Cell phone videocams open factory farms to public view

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2010:
BOULDER, URBANA–Ignoring 20 years of
warnings by leading U.S. agribusiness educators
and pundits has begun to cost the livestock
industry serious money and– perhaps–consumer
Increasingly frequent and effective
undercover exposés are acquainting ever more of
the public with meat, egg, and dairy production
practices, including with the ineffecacy of
agribusiness at improving animal welfare despite
frequent promises.
More than a hundred activists have now
worked undercover at many hundreds of factory
farms and slaughterhouses, documenting
procedures with thousands of hours of video.

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Editorial: Sick & injured animals hide. Shelters need to be seen.

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2010:
Two members of the ANIMAL PEOPLE team had recent occasion to
deliver an injured rabbit to a world-renowned wildlife rescue center.
The drive should have taken less than an hour, including a 20-minute
ferry boat crossing. Unfortunately, no one at ANIMAL PEOPLE had
ever been there before. There was neither a map nor a physical
address on the center’s web site. Instructions received from center
staff before beginning the journey proved to be incomplete.
Directions downloaded from Google maps proved to be wrong. Also,
the center is located on a dead-end street whose name we were given,
but there are two dead-end streets of the same name within about half
a mile of each other, probably once connected but no longer.
Altogether, finding the wildlife rescue center took four
hours, eight telephone calls, and half a tank of gasoline. Along
the way, the ANIMAL PEOPLE expedition met another carload of people
with another injured animal who also could not find the center. Each
call to the center brought a different set of directions.

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Letters [June 2010]

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2010:


Using credit cards in adoption screening

Thank you for publishing “Rethink-ing
adoption screening in the computer age” in your
May 2010 edition.
Many of the points addressed in this
editorial are valid, but as a consumer who is
concerned about identity theft and financial
privacy, I would be very leery of an
organization that required presentation of a
credit card if I had planned to pay via cash or
check. Further, if it were not revealed to me
ahead of time that my credit would be checked
when I was not applying for credit, employment
or a security clearance, adverse publicity for
the organization could result.
While I understand the reasons for
requiring a credit card for non-credit purposes,
applicable shelters should make these
requirements known in publicity materials.
–Cecily Westermann
St. Louis, Missouri
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“Tong wars” in Ahmedabad make dogcatching methods an Indian national issue

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2010:
AHMEDABAD–“Tong wars” in Ahmedabad, India, in mid-June
2010 made dog-catching methods a national issue, hotly debated in
multiple articles in the Times of India, Daily News & Analysis,
The Mirror, The Express–in short, most of the leading newspapers
covering northwestern India.
The issue exploded out of the ongoing efforts of Ahmedabad
resident Lisa Warden, a Canadian citizen, to bring the city into
compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure Manual for
Sterilization of Stray Dogs, published in 2009 by the Animal Welfare
Board of India.

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