Scott Jenkins and Kathy Chaffin
The class-action suit brought by mink ranchers against five New York brokerages gained momentum last week when one of the defendants agreed to cooperate, stoking a fire that has been smoldering since the Justice Dept. launched its bid-rigging probe two years ago, which has already resulted in one indictment. The latest development in the ranchers’ civil case also touched off speculation that the broker’s cooperation — including the furnishing of information regarding dealings between him and other defendants — would add the necessary fuel to enable the Justice Dept. to proceed with its federal criminal case on an even wider basis, possibly with international ramifications.
When Will NM Recognize Wildlife as More Than “Furbearers”
“Furbearers” is the word the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDG&F) uses for the 17 species of wildlife that are legal to trap, as if all of these diverse animals serve only to provide their skins for human use. There is no suggestion in the word “furbearer” of how essential small predators like bobcats, badgers, weasels, foxes, and coyotes are to the health of the biotic communities of which they are a part. ...
In April 2006, API filed a notice of intent to sue the state of Minnesota to stop endangered species including lynx, wolves, and bald eagles from being killed by cruel and indiscriminate traps. A new study backs up API’s assertions and documents an almost 50% death rate for Minnesota’s known lynx population.
Duluth News Tribune
April 2006 - On the tails of the recent acquisition of The Body Shop (a UK-headquartered company with a large US distribution and presence) by L’Oreal (a French-based company), the US experienced similar surprise when 84% of Tom’s of Maine was purchased by Colgate-Palmolive. Particular concern has been expressed over the future of Tom’s of Maine’s firm and consistent stance against animal testing.
Statement by leading animal protection groups worldwide on the acquisition of The Body Shop International by L’Oreal
Animal protection organizations and ethical consumers worldwide have reacted with surprise at the news that L'Oreal will acquire The Body Shop International. Particular concern has been expressed over the future of The Body Shop's firm and consistent stance against animal testing. The groups issuing this statement work together in a global coalition operating those programs such as the Corporate Standard of Compassion (US) and Humane Cosmetics Standard (EU), working closely with leading cosmetics companies worldwide to end animal testing.
Cleveland Plain Dealer