Manuel Mollinedo to direct Honolulu Zoo

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

HONOLULU-Former Los Angeles and San Francisco Zoo director Manuel Mollinedo,  64,  was on December 16,  2010 introduced as the new director of the Honolulu Zoo.

Mollinedo,  then heading the Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Department,  with no background in zoo work,  was in September 1995 drafted to run the Los Angeles Zoo on an interim basis.  Several of the animal exhibits were frequent targets of protest.  The American Zoo Association had given the zoo a year to make improvements or lose accreditation. By year’s end Mollinedo was credited by the AZA and the Los Angeles city council with achieving an unexpectedly quick turnaround,  winning over some of the zoo’s leading critics.  Made zoo director on a permanent basis,  Mollinedo introduced a series of ambitious upgrades to most of the major Los Angeles Zoo exhbits,  but came under criticism after a Komodo dragon bit a celebrity guess in 2001. Read more

LETTERS Jan-February 2011

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:


Bushmeat poaching

Merritt Clifton’s article “Looking the wrong way for causes of bushmeat poaching & predator loss,”  which appeared in the September 2010 issue of ANIMAL PEOPLE,  was nothing short of brilliant.  The scope,  coverage and details of the subject were superb. My fervent admiration to you.

–Lionel Friedberg
Woodland Hills,  California

Editor’s note:
Born in South Africa, later working from Zambia,  Canada, and the U.S.,  Lionel Friedberg has produced documentaries and television broadcasts, often about animals,  for nearly 50 years. He is also author of a history of apartheid and colonialism in Africa. Read more

Ex-lab caretaker hopes to save what remains of Wild Animal Orphanage

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

SAN ANTONIO–Wild Animal Orphanage is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy,  but maybe,  Primates Incorporated founder Amy Kerwin hopes,  the million dollars worth of real estate,  two million dollars worth of facilities,  and 160 animals who remain at the 17-year-old sanctuary can be kept within the sanctuary community. Read more

Animal Welfare Institute comments on GAP certification standards

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) supports the development of third-party certification programs that improve the lives of animals, however, we have serious concerns about the standards of the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) program and the processes by which they are implemented. Since only Step 1 is required of all producers, the program must be judged by this standard. Read more

Chinese activists object to Canadian deal to sell seal meat & oil to China

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

BEIJING,  HALIFAX--Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea on January 12,  2011 announced to news media by teleconference call from Beijing that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Chinese Administration of Quality Supervision have reached an agreement which will allow Canadian sealers to export seal meat and oil to China for human consumption. Read more

Awards & Honors

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

PETA on December 20,  2010 named former U.S. President Bill Clinton “Person of the Year” for adopting a vegan diet.  “”I live on beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit,”  Clinton told CNN reporter Wolf Blitzer,  crediting the diet with helping him to lose 24 pounds before his daughter Chelsea’s July 2010 wedding.  “Bill Clinton won not only because he’s the most prominent person to go vegan this year but also because he used his platform to articulate the reasons why a plant-based diet is the most healthy diet,” PETA senior vice president Dan Mathews told media. “It doesn’t hurt,”  Mathews added, “that he has [his daughter] Chelsea’s lead to follow.  She went vegan at 10.  Her motivation was not wanting to support cruelty to animals.” Read more

EDITORIAL: Empowerment through understanding the phases of a cause

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:

Editorial feature:
Empowerment through understanding the phases of a cause

Social Movement Empowerment Project founder Bill Moyer was last mentioned in ANIMAL PEOPLE in his obituary,  published in our January/February 2003 edition.  His insights,  however,  have helped to inform almost every ANIMAL PEOPLE editorial.

A key strategist for Martin Luther King’s 1966 open housing campaign in Chicago,  Moyer after 1972  spent the rest of his life teaching advocacy tactics.  At invitation of ANIMAL PEOPLE president Kim Bartlett,  who was then editor of the long defunct Animals’ Agenda magazine,  and Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral, Moyer in September 1989 visited Stamford,  Connecticut,  to present one of his Movement Action Plan workshops to about 40 leaders of national animal rights groups. Read more

Anti-rabies Philippine state governor speaks out against eating dogs

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:
Iloilo,  The Philippines“Let us learn to be responsible dog owners and once and for all,  let us avoid eating dog meat,”  pleaded Iloilo provincial governor Arthur Defensor Sr. through the Panay News after the January 8,  2011 rabies death of a 38-year-old mother of two.

The dead woman and her sister were bitten by a rabid puppy on June 22,  2010.  The sister and three other family members received post-exposure vaccination,  but the dead woman refused the treatment. Read more

WikiLeaks show Australia favored Japanese story of Ady Gil sinking (VIDEO)

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2011:


MELBOURNE--“Embassy cables,  obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age,”  show that Australian diplomats quickly defended the Japanese whalers whose ship Shonan Maru #2 cut the bow off the high-speed anti-whaling vessel Ady Gil on January 6, 2010,  reported Philip Dorling of the Melbourne Age on January 8, 2011. Read more

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