Warrants waiting to be signed in burning dog case

NEW HAVEN

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Mayor Nancy Rossi says arrests are coming for the suspects allegedly responsible for burning a dog at a West Haven beach.

The warrants for the two suspects just need to be signed. A source tells us it’s a woman and her boyfriend.

The dog’s remains were discovered at Sandy Point Beach over the 4th of July weekend. Police think the dog was a 1-year-old mini schnauzer.

More than $25,000 in reward money is being offered the case.

The Gadhimai “Festival” of Nepal

Animal sacrifice is a cultural/religious tradition across parts of India/Nepal echoing the ancient world.

A recent demonstration against the Gadhimai “Festival”

This atrocious event takes place every 5 years and has gained notoriety because tens of thousands of animals are brutally slaughtered.

The newly formed Federation of Animal Welfare Nepal (FAWN) was established as a lobbying entity for animal welfare with the purpose to institutionalize animal welfare in Nepal.

FAWN is now working so that this “festival” doesn’t happen again in November 2019

Despite mounting pressure over the years and some misleading information, religious sacrifice of animals has not been outlawed in Nepal. In the last decade, thanks to the tireless work of animal rights activists and organizations, there has been a significant decrease in the number of animals sacrificed but the tradition continues. The next Gadhimai festival planned for this November so now is the time is now for all to come together and present a united voice against the continuity of this outdated and criminal practice.

Help Animals India participation: If you are able to support these FAWN activists we will send your USA tax deductible donation to them! Or donate directly on the website below.

Mississippi makes it a jailable offense to call plant-based or cultured-meat patties “burgers”

FDA (totally not in thrall to Big Dairy): we’re going to ban calling almond milk “milk”; Missouri State legislature (totally not in thrall to Big Ag): hold my beer.

Also prohibited: “veggie hot dog”; “tofu dog.” The fact that beef-based hot dogs are not made from dogs is not a problem, apparently.

The law would also prohibit the use of “burger” or “dog” in relation to vat-grown, cell-based food, which is made of meat. The statute reserves these appelations for foodstuffs derived from “slaughtered livestock.”

The bill, which passed in January and goes into effect now, was celebrated by thoroughly disinterested party Mike McCormick, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation: “This bill will protect our cattle farmers from having to compete with products not harvested from an animal.”

The bill has been challenged by the Good Food Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union along with other parties, who argue that it places restrictions on speech that are unconstitutional thanks to the First Amendment. The parties had been in settlement talks, but these have broken down, so litigation is now resuming.

In 1980, the Court supplied the rules for First Amendment protections on commercial speech that are still applied today. Those rules are called the “Central Hudson” test, because they were laid out in Central Hudson Gas & Electric Company v. Public Service Commission of New York.

Here are the rules: First, commercial speech “must concern lawful activity and not be misleading.” Supporters of Mississippi’s law might argue that the term “plant-based burger” is misleading, while opponents argue that consumers know perfectly well what a veggie burger is.

“There’s nothing misleading about the name of a veggie burger, or vegan hot dog, or seitan bacon,” Almy, a lawyer on the Missouri case, told me. “The packages clearly disclose that this is plant-based food that has the taste or texture of this familiar food.”

Even if the speech concerns lawful activity and is not misleading, the government can still regulate it. But it has to meet the following standards: The government must have a “substantial interest” at stake, the regulation must “directly and materially advance the government’s substantial interest,” and “the regulation must be narrowly tailored.”

Mississippi is forbidding grocery store

Presidential candidate misbehavior, campaign suspended

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Former candidate Bailey, pondering his future with a pig ear dog treat

You know, you offer your dog up as a presidential candidate—as people do— when someone says they would vote for a dog over Trump. That a dog would do a better job than Trump.

So I started the Bailey 2020 campaign, the entirety of which consisted of posting a picture of Bailey here and there on DailyKos.

He’s a two year old rescue mini Aussie, smart as a whip, but with that common and exasperating fault:  He wants people food all the time.

   Yes, he eats dog food. But he really wants your food. 

I’m not just talking about the remnants of a burger or tuna sandwich. This dog stuck his nose into a glass of V-8 juice and slurped it all up.

He will try to eat potato chips, berries, cornbread. Bow tie pasta. Birthday cake.

Yes, he’s healthy, we got him checked out. And we are being scrupulous with putting scraps in the garbage and keeping him away from our leftovers. We are also trying out various kinds of dog foods to see what might interest him, hopefully more than his fondness for ketchup packets and tidbits from our cats’ litter boxes (so gross).

But after last night I’m suspending Bailey 2020 because of egregious misbehavior unsuitable for a presidential candidate.

Our daughter was enjoying a piece of pizza and setting up a selfie because Bailey was sitting adorably next to her. She should have known.

    Would Elizabeth Warren chomp down someone else’s pizza? Would Kamala Harris snatch food right out of another person’s hand? I think not.

    Sic transit gloria mundi  Bailey 2020

Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 · 8:25:16 PM PDT · chicago minx

Oh BTW, Elizabeth Warren’s dog is also named Bailey. I don’t know, of course, but I have trouble believing her Bailey is a pizza thief.

Protest Slaughter of Canada Geese in Denver, Colorado

Denver Parks and Recreation Manager Scott Gilmore calls it a “rodeo”

canada goose with goslings

As summarized by Julie Marshall in Boulder County’s Daily Camera, July 1: “Two weeks ago, our tax dollars paid a gaggle of federal employees to stalk Canada geese by land and by lake at Denver’s highly popular Washington Park, without witnesses, at the break of dawn. It was hardly a stealthy operation, because seasonally molting geese cannot fly. The goose hunt was triggered by Denver Parks and Recreation, whose manager, Scott Gilmore, explains that it’s mostly about poop. People complain a lot about goose poop, he says. And so up to 2,200 geese will be rounded up this year, poisoned or gassed, and churned into meat to feed to poor families, our government tells us.”

Read the article: Mindless cruelty for the sake of a tidy park

 

In The Healing Power of Geese and Other Animals, June 30, Marc Bekoff, PhD, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, describes the magnificence of these geese and criticizes the horrific terror attack being conducted in Denver on them and their goslings:

“Humans are usually the reason why geese go where they go, and when they become a nuisance, some humans favor culling them. Of course, ‘culling’ is a way to sanitize what they’re really doing, and that is killing them. Sometimes those responsible for these killing sprees or those who carry them out say they’re euthanizing whoever is on their hit list. This also is misleading because euthanasia refers to mercy killing because an individual is in interminable pain or incurably ill. It’s the last and most difficult choice that people have to make, and geese who are being killed in Denver are healthy bird beings.”

 

What Can I Do?

Please sign & share this Petition to Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock urging that Denver Parks and Recreation Manager Scott Gilmore be fired:

Fire Scott Gilmore

 

Thank you for taking action.
United Poultry Concerns

 

DuPont launches new solutions for plant-based meat alternatives


DuPont launches new solutions for plant-based meat alternatives

[DuPont makes food?]

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has announced the launch of a new egg white replacement system for plant-based meat alternatives.

The Grindsted Plant-Tex solutions have been introduced as food manufacturers see more opportunities through an increase in plant-based meat alternative offerings – a market that offers “tremendous potential”, according to DuPont.

The company quoted research suggesting that 37% of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods and 46% of Europeans claim to consume meat alternatives at least once a week.

According to DuPont, a growing change in consumers’ mindsets toward a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle is driving purchases of plant-based foods high in protein with meat-like texture, taste and juiciness.

Plant-Tex is cholesterol- and allergen-free and has no ingredients of animal origin. It is said to increase food safety by natural elimination of risk of bird flu or salmonella.

The Plant-Tex range consists of MA1201 for burger patties, MA1301 for cooked sausages and MA1110 for cold cuts.

“We are proud to push the boundaries for high-quality, plant-based solutions for meat alternatives,” said Elisa Vimercati, regional product manager Europe at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.

“Plant-Tex delivers best-in-class results for taste and texture. It will definitely help customers to meet and exceed end-consumer expectations for quality and taste.”

Linda Yvonne Friis, global business development manager at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, added: “With characteristics similar as egg white, ease of use in production by adding directly into the mix, Plant-Tex makes both formulation and production process easier.

“Today we offer our system only in Europe, Middle East and Africa but in 2020 we are planning to make it available worldwide.”

Last month, DuPont announced the creation of DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, which combines its Nutrition & Health and Industrial Biosciences divisions into one unit.

100,000 Dogs Are Killed Annually From Riding in Truck Beds

Posted by Christy Caplan
Dog In A Truck

When you see a dog riding in the back of a truck, does it concern you at all? I worry about the sudden starts and stops but also about the warmer temperatures during the summer.

We learned some very compelling statistics about why this isn’t a good idea. (You likely don’t need stats to agree that this is simply dangerous). Dogs transported unsecured in the cargo area or truck bed of vehicles is at risk of injury as they can easily jump or are thrown from the vehicle. 

KHQA ABC News spoke with Steve Scherer with Quincy Animal Control and they confirmed that the risk to the dog is just too great.

“The dog could see something and jump. Most dogs are smart enough not to, though, but I would worry about getting in an accident – the dog’s going to be a projectile then. I would also worry about a dog being tethered in the back of a truck because it could jump over the side of a bed and hang itself,” explained Scherer.

The bottom line? Don’t let your dog ride in an open truck bed. The American Humane organizationshares these facts about why this is so dangerous:

  • Any sudden start, stop, or turn may toss your pet onto the highway where it can get hit by oncoming traffic. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die this way each year.
  • Open truck beds do not provide any protection from the weather. The hot sun can heat the metal floor of a truck bed enough to burn a pet’s paw pads. A dog left sitting in the broiling sun without water or shade may suffer from heat stroke before long.
  • Do not leash your pet inside the truck bed — many dogs have been strangled when tossed or bumped over the side of the truck and been left helplessly dangling.

Dog In A Truck

 The cargo area of a pickup truck is not a good place for your best friend.

 What are the current laws related to riding in the back of a pickup truck? Only a handful of states have laws that prohibit dogs from riding unrestrained in the back of pickup trucks.

Most state laws that address the issue make it illegal to transport a dog “on a public road in the back of an open bed vehicle.” This likely means that any travel on a private road or driveway with a dog in the bed of a truck would not be outlawed in these states. As of 2019, it appears that only six states (CA, CT, ME, MA, NH, and RI) have such laws.

Given the serious injuries, dog owners need to put pet safety first in this case. Riding in the back seat of a car in a crate is a better alternative.

Riding in a truck bed may place dogs in contact with shifting loads sufficient to cause injuries and, if the truck bed is uncovered, expose them to road dust, debris, and heated metal surfaces.

What do you think? Do you agree with the story? Please leave us a comment below! 

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Most “Meat” Will Be Meat-Free Or Lab-Grown By 2040, Experts Predict

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By 2040, most “meat” will come from alternative sources and not dead animals. That’s according to a report led by AT Kearney, a global consultancy firm.

The basic conclusion, based on interviews with industry experts, is that 60 percent of “meat” eaten in two decades’ time will be either lab-grown (35 percent) or plant-based (25 percent).

Alternative “meats” range from traditional meat substitutes (think: tofu, seitan, mushrooms, and jackfruit) to insect protein (mostly mealworms and crickets) to novel vegan meat replacements, which use hemoglobin and binders to imitate the sensory profile of meat. Cultured meat (aka clean meat, cell-based meat, and slaughter-free meat) is newer to the scene and – at least for the time being – more exclusive, costing $80 per 100 grams as of 2018. It is grown in a lab and only requires a single cell extracted from a living animal, but the end product is identical to conventionally produced meat.

As of 2018, the combined market for plant-based meat alternatives stood at $4.6 billion. That’s projected to grow 20-30 percent per annum for the next several years. Cultured meat, on the other hand, is not currently commercially available and is only just starting the process of being accepted by global food regulators, with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreeing to regulate cultured meat jointly for the first time last year.

Nonetheless, the report’s authors predict cultured meat will win out in the long-run, securing 35 percent of the market by 2040. In comparison, vegan meat will be “more relevant in the transition phase towards cultured meat”. Traditional meat substitutes and insect protein, they say, are less likely to see growth “as they lack the sensory profile to convince average consumers”.
More than a third of US land is used for pasture. mark reinstein/Shutterstock

One obvious benefit of alternative meats is that they are more sustainable than regular meat. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates close to half (46 percent) of the world’s harvest is dedicated to livestock feed. In comparison, 37 percent of agricultural production is food humans consume directly.

Calorie-wise, a lot gets lost in translation – 1 kilogram of chicken meat, for example, requires 3 kilograms of grain. Considering that 1 kilogram of meat equates to the same number of calories as 1 kilogram of grain, 46 percent of world harvest adds less than 7 percent to the world’s available food calories. In comparison, 1 kilogram of vegan meat and 1 kilogram of cultured meat require 1.3 and 1.5 kilograms of arable crops respectively, equalling a 70 and 75 percent calorie conversion rate.

Right now, two big problems are cost and consumer appeal. A 100-gram beef burger costs about 80 cents, whereas a 100-gram vegan meat burger will cost you $2.50 and a 100-gram burger made of cultured meat costs $80. But as technology improves and it becomes possible to produce these foods en masse, costs will likely fall. A 100-gram burger made of cultured meat could cost just $4 by 2031. As for consumer appeal, studies have shown people in Western countries, China, and India are most open to the idea.

One more benefit of vegan and lab-grown meat: they are cruelty-free. ebenart/Shutterstock

As the report authors point out, the benefits of alternative meat aren’t just environmental. As well as being cruelty-free, they offer advantages as far as product design goes (you could replace fatty acids with omega, for example) and have lower Salmonella or E.coli risks, unlike conventional meat. What’s more, there is not the same level of epidemic risk (e.g. bird flu) and production does not require large-scale use of antibiotics, which experts warn could be a huge contributing factor to antibiotic resistance.

And if all goes well, it might not just be “fake” meat we see on the market – but plant-based and cultured seafood, leather, silk, egg white, milk, and gelatin too.