Each week we post links to news about humane education & humane living, and items connected to humane issues, from human rights to environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media, consumerism and culture.
Undercover video shows male chicks ground up alive - AP (9/1/09)
“An undercover video shot by an animal rights group at an Iowa egg hatchery shows workers discarding unwanted chicks by sending them alive into a grinder, and other chicks falling through a sorting machine to die on the factory floor.”
Better to buy local? It’s complicated – MNN.com (8/31/09)
“For individuals and families, however, Kaplan suggests four principles to eating sustainably and listed them in order of importance: eating lower on the food chain, reducing food waste, supporting eco labels and other sustainable certifications, and eating locally whenever possible.”
Grandmother walks 1,200 miles to bring awareness to climate change – MNN.com (8/31/09)
“Making her way from New Orleans to Rouses Point, N.Y., the white-haired Browne wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan ‘Walking for the Climate.’ She made her case to drivers who stopped alongside her on the road, spoke at churches along the way and blogged regularly, dedicating her musings to her grandchildren. ‘Sometimes, you just have to stand up,’ she said, by way of explaining the project.”
America’s hate affair with weight – Newsweek (8/26/09)
“Fatness has always been seen as a slight on the American character. Ours is a nation that values hard work and discipline, and it's hard for us to accept that weight could be not just a struggle of will, even when the bulk of the research—and often our own personal experience—shows that the factors leading to weight gain are much more than just simple gluttony.”
Anti-Islam t-shirts banned from Florida school – Gainesville Sun (8/25/09)
“On their front, the T-shirts had a verse from the Gospel of John: ‘Jesus answered I am the way and the truth and the life; no one goes to the Father except through me,’ and this statement, 'I stand in trust with Dove Outreach Center.' The message ‘Islam is of the Devil’ is on the back of the shirt.”
Thanks, Teaching Tolerance, for the heads up.
“Greening” the world brings new problems, risks - Foreign Policy (8/24/09)
“A move to electric cars, for example, could set off a competition for lithium -- another limited, geographically concentrated resource. The sheer amount of water needed to create some kinds of alternative energy could suck certain regions dry, upping the odds of resource-based conflict. And as the world builds scores more emissions-free nuclear power plants, the risk that terrorists get their hands on dangerous atomic materials -- or that states launch nuclear-weapons programs -- goes up.”
Mississippi working to mandate K-12 Civil Rights instruction – WJZ News (8/20/09)
“In Mississippi, where mention of the civil rights movement evokes images of bombings, beatings and the Ku Klux Klan, public schools are preparing to test a program that will ultimately teach students about the subject in every grade from kindergarten through high school.”
Mexico City bans non-biodegradable plastic bags - CNN Wire (8/19/09)
“Mexico City, which has had some of the worst air pollution in the world, also is looking at improving its environment in other ways. The municipal government announced this month it will place more than 1,100 bicycles at 84 stations throughout the city for residents to use. Officials said they hope to increase bicycle use as a form of transportation to 5 percent, up from the current 1.2 percent.”
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