WORLD WILDLIFE FUND SAYS Atlantic salmon have disappeared completely from at least 309 river sys- tems in Europe and North America. The wild fish have disappeared from rivers in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. They’re on the brink of extinction in Estonia, Portugal, Poland, the United States, and parts of Canada.
SOUTH AFRICA-THE ASSOCIATION of
Medical Research Charities is closing its account with the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), because the bank severed links due to threats from animal-rights protestors. The closure represents a f,16 billion ($23 billion U.S.) loss for HSBC. Some association members are taking many animal– rights groups to court and suing them for damages.
IF BITTEN BY A DEER TICK, take two doxycyclines within three days. Researchers at New York Medical College say their study proves the antibiotic does more than cure Lynne disease-it prevents it. In the United States about 15,000 cases are reported annually The disease causes fatigue, fever, and joint pain, and can lead to severe arthritis and heart damage.
COLUMNIST RICH LANDERS waited six months following a promise from Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spokesman Wayne Pacelle for a list of good things HSUS does in the state of Washington, but to date he hasn’t received anything. HSUS runs costly anti-hunting and anti-wildlife management publicity campaigns-spending nearly S55 million a year on media activities. Landers’ article reminds readers that when the top two HSUS executives earn $237,871 and $209,051 plus perks amounting to tens of thousands more, it’s no wonder “you don’t see animal-rights groups working with wildlife biologists to solve management problems …. There’s no money in it.”
THE SEVEN-YEAR LEGAL FEUD between People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and an Internet entrepreneur may soon be coming to a close. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, heard arguments from both sides in the heated case sparked by Michael Doughney, who established peta.org as the People Eating Tasty Animals (PETA) web site in 1996. A ruling is expected in a few months.
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