The Ethics of Meat-eating: A Feminist Issue? | AlterNet

The Ethics of Meat-eating: A Feminist Issue? | AlterNet.

March 29, 2012

Staunch feminist that I am, I am greatly enjoying the fuss over the all-male judging panel for the New York Times’ contest calling on “carnivores to tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat.” The Times’ ethicist, Ariel Kaminer, announced the contest in Sunday’s magazine:

So today we announce a nationwide contest for the omnivorous readers of The New York Times. We invite you to make the strongest possible case for this most basic of …

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U.S. trial program would spy on Internet users to prevent animal abuse | The Raw Story

U.S. trial program would spy on Internet users to prevent animal abuse | The Raw Story.

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:51 EDT

An ape attempts to use the Internet. Photo:, all rights reserved.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offered an unusual contract (PDF) this month, soliciting bids from private software developers for a trial program that would scour the Internet for detailed information on all animal sales, potential animal welfare abuses and other unlawful economic activities relating to animals within the U.S.

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For me, some Canadian Animal-Protectors are Heroes! Today´s Hero: Twyla Francois & Friends

Wenceslas Hollar - Turkeys
Wenceslas Hollar - Turkeys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA) is an investigative and educational organization established to examine intensive farming practices, including the transportation and slaughter of animals forced to exist in this system.
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Olivier and Sophie immediately after rescue
Photo still from our new joint video with musician jesse thom 

Dear CETFA Supporter,   

When I first heard the work of Canadian musician jesse thom, I was brought to tears.  His music is haunting, ethereal and emotive, yet clear, honest and innocent.DSC01655 - Copy - Copy 2  

I knew immediately that we had to
work together on a project.
Waiting for the Birds to Strike
is the result. 
The timing of my introduction to jesse was particularly synchronous.  The song jesse sent me: Waiting for the Birds to Strike arrived just after co-investigator Olivier Berreville and I returned from a Granny‘s Poultry turkey barn, where, contrary to company management assurances, we documented the same cruel and abusive loading of baby turkeys that we had two years prior (turkeys reach slaughter-weight at just a few months of age – they’re still blue-eyed and peeping).  We trailed the terrified  turkeys to Granny’s slaughterhouse in Blumenort, Manitoba feeling absolutely helpless to stop their killing.
The next day, we received a call from a supporter in the area telling us they’d found  two shivering, ragged turkeys in the ditch.  The birds must have escaped their captors during the catching.  We ran out, picked up the bedraggled bundles of bones and feathers and brought them home. 
The footage in the music video shows their rescue.  Breaking through the darkness of their experience we see Sophie on Olivier’s lap in the car.  Just 2 hours later, and now home, we see Katie, exhausted, sleeping on my lap, while wee Sophie peeps for her mother, then breaking through her fear, slowly approaches me to finally stretch her head back and lay it against my shoulder in what can only be described as a turkey hug. 
For months, Katie and Sophie feared our hands but would stare into our faces, searching our eyes to see if it was cruelty or kindness behind them.  Eventually, their fear of hands subsided and they sought even these out for comforting pets.
Our time with Katie and Sophie was bitter sweet and short-lived.  Katie died of congestive heart failure at just 7 months of age.  Sophie, the runt, was allowed 2 additional months because of her smaller size reducing the stress on her heart.  At 9 months of age though, Sophie left us too.
Today’s turkeys have been so genetically selected for large breasts to supply society’s demand for white meat that the birds themselves are kept in a physiological state my colleague Dana Medoro refers to as “not dying.”  They struggle with every breath from the strain their enormous bodies put on their hearts and very quickly, they simply give out.
After seeing the depth of forgiveness of these incredible animals, I hope you too will reconsider your relationship with them.  As a consumer, you have the power to change the future for birds like Sophie and Katie.  Please, stop providing a reason for companies like Granny’s to continue killing them.
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Twyla Francois

P.S. To download the music from this video please visit Proceeds go to CETFA’s efforts to end animal cruelty.


Wonderful Animal-Friends have an Annual Garage Sale (Cowichan)

Our annual garage sale is happening June 2 – 3 at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds from 8:30 AM to 3PM. We are now accepting any quality used items. All proceeds from this sale stay in the Cowichan Valley to help our homeless animals.
7550 Bell-McKinnon Road
Duncan, B.C.  V9L 6B1
Phone:  250-746-4646   Fax:  746-4633

Enjoy it & them!


They are Here Again! No Hurra needed!

 They’re Here (Again)

(Un-edited) Notice published on dairyherd e-newsletter
March 21, 2012

Raw milk-linked outbreak prompts Kansas warning
Angela Bowman, Staff Writer

“Kansas officials have issued a warning for raw milk
consumers and producers following a Campylobacter
outbreak linked to unpasteurized milk from one of
the state’s dairies.

The outbreak, which was first confirmed in January,
has now affected 18 people according to Food Safety
News. This is the state’s third Campylobacter outbreak
linked to raw milk since 2007.

Now, officials from both the state’s Department of
Agriculture and Department of Health and Environment
have issued a warning on the sale of raw milk and the
dangers associated with consuming it. Raw milk can
only be sold in the state through individual sales
on the farm, and the only promotion can be farm
signs. All raw milk containers must be labeled.

‘While dairy producers can legally sell raw milk
on farms directly to consumers, the practice is not
recommended,’ the joint release noted.

Officials also cited a recent study from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found
the rate of outbreaks caused by raw milk 150 times
higher than those caused by pasteurized milk.

‘Consuming raw milk is an unnecessary risk,’ Kansas
Department of Agriculture Dairy Inspection Program
Manager George Blush said in the news release.

‘You cannot tell if milk is safe by just looking at,
smelling or tasting it. Even milk from the cleanest
dairies can pose risk without the pasteurization

Raw milk supporters have had a tough year. In addition
to the CDC study, another Campylobacter outbreak
linked to raw milk from a Pennsylvania dairy sickened
more than 78 people, including a toddler. Another Pa.
raw milk producer faced a federal court-granted
injunction preventing him from distributing raw milk
and raw milk products across state lines.”

Robert Cohen

Critical Words about Milk from Robert Cohen, The Notmilk-Man

Breast cancer cells
Breast cancer cells (Photo credit: TheJCB)

Does Drinking Cow’s Urine Cure Cancer?

Do you drink:

A) Cow’s Urine? Producers claim it cures cancer:

B) Cow’s Blood for good health:

Photo credit Breast Cancer Cells:                                           

C) Milk? Some claim it cures AIDS & cancer:

D) Some people learn the truth about milk:

These three bovine body fluids have much in common.
They come from diseased animals, and the consumption
of each body fluid results in revulsion among those
living in more enlightened cultures; particulary
those aliens living on the planet Vega.

But…back to the question posed as the subject to
today’s column. Everybody knows that drinking cow’s
urine does not cure cancer. Camel urine does, but
the pee must come from a virgin camel.

Stop laughing.

Where’s the research? I checked Medline and
found this publication from the January, 2011
issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:

TITLE: Camel urine inhibits the cytochrome P450
1a1 gene expression through an AhR-dependent
mechanism in Hepa 1c1c7 cell line.

SOURCE: Department of Pharmacology, College of
Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

AIM OF THE STUDY: “We examined the ability of three
different camel urines (virgin, lactating, and pregnant
source) to modulate a well-known cancer-activating
enzyme, the cytochrome P450 1a1 (Cyp1a1) in murine
hepatoma Hepa 1c1c7 cell line.”

RESULTS: “All types of camel, but not bovine urines
differentially inhibited the induction of Cyp1a1 gene
expression by TCDD, the most potent Cyp1a1 inducer
and known carcinogenic chemical. Importantly, virgin
camel urine showed the highest degree of inhibition…”

CONCLUSION: “The present work provides the first
evidence that camel urine but not that of bovine
inhibits the TCDD-mediated toxic effect by inhibiting
the expression of Cyp1a1, at both transcriptional and
post-transcriptional levels through an AhR-dependent

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My final thoughts on this matter.

How do researchers at King Saud University in Saudi
Arabia identify a virgin cow from all other camels?

Easy! She’s the one without any humps.

Robert Cohen