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[07_22_04]: Earth Talk 2003 Interactive DVD Released!

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  • Mark Sutton
    Howdy! Welcome to the 39th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter! For this issue we have a special announcement: the official release of the Earth Talk 2003
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 22, 2004
      Howdy! Welcome to the 39th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter!

      For this issue we have a special announcement: the official release of the
      "Earth Talk 2003" interactive DVD: select lectures by Howard on
      environmental issues. Comprised of eight video segments ("Garden of Eden,"
      "Spongiform," "Population," "Water," "Global Warming," "Birds,"
      "Recycling," and "Biodiversity), this project is the result of a unique
      team-up between Howard and the 3 Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN). You
      can learn more about this DVD (and see the cover art for the "soon to be
      released" Mad Cowboy Documentary) at:


      Moving on in this edition of the Newsletter, aside from our standard Mad
      Cow Info Roundup, you'll learn how the government is categorizing "french
      fries" as "fresh," learn how the news about eating fruits and vegetables
      just keeps getting better and better (vision, Altzheimer's, and Cancer).
      There's also articles about power companies are being sued, and new
      estimates on their impact to human health in our country.

      Further on down, you'll read comedian Jerry Seinfeld's take on "milk,"
      learn about hippo sweat, depressed bovines, be surprised at the new
      Austrian Animal Rights Law, and wonder about the dog with the incredible
      vocabulary. There's also information from PCRM about how the USDA is
      promoting Oreos (and milk) to children, Compassion Over Killing's unique
      commercials on MTV, and the amazing "Agi" with her internet radio show
      (plus, her interview with our favorite "Mad Cowboy").

      Finally, don't miss our "Quick Bytes" section with links to over 10,000
      veg'n recipes, "Nine Ways To Live Healthy And Prevent Cancer," recent
      announcements/findings on cholesterol, and other useful online resources.

      And.... as always, a special nod of the hat to our new subscribers. Y'all
      can read back issues at:


      Happy Summer to All! ...and stay cool...... Mark


      00: Quotes of Note
      01: New Pix from Howard's Digital Camera
      02: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      03: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      04: "Fresh" Fries, Fruit Vision, Anti-Altzheimer's, Cancer/Food
      05: Power Companies Sued, Cause Deaths, Ruin Glaciers
      06: A Hit of Milk, Hippo Sweat, & Clinical Depression in Cows
      07: Austria AR Laws, Crimes Unseen, Fowl Cruelty, Dog Vocab
      08: Vegans Franchise, USDA Oreos, COK on MTV, Internet Agi
      09: Upcoming Events of Special Note
      10: Howard's Schedule
      11: Donations to the Mad Cowboy Documentary
      12: Closing Thought(s)

      *00: Quotes of Note
      "Hi, my name is Howard Lyman, better known as the "Mad Cowboy." I'm a 4th
      generation agriculturalist from Montana. I travel about 100,000 miles a
      year around this Earth, and I believe the way we are treating our
      environment today is absolutely, totally, non-sustainable... the Earth is
      gift from God, and our responsibility.

      Every day we knowingly or unknowingly make choices. Let's look at making
      better choices. Our environment is a gigantic interconnected system which
      resembles a puzzle. Today we will look at one of those pieces of the
      puzzle. I want to spend some time today reviewing these problems so we can
      assure our children and grandchildren a viable future."

      Howard Lyman, introducing the 8 video segments discussing environmental
      issues on the brand new and just-released "Earth Talk 2003" interactive DVD!

      [Learn more about the DVD and other resources, now available at:

      *01: New Pix from Howard's Digital Camera
      [Travels to the West Coast, and back to the DC area for AR2004:

      *02: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      "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%

      Correct answer: c)

      ["US oil imports, which accounted about one-third of total US petroleum
      needs in 1973, jumped to 60% of US oil needs in 2002:"

      "Which country has the MOST television sets (total)?"

      Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@... with the word "contest"
      in your subject line by NLT August 3rd, 2004.

      [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]

      *03: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      Department of Agriculture plans to notify industry officials of positive
      mad cow test results at least one hour before informing the public,
      according to a meat industry newsletter obtained by United Press
      International. The revelation comes as government officials are being
      investigated for possibly leaking information about the first U.S. case of
      mad cow in December to commodity traders prior to telling the public.

      A statement on NMA's [National Meat Association] Web site says, "Generic
      information concerning the inconclusive result will be publicly released
      after the market closes for the day, after the plant and other key
      personnel or associations have been notified, with at least an hour between
      the two notifications." The statement goes on to say USDA officials told
      industry representatives in a private meeting, "No establishment
      information will be publicly released, including the city or town of the
      slaughtering facility."

      In January, various consumer groups, including GAP, Public Citizen and the
      Consumer Federation of America, requested the USDA hold a public hearing on
      the mad cow issue. The groups reiterated their appeal just last month. So
      far, their requests have gone unanswered."

      [Very edited from:

      continued insistence that the U.S. test all cattle for bovine spongiform
      encephalopathy (BSE) at slaughter is creating a divide in the cattle
      industry. Scientists agree that BSE, commonly called mad cow disease,
      doesn't develop in cattle until about 30 months of age. Therefore, testing
      all slaughter cattle for BSE is scientifically unjustified and cost
      prohibitive, Greg Doud chief economist for the National Cattlemen's Beef
      Association (NCBA) told Farm Bureau county vice presidents at last week's
      Midyear Conference in West Des Moines.

      "There is a fundamental misunderstanding between the U.S. and Japan about
      beef safety because of differences in the production system," Doud said.
      He said most cattle slaughtered in Japan are 30 months old or older. U.S.
      slaughter cattle are generally 15 to 18 months old, well before BSE infects
      the animal."

      [Very edited from:

      ["BSE in 21-month Holstein in Japan" - mentioned in MC Newsletter #32:

      Florida woman suffering from the only known case in the United States of
      the human form of mad cow disease has died, her family said on Monday.
      Charlene Singh died on Sunday at her home in Fort Lauderdale after being
      ill for several years with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which is
      fatal and incurable. Her family believe she contracted it by eating
      contaminated meat in Britain more than a decade ago. Singh, 25, was born
      and raised in Britain, where an outbreak of the disease hit tens of
      thousands of cattle in the 1980s and 1990s. Most of the more than 150 cases
      of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob worldwide have been reported in Britain."

      [Edited from:

      "The Bush administration received a letter grade of "D" today for its
      efforts to prevent mad cow disease during the six months since a mad cow
      was found in the United States. Seven public interest organizations with
      more than 5 million members released a report card rating the
      administration's performance. The groups assessed 10 key actions needed to
      prevent the disease including testing, feed restrictions, animal
      identification and tracking, prevention of the human version of the disease
      and whether the administration has been following its own rules.

      Groups rating the Bush administration include the Center for Food Safety,
      Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports), the Creutzfeldt-Jakob
      Disease Foundation, Friends of the Earth, the Government Accountability
      Project, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - Action, and Public

      [Edited from:

      USDA WARNS CANADA, MEXICO OF RAPID MAD COW TEST: (06/24/04): "Canada and
      Mexico should not shut their borders to U.S. beef if a new U.S. testing
      system finds an animal may have mad cow disease, the U.S. Agriculture
      Department said on Thursday. The USDA this month began using rapid test
      kits that carry a greater risk of false positives for bovine spongiform
      encephalopathy. Any positive or inconclusive tests would be confirmed by
      the USDA's main animal health laboratory in Iowa. John Clifford, USDA's
      chief veterinarian, said the department has prepared Canadian and Mexican
      government officials for the possibility of inconclusive tests. "They
      understand that they are not going to shut us off based on an inconclusive
      (test result)," Clifford told reporters. "It would be inappropriate in our
      minds for that to occur."

      [Edited from:

      animal in less than a week preliminarily tested positive for mad cow
      disease and it will be retested, the U.S. Agriculture Department said late
      on Tuesday. The USDA refused to disclose any information about the suspect
      animal's slaughter location, age or sex, but said the cattle carcass did
      not enter the human food supply. USDA officials say the government's new,
      rapid tests carry a greater risk of false positives. The first U.S. case
      of mad cow disease was diagnosed last December in a Washington state dairy
      cow. In response, Japan and dozens of other countries halted purchases of
      American beef, valued at about $3.8 billion annually."

      [Very edited from:

      U.S. SAYS FINDS NEGATIVE RESULT TO MAD COW TEST: (06/30/04): "A suspect
      animal tested negative for mad cow disease in a second round of testing,
      the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The additional tests
      were ordered after an inconclusive or possible positive test was found last
      Friday in an animal sent to slaughter. "That particular result is negative
      for BSE on confirmatory testing," John Clifford, the department's chief
      veterinarian, told reporters. BSE stands for the formal name of mad cow
      disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The department has cautioned
      that its new rapid tests to detect the brain-wasting disease are likely to
      produce false positives."

      [Edited from:

      UP TO 100 MORE MAD COW CASES EXPECTED: (06/30/04): "...a food industry
      consultant told UPI he estimates there could be more than 100 cases of the
      deadly disorder in the country's herds. About half of the cases will go
      undetected and passed on for human consumption, Robert LaBudde, president
      of Least Cost Formulation Ltd., a food industry consultancy in Virginia
      Beach, Va., told UPI. LaBudde, who has served on the faculties of the
      University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Massachusetts Institute of
      Technology, thinks there will be many more infected cows detected.

      Only about half the cases will be detected, however, because many animals
      will not show any symptoms, LaBudde said. This is based on the experience
      in Europe, where half the animals that test positive have no outward
      symptoms of infection, he added. LaBudde said the department should test
      all cows over age 5 regardless of their health status, because these are
      the most likely to have passed through the lengthy incubation period of the
      disease and test positive. He called the USDA's failure to do that
      bordering on "negligent."

      [Edited from:

      JAPAN SAYS U.S. PLAYED DOWN SERIOUSNESS OF BSE: (07/03/04): "The chairman
      of the government's Food Safety Commission on Friday played down the
      seriousness of mad cow disease in the United States. "Deep down, I think
      the risk of BSE in the U.S. was hardly taken seriously," Masaaki Terada
      said during a workshop on food safety. Terada also said that as the U.S.
      government does not have enough data on the disease, it is still difficult
      to scientifically assess the danger of the brain-wasting disease in the
      country, leading to Japan's ban on American beef imports. The commission is
      therefore collecting information to determine necessary safety measures
      against U.S. beef, Terada said."

      [Edited from:

      FRENCH MAD COW EPIDEMIC WENT UNDETECTED: (07/04/04): "French researches
      have concluded that more than 300,000 cows in France contracted bovine
      spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, between 1980 and June 2000,
      the Telegraph reported on its Web site. About 50,000 of the infected
      animals entered the food chain, the newspaper said, citing a report by
      researchers at France's Institute of Health and Medical Research. The
      study, "The Unrecognized French BSE Epidemic,'' is published in Veterinary
      Research, the newspaper said.

      The number of officially recorded cases of mad cow disease in France over
      the past 13 years is 923, the newspaper said. The editors of Veterinary
      Research had three independent scientists verify the study's findings, the
      newspaper said."

      [Edited from:

      conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, this week, Canadian Prime Minister Paul
      Martin criticized US actions after BSE was discovered in a Canadian cow in
      May 2003. "Some chose to ignore the fact that in all probability, the feed
      that gave it the disease came from the United States and consequently, the
      border was closed," he said.

      Martin blamed special interests for blocking the US government from a joint
      solution. "Beef prices are at an all-time high because Canadian beef is no
      longer coming in and they are enjoying very high profits, and obviously, in
      a year in which there is a US election, there is huge pressure being
      brought to essentially keep that border closed," he said. In the long run,
      Martin said it's the US beef industry that will suffer unless the border is
      fully opened, because Canada will have no choice but to build massive
      processing facilities there."

      [Edited from:

      FDA DELAYS MAD COW FEED RULES: (07/09/04): "The Food and Drug
      Administration on Friday banned brains and other cattle parts that could
      carry mad cow disease from use in cosmetics and dietary supplements, but
      delayed some similar safeguards in animal feed for up to two years.
      The FDA said it will adopt some regulations, initially announced in
      January, that prohibit the use of brains, skull and spinal cords from older
      cattle in human food and cosmetics. The USDA, which regulates the meat
      industry, adopted similar measures in January.

      Consumer groups criticized the agency for taking six months to issue only
      some of the new safeguards. "Action that was urgent in January has become
      action that can be delayed until the last mad cow comes home," said Carol
      Tucker Foreman, food policy director for the Consumer Federation of
      America. The American Meat Institute, a trade group representing U.S.
      meatpackers, said it was against a mandatory elimination of cattle brains
      and spinal material from all animal feed."

      [Very edited from:

      USDA ADVISED AGAINST MAD COW TEST IN 2002: (07/13/04): "The U.S.
      Department of Agriculture in late 2002 warned against using the same mad
      cow disease test the agency now is using in its expanded surveillance
      program for the deadly disorder, United Press International has learned.
      The USDA said governments should not authorize the test, which is
      manufactured by Bio-Rad Laboratories in Hercules, Calif., because it can
      give false positives -- results that are ruled negative on follow-up
      testing -- and "will cause loss of consumer confidence in beef and beef
      products," the agency wrote in a letter to the World Organization for
      Animal Health in Paris.

      The USDA recommended countries employ a different test manufactured by the
      Swiss firm Prionics -- a test the agency has licensed but has not yet put
      into use. The USDA's reason for the delay is the Prionics test, which has
      not yielded a false positive in more than 20 million tests in Europe, still
      must pass through the agency's validation procedures. Experts on testing
      and mad cow disease have suggested one reason the USDA might have opted for
      Bio-Rad is the same reason it advised against it in 2002: its potential to
      yield false positives. By releasing preliminary positives -- or
      inconclusives, as the USDA has deemed them -- that are later ruled
      negative, the agency could desensitize markets, consumers and foreign
      trading partners to real positive cases when and if they occur, the sources

      [Very edited from:

      USDA'S OWN AUDIT SLAMS ITS MAD COW PLAN: (07/13/04): "The U.S. Department
      of Agriculture's mad cow disease surveillance plan has numerous problems
      that may have reduced the chances of detecting the deadly disease among
      U.S. herds, according to a draft report from the agency's inspector
      general. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who made the IG report available on
      his Web site [address below], sent a letter Tuesday to Agriculture
      Secretary Ann Veneman noting the House Government Reform Committee -- on
      which Waxman serves -- and a separate IG investigation not yet made
      available to the public, found additional evidence contradicting claims of
      USDA officials regarding potential U.S. cases of mad cow disease.

      "The Inspector General's finding and the additional evidence obtained by
      the committee have major implications," Waxman, the ranking Democrat, wrote
      in the letter. "They call into question the credibility of the department's
      public statements and the adequacy of the department's past and ongoing
      response to mad cow disease." The IG audit of the mad cow surveillance
      plan details a slew of problems, including failure to test the riskiest
      animals, confusion among inspectors in the field due to inadequate
      training, and "an almost complete absence of available documentation"
      supporting the surveillance plan from 1990 through 2003.

      [Very very edited from:

      [See also:

      [For formal letter and Drafat Audit:

      testing of cattle for mad cow disease would not improve on the current
      voluntary system because the government still could never be sure producers
      were complying, an Agriculture Department official said Wednesday. Even
      under mandatory testing, if a producer did not want an animal tested, ''it
      would be very difficult for us to find out,'' said Dr. Ron DeHaven,
      administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. ''When we
      are talking about potentially every cattle producer in the country getting
      involved in this program, enforcement is a real issue,'' DeHaven said.

      He said that relying on cooperation from farmers, slaughterhouse operators
      and renderers is working well in coming up with brain tissue samples to be
      checked for the fatal brain-wasting disease. ''We clearly are getting the
      support we need to make this successful, so there is no need to proceed to
      a mandatory program,'' DeHaven said. Mandatory testing also would mean
      time-consuming rule-making, DeHaven said."

      [Edited from:

      ITALY REPORTS LATEST CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE: (07/19/04): "A 7-year-old
      cow from a breeding farm in northwestern Italy has tested positive for mad
      cow disease, bringing to 122 the number of cases detected in the nation
      since testing began in 2001, the Health Ministry said Monday. Two years
      ago, Italy reported its first case of the human form of the brain-wasting
      illness, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which experts believe is
      transmitted by eating meat from infected animals."

      [Edited from:

      *04: "Fresh" Fries, Fruit Vision, Anti-Alzheimer's, Cancer/Food
      FROZEN FRIES ARE 'FRESH' VEGGIES: (06/15/04): "Based on a little-noticed
      change to obscure federal rules, the USDA now defines frozen French fries
      as "fresh vegetables." A federal judge in Texas last week endorsed the
      USDA's decision in a court case. U.S. District Judge Richard Schell said
      the term "fresh vegetables" was ambiguous. The USDA quietly changed the
      regulations last year at the behest of the French fry industry, which has
      spent decades pushing for a revision to the Perishable Agricultural
      Commodities Act.

      The USDA explained its rationale in its arguments in the Texas case.
      "While plaintiff argued that battered-coated French fries are processed
      products, they have not been 'processed' to the point that they are no
      longer 'fresh,' " attorneys for the USDA argued. "It is still considered
      'fresh' because it is not preserved. It retains its perishable quality."

      [Edited from:

      FRUIT FENDS OFF VISION TROUBLE, STUDY FINDS: (06/14/04): "Eating fruit
      regularly earlier in life may help ward off macular degeneration, the
      leading cause of vision loss in older adults, a study said Monday. The
      study from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston looked at data from
      77,562 women and 40,866 men who were followed for from 12 to 18 years as
      part of long-term studies tracking them for a variety of health issues. It
      found that both men and women who consumed three or more servings of
      unspecified fruit a day had a 36 percent decreased risk of developing
      macular degeneration. The report said macular degeneration is the leading
      cause of vision loss among people 65 and older. There are no effective
      treatments for the condition in which the macula -- a small part of the
      retina -- deteriorates, causing a loss of central vision."

      [Edited from:

      [Study abstract:

      "Researchers in a new study say that you can prevent Alzheimer's by staying
      lean, eating lots of fruit and vegetables and exercising, you will also
      reduce significantly your risk of developing heart disease. High
      cholesterol during midlife, as well as high blood pressure will increase
      your risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia later in life if you do
      not do anything about it.

      A Finnish study found that people who are obese in midlife have twice the
      risk of developing dementia during old age - the study looked at 1,500
      people. The people with high cholesterol and blood pressure had six times
      the risk. Women who eat plenty of vegetables during their middle-age years
      are much less likely to lose their cognitive abilities during their 70s
      than women who did not eat many vegetables. This study looked at 13,000
      women. The study was carried out at the Harvard Medical School, led by Dr.
      Jae Hee Kang."

      [Edited from:

      warnings from the government, health groups and doctors, more than 70
      percent of Americans still eat too much meat and fat and too few
      vegetables, cancer researchers said. They published a survey showing 72
      percent of Americans still centered their meals around animal fats, leaving
      little room for the vegetables that prevent not only cancer but heart
      disease and perhaps a range of other diseases, too.

      "Every time we sit down to a meal we are presented with a fresh opportunity
      to bolster our bodies' natural defenses," said Melanie Polk of the American
      Institute for Cancer Research. "Today, the overwhelming majority of us
      routinely squander that opportunity." The AICR, which funds research aimed
      at showing links between nutrition and cancer, commissioned a survey of
      1,000 adults. They were asked what they had eaten the night before and how
      much. The AICR also released a study of nearly 30,000 women that showed
      those who ate a diet closest to the group's guidelines - rich in
      vegetables, with moderate alcohol intake - had the lowest risk of cancer."

      [Edited from:

      [See also:

      "Most cases of cancer are linked to environmental causes, U.S. government
      scientists report, and simultaneously, a second group of government
      researchers says the number of cancer survivors is growing in the United
      States. Cancer is the second leading cause of death for Americans after
      heart disease.

      Cancers linked to environmental causes make up at least 80 percent of all
      cancer cases, according to a second new report by the National Cancer
      Institute, this one published with the National Institute of Environmental
      Health Sciences. Environmental causes include exposure to agents in the air
      and water as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet. "When I
      use the word environmental, I mean it in a broad sense to include both
      lifestyle factors such as diet, tobacco, and alcohol, as well as radiation,
      infectious agents, and substances in the air, water, and soil," said Dr.
      Blair in the June 17 issue of the NCI publication "Benchmarks."

      [Edited from:

      [Original interactive source (with a breakdown of "cause" percentages:

      *05: Power Companies Sued, Cause Deaths, Ruin Glaciers
      (07/17/04): "A chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. said in
      comments published Thursday he sees "very little hope for the world" unless
      there is a reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions. Lord Oxburgh,
      chairman of Shell Transport and Trading Co. PLC, the Anglo-Dutch oil
      giant's British wing, told the Guardian newspaper that he's worried about
      the threat of climate change. "No one can be comfortable at the prospect
      of continuing to pump out the amounts of carbon dioxide that we are at
      present," Oxburgh was quoted as saying. "People are going to go on allowing
      this atmospheric carbon dioxide to build up, with consequences that we
      really can't predict, but are probably not good."

      [Edited from:

      8 STATES, NYC TO SUE POWER COMPANIES: (07/21/04): "Eight states and New
      York City intend to sue five of the country's largest power producers to
      demand they cut carbon dioxide emissions, which are believed to be linked
      to global warming. Named will be American Electric Power Co., Southern
      Co., Xcel Energy, Cinergy and the federal Tennessee Valley Authority. The
      companies collectively own 174 fossil fuel-burning power plants that
      produce 646 million tons of carbon dioxide annually - about 10 percent of
      the nation's total, the statement said.

      Global warming has become a growing concern for many scientists, who worry
      industrial exhaust and other gases in the atmosphere are raising
      temperatures and will damage crops and human health, raise the sea level
      and cause other problems. The states contend carbon dioxide emissions can
      be reduced by increasing efficiency at coal-burning plants, switching from
      coal to cleaner burning fuels, investing in energy conservation, and using
      clean energy sources such as wind and solar power."

      [Edited from:

      about the effects of power plant pollution What you don't know about the
      air you breathe can hurt you. For the first time, the Power Plant Air
      Pollution Locater puts at your fingertips detailed information about the
      air you and your family are breathing. Now you can zoom in on your state,
      your city, and even on the power plant in your back yard - and find out
      what dirty air means to you. Nationwide, the U.S. Environmental Protection
      Agency's own air quality consultants, using standard EPA methodology, found

      - Pollution from power plants cuts short the lives of nearly 24,000
      Americans nationwide every year.

      - Those 24,000 Americans die an average of 14 years early because of
      exposure to power plant pollution. 2,800 of those deaths are from lung

      - Power plant pollution is responsible for 38,200 non-fatal heart attacks
      per year.

      - Enforcing the current Clean Air Act will result in 4,000 fewer deaths
      each year than the Bush Administration's air pollution plan. Far from
      cleaning up, the Bush air pollution plan represents a step backward from
      simply enforcing current law.

      - The Clean Power Act, a leading proposal to clean up power plants once and
      for all, would save 8,000 more lives every year than the Bush
      administration plan. This is 100,000 more lives by 2020."

      [Edited from:

      (07/2004): "More than 110 glaciers have disappeared from Montana's Glacier
      National Park over the past 150 years, and researchers estimate that the
      park's remaining 37 glaciers may be gone in another 25 years. Half a world
      away on the African equator, Hemingway's snows of Kilimanjaro are steadily
      melting and could completely disappear in the next 20 years. And in the
      Alps, glaciers are retreating and disappearing every year, much to the
      dismay of mountain climbers, tourist agencies, and environmental

      "Receding and wasting glaciers are a telltale sign of global climate
      change," said Jeff Kargel, head of the Global Land Ice Measurements from
      Space (GLIMS) Coordination Center at the United States Geological Survey
      (USGS) in Flagstaff, Arizona. Kargel is part of a research team that's
      developing an inventory of the world's glaciers, combining current
      information on size and movement with historical data, maps, and photos."

      [Edited from the long & information article with great satellite images at:

      *06: A Hit of Milk, Hippo Sweat, & Clinical Depression in Cows
      A HIT OF MILK: "Isn't it weird that we drink milk, stuff designed to
      nourish baby cows ? How did THAT happen ? Did some cattleman once say,
      "Oh, man, I can't wait till them calves are done so I can get ME a hit of
      that stuff."

      [Attribted to Jerry Seinfeld in the Wash. Post as quoted at:

      HIPPO SWEAT EXPLAINED: (05/27/04): "The secret of a hippopotamus's 'magic'
      sweat has been revealed. The sticky reddish substance that acts as a
      sunscreen was enough to make the ancient Greeks think hippos sweated blood,
      says BBC Online. But now a team from Kyoto Pharmaceutical University in
      Japan says the substance is made from two unstable pigments, one red and
      one orange. They tell Nature magazine that the red pigment also has
      antibacterial properties. These work to protect the hippo from certain
      pathogens and accelerate its recovery from wounds.

      Hippos, who usually forage at night, sometimes have to come out from the
      water in the day to top up their feed. The sweat protects them from the
      baking sun. "The sunscreen property of the sweat was first suspected
      because albino hippos are often observed - and they seem healthy," said
      Kyoto's Kimiko Hashimoto."

      [Edited from:

      "According to a joint study conducted by the FDA and the Department of
      Agriculture, nearly three out of four members of the U.S. livestock
      population show signs of clinical depression, with the vast majority of
      cases going untreated, government officials said Monday. "The FDA is
      charged with the task of preventing potentially disastrous outbreaks of
      disease within the U.S. livestock population," said Henry Wolcott,
      Assistant Undersecretary of Agriculture, Psychiatric Division. "I'm afraid
      that, in this case, our intervention came too late. Our study shows that 73
      percent of U.S. cattle, goats, sheep, and swine suffer from serious
      psychiatric problems."

      Signs of clinical depression discovered by the researchers include severe
      listlessness, lack of motivation, and a flattening of emotional affect
      marked by glazed eyes and slow movements. "Most of the cows we examined
      barely had the energy to drag themselves from the barn out to the field,"
      Walcott said. "Once in the field, they tended to spend most of their time
      quietly brooding and chewing cud, showing little to no willingness to
      communicate with their herd-member peers. Their depression was so
      debilitating that they needed to be coaxed out of inactivity through the
      use of hollering, physical force, and, in extreme cases, trained dogs."
      The study also noted the average U.S. cow's tendency to emit low, mournful

      Dr. Theodore Nelson, author of "The Slow Slaughter: Growing Up Livestock In
      An Uncaring World," has made combating bovine ennui his personal mission.
      In his book, Nelson calls for a federal program to provide Selective
      Livestock Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors to animals in need.

      The government's report also contained preliminary data suggesting a rate
      as high as 95 percent for severe anxiety disorder among U.S. poultry.

      [Edited from the very funny satire at:

      *07: Austria AR Laws, Crimes Unseen, Fowl Cruelty, Dog Vocab
      CRIMES UNSEEN: (07/2004):
      "To statisfy the public's ever-growing appetite for meat, slaughterhouses
      in the United States killed ten billion animals last year. That's
      27,397,260 animals every day, 1,141,553 every hour, 19,026 every minute.
      Most Americans, largely disconnected from their food supply, assume these
      animals met a painless end, if they think about it at all. Even readers of
      books and articles about conditions in factory farms may not be aware of
      what happens to animals at slaughter. But every now and then ... for a
      brief moment the veil had been lifted on the brutality of the process that
      turns living creatures into meat.

      [major edit]

      Nothing better illustrates the failure of the USDA to provide for the
      humane treatment of animals raised for food than its position on downed, or
      nonambulatory, animals. Images of animals too sick to stand being prodded,
      pushed, and pulled to slaughter has sealed many an animal advocate's
      decision to eschew meat. Yet for more than a decade the USDA ignored pleas
      from animal protection groups to halt the marketing of downed animals on
      humane grounds. The agency continued to do nothing even after research
      conducted in Europe showed that downed animals presented the greatest risk
      of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, entering the
      U.S. food supply. Only after a BSE-infected dairy cow was reported in
      Washington State last December did the agency ban the slaughter of these

      [Very edited from the long and quite comprehensive article at:

      AUSTRIA OKS STRICT ANIMAL RIGHTS LAW: (06/13/04): "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 recently in Austria. The
      anticruelty law adopted May 27, 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.

      It's the latest example of how the animal rights issue is gaining attention
      across Europe [here's two of several in the original article]:

      - 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.

      - .... Germany plans to phase out mass farming of caged chickens by the end
      of 2006."

      [Edited from the larger article at:

      an animal rights group allegedly showing cruelty at a U.S. poultry plant
      owned by Pilgrim's Pride Corp. prompted the company yesterday to launch an
      investigation of its workers and sent its shares lower. People for the
      Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the tape showed workers at a West
      Virginia Pilgrim's Pride plant ripping off birds' beaks, spitting tobacco
      into their mouths and eyes, stomping and kicking live chickens, and
      squeezing them with such force "that the birds expelled feces." The tape
      is the latest in an 18-month-long series of investigations by PETA of
      companies that supply KFC, the fast-food chicken chain owned and operated
      by Yum Brands Inc.

      Pilgrim's Pride, the No. 2 U.S. poultry producer after Tyson Foods, is a
      KFC supplier. Pilgrim's Pride President O.B. Goolsby said in a statement
      that the company was appalled and outraged by the allegations. Goolsby
      also said an investigation into the PETA allegations had begun. One worker
      was suspended without pay and three others were being investigated, he said.

      [Very edited from:

      [Excerpts of the 100 hrs. of footage:

      RESEARCH SHOWS DOGS UNDERSTAND LANGUAGE: (06/10/04): "German researchers
      have found a border collie named Rico who understands more than 200 words
      and can learn new ones as quickly as many children. Patti Strand, an
      American Kennel Club board member, called the report "good news for those
      of us who talk to our dogs." "Like parents of toddlers, we learned long ago
      the importance of spelling key words like bath, pill or vet when speaking
      in front of our dogs," Strand said. "Thanks to the researchers who've
      proven that people who talk to their dogs are cutting-edge communicators,
      not just a bunch of eccentrics."

      The researchers found that Rico knows the names of dozens of play toys and
      can find the one called for by his owner. That is a vocabulary size about
      the same as apes, dolphins and parrots trained to understand words, the
      researchers say. Rico can even take the next step, figuring out what a new
      word means."

      [Edited from:

      [Funded the study:

      *08: Vegans Franchise, USDA/Oreos, COK on MTV, Internet Agi
      VEGANS' FOOD CHAIN: (06/18/04): "Franchising emerges as new way to spread
      the meatless message: When Brad Wolff decided 21Ž2 years ago to open a
      meatless and dairyless restaurant in Ocean Beach [Eatopia Express], he knew
      only that he wanted an intimate haven for local vegans. But his three
      partners - a small-business lawyer, a vegan caterer and a former Taco Bell
      franchise analyst - quickly convinced him that a franchise strategy was a
      better idea. "I do see a money potential in this," said Wolff, a
      48-year-old vegan chef and UCLA-trained food scientist. "But this isn't
      about money. It's about converting as many people as I can to vegetarianism
      and veganism."

      Once considered taboo in the veggie restaurant industry, corporate-style
      business models are slowly gaining popularity as vegans seek to advance
      their message with franchised restaurants nationwide. The fledgling
      movement is centered in Southern California, with two San Diego companies
      vying to become the country's first vegan franchise chain."

      [Very edit from the really cool article at:

      [Eatopia Express:

      [Mr. Goodburger:

      [Native Foods:

      COK'S NEW TV COMMERCIALS DEBUT ON MTV!: (07/14/04): "COK is thrilled to
      announce the launch of our new TV commercials! Beginning on July 14, 2004,
      MTV viewers in and around Washington, D.C. will see first-hand what
      cruelties farmed animals endure to give us meat, milk, and eggs. The
      commercials direct viewers to TryVeg.com, where they can learn how to stop
      animal abuse, every time they sit down to eat. Our two 30-second
      commercials will air approximately 400 times over two months on MTV,
      resulting in an estimated 3 million views. We expect the commercial will be
      viewed more than a million times within our target audience: teen girls and
      young women, those most likely to choose animal-friendly eating.

      To give you an idea of how cost-effective these teen-targeted commercials
      are, check out the numbers: $40 pays for 1 full 30-second spot, with 8,000
      viewings - $80 pays for 2 spots, with 16,000 viewings - $120 pays for 3
      spots, with 24,000 viewings - $200 pays for 5 spots, with 40,000 viewings -
      $400 pays for 10 spots, with 80,000 viewings."

      [Edited from:

      "The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) today petitioned
      the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop promoting Oreos and other junk
      foods through its controversial agricultural "check-off programs," urging
      it to "get serious about fighting the obesity epidemic" in the United

      Through the dairy check-off, the USDA is currently partnering with Nabisco
      to push kids to eat more Oreos and Chips Ahoy cookies and to drink more
      milk. The recently completed "Dunk and Win" cookie contest, which awarded
      $1 million to the holder of a "special Oreo cookie" that, when dunked,
      turned milk blue, was touted by the dairy industry as "the most successful
      retail milk promotion ever conducted under the check-off program." By
      airing commercials on kid-friendly networks such as Nickelodeon and the
      Cartoon Network, the USDA aims to induce kids to push their parents to buy
      even more milk and cookies. Because of the success of the "Dunk" contest,
      the USDA, the dairy industry, and Nabisco launched a new promotion in June:
      Spell M-I-L-K with specially marked Oreo cookies and win $100,000. A third
      milk-and-cookies sweepstakes-this one aimed at school children-is set to
      kick off in August.

      As part of its campaign ... PCRM [ran] an advertisement in the June 20
      "Outlook" section of the Washington Post. The ad features Uncle Sam holding
      a plate of cookies. The headline reads: Uncle Sam Wants YouŠFat!

      [Edited from:

      [Download the Free "Uncle Sam...etc." Poster & credit PCRM when using:

      "Join Agi Lidle, two time cancer survivor, author and certified herbalist
      as she interviews authorities in the fields of traditional allopathic
      medicine and non-traditional alternative therapies. Monthly features
      include a panel discussion between health care professionals regarding
      various health conditions and treatments. Co-hosts include: Evan Trost MD,
      Sunneil Jain ND and Nathan Jaynes MH.""

      [For more information an online radio access:

      [Interview with Howard Lyman (broadband recommended):

      *09: Upcoming Events of Special Note
      July 21-25, 2004 University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown PA

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

      Sunday, July 25th, 2004 12 PM to 8PM. Vegan Food, Vendors, Tours, Family Fun.

      Need more info? Contact the OohMahNee Office
      Phone: 724.755.2420 Email: omnoffice@...

      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.

      *10: Howard's Schedule
      Jul 21-25: Johnstown, PA > Summerfest 2004
      Jul 25: Hunker, PA > 3rd Annual Open House, Oohmahnee Farmed Animal
      Sanctuary. (724) 755-2420

      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
      Oct 15: Malibu, CA > Health Conf.

      [More details and contact info at:

      *11: Quick Bytes
      [Catskill Animal Sanctuary:

      [Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken - DVD:

      [New online database of North American Birds (and some neat articles):

      ["Over 10,000 related links!"

      [Information about Tom Regan's New Book: Empty Cages:

      ["Nine ways to live healthy and prevent cancer:"

      ["High Fibre Diet Helps Cholesterol Level: Study:"

      ["Panel's Ties To Drugmakers Not Cited In New Cholesterol Guidelines:"

      ["Humanity Overshoots the Earth's Limit Again:"

      ["N.Carolina Firm Recalls Chicken Over Listeria Fear:"

      ["USDA announces recall of 100,000 pounds of ground beef:"

      [Agriculture growth in countries, and more (interactive):

      [FDA databases collection:

      [Close to 200 veg'n salad recipes:

      [Close to 100 vegetarian "meatless entre" recipes:

      [Over 10,000 veg'n recipe links:

      [Hidden animal products:

      [Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society:

      [Excellent compendium of veg'n'-related links:

      *12: Closing Thought(s)
      "Being kind to animals is not enough. Avoiding cruelty is not enough.
      Housing animals in more comfortable, larger cages is not enough. Whether we
      exploit animals to eat, to wear, to entertain us, or to learn, the truth of
      animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages."

      - Dr. Tom Regan, in his new book: "Empty Cages"

      ''The thing that drives me now is knowing no animal has to die for me to
      live. The pursuit of life became so special to me...''

      - Howard Lyman

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