Death of Another Horse at Santa Anita Rocks the Racing Industry

Source: The New York Times

(April 1, 2019) Horse racing is among America’s oldest sports and perhaps the only one ever run out of the White House: Andrew Jackson operated a stable there during his presidency. Yet the multibillion-dollar industry is reeling as the Kentucky Derby approaches, with the death of yet another thoroughbred at the premier Santa Anita Park in California amplifying anxiety over whether the sport will continue in the state...Read more»

 

Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart Health? Maybe

Source: The New York Times

(March 15, 2019) A new analysis found that for each additional 300 milligrams a day of cholesterol in the diet — and the more eggs you ate — the greater the risk for cardiovascular disease. Some nutrition experts say eggs are good for you, even though they are high in cholesterol. Others are sure they are bad. A large new study may help resolve at least some of the confusion...Read more»

 

Source: The New York Times

(March 8, 2019) The hamburger is suddenly embroiled in a political dispute. Supporters of the Green New Deal, according to a Republican talking point, are anti-patty. But the Green New Deal, a broad climate policy proposal, makes no mention of hamburgers, cows or beef. Instead, the resolution, introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, underscores the role of agricultural emissions in climate change. Among its many goals, it calls for “working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible."...Read more»

 

The encouraging travel trend that's on the rise

Source: New York Post

(March 1, 2019) From animal shows to posed photos or staged cultural visits — four in 10 Americans (39 percent) suffer “travel guilt” after taking a trip they now worry may have been unethical. A new study examining the rise of responsible tourism found many have an activity they’ve done in the past they would not do again in hindsight. In fact, ninety-one percent of international travelers say it’s important for their trips to be ethical, according to new research...Read more»

 

Want your dog to win at Westminster?  You might need to cut off its ears or tail.  

Source: The Washington Post

(February 11, 2019) Leslie Fried is a prominent dog breeder who has been turning out champion Rottweilers since 1986. She says she knows a winning Rottie when she sees one, and a number of years ago, she thought she had an outstanding female for the show ring. There was just one problem: Unlike all the other Rottweilers on the circuit, Fried’s dog Tyra still had a “natural” tail — a big, long one. Tyra was from the first litter of puppies whose tails Fried, after seven generations of breeding, had left undocked. Fried is among a small but growing number of breeders willing to voice opposition to docking tails or cropping dogs’ ears to make the point that these are cruelties that should end...Read more»

 

China's Latest Cloned-Monkey Experiment Is an Ethical Mess

Source: Gizmodo.com

Chinese researchers have cloned five gene-edited monkeys with a host of genetic disease symptoms, according to two scientific papers published today. The researchers say they want to use the gene-edited macaques for biomedical research; basically, they hope that engineering sick primates will reduce the total number of macaques used in research around the world. But their experiment is a minefield of ethical quandaries—and makes you wonder whether the potential benefits to science are enough to warrant all of the harm to these monkeys...Read more»

 

New Diet Guidelines to Benefit People and the Planet: More Greens for All, Less Meat for Some

Source: The New York Times

(January 16, 2019)  What should we eat?  Depends on who is eating.  That’s one of the principal conclusions of a comprehensive report that sets out targets on how to feed the world in a way that’s good for human health and the health of the planet. Its lightning-rod recommendation is around beef and lamb, the two forms of livestock that require enormous amounts of land and water and produce heaps of methane...Read more»

 

Poisoned Wildlife and Tainted Meat: Why Hunters Are Moving Away From Lead Bullets

Source: New York Times

(November 24, 2018) Many hunters are ditching traditional ammunition amid mounting evidence that it harms scavengers and pollutes the food people eat. Across the country, state wildlife agencies have tried a range of tactics to encourage hunters to switch from lead ammunition. Yet many hunters are reluctant to stop using lead bullets. They cite a range of reasons, from being unaware of the potential health threat or harm to scavenger animals, to having a stockpile of traditional ammunition they do not want to waste. Indeed, regulating lead ammunition has long been a hot-button point of contention among both conservationists and hunters...Read more»

 
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