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Kenya Arms Wildlife Wardens with Powerful Weapons

By Jennifer Wanjiru

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 13, 2002 (ENS) - Kenya has decided to equip its game wardens with new AK-101 and AK-102 Kalashnikov automatic rifles, replacing the old AK-47 and G-3 rifles which had been used by the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers for the past 10 years.

The purchase of the rifles from Russia has been confirmed by the Kenya Wildlife Service Director Joseph Kioko, who says the new automatic rifles will match the more sophisticated weapons used by poachers.


B.C. Lifts Moratorium on New Fish Farms

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, September 13, 2002 (ENS) - The government of British Columbia has lifted a six year moratorium on permitting new fish farms for salmon aquaculture. Over the objections of environmental groups who say open net cages contribute to disease and dilution of wild salmon genes, the government says it has put regulations in place that will allow "sustainable growth" of the aquaculture industry.


Animal Drug Guidelines Proposed

Wed Sep 11, 2002

By EMILY GERSEMA, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are proposing guidelines to evaluate the safety of animal drugs amid concerns that the pharmaceuticals can end up in the food supply, enabling bacteria that can sicken humans to become resistant to drug treatment.

The Food and Drug Administration released the proposal Wednesday.



All of the injustices that humans commit against cows merit appropriate recognition. From yesterday's comics B.C. comic strip (by Johnny Hart):

"It makes good sense that flys can fly, and bugs can bug you for sure, but the waste from a cow is produced by a cow,
so how come they call it MANure?"

Many people cite compassion to animals as the prime motivator for shifting from the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) to a vegetarian lifestyle. Yet, some vegetarians continue to consume milk and dairy products.


Texas school accused of mistreating bears

Copyright 2002 U.P.I.
United Press International
August 23, 2002, Friday

Texas school accused of mistreating bears

WACO, Texas, Aug. 23

An animal rights group alleges bear mascots at Baylor University are facing
mistreatment, based on video evidence they collected.

The activists have videos showing the bears pacing ceaselessly and
repetitively for hours, sometimes in their own excrement, behavior the group
said is abnormal. The new, 6-month-old baby bear mascot named Lady is also


The RapSheet on Animal Factories

The RapSheet on Animal Factories
Convictions, Fines, Pollution Violations, and Regulatory Records on Animal Factories


Would you like to know if the corporate animal factory that's planning to produce thousands of animals in your community is going to be a good neighbor?

The Sierra Club's RapSheet on Animal Factories can help.


Oklahoma Governor places cockfighting on state ballot

Governor places cockfighting on state ballot

By Staff reports
8/20/2002 2:44:00 PM

Gov. Frank Keating on Tuesday placed the proposal to ban cockfighting in Oklahoma on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
"The initiative petition calling for a vote of the people on this matter has beat a long series of court tests, and it is time for the people to decide," Keating said.


Be Mitey Careful!

Fri Aug 9,11:49 PM ET

(HealthScoutNews) -- The next time you feed Spot, you may be giving him more than just his dinner. There may be mites in his food!

These mini-critters, which resemble spiders under a microscope, can live on just about anything. And they can cause allergies in pets and in people.


Florida to Vote on Pregnant Pigs

By Associated Press

August 6, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A proposal to make caging pregnant pigs unconstitutional in Florida qualified for the November ballot after what was thought to be the nation's first such petition drive.

Floridians for Humane Farms reached the required 488,722 certified signatures on Monday, according to the Division of Elections.

The amendment would phase out the use of 2-foot by 7-foot metal cages to confine sows during pregnancy, as well as tight tethers.