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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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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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.
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They’re Here (Again)
(Un-edited) Notice published on dairyherd e-newsletter
March 21, 2012
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.”
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.
Where’s the research? I checked Medline and
found this publication from the January, 2011
issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:
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.