of the biggest greek mink farms has been hit in our first night of action.
All the cages imprisoning animals in 37 sheds of the farm were opened
and machinery sabotaged. To let the animals out part of the fence was
cut and both gates opened smashing the locks (using the farmer's tools).
Two hours and half of work and we could run away along with thousands
of minks (according to media 50.000 were released).
A man who killed a fox “in a sadistic and prolonged act
of cruelty” has been sent to prison for five months and banned
from keeping dogs for life
William Burrell, 50, of Short Street, Stapenhill, was jailed after being
found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a wild animal by confining
it to a cage before allowing a dog to attack, and causing or attempting
to cause an animal fight.
Burrell was arrested and taken into custody by officers after a one-and-a-half
hour sentencing hearing at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
At a previous hearing it was said Burrell caged the fox for eight hours
before fitting a lead around its neck and ‘slinging’ it
in a dog kennel to be mauled to death “like a rag doll.”
The fox finally died from a ‘fatal blow’ to the head with
a piece of wood. Burrell had claimed he killed the fox instantly with
three blows to its skull, before slinging the animal’s dead carcass
to a Staffordshire bull terrier kept in a pen at his house.
John Sutcliffe, prosecuting, said this act of cruelty ‘shows total
lack of humanity’.
suspends H1N1 vaccines after children suffer narcolepsy from vaccinations
after Australia banned flu vaccines in children due to an alarming increase
in vomiting, fevers and seizures caused by the vaccines http://www.naturalnews.com/029586_Australia_vaccines.html,
Finland has now suspended H1N1 vaccines due to increased reports of
narcolepsy in children and teens. Narcolepsy is a nervous system disorder
characterized by extreme fatigue and daytime sleepiness. It indicates
a serious malfunction of the brain and nervous system.
is now reporting that narcolepsy is appearing in children immediately
following vaccination with H1N1
vaccines. So far, six children are confirmed of suffering the neurological
side effect and nine more are in the process of being confirmed, reports
The Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/41604/.
Finland National Institute for Health (THL) said in a press release
that the cause of the narcolepsy may be the vaccine, and they are investigating
of Guilt Over MMR Vaccine Damage - Poxy Payout
win 18 year fight over MMR damage to son: £90,000 payout is first
since concerns over vaccine surfaced
mother whose son suffered severe brain damage after he was given the
controversial MMR vaccine as a baby has been awarded £90,000 compensation.
The judgment is the first of its kind to be revealed since concerns
were raised about the safety of the triple jab. Robert Fletcher, 18,
is unable to talk, stand unaided or feed himself.
Painkillers Could Be New 'Gateway' Drugs
Prescription medicines are the way that many drug addicts first get
hooked, making these legal medicines the new "gateway" drugs,
new study findings show.
University at Buffalo researchers interviewed 75 patients hospitalized
for opioid detoxification and found that 31 of them said they first
became addicted to legitimately prescribed painkillers.
Another 24 patients said their addiction began when they used a friend's
left-over prescription pills or stole drugs from a parent's medicine
cabinet, while the remaining 20 patients said they got hooked on street
But the study found that 92 percent of the patients said they eventually
bought illegal drugs (usually heroin) because street drugs are less
expensive and more effective than prescription drugs. Their reasons
for continuing to use drugs included to feel "normal," to
feel "like a better person" or to ease emotional pain and
are seeing an increase in the number of patients addicted to prescription
drugs, so we wanted to better understand how they first got hooked,"
study senior author Dr. Richard Blondell, a professor of family medicine,
said in a University at Buffalo news release.
Mexico's Gov. Bill Richardson has met with National Institutes of Health
officials in a last-ditch effort to stop NIH from moving 202 "retired"
chimpanzees out of Holloman Air Force base and back into experiments.
is moving swiftly to transfer the chimpanzees into facilities so substandard
that caging conditions within them violate not only everything that
we know about what chimpanzees require but also federal law itself.
of the animals are 60 years old; some are left over from the space program.
Petitions and pleas by everyone from physicians, veterinarians and primatologists
to actors such as Gene Hackman have been ignored.
month, a Time magazine cover story asked the question, What's on animals'
minds? Fifteen years before, as Dr. Jane Goodall mulled over the complex
relationships within chimpanzee families, Time had asked, Do animals
think? Now the question is "What do animals think?" In the
case of chimpanzees, who have been taught to use sign boards and even
sign language to communicate with humans, they think a lot.
more pressing question is now, "What is NIH thinking?" And
the answer isn't befitting America's level of awareness about animals
and its commitment to their protection.
Drug Actos Has Same Heart Risks as Glaxo's Avandia, Study Finds
Pharmaceutical Co.’s diabetes drug Actos causes as many heart
problems as Avandia, the GlaxoSmithKline Plc pill that had a decline
in sales after being linked to higher heart-disease rates, a study found.
taking Avandia or Actos were 4 percent more likely to experience heart
attacks, heart failure or die, according to the study published yesterday
in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.
become the market leader after a 2007 study showed a 43 percent higher
chance of heart attacks from Avandia, which generated $3.3 billion of
sales before the findings. The latest study, the first to compare the
drugs, suggests the risks are tied to that category of medicine, said
Jenny Gunton, a diabetes researcher at the Garvan Institute of Medical
just maybe increases the worry of using either of the drugs,”
Gunton, who wasn’t involved in the study, said in a telephone
interview from Sydney. A rate of 4 percent is “pretty high”
given the short study period, she said.
regulators are reviewing whether Avandia, which is classed as the same
type of treatment as Actos, should be taken off the market after a panel
advised on July 14 that warnings about its risks should be added to
regulators are studying a Novartis Parkinson's disease treatment to
determine if it contributes to an increased risk of heart attacks or
Food and Drug Administration is examining clinical trial data related
to the drug Stalevo, but said patients should not stop taking the drug
unless directed to do so by a health care professional.
shows a small increased risk, the FDA said, but it has not concluded
that Stalevo is to blame.
factors have made the evaluation difficult, regulators say. For instance,
the trials were not designed to evaluate cardiovascular safety, and
most of the patients had pre-existing risk factors for cardiovascular
should also be noted that cardiovascular events are not uncommon in
people with Parkinson's disease in the age range studied in these trials,"
the FDA said in a statement Friday.
The Swindon Advertiser has published an excellent article highlighting
the recent death toll of greyhounds forced to perform on Swindon dog
In July alone four greyhounds were destroyed after sustaining injuries
deemed uneconomical to treat and on August 1st, Swindon dog track took
its 5th victim in just under four weeks.
Rackethall Kenny, Swift Abel, Day Two, Wots Er Name and her sister Brizzle
Bling – both only two years old - all lost their lives in the
name of entertainment and to further bulge the wallets of the bookmakers.
Please click here to read the full article and please take a few minutes
to leave a comment ~ thank you
Loe Fisher, founder of the National
Vaccine Information Center, discusses the outcome of last year’s
swine flu debacle, and the potentially harmful changes that are being
made to this season’s flu vaccine as a result.
And, of course, vaccine makers made millions off their novel H1N1 vaccines.
For those in the southern hemisphere, like Australia, the flu season
has already begun, and the health hazards of this year's seasonal trivalent
vaccine have already become evident. For the rest of you, the flu season
is nearing, and another round of advertisements for flu vaccines are
about to hit the media.
always strange finding something I agree with John McCain about.
couple of weeks ago John McCain and another Republican senator authored
a report about projects funded with federal stimulus money that are
what the senators called "questionable", "poorly planned",
the more egregious projects in the report was one that it dubbed "Monkeys
Getting High for Science" in which a research facility in North
Carolina received over $71,000 dollars to feed cocaine to primates.
McCain might not have moral objections to animal testing in general,
but he definitely touches on an important point: that not only is animal
testing ethically and scientifically unsound, it's financially unsound.
It doesn't take an economist to see that we're wasting money on experiments
that teach us nothing.
Slaughterhouse accused of 'unbearable cruelty' closes
AN Essex slaughterhouse has been forced to close after secret filming
inside it by animal welfare campaigners led to allegations of serious
cruelty towards pigs.
A and G Barber, of Purleigh, used to kill a quarter of all cull sows
in the UK. Its main buyer, said to be a German sausage manufacturer,
cancelled its contract after viewing the footage, forcing the abattoir
The abattoir was one of a number exposed in secret filming by Animal
Aid earlier this year. The animal welfare group said the film, shot
over three days in April, showed scenes of ‘extreme and deliberately-inflicted
suffering’, including use of electric tongs on animals’
snouts, tails and in their mouths.
It said other breaches filmed include ‘incompetent and inadequate
stunning’ for most of the 767 pigs filmed, stunned pigs left to
regain consciousness, and pigs being routinely kicked in the face and
hit in the face with shackle hooks.
to local media a mink farm in Conco, Vicenza, Italy) was raided on the
afternoon of Wednesday 18 August at around 2.30! The farm had apparently
been monitored before the raid and was known to be unattended. The farmer
was alerted by an alarm and arrived to find fences cut open and between
one and two thousand mink running every which way.
same farm was visited by an arson attack in 2005 and raided again two
fish farms for trout and rainbow trout, in Gallejaure in Vasterbotten
and Norrbotten in Miekojarvi, in the north of Sweden have been subjected
to acts of sabotage, according to media.
Around 200 000 fishes were liberated when all the nets were cut and
an engine for a boat as well as a tractor was sabotaged.
fishes had been kept and bred for 3 years and were all supposed to be
killed this week.
Forty spectators were reportedly injured when a bull leapt into the
crowd at a bull ring in Tafalla, Spain and ran amok. The brave bull
was eventually brought under control by a gang of cowards and ritually
sacrificed. Images captured by Basque Television and audience members
show the animal jumping several yards over two barriers and triggering
panic in the crowd before the spectacle is brought to a bloody end by
a baying mob of men who really should to know better.
Animal rights blogger Gary Smith describes the 'training' of
several different animal protection organizations combined their grassroots
organizational skills to hold what was called the largest circus protest
in history. Hundreds arrived – by carpool, bus and subway –
in Los Angeles for the opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey circus at Staples Center.
Protesters spoke with prospective circus-goers, many of whom then opted
to leave without buying a ticket. Entire families returned their tickets
to the box office after paying for them – all because the painted
façade of a circus hides an ugly reality, particularly for elephants.
majority of circus elephants were captured in the wild as babies. Like
human mothers, female elephants won’t willingly give up their
children. It is widely reported that in 2000, poachers killed 60 free-roaming
female elephants so their babies could be taken and sold to the entertainment
Family bonds are intensely strong in elephant families. Eyewitnesses
have seen still-nursing baby elephants refuse to abandon their dead
mothers, even attempting to suckle from their corpses. When born in
captivity, babies are removed from their mothers so they can be more
easily adapted to following a human trainer (rather accurately depicted
in the Disney cartoon “Dumbo”).
Unified Police Department settles suit by animal-rights activists
The Unified Police Department has agreed to pay more than $15,000 to
settle a federal lawsuit by animal-rights advocates who said their constitutional
rights were violated when they were forced to end a demonstration in
members of Salt Lake Animal Advocacy Movement (SLAAM) decided on May
8 to hold a spontaneous demonstration that day near 700 West and 8600
South, adjacent to a facility operated by the Fur Breeders Agricultural
Cooperative, according to the suit. It says the protesters wanted to
inform the public about their opposition to fur farming.
suit alleges that two Unified Police Department officers broke up the
protest - which was held in unincorporated Salt Lake County - by threatening
to arrest or cite the protesters because they did not have a permit
to hold a demonstration. The SLAAM members say the law does not require
gatherings of fewer than 50 people to get a permit but they left because
of the threat.
settlement agreement, for a total of $15,368, was reached Friday. Each
of the 14 protesters and the organization itself will receive $200,
while the rest covers attorney fees and court costs.
department and the two officers did not admit any wrongdoing and say
they entered into the agreement to avoid costly litigation.
I know animals suffer, but I love my steak”: The self-serving
resolution of the “meat paradox”
always must remember it’s not a matter of “what’s”
for dinner but “who’s” for dinner….
people continue to eat animals knowing they’re consuming misery
no doubt that billions of factory-farmed and other animals suffer for
our gustatory delights, most of which are unnecessary. Now, a new study
shows just how far people will go so that they can continue to eat animals
who needlessly wind up at the end of their fork. Steve Loughnan of Kent
University in the UK and his colleagues discovered that “people
who wish to escape the ‘meat paradox’ i.e. simultaneously
disliking hurting animals and enjoying eating meat, may do so by denying
that the animal they ate had the capacity to suffer.”
some people stop eating meat when they learn that animals suffer an
overwhelming majority do not, and continue to enjoy their steaks knowing
well that they’re eating pain and misery. They simply deny moral
status to the sentient beings who wind up on their plates as if all’s
just fine. This very important study shows “when there is a conflict
between their preferred way of thinking and their preferred way of acting,
it is their thoughts and moral standards that people abandon first –
rather than changing their behaviour.
and British author George Bernard Shaw summed up vivisection best when
he once proclaimed, “Those who won’t hesitate to vivisect,
won’t hesitate to lie about it as well.”
is the act of cutting, drugging, burning, blinding, shocking, addicting,
shooting, freezing, infecting and surgically mutilating live animals.
Vivisection also happens to be more than just bloody science. It’s
a bloody fraud. Every year in the US about 20 million monkeys, dogs,
cats, pigs and rabbits, and nearly 50 million mice and rats are incarcerated
and infected with mutations of human diseases. They are tortured in
violent burn and brain-damage re-creation experiments. Then they are
observed for meaningless data and killed.
let’s understand that animals are a completely different bio-mechanical
entity than humans. The anatomical, physiological, immunological, histological
[dealing with the cell structures] and even psychological differences
between humans and animals are too great to overcome. At this moment,
a formula for making animal-derived research relevant to human health
is non-existent. Animal research has not, can not and will not save
a human lives because information cannot be extrapolated from one species
companies were accused today of conning the public by hyping up patented
medicines with little new to offer while downplaying their side-effects.
estimated 85% of new drugs offer few if any new benefits while having
the potential to cause serious harm due to toxicity or misuse, a study
has concluded. The
author of the research delivered a damning attack on "Big Pharma"
at a meeting of sociology experts in the US. Professor
Donald Light described the pharmaceutical industry as a "market
for lemons" - one in which the seller knows much more than the
buyer about the product, and takes advantage of this fact.
drug companies hide or downplay information about serious side-effects
of new drugs and overstate the drugs' benefits," said Prof Light,
a professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine
and Dentistry in New Jersey, US.
they spend two to three times more on marketing than on research to
persuade doctors to prescribe these new drugs. Doctors may get misleading
information and then misinform patients about the risks of a new drug.
It's really a two-tier market for lemons." He
alleged that the pharmaceutical industry owned companies in charge of
drug testing and provided "firewalls" of legal protection
behind which information about dangers or lack of effectiveness could
be be hidden. Companies
were assisted by the "relatively low bar" for effectiveness
that had to be crossed to get a new drug approved, he claimed.
dollars thrown away on pointless animal experiments
report issued earlier this month by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and
Tom Coburn, R-Okla., blasts 100 "questionable," "mismanaged"
and "poorly planned" stimulus-funded projects, including an
especially pointless and cruel experiment that the report aptly calls
"Monkeys Getting High for Science." The study in question
is being conducted at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center,
a Winston Salem, N.C.based facility that was awarded $71,623 in stimulus
funds to feed cocaine to monkeys.
think all of (the projects) are waste," McCain told ABC News. "(S)ome
are more egregious than others but all of them are terrible."
monkeys on coke definitely falls into the "more egregious"
category. Unfortunately, this study is just a drop in the proverbial
crack pipe. Wasteful and cruel addiction studies on animals are currently
being conducted all over the country - and most are simply slight variations
on experiments that have been conducted for years. Often the "results"
have been known for years as well.
example, it has already been well established that smoking harms developing
human fetuses. But that hasn't stopped the federal government from funneling
more than $10 million to Eliot Spindel of the Oregon National Primate
Research Center. Spindel impregnates monkeys and then continuously injects
them with nicotine to cause damage to their unborn babies' lungs. The
preterm babies are then cut from their mothers' bodies and killed so
that their organs can be cut out and dissected.
Crop Sabotage on the Rise: French citizens destroy trial vineyard
grapevines destroyed (AFP)
Sunday morning, French police stood helpless as sixty people, locked
inside an open-air field of genetically modified grapevines, uprooted
all the plants. In Spain last month, dozens of people destroyed two
GMO fields. On the millennial cusp, Indian farmers burned Bt cotton
in their Cremate Monsanto campaign. Ignored by multinational corporations
and corrupt public policy makers, citizens act to protect the food supply
and the planet.
French vineyard is the same field attacked last year when the plants
were only cut. But the security features installed after that incident
kept authorities at bay while the group accomplished its mission yesterday.
for the group, Olivier Florent told Le Figero that they condemned the
use of public funds for open-field testing of GMOs “that we do
tents in the rain near France’s National Institute for Agronomic
Research (INRA) site in Colmar the night before, the group waited until
5 AM before converging on the site and locking the gates behind them.
They uprooted all 70 plants, then submitted to arrest.
is the second attack on GMO crops to make international news this year.
In July dozens of people destroyed two experimental corn crops in Spain.
In an anonymous press release, they wrote, “This kind of direct
action is the best way to respond to the fait accompli policy through
which the Generalitat, the State and the biotech multinationals have
been unilaterally imposing genetically modified organisms.”
considers revoking approval of Avastin for advanced breast cancer
manufactured by Roche's Genetech unit, has been used to treat metastatic
breast cancer. (Bloomberg News)
are considering taking the highly unusual step of rescinding approval
of a drug that patients with advanced breast cancer turn to as a last-ditch
The debate over
Avastin, prescribed to about 17,500 women with breast cancer a year,
has become entangled in the politically explosive struggle over medical
spending and effectiveness that flared during the battle over health-care
reform: How should the government balance protecting patients and controlling
costs without restricting access to cutting-edge, and often costly,
The Food and Drug
Administration is reviewing the recommendation of influential scientific
advisers to revoke authorization of the drug to treat metastatic breast
cancer. Contrary to initial research, new studies indicate that the
benefits of the drug, which costs $8,000 a month, do not outweigh its
risks, the advisory panel concluded.
Citing a dearth
of evidence of the drug's effectiveness, its potential toxic side effects,
and its high cost, many cancer experts, patient advocates and others
are welcoming the prospect that Avastin's authorization for breast cancer
might be repealed. But the possibility is alarming other cancer specialists,
women taking the drug, some members of Congress and advocates for giving
patients as much access to as many treatments as possible.
Spainish animal rights activists are thought to be responsible for setting
fire to the ticket office of Ciudad Real's bullring. It's thought the
raiders prised open a window threw petrol inside and legged it. Even
though fire fighters were there in a few minutes and tackled the fire,
they used water which is just as damaging for computers and carpets
and other office furniture!
spokesman for the zoo assures the public of the familiar promises we're
used to hearing from the animal-entertainment industry: that the animals
will be well cared for, will benefit from large modern enclosures, etc.
only are these promises always hollow mockeries when they come from
people who profit from animal captivity and entertainment, but according
to the article, this zoo has already been expelled from the British
and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums as a result of a questionable
relationship with a circus. As if a zoo isn't bad enough, this is a
zoo with ties to a circus. It's almost like the twin enemies of elephants
everywhere have joined forces.
DONAL MACINTYRE EXPOSES THE APPALLING EXPLOITATION OF TWO DOLPHINS
years ago Tom and Misha, two juvenile dolphins roamed the Mediterranean
with a range of 1000km – today their home is a small crumbling
pool surrounded by nightclubs and bars in middle of a Turkish resort
favoured by Brits.
Captured from the wild four years ago, they arrived at the Dolphin Park,
in Hisaronu, off the southern coast of Turkey, in a ‘Fruit and
Veg’ van after an arduous four and a half hour journey over the
with the assistance of drinker from the Irish bar across the street
they were dumped in the 11m by 22m pool. Traumatised, by the trip, the
animals just bobbed up and down repetitively in a terrible expression
of distress for their first five days in the pool.
British tourists over the last two months have been paying £50
a go to swim with them for what many say is the fulfillment of a life
they don’t realise that not only is it cruel and dangerous for
the dolphins but that their own health is a risk. The pool has been
condemned for human use by the local health authorities and buts its
owners flout the edict with impunity.
fruit, vegetables and herbs is good for our health. Many members of
the public, a majority of the medical and healing professions, many
scientists and several Governments all accept this, and medical advice
is to eat at least five portions of fruit or vegetables each day. The
medical and scientific evidence shows that a diet rich in fruit and
vegetables helps to combat cancer, amongst other diseases. But how do
fruit, vegetables and herbs ward off cancer? And how can we maximise
this protection? There is probably more than just one single mechanism
whereby plants are able to act against human cancer, and there are several
scientifically researched and published theories, but no definitive
It is also the case that conventional chemotherapy against cancer, using
synthetic drugs, is beset by widespread and severely debilitating side
effects. A team of research scientists and natural products specialists
in Leicester believe that a group of natural plant compounds called
Salvestrols may provide part of the answer. They believe that Salvestrols
can, on the one hand, help to explain how plants prevent cancer, and
on the other hand offer a treatment for cancer with far fewer side effects.
The Salvestrol Concept explains how the body defends and heals itself
from cancer, using natural plant compounds in the diet and a special
enzyme in cancer cells. It is based on the combined research of Professor
Gerry Potter (a medicinal chemist) and Professor Dan Burke (a pharmacologist),
together with Nature’s Defence (UK) Ltd (a manufacturer of natural
products). Salvestrols are a new class of natural anticancer chemicals,
which are found in plants and safely eaten in the diet. Initially non-toxic
to the body’s normal cells, Salvestrols become activated inside
human cancer cells by a special enzyme, CYP1B1 (pronounced “sip
one bee one”). The activated Salvestrols then cause the cancer
cells to stop growing or die, without harming normal cells. This specificity
of action is possible because CYP1B1 is an intrinsic component of cancer
cells and occurs in all of the wide range of different types of cancer
that have been studied to date, but is to all intents and purposes absent
from normal cells.
MODERN AGRICULTURE MINIMIZES SALVESTROLS
Salvestrols are not a single chemical type of plant compound, but are
defined on the basis of their mechanism of anticancer action as summarized
above. Moreover, it is now clear that several food plants and plant-rich
diets that have traditionally been considered to offer protection against
cancer can be good sources of Salvestrols. Salvestrols can be particularly
high in many red or green health-giving plant species, including fruit,
berries, vegetables and herbs. Good natural sources of Salvestrols include
strawberries, cranberries, oranges, tangerines and grapes. Olives are
also a good source of Salvestrols. Several herbs contain appreciable
levels of Salvestrols, including basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme,
mint, artichoke, scutellaria and the roots of milk thistle and dandelion.
Unfortunately modern agricultural practices have succeeded in minimizing
the levels of Salvestrols in fruits and vegetables, through a combination
of the development of modern plant varieties, the use of agrochemical
crop sprays and the selective processing of harvested fruit. Recent
research into the sources of Salvestrols has revealed that levels of
these compounds are up to 30-fold higher in organic produce.
firms hiding negative research are unfit to experiment on people
was sued by the New York attorney general for 'illegal and deceptive'
reporting of the risks of its anti-depressant Seroxat. Photograph: Jack
pharmaceutical giant has settled a big compensation claim. So why are
they allowed to go on misleading the public?
week the drug company AstraZeneca paid out £125m to settle a class
action. More than 17,500 patients claim the company withheld information
showing that schizophrenia drug quetiapine (tradename Seroquel) can
cause diabetes. So why do companies pay out money before cases get to
interesting feature of litigation is that various documents enter the
public domain. This is how we know about the tobacco industry's evil
plans to target children, the fake academic journal that Elsevier created
for Merck's marketing department, and so on.
of the most revealing documents ever to come out of a drug company emerged
from an earlier quetiapine case: an email from John Tumas, publications
manager at AstraZeneca. In it, he helpfully admits that they do everything
I say drug companies do.
surprise. The US Department of Justice is now investigating Big Pharma
Financial Times reports that GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers
Squibb, Eli Lilly and Merck are all being investigated. The US Government
is looking at the payments they made for hospitality, consultants, licensing
agreements and charitable donations in markets around the world. It's
also looking at the recruitment of physicians for clinical trials and
sticking the same physicians on to regulatory boards that approve or
other words, the DOJ is examining allegations that the world's biggest
pharmaceutical companies had engaged in systematic bribery around the
world, in breach of US and other laws. More to the point, these corrupt
payments might have "influenced" the "reliability or
integrity" of data in clinical trials performed abroad, putting
people's lives at risk.
the DOJ can start with the latest findings of the World Health Organisation
which, as reported here, has released the names of academics and advisors
who influenced the WHO's decision to declare a phase six pandemic last
year, and who also happened to receive money from vaccine companies.
Declaring the pandemic created a financial bonanza for Big Pharma.
new videos expose the cruelty of shooting and snaring!
marked the release of two new League videos highlighting the cruelty
inflicted upon animals for the shooting industry.
first film, titled ‘Blood Still on the Wire’ was released
to coincide with the start of the grouse shooting season. The 'Glorious
Twelfth' traditionally celebrates the first day of shooting but the
League is using this to highlight the terrible suffering caused by snares
on Scottish estates rearing game birds for shooting.
food crops absorb toxic pharmaceuticals and personal care products from
major reports have come out in recent years about the dangers of pharmaceutical
drug residues being found in the nation's water supplies. But a new
study has shown that major American food crops like soybeans are also
absorbing these chemicals, and others, from the treated wastewater that
farmers are applying to them.
is common practice for large-scale farm operations to dump billions
of gallons of treated sewage and other recycled water on crops to help
fertilize them. But this semi-treated water still contains chemical
components from drugs, creams, lotions, shampoos and other consumer
products, all of which end up in the soil.
research team from the University of Toledo in Ohio decided to test
whether or not major U.S. food crops were capable of absorbing these
chemicals in real-life agricultural conditions, so they performed an
experiment on soybeans, the second most-widely grown crop in the U.S.
urges fast food restaurants to hand out pharma drugs like ketchup packets
sounds like an April Fool's joke, but it isn't: A doctor from Imperial
College London whose study was published in the American Journal of
Cardiology has proclaimed that people who eat burgers and milkshakes
at fast food restaurants should be given free statin drugs (like ketchup
packets) to counteract the cholesterol effects of eating burgers.
food outlets could provide statin drugs free of charge," says Dr.
Darrel Francis, lead author of study, who goes on to complain that statin
drugs shouldn't be prescription drugs at all. People should be able
to get them as easily as asking for a packet of ketchup: "It makes
sense to make risk-reducing supplements available just as easily as
the unhealthy condiments that are provided free of charge," Francis
says, calling statins a "supplement" instead of a drug. Yeah,
as if it were a nutrient or something.
Francis doesn't mention is the disastrous side effects of statin drugs:
Extreme muscle pain and weakness, kidney failure, the loss of CoQ10
(a vital nutrient for heart health), liver damage, erectile dysfunction,
constipation and much more. I know people who say they were almost killed
by statin drugs but who thankfully recognized the symptoms and stopped
taking these dangerous chemical medications before things got worse.
Cattistock hunt cubhunting in Dorset 10th August 2010. 6am behind the
kennels thinking they were away from prying eyes (& cameras). The
gorse they drew (hunted) was at Lankham Bottom nature reserve - a fox
was put to ground and terriermen attempted to dig out. Later the hounds
nearly caused chaos on the busy A37 Dorchester - Yeovil road during
This is 5 1/2 years after a ban on hunting with hounds...
anti-seizure drug may cause meningitis: FDA
Plc's anti-seizure drug Lamictal can cause a brain inflammation known
as aseptic meningitis, U.S. health regulators said on Thursday.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration cited 40 cases of the serious complication
between December 1994 and November 2009, 35 of which required hospitalization.
The cases did not involve more serious meningitis caused by bacteria.
returned when patients restarted the drug and were often worse, the
agency said in a notice posted on its website at link.reuters.com/xez64n.
The agency said it was adding the warning to the drug's label.
a two-year-old healer cross, is adjusting to life with three legs. She
recently had surgery to amputate a leg after it was severely injured
in a leg hold trap.
hold traps are non specific. Whatever animal crosses their path, they're
going to get stuck in there whether it be a raccoon, a dog, a bird,
and to whatever animal gets stuck, it's a horrific death, or injury,
which we see often in the dogs we rescue," said R.J. Bailot with
hold traps are legal in Alberta and are often used in rural areas. Animal
rescue groups like Pound Rescue are seeing a spike in the number of
cases of animals getting caught in the traps.
The U.S. Army in Germany intended to injure pigs and goats at the military
training area Grafenwoehr in Bavaria to train their medical staff. The
German association Doctors Against Animal Experiments and other animal
rights groups protested against these plans. The competent authority
has now rejected the application of the U.S. Army because it violates
the German Animal Welfare Act.
When the plans of the U.S. Army became known in May this year several
animal rights and antivivisection organizations called for protests.
The competent authority, the local Government of Oberpfalz, and the
Headquarters of the U.S. Army in Germany were flooded with letters and
emails from the public. The public outcry resulted in the Army withdrawing
its first application only one day after the plans became public. The
experiments were supposed to be conducted and organized by a German
company specialized in trauma training. On 12th July the Army submitted
a new application in cooperation with a different company. The competent
authority now denied the permit because the planned experiments would
have violated the German Animal Welfare Act as no outstanding new findings
were to be expected.
WHO list reveals flu advisors with financial ties to pharma,
months of stalling, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally
revealed the names of key pandemic advisors who influenced its decision
to declare a phase six pandemic last year -- a decision that resulted
in a financial windfall for vaccine manufacturers. As you'll see here,
that list includes at least five expert advisors received money from
who received money from Big Pharma and then influenced the WHO decision
to declare a pandemic:
Monto is a professor from the United States who has received
money from virtually all the major vaccine manufacturers: GSK, Novartis,
Roche, Baxter and Sanofi Pasteur. He has specifically been given grant
money by Sanofi Pasteur to study influenza vaccines.
Cox works for the US Centers for Disease Control, which already
maintains a pro-vaccine stance while utterly ignoring the importance
of vitamin D in halting infectious disease. Nancy took funds from the
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations
(IFPMA) to conduct work on vaccines.
Wood works at Britain's National Institute for Biological Standards
and Control (NIBSC). They've taken money from Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis
and several other companies focused on influenza vaccine research.
Zambon is a professor at the UK Health Protection Agency Centre
for Infection. She has received money from Sanofi, Novartis, CSL, Baxter
Ferguson is also a professor, and he has accepted money from
Roche and GSK Biologicals.
An innocent dog was seized by the police in Hertforshire because of
what she looks like. They then let her escape, and she is now lost!
She has a family who are devastated, especially the children. Please
vis it the link,where you can see - and if local print - a poster of
this poor dog..
theft of innocent dogs is as disturbingly common as the theft of innocent
children in this society. They are often stolen not by the 'criminal
gangs' we are taught to fear but by the very people who tell us who
to fear! Something is wrong and it needs fixing.
Steven Best co-founded the North American Animal Liberation Press Office,
whose representatives speak on behalf of the militant animal rights
movement. His activism has earned him a lifetime ban from the United
Kingdom and nearly cost him his teaching job. I spoke with him on April
Why do you think there’s so much hostility between
the anti-capitalist Left and the animal rights movement?
The Left has disdain for the animal rights movement because the Left
is humanist and speciesist. The Left politics are always about human
rights above all else. The highest ethic that the Left has been able
to reach in terms of animal rights is animal welfarism, which is the
ethic of the industry and which is a euphemism for animal torture…it’s
like their peddling ‘Clean Coal’ or something….Now,
the Left also sees animal rights people as elitist. Some people of color,
rightly so, see (them) as, maybe not racist, but certainly not anti-racist.
There is a problem of white elitism in the animal rights and vegan movement;
there is no doubt about it. The composition of the movement is overwhelmingly
white, middle class. It promotes all these expensive cruelty free products.
It doesn’t take its message into the inner city. It never targets
people of color. There’s a huge gulf between black vegans and
white vegans. It really is a very isolated movement.
So to a degree, do you sympathize with that criticism of the animal
FDA admits millions of patients prescribed illegal, unapproved
medications by doctors
2009 alone, more than four million prescriptions were written for nitroglycerin
tablets that had not been approved by the FDA, the agency has said,
representing 80 percent of all prescriptions written.
tablets are commonly prescribed to patients at high risk of heart attacks.
When a patient feels chest pain or another early sign of a heart attack,
the tablets are dissolved under the tongue. They cause blood vessels
to dilate, and can prevent or stop a heart attack in up to 4 percent
the tablets were in use before the passage of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic
Act in 1938, manufacturers have always claimed they can continue selling
them without FDA approval. Yet in recent years the FDA has begun cracking
down on unapproved medications, disputing this interpretation of federal
investigation reveals horrific animal cruelty at Swedish mink farms
– photos could bring an end to Sweden’s fur industry During
2009 and 2010, the Animal Rights Alliance took undercover photo and
video at one- fifth of all of the fur farms in Sweden. Investigative
materials show that mink on Swedish fur farms live under miserable conditions
– worse than previously recognized. The results of the investigation
could bring the fur industry in Sweden to an end. In 2003, a governmental
commission of inquiry gave mink farms until 2010 to comply with the
Animal Welfare Act. The commission of inquiry concluded that if the
fur farms did not comply with the law, then the farming of mink for
fur should be partly or totally banned.
“Our investigative material clearly proves that the fur industry
has done nothing to improve conditions for mink on fur farms. At the
majority of the farms that we visited, we found evidence of stereotypical
behavior, multiple cases of cannibalism, and countless mink with gaping
wounds, missing ears and rampant infections. The animals react to stress
and frustration in their extremely small cages by biting each other
to death”, says Malin Gustafsson, spokesperson for the Animal
fox hunt video was hoax aimed at the media, say film-makers. Chris Atkins
and Johnny Howorth, the team behind Starsuckers, say film was satirical
swipe at press coverage of fox attacks.
was the internet video that sparked a media outcry: grainy footage that
seemed to show four masked men drugging a fox and later beating it to
death with cricket bats in a London park that was posted on YouTube
and Facebook earlier this week. But the Guardian can reveal that the
new sport of "urban fox hunting" was an elaborate hoax. The
film-makers, Chris Atkins and Johnny Howorth, said no real foxes were
harmed in the film, which was intended as a satirical swipe at what
they believe is media hysteria over the danger of urban foxes.
rights campaigners had expressed fury over the "bloodthirsty"
huntsmen, eliciting the support of MPs on Twitter and prompting an inquiry
by the Metropolitan police's wildlife crime unit. Youtube and Facebook
swiftly removed the footage from their sites, and the controversy was
covered in a number of news outlets including the Guardian, the Daily
Mirror, the Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, and London Evening Standard.
The BBC was also duped, sending a television reporter to Victoria Park,
in Hackney, to produce a package from the supposed scene of the crime.
Amid a growing furore, the animal welfare group League Against Cruel
Sports launched a campaign against urban foxhunting, while the RSPCA
said it was investigating the footage.
Report finds drug industry funded studies almost always yield
recent study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has
revealed that industry-funded clinical trials -- that is, drug trials
funded by pharmaceutical companies -- almost always show positive results
for the drugs they test. In contrast, only about half of government-funded
studies show the same drugs to be safe and effective.
results of the study may not come as much of a surprise to many who
already recognize the corruption inherent in drug company-funded clinical
trials. But they do broadcast this reality to a much larger audience
than ever before.
to the study, out of 546 drug trials evaluated, industry-funded studies
showed positive outcomes 85 percent of the time while 72 percent of
trials funded by nonprofits or non-governmental organizations showed
canola found growing freely in North Dakota.
GM crops with herbicide resistance spread beyond farmland, they could
become problematic weeds. IStockphoto
genetically modified (GM) crop has been found thriving in the wild for
the first time in the United States. Transgenic canola is growing freely
in parts of North Dakota, researchers told the Ecological Society of
America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today.
scientists behind the discovery say this highlights a lack of proper
monitoring and control of GM crops in the United States.
farmers have dramatically increased their use of GM crops since the
plants were introduced in the early 1990s. Last year, nearly half the
world's transgenic crops were grown in US soil — Brazil, the world's
second heaviest user, grew just 16%. GM crops have broken free from
cultivated land in several countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom
and Japan, but they have not previously been found in uncultivated land
in the United States.
4 - Tonight we provided the opportunity to escape to freedom to hundreds
of partridges bred for hunting, opening 21 cages at the Urogallo company
in Asiago (VI). To see the birds in the sky and not confined or on plates...
Animal advocates: Stop tracking brain waves in awake cats
Four animal-rights groups call on the Health Ministry to halt a medical
experiment that involves forcing cats to remain awake in order to monitor
their brain function
groups have joined forces to demand that the Health Ministry halt a
medical experiment that involves forcing cats to remain awake in order
to monitor their brain function. The organizations said the cats in
the study at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are confined in small
enclosures and force-fed food containing substances to keep them awake
Research in Israel
into feline brain function is generally conducted while the cats are
anesthetized. They are often killed when the experiments are completed.
The study in question,
led by Dr. Opher Donchin of the university's Department of Biomedical
Engineering, investigates neural activity in Purkinje cells in the animals'
cerebellar cortex. Researchers ultimately plan to study at least seven
About the Use of Animals in Science - Blog by Dr Ray Greek
does the use of animals as predictive models persist in drug testing
and disease research?
factors contribute to the continued use of animals as predictive models,
and little, if any have anything to do with science. The animal experimentation
industry is a multi-billion dollar business, with many vested interests
in both industry and academia that have much to gain by maintaining
the status quo—and much to lose by a dramatic change in how research
is conducted. Upton Sinclair in his 1935 classic I, Candidate for Governor:
And How I Got Licked wrote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand
something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
would you describe the position of the scientific community relative
to the value of the animal model?
bulls born from embryos harvested from a cloned cow had been slaughtered,
one of which entered the food chain. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA
council and Food Standards Agency investigate history of bulls born
from embryo taken from cloned cow
Food Standards Agency has admitted that it does not know how many embryos
from cloned animals have been imported into Britain, after it was revealed
that meat from one had already entered the food chain and been eaten.
the FSA revealed that meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entered
the UK food chain a year ago, in the first official confirmation of
a breach of food laws.
second bull born from an embryo taken from a cloned cow was slaughtered
last week, but the meat was intercepted before it could be sold. The
agency has found another cloned offspring in a dairy herd.
University of Kansas Medical Center has become known for violating the
Animal Welfare Act….
note: Please call and email the parties detailed at the end of the article
to help end the nightmare that KU Med has manufactured for its primate
to the annual report filed with the USDA by the University of Kansas
Medical Center, this facility experiments on and/or holds captive about
150 primates per year, a relatively small amount. The report which contains
this statistic is a bland one page document which belies the cruel reality
that it represents.
cross-section of the lives of these animals is represented by a stack
of documents which is just over a foot tall. The existence of these
highly intelligent animals has been reduced to so much paper and ink.
Their identities represented only by numbers, their passing marked only
by the word “euthanized.”
University of Kansas Medical Center has become known for violating the
Animal Welfare Act. In fact, recent inspections for the period from
September 2007 to June of 2009 catalogue 58 pages of violations, many
of which involve primates and their deaths. The USDA inspectors who
wrote these documents uncovered heinous acts of cruelty which prolonged
the pain these animals endured. One monkey was allowed to deteriorate
so severely that his/her weight dropped by 26.8%, or just over ¼.
Another primate, whose skull had been opened to have a recording chamber
put into place, did not receive anything close to adequate treatment.
These recording chambers can harbor serious bacterial infections which
can lead to brain abscesses, and so they are supposed to be cleaned
regularly. The chamber of one animal at this facility had not been cleaned
for three weeks. It is amazing that s/he was still alive.
rights call for tougher punishment for cockfighting
Calif. (KFSN) -- A cockfight in the North Valley that ended with two
people dead has now gotten the attention of a national animal rights
The violence happened Sunday morning near Livingston.
detectives say a man, who has not yet been identified, shot and killed
20-year-old Miguel Orosco over a $10 cockfighting bet.
deputies say the shooting victim's brother Rafael Orosco and another
man Juan Aguilera chased the shooter into the street and beat him to
are under arrest.
statement issued by the Humane Society of The United States calls for
tougher cockfighting punishments in California saying "it is time
to make cockfighting a felony on the first offense so we can deter cockfight
promoters from staging these events."
is one of only ten states where cockfighting is still considered a misdemeanor
for the first offense.
Press release: Leading Health Researchers Lie about SSPCA Support
For Immediate Release
Animal welfare charity
Scotland for Animals has condemned Edinburgh University's Roslin Institute
for misleading the public regarding their use of animals in experiments.
They claim the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
support animal experiments as necessary to find cures and treatments
Roslin Institute Director, Professor David Hume, circulated this statement
to members of the public concerned about Roslin's use of animals in
their research programmes.
Scotland for Animals' Spokesman John Patrick stated "We contacted
SSPCA CEO Stuart Earley who has confirmed that this is untrue and that
they are completely opposed to animal experiments. If Roslin Institute
is being so brazenly economical with the truth here how can we be expected
to believe their claims that their animal experiments are necessary?"
Referring to the Institute's project to replicate Cystic Fibrosis in
genetically modified pigs Stuart Earley told Scotland for Animals that
in light of the SSPCA's opposition to the use of animals "it is
highly inappropriate if Roslin are quoting us in letters as being supportive
of this initiative". He added that their policy statement outlining
their opposition to animal experimentation is "pretty emphatic".
The idea behind animal experimentation (vivisection) is that if a new
drug or medical procedure is tested on an animal, such as a mouse, rat,
cat, dog, or whatever, then the results of such an experiment would
give us an indication on the effects of that drug or substance on a
human patient. We would be given an indication of its effectiveness
(how well it works); its possible side-effects (how much harm it is
likely to cause); as well as its toxicity (how poisonous the drug or
substance is likely to be); right?...WRONG
The simple fact is that animals not only respond in different ways to
other animals, but also in different and contradictory ways to people.
Animal experiments are not a help but a hindrance to medical research.
If a new drug or procedure is found to be beneficial to an animal, say
a rat, it would only be beneficial for other rats and cannot be readily
transferred onto other species. Any vet would tell you that most medicines
we readily take could have a catastrophic, even fatal, effect if given
to a pet. In the same way, it would be unwise for us to take a drug
intended for a pet dog, cat, or budgerigar. Besides which, people do
not suffer from the same diseases or illnesses that animals suffer,
and vice-versa. The idea that we can simulate human ills in animals
(which animals would not normally suffer from), create a drug to cure
this artificial illness, THEN pass it on to humans as a safe and reliable
cure, is totally absurd.
Auckland private investigation firm has been caught out after it attached
a sophisticated tracking device to a political campaigner's car –
but left the device visible from outside the vehicle.
GPS tracking device, which used a mobile phone connection to report
the car's position to private investigators, had been attached with
magnets. It is the third time in three years the Sunday Star-Times has
caught Thompson & Clark Investigations doing covert surveillance
on political groups for corporate clients.
April 22 this year, animal rights campaigners Jasmine Gillespie-Gray
and Rochelle Rees were in Levin, where Gillespie-Gray was in court for
filming inside a chicken-processing farm.
judge dismissed the case and later that day the pair noticed a black
box under Rees' car. When they removed it, they found the tracking device,
a cross between a GPS receiver and mobile phone.
Star-Times traced the device to Thompson & Clark Investigations,
which had obtained the device from Auckland firm Argus Tracking Ltd,
which advertises tracking services for companies to monitor their own
& Clark co-director Gavin Clark declined to comment on "anything
we might do operationally".
said the campaigners were upset but not surprised at finding the device
"given the past spying we've had to put up with from Thompson &
Clark". They were relieved they were able to spot it so easily:
"Whoever put it there was incompetent, there's no other explanation."
it was "very likely" Thompson & Clark was monitoring them
for the Pork Industry Board.
Mann is running 70 miles in 7 days which equates to 10 miles a day in
1 hour 10 minutes or less. He is raising money for Jerry Green Foundation
Trust and Animals In Need. 16-22 August 2010 at the Racecourse in Northampton
have been told not to use a particular flu jab on 110,000 children under
five after it was linked with a tenfold increase in fits, it can be
under five are only routinely vaccinated against seasonal flu if they
are in designated 'risk groups' because they have chronic asthma
should stock alternative vaccines for under fives who are due to have
the seasonal flu vaccine this winter, a letter from the head of immunisation
at the Department of Health has said. The action is being taken as rate
of convulsions caused by high fever among children in Australia given
the jab was ten times higher than normal.
to one in 100 children given the jab, made in Australia by CSL and marketed
in the UK by Pfizer, suffered febrile convulsions in the following hours
is not known what is causing the problem and no other flu vaccines have
been linked to an increased risk of fits. Adults given the vaccine do
not appear to have been affected.
under five are only routinely vaccinated against seasonal flu if they
are in designated 'risk groups' because they have chronic asthma, have
been admitted to hospital with a respiratory infection previously or
have other long-term conditions which means they would be particularly
badly affected if they caught flu. Seasonal flu vaccines contain three
strains which have been identified by the World Health Organisation
as the most common in circulation that year. This year the vaccines
contain the pandemic strain H1N1.
Princeton University cited for violations of USDA rules for
would Peter Singer do?
author of the landmark book, Animal Liberation, Singer described the
industry supporting the continued use, and horrible abuse, of uncounted
millions of laboratory animals around the world. As Princeton Professor
of Bioethics in the Center for the Study of Human Values, what is Peter
Singer thinking now, and what will Peter Singer do about his own institution's
a routine USDA inspection of its facilities in late June, Princeton
University was cited for 11 "procedural" violations of federal
guidelines for treatment of animals in laboratories, as detailed in
the Animal Welfare Act of 1966.
violations noted occurred with primates who are used in research at
the university. These reportedly consist of 15 macaques and 10 marmosets.
The other animals used in research are guinea pigs, rats, mice and salamanders.
violations had to do with withholding water to use as a reward for the
animals' participation in experiments, administering post-surgical painkiller
medications only "as needed" instead of routinely, and performing
more surgeries than had been spelled out in research proposals.
To the dismay
of many of my friends, I’m not unalterably opposed to vivisection.
In fact, I’d wholeheartedly support it, were vivisectors to make
one minor administrative change. It would be that scientists perform
the experiments not on nonhumans but on themselves and their colleagues.
Scientists keep telling us how beneficial the experiments are for Science
with a capital S, Progress with a capital P, and of course Man with
a capital M. If the experiments really are Necessary with a capital
N, the scientists should be willing to make this sacrifice (with a small
s) for the greater good. In any case, because of strict regulations,
according to no less an authority than Lord Sainsbury, British Science
Minister, advocate of genetic engineering and owner of a very large
supermarket chain, experiments generally cause no more than “moderate”
suffering. If this is actually true, scientists shouldn’t too
much mind throwing their hats into this ring.
I’m sure you can spot the problem: too many important experiments
for the number of vivisectors. Just in Europe an animal is killed every
three seconds in a laboratory. In Britain it’s one every twelve
seconds, in Japan one every other second, and in the United States one
per second. I’m not sure even full-ride scholarships and high
salaries will suffice to bring in enough scientists to fill this bill.
But that’s okay, because every problem carries within it the seed
of its own solution.
solution comes through the words of Sainsbury, or rather his existence:
add another category of those eligible to be vivisected. This would,
of course, be those politicians who speak or vote in favor of experimenting
on live animals. Given the importance of these experiments to everything
from the economy to national security to shiny-clean hair to new cosmetics,
I think the politicians will be glad to serve the public in this manner.
this won’t entirely solve the problem: I just don’t think
we have enough politicians (and I’ll bet you never thought you’d
hear someone say that).
AstraZeneca Will Keep Seroquel Settlement Terms Confidential
Plc, which tentatively settled almost 4,000 product-liability cases
this month involving its antipsychotic drug Seroquel through mediation,
said it will keep terms of the agreements confidential.
remains committed to a strong defense effort, but will also continue
to participate in good faith in the court-ordered mediation process,”
Tony Jewell, an AstraZeneca U.S. spokesman in Wilmington, Delaware,
said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.
London-based company, the U.K.’s second-biggest drugmaker, said
in a regulatory filing that by the end of March, it was defending more
than 10,000 cases involving 22,500 plaintiff groups. Some of the cases
were previously dismissed because plaintiffs lacked sufficient evidence
to support allegations that Seroquel causes diabetes.
company, with $32.8 billion in sales last year, said in the July 29
filing that by March, it had spent about $688 million defending Seroquel-related
July 10 Daniel Amos was released from prison today after serving 2 years.
He isn't on tag (home curfew), but he does have to stay at the same
address and he currently isn't allowed to attend any animal rights demonstrations,
edit AR websites etc. He thanks everyone who wrote to him and supported
him during his time inside.
*Escalating Violence From the Animal Liberation Front*
Scott Stewart -
On July 22, special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI arrested Walter Bond in Denver and
charged him with conducting the April 30 arson that destroyed a Glendale,
Colo., business, the Sheepskin Factory, which sold a variety of sheepskin
products. According to an affidavit completed by a special agent assigned
to the Denver ATF field office, Bond used the nom de guerre, "ALF
Lone Wolf" and boasted to a confidential informant that he not
only torched the Sheepskin Factory but also was responsible for a June
5 fire at a leather factory in Salt Lake City and a July 3 fire at a
restaurant in Sandy, Utah.
The Bond case serves as a reminder that activists with organizations
such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) are still very active - indeed,
there have been several firebombing attacks by such activists in the
United States this year, not only at businesses but also at the homes
of animal researchers. And there have been scores of animal rights-related
attacks in other countries, with Mexico being among the most active.
The Bond case also provides an opportunity to examine the manner in
which the animal liberation movement conducts its leaderless resistance
campaign, to draw lessons from the case and to assess the trajectory
of the animal rights movement....
million Animals Sacrificed In British Labs Again Last Year
Release - Uncaged Campaigns
annual UK Government statistics for animal experiments have revealed
another appalling toll of cruelty and killing in British labs during
2009. By law, the Home Office only counts those experiments that are
'likely to cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm'. It is the
second highest total figure since the current system began in 1986,
dropping from the shocking 2008 tally by 1%. In 2009, 3,619,450 million
experiments took place in British labs, a decrease of 36,540 (1%) on
2008, but still 417,959 (13%) higher than 2007. Over 2.4 million experiments
- 67% - were carried out with no anaesthesia whatsoever.
The number of animals used remained fairly constant relative to 2008
at 3,541,252 (some animals are used in more than one experiment, hence
the difference in figures between the number of experiments and the
number of animals used).
Another rise similar to 2007-8 would have lifted the total to a staggering
4 million animals. While we are slightly relieved that the previous
upward trend didn’t continue, the continuing lack of action to
tackle abuse in British labs shames the Government and the scientific
community. The very crude figures - some of which the Home Office admits
it fixes - indicating the severity of projects have changed little over
the years, so it is impossible to assess confidently whether each animal
is suffering more or less than previously. But ultimately, one animal
poisoned, mutilated, diseased and killed is still one too many.
Activists' arson attack led to 'agonising' death for rabbits in van
rabbits burned to death during an arson attack on a Lincolnshire farm
for which animal rights activists claimed responsibility, it has been
revealed. As reported in the Echo, Highgate Farm in Normanby-by-Spital,
near Market Rasen, was targeted by arsonists at about 2.20am on Monday,
July 19. A
white Mercedes Sprinter van was destroyed.
has now emerged in the back of the van were eight rabbits waiting for
collection. They all died.
rights group Militant Forces Against Huntingdon Life Sciences has claimed
responsibility for the arson.
25-year-old men – one from London and one from Driffield –
were yesterday arrested on suspicion of arson and blackmail. At the
time of going to press, no charges had been brought.
Bans Bullfighting in Landmark Spain Vote
The parliament of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting - the first
region of mainland Spain to do so. The vote took place as the result
of a petition brought to parliament, signed by 180,000 people who say
the practice is barbaric and outdated.
Bullfight supporters insist that the corrida, as it is known, is an
important tradition to preserve. They also fear the vote could be the
first of many in the country. The ban takes effect in January 2012.
In Wednesday's vote, 68 backed a ban, 55 voted against and nine abstained.
Astoria, Oregon: In an anonymous communique received by the North American
Animal Liberation Press Office, animal liberation activists have taken
credit for the destruction of Ylipelto
Mink Farm in Astoria, Oregon. The farm has been the target of 2
previous raids by animal liberationists; the first occurred in October
2008, when 1,500 mink were released in a raid claimed by the “Vegan
Straight Edge”. The second raid occurred October 4th, 2009, when
300 mink were released; at 1:23 AM that morning, a farmer reported to
police that someone was “releasing her mink”, indicating
the liberators were spotted in the act, but escaped un-arrerested. No
group took credit for that raid.
Before a packed
house in a shoe box of a City Hall courtroom Tuesday, attorneys Rainey
Booth and Beth A. Wilkinson offered opposing views of Prempro, a hormonal
replacement drug that has been linked to breast cancer.
Booth told a Philadelphia
jury that over the coming weeks he and his team will show that the drug
made by Wyeth was among the causes of the breast cancer developed by
Sharon Buxley, 66, a Tennessee resident formerly of Allentown, and Joy
Henry, 75, of Harrisburg.
Wilkinson, a former
federal prosecutor representing Wyeth, countered there were no direct
links between the drug and the cancers, and no science to support Booth's
The trial before
Common Pleas Judge James Murray Lynn is the latest court test for Prempro
and Wyeth, which is now a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.
The drug, which
combines the hormones estrogen and progestin, was widely used from 1995
to 2002 to treat menopause symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats,
and mood swings.
In 2002, however,
a federal study of 10,000 women linked Prempro to higher rates of heart
attacks, breast cancer, and other problems.
Launched to Close Down German Dolphinarium
"Not only do we have to fight criminal
operations and cruelty to animals on the high seas but also take responsibility
and direct action to help those who are imprisoned in concrete pools,
doomed to entertain us."
Palawas, Nando, Kite and Rocko. Those are the given names to four bottlenose
dolphins who are currently performing at the dolphinarium in Münster,
Germany. Built in 1974 as part of the local zoo, the dolphinarium remains
one of the last three of its kind in Germany. From the original nine
facilities keeping dolphins in captivity, only Nürnberg, Duisburg
and Münster are still blocking and ignoring concerns of animal
welfare groups, conservationists, politicians and the public.
Arne Feuerhahn and Christine Bindal, both co-founders of the new ocean
activist group The Black Fish recently moved to Münster to get
an impression of the situation in the Westphalian city. "Our aim
is to shut this facility down as quickly as possible. Public education
and constant pressure are our main strategies to get our four aquatic
friends out of the miserable and unworthy conditions they live in".
The campaign started a week ago with a screening of the Oscar-winning
documentary 'The Cove'. The film exposes the yearly slaughter of dolphins
in a blocked-off cove in Taji, Japan. Many of the dolphins caught at
Taji end up in dolphinariums worldwide. During the event the connection
between the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, the worldwide dolphin entertainment
industry and facilities such as here in Münster were discussed
and many people joined to support The Black Fish campaign. Attending
the dolphinarium regularly to educate zoo visitors and passers-by, the
campaign crew hopes that the citizens of Münster realise the horrible
situation that the four cetaceans are in and the need to take action.
female campaigner sustains injuries and is taken to hospital.
Friday 23rd July 2010 protesters were back at Cambridge University to
protest against the use of animals in experiments by the academic institution.
This time the group were specifically focusing on the primate experiments
that the University carry out.
protesters started off with an anti-primate experiments stall in town
and then moved to the Uni's Downing Street site where they encouraged
staff to 'blow the whistle' about cruelty at the site.
were soon surrounding the activists along with one male who was not
wearing any identification. This male told a young male protester to
stop using the megaphone or he would take it off him. The protester
refused stating the man had no right to take his property. When the
protester resumed use of the megaphone the man knocked him to the ground
and began dragging him along the floor eventually prising the megaphone
from the protester. In the process the protester sustained bruising
to his elbow and swelling to his hand.
elderly female protester in her 80's came up to tell the man to stop
his unprovoked attack. At this point she was knocked to the ground by
the man in question. Helped up by fellow campaigners she was moved to
a wall where protesters waited with her for the police to arrived (who
had been ironically called by security). When the police arrived a paramedic
was sent for and she was taken to hospital.
were made to the police. If this is how Cambridge Uni deal with peaceful
protesters it makes you wonder how they treat their animals –
as if we didn't know!
not sure that today in 2010 we are any wiser since I wrote a letter
to the Editor of the Cleveland PD in 1991. You'll have to read it to
decide for yourself.
I wrote this letter
to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on February 5th, 1991:
is ironic that I should read an interesting stat on the "greying"
of America in view of the PD's "Bush will seek $23 billion Medicare
cut" (2/3/91). Nearly 40 million Americans are over 60 and by the
year 2010 there will be more than 12 million people 80 years or older.
would think how wonderful that people live longer these days, but as
the article goes on--there is a darker shade of grey that is not so
apparent to most of us. Millions of these elderly Americans are not
enjoying their longer life because many of them are poor and almost
one third of them are living in absolute poverty. Some of them can't
even afford basic health care costs.
Drug Byetta Linked to Kidney Problems by FDA
a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, has been linked to kidney and pancreas
2 diabetics taking Byetta, a drug that promises to lower blood sugar,
may be at increased risk for serious kidney problems, the U.S. Food
and Drug administration said in November.
problems can include kidney failure, which can in some cases lead to
death. After just two years on the market, the drug was linked in 2007
to an increased risk of pancreatitis, a potentially fatal inflammation
of the pancreas.
seven million prescriptions for Byetta were written between the drug's
debut in 2005 and September of 2008. The injected drug is popular among
both doctors and users because it's easier to administer than insulin
and it causes weight loss in some patients.
you haven't done so, be sure to read the lead story in the July 15,
2010 Isthmus: Man
over monkey: UW researcher Dr. Paul Kaufman: Scientist believes
humans have an ethical obligation to use animals to help their own species.
short response letter appeared in this week's Isthmus:
I'm glad you wrote about primate research at UW ("Man Over Monkey,"
7/16/10), but I wish more emphasis had been given to the amazing medical
advances it has generated instead of insinuating that UW just does it
for the grant money.
Informant used in
arrest of Walter Bond for "A.L.F. Lone Wolf" arsons
News is emerging, but the FBI has arrested a man in connection with
the A.L.F. arson at Sheepskin Factory in Denver, Colorado. Walter Bond,
34, was arrested by federal agents Thursday.
FBI alleges Bond admitted to an informant to setting two additional
fires - one at Tandy Leather Factory, the other at Tiburon (foie gras
restaurant), both in Utah. In anonymous communiques, "A.L.F. Lone
Wolf" took credit. The criminal
complaint outlines the case against Walter Bond, and alleges the
*On July 1st, investigators received a call from a confidential informant
wishing to provide information on the Sheepskin Factory and Tandy Leather
Factory arsons. The informant stated Bond had told him/her in a telephone
call from the Salt Lake City library to refer to Voice of the Voiceless
and scroll down to an article on the Sheepskin Factory arson to learn
what he'd "been up to lately".
‘Curis Tumbles on Failure of Cancer Drug
Trial: Biotech's Latest Mishaps.’
Bullfax. 20 June 2010.
‘Pfizer pulls leukemia drug from U.S. market.
Drugmaker Pfizer Inc is pulling a decade-old leukemia medicine off the
U.S. market after a study found a higher death rate and no benefit for
Reuters. 21 June 2010.
'Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin): Market Withdrawal.'
FDA Medwatch. 21 June 2010.
‘Pfizer Suspends Trial of Tanezumab for
Osteoarthritis Pain at U.S. Request’
Bloomberg. 23 June 2010.
Law sought to do, the Delaware
Companion Animal Protection Act mandates collaboration between shelters
and rescue groups. A shelter cannot kill an animal if a rescue group
is willing to save that animal's life. But that is just the beginning.
It also makes convenience killing illegal—shelters can no longer
kill an animal when there are available cages or the animals can share
a cage or kennel with another one.
rights group claims responsibility for arson attack at Highgate Farm
Highgate Farm in Highgate Lane, Normanby by Spital.
A MILITANT animal rights group has claimed responsibility for an arson
attack at a rabbit farm in Lincolnshire. It is understood that police
are looking closely at the chilling claim after a white Mercedes Sprinter
van was set on fire at the premises in Normanby-by-Spital, near Market
Rasen. Firefighters attended the blaze in yard at Highgate Farm at about
2.20am on Monday.
The farm, which supplies rabbits to Huntingdon Life Sciences' Cambridgeshire
lab, has been the targeted by animal rights extremists twice before.
Now it appears a group called Militant Forces Against Huntingdon Life
Sciences (MFAH) says the attack was its handiwork. According to the
website of the Austrian Times, the Austrian branch of MFAH last year
admitted torching a Tyrolean hunting lodge, the owner of which has connections
with Huntingdon Life Sciences.
NEW DELHI: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has directed pharma
biggie GlaxoSmithKline to stop enrolling new subjects worldwide for
conducting safety studies of controversial diabetes pill, Rosiglitazone
(Avandia) till regulators decide whether the drug will be banned.
India, at least 20 cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad
had enrolled over 150-200 subjects earlier this year for conducting
these clinical trials, which are part of the global post-marketing studies
to asses its safety risks.
development is significant in the wake of the fact that a total of around
2,000 diabetics were to be enrolled from India.
debate has been raging on the blockbuster drug, Avandia since studies
reported serious side-effects like heart attacks and strokes associated
with its use, in 2007. It is widely-prescribed by doctors here in India,
with 9-10 companies marketing it.
evidence leads to another successful conviction
Alistair Robinson, a terrierman with the Ullswater Foxhounds, Cumbria,
has today (Wednesday) been found guilty of breaching the Hunting Act
by illegally hunting a wild mammal in October last year.
Video evidence captured by League observers shows Robinson digging out
the fox from underground and then beating it to death on 26 October
2009. He then tried to hide the carcass in a dry stone wall where it
was later retrieved and found to have suffered horrific injuries.
Robinson was charged under Section 1 of the Hunting Act and appeared
in Penrith Magistrates’ court. The Judge, Mr Chalk, said
he was “fully satisfied that Robinson was hunting a wild mammal
illegally”. Robinson was fined £250 and ordered to pay £900
Chief Executive of the League, Douglas Batchelor said: “This was
a vicious attack on a wild animal which would have gone unnoticed had
it not been for League evidence. Today’s guilty verdict is yet
another example of how vital the League’s work is in assisting
the police with ensuring the Hunting Act is effectively enforced”.
Police investigate arson attack on van in science
lab supplier's yard
POLICE are investigating an arson attack after a van was discovered
on fire in a yard at a rabbit farm. Firefighters attended Highgate Farm
in Normanby-by-Spital, near Market Rasen, at about 2.20am on Monday.
A white Mercedes Sprinter van was found ablaze and the vehicle was totally
Police are investigating it as arson at the premises, which supplies
rabbits to Huntingdon Life Sciences' Cambridgeshire lab. As reported
in the Echo, officers from five police forces converged on the farm
in September last year, where hundreds of animal rights protestors staged
a demonstration. Owner Geoff Douglas pointed out the business's lawful
activity is regulated by the Home Office.
Anyone with any information on the arson, or who saw anything suspicious
in the area between midnight and the time the fire was discovered, should
call police on 0300 1110300.
Islands: Sea Shepherd Undercover Operation Exposes Cetacean Mass Slaughter
July 19, 2010, a pod of 236 pilot whales was ruthlessly slaughtered
in the town of Klaksvik in the Danish Faeroe Islands. Sea Shepherd was
able to document the slaughter through the efforts of an undercover
operative who had been living among the locals in order to capture footage
of “the grind.” The grind is a cruel method of whaling that
involves stranding pods of cetaceans in coves before severing their
spinal chords with knives.
Shepherd Undercover Operative Peter Hammarstedt, also First Mate of
Sea Shepherd’s vessel, the Bob Barker, had been living undercover
with the ferocious islanders for a week when he heard news of a grind
happening in Klaksvik over the radio. He immediately drove to the scene.
Grossly outnumbered and unable to physically stop the grind, Hammarstedt
documented the bloodshed upon arrival.
Plc has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve more than 800
cases alleging its Paxil antidepressant caused birth defects in some
users’ children, according to people familiar with the settlements.
which provide an average payout of more than $1.2 million to families
of affected children, leave more than 100 birth-defect cases pending,
the people said. Officials of Glaxo, the U.K.’s biggest drugmaker,
said July 15 they set aside $2.4 billion to resolve litigation over
Paxil and its Avandia diabetes drug.
looks as if this should be covered in the liabilities to be charged
in the second-quarter numbers,” Nick Turner, an analyst at Mirabaud
Securities in London, said today in an interview. “If there are
further liabilities to be disclosed in the third-quarter numbers, that
would be very disappointing.”
birth-defect settlements bring to more than $2 billion the amount Glaxo
has agreed to pay to resolve a variety of Paxil-related suits, including
claims it caused suicides or attempted suicides and addiction problems,
the people said. Glaxo officials confirmed yesterday they agreed to
settle some Paxil birth-defect cases filed against the drugmaker. They
refused to comment on the terms of the settlements.
Targeted researchers support the legislation,
despite free-speech concerns.
A tough but rarely invoked US law intended to protect researchers from
violent and threatening animal-rights activists has stumbled out of
the starting gate: last week, a judge dismissed the first prosecution
under the law. The decision comes on top of evidence that the legislation
has done little to deter illegal incidents, and concerns that it risks
restricting free speech.
Yet researchers who have been targeted by activists mostly support the
law — and wish that it would be enforced more often and more aggressively.
"You could present this as a setback," says John Ngai, a neuroscientist
at the University of California, Berkeley, and the university's spokesman
on animal research issues. "But this is one step in a lengthy process.
The wheels of justice grind really slowly."
The 2008 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), which replaces a less
powerful statute, is designed to help end campaigns of harassment against
academic scientists. It outlaws property damages at universities and
threats that produce a 'reasonable fear' of death or injury for researchers
or their relatives.
The law's first major test came in February 2009, when four animal-rights
activists — Adriana Stumpo, Nathan Pope, Joseph Buddenberg and
Maryam Khajavi — were arrested and later indicted under the AETA,
for incidents at the homes of several University of California system
researchers in 2007 and 2008. The group, with other protesters, wore
bandanas over their faces and wrote messages such as "Stop the
Torture", "Bird Killer" and "Murder for Scientific
Lies" on the pavement with blue and purple chalk, according to
police reports. The protesters allegedly burst through a researcher's
door and one of them hit her husband with an object.
Nigeria: Trovan Case - New Victims Sue Pfizer for U.S.$384 Billion
— Victims of the 1996 Pfizer meningitis trovan vaccine test which
caused over 200 deaths and several others permanent disability have
again sued the drugs manufacturing giant for a whopping sum of $384
billion (N8384 billion.)
victims, numbering 192, who have just surfaced, are claiming the colossal
sum as damages from Pfizer Incorporated and Pfizer Specialities for
the injuries they were made to suffer by the negative effect of the
untested vaccines administered on them.
as defendants in the suit filed by Chief Etigwe Uwa (SAN) on behalf
of the plaintiffs are the Health Care/ Meningitis Trust Fund, Kano State
government, Pfizer Incorporated, Pfizer Specialties Ltd, David Odiwo,
the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Corporate Affairs Commission.
192 plaintiffs are challenging the proposal by the defendants to conduct
a DNA test to determine the real victims of the trovan vaccine in view
of the unprecedented increase in number of those claiming to be victims.
halts third study of experimental pain drug
N.J. — Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has stopped patient tests of an experimental
drug for two types of pain at the request of federal regulators, just
weeks after halting its testing in arthritis patients.
was testing tanezumab in patients with chronic low back pain and with
painful nerve damage from diabetes complications. Both were late-stage
studies. For now, the two studies won't add new patients and will have
study participants stop taking their pills.
were part of a program of nearly 20 patient studies of the drug, including
several for osteoarthritis, a very common condition caused by wear and
tear on the joints. That's a potentially huge market as baby boomers
move comes less than four weeks after safety problems led Pfizer to
halt testing of tanezumab in patients with osteoarthritis because it
worsened in some patients, requiring joint replacements. That decision
also was due to pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
York-based Pfizer said the FDA made the new request after further review
of reports of harm to patients with osteoarthritis. Pfizer said it will
keep working with the FDA to decide how to handle all future human testing
of the drug.
hunt employees face prosecution after being filmed by anti-hunt groupBoth
men are due to appear at Market Harborough Magistrates' CourtTwo employees
of a hunt face prosecution after being filmed by an anti fox-hunting
Fernie huntsman Derek Hopkins and Kevin Allen, a terrierman, are being
prosecuted for alleged offences under the Hunting Act 2004 and the Protection
of Badgers Act 1992. The alleged offences have not yet been specified
but are understood to have involved disturbing a badger's sett. They
are alleged to have taken place on Wednesday, January 27 at Thorpe Langton,
near Market Harborough. It is alleged the men were caught on camera
by observers working for the League Against Cruel Sports.
Summonses were sent out on Tuesday last week. Both men are due to appear
at Market Harborough Magistrates' Court on Thursday, August 19. Under
the law which came into force in February 2005, hounds may be used to
flush out a fox but cannot be used to kill it. Other methods, such as
shooting, must be used.
They carry out their raids with military-style precision in the dead
of night. Their
targets are Victorian puppy farms breeding thousands of dogs in what
the raiders claim are usually atrocious conditions.
by veteran activist Debra Tranter, Animal Liberation Victoria's rescue
team has been illegally raiding properties for years trying to save
dogs from lives of misery locked in cages. Ms Tranter has welcomed a
new campaign by the RSPCA, as revealed in last week's Sunday Age, that
targets puppy farms. In
her blog on the Prisoners For Profit (Puppy Breeding Factories, The
Truth Behind The Pet Shop Window) website, Ms Tranter said the campaign
needed widespread support.
RSPCA's] ability to reach the public and educate them is huge and will
make all the difference to the forgotten dogs hidden in puppy factories,''
battle has never been easy. Many times I have came home from a puppy
factory and have found myself uncontrollably sobbing wondering what
the hell I am going to do next to try to get these dogs some help, a
vet, water, a blanket, freedom, a home. It's a terrible feeling of hopelessness
that … drives you to keep doing something, anything, because the
dogs' suffering … is so intense and relentless how can you not
abusers: a precursor to violence against humans
Just last month I reported about the two LI teens who viciously tortured
and killed an innocent turtle.
a 22-year-old Albany man admits drowning a cat in his bathtub and torturing
two other cats.
to Associated Press and CBS News, Caleb Capen faces one to four years
in prison after pleading guilty Friday to felony animal cruelty. This
past February he was arrested after a police officer found a dead cat
burning inside paper and plastic bags in a snowbank.
went to Capen’s home where they found two more cats with broken
bones from abuse. He told police that he had adopted a cat who didn't
get along with the other cats and admitted to stepping on the cat, squeezing
it, striking it with a wrench and then drowning it. He'll be sentenced
to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers
are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and
four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals
without a history of animal abuse.
proposed International Polar Bear Conservation Centre that recently
broke ground at the Assiniboine Park Zoo will, if it unfolds as planned,
do a profound disservice to the legacy of Debby, the recently departed
polar bear at the zoo who was adored by generations of Winnipeggers.
She was an orphaned cub from the Russian Arctic, "rescued"
from certain death when her mother died.
plan is to capture Manitoba polar bears from the wild, keep some of
them for display at the Assiniboine Park Zoo and export the rest to
zoos outside of Manitoba. The existing bear enclosure at the zoo is
being converted into a "transition centre" for the wild bears
destined for other zoos.
is at the "transition centre" that the bears will get their
first taste of captivity -- and learn to get used to it, something animal
welfare scientists say is impossible. Captivity is where they will spend
the rest of their lives.
bears targeted for captivity include orphaned cubs, and possibly "problem"
bears, for whom life in captivity will be the newest - and as it turns
out cruellest - punishment ever meted out to problem bears by the government
Mason: Victimized by Green Scare State Terrorism
Fighting for Justice in America now Criminalized
May 2005, then FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism, John
Lewis, told a Senate panel that ecoterrorism is "one of today's
most serious domestic terrorism threats," the 2001 USA Patriot
Act creating the crime of "domestic terrorism," broadening
the definition to apply to US citizens as well as aliens - henceforth,
the Bureau dividing the crime into two categories, international and
domestic, the latter changing dramatically in the past decade.
FBI's Domestic Terrorism Section Chief, James Jarboe, said two organizations
are principally responsible: the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal
Liberation Front (ALF), committing over 600 criminal acts since 1996,
causing over $43 million in damage. Lewis cited over 1,100 acts since
1976, resulting in about $110 million in damages, and on June 30, 2008,
the FBI used the same figure for over 2,000 crimes since 1979 - against
"international corporations, lumber companies, animal testing facilities,
genetic research firms," and other companies harming the environment
or animals, defining the crime as follows:
use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent
victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group
for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond
the target, often of a symbolic nature."
of 6 horses stirs animal-rights debate at Stampede’
one cares more about animals than the owners,’ says supporter
Chuckwagons race earlier this week at the Calgary Stampede. A petition
from a U.K.-based lobby group is protesting the rodeo as cruel to animals.
- Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS
a Calgarian, it’s a tough admission to make: Rhonda Pomfrey says
she went through a stage in her youth when she questioned the existence
of the rodeo.
went from loving the Stampede as a kid and then I began questioning
why was it necessary to put the horses through all that,” says
Pomfrey, stroking the nose of a grey horse and contemplating how a horse
would look in her backyard. But
then Pomfrey, visiting the Calgary Stampede along with her 10-year-old
daughter Jayden and son Jake, 6, says she grew to understand why men
and women rope calves, race chuck-wagons or sit on bucking steers.
55 Macaque Monkeys Find Refuge as Advocates Rush to Collaborate
and Construct Living Spaces
San Antonio, Texas — Early Thursday morning,15 July, a Hoover
Transport vehicle, packed with 55 crates of four- to six-year-old male
Java macaque monkeys, heads for New Castle, Oklahoma.At an Oklahoma
primate sanctuary called Mindy’s Memory, eight monkeys will be
welcomed. All weigh from four to seven pounds. All come from an Oxford,
New Jersey animal testing lab that recently closed its doors. Today,
they’re identified by their numbers: 28739, 28740 … But
they will soon have names, friends, love, and caregivers who will never
again let them be used for others’ benefit.The lab from which
they came — Aniclin Preclinical Services, owned by Azopharma —
has fallen into receivership...
It was facing more than 13,000 claims alleging that it hid the diabetes
drug's heart-attack risk.
P.L.C. agreed to pay about $460 million to resolve a majority of lawsuits
alleging that the company's Avandia diabetes drug can cause heart attacks
and strokes, people familiar with the accords said.
the British pharmaceutical company that has major operations in the
Philadelphia area, agreed to settle about 10,000 suits for an average
of at least $46,000 apiece, the people said.
company had been facing more than 13,000 suits alleging that Glaxo hid
the drug's heart-attack risk, according to UBS AG analyst Gbola Amusa.
The settlements come as Glaxo is set to face its first Avandia trial
in federal court in Philadelphia in October.
is exceptionally good news, given the market has discounted $6 billion
in liability" for Avandia litigation, Amusa said. "We had
outlined an absolute worst-case scenario where $500,000 per case would
have to be paid." At that amount for 13,000 cases, the total would
have been $6.5 billion.
A controversial cull of around 1,500 badgers in south-west Wales has
been halted after protesters won their legal challenge to stop it. The
Badger Trust appealed against Welsh Assembly Government plans for a
trial cull to reduce TB within cattle. The trust had questioned the
cull's effectiveness, though farmers losing diseased stock wanted action.
The assembly government said it was "disappointed" with the
Court of Appeal's judgement.
Wales' Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones said she would need to consider
the judges' decision in detail before deciding the next steps.
The Badger Trust has consistently argued that the cull plan wasn't backed
by science. What was clarified during the Appeal Court hearing was that
a 9% reduction in cattle TB was all the government was expecting. Two
of the three judges said this didn't amount to a "substantial"
reduction in disease - and that's what's required in law to kill badgers,
which are a protected species.
campaigner insists innocence 6/7/10 read
mel broughton on trial once again 15/6/10 read
mel broughton freed on bail 30/3/10 read
fire-bomb conviction overturned 25/3/10 read
appeal over fire-bomb conviction 25/2/10 read
police condemn broughton 13/2/09 read
animal rights activist cleared of possessing explosive substance 6/11/08
thames valley police wage a dirty war’ on the speak campaign 5/5/08
internment is new tactic to deal with animal rights movement 18/1/08
In a wonderful place in the middle of the alps more than 300 activists
gathered to know each other and share skills, experiences, ideas.
place that hosted the gathering is a resistance camp against the High
Speed Train (TAV) project, created back in 2005 after 90.000 people,
mostly locals, marched in the mountains, broke police cordons and took
back their land to oppose the destruction of these lovely mountains.
A video of their struggle was aired in the first night, and the emotion
to be in such a fighting village was intense. This was clear also from
the general positive reaction of the locals. While building the camp
for AR2010 we had a lot of help with infrastructure and other needs,
and during the gathering itself everyone appreciated how local food
shops created "vegan only" corners and neighbours were always
smiling and nice. We even had the major of the town coming to the reception
asking if everything was alright and if we needed anything, and he opened
a private space to let us park all the cars!
gathering started on thursday the 8th with a 200 strong march in the
city centre of Torino, informing people about the horrors of vivisection
and specifically about the new campaign against Green Hill/Marshall
farm in Montichiari, Italy, breeders of beagles for vivisection labs
like the notorious HLS. After the march 3 buses have been filled with
activists from so many parts of the world and up we were at the camp
for some vegan food, ready to start the gathering itself.
Following years of applications and appeals the sicko's operating the
animal laboratories at Wickham in Hampshire have finally had their campaign
to move and expand the labs rejected. Proposals to move our of the village
at Wickham to farm land a few miles away at Lower Upham were thrown
out this week and no further appeals will now be allowed. This is great
news – according to lab spokesman “extremely disappointing”
- but we must never forget that something in the region of 70,000 animals
are poisoned to death and gassed every year so to test products such
as Botox at Wickham's existing laboratories http://www.fromdusktildawn.org.uk/Keith%27s%20view/botox_and_dead_bodies.html
From the book "The Grey Squirrel" by A M Middleton
"Red squirrels appear to have been very numerous throughout the
whole of Great Britain from about 1890 to 1900 (or later in some districts);
but there is no reason to suppose that they had been continually in
a state of abundance in England before that time, and in Scotland we
know they were practically extinct for a time about 1820 - so much so
that it seems to have been necessary to reintroduced them from England
to keep the stock going. But whatever troubles hampered them at the
beginning of the last century; they were certainly at a very high peak
in numbers by the end of it; in many of the Scottish pine forests, and
to a lesser extent in England they became an absolute pest, destroying
thousands of young trees. Then things began to go wrong with them.From
1903 to 1914 epidemic disease was rife among the squirrel population
of southern England; in Hampshire, for example, large numbers were found
dead and dying in 1904 and a great reduction in their numbers was apparent.
The same sort of thing happened in Devon, Wales, Kent, Wiltshire, Somerset,
Gloucester, Norfolk, and southern Scotland - in fact all over the country
- the actual date of the pronounced decrease varying somewhat in different
localities, but nearly always falling between 1903 and 1916, and generally
occurring earlier in the south than in the north. The result was
a widespread decrease in the numbers of red squirrels throughout the
whole country, both where greys had been introduced and where they had
never been heard of, so that by about 1920 they were rarely seen in
the southern part of England except in a few favoured localities, and
even then nothing like their former numbers. In the North of Scotland
their decline was not so violent at any one time, although a marked
decrease did occur about 1910-1912; by 1930, however, very few squirrels
were to be seen even in such historic strongholds as the forests of
Speyside. In most parts of Ireland, also, disease was common during
the same period, and violent reductions in the squirrel population were
Pfizer: The Drug Giant That Makes Bank from Drugs That Can Kill You
drug company Pfizer is best known for Lipitor, a drug that brings cholesterol
down and Viagra, a drug that brings other things up. But the "world's
largest research-based pharmaceutical company" which sits between
Goldman Sachs and Marathon Oil on the Fortune 500, is also closely associated
with a seemingly never-ending series of scandals. To say Pfizer's been
accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. Other drug
companies have a portfolio of products, Pfizer has a
portfolio of scandals including, but not limited to, Chantix, Lipitor,
Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Zoloft, Halcion and
drugs for osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, kidney transplants and
During one week in June Pfizer
agreed to pull its 10-year-old leukemia drug Mylotarg from the market
because it caused more, not less patient deaths Suspended
pediatric trials of Geodon two months after the FDA said children
were being overdosed
trials of tanezumab, an osteoarthritis pain drug, because patients
got worse not better, some needing joint replacements (pattern, anyone?)
investigated by the House for off-label marketing of kidney transplant
drug Rapamune and targeting African-Americans
a researcher who helped established its Bextra, Celebrex and Lyrica
as effective pain meds, Scott S Reuben, MD, trotted off to prison
for research fraud
was sued by Blue Cross Blue Shield to recoup money it overpaid for
Bextra and other drugs
received a letter from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) requesting its
whistleblower policy and
its appeal to end lawsuits by Nigerian families who accuse it of illegal
trials of the antibiotic Trovan in which 11 children died, rejected
by the Supreme Court. And how was your week? Nor does Pfizer back
down when faced with legal troubles. Even as it was under the probation
of a 5-year Corporate Integrity Agreement
(CIA) with Health and Human Services for withholding $20 million in
Lipitor rebates owed to Medicaid in 2002, it off-label marketed its
seizure drug Neurontin and entered into another CIA in 2004.
The future for the APP is very exciting. In fact, our next campaign
is sitting right on our doorstep in London.
Government’s Medical Research Council (MRC) has joined forces
with the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and University College,
London (UCL) to develop the £350 million British Library International
Science Site (Bliss) which would be the largest laboratory of its kind
in the world accommodating around 1,500 researchers.
Bliss lab will be a Bio safety (BSL) level 3 containment facility which
are primarily used to work on highly dangerous and infectious agents
such as: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, SARS and Yellow Fever amongst many
others. Apart from the animal rights issue, this lab poses a very real
threat to the whole of London should one of these viruses escape, and
we believe that something should be done to stop it being built.
hope you will join us, like others have done, on this important
campaign. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
FDA continues to allow use of a dangerous livestock drug banned in 160
countries, including across Europe, China and Taiwan, even though the
agency itself admits that the chemical is highly toxic to humans.
drug in question is known as ractopamine, and it increases the body's
synthesis of protein -- thereby causing animals to bulk up and yield
more meat. Ractopamine is in the family of drugs known as beta-agonists,
which contains many asthma drugs.
ractopamine is so dangerous to human health that the FDA requires it
to be labeled, "Not for use in humans. Individuals with cardiovascular
disease should exercise special caution to avoid exposure. Use protective
clothing, impervious gloves, protective eye wear, and a NIOSH-approved
three different variants of the drug have been approved for use in U.S.
livestock immediately prior to slaughter. This is the exact opposite
of the rules relating to other livestock drugs, such as antibiotics
and hormones, which must be stopped as slaughter nears.
year, the Calgary Animal Rights Meetup Group gathers outside of the
gates at the Stampede Grounds and holds a protest to oppose the rodeo.
Friday, a handful of protestors held signs that demand an end to rodeo
and chuckwagon events.
Jeremy Thomas says animals involved in those events are coerced to perform
through fear and pain.
year, horses, calves, and steers are crippled and killed for the sake
of entertainment. We are hoping that Calgarians will stand up and say
that it is not worth the entertainment they get out of watching the
show," said Thomas.
Calgary Stampede insists all 7,500 animals used during Stampede are
well cared for.
AFAR would like to condemn yet again the keeping of wild animals in
captivity for entertainment purposes. The 10 year old Penguin stolen
from the Zoo and dumped in the City centre is yet another example of
the dangers posed to wild animals by Zoos. Zoos are a remnant of bygone
days and merely a continuation of the outdated Victorian menageries
of the past. They serve no purpose other than that of commercial gain.
Dublin Zoo is no stranger to controversy and bad management as we recall
some of the other sad events in the past that have befallen animals,
birds and mammals imprisoned in enclosures in Dublin Zoo.
Animal Protection Trial: 14th - 17th June 2010
head of VGT as witness for the prosecution
witness Dr Franz Josef Plank is the only witness called by the prosecution
from the side of animal welfare. Dr Plank was previously head of VGT
but was voted out of the organisation following his misuse of donations.
Dr Plank appeared before the court in a highly emotional state and let
forth a stream of accusations against Dr Martin Balluch, the present
head of the organisation. These allegations came as a surprise to the
court as Plank had been interviewed by police three times and had written
a statement without mentioning them. Dr Balluch has evidence to dispute
these accusations and it remains to be seen whether the judge is aware
of the plainly obvious: That Dr Plank is driven by a desire for revenge.
In any case, she was particularly short with him especially in contrast
to her treatment of other prosecution witnesses. This witness is due
to testify again on July 19th.
right to respond
was heated discussion between the judge and the defence concerning the
defendants being able to respond to witnesses. The defence pointed to
the fact that defendants should have the opportunity to respond after
each witness has testified. This had not been the case and because of
the sheer volume of information it was unfair to expect defendants to
make their responses simply some time in the future. In the beginning
of the trial, the judge allowed those responses, then shifted to once
a day and now it is only once a week.
And About Damn Time! Los Angeles: Notorious UCLA primate vivisector
Arthur Rosenbaum has finally died, at age 69. Although he claimed to
only kill the occasional non-human primate, Rosenbaum was well known
for torturing his subjects in order to publish still more useless papers
on strabismus, an eye movement disorder that has been effectively treated
for decades. For his 36 years at UCLA, Rosenbaum, who served as chief
of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Jules Stein Eye Institute
since 1980 and had been vice chairman of ophthalmology at the David
Geffen School of Medicine since 1990, continued to annually obtain grants
by promising the NIH he was going to deliver innovative clinical data
"any day now". Institutions such as UCLA depend on such grant
money to fund their expansion, and will not continue to employ researchers
who do not obtain funding from outside the university.
Supreme Court gave a rare hit to private businesses when it declined
to take up a case against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The suit alleges
the drug company conducted nonconsensual drug testing on over 200 Nigerian
children, some of whom died as a result of the tests. The suit was filed
under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) which grants federal judges the ability
to hear civil lawsuits filed by non-US citizens for violations of the
"law of nations". By declining to hear Pfizer's appeal and
entertain its argument that it cannot be sued in an American court for
these claims the Supreme Court has allowed the matter to move forward
to the complaint, in 2006 Pfizer employees, working with Nigerian officials,
recruited 200 sick children during a viral outbreak in Kano, Nigeria
in order to test a new product. Half of the children recruited were
given Trovan, an experimental drug never tested on children. The other
half of the recruits received a Food and Drug Administration-approved
Trovan had never before been tested on children, it had been tested
on animals, and those clinical trials showed the drug had life-threatening
side effects. But according to the complaint, Pfizer never advised the
children or their guardians about those lethal side-effects, nor did
Pfizer ever advise the recruits that the relief group Doctors Without
Borders was providing a "conventional and effective treatment"
for the virus, free of charge, at the very same hospital.
Animal rights campaigner says: ‘I don’t break the
Animal rights campaigner Mel Broughton, above, has told jurors he understands
why people break the law for animals – but insisted he no longer
49-year-old, of Semilong Road, Northampton, denies conspiracy to commit
arson and an alternative charge of possession of an article with intent
to destroy property. Unexploded bombs were found at Templeton College,
Oxford, in 2007 and a device caused almost £14,000 of damage to
The Queen’s College’s cricket pavilion in 2006.
night, we found a news about slaughterers protesting about the closure
of the slaughterhouse in Bilbao where they had been working in the last
years. Their protest consisted in giving away living quails to the public
(with the idea that they would later kill the animals to eat them).
At 23 pm we asked local activists to go there, get all the quails they
could to later release them.
Africa has the largest hunting industry in sub-Saharan Africa. It is
Africa’s most popular destination for foreigners wishing to kill
anything from elephants to duikers. South Africa also has a large domestic
recreational hunting industry. In addition bushmeat hunting, usually
referred to as ‘poaching’, takes place in many parts of
Africa remains the world’s top ‘canned’ lion hunting
destination, the rhino hunting permit system has been repeatedly abused
in recent years to launder horn into the illegal medicine market in
the East and some hunters are shooting animals which live in the Kruger
National Park and cross unfenced boundaries into private and provincial
1000 lions were killed in 2008 at a time when most people believed the
industry had been stopped. It has not and still continues pending a
court appeal. The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has
no current figures for the number of lions hunted.
to research by the University Of North West in Potchefstroom, of more
than a million wild animals are killed by hunters every year, some for
meat but some just because they have large horns, tusks, or ‘pretty’
coats. Some, like African wild cats and genets, for example, are killed
simply for fun and target practice. The Government supports this killing,
arguing that hunting in South Africa is in line with concept of ‘sustainable
utilisation of natural resources’. Ethics and scientific justification
appear not to come into it.
100 Beagles Rescued from Bankcrupt Animal Testing Lab
Great Beagle Escape!
cold, lonely research laboratory is no place to call home. Especially
if you’re a fun loving beagle like Liberty here, and thanks to
Best Friends Animal Society and Pets Alive, she’s gone from lab
to lap almost overnight! Just in time for Independence Day – these
dogs have something wonderful to truly celebrate.
While the 120-something odd beagles living at the facility were not
used for invasive testing, their lives were far from idyllic. The beagles
had a champion in Camille Hankins of Win Animal Rights, who followed
their plight from research subjects to refugees. The economic downturn
took its toll on the research laboratory and these lives were left in
limbo until the wheels of the beagle freedom train started spinning.
Best Friends was made aware of the situation through the Community Animal
Assistance department and things started moving as soon as word got
out that the beagles had the potential to be released to sanctuaries.
Best Friends quickly partnered with Pets Alive to figure out the logistics
of moving dozens and dozens of abandoned dogs! Getting over a hundred
animals from point A to point B can be a challenge for any organization,
so the network of volunteers rallied and the staff readied.
Vaccines, pharma fraud, quack science, the CDC and WHO — all exposed
by Richard Gale and Gary Null
remarkable article was published today by authors Richard Gale and Dr.
Gary Null of the Progressive Radio Network (http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com).
It may be the most shocking (and important) public health article published
in the last two years. If you read just one health article this entire
month, make it this one.
article is remarkable not just for its timeliness on the issue of mandatory
vaccinations and public health policy, but also for its damning evidence
that exposes the fraud and quackery of the vaccine industry (as well
as the corruption at the CDC and WHO).
you'll read below, flu vaccines remain a mainstay modern medicine only
because they provide a reliable source of profits for the pharmaceutical
industry which now virtually dictates public health policy thanks to
its powerful lobbying resources. And the CDC, for its part, has now
become little more than the regulatory branch of Big Pharma, pushing
vaccines on the entire population even though the scientific evidence
reveals quite clearly that flu vaccines simply do not work. (Vitamin
D actually works far better at preventing flu infections, but the CDC
won't recommend vitamin D to anyone.)
to a statement published in December 2009 a small, new mink farm near
Carbognano (Viterbo province) was hit. The cages in a long shed where
hundreds of mink were locked up were opened and demolished. Based on
this information, at the end of March 2010 the ALIU (Animal Liberation
Investigation Unit) visited the farm to confirm its almost certain closure.
Here are the photos where you can see the dismantled shed, the piles
of cages and the absence of mink. A message written by unknown liberators
on the night when the farm was hit is still visible on the walls. Once
again, as with the farm in San Cesareo, direct action gets results,
one less executioner. The ALIU will maintain a high level of alertness
just in case any of these exploiters is stupid enough to revive their