“Brutality to animals is cruelty to mankind –
it is only the difference in the victim.”
– Alphonse de Lamartine, 1847
- Is Ten’s viral Kekovich video part of a commercial deal with MLA? (mumbrella.com.au)
- Sam Kekovich gets Lambnesia in this year’s MLA Australia Day campaign (mumbrella.com.au)
- Was Kekovich really treated with a frozen chop? (mumbrella.com.au)
- McDonald’s Indulges Australia’s Ignorance (gawker.com)
The Unseen War On American Family Farms
he movie tells the story of small, family farmers providing safe, healthy foods to their communities who were forced to stop, often through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies. The movie succinctly poses and addresses the question “why is this happening in 21st century America?”January 10, 2013
A very powerful and relevant example of the continued biological fallout of the revolutionary shift to agricultural society ten thousand years ago, and the decision to “domesticate” animal species to exploit for human purposes. Since that decisive historical watershed, human “evolution” in fact has been a long co-evolution with other animals. Animals shape our lives and history as we share theirs, but as the victims of human domination they have borne a tragic toll and catastrophic cost due to the implacably violent nature and hyper-alienated mindset of Homo rapiens. But in the vast web of ecology and the infinite dialectic of action-reaction, the debt of destruction is soon to be paid in even more astronomical terms. For all our scientific, technological, and cultural brilliance, humans have yet to learn that they can never overshoot their boundaries, disrupt and destroy animal communities, or relentlessly assault the earth without catastrophic consequences. Here is just one such well-known example, vividly demonstrating that hubristic humans have “mastered” nothing on this planet and that violation of the laws of ecology carries the most severe penalties.
CONNECTION BETWEEN HUMAN ANIMAL NATURE EVIDENT:
The Next Pandemic: Why It Will Come from Wildlife
Experts believe the next deadly human pandemic will almost certainly be a virus that spills over from wildlife to humans. The reasons why have a lot to do with the frenetic pace with which we are destroying wild places and disrupting ecosystems.
Emerging diseases are in the news again. Scary viruses are making themselves noticed and felt. There’s been a lot of that during the past several months — West Nile fever kills 17 people in the Dallas area, three tourists succumb to hantavirus after visiting Yosemite National Park, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claims 33 lives. A separate Ebola outbreak, across the border in Uganda, registers a death toll of 17. A peculiar new coronavirus, related to SARS, proves fatal for a Saudi man and puts a Qatari into critical condition, while disease scientists all over the world wonder: Is this one — or is that one — going to turn into the Next Big One?
By the Next Big One, I mean a murderous pandemic that sweeps around the planet, killing millions of people, as the so-called “Spanish” influenza did in 1918-19, as AIDS has been doing in slower motion, and as SARS might have done in 2003 if it hadn’t been stopped by fast science, rigorous measures of public health, and luck. Experts I’ve interviewed over the past six years generally agree that such a Next Big One is not only possible but probable. They agree that it will almost certainly be a zoonotic disease — one that emerges from wildlife — and that the causal agent will most likely be a virus. They agree that sheer human abundance, density, and interconnectedness make us highly vulnerable. Our population now stands above seven billion, after all, a vast multitude of potential victims, many of us living at close quarters in big cities, traveling quickly and often from place to place, sharing infections with one another; and there are dangerous new viruses lately emerging against which we haven’t been immunized. Another major pandemic seems as logically inevitable as the prospect that a very dry, very thick forest will eventually burn.
This is an edited extract from Spillover: Animal Infections And The Next Human Pandemic, by David Quammen, published by Bodley Head at £20. To order a copy for £16, including UK mainland p&p, go to guardian.co.uk/bookshop, or call 0330 333 6846.
- Indonesia: Ebola, Marburg found in Kalimantan’s orangutans (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
- Indonesia: No evidence of Ebola in orangutans (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
- New virus in Africa looks like rabies, acts like Ebola (vitals.nbcnews.com)
- The looming zoonotic danger (globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com)
- A new virus that appears similar to rabies, but has the symptoms and lethality of Ebola, Bas-Congo virus. (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Deadly Viruses That Threaten Human Survival (readersupportednews.org)
- Killers on the loose: the deadly viruses that threaten human survival (guardian.co.uk)
- Quammen: Anticipating the next pandemic (crofsblogs.typepad.com)
Veröffentlicht am Donnerstag, 10. November 2011 09:50
Die Kampagne der internationalen Tierschutzorganisation VIER POTEN zeigt Wirkung: Deutsche Supermarktketten weigern sich inzwischen geschlossen, das Fleisch kranker Gänse aus den Käfigbatterien der ungarischen Stopfleberindustrie zu verkaufen.
In der Gastronomie sieht es jedoch anders aus. In der scheinbaren Anonymität verschwinden nun Unmengen des minderwertigen Stopffleisches. Gerade jetzt zum Martinstag (11. November) ist deshalb besondere Vorsicht angebracht. VIER PFOTEN empfiehlt, sich in Restaurants, Gasthäusern oder anderen Gastronomiebetrieben immer die Packung mit dem Produzenten und dessen EWG-Nummer zeigen zu lassen. „Weigert sich der Wirt oder kontert mit Ausreden, ist die Herkunft aus Tierquälerei sicher“, so Kampagnenleiter Marcus Müller von VIER PFOTEN.
Die Stopfmast, die in Deutschland streng verboten ist, produziert jährlich Millionen kranker verfetteter Gänse. Die Tiere werden mehrmals täglich mit Gewalt gestopft, bis die Leber völlig verfettet und zehnfach angeschwollen ist. „Diese Tiere sind todkrank und das Fleisch gehört eher in den Sondermüll als auf den Teller“, so Marcus Müller von VIER PFOTEN. Zusätzlich werden viele der Gänse vor der Stopfmast auch noch bei lebendigem Leib gerupft, um Profit mit den Daunen der Tiere zu machen. Dabei werden die Gänse brutal zwischen den Beinen eingeklemmt und bei vollem Bewusstsein völlig kahl gerupft und dabei schwer verletzt. Das Fleisch dieser armen Kreaturen landet inzwischen fast ausschließlich in der Gastronomie, weshalb VIER PFOTEN die Gastronomieverbände auffordert, ein klares Zeichen für den Tierschutz zu setzen und sich zu den strengen heimischen Gesetzen zu bekennen. Diese werden durch die Fleischbeschaffung aus den ungarischen Stopfmastfarmen umgangen. Dabei gibt es längst Alternativen: in den Hauptproduktionsländern Ungarn und Polen verzichten bereits genügend Produzenten auf Stopfmast und Lebendrupf und lassen sich durch VIER PFOTEN jederzeit unangemeldet kontrollieren.
VIER PFOTEN stellt ständig aktualisierte Listen mit positiven und negativen Produzenten online. So kann der Gast sofort feststellen, was zum Martinstag wirklich aufgetischt wird. Diese und weitere Infos sind auf www.vier-pfoten.de abrufbar.
Starling Zinging in the Dead of Night
Have you ever observed a spider weave its web around a struggling fly? Have you ever watched a bird pull a worm from its hole in the ground? Have you ever witnessed a cat stalking a bird? All of the above are nature’s way in which animals live and die. These trapping, hunting, and eating behaviors are natural life and death experiences for insects, birds, and feral felines. Feral felines sometimes stalk, catch, and eat starling birds.
Dairy farmers face many challenges, one of which is dealing with starling birds. Wisconsin horizons are often darkened by flocks of these hungry winged vertebrates. Starlings become more than a nuisance to dairymen. What they steal from feedlots is later deposited as gooey starling droppings on barnyard fences and machinery. A flock consisting of thousands of starlings simultaneously descends upon open feed troughs and then spread salmonella and other bacteria to cows as they share the cow’s rations.
The United States Department of Agriculture has created a ghastly end of life scenario for these birds.
Death By Poisoning There is a toxin that is designed to kill starlings by destroying their kidney function. This clever biological weapon is called DRC-1339. The active ingredient, representing 97% of the product is 3-chloro-4-methylbenzamine hydrochloride. Starlings die horrible deaths from this poison. So too do feral starling-eating felines.
Dairy Business promoted the clever invention of Todd Weitzman, president and owner of Bird Gard. Bird Gard mimics the sounds of starlings in distress and hearing those cries, starlings do a 180 degree turn and head somewhere else. This new product neither kills nor poisons birds, and it is a welcome relief from past practices. See:
“Autism is the fastest growing developmental
disability in our nation.”
– Mary Bono
Notmilk has previously reported a dairy link to autism,
blaming a naturally occurring opiate in dairy products,
casomorphin (also found in organic milk and raw milk)
to attention deficit order and autism. See:
I have been away from my home base for about 14 days,
and before I left, four readers responded to a Notmilk
column by asking:
I had not heard of one, but I investigated the issue.
Here is what was found:
The August, 2011 issue of the journal of Occupational
and Behavioral Medicine included a study in which
behavioral impairment in children was correlated
to levels of excreted pesticide residues in their urine.
Researchers at the University of Florida (Xu, et. al.)
determined that groups of children with low and high
trichlorophenol levels and high trichlorophenol had a
higher level of behavioral impairment than children
who tested for levels below the limits of detection.
Trichlorophenol pesticides are presently not regulated by
the Food and Drug Admistation. You can buy one metric ton
for about $1,000 plus shipping directly to your door.
Consider: It’s in the milk and 40% of our diet is dairy.
Consider: 10 Lbs. of milk are needed to make 1 Lb. of cheese.
Consider: 12 Lbs. of milk are needed to make 1 Lb. of ice cream.
Consider: 21 Lbs. of milk are needed to make 1 Lb. of butter.
Do you ever get a “brain fog?” If you continue to
consume dairy, do you doubt that dairy affects adults
in the same manner it might affect children, or do you
imagine that age offers one an immunity from opiates
Children sometimes get autism.
Adults sometimes get “duh” moments.