Summer 2004

Zebra, photographer Frans Lanting (courtesy of Minden Pictures)
Volume
53
Number
3
About the Cover

In the eye of this Grants Zebra (Equus burchellii) in Botswana, photographer Frans Lanting (courtesy of Minden Pictures) captured the reflection of the hunters who shot the animal. Wild African animals are not only killed by hunters seeking a trophy. The zebra is one of dozens of species in Africa and Asia slaughtered for their flesh to be consumed locally or, with increasing frequency, sold in markets around the world, including major city centers in industrialized nations such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Belgium. Buffaloes, gazelles, hippos, giraffes, elephants, foxes, fowl, pangolins, primates, pythons, and tortoises are but some of the species killed as "bushmeat." An innovative new program launched in Kenya takes the message about the bushmeat crisis directly to the people who live with the wildlife. A new touring play, Carcasses, recently premiered in Nairobi; the actors delve into the conservation and human health risks of killing wild animals and consuming their meat.

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Table of Contents

A complaint alleging hundreds of violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act by licensed Class B dealer C.C. Baird and his wife, operators of Martin Creek Kennels, provides a horrifying look inside a random source...
The greatest challenge for a reader of Richard Manning's Against the Grain may be to endure the introduction. But, from the point in the first chapter when his prose coagulates and he begins to make...
On May 4, Secretary of Agriculture Veneman announced availability of $22.8 million in grant funds to farmers and rural businesses for renewable energy projects, including biomass, wind, geothermal, and solar. Last year, the U.S. Department...
This is but one of the many insightful exchanges in a new play about the bushmeat trade, Carcasses . The play was the vision and a project of Born Free Foundation's Global Friends Programme, an...
Acting on a tip, authorities discovered and seized sixty Maine Coon cats kept under appalling conditions in a house in Harrison, New York.
Ngamba Island is a sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees on Lake Victoria in Uganda. Many of its residents had been forcibly taken as infants from their forest home and their families to be sold into the...
The failure of U.S. regulatory agencies in stopping the emission of ear-splitting noise into the oceans is written in dead whales and dolphins driven to the shores of the Bahamas, Azores, Canary Islands, Greece and...
In the United States, rodents used in research are commonly kept in minimum sized, barren cages. In Canada, trends toward environmental enrichment have been implemented in many research facilities. However, biomedical researchers do occasionally require...
Packaged food from agricultural animals is increasingly identified by appealing claims such as "natural" and "happy" as if to suggest that the animals from which the products come were treated humanely. With no regulation on...
Japan and more than 50 other nations continue to ban American beef due to the unwillingness of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to test each animal slaughtered for mad cow disease. As one might...
After decades of decimation by whaling, the Western Gray Whale is being pushed to the very edge of extinction by the extensive development of oil and gas resources in the Okhotsk Sea off northeastern Sakhalin...
The Pan-Pacific region of the globe holds more than half of the world's domestic swine population. At the request of the trade association Australian Pork Limited, AWI's Farm Animal Advisor, Diane Halverson, delivered the keynote...
At 1 a.m. on April 1, 2004, Malaysian Airways Flight 201 departed from Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia. Among the many passengers in the cabin were three Malaysian nationals associated with Taiping Zoo. Four young gorillas...
With the June 30 release of Spider-Man 2, the Animal Welfare Institute proudly recognizes actor Rosemary Harris-Peter Parker's "Aunt May" - for her deep commitment to relieving the suffering of animals confined on factory farms.