Category Archives: Anti-Humane

iggy mogo — Tracking the Causes of Sharp Decline of the…

GMO Crops and Round Up killing Butterfly’s ecology

What we’re seeing here in the United States is a very precipitous decline of monarchs that’s coincident with the adoption of Roundup-ready corn and soybeans. The first ones were introduced in 1997, soybeans first, then corn. By 2003, 2004, the adoption rate was approaching 50 percent,

and then we really began to see a decline in monarchs. And the reason is that the most productive habitat for monarch butterflies in the Midwest, in the Corn Belt, was the corn and soybean fields [where milkweed, which monarchs feed on, grew]. Before Roundup-ready crops, weed control was accomplished by running a tiller through those fields and chopping up the weeds and turning over the soil, but not affecting the crops. The milkweed survives that sort of tillage to some extent. So there were maybe 20, 30, 40 plants per acre out there, enough so that you could see them, you could photograph them.

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Feds Clear Way for Domestic Horse Slaughter

This is how the President is going to protect wild animals?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company’s application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant.

In approving Valley Meat Co.’s plans to produce horse meat, Department of Agriculture officials also indicated they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and Missouri as early as next week.

With the action, the Roswell, N.M., company becomes the first operation in the nation licensed to process horses into meat since Congress effectively banned the practice seven years ago.

But the company’s attorney said on Friday that he remained skeptical about Valley Meat Co.’s chances of opening any time soon, as the USDA must send an inspector to oversee operations and two animal rights groups have threated lawsuits to block the opening.

“This is very far from over,” attorney Blair Dunn said. “The company is going to plan to begin operating in July. But with the potential lawsuits and the USDA — they have been dragging their feet for a year — so to now believe they are going to start supplying inspectors, we’re not going to hold our breath.”

The company has been fighting for the permit for than a year, sparking an emotional debate over whether horses are livestock or domestic companions.

The decision comes more than six months after Valley Meat Co. sued the USDA, accusing it of intentionally delaying the process because the Obama administration opposes horse slaughter.

The Justice Department moved Friday to dismiss the case. Dunn said he would fight to keep it open until all issues, including attorneys’ fees, are resolved.

via Feds Clear Way for Domestic Horse Slaughter.

Superweeds and Herbicide Use On the Rise | Eat Drink Better

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) herbicide data analyzed in the report, Superweeds: How Biotech Crops Bolster the Pesticide Industry, shows that herbicide use on corn, cotton and soybeans has steadily grown by 26 percent in the years between 2001 and 2010. The widely used glyphosate herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup Ready line, have become ineffective as the weeds develop stronger resistance due to continuous over-exposure to the chemical. As glyphosate proves to be increasingly ineffective, more farmers are turning to more dangerous herbicides including 2,4-D [aka: Agent Orange]. Use of 2,4-D has increased since glyphosate-resistant crops became widespread, growing 90 percent between 2000 and 2012.

via Superweeds and Herbicide Use On the Rise | Eat Drink Better.

Our Global Warming Noose Is Cinched Tight With Koch Brothers’ Money: Gothamist

The pledge was created in 2008 by the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, and those who sign it promise to not spend any money fighting global warming unless that money is “balanced” with tax cuts.

While the pledge began with a marginal following, an energized turnout of conservative voters in the 2010 election swept 85 freshman Republicans into the House. Of those 85 Republicans, 76 signed the Koch pledge as candidates. And 57 of those 76 received campaign contributions from Koch Industries’ political action committee.

With the support of these newly elected Republicans, from 2011 to 2013, Congress passed increasingly smaller budgets for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), attempted to strip the agency of varying regulatory powers and discouraged policies to address climate change across multiple federal agencies, according to the Workshop’s analysis.

Koch puppets have testified before Congress about global warming six times in 2013 alone, most recently on May 7, when Paul Knappenberger of the Cato Institute told the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, “The more we learn, the less responsive it seems that the earth’s average temperature is to human carbon-dioxide emissions.”

via Our Global Warming Noose Is Cinched Tight With Koch Brothers' Money: Gothamist.

Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | North Carolina’s Obscene Attack on Jobless Benefits

North Carolina, with one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates at 8.8 percent, imposed cuts in unemployment benefits today that are truly breathtaking:

Jobless workers can now receive only 19 weeks of benefits — less than half what any other state offers, even states like North Dakota where the economy is much stronger (see map).  The previous limit, similar to other states with relatively high unemployment, was 63 weeks:  26 weeks of state-funded benefits plus another 37 weeks of federally funded emergency benefits for which North Carolina has now disqualified itself, as explained below.

via Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | North Carolina’s Obscene Attack on Jobless Benefits.

Medical Experimentation on Chimps Is Nearing an End. But What About Monkeys? | Wired Science |

Kathleen Conlee, animal research director with the Humane Society of the United States, noted that the NIH has resisted attempts to strengthen the federal Animal Welfare Act, which guides how animals are used in research in the United States. Those rules are often vague and researchers can too easily apply for exemptions, said Conlee.

Many rhesus monkeys are, for example, kept in solitary cages, an experience known to drive these highly social animals crazy. “The Animal Welfare Act was supposed to create environments that addressed the psychological well-being of these animals,” said Conlee. “A lot of the facilities are falling short of meeting those minimal standards.”

One Humane Society analysis of documents from two major U.S. primate research facilities found that their animals spent, on average, 53 percent of their lives in solitary housing, sometimes with nothing in their cage but a piece of metal hung on one side for “enrichment.”

It might sound strange to consider how best to treat monkeys that are consigned to medical sacrifice anyways — but if we’re going to use these intelligent, emotional creatures, we should do it right, said Conlee. “Until the day we ultimately replace them in research,” she said, “we have an obligation to address their welfare.”

via Medical Experimentation on Chimps Is Nearing an End. But What About Monkeys? | Wired Science |

Old school “scientists” cannot think in new ways to be humane and to be more exact in their research in this genome mapping age, than to use early 1900s “test” methods.