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from EVU News, Issue 4 /1997

No animal experiments for beauty any longer in Britain

rabbit The Ministry of the Interior of Tony Blairís Government has asked the last three companies that were still doing animal experiments for cosmetic products, whether they could not stop doing so. All three firms agreed and consequently there are no animal experiments any longer for cosmetics in Britain.. For medical progress ex-periments on living animals are still permissible.

News from the Swiss Radio DRS, 7.11.97, 7am (Later during the day the news was not repeated and it could not be found in any newspaper!) - SDL

Congratulations on: A philosophical degree in Animal Rights

Alessandro Arrigoni Deputy President of the Società Italiana has done a doctorate on 'Nonhuman Animals' Philosophy' in July 1997 after a writing of 2 years. In a volume of about 80,000 words there is given a view of the whole field of animal conditions in the History of Philosophy from the cruel reality of experimental laboratories, factory farms and slaughterhouses to the actual ethicalphilosophical debate regarding utilitarianism (Peter Singer) and rights theory (Tom Reagan).

The paper is subdivided in four chapters, and will be published in Italy from Cosmopolis Edition of Tourin with the title ĎAnimal Rights Towards a Civilisation without Bloodí. The foreword (preface) was written by Gino Ditadi, one of the most known Italian philosophical thinkers about animal conditions in the History of Philosophy.
For contacts: Alessandro Arrigoni, via Provinciale 51, 53030 Pievescola (Siena) Italy, Tel/Fax: +39 577 960280, email:

New IVU Regional Secretary for Africa

Dr. P.K. Jain has taken over the role as Regional Secretary for Africa. Con-gratulations to him and thanks to the outgoing Regional secretary Mr. Jan Beeldman who has served for many years in a continent with a rather difficult situation regarding vegetarianism. (See also EVU News 4/96 - SDL)

Dr. P.K.Jain, The Vegetarian Society of Botswana, P.O.Box 2178, Gabarone, Botswana, Fax +267356591, e-mail:

Princess Diana: Vegetarian
Animal protection community mourns her death

The world is mourning the death of Princess Diana. Many of us will not only remember her as someone dedicated to helping those suffering from AIDS, children in need and the victims of war, but also as a representative of international animal protection societies. "Her silent activities for the well-being of animals go far beyong the initiative of her former father-in-law, Prince Phillip," says Silke Berenthal of PeTA. (Prince Phillip was the first member of British royalty in this century who spoke out against the killing of leopards for their fur).

When clothes were designed for the Princess, the designers were never left in any doubt that fur, even as a decoration, would not be acceptable. Princess Diana was a vegetarian and among other things was responsible for unforgettable banquets such as the 17-course meatless dinner served by the British Embassy during her first visit to the United States in her honor. She also annoyed the royal family by refusing to take part in hunting expeditions. She could not condone the hurting or killing of animals. The offices of the animal protection organisation PeTA (People for the ethical Treatment of Animals e.V.) in England, Germany, Holland and the United States are planning on planting English roses in memory of Princess Diana.

Animal protection activists world-wide share the view that Dianaís beauty was not merely physical, but that her true, internal beauty was revealed by her respect for all living creatures. - (Stab) Vegetarisch Fit, 10/97

Antibiotics In Cattle Farming, Zurich

In the latest edition of the British magazine 'Nature', two scientists of the ETH Zurich have proved that certain strains of bacteria can become resistent to antibiotics in cattle.

Michael Teuber and Vincent Perreten, two researchers at the ETH Zurich, have discovered that the lactococcus bacteria in raw milk cheese has be-come resistant to antibiotics. They believe that this is due to the excessive use of antibiotics in cattle breeding and demand that this be stopped. In addition, they say pasteurised milk should be used for cheese production. In 1991 and 1995, they had already discovered enterococcus bacteria which was resistant to seven types of antibiotics in raw milk cheese. In 1995, the consumption of raw milk cheese was linked to cases of listeriosis.

Farmers have promised to reduce the use of antibiotics gradually, consumer organisations demand an immediate ban Ė and the authorities responsible donít consider this to be sufficient reason to take action. - (Stab) Rheintaler, October 24th

Thomas Edison Voted Man Of The Millenium

'I am vegetarian and I donít drink in order to make better use of my brain.' - Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

New York. "Life" magazine considers the inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison [vegetarian], to be the most important person of the millenium. Thanks to Edisonís invention, says Life magazine, the second millenium will end in a sea of lights rather than in the glow of torches. On the magazines list of the 100 most important persons of this millenium, Columbus takes second place followed by Martin Luther and scientist Galileo Galilei. Napoleon Bonaparte ranks twelfth followed by Adolf Hitler and Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso and Walt Disney (in that order). (Stab)

Retirement for Elephants

According to the local government, working elephants in Western Bengal are to be granted retirement paid for by the state. Elephants over the age of 65 working in state forests are to receive "food, shelter and health care" from the government, as the newspaper "Asian Age" reported yesterday quoting a spokesman of the forest administration authority. Also, "personnel files" are to be created for elephants which are to contain information on their age, character and achievements. Up to now, old elephants were either killed or sent into the jungle to die. (Stab) St. Galler Tgbl., 20.10.97

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