EVENT ALERT! “Today’s Meatpacking Industry: Still a Jungle?”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 10th, 2012 :: Filed under Events  
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Today’s Meatpacking Industry: Still a Jungle?
Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 in WJ 101 (Big Warren 1st floor)

Come enjoy Maoz lunch while learning about the working conditions that poultry workers currently face. Steve Mooser, health and safety director of the New York-based Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, will give a short presentation regarding poultry worker working conditions, health and safety hazards, Workers’ Compensation and general access to medical and legal resources. Q&A will follow.

And for a recent article on a controversial USDA proposal to change the way that poultry inspections work, see “Letting the Fox Guard the Henhouse — Literally”

“Nobody Minds Dyeing the Egg, but the Chicken Is Another Story”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 4th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“. . . About half the states and a scattering of municipalities have laws against the practice, but in Florida last month, the Legislature passed a bill to overturn a 45-year-old ban on dyeing animals. By all accounts, the deed was done at the request of a dog groomer who wanted to enter contests where people elaborately sculpture and color their pets.

The outcry from animal rights groups has been swift. . . .”

Continue reading HERE

“Death and Disarray at America’s Racetracks: Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on March 27th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“. . .On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke down.

In 2008, after a Kentucky Derby horse, Eight Belles, broke two ankles on national television and was euthanized, Congress extracted promises from the racing industry to make its sport safer. While safety measures like bans on anabolic steroids have been enacted, assessing their impact has been difficult because many tracks do not keep accurate accident figures or will not release them. . . .”

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“Ohio judge accepts Scotts Miracle-Gro guilty plea, defers decision on $4.5M payment of fine”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on March 20th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“. . .The government alleges that beginning in 2005, Scotts produced a line of wild bird products under names including ‘Morning Song’ and ‘Country Pride’ that contained an insecticide to prevent insects from eating the product during storage.

The government says the insecticide, which is highly toxic to fish, birds and other wildlife, wasn’t approved for use for bird food.

The company continued to use the insecticide even after two Scotts employees warned the company about the potential threat to birds, according to the government. . . .”

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“Artificial meat: Hamburger junction”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on February 27th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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” . . . Dr Post, who works at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands, belongs to a group of people who hope to disrupt one of mankind’s oldest industries—animal husbandry. In fact, they wish not so much to disrupt it as to destroy it. . . .”

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EVENT ALERT! Ending Invasive Experiments on Chimpanzees: Promoting Healthy, Humane Medicine

Posted by Elizabeth Block on February 20th, 2012 :: Filed under Events  
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Ending Invasive Experiments on Chimpanzees:
Promoting Healthy, Humane Medicine

Tuesday, February 21st
JG 940

Maoz will be served

Please join SALDF for a discussion with Noah Gittell, the Government Affairs Manager for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Mr. Gittell will be discussing PCRM’s current lobbying effort to pass the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S.810), a bill that will end the use of chimpanzees in invasive experimentation.

PCRM is a national non-profit organization that promotes preventive medicine, especially nutrition, conducts clinical research, and advocates for more effective medical research and testing. As one of PCRM’s chief lobbyists, Mr. Gittell has worked with Members of Congress to successfully halt planned NASA radiation experiments on live squirrel monkeys and end the U.S. Army’s practice of using vervet monkeys for chemical casualty management training. 

Read more about PCRM and the work it does to promote ethical research HERE.

“Hanna berates Ohio legislators on exotic pet laws”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on February 17th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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” . . . Ohio has some of the nation’s weakest restrictions on exotic pets. Efforts to strengthen the state’s law took on new urgency in October when authorities were forced to hunt down and kill 48 wild animals — including endangered Bengal tigers — after their owner freed them from his Zanesville farm and then committed suicide.

In August 2010, a bear attacked and killed a caretaker during a feeding at the home of a man who also kept wolves and tigers on property near Cleveland. . . .

State Sen. Troy Balderson, of Zanesville, had sent a letter last Friday to state lawmakers, asking them to sign on to his bill.

He included some details about future regulations in his letter. For instance, the measure would immediately ban people from acquiring additional exotic animals. Zoo, circuses, sanctuaries and research facilities would be exempt.

Owners of lions, tigers and other large animals, such as elephants and crocodiles, would be banned in 2014 from keeping the creatures unless they applied to be a “private shelter” and met new caging requirements and care standards. . . .”

Continue reading HERE

“Butterball Workers Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on February 17th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“Six workers at a Butterball turkey farm in North Carolina face criminal charges after an undercover video revealed alleged animal abuse, and a state employee who tipped off Butterball before a police raid on the farm has pled guilty to obstruction of justice. . . .”

Continue reading and watch the undercover Mercy for Animals video HERE

“Invasive Pythons Put Squeeze On Everglades’ Animals”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on February 11th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“Scientists are reporting that aliens are wiping out the animals in Florida’s Everglades.

The aliens are Burmese pythons from Asia. They’ve been slithering around south Florida for decades. But scientists now say the constrictors are so bad, they’re eating their way through the swamps. And the federal government has decided to take action to prevent their spread. . . .”

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EVENT ALERT! Trust and Estate Planning for Companion Animals

Posted by Elizabeth Block on February 7th, 2012 :: Filed under Events  
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Trust & Estate Planning for Companion Animals

Wednesday, February 8th 12:10-1:00

JG 602

SALDF will host a talk with Frances Carlisle, Esq.  She will be discussing methods of and trends in estate planning for continuing care of companion animals.  Ms. Carlisle has been practicing as a trusts and estates attorney in New York City for over 20 years. She is a member of the Animal Law Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association. 
Non-pizza lunch will be served!

Find out more about our guest speaker HERE

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