AWI Quarterly » 2006 Winter

photo by Merlin Tuttle
Winter 2006 Volume 55 Number 1
In Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, renowned primatologist Jane Goodall inspires and empowers us to eat ethically and healthfully. She explains how our food is secretly laced with poison and pain by detailing the common practices of industrial agriculture, and she goes on to examine the consequences of these techniques—driving home the point that we are detrimentally disconnected from nature and our consciences.
With thousands of animals at risk in New Orleans, trying to save as many as possible was an endless labor of love.
Seven Ways to Bring Biology Class Back to Life "Yuck" "Cool" "Ick" "Gross" The reactions vary, but almost every American teenager has had the experience of cutting up a frog or fetal pig in biology class. Initiated in the 1920s, dissection was seen as an important hands-on learning experience, impossible to duplicate any other way. It was—and to many biology teachers still is—a rite of passage.
Oversight of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) is conducted by the Animal Care Program of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Following are highlights from an audit conducted by USDA's Office of Inspector General (OIG), titled "APHIS Animal Care Program Inspection and Enforcement Activities" and released to the public on Oct. 20, 2005.
UK Bill Holds Promise On Oct. 13, England and Wales introduced a bill to modernize animal welfare standards. The unprecedented measure requires owners of all vertebrate animals to provide a suitable environment and diet, the ability to express normal behavior, and freedom from pain and suffering. The Animal Welfare Bill would replace the Protection of Animals Act of 1911 and bring together over 20 additional pieces of legislation. ............................................................................. Monsanto Invents Pig
While the debate over culling elephants in the Kruger National Park rages on, work on the humane control of elephants in South Africa continues. The project has expanded to include seven additional game reserves with populations ranging from 10 to 90 elephants. The most recent of these is the Welgevonden Game Reserve, which has 90 elephants; we were able to contracept 43 cows.
We are pleased to announce a new grant program named in honor of Christine Stevens, the Animal Welfare Institute's founder and a dedicated defender of wildlife. For more than half a century, Mrs. Stevens relentlessly campaigned to ban the use of leghold traps and poisonous baits.
Following impressive votes in Congress, an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill was signed into law to prohibit the federal funding of slaughterhouse inspections —which is required for the meat sold for human consumption.
In 2005, both Houses of Congress voted to stop horse slaughter by prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to fund the federally mandated inspection of horses slaughtered for human consumption (see story, page 12).
By Ben Davies Ten Speed Press, 2005 ISBN: 1932771220 176 pages $29.95 Faithful readers of the AWI Quarterly are already familiar with the illicit trade in wildlife, the suffering these animals endure and the threat it poses to their species, but this book is still worth reading—its stories must be heard. Gut wrenching accounts of the trade in wildlife parts and products are told in each tragic tale. As one story after another unfolds, the enormity of the disaster wrought on these ill-fated, endangered species becomes overwhelming.
One, two, three, four, five…It took at least 24 minutes and four bullets for the first Yellowstone bison to die. The victim was grazing on public lands and showed no fear as a 17-year-old hunter approached to point-blank range before taking his first shot.
While eating dogs is illegal in the Philippines, the dog meat trade still exists in some areas. Last fall, an undercover investigator (whose name must be withheld) funded in part by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and substantially by the Companion Animal Protection Society, traveled to the village of Baguio, where the trade is most concentrated, with the dangerous goal of uncovering this practice.
The infamous 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Seattle, during which the world watched "turtles and teamsters" marching in protest together, highlighted the direct hit that animal welfare and wildlife conversation policies take from free "trade" policies.
You hear about them, but to see one in the wild is rare. Many are charismatic and popular, such as the grizzly bear and the Florida panther, while others are obscure and unknown, like the humpback chub and the pallid manzanita.