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From 29 December 1999 Issue

Victories For Animals 1999
submitted by "Ohio Vegetarians"
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A few of the things achieved this year by the many people fighting for animals:

December:
- Under pressure from international animal rights groups, China announced it will end the practice of feeding live cows to tigers at the Beijing Zoo in front of spectators for entertainment purposes.
- Britain will no longer use dogs in research.
- University of Minnesota at Duluth will no longer use stray animals in research.

November:
- New Mexican Cattle Growers lawsuit to stop wolf reintroduction program is dismissed.

October:
- 800 years of hereditary peerage ends in the House Of Lords, bringing Britain closer to total democracy and bringing the foxes of Britain closer to protection. Until now, the House of Lords has blocked attempts to ban fox hunting.
- Over 250 cities in many countries around the world demonstrate publicly about McDonald's unwillingness to monitor cruelty of its slaughterhouse suppliers.
- Staples stops advertising leather, however it is still on their website (http://www.staples.com)
- The Clinton Administration withdraws plans for EPA animal testing because of widespread animal rights opposition.

September:
- The decision to ban mink farming in the Netherlands is imminent and will be made by Agriculture Minister Brinkhurst. Meanwhile, 9 furriers were arrested. 15 of them beat up anti fur demonstrators of the group Black Sheep.

July and August:
- Pennsylvania chief justice rules that the Hegins Pigeon Shoot is cruel. Hegins shoot is canceled after 60 years and tens of thousands of protesters traveling to Hegins, Pa.

August:
- Smithsonian cancels pate de foie gras tasting party because of unprecedented protest.
- Bear baiting ends in the UK

May:
- Celestial Seasonings says its consciousness has been raised by the response of animal rights activists and it will not trap prairie dogs on its Boulder property.

April:
- Because of worldwide email response, the government of Iasi in Romania has abandoned its plan to kill dogs.
- Cleveland Indians announce the availability of veggieburgers and kosher food at stadium
- Canberra Australia Federal Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett joined a group of animal rights activists who liberated 38 hens from a factory farm.

March:
- A fur auction in Chandler OK was canceled for want of interest.
- Judge Fowler in Vermont rules that horses' right to exist is greater than their owners' rights to euthanize them upon the owner's death.
- Isle of Capri Casino will no longer keep living birds caged in the lobby of their establishments, subjected to noise, smoke, and a jailed existence.
- Adriana Furs goes bankrupt, all stores closed.
- Vancouver nature park agrees not to import Norwegian orca whale.
- Kroger drops sponsorship of circus because of awareness of intrinsic cruelty
- Japan's Liberal Democratic Party moves to propose legislation to jail convicted animal killers
- KNBC first tv station in U.S. to air anti-fur ads
- Arizona Daily Star editorializes that predator hunting contests should be banned.
- Colgate Palmolive has suspended the use of animals in research.
- Japan gives up plans to capture 6 orcas for aquarium because of international environmental and animal rights opposition.

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