What does “Vaccination for Life” mean for intercontinental live animal trade?

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013: Dutch state secretary of economic affairs Sharon Dijksma did not directly address intercontinental live animal transport in introducing her “Vaccination for Life” initiative to the Dutch Parliament.   But Dijksma noted that “Vaccination for Life” has already been endorsed in principle by the Animal Health Quadrilateral Group,  a biosecurity advisory body […]

Dutch to push “vaccination for life” ––may end culls of healthy livestock

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013: DEN HAAG––Dutch state secretary of economic affairs Sharon A.M. Dijksma on June 4,  2013 committed The Netherlands to trying to reverse European Union and other international policies which require culling livestock who have been exposed to contagious diseases of concern,  even if the animals are apparently healthy and have been […]

Obituaries [May-June 2013]

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013: Obituaries “I come to bury Caesar,  not to praise him.  The evil men do lives after them.   The good is oft interred with their bones.”  ––William Shakespeare Bowatte Indrathana Thera,  a Buddhist monk of the Porambe temple in Pelmadulla,  Sri Lanka,  died on May 26, 2013 at the Colombo […]

New Gentle Barn IRS Form 990 filings respond to probe by California Attorney General

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  July-August 2013: SANTA CLARITA,  California––Newly accessible IRS Form 990 filings for 2010 and 2011 from The Gentle Barn Foundation hint at a history of financial irregularities,  some of which were also alleged in three lawsuits filed in 2012 by five former staff.  The lawsuits were recently settled in mediation on undisclosed terms.

Editorial feature: Ag-gag laws & changing frameworks of perception

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013: Editorial feature: Ag-gag laws & changing frameworks of perception   The most deeply held conviction shared among U.S. meat industry executives and advocates of not eating meat may be the belief that if most people witnessed slaughter,   they would not eat meat.

Failures of Humane Slaughter Act confirmed

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013: WASHINGTON D.C.––The Office of the USDA Inspector General report Food Safety and Inspection Service—Inspection and Enforcement Activities At Swine Slaughter Plants should have shocked the pork-eating public. Instead,  released on May 9,  2013,  it went almost ignored until Farm Sanctuary senior director for strategic initiatives Bruce Friedrich on May 28, […]

Pennsylvania SPCA hires veteran investigator Keith Mohler

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013: LANCASTER––The Pennsylvania SPCA on April 30,  2013 announced the hiring of veteran cruelty investigator Keith Mohler to cover Lancaster County.  Mohler will work from an office provided by Lancaster County district attorney Craig Stedman.  His hiring expands the Pennsylvania SPCA humane law enforcement team to 13 officers in 17 counties.

Animals Australia exposes Egyptian slaughterhouses again

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013: Exposing a bloody business CANBERRA––The latest Animals Australia undercover videos of slaughter at the two Egyptian slaughterhouses authorized to kill Australian cattle showed “outrageous cruelty” that “left me and my industry colleagues disgusted and horrified,”  Australian Livestock Exporters Council spokesperson Alison Penfold told media.  

Live exports resume from Dover & Ireland

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013: DOVER,  U.K.––Protests failed to stop the May 3,  2013 resumption of live animal exports from Dover.   Currently just one ship,  the MV Jolie,  hauls animals once a week from Dover to Calais,  France.

British feds to cull badgers, ignoring lessons of 1,000 years

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From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013: LONDON––Though culling predators has come to be recognized as one of the larger ecological mistakes of the Romans,  the Normans,  the Georgians in the 18th century,  and 20th century British governments, British environment secretary Owen Paterson on February 27,  2013 announced that badgers will be culled this summer in Gloucestershire […]