They're a threat to the environment and dangerous as hell. There's got to be a better way to celebrate.
Look, I’m an environmental reporter, and as such it is practically in my job description to be a killjoy. For this I am sorry. It’s not like I won’t personally be enjoying the fireworks over the East River — which at least can’t get any more polluted than it already is — but I won’t be able to do so without nagging self-admonishments about how fireworks are actually kind of stupid.… Now, as is my professional duty, I pass these nagging thoughts on to you.
posted by Lexica
on Jul 6, 2014 -
In May 2010, New Zealand introduced a new Animal Welfare Code
effectively banning the kosher slaughter
of animals, or “shechita”
. Agriculture Minister, David Carter, rejected a recommendation from advisers
that Jewish ritual slaughter of livestock be exempted from animal welfare rules under the Bill of Rights - which provides for freedom of religious practice. The new welfare code had a requirement that all commercially slaughtered animals first be stunned, and forbade the importation of raw kosher poultry. Carter argued the Code was required on humane grounds, citing a study that said the animals suffered pain. A study which Dr Temple Grandin
has subsequently criticised
. Jewish law prevents stunning on the basis that this is, in fact, cruel to animals
. Halal meat in New Zealand is stunned prior to slaughter. The Jewish community contested the Code through the courts as a direct attack on the freedom to practise Judaism in New Zealand
. Bans on ritual slaughter inevitably raise the ugly spectre of anti-Semitism
. In November, immediately before the case was due to be heard, Carter made an abrupt u-turn
. The practice of shechita on poultry was declared no longer illegal while the Government also agreed to negotiate the ban on sheep. New Zealand Jews will still have to import beef from Australia, where shechita is allowed. The reversal raised the ire of animal rights groups
, and raised questions about Carter's motivations
in considering the ban.
posted by szechuan
on Dec 12, 2010 -
On July 31 of this year, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) introduced H.R. 3501,
a bill aimed at granting tax deductions to owners of companion animals. Known as the HAPPY Act — Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years — it would create a deduction of up to $3,500 on federal tax returns for the care of "qualified" pets, defined as "legally owned, domesticated, and live animals." As of yet, there are no co-sponsors.
So did McCotter introduce the bill due to being a genuine supporter of animal protections,
or is this one Republican's way of trying to ensure taxpayers get to keep more of their money?
Either way, the ASPCA approves,
as do actors Leo Grillo and Robert Davi
posted by lovermont
on Oct 8, 2009 -
Save the Bunnies!
Every year, thousands of "pet" rabbits are purchased as Easter gifts, usually for kids, without much thought to the years of care which the animals will need. Within months, humane societies and pet shelters are flooded with the animals, many of which must be euthanized, as there simply aren't enough adopters to give them new homes. In response, the Columbus House Rabbit Society encourages everyone to eschew pet rabbit gifts and say Make Mine Chocolate!TM
instead. And since no campaign is worthwhile these days without a symbolic lapel pin, you can wear a chocolate bunny
to spread the message.
posted by Dreama
on Feb 17, 2005 -
Nian Nian You Yu
("nyen nyen yo yew
- translates to "Have abundance every year" or phonetically as "Year Year Got Fish." Tomorrow evening, over a billion people will be celebrating Lunar New Year's Eve with a Reunion
. This involves family members coming together and for many, the ideal menu
includes eating braised shark's fin soup. This is a perfect time to regale your friends and family with shark
and horror stories
. True you mother won't appreciate when you point out to Auntie Mei how how around 100 million sharks are caught worldwide every year
mostly just for their fins, or that actually the dish is tasteless and people
are just ordering it to show
off their wealth
. But surely it's better than one day having to say "Year Year Got No Fish."
posted by missbossy
on Feb 7, 2005 -
The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations.
Ah, what would the silent animals do without we oxy-moronic humans looking after their welfare. Pity they taste so good.
Some giblets to chew on: "No person shall use, or cause or permit to be used, any mechanical apparatus to kill any surplus chick unless the apparatus contains rapidly rotating mechanically operated killing blades or projection...any person who slaughters by a religious method any animal which has not been stunned before bleeding shall ensure that each animal is slaughtered by the severance by rapid, uninterrupted movements of a knife, of both its carotid arteries and both its jugular veins...no person shall use, or cause or permit to be used, a water bath stunner to stun any bird unless appropriate measures are taken to ensure that the current passes efficiently, in particular that there are good electrical contacts and the shackle-to-leg contact is kept wet...no person shall bleed any bull, cow, heifer, steer, calf, sheep, goat or pig in a slaughterhouse, knacker's yard or lairage within sight of any other such animal."
posted by fold_and_mutilate
on Feb 5, 2002 -
UK Govt. votes to ban hunting in England and Wales.
Browsing the web last night, several national polls were showing that more of the British Public were against a ban than in favour. Will the MPs who turned up to vote but not to debate (not very democratic?) live to regret their decision as the debate turns from animal welfare to civil rights?
posted by nico
on Jan 18, 2001 -