Animal News Weekly - May 28, 2015
Whole Foods Lies and Rabbits Die
Whole Foods Stubbornly Clings to Promoting Rabbits as Food
It’s not a happy anniversary for countless slaughtered rabbits, as we come up on the one year anniversary of Whole Foods pilot program offering rabbit flesh for human consumption. As more Americans eat less flesh, Whole Foods is actually actively trying to create a market for more various forms of animals to suffer for their meat cases — as in one of the top five animal companions: bunnies.
The fifth largest grocery chain in the nation began offering rabbits as food last summer in select markets claiming a so-called demand for these popular family pets. While Whole Foods asserts it has high standards for animal welfare, it’s falling short and leaving many shoppers and animal welfare organizations questioning its so called humane ethics.
According to an amazing NBC recent expose, the latest USDA findings are quite shocking. USDA inspection reports depicted rabbits in typical abhorrent factory farming conditions. Rabbits were reported "dead on arrival" or "dead in the yard." In varying instances rabbits had no access to water. Rabbits as young as 8 to 10 weeks old died from stress or on the way to being slaughtered. Rabbit meat was also incorrectly "labeled as USDA inspected" when it was not, and the list goes on.
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Expose Expanded on Oregon Zoo Elephants
The Unaffordable Truth: How private should public records be?
Earlier this month, IDA shared a provocative 4-part expose by Portland's Carla Castano of KOIN 6 news on Oregon Zoo's (OZ) long history of lies and manipulation about elephant welfare. With so many skeletons leaping out of the zoo's closet, the 4-part series expanded into 5 parts with the latest segment looking at "the high cost of obtaining public information".
KOIN 6's efforts to obtain "public records" of elephant medical reports and breeding strategies from Metro – a Portland area government entity - proved to be not only complicated and difficult, but also outrageously expensive. $17,000 was the quoted price tag for what should seemingly be PUBLIC information. Further, KOIN 6 news ran into the same unreasonable roadblock a year ago when they attempted to access these same records. So what, exactly, does the term "public records" mean in Portland? Not only is KOIN 6 daring to investigate the dark world of the OZ's ruthless elephant programs, they are at the same time unwittingly bringing into question how much Portland's "public records" are more likely private property. What don’t they want us to know about the elephants at the OZ?
For segment 5 of this brave report on the Oregon Zoo and the unaffordable truth click here.
For our original coverage of the first 4 segments click here.
Kudos to Carla and KOIN 6 for such in depth investigating!
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Activism to Suit Your Style
IDA's third Sustainable Activism Tip comes from our Animal Activist Helpline Counselor, Jessica Rowshandel, who encourages dedicated activists like us to find the type advocacy that best suits our personality, skills, and passions. Some activists excel at organizing demos while others prefer online activism like letter writing. Understanding our own needs helps us to offer our true talents to help animals. Doing something we enjoy will prevent activist burnout and ensure successful advocacy efforts. It's a win-win for all!
Thanks Jessica Rowshandel; we can be both happy and productive animal activists. Stay tuned for more Sustainable Activism Tips with other experts in the field!
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For self-care tips and other resources, contact IDA's Animal Activist Helpline: www.idausa.org/Helpline.
For information about IDA's Sustainable Activism Campaign, please visit: www.idausa.org/SustainableActivism.
Donkey Rescued From Despair
In late April, friend and rescue partner of IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary, Kelly Buck Vance, was called about a donkey who had wandered up to a home in a rural area of Carroll County, Mississippi. The caller stated that there was "something wrong with his feet".
When our staff arrived, the donkey was down, but with some gentle coaxing we managed to get him to his feet and get him loaded into a trailer. True to the caller's report, his feet were in horrendous condition. One hoof was curling up toward the front with his leg bent at the ankle which forced him to walk with the ankle partially touching the ground. It was clear that this boy was in severe pain and needed help quickly.
He was taken to Greenwood Animal Hospital for assessment and a treatment plan was formed. Kelly will continue to work with the veterinarian to make this sweet boy as comfortable as possible while they work to correct the problem with a long term treatment plan.
A Plan for Elephanta Caves Dogs and Cats
IDA India has been struggling for several years to reach out to dogs and cats living on the island of Elephanta Caves, which is 10 kilometers off the coast of Mumbai, and a major tourist attraction for its amazing caves. There is a small community of local inhabitants living there, and the only way to reach the island is by sea through boats and ferries.
Our staff were initially unable to do so, due to tremendous hurdles such as a tricky commute and a limited power supply. The island sadly gets electricity for only two hours per day, and our desire to undertake a spay/neuter program for these dogs and cats and to render treatment for the ill and injured ones remained unfulfilled. It was an extremely agonizing situation knowing that despite being so close, we were unable to help these suffering animals.
At the end of last year, we decided to give the situation one more try, so under the stewardship of Fizzah Shah and Goodicia Vaidya, a few committed animal lovers went to visit the Elephanta Caves. Their survey found 150 dogs on the island, mostly starved and malnourished, with most females pregnant, covered with wounds and with puppies all around. Most tourists were not sympathetic or friendly and were annoyed because the dogs followed them around in search of scraps to eat. A project was thus planned, to be executed before the onset of rains which start in June, after which visits to the island are almost impossible.
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