ANIMAL PEOPLE festive tofu roast (serves 15-20)

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

Festive tofu roast  (serves 15-20)

By Kim Bartlett

Start with six pounds (96 ounces) of extra firm tofu-the type sold in plastic wraps,  not in tubs of water.  If you can only obtain tofu that is sold in tubs of water,  you will have to mash it up well,  put it in a cheesecloth-lined colander,  put a heavy (5-pound) weight on it, and leave it for several hours (or overnight) so that as much water as possible drains out of the tofu. Read more

BOOKS: Vegan is love: Having a heart and taking action

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

Vegan is love:
Having a heart and taking action
Written & illustrated by Ruby Roth
North Atlantic Books (c/o Random House
(1745 Broadway,  New York,  NY 10019),  2011.
40 pages,  hardcover.  $16.95.

Vegan is Love delves into animal mistreatment at zoos, circuses,  marine parks and aquariums–all common destinations for schools and families.  “You do not have to be an expert to know that animals do not want to balance on balls or jump through hoops of fire,”  says  author Ruby Roth.  Roth explains that Orca whales live in the wild and asks how can we learn “from prisoners in a pool?” Read more

Beaver & Climate Change Adaptation in North America: A Simple, Cost-Effective Strategy

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

Beaver & Climate Change Adaptation in North America:  A Simple, Cost-Effective Strategy
by Bryan Bird,  WildEarth Guardians,  Mary O’Brien,  Grand Canyon Trust,  & Mike Petersen,  The Lands Council

Free 55-page download from: <>

“The reestablishment of American beaver and  its habitat  is a viable and cost-effective climate change adaptation strategy,” begins Beaver & Climate Change Adaptation in North America.  “Due to the unique hydrological engineering accomplished by dam-building beaver,  support and reestablishment of beaver constitute an important climate change adaptation tool in the United States.” Read more

BOOKS: Behavior of North American Mammals

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

Behavior of North American Mammals
by Mark Elbroch & Kurt Rinehart
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (22 Berkeley St.,  Boston,  MA  02116), 2011.  374 pages,  hardcover.  $35.00.

“Behavior of North American Mammals,”  says the publisher’s flack sheet,  “is a guide not for identifying mammals,  but to understanding what they do,”  including “information on seasonal activity,  food and foraging,  home range and habitat, communication,  courtship,  and mating,  development and dispersal of young,  interactions with their own species,  and interactions with other species.” Read more

Meat consumption falls 12.2% amid health concerns

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

CHICAGO-“Americans will consume 12.2% less meat and poultry in 2012 than they did in 2007,”  the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected in December 2011.

Analysts ranging from the commodities trading firm CMI Group and the Daily Livestock Report mostly attributed falling meat consumption to higher feed grain prices, which have made meat and poultry more expensive.  Food writers,  however,  tended to note that the number of self-declared vegetarians in the U.S. has increased from 1% in 1971 to 3.4% in 2009. Read more


From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:


“I come to bury Caesar,  not to praise him.  The evil that men do lives after them.  The good is oft interred with their bones.” –William Shakespeare

Nick Santino,  47, a New York City soap opera actor who had performed in All My Children and Guiding Light,  on January 24,  2010 had his pit bull Rocco euthanized,  after receiving veterinary advice that the dog was aggressive,  and although New York City has more resources for retraining and rehoming pit bulls than any other city, with the possible exception of Los Angeles.  Less than 24 hours later Santino killed himself with an overdose of sleeping pills, attributing his suicide to guilt over killing Rocco.  Other residents of the building in which Santino owned a condominium had reportedly complained about Rocco,  who according to building rules could not ride in the main elevators and was not allowed to be left in Santino’s apartment alone for more than nine hours.  Santino reportedly attributed Rocco’s behavior to his own depression. Read more

Failure of Armenian s/n program brings NYC success

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

NEW YORK CITY–Newly released New York City Center for Animal Care & Control shelter surrender numbers gave Companion Animal Network founder Garo Alexanian cause for celebration on February 4, 2012–and a message for Yerevan,  the capital city of Armenia.

“After five years of virtually unchanged numbers of dog and cat surrenders to the CACC,”  Alexanian said,  “the total dropped by 15%,”  or nearly 6,000 animals,  “during 2010,  the first full year that we operated our Low Cost Vet Mobile,  and fell another 9% in 2011,  our second full year.” Read more

Another Chicken Activist’s Perspective on Federal Legal Protection for Hens


by Paul Shapiro
Senior director of farm animal protection, Humane Society of the U.S.

In 1999, United Poultry Concerns rightly lauded the passage of the European Union’s law requiring a phase-in of better treatment of egg-laying hens by 2012, including a switch from barren battery cages to enriched colony cages.

“Europe Bans Battery Hen Cages” was the UPC newsletter’s headline,  with the article continuing that caging systems will be improved by reducing stocking density,  but that cage-free would have been better.  “Historic Day for Hens,”  continued another UPC headline about the EU announcement.  The article asserted,  “It is time for the United States and Canada to climb aboard,”   adding “The vote is a victory for the birds and for our struggle on their behalf in a country that,  to date,  accords to birds and to farmed animals no federal protection at all.” Read more

Federal laying hen standards bill goes before Congress

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2012:

Federal laying hen standards bill goes before Congress

WASHINGTON D.C.–Awaited for seven months,  a proposed federal law governing the care of laying hens was on January 23,  2012 introduced by Oregon Member of the House of Representatives Kurt Schrader.  Assigned bill number HR 3798,  the draft legislation results from a July 2011 pact between the Humane Society of the U.S. and United Egg Producers,  the largest trade association representing U.S. egg farmers.  Under the agreement,  HSUS withdrew ballot initiative campaigns seeking laying hen standards in Washington and Oregon,  in exchange for UEP collaboration in pursuit of a weaker federal standard which would govern the entire U.S. laying hen industry.

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