May 26, 2010 |
Some fishermen who have been hired by BP to clean up the gulf oil spill say they have become ill after working long hours near waters fouled with oil and dispersant, prompting a Louisiana lawmaker to call on the federal government to open mobile clinics in rural areas to treat them. The fishermen report severe headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty breathing. Concerned by the reports, Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking the agency's help providing medical treatment, especially in Plaquemines Parish, a southern region where many fishermen live.
October 28, 2008 |
Two weeks ago, video from an undercover investigation at Norco Ranch, owned by Missouri-based Moark, was released to the public showing pitiful images of animals abused at a California factory farm. The undercover investigator not only recorded images of four to six birds crammed into small cages and unable to extend their wings, but also dead birds in cages, birds with legs or other body parts caught in the wire caging, and the animals living in absolute filth and squalor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2005
In the decade since the Los Angeles Zoo came close to losing its accreditation, $37.5 million has gone into building an animal health center and exhibits that more closely resemble natural environments. Here are some of the steps taken to make the zoo friendlier for animals and for human visitors: -- Sea Lion Cliffs exhibit This Thursday, the zoo will celebrate its new entranceway complex and open the saltwater sea lion habitat to the public.
May 27, 2005 |
The World Organization of Animal Health said countries with mad cow disease should be allowed to export certain cuts of beef, allowing for a lifting of bans on U.S. and European Union meat. Red-muscle meat without bones is safe if the animal isn't suspected of having the brain-wasting disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, Alex Thiermann, an official from the organization, said at a news conference in Paris. The body is responsible for setting animal health standards.
July 1, 2002
Re "Health Care Takes Deep Cuts," June 27: Other countries forced to make similar draconian cuts in their public health systems have seen outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases that otherwise could have been tracked, contained or cured. The cutbacks the Los Angeles County supervisors were forced to make have increased the probability of just such an outbreak here. I would strongly advise the well-to-do in our community not to think of this as a problem confined to the poor and indigent among us. It potentially affects everyone.
March 18, 2001 |
The spread of mad cow disease and foot-and-mouth across Europe shows that no country is immune to the threat of animal-borne illnesses. The modern animal farm not only allows, but paves the way for the outbreak of disease. We cram thousands of genetically uniform animals into unhygienic warehouses, generating a virtual frat party for microbes. We recycle animal manure and slaughterhouse waste as feed. We process meat at breakneck speed in the presence of blood, feces and other contagions.