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2008-06-15 03:00:12

"If one person is unkind to an animal, it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people." - Ruth Harrison, "Animal Machines," 1964 History and literature are filled with stories of country boys who move to the city to make their mark on the world. Gene Bauer did the opposite. He grew up in L.A.,...

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2008-03-19 03:00:00

WASHINGTON -- A leading Democrat yesterday asked the EPA's top official to explain why the agency has proposed to exempt corporate pig and poultry farms from air pollution reporting rules. House Energy and Commerce Chairman John D. Dingell said the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule appears to run contrary to the findings of one EPA study that warned of human health risks in big industrial agriculture. "The Bush administration's plan to exempt industry-sized animal feeding...

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2008-02-19 00:00:00

DENVER - Despite a secretly taped video showing workers at a southern California slaughterhouse abusing sick or crippled animals, nearly all cattle bound for U.S. dinner tables are treated humanely, a cattle industry spokesman said Monday. The undercover video taken at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. of Chino, Calif., by the Humane Society of the United States shows workers shocking, kicking and shoving debilitated cattle with forklifts and has led to the largest recall of beef in U.S....

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2008-02-18 06:10:00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a recall yesterday of 143 million pounds of beef from Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. of Chino, California, after the beef was determined to be unfit for human consumption because the cattle did not receive complete and proper inspection.  The recall includes frozen beef products from the company dating back to February 1, 2006.The beef recall is the largest in U.S. history, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat...

2006-07-26 11:35:00

By Christopher Doering WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government virtually eliminated the threat of mad cow disease to consumers by requiring the removal of brains, spinal cords and other high risk items from older cattle, the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis said on Tuesday. Two consumer groups applauded the progress but said the Agriculture Department was unwilling to take the more stringent steps suggested by an international advisory panel, such as banning high-risk materials from cattle...

2006-06-05 07:20:33

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Horrified by reports from Asia of chickens being set on fire or buried alive in plastic bags, U.S. animal welfare groups are gearing up with trepidation for the arrival of bird flu and the probability of mass killings to contain it. Animal rights activists have campaigned for years against the cramped conditions for billions of chickens, turkeys and ducks on U.S. factory farms. Now, as experts suspect the deadly H5N1 virus could find its way...

2006-05-29 07:05:00

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN -- A voodoo doll with five pins and the national emblems of all your enemy teams. Toilet paper with World Cup trivia. Pork slices emblazoned with a soccer player dribbling down the field. These are just a few of the unofficial World Cup-related items available in German stores and on German Web sites as merchants try to cash in on World Cup mania before the month-long international soccer tournament kicks off in Germany on June 9. The competition transfixes much of...

2006-05-24 10:51:41

By Nigel Hunt LONDON (Reuters) - The scare over poultry meat sparked by bird flu has been overdone, particularly in low-risk areas such as Europe, and farmers have paid a very heavy price, analysts and industry officials said on Wednesday. "The shock we are seeing is way out of proportion to the risk. Consumers are not very much at risk from this disease," said Anni McLeod of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. "The people least at risk are causing a large proportion of the...

2006-05-24 10:50:00

By Nigel Hunt LONDON -- The scare over poultry meat sparked by bird flu has been overdone, particularly in low-risk areas such as Europe, and farmers have paid a very heavy price, analysts and industry officials said on Wednesday. "The shock we are seeing is way out of proportion to the risk. Consumers are not very much at risk from this disease," said Anni McLeod of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. "The people least at risk are causing a large proportion of the problem," she told...

2006-05-14 19:50:36

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has confirmed its 26th case of mad cow disease, this time in a 68-month-old Holstein dairy cow on the northern island of Hokkaido. The Ministry of Agriculture said that experts had concluded that the cow had tested positive for the brain-wasting disease officially known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), which was first discovered in Japan in 2001. The meat and intestines from the slaughtered cow will be destroyed and will not enter the market, the...


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