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National Link Coalition’s LINK-Letter

The Link

The January issue of the National Link Coalition’s LINK-Letter has been published, providing up-to-date information on public policy, programs and research at the intersections of animal abuse, domestic violence, child maltreatment and elder abuse.

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Veterinarians Aid Domestic Violence Survivors (Mississippi, USA)

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University has entered into a partnership with the Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter in Meridian, Miss., to provide foster care for the animal survivors of domestic violence situations.

Dr. Sharon Fooshee Grace, a clinical professor in the vet school and a long-time advocate of The Link, told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that in private practice she saw first-hand the impact of animal abuse and the difficult Sharon Fooshee Grace, DVM dilemmas many women face when trying to escape violence. “They may not have a place to go with...more >>

Is There an Acceptable Level of Loss in Animal Air Transport? (United States)

Industry sources estimate that about 800,000 pets are transported annually, while the average number of reported incidents per year since 2006 has been 46. The reporting requirement does not apply to pets and service animals that accompany passengers in the cabin since airlines do not take custody of such animals. 

Animals can die from a wide variety of causes in air transport. Because an airline reports an incident, this does not necessarily mean that it is responsible for what happened. It may, indeed, be partially or entirely the owner’s fault, or the fault of a...more >>

If you see animal cruelty, get out your phone ...

The primary witness at the trial of Charles Black had a view of the rear balcony of Black’s apartment in Oakland, California. Several times he saw Black take the dog onto the balcony, yell at it, and hit it with a mop handle. The witness said the dog yelped and cowered. Finally he decided to record an incident.

Black was subsequently convicted and has begun serving his sentence at the California Correctional Facility.
Vince Faltis, the primary witness who took the videos of Black and the dog named Blueberry, was given a $2,500 reward by the Humane Society of the...more >>

Dog Fighting “Legend” Deserves Maximum Sentence, Federal Appeals Court Holds (USA)

How do dog fighters see themselves? According to the attached opinion article, they call themselves "dog men" and proudly see themselves as defenders of a tradition that has existed for centuries.

The opinion piece refers to a decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (USA) in reference to the sentencing of an individual (Hargrove). Hargrove sold and American Pit Bull Terrier to an undercover informant, and was subsequently successfully prosecuted.
The authors conclusion is that "Dog fighting criminals are on notice that at least...more >>

Consistent road transport standards across Australian States and Territories?

New laws governing the treatment of livestock during road transport are now in force across the Northern Territory. The Territory's chief vet Malcolm Anderson says the laws provide a way of enforcing acceptable animal welfare standards.

The laws are based on pre-existing industry codes of practice and are now being used by all states to ensure there's a consistent approach across Australia. 

The US threatens to take Indonesia to the WTO over trade restrictions

The United States is threatening to take Indonesia to the World Trade Organisation if it doesn't lift restrictions on horticulture and meat imports.The US trade representative is giving Indonesia 60 days to respond, or the US will call for a dispute panel to be set up at the WTO. 

The US letter claims Indonesia has created a web of import licences that unfairly restrict US exports and protect Indonesian agriculture. Australian fruit exporters are also upset by new import regulations.
Horticultural exporters say the Chinese who have flooded the...more >>

Global food waste

Up to half of all food produced is wasted according to a new report by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, which finds that poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, together with consumers and food companies throwing food away, leads to 30-50% of all food produced “never reaching a human stomach”.

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Mapping live trade departures and destinations

Australia has traded livestock to more than 100 destinations around the world. The trade is worth a billion dollars a year to Australia and employs 13,000 people. Trading partners include China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, Vietnam, Libya, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Bahrain and Qatar.

The data in the map on the referred website pinpoints all shipments of livestock for the seven years between 2005 and 2011.

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Food journalism

 On 30 November 2010, the Guardian newspaper carried an article that

referred to plans for "an enormous super dairy, home to 8000 cows".
The article explored concerns about "intensive farming which has almost totally separated food and nature". The article broached a number of issues addressed in the chapter on "Food Journalism" in a recently published book titled "Specialist Journalism".

It is increasingly shown that journalistic interest in food isn't restricted to recipe columns and restaurant reviews....more >>