BOOKS: This is Hope & The Ultimate Betrayal

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology
by Will Anderson
Earth Books c/o John Hunt Publishing
(15200 NBN Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214), 2013. 368 pages,
paperback. $22.95;
or download c/o www.thisishopethebook.com

The Ultimate Betrayal: Is There Happy Meat?
by Hope Bohanec with Cogen Bohanec
166 pages, paperback. $19.95, c/o www.the-ultimate-betrayal.com

This Is Hope, by Will Anderson, and The Ultimate Betrayal, by
Hope Bohanec, with her husband Cogen Bohanec, might be described as
long and short versions of the same book. They are structured somewhat
differently, but mostly summarize the same arguments for veganism,
citing many of the same sources.

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FDA discourages farm use of antibiotics

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

WASHINGTON D.C.––The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on
December 11, 2013 announced that the drug makers Zoetis and Elanco,
which produce the majority of antibiotics used to promote livestock
growth, have agreed to participate in a voluntary phase-out of
non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in animal husbandry.
Routine antibiotic doses promote faster growth by suppressing
infections that often result from housing large numbers of animals in
close proximity under unsanitary conditions.

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Malawi & Kenya act against substandard crocodile farms

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

LILONGWE, Malawi; NAIROBI, Kenya––The Lilongwe SPCA,
Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, the Malawi Department of Animal Health
Livestock Management, and local police on November 8, 2013 confiscated
more than 200 crocodiles from the Koma Crocodile Farm at Monkey Bay,
Mangochi, and filed cruelty charges against the owner.
“There was no food or water for the crocodiles, their cages
had very little shade, and all the ponds were dry,” Lilongwe SPCA
director Richard Ssuna told Sophie Gomani of the Malawi News Agency.

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Undercover videos push Tyson into requiring farm animal welfare audits

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

ALTOONA––Goaded by repeated undercover video exposés of
rough handling and alleged neglect of livestock, Tyson Foods beef
supply chain manager Lora Wright on December 9, 2013 warned the Iowa
Cattlemen Association’s annual convention in Altoona that Tyson will
soon require beef and chicken suppliers to pass animal welfare audits.

“A third-party auditor will visit farms to ensure compliance,
assessing how workers handle animals, whether animals have access to
adequate food and water, and whether treatment is humane,”
summarized Donnelle Eller of the Des Moines Register. “The
requirements are driven by customers including McDonald’s and Whole
Foods.” These are among the biggest buyers from the Tyson Foods
group, which grossed $33.3 billion in sales in 2012.

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Videotaped Eid al Adha slaughter cruelty in Gaza shocks Australia

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

GAZA, CANBERRA––Amateur videos posted to social media by
witnesses to Eid al Adha slaughters in Gaza on October 15, 2013 appear
to have provided some of the most damning evidence yet of the failure of
the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System to protect Australian
livestock from abuse after arrival in foreign nations.
Collected by Animals Australia from social media, the Gaza
videos show tethered cattle being chased off a truck to fall heavily
upside down in the street, cattle being stabbed in the eyes, a bull
being “knee-capped” with an assault rifle, and being killed so
ineptly that one bull with a distinctive Australian ear-tag reportedly
suffered 102 separate cuts to his throat before bleeding to death,
remaining conscious all the while.

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Closing live markets stopped killer flu

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)  

HONG KONG–Closing 780 live poultry markets in the Chinese cities of Shanghai,  Hangzhou,  Huzhou and Nanjing stopped an April 2013 outbreak of a deadly new subtype of the H7N9 avian flu strain,  confirmed Hong Kong University researchers Hongjie Yu,  Joseph T. Wu,  Benjamin J. Cowling with data published in the October 31,  2013 edition of The Lancet.  Read more

Proposed poultry slaughter line speed-up would boil more birds alive

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2013: (Actually published on November 20,  2013.)

WASHINGTON D.C.––Fast-moving poultry slaughter lines cause nearly a million chickens and turkeys per year to be boiled alive when workers miss killing them,  according to USDA data. Yet,  reported Kimberly Kindy in the October 29,  2013 edition of the Washington Post,  “The USDA is finalizing a proposal that would allow poultry companies to accelerate their processing lines.” Read more

Vietnam agrees to five-year suspension of dog imports to control rabies

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

HANOI––“After two days of sometimes difficult negotiation and discussion,  representatives from the governments of Thailand,  Vietnam, Laos,  and Cambodia meeting in Hanoi,  Vietnam,  have agreed to a five-point program, to end the dog meat trade and eliminate rabies, including a five-year ban on the import of dogs from other countries into Vietnam,”  Soi Dog Foundation president John Dalley announced on August 29,  2013. Read more

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