Green Festival: Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich: Veganism Helps the Environment

Butternut Squash

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Dandelion Salad

with Dennis Kucinich

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Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich Green Festival Saturday September 29, 2012

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Shooting live pigeons in a confined area isn’t a sport by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
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Dandelion Salad
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August 2, 2012

Pigeon pagent

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Shortly before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on an amendment last December that would ban pigeon shoots, the Pennsylvania Flyers Association sent out a bulletin it marked as “urgent.”

“We must act now to preserve our sport,” the Flyers screeched. In a separate letter, the Flyers told its members they “should be very proud that your association has been able to keep the sport alive in PA [sic] for the last 27 years.” For added support, the notice referred to an NRA release, which called pigeon shooting a “Pennsylvania Sporting Tradition.”

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Pennsylvania Politics Continues to Override Humane Actions by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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June 1, 2012

Pidgeon scrutiny

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A national animal welfare organization has filed an ethics complaint against a Pennsylvania district attorney.

SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) charges Bucks County DA David Heckler with conflict-of-interest, favoritism, and failure to fulfill his professional responsibilities. The ethics complaint was filed with the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
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Dandelion Salad
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December 17, 2011

Pidgeon scrutiny

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If the first year gross anatomy class at the Penn State Hershey medical school needs spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloak room of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines.

The House voted 124–69, Dec. 13, to send an animal welfare bill back to committee, in this case the Gaming Oversight Committee. The bill, SB 71, would have banned simulcasting of greyhound races from other states. Continue reading

Toxic Lead to Cover Iowa Killing Fields by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
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August 26, 2011

Mourning Dove on her nest

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Iowa, which gave us the carnival known as the Iowa Straw Poll and artery-clogging Deep Fried butter, will unleash another health problem, beginning Sept. 1.

The Iowa legislature last year approved a dove hunting season, the first in more than nine decades. However, the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission (DNR) banned the use of lead shot and bullets.

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Has President Obama Failed Labor and the Environment? by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
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July 17, 2011

After significant compromise with the recalcitrant Republicans who want to continue to give the wealthy tax advantages while cutting significant social programs, President Obama has finally taken a stand on debt ceiling negotiations. However, in labor, wildlife management, and the environment he is still compromising rather than coming out forcefully for the principles he and the working class believes.

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Don Huber Explains Science Behind New Organism and Threat from Monsanto’s Roundup, GMOs to Disease and Infertility

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Collard Greens

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on May 5, 2011

David Murphy of Food Democracy Now interviews Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, Purdue University on discovery of new organism and crop disease, livestock infertility and threats to U.S. food and agriculture.

Take action! http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/dr_hubers_warning/#petition

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Scratches on the Blackboard of Animal Cruelty by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
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April 22, 2011

Pidgeon scrutiny

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Take a pigeon.

Now put that pigeon, along with thousands of others, into small coops that don’t give the bird much freedom to move.

Don’t worry about food or water. It won’t matter.

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“Following Orders” Never a Defense for Immoral Acts by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
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www.walterbrasch.com
February 3, 2011

sled dogs

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A man who killed 100 sled dogs has received not a prison sentence but workers’ compensation from a British Columbia agency. The man successfully proved he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after he claimed he was ordered to kill the dogs. “It was the worst experience [he] could ever imagine, his lawyer told CKNW, Vancouver, which had obtained the government document and then contacted the Humane Society.

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Enviropig: First Genetically Modified Farm Animal

Pigs on a farm

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on Jan 5, 2011

January 04, 2011 BBC World News

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Supermarkets: What Price Cheap Food? (must-see)

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Note: replaced video Aug. 5, 2012

One Beautiful Tomato and Lots of Cucumbers

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on Dec 24, 2010

Gone are the days of grazing cattle now we have mega dairies that are rarely witnessed by the public where cows rarely go outside. Journalist David Kirby of New York (author of Animal Factory) describes them as factories rather than farms. Is animal welfare being sacrificed for volume? Panorama manages to gain entrance into a modern pig farm in North Carolina where pigs are injected with antibiotics and fed with hormones that enable them to grow from the size of a fist to the size of an adult in just five months. The Orwellian term C.A.F.O (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) is used by the US government to describe the modern factory farming operation.

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David Kirby on “The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms on Humans and the Environment”

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Gestation crates, used on modern hog productio...

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Democracy Now!
August 24, 2010

We speak with David Kirby about his book Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms on Humans and the Environment. “We need more regulations, and we need enforcement of the regulations,” Kirby says. “These [food] companies are self-policing, and they are operating on the honor system. And consumers are obviously paying the price.” [includes rush transcript]

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Animal Factory – A Book Review

by Guadamour
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Dec. 19, 2010

English: Hog confinement barn interior, slatte...

English: Hog confinement barn interior, slatted floor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the book Animal Factory (St. Martin’s Press 2010), David Kirby, an investigative journalist, chronicles the lives of three people fighting the presence of Contained Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) who have moved into their vicinity, effectively destroying the quality of their lives and putting their health in jeopardy. The subtitle of the book reads: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment. In reading the 452 page book, one quickly realizes that it is not a Looming Threat, but a clear and present danger.

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The Meatrix (2003) + Meet Your Meat + Meat the Truth

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English: Hog confinement barn interior, slatte...

English: Hog confinement barn interior, slatted floor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

undercurrentspaulo | October 08, 2010

Join Leo, the young pig who wonders if he is “the one”, Chickity, the feathered family farm defender, and Moopheus, the trench-coat-clad cow with a passion for green pastures as they expose the problems with factory farming while making the world safe for sustainable family farms.

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Primate Wars at KU Med: Anatomy of an Intense Grass Roots Campaign by Jason Miller

by Jason Miller
Featured Writer
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Thomas Paine’s Corner
Sept. 28, 2010

At the request of Anthony Nocella II, I have composed a summary of Bite Club’s campaign to stop primate vivisection at the University of Kansas Medical Center. This summary will also appear on Lib Now!

In late 2009, I became aware that the University of Kansas Medical Center (aka KU Med or KUMC) had a primate vivisection program. While the census of their “test subjects” (primarily macaques and squirrel monkeys according to information available through the USDA and KU Med’s website) is relatively small compared to other vivisection facilities, what cried out for Animal Rights activist intervention was the fact that they had been cited by the USDA for 160 violations of animal welfare laws, a staggering number.

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