EDITORIALS: Why boycotts are not the answer to cruelty called "culture"

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2012:

Editorial feature: Why boycotts are not the answer to cruelty called “culture”
Animal people at this writing has received a barrage of e-mails from both irate individual activists and several international online activist networks soliciting a boycott of Spain over the torture-killings of “fire bulls” at village fiestas.
There are few less defensible public practices involving animals than the ancient and widespread custom of attaching a flammable material to the horns of a bull, setting it alight, and then further tormenting the bull as he strives to escape the fire. Read more

People & Positions (Nov-Dec 2012]

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

People & positions

Kathleen Savesky,  board chair of the International Fund for Animal Welfare since June 29,  2012,  on October 31,  2012 announced that Fred O’Regan will not return as IFAW president after a six-month leave.  Azzedine Downes,  interim chief executive since July 2012, is to remain in that capacity until O’Regan’s successor is announced. Savesky succeeded 10-year IFAW board chair Thomas C. Ramey.  Savesky formerly headed the Bosack & Kruger Foundation and the Peninsula Humane Society,  of San Mateo,  California. Read more

What becomes of turtles relinquished to Petco?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:


SAN DIEGO–Petco is recycling undersized turtles turned into stores by members of the public,  the 1,000-store pet supply chain acknowledged in response to recent PETA allegations,  and is doing business with a Louisiana turtle farm that sells turtles for human consumption to China,  but according to Petco,  the turtles sold to China are not the Petco turtles. Read more

Visiting animal defenders badly treated, says Marjan Centre

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

 LONDON–Pole Pole Foundation founder and former Kahuzi-Biega National Park chief ranger John Kahekwa was to accept the first annual £1,000 MarjanMarsh conservation award on October 29,  2012 from the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation at King’s College, London,  but Kahekwa never got there.

The award was presented in recognition of Pole Pole’s 20 years of work to promote community involvement in protecting eastern lowland gorillas and other animals who share the gorillas’ habitat near Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read more

BOOKS | Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

Nature Wars:  The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards Into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba   Crown Publishers  (c/o Random House,  1745 Broadway,  New York,  NY 10019), 2012.  336 pages,  hardcover.  $26.00.

Born in 1943,  during the deprivations of World War II and just after the Great Depression, Jim Sterba grew up hunting in rural Michigan. Sterba considers himself a lifelong conservationist, but “conservation” in his formative years meant little more than promoting hunting practices that helped to ensure abundant “game”–albeit for people who hunted for meat, as his family did,  not just for sport,  like the European nobility who originated the conservation movement around 200 years earlier in response to the Industrial Revolution and fencing the grazing commons. Read more

10,000 lab animals drowned at NYU due to stupidity, says lab care expert

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

 NEW YORK CITY–More than 10,000 mice and rats drowned or died from toxic fumes released by ruptured generator fuel and exhaust lines at the Joan and Joel Smilow Research Center on October 29, 2012.

Part of the Langone Medical Center at New York University, the Smilow Center occupies a 13-floor building,  but the mice and rats were housed in the basement,  more than 20 feet below the crest of the surge from Hurricane Sandy.  Apparently no one considered trying to evacuate them before the electricity failed and all personnel left on the premises were drafted to help evacuate 215 human patients from nearby Tisch Hospital. Read more

Hurricane Katrina history helped the Superstorm Sandy animal relief effort

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

 NEW YORK CITY–Superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. animal rescue community somewhat like a small child falling down stairs.  First came the shocking impact,  then a surprisingly long silence,  and only after that came the cries for help. Afflicting parts of 24 states,  doing more than $32 billion in estimated damage,  Sandy left animal charities in the stricken regions without electricity,  telephone,  and Internet service for days or weeks,  even more than a month in some cases. Read more

Thousands of dogs seized from Thai meat traffickers have no safe place to go

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2012:

NAKHON PHANOM,  Thailand— Police Colonel Sakchai Sadmarerng, chief of Ban Phaeng station in Nakhon Phanom province,  Thailand,  on November 7,  2012 described to media the seizure of yet another truckload of dogs from smugglers hauling them to Laos across the Mekong River.  From Laos,  most would have been trafficked on to markets in Vietnam and southern China. Read more

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