Hormone Replacement = Kidney Stones

12/10/10

Hormone replacement increases kidney stone risk

Women who take hormone replacement after menopause are at increased risk of developing kidney stones, new research shows.

"It doesn't 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 Reuters Health.

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.

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Cardiff University Kitten Experiments Exposed

13/10/10

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. 

The 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. 

Since 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.

Use our online lobby tool to ask your MP to take action on Freedom of Information.

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.

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Monkey Breeders Banned

12/10/10

Senate Votes to Bar Monkey Breeders

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 Rico.

“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.”

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Animals & Insects Know That Plants Heal

12/10/10

While 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.

Researchers 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.

"We 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."

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Eating Animal Protein Raises Risk of IBD

11/10/10

A 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.

IBD is characterized by severe inflammation of the digestive tract, and includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

"Our 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."

The 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.

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Thousands More Mink Run Free

received anonymously:

"During the night of October 10th animal liberation front gave 4000 minks freedom from a furfarm near Vaggeryd, Sweden.

In a few weeks many of the 1,4 million mink on Swedish furfarms will be killed for their fur. Now its up to you to give them a second
chance for a life in freedom.

Its time to shut down the fur industry!"

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Tories Against Hunting

9/10/10

Independent 6-10-10:

Birmingham Diary: Save the bulls,whales, stags, hares, and even the foxes

by Andy McSmith

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.

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Botox Testing Blamed for Rise in Animal Experimentation

8/10/10

Nearly 90,000 lab mice are used to test batches of Botox each year in the European Union.

Photo: China Photos/Getty Images

Botox 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 2005.

The 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.

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Secret Footage Exposes Abuse

8/10/10

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 activists.

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."

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Cancer Chemical Was Approved By Animal Tests

7/10/10

Cancer alert on chemical in plastic drink bottles. The chemical found in every day containers may cause prostate cancer
 
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A “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.

It 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.

Some studies on animals have shown the chemical to be safe, but others have linked it to breast cancer, liver damage, obesity and fertility problems.

It 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 states.

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Disgraceful EU Statistics for Animal Experiments Released

7/10/10

News Release

Europe’s 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).

The 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 experiments.

The 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)

Main 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).

Significant 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).

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Austria Declared An Unconstitutional State

7/10/10

Animal Protection Trial: Border signs declare Austria as an Unconstitutional State

International human rights activists change Austrian border signs to protest the ongoing animal protection trial

Taking 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.

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Comedy Writer Supports Non-Animal Science

7/10/10

Seinfeld Writer Supports Animal-Friendly Research

Comedian 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 animals experiments.

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 using animals.

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 services.

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New Setback for Bullfights in Spain

6/10/10

Madrid - Spain's bullfighting tradition suffered a new setback Wednesday as the senate rejected a proposal to declare bullfights a part of the country's cultural heritage.

Senate rejected the proposal presented by the main opposition conservative People's Party (PP) with 129 votes against 117 and one abstention.

Bullfights had inspired countless Spanish artists, PP representative Pio Garcia-Escudero argued, describing the matador as an artist who had improvise and risk his life.

The 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.

Prime 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.

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RSPCA Exposed Again For Cruelty

6/10/10

EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION: RSPCA's Freedom Foods label exposed

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.

In response to our findings, the RSPCA and Noble Foods provided us with the following statements.

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Heart Drug Fails

6/10/10

Once-Promising Heart Failure Drug Fails in Trial

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.

"I 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," he said.

The 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.

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20,000 Mink Released Sweden

5/10/10

received anonymously (translation); image from Sveriges Television:

"During 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"

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Human Experimental Conspiracy

5/10/10

Government 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.

Imagine their shock when the thin veil of disinformation was lifted with last Saturday's announcement that the U.S. government was apologizing for intentionally infecting innocent Guatemalans with diseases so they could study the effects of antibiotic drugs. http://www.naturalnews.com/029946_government_conspiracy_medical_experiments.html

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.

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Animal Groups Call For Lab Probe

5/10/10

SAN 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 lab.

In 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.

SAEN 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.

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Science Report Slams Primate Tests


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

Authored 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.”

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Slaughterhouse Fined for Animal Deaths

4/10/10

£10,000 fine for meat firm: Sheep left with no water for days

A 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.

Calderdale 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.

In 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.

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Lions Fight Back

4/10/10

Lion tamer hospitalized, attacked by lion during circus performance in Lviv

 

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.

"A lion attacked the tamer in the circus during the show," the statement said.

The 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.

Ukrainian News - http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/84823/#ixzz11QtWduGR

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Monkeys Torn From Families

3/10/10

Monkeys torn from families on paradise isle and used to breed babies for UK lab tests

Cruelly 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.

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Glaxo Vaccine Failure

3/10/10

Glaxo Meets Big Disappointment in Failed Herpes Vaccine

An 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.

The 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.

The 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).

Earlier 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.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/228112-glaxo-meets-big-disappointment-in-failed-herpes-vaccine

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Irish Fur Ban Proposed

4/10/10

At 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.

Seconded 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.

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Trade In Lab Monkeys Exposed

3/10/10

Monkeys torn from families on paradise isle and used to breed babies for UK lab tests

Cruelly 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.

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Stop This Horrific & Cruel Trade

3/10/10

by Ricky Gervais

I 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 industry.

These 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.

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Ray Greek Meets UK Science Minister

2/10/10

Science Minister Meets with Researchers

Andre Menache

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.

Dr Greek believes that testing on animals for new drugs should be massively reduced.

Instead 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.

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Side Effects May Include Lawsuits

2/10/10

For 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.

While 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.

Anointed 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 on children.

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US Apologises For Syphilis Experiment

1/10/10

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.

Secretary 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.

"The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," the statement reads.

"Although 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."

The experiments, aimed at testing whether penicillin could prevent syphilis, were discovered by Susan Reverby, professor of women's studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

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Novartis Fined Millions

30/9/10

Novartis to pay millions in fines for off-label marketing of drug

Novartis 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.

Under 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.

In 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.

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Will NASA Start Their Monkey Experiments?

30/9/10

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.

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Animal Protection Trial – Update September 2010

 

29/9/10

To Recap

Endless - 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!

Criticism 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.

Absence 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!

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Mink Go on The Run From Ardara Farm, Ireland

28/9/10

What was described as a "large number" of mink have escaped from a farm in the Ardara area, it was confirmed yesterday.

The animals were being rounded up after getting out from their confines at the mink farm.

One 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.

"I 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."

A 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.

Nobody 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.

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Nets Cut & Dolphins Released in Taiji, Japan

28/9/10


Fishermen transfer selected dolphins caught at the drive hunt to sea pen for the dolfinarium trade

Divers 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.

Every 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.

The 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.

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Farm Worker Jailed For Abuse

27/9/10

Farm Worker sentenced to jail for cruelty to Conklin Dairy cows

When 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.

Dr. 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."

Gregg 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.

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SHAC Statement

26/9/10

Stop 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.

The 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.

The $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.

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10,000 March Agaist Vivisection in Italy

26/9/10

We 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 Italy.

Since 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 of messages:

We 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.

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Avandia Diabetes Drug Banned

23/9/10

Avandia diabetes drug placed under severe FDA restrictions in US as European regulators ban it outright

The 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.

Specifically, 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.

The Avandia scam

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 manufacturer http://www.naturalnews.com/029268_financial_ties_Avandia.html

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Vet College Ends Dog Experiments, Ontario

22/9/10

ONTARIO 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 practice.

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As always the fight goes on...

22/9/10

Thomas Paine’s 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 property.

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.

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Osteoporosis Drug Doubles Cancer Risk

22/9/10

Warning: Bisphosphonate drugs to prevent osteoporosis double the risk of esophageal cancer

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.

Bisphosphonates (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 malignancies.

However, despite 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.

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Glaxo Vaccine Bowel Risk

22/9/10

FDA sees bowel risk in early Glaxo vaccine data

GlaxoSmithKline 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.

Early 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.

"Although the results are preliminary and will require further evaluation, FDA approved revised labeling to inform healthcare providers of this finding," the agency said.

Rotavirus 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.

Glaxo's rotavirus vaccine sales in 2009 were $440 million globally, including $118 million in the United States.

The British drug company's shares slipped 0.7 percent to $40.06 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68L3A420100922?feedType=nl&feedName=ushealth200

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Antipsychotic Drug Link to Blood Clots

22/9/10

UK study links antipsychotic drugs to clot risk

Modern antipsychotic drugs, especially AstraZeneca's blockbuster Seroquel, may increase the risk of patients developing life-threatening blood clots, British researchers said on Wednesday.

The 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.

Atypicals -- 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 data.

First 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.

There 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.

The 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.

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Infant Vaccine Dangers Exposed

21/9/10

Hidden government papers expose lies about measles vaccines for infants

British 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.

The 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.

England 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.

She 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."

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Monkeys Bones Broken During Trapping

21/9/10

Wild monkeys sustain broken limbs from commercial trapping in island nation Mauritius

In 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)

NAIROBI, 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.

Photos in the report showed handlers swinging monkeys by the tail and monkeys confined to small, rusty metal cages.

The 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.

"Monkeys 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."

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Drug Giant Guilty of Illegal Marketing

20/9/10

J&J pleads guilty to illegal marketing of psychiatric drugs

A subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has pleaded guilty in federal court to misdemeanor charges of marketing a drug for unapproved uses.

The 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.

U.S. 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.

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Arthritis Drug: Hundreds Harmed

20/9/10

Tylenol side effects unveiled: Hundreds injured, possible deaths

The 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 McNeil.

The 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 investigation said.

The 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.

The 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.

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FDA: Diabetes Pill’s Cancer Risk

18/9/10

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing data suggesting a possible link between the widely used diabetes medication Actos and bladder cancer.

The 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.

Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceuticals is conducting the study, which is scheduled to run 10 years.

“The 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.

Actos 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.

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200 Animals Rescued From Lab

17/9/10

Mass Animal Rescue Held at Closed Lab

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.

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Vivisection Funny? Yes Says Researcher

17/9/10

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. Ha ha

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.

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More Cancer Treatment Failure

13/9/10

At 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.

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Yet Another "Mysterious" Death at SeaWorld

13/9/10

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 calf.

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."

By Stephanie Feldstein

http://animals.change.org/blog/view/yet_another_mysterious_death_at_seaworld#share_source=blog-top_fb

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Big Pharma Plans to Ban Herbs

12/9/10

Big 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 they want.

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.

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Dolphins To Be Released

11/9/10

Campaign Success: Münster dolphinarium to release dolphins

Author: The Black Fish Posted on:

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."

http://www.animalrightsmedia.net/

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Another US Lab Exposed

9/9/10

PETA says video shows cat, dog abuse at NC lab

Raleigh, 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 violently. A local prosecutor and the company's president are now taking a close look.

In 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 abused."

Another 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.

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The Animal Issue

8/9/10

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 so?

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.

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Monsters: Monsters are Everywhere

7/9/10

Adapted from a screen shot of They Live! 1988. Directed by John Carpenter.

If 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.

CIA 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.

Law 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.

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2010 - HLS' Primate Supplier Exposed

4/9/10

Click here to see the photos
http://www.shac.net/HLS/photos.html#photos/primateproducts02.jpg (warning - disturbing content)

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!

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Victory: El Al Airlines Stop Shipping Monkeys

3/9/10

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!

This morning EL AL has announced its decision to stop transporting primates, and any other animals, for the vivisection industry.

The decision came after regular demonstrations outside EL AL's offices, both in Israel and abroad.

We 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!

If 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.

Address: Yizhak Sade 32, Tel Aviv

http://www.mazor-cruelty.org.il/english/index.php/news/43-news11

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Vaccination & Science - A Conflict

2/9/10

Evidence-based vaccinations: A scientific look at the missing science behind flu season vaccines

As 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 Feynman.

I 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.

For 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.

Similarly, 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...

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Animal Lab Exposed

1/9/10

Sick 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.

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