Vegan ex-NHL hockey star is named deputy director of Canadian Greens

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2010:
MONTREAL–Recently retired vegan hockey star Georges Laraque,
33, was on August 1, 2010 named one of the two deputy directors of
the Green Party of Canada.
Laraque, born in Montreal of Haitian parents, said on his
web site that he gave up meat and later joined the Greens due to “my
deep concern for animal welfare.” Laraque has also raised funds for
relief work in Haiti.
Named “Best Fighter” by Hockey News in 2003 and “#1 enforcer”
by Sports Illustrated in 2008, Laraque played 13 years in the
National Hockey League for Edmonton, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and the
Montreal Canadiens.

BOOKS: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, & Wear Cows

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2010:

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, & Wear Cows:
An introduction to carnism
by Melanie Joy, Ph.D.
Conari Press (65 Parker Street, Suite 7,
Newburyport, MA 01950), 2010. 204 pages,
hardcover. $19.95.

Melanie Joy opens Why We Love Dogs, Eat
Pigs, & Wear Cows by describing guests sitting
around a dinner table. The host smiles as she
dishes out a savory stew. Oh, by the way, did
I tell you it’s made from five pounds of golden
retriever? Do the guests vomit? Storm out in
protest? Or slap their napkins across the cook’s
In a second scenario the savory stew is
made from marinated beef tips in a red wine
sauce, served over a bed of steaming white rice.
Most people dig in and perhaps ask for seconds.
Why do humans eat beef, chicken, lamb,
pork and seafood without blinking, yet in much
of the world are repulsed and outraged by the
idea of dining on dog?

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Discussion of draft Chinese animal welfare bill ignites over eating dogs and cats

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2010:


BEIJING–Released in late 2009 to promote public discussion,
a draft Chinese animal welfare act produced by an academic committee
had by mid-February 2010 generated a media storm nationwide.
“The proposed draft will be submitted to relevant government
departments in April,” reported Deng Shasha, editor of China Daily,
the largest Chinese newspaper. “Before being adopted as a law,”
Deng Shasha explained, “the draft must go through the State Council
and then receive three readings at the National People’s Congress
Standing Committee, the top legislative authority. The draft is not
included in the legislative agenda for 2008-2013 released by the
National People’s Congress Standing Committee,” Deng Shasha
cautioned, “indicating it might be a few years before it is adopted
as a law.”

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Interest in the Chinese draft bill around Pacific Rim

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2010:


TAIPEI, SEOUL– The Chinese draft animal welfare bill
attracted keen interest elsewhere around the Pacific Rim, especially
as a potential precedent for strengthening the animal welfare laws of
some of China’s major Asian trading partners.
Business news media discussed whether the introduction of a
Chinese animal welfare act will lead to international regulation of
animal welfare comparable to the regulation of commerce in endangered
species. Most pundits appeared to agree that whatever animal welfare
legislation China enacts will become the default standard for Asia,
and that no nation will prosper in trade if it has lower standards.

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Editorial feature: 21st century began with 10 years of hard-won gains

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2010:
Most ANIMAL PEOPLE readers are probably buried lately in a
blizzard of appeals reviewing the deeds of animal charities during
the past year and decade. Recipients will be cheered by recaps of
“victories,” no matter how transient. Some may notice, though,
that “defeats” are seldom mentioned.
Comprehensive assessments of progress tend to be fewer–and
can be discouraging, in view of frequent contradictory indicators.
But the animal cause does not advance primarily through obvious
“victories,” or fail through the unmentioned defeats, which most
often result when legislation is proposed before sufficient
groundwork is done to pass it, or when resources are inadequate to
achieve an ambitious goal.
Fundraisers and campaigners like to evoke imagery suggesting
that at some point a cause will “triumph,” perhaps after someone
blows the right horn to bring all obstacles tumbling down. This is a
tried-and-true appeal format, but reality is that if any “war”
metaphor is appropriate to advancing the cause of animals, it is
that of trench warfare.

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Vietnamese cholera outbreak from dog meat

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2009:
HANOI–The National Institute of Hygiene & Epidemiology on
May 18, 2009 temporarily closed at least a dozen dog slaughterhouses.
“Samples of dog meat, both cooked and uncooked, from the Ha
Dong district of Hanoi tested positive for the cholera bacterium,”
The Youth newspaper reported. Nine northern Vietnamese provinces
have had recent cholera outbreaks. Bureau of Preventive Health chief
Nguyen Huy Nga warned on May 15 that up to 70% of the patients became
ill after eating dog meat.
The cholera outbreaks came two months after two Hanoi-based
national health institutes linked a pair of human rabies deaths to
eating dogs.

Rabies risk is medically identified from eating dogs & cats

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2009:

HANOI–People who prepare dog and cat meat for human
consumption are at risk of contracting rabies, warned medical
researcher Heiman Wertheim, M.D. in the March 18, 2009 edition of
PLoS Medicine
PLoS Medicine is a peer-reviewed open-accesss online
scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science. With
offices in San Francisco and Cambridge, England, PLoS Medicine
“gives the highest priority to papers on the conditions and risk
factors that cause the greatest losses in years of healthy life
worldwide,” state the editors.
Wertheim and colleagues from the National Institute of
Infectious & Tropical Diseases and the National Institute of Hygiene
& Epidemiology in Hanoi, Vietnam, researched the association of dog
meat with rabies after encountering two cases.

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Meat kills, confirms National Cancer Institute study of half million Americans

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2009:
WASHINGTON D.C.–“High intakes of red or
processed meat may increase the risk of
mortality,” National Cancer Institute
researchers conservatively reported in the March
23, 2009 edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Annals of Internal Medicine is a
peer-reviewed journal published by the American
Medical Association–and what the study authors
actually found was the strongest scientific
condemnation yet of the health effects of a
meat-centered diet, regardless of the type of
meat consumed.
The National Cancer Institute examined
the relationship of diet and mortality among more
than half a million middle-aged and elderly
Americans from 1995 until the end of 2005. The
participants, all between 52 and 71 years old,
joined the study by completing a 124-question
survey about their eating habits, distributed by
the American Association of Retired Persons.
“Follow-up for vital status was performed
by annual linkage of the cohort to the Social
Security Administration Death Master File, and
cause of death information was provided by
follow-up searches of the National Death Index,”
explained study authors Rashmi Sinha, Amanda J.
Cross, Barry I. Graubard, Michael F. Leitzmann,
and Arthur Schatzkin.

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