By Vincent Moss, Acting Political Editor | 14 May 2006
Sunday Mirror UK
MINISTERS are to back a Europe-wide ban on the import of seal skins. The move comes after a Sunday Mirror investigation in March highlighted the horrific slaughter of thousands of seals during the annual cull in Canada.
It follows a public outcry over the killing of 325,000 pups for their meat and pelts from animal lovers, MPs and celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Heather.
A senior Whitehall source said: “The view is that the continued import of seal products is untenable. “Ministers think we should start work with European partners to stop imports.” Campaigners were delighted last night over the moves, but warned a Europe-wide ban could take years. They called on the British Government to go it alone and push ahead with an import
ban of seal skins to Britain which could be introduced quickly. Respect for Animals director Mark Glover said: “The cruelty and scale of the seal hunt in Canada means we need a ban as soon as possible.”
At present only the import of skins of newborn seals is banned in Britain. Harp seals can be killed and imported to the EU when they shed their distinctive white coats - usually at just 12 days of age.
â€œWe will not include any Canadian dates on our world tour to promote our new album. This is in protest against the barbaric slaughter of over 325,000 baby seals which is now underway.
I fully realise that the absence of any concerts in Canada is unlikely to bring the Canadian economy to its knees, but it is our small protest against this horrific slaughter - which is the largest slaughter of marine animal species found anywhere on the planet.
The Canadian Prime Minister says the so-called â€œcullâ€ is economically and environmentally justified, but this is untrue.
The seal population has looked after itself for thousand of years without human intervention, and, as the world knows, this slaughter is about one thing only: making money. The Canadian government will stream all of the pelts into the fashion industry and this is the reason why the baby seals are killed with spiked clubs that crush their skulls - any damage to their pelts is avoided.
The Canadian Prime Minister also states that the slaughter is necessary because it provides
jobs for local communities, but this is an ignorant reason for allowing such barbaric and cruel slaughter of beings that are denied life simply because somebody somewhere might want to wear their skin.
Construction of German gas chambers also provided work for someone - this is not a moral or sound reason for allowing suffering.
A Punk Vegan Cookbook.
Please Feed Me is a punk rock vegan cookbook written by Niall Mc Guirk.
How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal adocate?
In the award-winning documentary “The Witness”, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals, become a vegan, and ultimately, bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York.
With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness, sharing along the way some of the shocking realities of the meat and fur industries.
More info on “The Witness”: Tribe of Heart.
Author: Christian Nordqvist
Editor: Medical News Today
Article Date: 07 May 2006 - 7:00am (PDT)
During an epidemic in Nigeria in 1996, Pfizer illegally tested an unapproved drug on children with brain infections, says a panel of Nigerian medical experts. According to the report, published in the Sunday (today) edition of the Washington Post, this violated international law. The report was completed five years ago, but never came out in the open.
According to the report, the Nigerian government had not authorised Pfizer to administer Trovan, the unauthorized drug, on 100 children. Trovan was administered to children and babies in Kano, Nigeria. Trovan was an experimental antibiotic drug.
According to the report, three laws were violated:
1. Nigerian Law,
2. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,
3. The International Declaration of Helsinki related to medical research.
Reflections on the Liberation of Animals, by Anthony J. Nocella II and Steven Best (collection of essays).
12,000 hens were murdered in Limerick on Tuesday as part of an “experiment” to test contingency plans in the event of an outbreak of bird flu in Ireland.
Carbon Dioxide gas was pumped into the facility at midday, killing all the hens.
The Department created similar conditions to what they would have to deal with, should an outbreak of Avian Influenza happen here. Pat Mescall, superintendant vetinary inspector with the Department of Agriculture, regarded the execution of birds a “total success”.
This facility was chosen because the 12,000 hens exploited for their flesh and eggs could no longer lay eggs. they were deemed “suitable” for this exercise by the Department of Agriculture.
human property, their lives have no value, or very little. Hens are valued according to the number of eggs they will lay. When they eventually stop laying eggs, they will be murdered, may it be in one of these experiments, or in a slaughterhouse. Until we stop using nonhumans as our property, nothing will ever change for them.
Respect the rights of nonhumans, oppose animal exploitation. Go vegan.
Chickens gassed in contingency plan test: The Irish Times.
Under the cover of darkness, a team of ALF activists gained entry to a battery farm in West Sussex.
Just like previous visits, the lower doors to the units were left without any kind of security - not even a simple padlock. This is the same story up and down the UK for the vast majority of battery farms.
It took activists little time to round up the dying hens, which would be otherwise left to drown, starve to death or be eaten alive by rats. These hens have fallen from the stacks of cages above and are simply left to die, not a concern for those who only care about money.
One unit was so bad that an activist had to swim through a waist-deep mix of excrement and water to reach a hen which was minutes from sinking to her
death. The emaciated bird is now undergoing treatment and is making a good recovery.
Until hell-holes like this are empty and demolished, we will not rest.
– For the animals always –”