11th September     No Comments

How To Avoid Chemicals At Home}

Submitted by: Adrian Joele

We are constantly warned by commercials that our homes are full

of dangerous germs and they must be killed, resulting in the

addition of antiseptics in cleaning products.

But they can be more harmful than most of the germs they kill.

Cleaning products with the most fumes are generally the most

harmful, such as multi-purpose cleaners, disinfectants and

oven cleaners.

Use the proven safer cleaners, like pure soap or soap flakes

for washing dishes and clothes, or use environmentally-friendly

cleansers like Planet Ark, Nutrimetics, GNLD, Herbon or Tri Nature.

For cleaning windows, tubs and tiles, try vinegar and water.

For refrigerators, freezers, stainless steel, enamel, chrome and

laminex, use bicarb soda.

Solvents

These chemical products are used to dissolve other substances.

Many solvents can cause health problems, like brain damage,

irth defects, miscarriage, asthma and cancer.

Long term exposure can cause progressive loss of memory and

affect learning ability and decision making.

Some people with multiple chemical sensitivity and/or chronic

fatigue syndrome are affected badly by solvents.

A study at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide found a connection

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etween solvents and miscarriage. In fact the study found that

miscarriage is four times more likely if the woman has been

involved in home renovation or has visited factories with high

chemical pollution and 2 to 3 times more likely if the male partner has been exposed to strong glues, oven cleaners or oil-based paints.

Solvents are present in many household products, including

cleaning products,pesticides, liquid paper, marker pens,glues and paints.

Out gassing of volatile organic compounds.

Paints,plastics and particle boards in our homes can give off traces of toxic gasses for months and even years.

This out gassing is worse in winter when heating is on and windows

are shut.

VOCs out gas from large surface areas, painted walls, ceilings

and stained floors. Also from glued carpets, vinyls, shelves, furniture, particle boards and plastics.

Make sure that the house is always well ventilated and use paints and varnishes that dont out gas.

For floors use timber, tile and linoleum that out gas very little.

Buy solid timber furniture.

Avoid sources of formaldehyde gas, a potent irritant that affects

the respiratory system and can cause asthma.

It evaporates from the glue in particle board, plywood, synthetic

carpets, upholstery and sometimes wallpaper and some paints.

Non fluid combustion heating.

When a gas, kerosene or wood heater doesnt have a chimney,

its called non fluid. It results in pollution that is often far worse than outdoors pollution.

The toxic fumes from these heaters can cause symptoms simila

to throat infections and worsen sinus problems and asthma.

Reduce heating needs by dressing warmly and sleep with warm

edding ( electric blanket) .

Use electrical or fluid combustion heating and leave off when

not required. Even better, design your house for solar heating.

Insulate the home with wool, cellulose or polyester.

If non fluid combustion heaters must be used, make sure of

adequate ventilation.

Dry-cleaning clothing.

Dry-cleaning uses powerful solvents, like perchlorethylene, an

organochlorine, which in extreme cases can damage the liver,

kidneys and central nervous system.

After bringing home clothes from the dry cleaner, leave them outside,preferable in the sun for at least 24 hours.

Avoid synthetic clothing and wear natural fibers like wool, cotton, linen, silk and mohair.

Fiberglass insulation.

Fiberglass can cause lung cancer in humans. Fibers with diameters

of less than 3 microns can reach the tiny air sacs in the lungs and remain there indefinitely, with the risk of a form of cancer similar to that caused by asbestos.

Every few years check the condition of the fiberglass.

Seek professional advice if the fiberglass crumbles to powder.

Lead exposure.

Lead is a heavy metal that can cause brain damage,specially in

children and during pregnancy.

The more common low-level poisoning can cause learning

difficulties, hyperactivity and less immunity to infections.

To avoid lead exposure, live well away from motor vehicle pollution, if possible.Take off shoes if there is flaking old paint to avoid bringing lead dust into the house. A hard floor is better than carpet.

Use a safe chemical stripper that emits less toxic fumes.

Have blood tests, especially for children, if you live near main roads and if your home has flaking old paint.

Industrial chemicals.

Factories that manufacture or use toxic chemicals have the greatest risk of exposure. What is known about the toxic effect has been discovered by studying their effects on workers in such factories.

Avoid working in any industry that uses toxic chemicals.

Ensure adequate ventilation when toxic chemicals are present

even for photocopiers and laser printers in offices.

We can make a difference by our everyday lifestyle choices,

ecause what we buy invents the future.

If we care about our personal health and the kind of planet we are

handing over to our children and grandchildren, it is worth to

contemplate about the things we purchase to create the type of world we like to live in.

For example, if more people bought organic grown food,it would

ecome cheaper and the need for pesticides could be reduced.

It would be good to join a group of people, for example a multi level marketing company or a lobby group which has the vision fo

a healthier and happier future.

About the Author: Adrian Joele became interested in nutrition and weight management while he was an associate with a nutritional supplement company. Since 2008 he wrote several articles about nutrition and weight loss and achieved expert status with Ezine

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Nine children abandoned at hospital emergency room in Nebraska, USA

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Nine children abandoned at hospital emergency room in Nebraska, USA

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A man has abandoned his nine children at a hospital emergency room in Nebraska, but will not be prosecuted under Nebraska state law.

The children, whose ages range from 1 to 17 years old, were dropped off by their unnamed father at Saint Joseph Hospital at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha on Wednesday evening. Authorities are still trying to find the children’s mother.

According to Nebraska’s ‘safe haven law’, the parents or caretaker of any children aged 17 and under are allowed to abandon them at any facility that has a valid license with the state. As a result, the parents would not be prosecuted for doing so. Originally the law was to prevent infants from being abandoned, but was recently amended to include toddlers and teenagers.

Since the law was changed, at least 14 children have been abandoned at hospitals and police stations in Nebraska. State law says that all facilities must keep a monthly count of all abandoned children.

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7th September     No Comments

Custom Hand Fans For Your Outdoor Event}

Custom Hand Fans For Your Outdoor Event

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Harmis Fazy

Are you holding a promotional event and would like to gift something that is useful and memorable as well? If so then you can always invest in customized hands fans that are apt for outdoor events. The fans are especially useful if your event is being organized during the summers. Your guests can use the hand fans to beat the heat and would find them to be very useful.

As a promotional gift, the custom fans can carry your companys name and logo on it and that would help in marketing your brand. When you use a useful promotional gift then that always leaves an impact on the other person. A useful gift is always admired by everyone and therefore gifting good quality custom hand fans to your clients and partners can help in making your event more successful.

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These days you can easily get custom hand fans that can be shaped according to your product. For instance, if you are into the music business then you can get the fan made in the form of a guitar or any other musical instrument. Such an innovative promotional gift would catch everyones attention and they would remember your company and the gift for a long time to come.

There are many companies that can help you to get hand fans but all of them may not be able to provide you with a customized. And if you do manage to find a company that offers custom hand fans then the prices may be too high. So it is best to first compare the prices offered by the different companies and then choose the company that offers customized fans at reasonable prices. You can contact companies like handfanoutlet.com that can help you to get good quality hand fans at reasonable prices.

Apart from being used in promotional events, the custom fans can be used at personal events also. For instance, if you are getting married then you can gift a personalized fan to your guests, the fan can carry your name initials or your picture so that the guests may treasure it and are reminded of the good times they had at your wedding.

The companies offer different kinds of custom fans to the buyers and some of them also offer free designing service. That can help you to get a stylish gift for your guest and that too at very reasonable price.

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News briefs:July 21, 2009

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News briefs:July 21, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Audio Wikinews News Brief for July 21, 2009

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  • 1 About
  • 2 News Brief Transcript for July 21, 2009
    • 2.1 Intro
    • 2.2 Black spot on Jupiter is impact site, says NASA
    • 2.3 Workers at England wind turbine plant stage occupation
    • 2.4 20 years on: Sioux City, Iowa remembers crash landing that killed 111
    • 2.5 Outro

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Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York

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Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Buffalo, New York — According to scanner frequencies of the Buffalo, New York fire department, smoke was reported on at least five floors at the northeast side at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo. The call came in around 10:50 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday January 18, not long after the ending of the NHL hockey game: the Sabres versus the Atlanta Thrashers which was held at HSBC Arena, a few blocks away from the tower.

According to firefighters communications the people that were on the 22nd floor made it out of the building safely. Firefighters saw “white smoke of varying intensities, believed to have been electrical” on floors 9 through 13. The source of the smoke was not identified, but the first alarm was on the 13th floor, followed by the 10th then the 9th.

Because of the cold temperatures and wind chills in the 10’s, workers at the tower were allowed back into the first floor, which has been cleared by firefighters earlier in the call.

At 11:41 p.m., firefighters gave the all clear to begin packing up with no conclusion as to where the smoke originated. They used ventilation fans to clear the floors of smoke and then shut them off to see if anymore smoke would reappear, which it did not. Remaining employees and personnel have since been allowed back to work. No damage is reported.

The tower, built in 1970, is the tallest in Buffalo and is home several agencies including the Consulate General of Canada. HSBC currently occupies 75% of the tower which has 40 floors. It stands at 529 feet (161.2 meters) tall.

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Volunteers and food needed for flooded Manitoba, Canada

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Volunteers and food needed for flooded Manitoba, Canada

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Local municipal and provincial volunteers in Manitoba, Canada are exhausted in their efforts to divert the rising waters of the Red River of the North.

It has been hard work with little sleep for the residents who live on the shores of the Red River to shore up their defences with sandbags, build dikes, clear frozen culverts and break ice jams

Volunteers to spell relief for local volunteers and food are desperately needed.

“It’s a week now we’ve been doing this … you’re talking four, five, six public works guys. In my one community we’ve got 25 volunteer firefighters and those guys have been going 24/7, so of course it’s wearing them down.” said Paul Guyader, Manitoba’s emergency measures coordinator.

“We’re dealing with one of the biggest floods the province has ever seen,” said Steve Strang, mayor of St. Clements, Manitoba “We’ve put out hundreds of thousands of bags already. The municipalities are working very well, we’re working with the provincial government, we’ve brought in every possible resource we could to address this issue. The volunteerism within the community has been phenomenal.”

The Portage Diversion has taken some spring waters from the Assiniboine River and diverted the flow to Lake Manitoba.

Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation has been totally evacuated, as well as many homes near the Canada – United States border.

The cold weather is freezing the ice jams into place. Guyader has had 2 Amphibex Excavators operating on the river breaking up ice.

The Red River is right now 16.7 feet (5 metres) above spring ice conditions. The Red River Floodway gates cannot be opened with the current ice jams.

“If we operate now, we can get ice jamming going into the floodway, jamming up against the St. Mary’s bridge, as such, the floodway capacity would be reduced and would cause higher water levels in the city of Winnipeg.” said Steve Topping, Manitoba Water Stewardship spokesman

The floodway was constructed in 1968 following the 1950 flood to divert the overflow spring flooding waters of the Red River. The floodway has been widened the since the 1997 “flood of the century” and the expansion is expected to be completed this spring. As well Manitoba built permanent dikes around communities within the flood plain since the last two major floods..

The Red River waters will crest between the beginning of April to mid April, at which time also the weather should be warming up. Communities are bracing for higher water levels, more ice jams as well as melting snow in the warmer spring temperatures.

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28th August     No Comments

Automotive Maintenance Tips To Lower Car Repair Costs In Summer}

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As a free service to the public, Scotts Automotive, Inc. an auto service shop trusted by many gives automotive maintenance tips for summer on its website. This includes simple maintenance procedures that can be done by vehicle owners themselves, as well as the more technical maintenance procedures and diagnostic checks that should be undertaken by trained professional automotive mechanics on the vehicle transmission, engine and brakes. Giving proper maintenance to any vehicle will definitely lower your car repair costs.

The value of complying with proper maintenance procedures is best gauged by the significant decrease in the risk of mechanical failure and breakdown of a vehicle. This results in significantly less need for car repair, an increase in the vehicles resale value and, of course, a much longer running life for the vehicle.

Winter, with its extreme cold temperatures, puts much stress on vehicle parts and the vehicle body itself. Summer is no less stressful on vehicles, though. On top of the winter stresses come the high heat, dust and stop-and-go traffic of summer. All these factors add up and can push a vehicle to malfunction.

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One of the most common issues for vehicles in summer is the frequent need for auto AC repair. When air conditioning operating systems of vehicles are not properly maintained, they will most likely fail in the extreme heat of summer, just when you need the air conditioner most. To avoid this inconvenience, have your vehicle air conditioner checked regularly by your trusted automotive mechanic not just in the summer. Your vehicles owners manual will contain the recommended frequency for replacing your air conditioners filters, for example.

Your vehicle engine and transmission system can also be damaged by summer heat, especially when you allow your vehicle to overheat. You can prevent this by completely flushing out and refilling your vehicles cooling system once every two years. You should then have your automotive mechanic check the level, condition and concentration of your coolant regularly. Let your automotive mechanic know of any performance problems you experience related to your engine, such as hard starts, rough idling or stalling. Do the same if ever you notice any unusual behaviour related to your vehicle brakes. Even without any problems, have your automotive mechanic check your brakes regularly.

Also ask your automotive mechanic to regularly check on your vehicle clamps, hoses and drive belts. Replace your oil and oil filter according to the schedule in your owners manual. If you go on long trips with heavy loads such as having a trailer in tow, or if you go on frequent short trips, your oil and oil filter should be changed even more frequently.

You should likewise comply with the schedule in your owners manual for the replacement of your fuel filter, air filter and all other vehicle filters. Replace them more frequently if you drive in very dusty conditions.

Maintain your batteries by cleaning surfaces, tightening connectors and regularly removing the corrosion on battery posts and cable connections. Make sure you are wearing eye protection and sturdy rubber gloves whenever you do this. Never touch the corrosion and battery acid with your bare skin.

Check all your light bulbs regularly and immediately replace any busted ones. Clean light lenses with a clean soft rag, making sure not to scratch them. You should likewise clean your windshield regularly. Always keep your windshield washer solvent receptacle refilled. Replace your windshield blades when worn.

Your tire pressure should be checked once a month and before any long drive. Inspect your tire treads and sidewalls regularly. If you find uneven tread wear, have your tires realigned. Rotate them every 5,000 miles. Make sure you always have a spare tire and a jack.

You will definitely benefit from following the summer automotive maintenance tips provided for free by Scotts Automotive, Inc. See how much less you spend on your car repair costs.

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Solar car travels around the world

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Solar car travels around the world

Friday, December 5, 2008

On December 4, 2008, a solar car, developed by scientists at Swiss universities, ended its journey of traveling around the world at the United Nations climate talks in Pozna?, Poland. Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, rode into Pozna? in the vehicle, along with schoolteacher Louis Palmer.

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The two-seat car began its journey 17 months ago in Lucerne, Switzerland. Carrying solar cells on a trailer, the car sent the message that global warming can be stopped and there are better alternatives.

“This is the first time in history that a solar-powered car has travelled all the way around the world without using a single drop of petrol,” said Palmer. “These new technologies are ready. It’s ecological, it’s economical, it is absolutely reliable. We can stop global warming.”

It’s ecological, it’s economical, it is absolutely reliable. We can stop global warming.

Many people have been carried by the solar car, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The conference in Pozna? seeks to draft a new climate treaty that would replace the Kyoto protocol, which is set to expire in 2012. The delegates hope to finalize the treaty by December 2009, when the UN reconvenes on the climate in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Here at the conference, we are talking about reducing emissions by 10 or 20 percent,” Palmer said. “I want to show that we can reduce emissions by 100 percent — and that’s what we need for the future.”

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Borneo bridge collapse: death toll reaches four, many remain missing

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Borneo bridge collapse: death toll reaches four, many remain missing

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The death toll from yesterday’s suspension bridge collapse on the Indonesian island of Borneo has risen from three to four, with a six-month-old baby among the dead. Search and rescue teams continue to look for survivors in the Mahakam River.

The initial death toll was raised at first to five, but was revised back down to four. The number of wounded rose from at least seventeen to at least nineteen, but Monsters and Critics offers a figure as high as 39 injured; Indonesia Today yesterday suggested the actual figure was 100 hospitalised. Roughly 40 people remain missing at the scene in East Kalimantan’s Kutai Kartanegara district, where “Kalimantan’s Golden Gate Bridge” linked the towns of Tenggarong and Samarinda.

At least three cars, several motorbikes, and at least one public bus all fell into the Mahakam River. Another car was left overturned and balanced upon wreckage over the water. State-owned builders PT Hutama Karya completed the bridge about a decade ago in the image of California’s Golden Gate Bridge, and it is now reported it was under repair at the time of the failure. New information suggests a cable on the 720-metre structure failed as workers dealt with it; six of the repair crew are among the missing.

National police representative Boy Rafly Amar said “It is believed that some victims are still in the river. There are two buses in the river and efforts are under way to lift them.” He said 39 were rescued with 20 still in hospital. Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih visited survivors in Parikesit Hospital and promised them medical treatment at government expense.

“It happened so fast, only about 30 seconds,” according to National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugoroho. National search and rescue head Daryatmo said Monday will see cranes attempt to move debris.

The president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has sent three ministers to the site to investigate the accident, while Bambang Widaryatmo, head of East Kalimantan’s police, promised “parties found to be negligent will be prosecuted”. The government has promised a replacement ferry service. The river is closed to boats as rescue operations continue, and a 22-strong team has been dispatched from the national police, comprising six forensics experts, five disaster victim identification specialists, and eleven investigators. They are there to augment the East Kalimantan Police.

Some people swam ashore after falling, with the aftermath filled with screams. 40-year-old Adam Nur describes breaking free from a car and swimming 300 metres with one arm after his other arm was injured in the fall. Syakrani, 24, says he survived by clinging to empty plastic containers when he fell from the bridge after leaving his truck to investigate a traffic jam. “The authorities should have closed the bridge if it was under repair,” he said.

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Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA, on animal rights and the film about her life

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Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder of PETA, on animal rights and the film about her life

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Last night HBO premiered I Am An Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA. Since its inception, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has made headlines and raised eyebrows. They are almost single-handedly responsible for the movement against animal testing and their efforts have raised the suffering animals experience in a broad spectrum of consumer goods production and food processing into a cause célèbre.

PETA first made headlines in the Silver Spring monkeys case, when Alex Pacheco, then a student at George Washington University, volunteered at a lab run by Edward Taub, who was testing neuroplasticity on live monkeys. Taub had cut sensory ganglia that supplied nerves to the monkeys’ fingers, hands, arms, legs; with some of the monkeys, he had severed the entire spinal column. He then tried to force the monkeys to use their limbs by exposing them to persistent electric shock, prolonged physical restraint of an intact arm or leg, and by withholding food. With footage obtained by Pacheco, Taub was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty—largely as a result of the monkeys’ reported living conditions—making them “the most famous lab animals in history,” according to psychiatrist Norman Doidge. Taub’s conviction was later overturned on appeal and the monkeys were eventually euthanized.

PETA was born.

In the subsequent decades they ran the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty against Europe’s largest animal-testing facility (footage showed staff punching beagle puppies in the face, shouting at them, and simulating sex acts while taking blood samples); against Covance, the United State’s largest importer of primates for laboratory research (evidence was found that they were dissecting monkeys at its Vienna, Virginia laboratory while the animals were still alive); against General Motors for using live animals in crash tests; against L’Oreal for testing cosmetics on animals; against the use of fur for fashion and fur farms; against Smithfield Foods for torturing Butterball turkeys; and against fast food chains, most recently against KFC through the launch of their website kentuckyfriedcruelty.com.

They have launched campaigns and engaged in stunts that are designed for media attention. In 1996, PETA activists famously threw a dead raccoon onto the table of Anna Wintour, the fur supporting editor-in-chief of Vogue, while she was dining at the Four Seasons in New York, and left bloody paw prints and the words “Fur Hag” on the steps of her home. They ran a campaign entitled Holocaust on your Plate that consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each juxtaposing images of the Holocaust with images of factory farming. Photographs of concentration camp inmates in wooden bunks were shown next to photographs of caged chickens, and piled bodies of Holocaust victims next to a pile of pig carcasses. In 2003 in Jerusalem, after a donkey was loaded with explosives and blown up in a terrorist attack, Newkirk sent a letter to then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat to keep animals out of the conflict. As the film shows, they also took over Jean-Paul Gaultier‘s Paris boutique and smeared blood on the windows to protest his use of fur in his clothing.

The group’s tactics have been criticized. Co-founder Pacheco, who is no longer with PETA, called them “stupid human tricks.” Some feminists criticize their campaigns featuring the Lettuce Ladies and “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ads as objectifying women. Of their Holocaust on a Plate campaign, Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abraham Foxman said “The effort by PETA to compare the deliberate systematic murder of millions of Jews to the issue of animal rights is abhorrent.” (Newkirk later issued an apology for any hurt it caused). Perhaps most controversial amongst politicians, the public and even other animal rights organizations is PETA’s refusal to condemn the actions of the Animal Liberation Front, which in January 2005 was named as a terrorist threat by the United States Department of Homeland Security.

David Shankbone attended the pre-release screening of I Am An Animal at HBO’s offices in New York City on November 12, and the following day he sat down with Ingrid Newkirk to discuss her perspectives on PETA, animal rights, her responses to criticism lodged against her and to discuss her on-going life’s work to raise human awareness of animal suffering. Below is her interview.

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Contents

  • 1 The HBO film about her life
  • 2 PETA, animal rights groups and the Animal Liberation Front
  • 3 Newkirk on humans and other animals
  • 4 Religion and animals
  • 5 Fashion and animals
  • 6 Newkirk on the worst corporate animal abusers
  • 7 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act
  • 8 Ingrid Newkirk on Ingrid Newkirk
  • 9 External links
  • 10 Sources

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