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[06_09_04]: Monsanto Ruling, Wealthy Pets, Freed Elephants, Ban Transfats

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  • Mark Sutton
    Howdy! Welcome to the 38th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter! In this issue the environmental focus is upon the historic Canadian Supreme Court ruling
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 9 2:11 PM
      Howdy! Welcome to the 38th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter!

      In this issue the environmental focus is upon the historic Canadian Supreme
      Court ruling regarding Monsanto, a local farmer, and "who owns the seed?"
      There's also a special letter writing campaign you can join to help
      Monsanto get the message, and a disturbing article about Biotechs
      squelching research findings. We also have an expanded "Mad Cow Info"
      section (note Howard's being quoted by the press again, as well as the
      "prions in sheep muscles" article), and news of an important study solidly
      linking food additives to hyperactivity in children.

      Reading further, you can learn about Transfats (and new campaign to get rid
      of them from all food products), some fascinating statistics on diet,
      obesity, and cancer, the World's Richest Pets, and some excerpts from the
      incredible book, "Dying for a Hamburger" (speculating on the relationship
      between prions, eating meat, and Alzheimer's Disease). There's also
      information about a landmark decision to free elephants from a zoo for
      ethical reasons, the passing of perhaps the toughest animal rights laws in
      the world, and a new US GAO study indicating some serious potential
      problems in the overuse of antibiotics in factory farmed animals and
      antibiotic resistance in humans.

      Finally, from the activist world, don't miss the new CEO of the Humane
      Society of America (Wayne Pacelle) and his statement of beliefs to his
      team, as well as reading about vegan PETA activist, Bruce Friedrich, being
      one of a few selected from 1,500 applicants for a new reality TV show
      involving "running for President" (in our "Quick Bytes" section below).

      ...and of course, a special nod of the hat to our new subscribers... y'all
      can read past issues of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter at:

      Stay cool everybody, and a Happy Summer Solstice to all! Best, Mark


      00: Quotes of Note
      01: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      02: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      03: Additives/Hyperactivity, Ban Transfats, Diet/Cancer Stats
      04: GM Seeds/Farmer Ruling, Tell Monsanto, Biotechs Silence Science
      05: Hamburger Actor, Gigabites, World's Richest Pets
      06: Excerpts from: "Dying for a Hamburger: How Modern Meat-Packing Led to
      an Epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease."
      07: Elephants Freed, Tough AR Laws, HSUS CEO, Antibiotic Resistance
      08: Upcoming Events of Special Note
      09: Quick Bytes
      10: Howard's Schedule
      11: Donations to the Mad Cowboy Documentary
      12: Closing Thought(s)

      *00: Quotes of Note
      "Half of all of the endangered species in the U.S. today are threatened by
      cattle ranching. We paid 105 million dollars to support public lands and
      received less than 29 million dollars in grazing fees. 94% of Arizona is
      public land; being grazed at less that 26 cents an acre. 99% of New Mexico
      is grazed and it only receives about 4% of the trust income that is coming
      from the ranchers that are out there. We are seeing today in cattle
      ranching a loss of topsoil which is an astronomical amount for the amount
      of each pound of beef that is being raised. You know, it takes 500 years
      to produce one inch of topsoil. We haven't been here long enough to produce
      an inch and we've already lost over three-quarters of the topsoil that we
      had, much of it from the grazing of animals. "

      "In North Carolina there is four times more waste from hogs than from all
      of the people in the state of North Carolina. In the state of Utah there
      is one hog farm that is producing more waste than all the people in the
      city of Los Angeles, California. Look at the hundreds of millions of
      dollars that are being spent on processing the human waste in the city of
      Los Angeles and then look at a hog farm in Utah that is producing more
      waste that is not spending anything on it. Hog waste today is 10 to 100
      times more concentrated than anything that we ever saw in human waste."

      "In the Gulf of Mexico today there is a dead zone that is larger than the
      state of New Jersey that is absolutely totally dead because of the
      herbicides, pesticides and the wastes that are washing off the central part
      of the country. "

      --- Howard Lyman (from Vol. 01 of 3ABN's "Earth Talk 2003" segments)

      *01: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      "What percentage of the world's children (ages 5 - 17) are overweight?"

      Pick one: a) 5% b) 10% c) 15% d) 20% e) 25%

      Congratulations to David L. Hanson, of Greer, SC... he correctly picked
      "10%." (note: for the U.S. alone, it would have been 15%).

      ["The International Obesity Task Force study found that one in 10 of the
      world's schoolchildren is overweight, for a total of about 155 million kids
      between the ages of 5 and 17."

      "The United State's annual oil imports have increased by roughly what
      percentage from 1973 to 2002?"

      a) 10% b) 30% c) 50% d) 70% e) 90%

      Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@... with the word "contest"
      in your subject line by NLT June 23rd.

      [Many thanks to Joe Connelly, Editor, VegNews, who has offered a FREE
      one-year subscription to a winner chosen at random those submitting the
      correct answer to each MC Newsletter's Contest. Our thanks to Joe, and you
      can learn more about VegNews at:

      http://www.vegnews.com or e-mail: editor@... or call 1.415.665.6397]

      *02: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      Britons aged between 10 and 30 may be harbouring the prion proteins that
      cause the human form of mad cow disease. The new estimate comes from direct
      analyses of human biopsies, rather than epidemiological projections based
      on variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) deaths. The investigators
      discovered three infected tonsil or appendix samples from a total of 12,674
      stored between 1995 and 1999. However, because so few positive samples were
      found, the projected total of 3808 can only be speculative. Furthermore,
      harbouring the prions may not necessarily lead to vCJD. The Department of
      Health says that the uncertainties in Hilton's studies justify its measures
      to protect patients. These include filtering potentially infective white
      blood cells from blood donations, and upgrading sterilisation equipment to
      stop prions spreading on surgical instruments."

      [Very edited from:

      ["Prevalence Of Lymphoreticular Prion Protein Accumulation In Uk Tissue

      EXPERTS FORESEE 60 MORE BSE CASES IN JAPAN: (05/15/04): "About 60 more
      cases of mad cow disease are expected to occur in Japan, with discovery
      likely to peak in 2005 and 2006, the Cabinet Office said in a survey report
      Friday. The report was complied by an expert panel in the governmental Food
      Safety Commission. Testing of all cattle is expected to uncover more cases
      as the brain-wasting disease has an average incubation period of five
      years, the office said. The report assumes the presence of 60 more
      BSE-infected cows because one case of infection is estimated to have led to
      four more infections in countries such as Britain."


      NO MAD COW TESTS AT TEXAS FIRM IN 2004: (05/14/04): "The U.S. Department
      of Agriculture did not test any cows for mad cow disease in the past seven
      months at the same Texas facility where federal testing policies for the
      deadly disorder were violated last month, United Press International has
      learned. The USDA also failed to test a single cow in 2002 at another
      Texas slaughterhouse that processes high-risk, downer cows, according to
      agency testing records obtained by UPI under the Freedom of Information
      Act. Downer cows are unable to stand or walk, which can be an indication of
      mad cow disease, as well as other disorders.

      The low-level of testing irks consumer advocates because Lone Star, the
      18th largest slaughterhouse in the country, processes high-risk, older
      dairy cattle, slaughtering approximately 172,000 per year. "We have, in
      my opinion, a government policy (on mad cow disease) of 'Don't look, don't
      find,'" said Howard Lyman, a former rancher turned vegetarian, who has
      insisted mad cow is present in U.S. herds and has called for increased
      testing for several years. The concern is humans can contract a fatal,
      incurable brain-wasting disorder called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
      from eating meat infected with the mad cow pathogen.

      "When you're slaughtering 35 million head of cattle and testing as few cows
      as the USDA does, it's like sending a blind man to find a needle in a
      haystack," Lyman told UPI. The agency tests less than 1 percent of cows
      slaughtered annually."

      [Edited from:

      (05/15/04): "The U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to supply the
      number of cows exhibiting signs of a brain disorder it has tested for mad
      cow disease to Japanese authorities, who requested the information more
      than four months ago, an official told United Press International. The
      failure to provide the information comes amid the recent revelation USDA
      officials did not test an animal displaying brain disorder symptoms
      consistent with mad cow disease at a Texas plant in April.

      "Although the Japanese government requested this information in January,
      the official said the USDA has not yet provided any substantial statistics.
      "We received a one-page document" showing the number of dead and downer
      cows -- those unable to stand -- that have been tested, the official said.
      But there is no information on the number of tested animals with CNS signs,
      he added. The USDA has also failed to address other questions about how
      the agency is ensuring mad cow disease does not infect U.S. herds, the
      official said. This has created a sense of frustration among Japanese

      J.B. Penn, USDA's undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural
      services, who has been heavily involved in the negotiations with Japan,
      declined repeated requests from UPI for comment. [A Japanese official]
      noted, however, that Japanese officials took issue with some of Penn's
      other statements to reporters -- for example, he appeared to downplay some
      of their most serious concerns, including the worry that cows under 30
      months old can carry the disease and therefore should be tested. Two of
      Japan's young cows --ages 21 and 23 months -- have tested positive within
      the past year for mad cow, otherwise known as bovine spongiform

      [Very edited from:

      Department of Agriculture (USDA) acknowledged today that it allowed the
      importation of about 7.3 million pounds of Canadian beef that was
      officially banned under rules intended to keep bovine spongiform
      encephalopathy (BSE) out of the United States. But the USDA said the meat,
      imported since last summer, did not represent any risk to consumers because
      it came from cattle under 30 months of age. BSE has very rarely been found
      in animals younger than 30 months.

      USDA officials discussed the issue in response to news reports published
      yesterday. A Washington Post report, quoting figures from a cattlemen's
      organization, said 33 million pounds of "processed" beef was imported since
      last summer despite the official ban. Ron DeHaven, administrator of the
      USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said all of the
      processed beef that was imported was made from beef that would not have
      been subject to the ban in its unprocessed form. While insisting that the
      products posed no risk to consumers, USDA officials admitted mistakes in
      handling the matter. "Clearly the process and our failure to announce some
      of these actions was flawed," DeHaven said."

      [Edited from:

      [See also a Transcript of USDA Briefing:

      MALFORMED PROTEINS FOUND IN SHEEP MUSCLE: (05/23/04): "Prions, the
      misfolded proteins that are widely believed to cause brain-wasting
      diseases, have been found in sheep muscle, scientists announced yesterday -
      the first time they have been discovered in animal flesh that many humans
      normally eat. But the scientists emphasized that the finding did not mean
      that lamb or mutton posed a danger to humans. "The risk of transmission
      from sheep to humans is very, very low," said Olivier Andréoletti, a prion
      specialist at the National Veterinary School in Toulouse, France, and lead
      author of the study, which was published yesterday in Nature Medicine.

      Two years ago, in collaboration with Dr. Stanley Prusiner, who won a 1997
      Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in the field, Dr. Legname found prions
      in the muscles of mice and showed that they could replicate there. Since
      then, Swiss researchers have found prions in the muscles of humans with
      sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a degenerative brain disease that is
      thought to arise spontaneously in one in a million humans.

      Dr. Brown, who spent decades on prion research, said he was not surprised
      that they had been found in sheep muscle. "In the last few years, the
      sensitivity of immunoblot tests has been ramped up so much that people are
      beginning to find the protein all over the place," he said. He ventured a
      prediction: "Within the next year, somebody will make a big splash by
      finding it in the muscles of cattle," he said, "and the beef industry will
      go crazy."

      [Very edited from:

      BEEF PROMOTION CASE GOES TO SUPREME COURT: (05/24/04): "The U.S. Supreme
      Court said on Monday it would decide if the federal government can require
      cattle ranchers and farmers to pay for an industry marketing program,
      famous for its "Beef, It's What's for Dinner" advertisements. The beef
      promotion program raises more than $80 million a year by requiring American
      farmers to contribute $1 per animal from their cattle sales. In addition to
      television and magazine ads, the program offers recipes to consumers to
      encourage them to prepare steaks, roasts and other cuts of beef. An
      appeals court last year ruled that the program violated farmers'
      free-speech rights and should be ended.

      The U.S. Agriculture Department runs dozens of promotion programs for
      commodities such as beef, pork, eggs, milk and cotton. Producers of the
      commodities are required to contribute to funds that pay for programs that
      encourage consumption. The Bush administration, along with the largest
      U.S. cattle ranchers group, said the program is essential to boost consumer
      demand for steaks, roasts and other beef cuts. U.S. per capita consumption
      of beef is forecast to rise to 66.9 pounds in 2004, up from 64.8 pounds
      last year, according to the USDA."

      [Edited from:

      diagnostics company Microsens has developed the first blood test that can
      detect abnormal proteins that cause the human version of "mad cow disease,"
      the privately owned company said on Wednesday. The firm's Seprion
      technology can detect abnormal prions, a type of protein, in the blood of
      patients with so-called variant Creuzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), it said."

      [Edited from:

      U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to test between 5,000 and 10,000
      Washington cattle for mad-cow disease as part of a $70 million effort to
      find out if the infection is present in the United States, and if so, at
      what level. The one-time, intensive program, which kicks off Tuesday, aims
      to test at least 220,000 animals nationwide over the next 12 to 18 months.

      "It's important to acknowledge that, in fact, it is possible we will find
      an additional BSE-positive cow," Ron DeHaven, the agency's chief
      veterinarian, said last week. "If this weren't a concern, we obviously
      would not be undertaking the huge surveillance effort that we are."
      Consumer groups and the Japanese government, which suspended imports of
      U.S. beef after the December mad-cow case, continue to push for even more
      testing. "You only have absolute safety if you test all animals that can
      be tested and remove any that test positive from the human and animal food
      supply," said Michael Hansen, of Consumers Union.

      Even the expanded testing program will examine less than 1 percent of the
      35 million cattle slaughtered in the United States each year.

      [Very edited from:

      HOUSE WANTS MAD COW RESEARCH COORDINATED: (06/02/04): "Health and Human
      Services Secretary Tommy Thompson was asked Wednesday to create a task
      force to coordinate research now performed by several agencies and
      universities into diseases such as mad cow. Thirteen House members, all
      but one of them Democrats, said their request was triggered by the first
      U.S. case in December of mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform
      encephalopathy, or BSE. "We are concerned that there is limited
      coordination among the crucial components of a national research program
      around the prevention, surveillance and study of prion disease," the
      lawmakers wrote Thompson. "And there appears to be no coordinated action
      plan to ensure that these efforts build on one another."

      [Edited from:

      WASTE FROM CATTLE FEED: (04/22/04): "A mountain of chicken dung - among
      other things - is preventing the Food and Drug Administration from banning
      blood, chicken waste and restaurant leftovers from cattle feed, a top
      administration official said yesterday. In the scramble to keep mad cow
      disease from spreading after a Holstein from Yakima County was diagnosed
      with the brain-wasting illness, the FDA recommended in January what seemed
      like simple and sensible restrictions on cattle feed.

      In an interview yesterday, Sundlof [director of the FDA's Center for
      Veterinary Medicine] provided no likely deadline for the new bans, only
      assurances that progress was being made. But Sundlof did offer some
      explanations for the delays. He said, for example, that the proposed ban
      on adding chicken litter (fecal matter, dead birds, feathers and spilled
      feed) generated huge concern from chicken producers. Sundlof said adding
      chicken litter to cattle feed is one of the primary methods of waste
      disposal for the chicken growers, especially in the Southeast. "From an
      environmental standpoint, what are people going to do with the poultry
      litter?" he asked. "One of the benefits of doing this was that it was an
      environmentally sound way of recycling the material.""

      [Edited from:

      *03: Additives/Hyperactivity, Ban Transfats, Diet/Cancer Stats
      (05/24/04): "Artificial food colourings and preservatives have a
      "significant" impact on hyperactivity levels in very young children, finds
      research in Archives of Disease in Childhood. Removal of these substances
      could be in the long term interest of public health, say the authors. The
      authors base their findings on over 1800 three year old children, who were
      screened for hyperactivity and allergies. Almost 300 children, divided
      into four groups, completed the four week study.

      Parental ratings showed that the children became significantly less
      hyperactive during the period when the additives were removed from the
      diet, and much more hyperactive when they were put back in. "These
      findings therefore suggest that significant changes in children's
      hyperactive behaviour could be produced by the removal of artificial
      colourings and sodium benzoate from their diet," they conclude. Studies
      should be undertaken to see if the same effects might be seen in older
      children as well, they suggest."

      [Edited from:

      ["The Effects Of A Double Blind, Placebo Controlled, Artificial Food
      Colourings And Benzoate Preservative Challenge On Hyperactivity In A
      General Population Sample Of Preschool Children:"

      GROUP SEEKS TO BAN TYPE OF FAT FROM FOODS: (05/18/04): "A U.S. consumer
      group asked the government on Tuesday to bar restaurants and food
      manufacturers from using a type of artery-clogging fat found in pastries,
      cookies, crackers and deep-fried foods. The ingredient, called partially
      hydrogenated vegetable oil, is formed when food makers harden liquid oil to
      make it solid. It is the main source in Americans' diets of trans fat,
      which raises the "bad" cholesterol, LDL, and increases the risk of heart

      Removing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil from the food supply could
      save between 11,000 and 30,000 lives each year, the consumer group Center
      for Science in the Public Interest said in a petition to the Food and Drug
      Administration. "Getting rid of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is
      probably the single easiest, fastest, cheapest way to save tens of
      thousands of lives each year," said Michael Jacobson, executive director of
      the consumer group."

      [Edited from:

      [See "Transfreeamerica Campaign Launched:"

      ["About Transfats:"

      CHEWING THE FAT ON OBESITY: (06/02/04): "One study says the number of
      hours spent in cars is a key determinant of being overweight; another notes
      that junk foods such as sodas and chips make up nearly one-third of
      calories consumed in the U.S. diet. A third study, by the U.K. Parliament,
      says that in Britain obesity "has grown by almost 400% in the last 25
      years, and on present trends will soon surpass smoking as the greatest
      cause of premature loss of life."

      Urban sprawl is part of the problem, say researchers at the Georgia
      Institute of Technology. While the conclusion of the $4 million, seven-year
      study seems obvious, and it mirrors the findings of a study released last
      year in The American Journal of Public Health and The American Journal of
      Health Promotion, the Georgia Institute's authors said they were surprised
      to discover that how much time a person spent driving had a greater impact
      on whether a person was obese than other factors, such as income,
      education, gender or ethnicity."

      [Very edited from:

      DIET, ALCOHOL LINKED TO NEARLY 1/3 OF CANCER CASES: (05/20/04): "Diet is
      second only to tobacco as a leading cause of cancer and, along with
      alcohol, is responsible for nearly a third of cases of the disease in
      developed countries, a leading researcher said. Dr Tim Key, of the
      University of Oxford, told a cancer conference that scientists are still
      discovering how certain foods contribute to cancer but they know that diet,
      alcohol and obesity play a major role. "Five per cent of cancers could be
      avoided if nobody was obese," he said. While tobacco is linked to about 30
      per cent of cancer cases, diet is involved in an estimated 25 per cent and
      alcohol in about six per cent. "We know that obesity and alcohol are
      important," said Key."

      [Edited from:

      *04: GM Seeds/Farmer Ruling, Tell Monsanto, Biotech Silence Science
      top court ruled against farmer Percy Schmeiser on Friday, upholding
      agri-business giant Monsanto's patent on genetically modified (GM) canola,
      a decision observers say will have implications for agriculture worldwide.
      However, the Supreme Court of Canada also ruled Schmeiser does not have to
      pay Monsanto's court costs of more than 200,000 dollars (146,000 U.S.
      dollars) and can keep 20,000 dollars in profits from his 1997 crop that
      sparked the six-year legal battle.

      In upholding Monsanto's patent over the process that created the plant the
      court, in a tight 5-4 decision, in essence granted the company control over
      the plant. At the same time the majority decision said plants are higher
      life forms and therefore cannot be patented, explained Schmeiser's lawyer,
      Terry Zakreski. Ann Clark, a crop scientist at the University of Guelph
      who has written extensively on this issue calls the decision "bizarre".

      Schmeiser has steadfastly maintained that his fields were contaminated by
      pollen from a neighbour's GM canola (oilseed rape) fields and by seeds that
      blew off trucks on their way to a nearby processing plant. The ruling will
      affect farmers worldwide, says one expert. "This will come as shocking
      news to indigenous farmers in Mexico, whose maize fields have been
      contaminated with DNA from genetically modified plants, and to farmers
      everywhere who are fighting to prevent genetically modified organisms from
      trespassing in their fields," said Silvia Ribeiro, from the Mexico office
      of ETC Group, an international civil society organisation based in Canada.

      "By not caving into the extraordinary pressure from Monsanto on this issue,
      Percy Schmeiser and his wife Louise have changed the course of history,"
      says Clark [a crop scientist at the University of Guelph].

      [Edited from:

      that Monsanto will have a hard time in pursuing patent infringement against
      other farmers. They are now going to have to prove that a farmer profited
      from having RR canola in their field. The Court noted that my profits were
      the same whether I had conventional canola or RR canola, so I find it hard
      to see how Monsanto can say in any future case that the farmer made more
      money because of their product. This decision may have removed the "teeth"
      from their patent.

      I have always campaigned on the right of a farmer to save and re-use his
      own seed. This is what I have been doing for the last 50 years. I will
      continue to support any efforts to strengthen the rights of a farmer to
      save and re-use his own seed."

      [Heavily edited from his comprehensive statement at:

      [Offical and Detailed/referenced Ruling: "Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser:"

      TELL MONSANTO WHERE TO GO!: (05/20/04): "Bees, beetles and blowing prairie
      winds can carry Monsanto's genetically-modified canola a good 26 kilometers
      - and a whole lot farther if the transgenic seed or pollen hitches a ride
      on passing trucks, trains or trousers. After eight summers in Canada's
      West, GM canola has earned the dubious status of a major weed - a common
      sight in fields, boulevards and cemeteries - and even backyard gardens.

      "Canola can winter over for 8 years," says ETC Group's Pat Mooney in the
      NGO's Winnipeg headquarters, "meaning GM pollen has probably travelled a
      minimum of 200 km since Monsanto first commercialized its patented seed in
      1996." Which is why, Mooney reasons, just about everyone on the prairies
      has a direct, personal interest in the May 21st Supreme Court decision.
      "There are about 5 million Percy Schmeisers out here [roughly the
      population of Canada's three prairie provinces]. For all any of us know, we
      could have Monsanto's canola in our window boxes."

      [Edited from the Press Release at:

      [Fascinating campaign background info, form letters, cartoons, etc.:

      MONSANTO HALTS GM CANOLA TRIALS IN AUSTRALIA: (05/13/04): "International
      biotech giant Monsanto will shut down its multimillion-dollar investment in
      genetically modified canola in Australia after being frustrated by state
      regulations and bans on GM crops. In a decision lamented by the Grains
      Council of Australia, but hailed as a victory by environment groups and
      some farmers, Monsanto confirmed yesterday it would suspend trials of its
      GM canola this year. Monsanto's decision follows a long-running campaign
      by environmental groups and the Network of Concerned Farmers. Greenpeace
      anti-GM campaigner Jeremy Tager was celebrating yesterday. "Effectively
      there is not going to be a commercial release of GM canola... and to have
      defeated that is pretty extraordinary." Greenpeace is concerned that
      insufficient tests have been made into the health and ecological impact of
      GM crops. Mr Tager said it also supported farmers' concerns over increases
      in costs to keep GM and non-GM crops separate."

      [Very edited from:

      (06/02/04): ""They've been going after scientists in a systematic,
      organized way that I haven't seen in my memory," says Chuck Benbrook, a
      food policy expert and former executive director of the Board on
      Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences. "Let's face it, [big
      biotech has] silenced the vast majority of scientists who are interested in
      doing research on risks." "I thought only criminals and desperate people
      lied, not educated people" - Tyrone Hayes.

      In these excerpts from an article centered on UC Berkeley professor, Hayes,
      the cases of other researchers who have come under fire from the biotech
      industry are also dealt with in passing, including, interestingly, the
      little-reported case of the entomologist, Angelica Hilbeck. Hilbeck's
      research into a type of genetically modified corn produced by Syngenta
      showed that the green lacewing was being poisoned by eating corn borer
      larvae that had fed on this corn. Like so many others, she then found
      herself under attack from the industry."

      [Very very edited from the disturbing and comprehensive info at:

      *05: Hamburger Actor, Gigabites, World's Richest Pets
      [headline to a funny photo at:

      LOCAL HAMBURGER TO STAR IN NATIONAL AD: (06/03/04): "Kankakee, IL Local
      citizens are abuzz with the news that a local Angus beef hamburger will be
      featured in a national Weber gas-grill TV commercial that begins airing
      Monday. "We are all just so proud," Kankakee Mayor Donald Green said of the
      burger, which appears seated on a seeded bun and dressed with ketchup,
      pickles, lettuce, and a slice of tomato. "We've had some great sandwiches
      in this town, but none have gotten this kind of recognition. All of us who
      knew the burger had a hunch it was going to go on to great things."
      According to Green, the burger's talent agent is currently negotiating
      details for the burger's inclusion in a diner scene in an upcoming Will
      Ferrell movie.

      [Satire from:

      WORLD'S 20 RICHEST PETS: (05/15/04): [True story!]: "They are the pets
      who will never lack creature comforts - the world's 20 richest animals
      worth £306million. Most have been left the fortunes by millionaire owners
      taking animal welfare a little too far. The Animal Rich-List:

      (1) Gunther IV (dog) £180million German countess Karlotta Libenstein left
      £60m to alsatian Gunther III when she died in 1992. Her trustees invested
      wisely and tripled the fortune for Gunther III''s son. (2) Kalu
      (chimpanzee) £53million Owner Patricia put his name on her will after
      removing her husband''s - Aussie Olympic swimmer Frank O''Neill. (4) Gigoo
      (hen) £10 million Publisher Miles Blackwell left his fortune to the hen
      after wife Briony died in 1999. (10) Moose (dog) £1.8million Better known
      as Eddie in US comedy Frasier, where he earns £6,000 an episode.

      [Note: British pound is roughly 1.8 times a U.S. dollar:

      [Cattle, a tortoise, a parrot, and more... edited from:

      *06: Excerpts from: "Dying for a Hamburger"
      [Waldman, Dr. Murray (with Marjorie Lamb), "Dying for a Hamburger: How
      Modern Meat-Packing Led to an Epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease." ISBN:

      (P. 264): "We have already noted the close connection between the rate of
      Alzheimer's disease and the consumption of commercial beef, both
      geographically and temporally. This does not mean that Alzheimer's must be
      an infectious prio disease like CJD, but rather that prions may play a role
      in a person's developing the disease. Dr. Chi Ming Yang, one of the
      world's leading experts in prion research, outlines a possible mechanism
      for the pathology seem in Alzheimer's. His research suggests "...a common
      putative [supposed] mechanism underlying the initiation stages of sporadic
      Alzheimer's disease and both sporadic and genetic forms of prion disease."
      In other words, a prion may provide the initial push required for the onset
      of these diseases. (10)"

      (10) Yang Chiming. "An 'i-4, i, i+4' 'reductive and nucleophilic zipper'
      shared by both prion protein and beta-amyloid peptide sequences supports a
      common putative molecular mechannism." Chemical Journal on Internet. July
      2, 2000. Vol. 2, No. 7, p. 35. Online as of June 2, 2003:

      (P. 144): "The natural lifespan of an unconfined chicken can be up to ten
      years, yet chickens raised for meat are usually slaughtered at six weeks of
      age, before they reach sexual maturity. Egg-laying hens are kept for two
      to four years. The natural lifespan of pigs is about ten to fifteen years,
      and even up to thirty years, but they are usually slaughtered after four to
      seven months. Pigs intended for pork are usually slaughtered one to two
      months younger than pigs for bacon. Sows kept as breeding stock are
      slaughtered after three or four years for sausages, pork pies, and other
      lower-quality products. These animals that never reach their full, natural
      lifespan may act as silent reservoirs for the disease [prion-based]." (5)

      "In 1999, scientists reported that they had observed beta amyloid plaques
      in the brain of a sixteen-year-old woodpecker. Although the woodpecker
      plaques tested negative for prions, this is the first reported example of
      these types of lesions in a bird. (6) This finding may mean that birds are
      capable of getting these types of diseases, but because chickens, turkeys,
      geese, and ducks are slaughtered so young in the food-processing industry,
      they do not live long enough to demonstrate any symptoms or pathological
      findings. Products from the poultry industry constitute one of the largest
      inputs to the rendering industry --- and it's still legal to feed poultry
      products to cattle."

      (5) Aguzzi, Al., Weissmann, C., "Spongiform encephalopathies: The prion's
      perplexing persistence." Nature 392, April 23, 1998. pp. 763-764. (6)
      nakayama, H., Katayama, K.I., et. al., "Cerebral amyloid angiopathy in an
      aged great spotted woodpecker (Picoides major)." Neurobiology of Aging 20
      (1): 53-56. 1999 Jan-Feb.

      *07: Elephants Freed, Tough AR Laws, HSUS CEO, Antibiotic Resistance
      DETROIT ZOO TO FREE ELEPHANTS!: (05/20/04): "The Detroit Zoo will become
      the nation's first major animal facility to give away its elephants solely
      on ethical grounds. Winky and Wanda, the latest in an 81-year-old
      tradition of pachyderms at the zoo, will be sent to one of two U.S. refuges
      this summer or early fall. The decision to send them away comes amid a
      nationwide push to provide better care for elephants, widely considered to
      be among the Earth's most intelligent creatures. They form strong social
      bonds and have a powerful need for physical and intellectual stimulation.

      In the wild, female Asian elephants like Winky and Wanda typically roam 30
      miles a day, form lifelong and unique friendships with members of their
      herds and mourn for their dead. In captivity, they live in unnatural
      climates, develop physical problems such as chronic arthritis and exhibit
      psychological problems related to boredom and stress. Five U.S. zoos have
      closed elephant exhibits in recent years under public pressure after animal
      deaths or alleged mistreatment, and a small animal sanctuary in Georgia
      gave up its elephants earlier this year, partly because of space and cost

      [Very edited from the much more detailed and fully engaging article at:

      TOUGH ANIMAL RIGHTS LAWS ENACTED IN AUSTRIA: (05/27/04): "Hens will be
      free to run around barnyards, lions and tigers will vanish from circus
      acts, and Dobermans will sport what nature intended - floppy ears and
      longer tails - under a tough animal rights law adopted Thursday in Austria.
      The anticruelty law, one of Europe's harshest, will ban pet owners from
      cropping their dogs' ears or tails, force farmers to uncage their chickens,
      and ensure that puppies and kittens no longer swelter in pet shop windows.
      Violators face steep fines Violators will be subject to fines of $2,420,
      and in cases of extreme cruelty could be fined up to $18,160 and have their
      animals seized by the authorities.

      It's the latest example of how the animals rights issue is gaining
      attention across Europe:

      *The European Commission has proposed a sweeping overhaul of EU regulations
      on transporting livestock across the continent to give more protection to
      the hundreds of thousands of animals that are shipped daily and to prevent
      deaths and abuse. *In March, Hungary's parliament banned cockfighting and
      the breeding or sale of animals for fighting, and it made animal torture -
      previously a misdemeanor - a felony punishable by up to two years in
      prison. *Last summer, the region of Catalonia, which passed Spain's first
      animal cruelty law in 1988, banned the killing of abandoned cats and dogs
      in animal shelters and raised fines for cruelty to as much as $24,200.
      *Italy is considering a law that forbids sending horses to the
      slaughterhouse after their competitive careers are over, and Germany plans
      to phase out mass farming of caged chickens by the end of 2006."

      [Very edited from:

      CEO OF HUMANE SOCIETY STATEMENT OF BELIEFS: (06/01/04): "Editor's note:
      Wayne Pacelle sent this memo to staff members on June 1, 2004, his first
      official day as Chief Executive Officer of The Humane Society of the United
      States. "....The HSUS is one actor-albeit a major one-in the larger
      movement to restructure humanity's relationship with animals and the
      natural world. We can only succeed by engaging people in our mission and
      activating people in their communities. If the 300 staff members of the
      HSUS change their buying habits, that will not reshape markets or the world
      around us. But if we galvanize 300,000, 3 million, or even 30 million
      people to make humane consumer choices based on the vision we promote, then
      markets will be transformed in dramatic ways.

      So do your best to draw others into our work and make them ambassadors for
      animals. We will succeed only if we are mindful of that imperative..... we
      will begin to concentrate our efforts. Among other steps, The HSUS will
      create a new campaigns section, devoted to seeking changes on some of the
      most urgent challenges that confront us. One campaign will focus on farm
      animals, since the abuse of animals raised for food occurs on a scale far
      larger than any other issue that we confront."

      [Very excerpted from:

      (05/24/04): "A new report by the investigative arm of Congress, the
      Government Accounting Office, concludes that the Food and Drug
      Administration "has determined that antibiotic resistance in humans
      resulting from the use of antibiotics in animals is an unacceptable risk to
      the public health." The study was requested by Senators Edward M. Kennedy
      (D-Mass.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Tom Harkin (D- Iowa). Kennedy and
      Snowe are sponsors of a bipartisan bill (S. 1460) to phase out the routine
      use of medically important antibiotics in livestock and poultry that are
      not sick; the bill also provides funding to help farmers make the
      transition. Reps. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.) are
      sponsors of the companion bill (H.R. 2932).

      "This GAO report confirms that routine overuse of antibiotics in chickens,
      pigs and beef cattle is a ticking time bomb, for both human health and
      agricultural trade," said David Wallinga, M.D., physician-director of the
      Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Antibiotic Resistance Project."

      [Edited from:

      [Actual GAO report:

      ["Keep Antibiotics Working: The Campaign to End Antibotic Overuse:"

      *08: Upcoming Events of Special Note
      Free Admission: June 24-27, 2004, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
      Lodi, California Lodi Grape Festival grounds 413 E. Lockeford Street, Lodi, CA

      Featured Speakers: Dr. T. Colin Campbell - Robert Cohen - Howard Lyman -
      Dr. John McDougall - Dr. Alan Goldhamer - Charlotte Gerson - Dr. Lorraine
      Day - Danny & Charise Vierra . Also Featuring: Cancer Cures - Herbal
      Remedies - Natural Healing - Vegetarian Cooking & Demos Cleansing & Detox -
      Exhibits - Children's Programs - RV hook-ups - ree Tent Camping. Delicious
      vegan meals, raw food, organic juices & smoothies served daily.


      AR2004 CONFERENCE:
      July 8-12, 2004: "Animal Rights 2004 is the animal rights movement's
      annual national conference. It provides a forum for sharing knowledge,
      discussing strategies and tactics, networking, and "recharging our
      batteries." It is dedicated to exposing and challenging the terror
      perpetrated every day by our society against billions of innocent, sentient
      nonhuman animals. More than 80 animal rights leaders have been already
      signed. The conference will be held on July 8-12 at the Sheraton Premiere
      Hotel in Vienna, VA, just outside the Washington Beltway. Vegan banquet,
      buffets, extensive exhibits, seminars, and additional networking sessions."


      July 21-25, 2004 University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown PA

      A Fun 5-Day Experience: Cutting-edge Educational Sessions, Health &
      Nutrition, Lifestyle Issues, Cooking Demonstrations, Exercise & Fitness,
      Animal Rights, Compassionate Living, Earth Stewardship. Great Natural Food
      Vegan Meals prepared under the direction of "Gold Medal Winning" chef Ken
      Bergeron. Dozens Of Speakers: Doctors, Dietitians, Chefs, Authors, Social
      Activist & other educators will Share their knowledge & experience Keynote
      Speaker include: Carol Adams, Brenda Davis RD, Michael Greger MD, Michael
      Klaper MD, Howard Lyman, Milton Mills MD, Tom Regan & more

      [North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) & conference info:

      Saturday, August 21 - Sunday August 22, 2004: "Mad Cows to Mad Chickens:
      What Insiders Can Tell You About Agribusiness, Animal Liberation, and Your
      Diet." Meet the eyewitnesses and hear their testimony from behind the
      scenes of the meat, poultry, egg, dairy, medical, and alternative animal
      production industries.

      Registration Form, Schedule, Directions and Accommodations :

      *09: Quick Bytes
      ["The Animal Times is your monthly publication for all things animals:"

      ["PETA Activist Runs For President On Reality TV Show:"

      ["Grabbing a Quick Bite Nabs More Calories:"

      ["People - Not Their Words - Tell "The Carbohydrate Story:"

      ["10 ways to a chemical free garden:"

      ["New online "wiseguide" helps consumers make everyday, Earth Day:"

      ["A quarter of China's population at risk as glaciers start melting:"

      ["Darker at noon: Pollution is dimming sun:"

      ["Bay Area Footprint 33 Times Too Large For Sustainability:"

      [GM Watch:

      ["20 ways to cut out chemicals [in you]:"

      ["Sugar industry threatens WHO's anti-obesity strategy:"

      ["Alzheimer's a Growing and Deadly Problem:"

      ["Study links diabetes to risk of Alzheimer's:"

      ["The June 2004 issue of Vegetarians in Paradise:"

      [42 Vegan Zucchini Recipes:

      [Over 75 Vegan Desser Recipes:

      [213 Vegan Tofu Recipes:

      ["Vegan Grill and barbecue sauces, recipes for grilling, etc.:"

      [Vegan Feta "Cheese" Recipes!:

      [Over 10,000 veg'n recipes online:

      ["Top chefs join raw-food revolution:'

      ["Raw food enthusiasts have ways to avoid cooking:"

      ["Vegetarian dogs and cats: Kibble doesn't cut it anymore:"

      *10: Howard's Schedule
      Jun 19: Rhineland, NY > Animal Sanctuary - Julie Baron 845.336.8447
      Jun 22: St. Henry, OH > 7:30, PM Romers Entertainment Facility - 419.336.1022
      Jun 26 - 27: Lodi, CA > (26th at 4 pm, 27th at 10:30 am) - "Health and
      Healing Crusade

      Jul 8 - 11: WashDC (Viena, VA) > AR2004
      Jul 21-25: Johnstown, PA > Summerfest 2004
      Jul 29 - 30: Wichita, Kansas > TBA

      Aug. 7-8: Watkin Glen, NY > Farm Sanctuary

      Sep 11, 12, 13: Cleveland, Ohio > Journey Expo '04
      Sep 18: WashDC> Green Festival
      Sep 26: San Francisco, CA > SF Vegetarian Society
      Sep 27: Portland, Oregon > "AM Northwest TV," and KBOO radio (both tentative)
      Sep 28: Portland, Oregon > 7 pm. - First Unitarian Church, 12th & Main

      Oct 12: Harrisburg, PA > 6:30 pm - Vegetarian Society and SDA Church

      [More details and contact info at:

      *11: Donations to the Mad Cowboy Documentary
      Both Mooshoes and VeganCats will donate 5% of sales accessed through the
      MadCowboy Home Page to the filming of the Mad Cowboy Feature Documentary.
      Check 'em out! Mooshoes sells much more than shoes, and VeganCats sells
      cruelty-free products for cats AND dogs!

      *12: Closing Thought(s)
      "When I was on the farm in Montana, we had all kinds of animals. One I
      want to tell you about today is something that most of us have never
      thought about. We had a pig.

      The pig is by far the most intelligent animal that we had on the farm.
      That pig would actually come up to my house, stand on his back legs, open
      the back door and come into the house. We never had to worry about it
      because pigs are a very fastidious animal if you give 'em the opportunity
      of staying clean, they will. Being involved in agriculture I learned early
      on to look in the eyes of the animals.

      The eyes of the animals tell you how the animal is feeling, whether they
      are well or sick, they tell you whether the animal is stressed or happy.
      How many of us ever stop and take a look at the eyes of the animals that
      are going out of factory feedlots and into factory slaughterhouses?"

      --- Howard Lyman (from Vol. 01 of 3ABN's "Earth Talk 2003" segments)

      "The zoo is the window into our humanity, and how we treat other things in
      nature." [Zoo Director Kagan, about his decision to give away the Zoo's
      elephants on purely ethical grounds... see article above.]

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