Dutch May Ban Kosher Slaughter of Livestock

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THE DUTCH parliament has voted overwhelmingly to ban the ritual slaughter of livestock. kosher Slaughterhouse cows livestock farm animal welfare NetherlandsIt could have a snowball effect for other countries in Europe, although probably it certainly won't be seen as politically correct. Excerpted from the Irish Times. This could halt production of kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands – and lead to similar campaigns in other European countries.

South Dakota Governor Wants Livestock Research Facility

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This looks like its for farming of livestock, not medical research, but that's bad too. 28 his intentions to build such a facility in the state during the Livestock Biotech Summit at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Tags: livestock agriculture Research on animals is research on animals. From the High Plains Journal. Mike Rounds wants a biotech animal research facility built in South Dakota. The Argus Leader reports that Rounds announced Sept.

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Australian Scientists to Study Animal Feelings

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The purpose is to make them happier as livestock. A team based at the CSIRO aims to use the study to reduce stress and pain in livestock. Advertisement: Story continues below "Ultimately, the outcomes of this research will expand on our understanding of emotional and cognitive functions of livestock and the impacts of farming practices on animal welfare." The research is being funded by Meat and Livestock Australia. australia livestock farm animal welfare factory far

Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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Clearly a win for the damn livestock industry. A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court. us supreme court california cows livestock farm animal welfare factory farmIt was a question of federal vs. state authority. Sucks. And it was a unanimous decision. Read the full story at CNN.

Belgian City Goes Vegetarian Once a Week

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It's their way of acknowledging the impact of livestock on the environment. Not only is there reason to believe that livestock contribute to greenhouse gases, but meat is resource-intensive to produce. Tags: climate global warming europe methane livestock vegetarian Last week, the City of Ghent in Belgium started eating vegetarian one day a week. Public officials and politicians will start, with school children following in September.

Endangered Malayan Tiger Cubs Born at Busch Gardens Tampa

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The species also often comes into conflict with people over livestock predation. Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Sunday, March 31. The litter consists of two males and one female.

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Big Cat Week 2012 Starts Sunday!

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These big cats are a species under constant threat from poachers and farmers who fear that the leopards are attacking their livestock. Nat Geo Wild presents the third annual Big Cat Week starting Sunday, Dec 9th. The week features shows that highlight the kings and queens of the jungle!

Tune in to “Aloha Vet” on Nat Geo WILD

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Not your typical veterinarian, he treats both wild and domestic animals, and when islanders need help with their pets and livestock, he’s the one they call. Scott Sims is one of Hawaii’s best-kept local secrets. He’ll even pilot the … Continue reading → The post Tune in to “Aloha Vet” on Nat Geo WILD appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. people helping animals tv

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Here is a New York Times story about the tracking and containment of livestock disease

India's Cows Contributing to Global Warming?

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By burping, belching and excreting copious amounts of methane — a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide — India's livestock of roughly 485 million (including sheep and goats) contribute more to global warming than the vehicles they obstruct. It's been a while since we've posted about Mr. Barky's favorite subject. Cows With Gas! This time, in India!

Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

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A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them. And their lives are (or can easily be made to be) comfortable and satisfying in the way that few lives led in the wild could possibly be.

Montana Legislature Proposes Horse Slaughter Facility

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It's that if you don't have the funds, and you don't have the feed, and don't have the place to keep them, and they are old, and they are no longer going to work for what you need them for, it's a place for them to go," said Billings Livestock and Horse Sale's Jenn Parker. Great, just after we managed to get rid of the last one "It doesn't mean you have to do it.

Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

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He also introduced LB 306, otherwise known as the Livestock Animal Welfare Act. From the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen. Tyson Larson introduced LB 305 on Wednesday, which would create a state meat inspection program, which would in turn allow horse meat to be transported across state lines.

Big Cat Week, day 3

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Warrior Initiation” – By killing lions, Maasai warriors protect their livestock and officially become men. As promised, another sneak peak! Tonight’s program is called Lion Warriors and premieres Wednesday, December 8, at 9PM ET/PT. On the Great Plains below Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya, lions are attacking Maasai cattle, as they have for hundreds of years. And the proud Maasai warriors have hunted them ruthlessly in return so that now only about 2,000 remain in the country.

Utah's Shelters Providing Strays to Labs for Research

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Scores of abandoned dogs, cats and livestock from Utah animal shelters become subjects of laboratory research at the University of Utah each year. Thanks to PETA's undercover investigation of University of Utah labs for bringing this issue to media attention. From the AP. That's because of a little-known state law that requires government-run pounds to turn animals over to researchers if asked.

The Incredible Dr. Pol

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In this new series, we’ll travel with him across rural Michigan to care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of his expertise and kindness. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a vet that worked on farm animals? Be sure to tune in tonight to The Incredible Dr. Pol which premiers at 10PM ET on NatGeo! Of course, we have a clip to share with you to get you excited to tune in: With more than 19,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all.

IFAW rescuers have mobilized to Japan

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The humanitarian needs remain overwhelming but given the important role that companion animals play in the Japanese family and the important role that livestock plays in the Japanese economy, it’s important that we address the issues immediately,” said IFAW’s Disaster Manager Dr. Dick Green.

Ohio to Phase Out Veal Crates

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Despite last year’s agreement with agribusiness interests in Ohio to ban and phase out certain cruel factory farming practices, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) voted in favor of veal crate confinement. Good news.although there had to be pressure exerted from advocates. From the Farm Sanctuary.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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The rising consumer preference for more “natural” and local products and concerns about pollution and antibiotic use in giant livestock operations are also driving change. Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs.

Tiger Killed in India

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Over the past week, tigers have frequently lifted livestock from the villages outside Kaziranga, with a tiger killing a domestic pig in the park's Sildubi area on Saturday itself. It may not be poaching this time though. A tiger was found dead outside the Kohra forest range of Kaziranga on Saturday, sparking suspicions of revenge killing by angry residents of adjoining villages. With this, the big cat death toll in the national park rose to three this year.

The True Costs of Eating Meat

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McWilliams highlights the true environmental costs of eating meat: The livestock industry as a result of its reliance on corn and soy-based feed accounts for over half the synthetic fertilizer used in the United States, contributing more than any other sector to marine dead zones. Livestock production consumes 70 percent of the water in the American West -- water so heavily subsidized that if irrigation supports were removed, ground beef would cost $35 a pound.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Mark Bittman wants to outlaw confined livestock feeding operations because, he says, they harm the environment, torture animals and make meat less safe (“ A Food Manifesto for the Future ,” column, Feb. Modern livestock housing is temperature-controlled, well lighted and well ventilated.

Agriculture Fears Possible "Cow Tax"

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The ag industry really fears that the government may start taxing them for heads of livestock because of their contribution to global warming. I don't know how seriously to take this, or if it's just the ag industry pulling an NRA stunt (ie. knee-jerk reaction to anything and everything.) There was} a proposal Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency to charge a fee for air-polluting cows and hogs.

More Regulation Needed for Factory Farm Waste

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Some huge livestock farms produce more raw waste than cities as large as Philadelphia or Houston. The US General Accountability Office (GAO) is not happy with the EPA. They've issued a report that throws a negative light on the EPA trying to ELIMINATE EVEN MORE REGULATION of factory farms. Deregulation is EVERYWHERE.

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To the Editor: The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases is generated by livestock production, more than by transportation. Yet Al Gore does not even mention the need for Americans to reduce meat consumption as we attempt to rescue ourselves from the climate crisis. Michael Radkowsky Washington, Nov.

Mark Zuckerberg ‘Likes’ Two New Dogs

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Komondorok have been bred as livestock guard dogs originating from Hungary, and when threatened they reveal sheer athletic muscularity and a deep, ferocious bark that is sure to scare anyone. LA-Based Zoom Room CEO and Dog Training Expert Explores the Breeds He Chose.

So I'm from the New Appalachia?

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It's farm country and you have a lot of farmers and ag types who treat companion animals as little better than livestock. This is not totally animal-related, but I'll share anyway. I grew up in the Central Valley of California and my mother owns a home there in Gustine. Today I came across this strange article from NPR about the area. I've always known that the Central Valley is one of the poorer areas of California. It's not as well-educated, sophisticated, healthy or well-off.

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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There is an abundance of information on the web about undercover investigations, livestock conditions, slaughter procedures, etc. Livestock don’t contribute to campaigns, but agribusiness does. Andrew from Good Honest Dollar had an excellent question. He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. It's a thoughtful question I wish more people would ask.

Environmental Groups Call For End To USDA Wildlife Killing

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The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services shows that most livestock losses come from weather, disease, illness, and birthing problems, and not predation. Environmental groups have called on Obama to get rid of the USDA's Dept. of Wildlife Services , which is involved in mainly predator control programs (coyotes are a big target). Ranchers oppose the move.

Protecting Your Pets from Pests and Disease

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The disease can attack domestic pets, such as dogs and cats, as well as livestock, such as horses, chickens, and cattle. We would like to thank Leslie Douglas for this great guest post! A lot of very important information for pet owners, especially as we go into the summer season.

From Today's New York Times

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July 13, 2010 To the Editor: Today tens of thousands of American farmers don’t even own the livestock they raise, and the conditions they raise animals in are dictated to them by a handful of extremely powerful companies that are concerned only with the bottom line.

Michael Fox on Vegetarianism

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Modern livestock farming on a grand scale also wastes a colossal amount of feed grains on animals which, in times past, would simply have fed off the land. The strongest part of [Peter] Singer's case against meat eating is his brief discussion of the world food crisis. It is a patent truth that by any conceivable health standards most North Americans are overfed. More specifically, they eat far more meat than is necessary to maintain adequate nutrition.

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962), which would phase out antibiotics use in livestock for growth or preventative purposes unless manufacturers could prove that such uses don’t endanger public health. To the Editor: Re “ Antibiotic Runoff ” (editorial, Sept. 18): As a microbiologist, I know that study after study has highlighted the human health threat from using antibiotics as feed additives for hogs, chickens and cattle, creating super-bugs—bacteria that no longer can be treated with antibiotics.

Reasons Consistently Applied

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According to the Food and Agricultural Organization's own report entitled Livestock's Long Shadow : "The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. Livestock's contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale." I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians.

On "Knockout Animals"

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If a person cares about what "livestock" experience on their way to becoming "meat," there is one easy, inexpensive action that person can take to make certain s/he is not a party to the various kinds and levels of suffering and injustice the animals experience.

On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

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David Scott (D-Ga), who is the chairman of the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture draws a line in the sand regarding the animals we use and how we use them. We don't really get an answer for that one, but we do get to the real question, which Scott alludes to in graph #3: "So how do we bridge the gap between maximizing profit at the expense of an animal’s expression of its natural tendencies and treating livestock as we would the family cat?"

From Today's New York Times

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But today these livestock operations don’t have to be unwelcome neighbors in their communities. To the Editor: “ A Factory Farm Near You ” (editorial, July 31) is in a time warp. Yes, concentrated animal feeding operations, or “factory farms” as you call them, are a key feature of modern agriculture. And, yes, they are increasing in number as farmers attempt to survive the challenges of modern global agricultural economics.

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March 27, 2007 To the Editor: Livestock producers raise their animals under humane standards and under the care of a veterinarian. To the Editor: Re “ Mr. Puck’s Good Idea ” (editorial, March 26): Thank you for writing about the restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and his desire to buy meat raised humanely. This issue is an important one and needs to be talked about. If we are to live in a more peaceful world, we must abandon the cruelty on our plates. Kristina Cahill Long Beach, Calif.,

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Raising livestock is the best use of most pasture land, not growing crops. To the Editor: Re “ Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler ” (Week in Review, Jan. 27): Mark Bittman answered my prayers by writing an article exposing how the meat industry contributes to global warming, world hunger and other issues plaguing our world. But there is indeed a simple answer to these problems: Go vegan. Elaine Sloan New York, Jan.

From Today's New York Times

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As you note, the lack of media coverage of the livestock sector’s contribution to climate change is one reason it has escaped large-scale public outrage. To the Editor: Re “ From Hoof to Dinner Table, a New Bid to Cut Emissions ” (front page, Dec. 4): There is a solution to at least some of the beef industry’s sustainability woes, and that is to raise cows in a pasture-based system.