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    Again, thanks for the patience. We ll be making future issues smaller ! Regards, Mark Editor ... Howdy! Welcome to the 54th Edition of the Mad Cowboy
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 2, 2006
      Again, thanks for the patience. We'll be making future issues smaller !

      Regards, Mark Editor

      Howdy! Welcome to the 54th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter. In
      this issue we've a couple of surprises for y'all: 250 pictures taken
      during Howard's recent trip to Africa and news that Howard's
      Documentary will be aired at the famed Hollywood Egyptian Theater this
      coming November as part of the "3rd Annual Artivist Film Festival &
      Awards." Check out their website:


      There's also two great recipes from "No More Bull!" (one from Dr. T.
      Colin Campbell), and 10 links to help you and yours have a Happy Veg'n
      Halloween! As you read on, you'll see a buncha information in the Mad
      Cow Corral covering "mad cow, mad sheep, mad honey, and mad deer"
      issues, articles related to the recent spinach/e.coli crisis and
      industrial farming, learn about an unusal and contempletive canine,
      why New York City may become "less fatty," what Dr. Esselstyn says
      about "moderation," an activist success story from "Compassion Over
      Killing," and a reminder to celebrate World Vegan Day.

      Amongst it all, there's also the article about fruit and vegetables
      relationship to heart disease, a new study showing that a salad a day
      (and raw vegetables) are "scientifically recommended," a detailed
      article about how the Elephant Culture is showing signs of social
      stress, where you can generate your own "McDonald's Sign Message," a
      ton of articles referenced in our "Quick Bytes" section, a cite about
      Asia's largest cat shelter going "vegan," and why there may be
      different "shades of moo."

      ... and, as always, a tip of the hat to our new subscribers. Y'all
      can read past issues of the newsletter at:


      Enjoy the Fall weather while you can!

      [personal vegan blog: http://www.soulveggie.com]


      00: Quote(s) from Howard
      01: Mad Cowboy in Africa
      02: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      03: Recipes from "No More Bull!"
      04: 10 Useful Links for a Veg'n Halloween!
      05: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      06: Spinach/E.coli/Pigs - Sick Industrial Food, Farm System
      07: NYC<Fatty, Salad Day, Fruit/Veggies<HD, US-Backed Killer Diet
      08: Accent on the Moo, Bow-omm, Sign-o-Matic, Safety Singing
      09: World Vegan Day, Crocker Goes Veg, Esselstyn, Meaty Args
      10: No Egg Logo, Foie Gras Fight, Elephant Stress, Cats Go Vegan
      11: Upcoming Events of Note
      12: Howard's Schedule
      13: Quick Bytes
      14: Closing Thoughts

      *00: Quote(s) from Howard
      "According to Julie L. Gereberding, Director of the Centers for
      Disease Controland Prevention (CDC), "Eleven of the last twelve
      emerging infectious diseases that we're aware of in the world, that
      have had human health consequences, have probablly arisen from animal
      sources." We should not be surprised to learn this, as humans have a
      long history of falling victim to diseases that afflicted animals
      first. Measles and smallpox originated in cows, anthrax in wild
      sheep, tuberculosis in goats, whooping cough in pigs, and typhoid
      fever in chickesn. Other diseases that humans picked up from animnals
      include yellow fever, bubonic plague, influenza, and leprosy.

      Since animal agriculture poses many health threats that we are just
      beginning to recognize, it's safe to assume that it poses others that
      have thus far escaped scrutiny. Here's an example of one that
      recently came to light: a University of Iowa study released in
      December 2004 uncovered a serious link between hog farming and
      incidence of asthma in children. The study found at least one
      indicator of asthma in over 55 percent of children residing on hog
      farms that use antibiotics in their feed. That's more than twice the
      incidence in children on farms that do not raise hogs.

      You [my meat-eating friends] put your health at risk --- that's your
      business. But animal-based diets put the land, the water, the air, a
      society's collective health, and even our collective pharmaceutical
      resources at risk. That's my business. That's everyone's business."

      --- Howard Lyman, in "No More Bull!" pp. 64-65

      *01: Mad Cowboy in Africa
      [In August, Howard, members of his family, and a friend, took an
      extraordinary trip to Africa. Between Howard and his son-in-law, some
      1200+ photographs were taken. 250 of them have been culled and are
      available via the following webpage (as thumbnails with links), along
      with the trip's itinerary and imbedded links for more information on
      where they stayed, the cities, the animals, and the land:


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

      "Of the load of pesticides in the average person, what percentage
      comes from eating dairy and milk?"

      (a) 90% (b) 80% (c) 70% (d) 60% (e) 50%

      Congratulations to Don Renninger for correctly guessing "(b) 80%" and
      winning the luck of the draw. Enjoy your VegNews subscription, pardner!

      ["Milk- Does a Body Good?"

      "Of the 37 or so ingredients in a Chicken McNugget, roughly how many,
      directly or indirectly, come from corn?

      (a) 37 (b) 30 (c) 23 (d) 16

      Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@... with the word
      "contest" in your subject line by NLT November 15, 2006.

      [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

      *03: Recipes from "No More Bull!"

      (yield: 4 servings)

      This soup is ready in 15 minutes and really packs a punch, providing
      189 percent of your recommended vitamin C per serving. It's also
      loaded with beta-carotene from the peppers, tomatoes, and orange
      juice. Enjoy for lunches at work or a starter for dinner. Blend for
      a creamier tomato soup.

      2 tablespoons olive oil
      1 medium onion, chopped
      4 medium garlic cloves, crushed
      1 tablespoon ginger root (approximately 1 inch), grated
      1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
      2 cups vegetable stock or water
      1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
      1 teaspoon ground coriander
      1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, or orange juice with pulp

      Heat oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger
      and pepper and saute for 5 to 8 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes,
      coriander, cinnamon and cayenne. Simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add
      orange juice, warm through and serve. Season to taste.

      (From Sally Errey, registered nutritional consulting practitioner,
      Centre for Integrated Healing Society (p. 215-216 in "No More Bull!"
      by Howard Lyman).

      [Sally's website:

      (yield: 4 to 6 servings)

      This is royally delicious treatment for broccoli, "The King of the

      1 bunch broccoli
      1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
      1 teaspoon stone ground or Dijon-style mustard
      1 clove garlic, pressed or minced

      Break the broccoli into bite-sized florets. Peel the stems and slice
      them into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Steam until just tender, about 5
      minutes. While the broccoli is steaming, whisk the dressing
      ingredients in a serving bowl. Add the steamed broccoli and toss to
      mix. Serve immediately.

      (From Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author, The China Study (p. 232 in "No
      More Bull!")

      [Dr. Campbell's website:

      *04: 10 Useful Links for a Veg'n Halloween!
      ["Halloween Safety Tips:"


      ["Top 10 Things to do with Non-Vegan Halloween Candy:"

      ["Vegan Halloween Recipes And Resources" from Bryanna Clark Grogan:

      ["Treats Fit for a-Gobblin'!" (and links):

      ["Humane Halloween Recipe Links:"

      ["Vegan Recipes for the Harvest:" (impressive number of recipes):

      ["11 Vegan Halloween Recipes:"

      ["A Vegan Halloween Party:"

      ["Vegan Food for Halloween and Bonfire Night:"


      ["Vegan Candy is Dandy:" (from PETA - what candy is vegan?)

      *05: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      CANADA FINDS 8TH CASE OF BSE: (08/23/06): "Canada has identified
      its eighth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow
      disease, just a few weeks after the seventh case. The illness was
      found in an Alberta beef cow estimated to be between 8 and 10 years
      old, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced. Given the
      cow's age, it was probably exposed to the disease either before or
      shortly after Canada banned the feeding of cattle protein to cattle
      and other ruminants in 1997, the agency said. The cow was tested in
      the course of Canada's BSE surveillance program, which targets
      high-risk cattle.

      [Edited from:

      ITS CATTLE FOR MAD COW DISEASE: (09/13/06): "... [the] USDA can no
      longer ignore the overwhelming public support for allowing companies
      such as Creekstone Farms to voluntarily test all of its production.
      Testing will give consumers at home and abroad added confidence in
      U.S. beef and improve America's trade status with countries such as
      South Korea and Japan. At the same time, USDA must apply its trade
      policy fairly and reasonably, enabling facilities to export beef even
      while those that fail inspections are held back temporarily. It is the
      right thing to do; it will create U.S. jobs, grow our economy and help
      us regain global market share."

      [Edited from:

      "Foreword to the Book by Ronnie Cummins: ...Armed with $90 billion in
      taxpayer money each year, the USDA is waging war against all of
      us‹consumers, family farmers, farm animals, and the environment. The
      direct and collateral damage of this war includes rampant water, air,
      and food pollution; an epidemic of cancer, birth defects, obesity, and
      hormone disruption; pollution by genetically engineered crops; an
      unsustainable, massive venting of climate-destabilizing greenhouse
      gases; pesticide and antibiotic contamination; proliferation of junk
      food; systematic exploitation of small farmers, farm workers, and
      slaughterhouse workers; and the dumping of millions of tons of
      subsidized crops and meat at below the cost of production on
      developing nations, thereby destroying the livelihoods of millions of
      small farmers and rural communities."

      [The full foreward is well worth reading for more behind-the-scenes
      descriptions of what Mr. Cummins, and to a similiar degree Howard,
      have been through addressing these issues:

      CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE FOUND IN FRANCE: (09/18/06): "A cow in
      central France has tested positive for mad cow disease, the country's
      fifth detected case this year, local authorities said. Local
      veterinary chief Dominique Chabanet said Monday it was probably
      infected by eating animal-based flour, before its use as cow feed was
      banned in 1996. France has recorded a total of 15 cases of the human
      form of the disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, since it first
      appeared in 1996..."

      [Edited from:

      "American beef is back in the Japanese market and slated to return to
      South Korea soon. But for America's beef exporters, who lost two of
      their three largest markets in 2003 after a few cases of mad cow
      disease were discovered in the United States, it is going to be an
      uphill struggle to rebuild their north Asian business. Ambassador
      Thomas Schieffer has been heavily promoting U.S. beef to help American
      exporters rebuild their nearly $1.5-billion annual business in Japan.
      Amb. Thomas Schieffer being served American roast beef Amb. Thomas
      Schieffer being served American roast beef The ambassador, leaving
      another beef promotional lunch in downtown Tokyo, joked that his
      cholesterol count must have soared in recent days after eating
      American beef for nearly every meal. But he says what is important is
      Japan's appetite for U.S. meat..."

      [Very edited from:

      (09/25/06): "The United States needs to continue taking steps to
      protect its food supply from terrorism just as it would its buildings,
      airports and other elements of its infrastructure, FBI deputy director
      John S. Pistole said Monday. "The threat from agroterrorism may not
      be widely recognized, but the threat is real and the impact could be
      devastating," Pistole said. "The recent E. coli outbreak in California
      spinach has captured the public attention even without a terror nexus.
      Pistole, keynote speaker at the second International Symposium on
      Agroterrorism, pointed to a nonterrorism example, a single case of mad
      cow disease in the United States in 2003, to illustrate the potential
      impact. The U.S. food and agriculture industry employs about one in
      eight Americans and is important not only to Americans, but because of
      its massive exports, to much of the world, as well, Pistole said.
      "The bottom line is that agriculture, just like buildings, bridges and
      tunnels, is a critical infrastructure in need of defense," he said."

      [Edited from:

      (09/27/06): "The U.S. Meat Export Federation is running full page ads
      in Japanese newspapers that cost as much as 79 million yen ($681,000)
      each to convince consumers American beef is safe to eat. The biggest
      supermarket chains don't buy it. Repairing the image of U.S. beef
      after it was banned in Japan because of mad cow disease has fallen to
      Philip Seng, the chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export
      group, which has Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. among its members.
      He said in an interview the U.S. industry may have lost $5 billion
      since Japan first imposed the ban in December 2003. The ad spending,
      along with barbecue events and a new website are part of Seng's
      strategy to convince Aeon Co. and Seven & I Holdings Co., Japan's two
      biggest supermarket chains, to put U.S. beef back on the shelves after
      the government lifted the ban in July. He says demand is growing and
      supply shortages are a problem."

      [Very edited from:

      [See also: "Beef is luxurious. Beef is healthy. And, yes, beef is sexy. :"

      JAPANESE CONFIRM 29TH CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE: (09/28/06): "Japanese
      authorities... have confirmed the country's 29th case of mad cow
      disease. The Agriculture Ministry said tests had confirmed that a
      75-month-old Holstein cow from a farm on the northern island of
      Hokkaido had been infected with mad cow disease, also known as bovine
      spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). 'The cow will be incinerated so that
      it will not be used as fodder or food for human beings,' the ministry
      said in a written statement. The authorities run mad cow tests on all
      animals to be slaughtered for consumption."

      [Edited from:

      MAD COW BURGERS `KILLED MY SON': (09/29/06): "The mother of a man
      who died from the human form of mad cow disease said she believes
      burgers caused her son's illness. Margaret Marshall was speaking
      after an inquest into the death of her 30-year-old son Stephen which
      concluded he contracted variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)
      through eating contaminated beef. Mrs Marshall, from Richmond, North
      Yorkshire, said the father of one had probably become infected 10
      years before, when he used to eat burgers regularly. She said: "I
      think it was from when he was about 18 or 19, when he was travelling
      about a lot. He used to live on burgers." She added: "It's a
      devastating illness, I would not wish it on anybody." Mr Marshall was
      diagnosed with vCJD last December. He died in March... Earlier this
      year, British scientists said the number of people infected could be
      far higher than originally thought because of a longer incubation
      period. They believe the time between infection with BSE and
      developing vCJD could be more than 50 years."

      [Edited from:

      (10/02/06): "California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a
      bill, SB 611 (Speier), that allows California public health officers
      to notify the public of the names of retailers that receive
      USDA-recalled meat and poultry, so that consumers can better protect
      themselves from food-borne illnesses. In 2002, California's
      Department of Health Services (DHS) signed a secrecy agreement with
      USDA, agreeing not to release the names of the stores and restaurants
      where tainted, USDA-recalled beef and poultry have been shipped and
      sold. Federal and California state agencies maintain that secrecy is
      necessary in order to protect the proprietary interests of the beef
      and poultry industries. But eighty percent of Californians believe
      that the public should be told the names of retail stores and
      restaurants that receive and sell potentially contaminated,
      USDA-recalled beef and poultry, according to a 2006 Field Research
      Corporation survey."

      [Very edited from:

      "Fish and Game officials are looking for four domestic elk believed to
      be ear-tagged and roaming near the town of Chubbuck, Idaho. It's not
      known where the elk came from, but it's raising more questions about
      the security of farm-raised elk and what could happen should they come
      into contact with wild elk. This latest case comes on the heels of
      another high-profile escape last month. When more than 100 domestic
      elk took off from a hunting reserve in Eastern Idaho, Gov. Jim Risch
      ordered that they be shot on sight. The fear was that they might
      pollute the wild elk gene pool and possibly spread disease, most
      notably the deer and elk equivalent of mad cow disease. There is
      still a lot unknown about Chronic Wasting Disease, the brain disorder
      that kills deer and elk. Researchers still don't know what causes it
      or exactly how the disease is transmitted among animals. It hasn't
      shown up in Idaho yet, but because of the severity of the disease,
      state wildlife officials aren't taking any chances. Since about
      2002, [the USDA] has required that all domestic elk be tested for
      Chronic Wasting Disease when they die... To date, there is no proof
      that any humans have been infected by CWD. However, scientists still
      do not understand the potential risk it poses to public health."

      [Edited from:

      "Mexico is resuming imports of U.S. dairy heifers, lifting a ban
      imposed in December 2003 when the U.S. found its first case of mad-cow
      disease, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said... Under the
      agreement, exported animals must be under 24 months of age, the
      Agriculture Department said in a statement. The heifers will be
      individually identified as they leave the U.S. as part of Mexico's
      mad-cow surveillance program... "My goal is to restore the
      once-vibrant live cattle commerce between the U.S. and Mexico and to
      do so in accordance with science-based international guidelines,''
      Johanns said in the statement. He called the agreement on dairy
      heifers a "first step'' in that process.

      [Edited from:

      probably spread a brain-destroying illness called chronic wasting
      disease through their saliva, concludes a study that finally pins down
      a long-suspected culprit. Chronic wasting disease is in the same
      family of fatal brain illnesses as mad cow disease and its human
      equivalent. There is no evidence that people have ever caught chronic
      wasting disease from infected deer or elk. But CWD is unusual
      because, unlike its very hard-to-spread relatives, it seems to spread
      fairly easily from animal to animal. Scientists were not sure how,
      primarily because studying large wild animals is a logistical
      nightmare. The sheer stress of researchers handling a deer caught in
      the wild could kill it.

      Is it spread through shared salt licks? Or by drooling onto grass or
      into streams? Studying environmental contamination by infectious
      proteins, called prions, that cause CWD is among Hoover's next steps.
      "It's very likely they could be shedding a lot of saliva" shortly
      before death, noted Richard Race, a veterinarian who studies CWD at
      the National Institutes of Health's Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
      "Saliva's a good bet."

      [Very edited from:

      [See also: "Scientists Find Blood, Saliva Can Be Common Channels For
      Infection Between Animals:"

      (10/07/06): "The owner of an Iowa meat company says the federal
      government has needlessly requested that he recall 5,200 pounds of
      meat that he claims is safe and has likely already been consumed by
      thousands of people across seven states. Jim Goeser, owner of Jim's
      Market and Locker Inc., said tests have negated the government's claim
      that his meat may have the same E. coli strain responsible for three
      deaths in the recent outbreak of contaminated spinach. Goeser said he
      voluntarily issued the recall Friday after federal inspectors
      questioned the testing methods used by a slaughterhouse in Omaha, Neb.
      No illnesses have been reported and none likely will, he said. E.
      coli lives in the intestines of cattle and other animals and typically
      is linked to contamination by fecal material. It's believed
      responsible for about 60 deaths and 73,000 infections a year in the
      United States."

      [Edited from:

      TAIWAN HALTS CANADIAN BEEF FROM U.S.: (10/09/06): "Taiwan is no
      longer accepting imports of Canadian beef products from the United
      States, according to a news release from R-CALF USA. The Billings,
      Mont., advocacy group said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food
      Safety and Inspection Service on Tuesday issued updated export
      requirements for Taiwan regarding fresh and frozen boneless beef
      derived from Canadian cattle under 30 months of age. Effective
      Monday, Oct. 9, beef products derived from cattle imported from Canada
      for immediate slaughter are not eligible for export to Taiwan,
      according to the news release from the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal
      Fund, United Stockgrowers of America."

      [Edited from:

      (10/12/06): "Denmark reported its first case of scrapie, a lethal
      disease affecting sheep and goats which is related to mad cow disease.
      A crippled animal in Kjellerup in Viborg County was confirmed to have
      died of an atypical form of scrapie last month, Preben Willeberg,
      Denmark's chief veterinary officer, said in a report to the World
      Organization for Animal Health. The report didn't say whether a sheep
      or goat was infected. The animal was more than 10 years old and the
      source of its infection is unknown, according to the report, which was
      received by the Paris-based organization this week. Another 17 animals
      were susceptible to infection and the affected property has been
      quarantined, it said. Scrapie is a degenerative disease that affects
      the central nervous system. Scientists believe that the feeding of
      rendered scrapie-infected livestock in the form of meatmeal to cattle
      in the U.K. in the late 1970s and 1980s caused the emergence of bovine
      spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. The disease, also known as mad cow
      disease, has been linked with the fatal brain-wasting disease, variant
      Creutzfeldt-Jakob, in humans."

      [Edited from:

      (10/12/06): "U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., has sent a letter to U.S.
      Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns urging him to allow beef producers
      to conduct blanket testing for mad-cow disease for their exports to
      Japan and other countries, according to a copy of the letter made
      available Thursday, Kyodo News reported. "This is vital to regaining
      U.S. market share in Japan, South Korea and other markets critical to
      U.S. beef suppliers," Bunning said in the letter dated last Friday.
      The U.S. Department of Agriculture restricts testing to its own
      program, banning voluntary testing despite repeated requests for
      permission from some American meat processors so they can test all
      cattle for beef exports, especially to Japan to satisfy consumers
      there. Japan conducts blanket testing on all slaughtered cattle. But
      the U.S. tests only a small proportion of the total cattle herd
      because the USDA program is designed to statistically check the
      prevalence of the disease."

      [Edited from:

      (10/13/06): "Chronic wasting disease for the first time has been
      found in the heart muscle of white-tailed deer and elk, according to
      researchers in the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture.
      The finding is important to wildlife managers, hunters and scientists
      because the cardiac muscle -- which comprises meat -- of big-game
      animals susceptible to CWD is consumed by humans. Hunters, however,
      should not be alarmed, said Jean Jewell, a research scientist in the
      UW Department of Veterinary Sciences. "There is a tendency for people
      to become alarmed when they hear something that makes them think their
      health might be at risk, but at this stage there is no evidence to
      suggest humans are susceptible to CWD," Jewell said. That does not
      mean hunters shouldn't take precautions, according to the Wyoming Game
      and Fish Department (G&F). They are advised not to kill or eat animals
      that appear sick, and it is recommended they wear long, disposable
      rubber or latex gloves when field dressing animals."

      [Very very edited from:

      JAPANESE RULES PROMPT CATTLE ID TAG USE: (10/15/06): "Japanese
      consumers aren't just asking, "Where's the beef?" They want to know:
      "Where's the beef from?" That question is proving to be a good
      opportunity for cattle businesses to test a new national system for
      tracking animals that federal officials hope to have operative on a
      voluntary basis by 2009. The Japanese government is making sure that
      any U.S. beef it imports can be traced to its origins and comes from
      cows not more than 20 months old. The strict protocol stems from the
      December 2003 find of a Washington state cow that tested positive for
      bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease. As a
      result, 52 countries, including Japan, banned U.S. beef. That cow
      eventually was traced to Canada. In the United States, the tags are
      part of the first phase of a National Animal Identification System the
      U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture
      and the livestock industry are developing. The program, which will
      allow tracking of animals through the system from farm to feedlot and
      slaughterhouse, is slated to be implemented on a widespread voluntary
      basis by 2009."

      [Edited from:

      "Ottawa and a multinational feed company knew how to prevent the
      spread of mad cow disease a decade before BSE showed up in Canadian
      cattle but they did nothing, says a Quebec farmer who is trying to
      initiate a class action lawsuit against both. Their negligence and
      inaction led to the crisis that saw international borders closed to
      Canadian beef, costing Quebec farmers between $6 billion and $7
      billion and Canadian farmers overall up to $20 billion, alleges the
      lawsuit filed by Donald Berneche. "The respondents are responsible
      for the present mad cow crisis due to their inaction and negligence,"
      says the suit. "Since the end of the 80s, the beginning of the 1990s,
      worldwide its been known how BSE is spread, which is basically through
      ruminant meat and bone meal," Berneche's lawyer, Gilles Gareau, told
      reporters outside the courtroom. "Stop feeding (it) to cows. It's as
      simple as that." Great Britain banned ruminant meat and bone meal, or
      animal parts, in its cattle feed in 1988. "Here in Canada we waited
      until 1997 to do that," Gareau said."

      [Edited from:

      case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease has
      been discovered in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad between Poland
      and Lithuania, the Federal Control Service for Consumer Rights said.
      "A case of mad cow disease was detected in the town of Razdolnoye in
      the Nesterovski region," near the Lithuanian border, it said in a
      press release. "The two people who had contact with the animal have
      received vaccinations," it added, saying that authorities are "taking
      measures designed to eliminate the source of the disease." In July
      2005, Moscow announced it had found around 10 cases of mad cow disease
      in four farms in Mordovia, in the eastern European area of Russia."

      [Edited from:

      "Europe's top food safety agency will give its views next month on
      whether a fatal brain-wasting disease, similar to mad cow disease,
      might threaten human health if transmitted form sheep and goats, its
      executive director said on Wednesday. Earlier this year, two sheep in
      France and one in Cyprus, were suspected of being infected with bovine
      spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) infection, also known as mad cow
      disease. A final series of tests is continuing and should be completed
      next year. Scrapie belongs to a family of diseases known as TSEs
      (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy) and characterised by a
      degeneration of brain tissue giving a sponge-like appearance. While
      no case of BSE has ever been confirmed as naturally occurring in
      sheep, there are fears that some sheep diagnosed as having scrapie --
      not known to be harmful to humans -- might be carrying the other
      brain-wasting disease."

      [Edited from:

      TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO SURVIVE: (10/23/06): "In his new book The
      Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery, science writer D.T. Max
      explores the strange world of prions and their connections to
      cannibalism, fatal insomnia and hamburgers. Max talked about his
      findings with Wired News. [excerpts:

      WN: What do you make of food safety in the United States when it comes
      to prion diseases?

      Max: The USDA does as poor a job as you could imagine. I've never seen
      an organization that seems more determined to not find what it's in
      charge of exploring..."

      WN: Are you a vegetarian?

      Max: I don't eat cheap hamburger. When I learned it was comprised of
      hundreds of thousands of body parts and when I learned how it was
      blown off the bones of the cow and steer, I just decided I didn't
      quite have the stomach for it anymore."

      [Very edited from:

      OHIO EXPANDS TESTS OF DEER FOR DISEASE: (10/24/06): "Ohio is
      changing its method of testing white-tailed deer for a deadly
      neurological disease. The state will test 1,500 Ohio deer this fall
      for chronic wasting disease and for the first time will include deer
      killed on roads, said Dave Risley of the Ohio Department of Natural
      Resources' Division of Wildlife. That's a boost from 2005 when Ohio
      tested about 700 deer from both hunters' check-in stations and
      deer-processing facilities. That testing effort will cover the entire
      state although it will be more intense in eastern Ohio where deer
      concentrations are higher and the chronic wasting disease threat are
      greater, Risley said."

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      SCIENTISTS WARN OF 'MAD HONEY DISEASE': (09/10/06): "Mad honey
      disease is among the rarest afflictions in the world, but it appears
      to be on the increase. Only 58 cases have been reported worldwide,
      but eight people were treated in 2005 alone. The trend towards eating
      more natural products may be driving a rise in cases of the disease,
      whose symptoms can include convulsions, low blood pressure, fainting
      and temporary heart problems, according to a new report. "Mad honey
      disease has the potential to cause death if untreated," say the
      researchers. "Because of the increasing preference for natural
      products, intoxication induced by consumption of honey will increase
      in the future."

      Just a spoonful of the wrong honey can cause problems, according to
      researchers, who report their findings this week in the American
      Journal of Emergency Medicine. Mad honey poisoning is most prevalent
      in honey from the Black Sea region of Turkey. Compounds called
      grayanotoxins, found in the nectar of rhododendrons, mountain laurels
      and azaleas, are thought to be responsible for the disease. Though
      harmless to bees, they are psychoactive and poisonous to humans.
      Affected honey is said to have a very bitter taste.

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      *06: Spinach/E.coli/Pigs - Sick Industrial Food, Farm System
      deadly outbreak of spinach-borne E. coli that killed three people has
      ended after sickening 204 people in 26 U.S. states and Canada, federal
      and California investigators said today. The investigation continues
      to examine four farms in Monterey and San Benito counties in
      California, Kevin Reilly, deputy director of prevention services with
      the California Department of Health Services, said in a conference
      call with reporters. The fields under investigation grow conventional,
      rather than organic, spinach, and all of the illnesses came from one
      day's production, he said. Investigators using DNA tests have now
      matched nine E. coli samples taken from one ranch to the outbreak. The
      ranch previously had positive tests for the bacteria in cow droppings,
      Riley said. The new samples came from a creek, the guts of a wild pig
      killed on the property and additional cow droppings. Investigators
      found other strains of the virulent bacterium known as E. coli 0157:H7
      on two of the three other ranches. All of the bacteria came from the
      droppings of grass-fed cattle, rather than feedlots, Riley said."

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      PIGS SOURCE OF SPINACH E COLI OUTBREAK: (10/28/06): "Investigators
      say a wild pigs were very likely the source of a spinach E. Coli
      outbreak that caused the death of three people and made over 200
      people ill in the USA and Canada. The investigators have found six new
      samples of the E. Coli strain that match those of the tainted spinach
      on a ranch in California. The ranch is located in Monterey and San
      Benito counties. Two samples came from a wild pig (wild boar) that
      was killed on the ranch, while the other four came from cattle in the
      same ranch, according to the California Department of Health Services.
      Investigators say the pigs probably spread the bacteria into the
      spinach fiends through their droppings (excrement). However, so far,
      no one really knows how the bacteria made it way to the spinach farm.

      Dr. Kevin Reilly, from the California Department of Health Services,
      said "Clearly, we have positive results on one property that are
      helping to refine our investigation. We have not closed any
      possibilities on three other ranches, but the information is
      accumulating that our environmental findings are consistent on this
      one property." Reilly added "Animals, wildlife and water were in
      close proximity to the field. We have evidence for fences torn down,
      wildlife going into the actual spinach fields themselves. That's where
      the investigation is centered right now. There's clear evidence that
      the pig population has access and goes onto the fields. Is that the
      ultimate means of contamination or is that one potential means,
      including water and wildlife? We're still investigating that."

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      spring and summer of 1982, McDonald's held a special promotion -- two
      burgers for the price of one -- that led to the first reported
      outbreak of a food-borne bacterial infection that now sweeps the
      nation with some regularity. That year, at least 47 people in Oregon
      and Michigan, most of whom took advantage of the promotion, fell ill
      with severe abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea. Doctors and public
      health investigators were spooked -- they'd never seen anything like
      it. A year later, after months of investigation by the Centers for
      Disease Control and Prevention, investigators were able to identify
      the infection. It was a common bacterium, one that microbiologists had
      long known to live in human intestinal tracts with mostly harmless,
      and sometimes even helpful, results.

      The bacterium was E. coli, but this was a rare strain that had
      mutated. It had attached itself to a virus, and that virus made people
      very sick. Today, that same strain, called 0157:H7, sickens hundreds
      if not thousands of Americans every year, and is the source of the
      latest epidemic linked to bagged fresh spinach that has sickened 166
      people so far, one of whom died. "At the time of that (1982)
      outbreak, there was no knowledge that E. coli could cause a disease
      like this, so nobody believed it," said Lee Riley, a professor of
      infectious disease and epidemiology at UC Berkeley who was one of the
      lead investigators for the CDC in the McDonald's case and an author of
      the first paper published on E. coli in the New England Journal of
      Medicine. "The outbreak occurred because the restaurants were having
      these promotions and going through a lot of hamburgers," Riley said.
      "It's the mass consumption of meat and the way it's processed and
      delivered and distributed that made it possible for this E. coli to

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      "The deadly E. coli outbreak in bagged spinach should make us rethink
      our farming practices and reinvigorate our regulatory system.
      Food-borne outbreaks are due, in part, to corporate agribusiness
      practices, according to infectious disease specialists like Professor
      Lee Riley at the University of California-Berkeley... For instance,
      livestock that are force-fed grain in confinement have up to 300 times
      more pathogenic bacteria in their guts as compared to grass-fed
      cattle, according to researchers from Cornell University. Other
      studies have found similar results. California, which boasts of its
      new status as the No. 1 dairy state, is awash in factory-farm manure.
      This manure enters the food chain when it runs off into channels
      designed to irrigate vegetables or when it blows onto nearby produce
      fields. Unfortunately, proper manure disposal rarely occurs in
      large-scale livestock confinement operations. The upshot is a
      nightmarish landscape of leaking lagoons, tainted wells, fish kills,
      debilitated farmworkers and poisoned food. Food safety began to
      deteriorate in the United States under President Clinton.

      Public oversight shifted to ineffectual, feel-good self-policing
      programs. Under President Bush, this deregulation of our food and farm
      system has only accelerated. Recent budget and staff cuts at the
      federal level have left the majority of food-safety inspection and
      enforcement in the hands of city, county and state agencies.
      Ironically, the Bush administration is now trying to railroad through
      Congress the National Uniformity for Food Act, which would take away
      this local control over food safety and labeling... Our agricultural
      system deserves a thorough democratic cleansing with consumer
      right-to-know labeling, tough antitrust action, corporate liability
      measures and serious incentives for viable alternatives. We must
      safeguard our food supply not just from terrorists, but from dangerous
      farming practices."

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      THE VEGETABLE-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX: (10/15/06): "... But these days,
      the way we farm and the way we process our food, both of which have
      been industrialized and centralized over the last few decades, are
      endangering our health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
      estimate that our food supply now sickens 76 million Americans every
      year, putting more than 300,000 of them in the hospital, and killing
      5,000. The lethal strain of E. coli known as 0157:H7, responsible for
      this latest outbreak of food poisoning, was unknown before 1982; it is
      believed to have evolved in the gut of feedlot cattle. These are
      animals that stand around in their manure all day long, eating a diet
      of grain that happens to turn a cow's rumen into an ideal habitat for
      E. coli 0157:H7. (The bug can't survive long in cattle living on
      grass.) Industrial animal agriculture produces more than a billion
      tons of manure every year, manure that, besides being full of nasty
      microbes like E. coli 0157:H7 (not to mention high concentrations of
      the pharmaceuticals animals must receive so they can tolerate the
      feedlot lifestyle), often ends up in places it shouldn't be, rather
      than in pastures, where it would not only be harmless but also
      actually do some good. To think of animal manure as pollution rather
      than fertility is a relatively new (and industrial) idea..."

      [Very very edited from from the excellent essay/article by Michael
      Pollan at:

      *07: NYC<Fatty, Salad Day, Fruit/Veggies<HD, US-Backed Killer Diet
      A LESS FATTY NEW YORK CITY?: (09/26/06): "New York City has taken a
      bold step in the fight against obesity and heart disease. Today the
      New York City Department of Health announced a proposal to ban all
      trans fats from New York restaurants. A public hearing is scheduled
      for Oct. 30. It also announced that all restaurants that list
      nutritional information must include calories. Trans fats are found
      in many types of cooking oils used in the preparation of doughnuts,
      french fries and pastries. The Food and Drug Administration has
      required that food labels list trans fats since Jan. 1, 2006. Trans
      fats include margarine, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,
      partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening and shortening. New York
      had already instituted a voluntary ban on trans fats, but 30 to 60
      percent of restaurants in the city refused to make the switch. New
      York is the first city to make the ban citywide, but Chicago is also
      considering the measure. The only other large ban is in North
      Carolina, where trans fats have been banned from all school foods.
      Trans fats have been linked to elevated cholesterol and to an
      increased risk of heart disease.

      "This is an extremely important step for public health," said Michael
      Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public
      Interest. "If implemented nationwide, a ban on partially hydrogenated
      fats -- trans fats -- could save an estimated 50,000 lives a year."

      [Edited from:

      EAT A SALAD A DAY: (09/01/06): "A new UCLA/Louisiana State
      University study of dietary data on more than 17,500 men and women
      finds consumption of salad and raw vegetables correlates with higher
      concentrations of folic acid, vitamins C and E, lycopene and alpha and
      beta carotene in the bloodstream. Published in the September edition
      of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the
      study also suggests that each serving of salad consumed correlates
      with a 165 percent higher likelihood of meeting recommended dietary
      allowances (RDA) for vitamin C in women and 119 percent greater
      likelihood in men.

      The study is the first to examine the relationship between normal
      salad consumption and nutrient levels in the bloodstream, and also the
      first to examine the dietary adequacy of salad consumption using the
      latest nutritional guidelines of the Food and Nutrition Board of the
      National Academy of Sciences. "The findings endorse consumption of
      salad and raw vegetables as an effective strategy for increasing
      intake of important nutrients. Unfortunately, we also found daily
      salad consumption is not the norm in any group, and is even less
      prevalent among African Americans," [Lenore Arab, visiting professor
      of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health] said. "In fact,
      our findings suggest that eating just one serving of salad or raw
      vegetables per day significantly boosts the likelihood of meeting the
      recommended daily intake of certain nutrients."

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      "Every extra of fruit or vegetable consumed daily could cut the risk
      of heart disease by four percent, says a meta-analysis of almost a
      quarter of a million people, giving people even more reason to seek
      out the nutrient-rich foods. The meta-analysis by scientists from
      France's INSERM in Paris, Lille's Pasteur Institute, and Rouen's
      Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, pooled nine cohort
      studies giving an overall study population of 91,379 men, 129,701
      women, and 5,007 coronary heart disease events.

      The analysis, published in the current issue of the Journal of
      Nutrition (Vol. 136, pp. 2588-2593), found that the risk of coronary
      heart disease (CHD), conditions that cause of 20 per cent of deaths in
      the US and 17 per cent of deaths in Europe, was cut by four per cent
      for each additional fruit and vegetable portion consumed, and by seven
      per cent for fruit portion intake.

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      U. S. GOVERNMENT BACKED KILLER DIET: (09/18/06): "The food
      industry, the drug industry, leading academics bought up by those two
      industries, and government are working together to perpetuate a diet
      that is the great killer of our time, leading to the accelerating
      epidemic of heart disease, stroke diabetes, and other chronic
      diseases. This means government, under the influence of powerful
      lobbies, is saying to the American people that a diet sure to kill and
      sicken by the millions is good for you. Dr. Colin T. Campbell, one of
      the world's leading authorities on nutrition science, says that the
      killer diet is rich in "animal products, dairy and meat, refined
      sugar, and fat... Why are we headed to a needless, incredibly
      destructive epidemic of chronic diseases? The saddest part of the
      story is that this disastrous scenario could easily be avoided by a
      change of the national diet from animal to plant food. Dr. Campbell
      is not only one of the most eminent nutrition scientists in the world,
      but also conducted the most comprehensive study of the diet/health
      connection in history. He reports his study and lifetime of research
      in his book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight
      loss and Long-Term Health (2006)..."

      [Very edited from:

      [See also: "Expert: Ag Policies Make Some Fatter: The agricultural
      policies of the world's top producing nations are contributing to the
      increasing problem of obesity in developing nations:."

      *08: Accent on the Moo, Bow-omm, Sign-o-Matic, Safety Singing
      MOO-AR!: (09/23/06): "Phonetics experts have backed up dairy
      farmers' claims that cows moo with regional accents. Dairy farmers in
      Somerset noticed a local twang to the sounds made by their animals,
      reports the Guardian. John Wells, Professor of Phonetics at the
      University of London, said: "This phenomena is well attested in birds.
      You find distinct chirping accents in the same species around the
      country. "This could also be true of cows. In small populations such
      as herds you would encounter identifiable dialectical variations which
      are most affected by the immediate peer group." The phenomenon was
      noticed by members of the West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers group,
      who put it down to the close bond between farmer and cow. The group
      has also noted similar accent shifts in Midlands, Essex, Norfolk and
      Lancashire moos. Farmer Lloyd Green of Glastonbury said: "I spend a
      lot of time with my ones and they definitely moo with a Somerset drawl."

      [Edited from:

      BOW-OMMM: (09/13/06): "Dog takes up yoga: A three year old German
      Shepherd dog has reportedly taken up yoga in India. Hritik practices
      traditional exercises under the watchful eyes of his trainer in
      Ranchi, reports the Mumbai Mirror. Nanda Dulal said: "He was weak
      when he was born. We took special care of him and he gradually became
      strong after his yoga lessons. "He started imitating me two years
      ago, and now sits beside me when I perform yoga. He follows my
      asanas(yoga techniques) including my breathing. "When I found that he
      wanted to do yoga I started training him. Now both of us do yoga
      together every morning." It is reported that the animal helps in
      household chores, is a vegetarian and loves to eat ripe papayas and
      cucumber. When asked if he would teach yoga to other dogs, Dulal
      said: "Right now, I have no such plans.

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      RONALD MCHUMMER SIGN-O-MATIC™: (09/2006): "This month McDonald's is
      giving away toy Hummers — 42 million of them, in eight models and
      colors — with every Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal. That's right: The
      fast-food chain that helped make our kids the fattest on Earth is now
      selling future car buyers on the fun of driving a supersized,
      smog-spewing, gas-guzzling SUV originally built for the military. Use
      the Ronald McHummer Sign-O-Matic™ to tell us what you think of this
      misguided marriage of two icons of American excess."


      SINGING FOR SAFETY: (10/08/06): "Expert parodies tunes to warn of
      food dangers: Carl Winter, a food toxicologist at the University of
      California at Davis, has spent his career studying and teaching the
      ways food can make people sick. Over the past 10 years, the amateur
      musician has been writing humorous lyrics to popular songs to convey
      critical messages, such as keeping cold foods cold and cooking meat to
      high temperatures. The Beatles, the Drifters and the Village People
      are among artists subjected to Winter's musical revisions. His
      parodies are peppered with clever lyrics about bacteria,
      gastroenteritis, hepatitis and mad cow disease."

      [Edited from:

      [Listen and watch some of Carl's efforts at the "Food Safety Music

      *09: World Vegan Day, Crocker Goes Veg, Esselstyn, Meaty Args
      WORLD VEGAN DAY IS FAST APPROACHING: (10/26/06): "November 1st is
      World Vegan Day, a global celebration of a healthy and compassionate
      lifestyle free from all animal products. More and more people are
      embracing this way of life, as much because of concerns over the
      health problems and environmental destruction associated with eating
      meat, as animal welfare. [Among the] reasons to go vegan will give
      you food for thought:

      - You'll save animals' lives: 30 million day-old male chicks are
      gassed or mined alive every year because they cannot produce eggs.
      Male calves born to dairy herds are 'surplus' to the industry. Many
      are shot, others are sent on punishing journeys to continental veal
      farms. - Cows' milk contains a cocktail of hormones, chemicals,
      antibiotics, fat and droplets of blood and pus from weeping, infected
      udders. - Vegans have been shown to live longer and have a lower risk
      of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and some cancers than meat-eaters.

      [See also:

      [Edited from:

      familiar signature on the cover of a new cookbook, "Betty Crocker Easy
      Everyday Vegetarian" (Wiley, 2006, $24.95), the generic Betty Crocker
      now offers about 200 recipes for family-style meatless dishes. As
      always, the style is "from her family to yours." The recipes cater to
      hunger pangs of varying urgency ranging from snacks, bites and
      nibbles, through wraps and pizza, to pot pies, soups, stews and
      chilies. The adjectives "oriental" and "Mediterranean," the worldly
      use of "Moroccan" and "Indian" in recipe titles proves awareness of
      today's far-flung acceptance of once-exotic tastes. But the recipes
      keep practicality in mind, and make use of canned or packaged
      ingredients where that suits the day's menu. Each recipe includes
      preparation and cooking times, and the book is sprinkled with color

      [Edited from:

      INTERVIEW WITH DR. ESSELSTYN: (10/2006): "Vegetarians in Paradise
      proudly presents its 24 Carrot Award to Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.,
      M.D. , renowned physician and surgeon. Since 1985 Dr. Esselstyn has
      conducted the longest running study that proves heart disease can be
      arrested or reversed by a low fat, plant-based diet. Results of his
      study will be described in his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease
      to be published in 2007." [excerpt:

      VIP: You use the phrase "moderation kills." Could you explain what
      that means?

      CE: Moderation kills is a phrase I use to emphasize to patients the
      importance of total nutritional adherence. I cannot stress this point
      enough. The only reason we succeed where others may fail is attention
      to detail. The data are now so powerful that even a single meal of
      added fat will injure the delicate endothelial cells' capacity to
      manufacture nitric oxide. This function is critical in the restoration
      of cardiovascular health. You wake up every day and make a simple
      decision: either I am going to enhance or injure my cardiovascular
      system today.

      VIP: If a person resolves to improve his/her health and lose weight at
      the same time, what initial dietary measures would you recommend?

      CE: To improve health and lose weight I'd encourage fully plant based
      nutrition without any animal products or oils. Avoid processed white
      flour. To aggressively lose weight, it is helpful to decrease or
      eliminate the grains (cereals, bread, pasta) and white potatoes. This
      allows total focus on nutrient rich green leafy vegetables, green
      vegetables, all other colorful vegetables, legumes and 2-3 servings of
      fruit daily. Avoid fruit juices but drink plenty of water and exercise

      [Very edited from the excellent interview at:

      [Dr. Esselstyn's website:

      MEATY ARGUMENTS: (08/21/06): "In The Bloodless Revolution, published
      today by HarperCollins, Tristram Stuart considers the history of
      vegetarianism in our society from its origins in the collision of
      ethical ideas of abstinence, early medicine and Indian philosophy...
      Amazingly, three of Europe's most important early seventeenth-century
      philosophers - Descartes, Gassendi and Francis Bacon - all advocated
      vegetarianism. At no time before or since has vegetarianism been
      endorsed by such a formidable array of intellectuals, and by the 1700s
      their pioneering work had blossomed into a powerful movement of
      scientific vegetarianism.... The remarkable and long under-appreciated
      lives of early vegetarians are inroads into uncharted areas of
      history; they simultaneously shed light on why you think about nature
      the way you do, why you are told to eat fresh vegetables and avoid too
      much meat, and how Indian philosophy has crucially shaped those
      thoughts over the past 400 years."

      [Extremely edited from the academic prose at:

      *10: No Egg Logo, Foie Gras Fight, Elephant Stress, Cats Go Vegan
      Asia's biggest shelter for rescued cats, the feline inmates are
      turning vegetarian these days, thanks to animal lovers who import
      alternative Italian food for the furry laptops. These days the cats
      in Karunakunj, a centre for rescued animals near here run by the
      Compassionate Crusaders Trust (CCT), are getting addicted to an
      Italian food which is completely vegetarian. 'To avoid serving
      non-veg food to cats some of our animal-loving patrons thought that we
      should try to find out an alternative vegetarian food which can
      provide cats required nourishment and at the same time save innocent
      lives of other animals,' said Debasis Chakraborti, founder of CCT, a
      strategic partner of Maneka Gandhi's People for Animals (PFA). This
      dietary change, launched last week, was inspired by the principle of
      non-violence advocated by the Jain religion."
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      AN ELEPHANT CRACKUP?: (10/08/06): "...in "Elephant Breakdown," a 2005
      essay in the journal Nature, Bradshaw and several colleagues argued
      that today's elephant populations are suffering from a form of chronic
      stress, a kind of species-wide trauma. Decades of poaching and culling
      and habitat loss, they claim, have so disrupted the intricate web of
      familial and societal relations by which young elephants have
      traditionally been raised in the wild, and by which established
      elephant herds are governed, that what we are now witnessing is
      nothing less than a precipitous collapse of elephant culture. It has
      long been apparent that every large, land-based animal on this planet
      is ultimately fighting a losing battle with humankind. And yet
      entirely befitting of an animal with such a highly developed
      sensibility, a deep-rooted sense of family and, yes, such a good
      long-term memory, the elephant is not going out quietly. It is not
      leaving without making some kind of statement, one to which scientists
      from a variety of disciplines, including human psychology, are now
      beginning to pay close attention...

      ...Elephants, when left to their own devices, are profoundly social
      creatures. A herd of them is, in essence, one incomprehensibly massive
      elephant: a somewhat loosely bound and yet intricately interconnected,
      tensile organism. Young elephants are raised within an extended,
      multitiered network of doting female caregivers that includes the
      birth mother, grandmothers, aunts and friends. These relations are
      maintained over a life span as long as 70 years... When an elephant
      dies, its family members engage in intense mourning and burial
      rituals, conducting weeklong vigils over the body, carefully covering
      it with earth and brush, revisiting the bones for years afterward,
      caressing the bones with their trunks, often taking turns rubbing
      their trunks along the teeth of a skull's lower jaw, the way living
      elephants do in greeting."

      [Edited from the long, fascinating & comprehensive article about the
      social behavior of elephants as well as their growing aggression to
      human encroachment:

      THE FOIE GRAS FIGHT IS OFFICIALLY ON: (08/21/06): "For some chefs
      here in Chicago, the foie gras fight is officially on. Starting on
      Tuesday, the gourmet delicacy is off the menu when a city-wide ban
      goes into effect. Chicago will be the first city in the nation to go
      foie gras-free. But chefs who are stewing over what they call a
      frivolous city law are planning to take action. A lawsuit is ready and
      attorneys will file it first thing Tuesday morning. CBS 2's Mai
      Martinez reports some restaurant owners are cooking up a way to try to
      keep the delicacy on their menus. The ordinance passed the City
      Council with overwhelming support (48-1) but not everyone is a fan.
      Ald. Moore says the mayor's office will decide how this law is
      ultimately enforced, and they will likely rely on citizen complaints.
      More than a dozen countries, mostly in Europe, have banned production
      of the delicacy. "

      [Edited from:

      EGG INDUSTRY TO DROP LOGO: (09/21/06): "The egg industry has agreed
      to permanently drop "Animal Care Certified" logos on egg cartons,
      after state officials and animal rights groups said consumers were
      being misled. The industry has already replaced the logos, which now
      read, "United Egg Producers Certified." The industry also agreed to
      pay $100,000 to states for attorney fees, consumer education and other
      costs. "A certification program must not be promoted in a way that
      misleads consumers," said Robert J. Spagnoletti, attorney general for
      the District of Columbia, which reached the agreement with 16 states
      and United Egg Producers. States contended the old logo falsely
      implied a higher level of care for hens. Spagnoletti released the
      agreement Thursday. Last November, the egg group's decision to drop
      the "Animal Care Certified" logo prompted the Federal Trade Commission
      to stop reviewing a complaint from one animal rights group,
      Maryland-based Compassion Over Killing. "

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      *11: Upcoming Events of Note
      World Vegan Day - November 1st, 2006:

      Gentle Thanksgiving 2006: "Gentle Thanksgiving is an effort to
      encourage friends, family and neighbors to adopt compassionate
      alternatives to unnecessarily cruel turkey dinners. We accomplish this
      by demonstrating the great taste and superior nutrition of gourmet
      vegetarian recipes and a variety of festive plant-based foods."

      [More details at:

      *12: Howard's Schedule
      NOV 02: San Diego, CA > Fall Health Classic -contact: healthcl@...

      NOV 04: Medford, OR > SOARS - contact: meowwoof@...

      NOV 09-12: Hollywood, CA > Artivist Film Festival, contact:
      diakydiaz@... - http://www.ARTIVISTS.org

      NOV 18: Portland, OR > Vegan Holiday Festival - Lincoln High School at
      16th and Solmon Portland - contact: robert@... -

      APRIL 2007: (last three weeks): some openings on the East Coast -
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