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

Australian use of risky drug may drive Indonesian cut in livestock imports

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2012:

JAKARTA,  MELBOURNE– Australian cattle and sheep exporters barely had time to anticipate ramped up live animal shipments to Islamic nations,  under new protocols announced on October 21,  2011 by agriculture minister Joe Ludwig,  when word came from Jakarta that Indonesia is likely to accept barely half as many live cattle from Australia as were landed in 2011. Read more

Badger cull to begin in 2012

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2011:

LONDON--British environment secretary Caroline Spelman is expected to finalize plans before the close of 2011 to license dairy farmers to shoot badgers to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

According to a draft strategy released to media in July 2011, the cull would begin in 2012 in two trial areas,  believed to be in Devon and Gloucestershire,  though Spel-man told media that she was undecided about where the sites would be.  After the initial trial, culling would proceed more aggressively for at least four years beginning in 2013. Read more

BOOKS: The natural vet’s guide to preventing & treating arthritis in dogs & cats

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2011:

The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing
& Treating Arthritis in Dogs & Cats
by Shawn Messonnier, DVM
New World Library (14 Pamaron Way), Novato, CA 94949), 2011.
218 pages, paperback. $14.95.

I can relate to The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and
Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats, by holistic veterinarian Shawn
Messonnier–I’m arthritic myself.

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Refusing to make “donation” to politicians, Visakha SPCA loses animal control contract; rabies outbreak follows suspension of subsidized dog sterilization & vaccination service

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2011:
VISAKHAPATNAM–Rabies is reportedly raging again in northern
Andhra Pradesh state, India, a year after a newly elected Greater
Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation government took responsibility
for operating the local Animal Birth Control program away from the
Visakha SPCA.
The action in effect dismantled what was by far the largest
anti-rabies campaign in the region, and led to the Visakhapatnam
street dog population reportedly increasing from about 7,000 to as
many as 10,000.

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Cattle disease rinderpest, which once killed millions, is declared to be extinct

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2011:


PARIS–The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on May
25, 2011 formally announced the eradication of rinderpest–the first
time an animal disease has been extinguished through human efforts,
and only the second time that any disease has been eradicated. The
first, smallpox, was last reported in 1977.
“It was rinderpest that led to the formation of the OIE in
1924, following a new incursion of the rinderpest virus in Europe,
via the port of Antwerp,” recalled British Veterinary Medical
Association spokesperson Helena Cotton.

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Contraceptive research firm SenesTech splits with “600 Million”

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2011:
PORTLAND, Oregon–The Arizona-based contraceptive research
firm SenesTech and the Florida-based nonprofit 600 Million Stray Dogs
Need You are no longer working together to develop the product that
600 Million has touted to prospective donors for more than a year as
“‘super’ birth control pellets for animals.”
Both organizations remain involved in seeking non-surgical
contraceptive products.

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BAWA achieves Bali rabies turnaround

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2011:

UBUD, Bali, Indonesia–Vaccinating 210,000 dogs in the six
months ending on March 31, 2011, the Bali Animal Welfare
Association achieved a 48% reduction in human rabies deaths and a 45%
decrease in dog rabies cases. This was the fastest containment of a
rabies outbreak in the history of Indonesia, achieved even as a
13-year-old outbreak continues in Flores, where officials have
fought rabies mainly by culling dogs.
During the six-month vaccination sweep, BAWA established by
counting dogs from house to house in every village that the Bali dog
population is “just over 300,000 dogs, about 1 dog to 12.5 people,”
BAWA founder Janice Girardi told ANIMAL PEOPLE–exactly the ANIMAL
PEOPLE estimate produced in late 2008 when the rabies outbreak was
first recognized. Government estimates were half again to twice as

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Earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disaster, & H5N1 avian flu, too

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, April 2011:
CHIBA, Japan–Chiba prefecture Governor Kensaku Morita told a
March 13, 2011 press conference that the earthquake and
tsunami-ravaged region is also fighting an outbreak of H5N1 avian
flu–potentially lethal to humans.
Chiba, second among Japanese prefectures in egg production,
lies between Tokyo and the prefectures to the northeast that had the
most displaced people and animals. Living in severely crowded
conditions, with disrupted sanitation, inadequate food, and often
little protection from the elements, many victims–both human and
animal–were already in weakened health due to effects of the tsunami
and, in some cases, perhaps exposure to radiation from the
malfunctioning Fukushima nuclear complex.

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