Workers Upset Over Having to Kill Sick Pigs; Healthy Pigs No Big Deal | PETA.org

Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:

A deadly new virus has killed millions of baby pigs since it was first reported in the U.S. last May. Porcine epidemic diarrhea can affect pigs of any age, but it’s life-threatening for newborns, who become dehydrated quickly.

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Surprisingly, pig farmers are finding it hard to kill the dying babies. “It’s very difficult for the people who are working the barns at that point,” said affected Iowa pig farmer Craig Rowles. “No one wants to go to work today and think about making the decision of baby pigs that need to be humanely euthanized because they can’t get up anymore. Those are very hard days.”

As opposed to the days when unwanted “runts” are killed by “thumping” (slamming their heads against the floor) or when healthy 6-month-old pigs are hung upside down before their throats are slashed and they’re left to bleed out? Pigs are often still alive when they’re…

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Wolves back in Denmark

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from 2013 is called Danish wolf is back.

From Wildlife Extra:

First wolf family heard in Denmark for 200 years

April 2014: It is suspected by a group of wolf enthusiasts in Denmark that the country probably has its first resident wolf family for over 200 years, reports Rewilding Europe. Ulvetracking Danmark has gone to great lengths to register the sounds of the Danish wolves, recorded in Jutland in January. Holly Root-Gutteridge, an English wolf expert and PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, believes that these howls stem from an entire wolf family. This means that these could be the first wolf pups born in the wild of Denmark for well since the early 19th century.

“This is the biggest fauna sensation we have had for many years,” said Mogens Trolle, zoologist in the Nature Science Museum at the University of Copenhagen.

“There’s at least…

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Wildlife recovery in Namibia

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video says about itself:

Pride of Namibia

1 March 2014

Namibia is home to the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told. Since its birth just over 2 decades ago, the country of Namibia has shown the world how to ensure Africa’s natural legacy while expanding livelihoods.

“Pride of Namibia” tells the story of communities committed to protecting wildlife, of a nation that has enshrined conservation into its constitution, and of the future of responsible travel – tourism that directly benefits the people who give wildlife freedom to roam.

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – October 4th, 2014 – Find your city!

Originally posted on Condofire:

ImageThis year I have pledged to help raise awareness and funds for elephants and rhinos. Both of these iconic species have wandered the earth for billions of years. Under our watch they are being hunted to extinction for their tusks and horns. In less than 10 years they will be gone unless people raise awareness and help fight for their survival.

On October 4th cities all over the world are marching for rhinos and elephants, Please find your city and join the march. Please share this post with others. If there isn’t a city near you, organize a march. I’ve never done it before but I’m going to this year. I’m nervous, I feel a bit insecure. I could say I’m scared to death. But I’m going to do it. What I’ve discovered is that there is a world of people out there who are doing the same. Please join…

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67-year-old Celso Ferreira, tied and abused the donkey just for fun

Originally posted on The Monsters Among Us:

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Please Sign to bring justice to this Donkey that was dragged  by a man from his car on purpose and just for the “fun” of it: http://www.yousign.org/en/donkey-brazil

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In a vicious act of animal cruelty a man managed to tie a donkey to his car and dragged him by for more than 3 kilometers. The incident occurred in the village Tres Barras, in the municipality of Graccho Cardos, Sergipe region, Brazil.

The perpetrator was identified as 67-year-old Celso Ferreira, who claims he tied and abused the donkey just for fun. The donkey could not survive all the heavy injuries it sustained and eventually died. Although local police immediately arrested the man, it appears he is very well connected, as the mayor inexplicably ordered his release.

As deputy captain Samuel Barreto recalls: “We were happy to apprehend the individual in record time. In just short notice however, I received a…

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Sperm Whales Still Haven’t Recovered More Than 35 Years After Australia Stopped Harpooning Them

Originally posted on The ocean update:

sperm-whaleApril 11th, 2014. New research shows that sperm whales, the last whales to be harpooned by Australia, have still not recovered more than 35 years after the last whale was killed in the Southern Ocean.

There’s been good news about the recovery of the coast-hugging humpback and southern right whales in Australian waters almost to the extent where they’re no longer endangered.

“But we can’t let these good news stories blind us to the fact that the other great whales are in real trouble,” says lead researcher Robert Harcourt of Macquarie University.

Harcourt and his team investigated the status of mature sperm bulls off Albany, Western Australia. The last sperm whale was harpooned off Albany on November 21, 1978.

This whale species suffered major losses during Australia’s peak whaling periods, seeing a population reduction of 74% between 1955 and 1978.

“To measure the contemporary status of sperm whales off…

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Raccoons TORTURED in Kentucky?

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Imagine being snatched from your family, confined to a cage, and perched on a tiny raft, only to have frantic dogs then set loose upon you.

Sadly, this is happening in Leslie County, Kentucky, this Saturday, April 12, during the county’s annual “Coon on a Log” races. The event is apparently being sponsored by the sheriff’s department this year, and the vulnerable raccoons used during the races will be forced to endure the hellish races repeatedly. According to one spectator from last year’s event, dogs were allowed to “bite at” the raccoons, who were sometimes “knocked into the water” and “pulled back up to go another round.” One raccoon was even “bleeding and near death.”

Take action for raccoons!

Urge Leslie County officials to show ♥ for raccoons and help end this barbaric practice for good. Also ask them to…

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Chinese zombie attack? Drunk Chinese man tries to eat woman’s face during ‘cannibal’ assault

Nancy:

They do eat dogs and cats including the brain and many of the animals have rabies, maybe he has a bad case of the rabies!!!

Originally posted on Nwo Report:

Bus driver responsible for the zombie-like attack took a long liquid lunch before jumping on the hood of a passing woman’s car, biting her when she got out, reports say.

Source:  PHILIP CAULFIELD / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

A drunken bus driver was detained in China after he attacked a woman in her car and bit her face, local media reported.

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A drunken bus driver was detained in China after he attacked a woman in her car and bit her face, local media reported.

The summer’s “cannibal craze” has reportedly spread to China.

A drunken bus driver in eastern China tried to chew off a woman’s face during an attack on Tuesday afternoon, according to Chinese media.

A man identified as “Dong” ran into a road near a bus station at around 2 p.m. and jumped in front of a woman’s car, the Shanghai Daily’s website reported police saying.

The man then hopped on the hood and starting pounding on the woman’s windshield, the report said.

When the woman…

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England’s Prime Minister Says He Will Ban Wild Animals from Circuses

Originally posted on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE:

BY JOAN REDDY  

England’s Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he will work quickly to bring forward the Government’s draft bill that will ban wild animals from circuses. The bill was originally published last March, but little progress has been made since then.

The British animal rights organization, Animal Defender’s International (ADI),  is concerned that if the ban is not immediately enforced, the implementation date of December 2015 may be missed. Social justice campaigner Peter Tatchell, and former Conservative MEP, author, and conservationist Stanley Johnson approached Prime Minister Cameron with this concern, and asked him to swiftly move on the bill. He responded to their request by saying “[y]es, we are going to do it.”

“It is great that David Cameron told Stanley and me today that he will ban wild animals in circuses. Let’s hold him to it. Circuses…

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Thousands Of Ukraine’s Zoo Animals May Soon Starve

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As political unrest continues to threaten the peace in Ukraine, thousands of animals at one of the country’s zoos are at the brink of starvation, an international conservation group announced this week.  The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization, a nonprofit headquartered in South Africa, told The Huffington Post there has been a severe scarcity of food and medical supplies for the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo, located in southern Ukraine, since government funding for the zoo dried up a few weeks ago.  “The fact is, they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat,” the organization’s international president, Barbara Wiseman, told HuffPost via email. “The rest of the animals were just two weeks away from running out of food.”

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The Chinese want permission to market dog meat in the USA for “their own consumption.” – The Petition Site

SeaWorld Puppets

Originally posted on quorndawgblog:

This clip had to be the most pathetic of them all to date.  I thought the crocodile tears were going to come out. View it here .  Pretty bad acting, seeming like the words were not hers – just my own gut feeling.

But as usual a PR flier was made of it that was posted on SeaWorld’s Facebook page, and was begging to be “improved” to reflect the reality.

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Gulf of Mexico wildlife still suffering from BP oil

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from the USA says about itself:

30 April 2010

The next victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be the birds that depend on the region’s fertile shorelines, bayous and marshes. American Bird Conservancy‘s Michael Fry talks to Jorge Ribas about the situation.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico still suffering four years after BP oil spill: report

Environmental campaign group finds ongoing symptoms of oil exposure in 14 species – from oysters to dolphins

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

Wednesday 9 April 2014 15.54 BST

The BPoil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused dangerous after-effects to more than a dozen different animals from dolphins to oysters, a report from an environmental campaign group said on Tuesday.

Four years after the oil disaster, some 14 species showed symptoms of oil exposure, the report from…

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SeaWorld’s lobbying blocks Orca Act

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CAOrca440 Frustrating news from Sacramento on Tuesday. The “ Orca Welfare and Safety Act” failed to get passed.

The Associated Press reported that Assemblymember Bloom has pulled the Orca Welfare and Safety Act during its first committee hearing, citing the need for deeper research to the impacts of the law. After a heavy lobby blitz from SeaWorld the bill now is delayed for at least another year, as it will not be allowed to come to a vote until 2015. Read more here…

This is an unfortunate and infuriating delay to what was a groundbreaking piece of legislation in the protection of captive animals.

While this campaign may be put on pause, we’re more fired up than ever to continue the fight against animal abuse, but we need you’re help!! Stay tuned.

Unfortunate news from Sacramento today. After heavy lobbying from SeaWorld Assemblymember Bloom has decided to pull AB2140 until for…

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‘Coon on a Log’ Event In Bum Fuck Kentucky has me thinking that what if an adult saw a kid doing this to an animal; isnt that the great sign of a future serial killer and yet these backwards assed country fux have this very odd event in their odd town every year!

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Which fundamentally, WHO THE FUCK THOUGHT THIS UP IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE? What the fuck human with a brain thought this was a cool game to play and again, if any adult with any brain saw some kid acting this way with any animal, they would report that kid to the cops thinking he is growing up to be ted bundy or some crap. I am serious. Isnt this type of an odd event a sign that whomever involved is a total nut that should NOT be walking the streets? I am being dead serious!

This Saturday, April 12, Leslie County, Ky., is reportedly holding “Coon on a Log” races! These sadistic events (apparently sponsored by the sheriff’s department this year) involve setting frantic dogs loose upon caged raccoons who have been hauled across bodies of water and perched on tiny rafts. Imagine the terror that these

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You won’t believe these were once fighting dogs – there is hope

Originally posted on aussiedogblog.com:

These Were Michael Vick’s Fighting Dogs. Where They Are Now is Beautiful.

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In honor of national dog fighting awareness day through the ASPCA, we wanted to feature a few pups who overcame all the odds and proved that the pups are not vicious killers– they’re just regular dogs who’ve been put through extreme circumstances.

The pups we’ve featured below are a few of the “Vicktory Dogs,” the dogs who were rescued from Atlanta Falcon Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring back in 2007. When the dogs were discovered in Vick’s home, many people said even though the situation was horrible, these dogs should be put down because of their obvious violent natures and killer instincts.

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Help Elephants in Los Angeles!

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Elephant Ride HTWT This Saturday, April 12, the Curacaodepartment store in Los Angeles is planning to offer elephant rides provided by notorious animal abuser Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) at La Feria de los Niños, a children’s street fair.

HTWT trainers have been caught on video shocking screaming elephants with electric prods and jabbing them with bullhooks—sharp, metal weapons so vile that Los Angeles voted to ban them last year.

Elephant rides are not only cruel to elephants but also dangerous. Just last month, three elephants used for rides at the Moolah Shrine Circus escaped from handlers and went crashing through a parking lot before they were recaptured 45 minutes later.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited HTWT for failing to maintain elephants under the direct control and supervision of a knowledgeable and experienced handler.

Please send a message to Curacao asking the company to cancel the cruel elephant rides.

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Virus killing millions of baby pigs and raising pork prices

Originally posted on FOX2now.com:

[ooyala code="M2aXF4bDo7-CozOSo5CLjGhRWTfOiLTg" player_id="c660b791c3704ff69d4162d7adb7c4a1"]ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) A deadly virus that is decimating hog breeding operations in more than two dozen states has farmers limiting visitors to their farms and disinfecting all equipment, even trucks. PED or Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea attacks very young pigs still at the suckling stage. There is no known cure.

The virus is not a threat to food safety, but it will hit consumers at the supermarket as pork production drops this summer and prices rise. At least five million piglets have already died in the past year.

Breeders Freddie Grohmann of Cedar Ridge Farms near Red Bud, IL has kept his operation virus free. But it is impacting his export business to China. ‘China is going to hold off on letting live animals come into China until the two governments can decide a testing protocol,’ he said Thursday.

Tony Clayton, president of Clayton Agri-Marketing Inc., a…

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George Monbiot: How the Corporate Takeover of Society Is Leaving Us Feeling Empty Inside

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

George Monbiot writes for The Guardian:

How do you engineer a bland, depoliticised world, a consensus built around consumption and endless growth, a dream world of materialism and debt and atomisation, in which all relations can be prefixed with a dollar sign, in which we cease to fight for change? You delegate your powers to companies whose profits depend on this model.

Power is shifting: to places in which we have no voice or vote. Domestic policies are forged by special advisers and spin doctors, by panels and advisory committees stuffed with lobbyists. The self-hating state withdraws its own authority to regulate and direct. Simultaneously, the democratic vacuum at the heart of global governance is being filled, without anything resembling consent, by international bureaucrats and corporate executives. The NGOs permitted – often as an afterthought – to join them intelligibly represent neither civil society nor electorates. (And please spare me…

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World’s 100 most unique and endangered birds

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video is called Extinct and Critically Endangered Birds: A Repeated History.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Scientists name world’s 100 most unique and endangered birds

‘Little dodo’, flightless parrot and giant ibis among species ranked by evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk

In pictures – top 10 most unique and endangered birds

Jessica Aldred

Thursday 10 April 2014 17.00 BST

The “little dodo”, a flightless parrot and the world’s largest ibis are among the world’s 100 most unique and endangered birds, according to a new study.

Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Yale University assessed the world’s 9,993 bird species according to their evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk to produce a list of the world’s 100 most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (Edge) species.

Topping the list is the rare and striking giant ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) – the world’s largest ibis…

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Facebook privacy tweaks include pop-up warnings about public postings

Originally posted on Global News:

TORONTO – Facebook admits it’s had its fair share of fumbles and stumbles when it comes to privacy.

So the social media giant, which has 19 million regular users in Canada and 1.23 billion globally, is rolling out a few tweaks to help users better understand how to control who sees their posts.

And it’s taking the unusual step of intervening when it suspects users could be posting publicly without realizing it.

“We understand that in the past some people have felt that privacy on Facebook has changed too frequently or that we haven’t communicated as well as we could about privacy,” says Mike Nowak, a product manager on the company’s privacy team.

READ MORE: Facebook changes privacy settings, users can no longer hide from search

For users who regularly share their content widely without any privacy restrictions, Facebook plans to periodically prompt them — with what it hopes is…

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‘Do smelly emissions from baked beans contribute to global warming?’ Viscount Simon asks Energy Minister

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

Kashmira Gander reports for The Independent:

A member of the House of Lords raised eyebrows in the chamber on Wednesday, when he said there could be a link between global warming and the large amount of baked beans consumed in the UK, causing people to produce so-called “smelly emissions”. 73-year-old Labour peer Viscount Simon raised his concerns about the gasses bean-eaters are contributing to the Earth’s atmosphere as Energy Minister Baroness Verma answered questions in the Upper House on how the Government was tackling climate change.

“In a programme some months ago on the BBC it was stated that this country has the largest production of baked beans and the largest consumption of baked beans in the world,” said the peer who has been a member of the House of Lords for more than 20 years. To laughter from peers, he asked Lady Verma: “Could you say whether this affects the…

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200+ armed feds declare war on Nevada rancher over desert tortoise

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

Armed men outside the Bundy ranch (photo by Cliven and Carol Bundy)

Elizabeth Harrington reports for The Washington Free Beacon, April 8, 2014:

A two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and the [federal] Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has resulted in officials armed with machine guns surrounding the ranch and forcibly removing the owner’s cattle, according to the rancher’s family.

Cliven Bundy, the last rancher in Clark County, Nev., has been fighting a “one-man range war” since 1993, when he decided to take a stand against the agency, refusing to pay fees for the right to graze on a ranch run by his family for centuries.

After years of court battles, the BLM secured a federal court order to have Bundy’s “trespass cattle” forcibly removed with heavy artillery, the family said.

“The battle’s been going on for 20 years,” Bundy told the Washington Free Beacon. “What’s…

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Senate Committee approves bill to protect horses from soring

Originally posted on TUESDAY'S HORSE:

Tennessee Walking horse watches worriedly during horse soring inspections following an undercover operation by HSUS. Photo: HSUS.

Tennessee Walking horse watches worriedly during horse soring inspections following an undercover operation by HSUS. Photo: HSUS.

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Congress moved one step closer to protecting horses from the cruel practice of “soring” when the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) today by voice vote. The PAST Act will end the decades-long abusive training method of soring, which involves the use of chemicals and devices on the legs and feet of Tennessee walking horses to force them to perform the high-stepping “Big Lick” gait.

Keith Dane, vice president of equine protection for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Horse soring is a disgrace, but growing momentum for the PAST Act means that reform is within reach. Today’s committee action was a significant step forward. Congress should ensure a sound future for Tennessee walking horses by…

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Animals Feel Pleasure

Originally posted on Igor Purlantov:


Do dogs feel pleasure? How about crocodiles?  Jonathan Balcombe says yes, they do. And not just dogs and crocodiles, but also fish, monkeys, pigs and chickens.  “Why wouldn’t they?” he says. “Pleasure is nature’s way of saying ‘Good behavior!’ It encourages us to do it again. Little wonder, then, that food, play, sex and friendships feel so good. Fishes line up for a spa service from cleaner-fishes, crocodiles love to bask in the sun, as do chickens, and if you haven’t seen a pig eat a pumpkin then it’s time you turned your lights on.”

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Seed of Light Award, thanks belsbror!

Nancy:

I just received ~ Seed of Light Award ~ “From Dear Kitty”

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

Seed of Light Award

Belsbror has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Seed of Light Award.

Thanks so much for this generous gesture!

“All you need to start a forest is one seed”.

This award is for blogs that inspire creativity, nature, connection, communications and beauty. Pass it on!

1. Thank the person who nominated you.

2. Nominate at least 5 blogs and provide links to their blogs.

3. Notify the nominees of their nominations.

My nominees are:

1. Miss Marzipan

2. It Is What It Is

3. Kaligrafi Nusantara

4. Ratzone’s Blog

5. Zeebra Designs & Destinations

6. artmark

7. Ellie Belfiglio

8. Glorialana’s Blog

9. Paris: People, Places and Bling!

10. “OUR WORLD”

11. petitemagique

12. rambling ratz

13. VERDE DESPERTAR

14. Los Sentidos De La Vida

15. Enchanted Seashells

16. What Inspires Your Art?

17. Poetic Parfait

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No more whales, dolphins in captivity: mayor

Originally posted on Global News:

The Vancouver Aquarium is defending itself after the city’s mayor expressed his personal beliefs against keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.

A statement issued by the aquarium Wednesday said Gregor Robertson may have personal feelings on the issue, but he might not understand the vital role belugas and dolphins play in its conservation efforts.

“Dolphins and belugas at Vancouver Aquarium play a direct and vital role in engaging people in key ocean issues,” the aquarium states.

“In addition, with rapid environmental changes in the arctic where belugas live, continued research, much of which must be done in marine science centres like the Vancouver Aquarium, is critical to their future.”

The aquarium also states that it’s the only facility in Canada that can rescue, rehabilitate and provide a long-term home to marine animals that can’t be released back into the wild.

The statement was issued amidst a renewed debate on keeping…

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Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

Originally posted on Tales from the World:

Wow, guys, I’m speechless. Look how hard they fight for GMOs staying unlabeled. They really don’t want you to know what you eat. That should be a basic human right, no? Something goes massively wrong here. – bmc

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A new bill introduced in Congress looks to ban states from implementing their own labeling laws when it comes to food containing genetically engineered ingredients.

According to Reuters, US Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation on Wednesday, which is intended to head off bills in about 24 states that would require companies to inform customers when their food is produced using genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Titled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” the proposal would forbid states from enacting such proposals.

“We’ve got a number of states that are attempting to put together a patchwork quilt of food labeling requirements with…

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