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from EVU News, Issue 4 / 1996

Animal Fat promotes Parkinsonís disease

People who eat many calories including a lot of animal fat, run a greater risk of suffering from Parkinsonís disease in their old age. This was the result of a study of eating habits of more than 100 elderly Parkinsonís patients and of the comparison of as many healthy people of the same age in New York. Most calories are in fat. But only animal fat proved in the New York study to be a risk factor for Parkinsonís disease. A high consumption of plant fat did not alter the risk. The metabolism of animal fat provokes "free radicals", aggressive compounds, which can damage different organs among which the brain. Scientists believe that they are mainly responsible for the development of Parkinsonís disease.

Translated from "Brugger Generalanzeiger", 12.7.í96, SDL

Original source:
Logroscino G et al: Dietary lipids and antioxidants in Parkinsonís disease: a population-based, case-control study. Ann Neurol 1996, 39, 89.

Food not Bombs

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The American initiative "Food not Bombs" has been distributing vegetarian food to homeless people for 16 years.

In 1980 a group of activists put their soup kitchen in front of a Boston bank in order to protest against nuclear energy and the investment policy of the bank. 300 homeless people came and the initiative was born.

As no official permission had ever been given to distribute free meals, several of the members in more than 100 towns were arrested.

As "radical pacifists", the members renounce all violence , especially against animals. Their label shows a clenched fist holding a carrot. The meals are strictly vegetarian and if possible from organically grown ingredients.

Digest from "Essen statt Bomben", Hinz&Kunz, Nov.1996, SDL

Indescribable Animal Tortures

In the Indian Ocean a ship, coming from Australia and heading for Jordan, caught fire causing the crew to abandon ship leaving the 67,500 passengers to their fate. Why did we not read about it on the front page of our newspapers? Because the passengers were only sheep destined for the slaughterhouses of Jordan.

Last year Australia shipped 5.5 million sheep to Jordan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman or Bahrain and got 208 million dollars for them. This lucrative deal has been going on since the fifties and the fact, that annually about 20,000 animals die in transit does not seem to bother anybody.

The transport from there "homefarm" to the coast lasts up to 4 days. Weakened through the lack of fodder and water the animals stay for several days in a pen where they are supposed to get used to the mixed dry fodder. After about 10 days the animals are put onto container ships where they are placed on several decks: 4 sheep per squaremetre. There are ships that can carry 125,000 sheep!

During the journey of about 3 weeks the animals are not only standing in their own urine and excrement but from the upper decks the excrement drips down on them and their fodder. Many animals fall ill.

Contaminated fodder, heat, change of climate, hunger are the causes of many deaths.

Once a ship had to wait 16 weeks before it could enter the harbour and 30,000 creatures had already died. Animal protection groups are trying to stop this terrible suffering but nobody listens to their complaints. The demand for "hot meat" (one-day-old meat) is enormous.

The Australian Government would not listen to the proposals of the animal protectors to slaughter the sheep in Australia and to send the frozen meat to the Middle East. There are too many dollars to be earned.

When there was a trade in horses in the eighties, the Australian Government had to stop the export under the pressure of the populationís protests.

The terrible conditions of the sheep are accepted without complaint because sheep are "stupid".

Translated and summarised from Weltwoche, 3. October 1996, by SDL

Animal Transports to Triest Stopped

After terrible pictures shown by the German TV station ZDF in "Frontal Spezial" about brutal conditions of cattle in the harbour of Triest, several German Countries have stopped the export to the Italian harbour, where the animals are shipped to Beirut and other destinations in the Middle East, for ritual religious slaughter.

Animals which had collapsed, with broken legs, were driven cruelly onto ships or trucks.

The government of Lower Saxony will try to see to it that the exportation of living animals (85 000 animals were exported in 1995) will be forbidden and only meat can be exported. This is possible only through the EU and great resistance is expected.

Translated and summarised from Brückenauer Anzeiger, Nov.í96, SDL