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TRIP ADVISOR CUTS TIES WITH SEAWORLD

The travel company hopes its commitment to stop selling tickets to all marine-animal attractions will bankrupt the cruel practice. 

by ANNA STAROSTINETSKAYA

This week, travel company TripAdvisor pledged to cease sales of tickets to any company that breeds or imports captive cetaceans for public display, most notably SeaWorld, with the goal of making captive animals currently living in water parks the last generation to be kept in captivity. The move comes after animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) consulted with the company about the cruelty involved in keeping marine animals captive for entertainment purposes. “TripAdvisor has officially rejected tourism to marine mammal prisons like SeaWorld, where sensitive, complex, far-ranging aquatic animals are kept in tiny tanks,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said. “TripAdvisor is rightly rejecting animal-exploiting operations, and PETA is calling on tourists and all other travel companies to do the same.” SeaWorld’s attendance, stocks, and profits have been in decline since 2013 when documentary Blackfish exposed the abuse marine animals are subjected to at the troubled water park. A veterinary report released this year shows that animals held captive at SeaWorld suffer severe stress, disease, and injuries which leads to early deaths. This year alone, a growing list of companies—including WestJet airlines, Taco Bell, United Airlines, and Thomas Cook—have ceased promoting SeaWorld.

The only difference between the animals you love and the animals you eat is your perception.
— @greenwithsoul

NYPD officers rescue nearly 30 dogs from animal-fighting ring

Authorities took down a dog-fighting ring Thursday as part of a large-scale animal cruelty case that stretched from Manhattan out to Long Island, police said.

Twenty-eight dogs were rescued from cages during Thursday morning raids of at least two locations, according to the NYPD.

NYPD Chief Dermot Shea tweeted out a photo Thursday afternoon showing the cages of the poor pooches, which appear to be pit bulls.

Police sources told The Post the city cops had one person in custody after a 6 a.m. bust in Washington Heights at West 162nd Street and Broadway. Charges against that person are pending.

Another person was collared out in Uniondale, Long Island — and additional arrests are expected, sources said.

Authorities didn’t disclose many details on the bust Thursday but said it was a joint operation with the NYPD, Nassau County Police, ASPCA and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

Animals are here with us not for us
— @earthlined

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN FARMED ANIMALS NEARLY TRIPLED SINCE 2000

Animals exploited for food are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, posing a global public health threat, new report finds.

by ANNA STAROSTINETSKAYA

OCTOBER 11, 2019

Antibiotic resistance in animals exploited for food globally has nearly tripled since 2000, according to a recent report published in the Science journal. Researchers from ETH Zurich, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Free University of Brussels examined nearly 1,000 publications and unpublished veterinary reports to find that from 2000 until 2018, antibiotics used to treat food animals in developing nations for bacterial infections such as Escherichia coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureus are becoming largely ineffective, failing more than half the time in 40 percent of chickens and one-third of the time in pigs. “The portfolio of antimicrobials used to raise animals for food is rapidly getting depleted, with important consequences for animal health, farmers’ livelihoods, and potentially for human health,” the report states. Seventy-three percent of the world’s available antibiotics are used in the meat industry and while meat production has “plateaued in high-income countries” since 2000, regions such as Asia, Africa, and South America now produce 68 percent, 64 percent, and 40 percent more meat, respectively. “This paper is the first to track antibiotic resistance in animals globally and it finds that resistance has gone up dramatically during the past 18 years,” report co-author Ramanan Laxminarayan said. “We certainly do want higher-protein diets for many people, but if this comes at the cost of failing antibiotics, then we need to evaluate our priorities.”

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose hope
— Martin Luther King JR.
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Study links air pollution with anxiety; calls it a “leading global health concern”

Author: Andrea Ford

I often find that natural spaces and fresh air have a calming, balancing effect, and judging by the cultural association between relaxation and the outdoors, I'm not alone. Now some new research backs up the connection. Yesterday, the British Medical Journal published an article linking air pollution with anxiety, as well as an editorial on air pollution's health effects and another study elaborating on a previously-noted connection between pollution and stroke.

'Cheese Should Carry Cancer Warning' Say Doctors

Medics from non-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration

Dairy cheese should carry a cancer warning, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

The pro-plant-based advocacy group, whose president is Dr. Neal Barnard and which has more than 12,000 doctor members, is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to make dairy cheesemakers put a warning on their products.

The warning it has proposed says: "Dairy cheese contains reproductive hormones that may increase breast cancer mortality risk."

-Plant Based News



The Wanderer  >  Dog Nutrition  > How to Choose the Right Dog Food

The Wanderer > Dog Nutrition > How to Choose the Right Dog Food

Recently, the FDA released a report on the effects of certain brands of grain-free dog food and their potential link to a heightened risk of heart failure. This can be really scary for pet parents, so we want to do our part to help.

There’s a lot of information out there about the FDA report, and you can find the full report here and a breakdown of the key facts by the AKC here. Instead of repeating the same information, we are going to take a different approach and talk about dog food in general.

Choosing the right dog food can be a major headache. There are isles upon isles of dog food at your average pet store. What do you get? What if you make the wrong decision? Well, your dog probably won't complain too much, but the food you choose really is important. Much like people, dogs need a balanced diet. One that hits on all their nutrient needs and uses safe ingredients.

-The Wanderer