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11/27/2014 INDIA POLICE SEIZE ANIMALS BOUND FOR NEPAL SACRIFICE

Indian security forces have seized more than 2,400 animals being smuggled into the neighbouring Nepal for a Hindu festival in which thousands of animals are sacrified, activists said Monday. The Gadhimai festival in Nepal's Bara district takes place every five years and includes a two-day ritual in which animals are sacrificed to appease the goddess Gadhimai. "Our volunteers and other organisations are working to stop animals being illegally transported to Nepal for sacrifice," Navamita Mukherjee, a Humane Society activist, told AFP. Security forces "have confiscated 2,422 animals to date in four (Indian) states," Mukherjee added. The festival began this year on November 15. The sacrificial slaughter is set for November 28 and November 29.

11/26/2014 MASTERCHEF TO GO THE VEGETARIAN WAY

India being the only country in the whole world to consider vegetarianism as mainstream, the show Masterchef India 4 is going all vegetarian this season. All the contestants who earlier felt that they could not participate in the show because they only cooked vegetarian food can now be part of the show. Chef Vikas Khanna, who prepared an all-veg meal for President Obama in the White House in 2009, admits that the decision to come out with a purely vegetarian show is right. He said, "When I was learning French cooking in France, we were told that it is easier to cook meat, but much more difficult to cook vegetarian food. India is the only country where you find so many vegetarians, and so it is justified that the show goes all-veg this season. Besides, we are now often called for all-veg tasting menus and this becomes a challenge and inspiration."

11/25/2014 TANZANIA TO IMPOSE TOUGHER PENALTIES AGAINST WILDLIFE POACHERS

Tanzania is seeking reviewing wildlife legislation to impose stiffer regulations and penalties against wildlife poachers and ivory smugglers. Lazaro Nyalandu, Tanzania's Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, disclosed the new development in Arusha when speaking alongside the ongoing regional summit on stopping wildlife crime and advancing wildlife conservation. According to him, legal expert from the ministry have started working on the matter before developing the bill that is to be taken to the National Assembly for approval. Since last year Tanzania impounded more than 3,000 weapons including modern firearms like AK 47 and assorted hand-made guns which were used in poaching incidents. Nearly 2,000 suspected poachers have been arrested in Tanzania and some of their cases are in different country's courts.

11/24/2014 LUSH PRIZE RECOGNIZES TAIWAN ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP

A Taiwanese animal rights group was named a co-winner of the 2014 Lush Prize in London Friday for raising public awareness about the use of animal testing in the manufacturing of cosmetics. The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared the award, which comes with 50,000 pounds (US$78,345) in prize money, with Humane Research Australia, a non-profit organization that challenges the use of animals in research. The two winners in the public awareness category were chosen from a short list of 11 groups from such countries as the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Sweden. The Lush Prize, with prize money totaling 250,000 pounds, recognizes contributions or excellence in five categories that also include lobbying, training and research.

11/21/2014 NEVADA POACHERS FACE TRIAL CHARGED AS "SERIAL WILDLIFE KILLERS"

Three men convicted of state hunting violations in Nevada now face trial on federal charges stemming from a poaching ring that saw untold numbers of deer, antelope, birds and other wildlife killed illegally across Nevada. Adrian Acevedo-Hernandez, 36, Jose Luis Montufar-Canales, 31, and J. Nemias Reyes Marin, 31, had been illegally killing and butchering animals across the state and bragging about the kills online since early 2013. The men, described by Cameron Waithman, who led the Nevada Wildlife Department investigation of the case, as "serial wildlife killers," were convicted in a state court of misdemeanor hunting violations earlier this year. In July they were indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas on felony firearms offenses and criminal charges under the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The three men, who resided in Las Vegas but are suspected of having entered the United States illegally, remain in federal custody awaiting trial.

11/20/2014 10.000 SIGNATURES FOR BANNING FUR FARMS IN ESTONIA

This Friday, on Nov 21, the NGO Loomus will deliver 1180 digital signatures and close to 9000 handwritten or e-mail signaturess and the respective registered letter to the Estonian parliament Riigikogu. Kristina Mering, the NGO Loomus project manager, finds that banning fur farms in Estonia would be an important step towards the state's more ethical behavior. "That is the reason why banning fur farms is a topical issue in other parts of Europe as well – about 10 countries have banned fur farms entirely or partially," explained Mering. Digital signatures were collected as a part of the NGO Loomus' long-term campaign "I'm on the side of animals," the aim of which is to follow the example of other European countries in banning fur farming in Estonia after a transitional period. Fur farms are banned in England, Northern-Ireland, Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Fur farms are partly banned in Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and New Zealand.

11/19/2014 MILITARY REMOVES LIVE ANIMALS FROM COMBAT MEDICAL TRAINING

The military will stop using live animals next year for a variety of experiments and combat trauma training scenarios for doctors and medical specialists, the Pentagon said last Wednesday. In the memo released by Pentagon officials, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, said the use of animals could be reduced since there were "sufficient simulation models to meet education and training needs." "This is the first time that a major shift away from animal use has been dictated across the entire Department of Defense," said Justin Goodman, director of Laboratory Investigations for PETA. The new policy will curb, but not stop, all uses of animals to gauge the effects of combat trauma, Goodman said. Instead, the military will now be more in line with the civilian medical community in which 98 percent of training programs and medical schools no longer use animals. The advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has estimated that the military uses about 8,500 animals annually in its combat trauma training courses.

11/18/2014 SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT PROFIT FALLS MORE THAN ESTIMATES

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., criticized by animal-rights groups over its use of killer whales in shows, reported third-quarter profit that fell more than analysts estimated as fewer tourists visited during the peak season. Earnings excluding some items shrank to $1.01 a share, Orlando, Florida-based SeaWorld said today in a statement. The per-share results missed the $1.13 average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue fell to $495.8 million, missing projections of $496.4 million. Attendance was 8.4 million, a half million fewer than a year earlier. The decline for the third quarter, typically the biggest of the year for SeaWorld, underscored the impact the company is experiencing since the release of "Blackfish," a critical documentary about its performing orcas. Three airlines have cut ties to the theme-park operator in recent months. The shares of the company, which is 22 percent owned by the private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, have declined 35 percent this year.

11/17/2014 GOVERNMENTS AGREE ON NEW PROTECTIONS FOR POLAR BEARS

Polar bears are among 31 species approved for greater protections by more than 100 countries at the Convention on Migratory Species conference in Ecuador, in a move hailed by conservationists as an important step to saving the endangered mammal. The Norwegian proposal to protect the estimated 20,000-25,000 remaining polar bears, which are threatened by melting ice, Arctic oil exploration and hunting, saw the species gain an Appendix II listing. That means countries must work together to put in place conservation plans, as opposed to the stronger Appendix I listing which requires strict protections such as bans on killing an animal.

11/14/2014 TRADER IN HORSE MEAT SCANDAL GOES BANKRUPT

The judge in Zutphen decided that Van Hattem Vlees, famous for the horse meet scandal, is to be declared bankrupt. The meat processing company from Dodewaard had already been deferred payment after it ran into difficulties because of its involvement in the horse meat scandal. Early this year Van Hattem Vlees was discredited because of tampering with horse meat. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) stopped the production at Van Hatten early this year. The company is not allowed to butcher or to trade. In addition the meat processor had to remove 15 thousand tons of meat from the market because the NVWA had discovered that several dozen horses and ponies had disappeared in the administration of the company. The NVWA suspected that the cheap meat from these animals was incorporated into shredded beef.

11/12/2014 THE PETA AD DEEMED TOO RACY FOR TIMES SQUARE

PETA launched an anti-wool campaign on Sunday with a Times Square video billboard showing a woman scratching her crotch while a male version of that spot got shot down as too racy, the radical animal rights group said. "Scratch Wool From Your Shopping List" debuted on a Times Square billboard, showing the crotch area of a woman in a slightly unzipped red long underwear with her hand in the shot scratching herself. PETA had hoped to run a second spot showing a man in a similar pose — although his unzipped PJs appeared to be cut low enough to show his pubic hair — that ad was deemed unacceptable. "We're living in the era of twerking, where people are simulating anal sex on TV," said PETA vice president Dan Mathews. "I don’t see how scratching is a big thing." The group unveiled the video billboard on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues on Sunday. Another spot, nearby at 1500 Broadway, is expected to debut later this month.

11/10/2014 NEW RESEARCH SHOWS VEGAN DIET IS BEST FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Scientists at the University of South Carolina have determined that the vegan diet is the best for losing weight, despite the fact that vegans are more likely to indulge in carb overload than say, someone on a paleo or gluten-free diet. The study compared the weight loss effectiveness and speed of vegan diets compared with omnivorous diets, and found that on average, vegan shed 4.3 percent more weight than their meat-eating counterparts. The study participants were divided into vegan, vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, pescetarian, and strict vegan diets, and the vegan participants came out on top in saturated fat-levels, BMI, and overall weight loss. The study also showed that, in addition to plant-based diets contributing to more efficient weight loss, people don't need to shy away from pasta and bread.

11/07/2014 FRANCE STOPS CLASSIFYING ANIMALS AS "FURNITURE"

Recently, France's parliament voted in favor for no longer classifying domestic animals as "furniture" but as "living beings capable of sensitivity." This is a huge step in France to better protect animals and to seek harsher punishment for those who abuse or mistreat them. A previous ForceChange petition commended French legislators for working to reclassify domestic animals. The push for legislation was made possible by many animal rights groups and supporters, but French legislator Le député UMP Frédéric Lefebvre made notable progress by putting forth the legislation for a vote. The new legislation is a positive step forward and will change the mentalities of judges and prosecutors in France in favor of domestic animals.

11/06/2014 STUDY LINKS MILK TO HIGHER MORTALITY AND BONE FRACTURE RATES

The latest research shows that drinking dairy can increase chances of bone fractures and mortality. A study published in the British Medical Journal followed 100,000 people in Sweden for 20 to 30 years and found that those who drank three glasses of milk daily were more likely to die of heart disease and cancer. For the women, milk drinkers had a significant better chance of suffering a hip fracture. The Swedish study blamed milk's negative features on a type of sugar called galactose, which is present in big quantities in milk. Yogurt and cheese have less of that type of sugar, which supposedly mollifies the dairy products' impact on the body. According to Dr. Neal Barnard from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, however, a better choice to get the 1,000 mg of suggested daily calcium allowance would be spinach (with 245 mg in a single cup), collard greens (268 mg in a cup) or fortified orange juice or tofu.

11/05/2014 LUSH COSMETICS WANTS YOU TO MAKE FUR HISTORY

Cruelty-free cosmetics brand LUSH is joining with the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals and Montreal SPCA in hopes to #MakeFurHistory. Through shockingly real videos and images, #MakeFurHistory wants to expose horrific conditions for which animals are unnecessarily killed as well as completely eradicate the fur industry. Several European countries have already said no to fur farms, and the campaign believes Canada should finally do the same. That's where LUSH comes in. If you have any fur that you want to get rid of, then drop it off to your nearest LUSH location and they'll get rid of it for you. You can also join the fight against the fur trade by taking the pledge online, writing a letter to the Canadian government, or spreading the hashtag, #MakeFurHistory, with a picture of your fave fur-bearing animal via your Twitter and Instagram accounts.

11/04/2014 TWO VIETNAMESE MEN ARRESTED WITH 41 KG OF RHINO HORN

South African authorities have arrested two Vietnamese men in possession of 41 kg of rhino horn, the largest haul nabbed in the country battling to stave off poaching of its dwindling stock of the wild animals. The population of rhinos, indigenous to southern Africa, is being decimated by poachers who supply a demand for horns for decorative and supposed medicinal purposes especially in Asian countries. A total of 933 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the year to October, from 1,004 in 2013, according to conservation group Stop Rhino Poaching. The country has an estimated 20,000 of the animals, the biggest population in Africa. The two Vietnamese men were booked on a flight to Hanoi from the capital of neighboring Mozambique and were arrested during an hour-long stopover in Johannesburg.

11/03/2014 171 ANIMALS FREED FROM MISSISSIPPI PUPPY MILLS

In one of the largest animal seizures in the state's history, more than 170 animals were freed from deplorable conditions on the site of two alleged puppy mills in Mississippi on Wednesday. The rescue was conducted by the Humane Society, in partnership with local law enforcement, after receiving complaints of abuse by people who had seen the dogs being sold at a flea market, the Sun-Herald reports. Those tips ultimately led authorities to investigate two properties in Alcorn County. At the first site, 53 dogs, including more than a dozen puppies, were found and moved to a safe location. Those animals appeared to have never seen sunlight before. The second location was worse, with 70 dogs on site, many of whom were suffering from untreated medical problems. There, rescuers also seized dozens of cats, rabbits, chickens and pigs living in squalor.

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