Thursday, March 13, 2008

Animals in the news

As if having the Olympics in a country with a proven track record of human rights violations and where censorship is the norm wasn't bad enough: Thousands of cats massacred in Beijing in preparation for the Olympics.

The upcoming slaughter of 400 kangaroos on an abandoned naval base in Australia has animal rights activists and aboriginal elders coming together in protest.

The EU will decide this month whether to impose a ban on importing Canadian seal products. This comes after a December report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which concluded that seal slaughterers don't always adhere to regulations and that the seals do indeed suffer pain and distress during the annual ''cull''. The EFSA also stated that the hunt should be open to independent monitoring and inspections without interference.

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