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Ape 'learns to talk'

Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 22:39 GMT

Ape 'learns to talk'

Kanzi has been taught many words

A bonobo who has grown up among humans may have developed the ability to talk, claims a research team from the US.

The findings, reported in New Scientist magazine, may come under fire from other scientists.

But they may further challenge the long-held belief that apes have no language ability.

Kanzi is kept at Georgia State University in Atlanta, and, like many other primates, can communicate by pointing at symbols.


Do animals think?

by Tim Radford December 18, 2002

The Guardian 

Mammals have brains. So they can feel pain, experience fear and react in disgust. If a wildebeest did not feel pain, it would carry on grazing as lions chewed it hind leg first. If an antelope did not experience fear, it would not break into a sprint at the first hint of cheetah. If a canine did not experience disgust, it would not vomit; it would not be, as the saying goes, sick as a dog. 


Judge Dismisses Suit Vs. Ranchers

Mon Oct 21, 2002 

WACO, Texas (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought the release of names, addresses and other information for farmers and ranchers who use protective livestock collars that are lethal to predators. 

U.S. District Judge Walter Smith said giving out such information would violate the federal Freedom of Information Act, which exempts the release of people's personal information. 


Humic substances promote exceptional health in livestock

Dr. Charles S. Hansen, D.V.M., conducted controlled studies with livestock animals in the state of California from the early 1960's through 1967 on an experimental basis. Dr. Hansen's tests involved supplementation with a blend of fulvic and humic acids as a feed additive. He also used fulvic acid alone as a treatment for specific ailments in livestock. The result of supplementation and treatment in comparison to untreated animals was outstanding.


Peta Blasts Misleading Dairy Ads in California

'Happy Cows' cheese ads called a sad tale Idyllic depiction is false
advertising, animal rights group says

George Raine, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
C2002 San Francisco Chronicle

We have been led to believe that great cheese comes from happy cows,
that happy cows come from California and that bulls talk, mostly about
attractive cows, who seem to flourish in the state's clean air, good
food and sunshine. Now they say this is deceptive advertising?


Humane Society Says: Cloning Causes Animal Suffering

WASHINGTON, DC, October 9, 2002 (ENS) - Citing animal
welfare concerns, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
have asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to block sales
of products from cloned farm animals, their byproducts and offspring.

In a letter sent today to the director of the FDA's Center for
Veterinary Medicine, the HSUS noted that a recent National
Academy of Sciences review found adverse impacts on animal
welfare in the cloning of farm animals.


Animal Testing: Exploring Alternatives

Mon Sep 30, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- Using animals to test products for humans is considered cruel and inhumane by many people. Scientists are sensitive to that, and are struggling to find alternative ways of ensuring items that we eat, drink and use are safe for us, our unborn children and our environment.

Ironically, animals -- as well as people -- benefit from antibiotics, vaccines, blood thinners, cardiovascular therapies, pain-killers, and many surgical procedures developed through animal-related research.


Stressed? Talk to your pet

Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Women may be less vulnerable to stress, say scientists

Dogs may indeed be man's best friend and cats could also lay claim to the title, according to scientists.

Researchers in the United States have found that spending time with pets is more effective at reducing stress than talking problems through with friends or partners.

The findings may be particularly good news for men.

A second study, by scientists in Finland, has found men may be more vulnerable to stress than women.