New Livestock Effort Will Protect Animals From Abuse

first_imgProducers and consumers can get more information about See it? Stop it! at SeeitStopit.org.   The program stresses that consumers have the right to expect that animals raised for food are raised humanely. Although it is uncommon on farms, when animal abuse, neglect, harm or mishandling takes place, anyone who witnesses the act has an obligation to speak up. Farmers participating in the See it? Stop it! initiative provide their employees with education and promote the importance of proper and responsible animal care. In addition, they encourage and enable employees to immediately report any sign of animal abuse, neglect, harm, or mishandling. This program gives farmers a way to provide assurance to consumers that they are doing the right thing. In fact, as a condition of employment, many pork operations require workers to sign policy documents that confirm their roles and responsibilities for animal care, including the reporting of any animal abuse they witness. Such policies usually include disciplinary action, including termination, for failure to report abuse. The initiative is an adjunct to the pork industry’s We Care program, which promotes pork producers’ long-standing commitment to responsible pork production and to continuous improvement in animal care, handling and transportation. It also bolsters the Pork Quality Assurance® (PQA) Plus® program, which outlines best practices for proper animal care, and the Transport Quality Assurance program, which certifies people who transport hogs in proper care and handling methods. By Gary Truitt – Apr 1, 2013 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home News Feed New Livestock Effort Will Protect Animals From Abuse Josh Tranery with Indiana Pork says this kind of a system will not only do a better job of protecting animals, but also protect producers from exploitation from misleading images given to radical animal activist groups, “We need to stop animal abuse, but not allow misleading images and reports to damage the entire industry.” Legislation currently before the Indiana House would prevent unauthorized photography and video images of farming operations from being made public and require that such images or complaints of animal abuse be reported to proper authorities within 48 hours.   SB373 along with See it? Stop it! would provide a fast and credible reporting system that would protect animals from abuse while protecting farming operations from exploitation by activist groups and the media. To date, groups that have signed onto the program include the National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, National Milk Producers Federation, the Center for Food Integrity, and the National Dairy Farm Program.   This is the first time that different species groups have joined forces on the animal care issue. “Pigs and cows are not the same so there are not many things we can collaborate on, but See it? Stop it! is one things we can all agree on,” said Neikamp. SHARE New Livestock Effort Will Protect Animals From AbuseTwo livestock groups have come together to launch a program aimed at stopping animal abuse and reassuring consumers that all is well on the farm. The program is called See it? Stop it!, and it is the first of its kind to empower all who work with animals to be on the lookout for animal abuse.  Sherrie Neikamp, Pork Checkoff director of animal welfare, said the pork and dairy industry have joined forces to make sure any case of animal abuse or neglect is reported quickly and to the proper authorities, “Animal abuse is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” The guidelines of the program state that animal care is the responsibility of everyone who works with animals , “Individuals who work around animals have an obligation to immediately report any signs of deliberate animal abuse or neglect.”  “Animal well-being always has been the top priority of pork producers,” said NPPC President Randy Spronk, a producer from Edgerton, MN. “The See It? Stop It! initiative confirms that commitment and is a way to let animal caretakers know that it’s their moral responsibility to speak up to stop any animal abuse.” The voluntary program encourages farm employees to report cases of animal abuse to the proper authorities and requires farmers who participate in the program to set up an alert system to provide for the timely reporting of any animal mistreatment. According to the See it? Stop it! web site, “The initiative encourages and empowers individuals working with or around animals to immediately report any signs of deliberate animal abuse, neglect, harm or mishandling to a supervisor or other individual responsible for enforcement of proper animal care, to ensure the concern is heard and addressed.”  Farmers and farm managers are required by the program to: Provide accessible and reliable contacts that have immediate authority to address reports of animal care concerns; Take swift action to correct all instances of inappropriate animal care; Ensure employees who raise concerns in good faith are not penalized. Neikamp says producers can learn more about the guidelines of the program and download materials by visiting the special web site, “They can even download posters that can be place in barns to provide employees with proper contact information to report abuse.” SHARE New Livestock Effort Will Protect Animals From Abuse Previous articleEnvironmental Groups, Beekeepers File Lawsuit To Cancel Seed Treatment RegistrationsNext articleA Good Year to Secure that Nitrogen Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Detained human rights activists allege mistreatment at opening of trial

first_img BahrainMiddle East – North Africa March 17, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about the conditions in which Bahrain’s detained human rights activists are being held, and calls for an end to their mistreatment and for their families and lawyers to have access to them. Independent experts should also be allowed access in order to evaluate their state of health and the mistreatment allegations.The trial of a total of 25 human rights activists and opposition supporters who were arrested in August and September began on 28 October before a criminal court in Manama. At the end of the hearing, presiding judge Ibrahim al-Zayed ordered an adjournment until 11 November.The defendants are being prosecuted on more than ten different charges including terrorism and defamation but the original charge of plotting to overthrow the government has been dropped. They all pleaded not guilty.All the defendants, including bloggers Abdeljalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdulemam, complained of being denied access to their families and lawyers and being kept in solitary confinement. Defendants also told the court they had been tortured. They said they had been beaten and deprived of sleep since their arrests.Nazar Sadeq al Baharna, the minister responsible for human affairs, denied the allegations, insisting that Bahrain had a zero tolerance policy towards torture. The government issued a statement saying an expert examined 13 of the 25 defendants and found no sign of mistreatment other than “light marks” on the wrists caused by handcuffs.According to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, blogger Abdulemam told the court: “I was subjected to torture, beatings, insults and verbal abuse. They threatened to dismiss my wife and other family members from their jobs. I was interrogated without a lawyer and an officer who appeared to be from the National Security dismissed my denials. He never allowed me to respond to the questions he was asking, but rather answered them himself.”Blogger Al-Singace told the court that he had been subjected to “mental and physical” torture and that his interrogators threatened to rape members of his family. He also said he had been denied the medical care he needed and had been given no medicine although his health was deteriorating rapidly. International observers said only one relative of each defendant was allowed to attend the trial. Observers from Human Rights Watch, the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights and the Bahrain Human Rights Society were denied access to the courtroom.A large number of riot police, backed by helicopters, were deployed around the court building to prevent any demonstration in support of the defendants. News Follow the news on Bahrain BahrainMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutorscenter_img October 14, 2020 Find out more to go further Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News News November 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained human rights activists allege mistreatment at opening of trial Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Descanso Gardens Executive Director David R. Brown Announces Retirement

first_img More Cool Stuff Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeauty Long-time Descanso Gardens Executive Director David R. Brown today announced his plans to retire in the coming year. He has served since 2005 as executive director of the member-supported botanic garden in La Cañada Flintridge, which is owned by the County of Los Angeles and managed by the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1957.With the official retirement date set at August 31, 2017, Brown will continue to oversee several high-profile projects that will launch this year. “As the board of trustees conducts the search for my successor, I plan to be as busy as ever as we debut our new seasonal production, ‘Enchanted: Forest of Light,’ celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Japanese Garden, continue with the many and fascinating aspects of our conservation and sustainability mission, and help forward the Gardens’ strategic agenda,” he said. “I’m very proud of our senior team and know they will take good care of Descanso’s day-to-day urgencies as well as the long-term course we’ve set upon.”When Brown took on Descanso Gardens’ top job in July 2005, he brought with him 35 years of experience as a writer/creative director, corporate executive, college president, and consultant to education institutions and non-profits. Prior to joining Descanso Gardens, he was the founding president of The Oxbow School in Napa, CA, following a two-year engagement by the school’s founding board as its consultant in strategic planning.He served as president and chief executive officer of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena from 1985 to 1999. During his administration, Art Center’s endowment increased nine-fold; the curriculum and program offerings grew significantly, as did financial aid availability and scholarship support. The college became the nation’s leader in the integration of digital media into both 2-D and 3-D design programs.Before being selected as the third president in Art Center’s history, he was a corporate executive in the paper and forest products industry on the East Coast and, prior to that, a freelance writer and creative director in New York. A native of Maine, Brown and his wife, Judith, are longtime residents of Pasadena, where they raised their three children and remain active in the community.Reflecting on his tenure at Descanso Gardens, he said, “It’s been a sheer pleasure. It is truly a lovely and much-loved place: I’ve probably been told a thousand times what a beautiful ‘office’ I have to work in! Equally lovely has been the generous community and philanthropic support we’ve received as we guided Descanso into some new and important directions over the past decade.”Highlights of Brown’s tenure have included the restoration of the historic Boddy House and surrounding gardens (2007-08); addition of the Sturt Haaga Gallery (2011) and development of its curatorial direction; addition of new gardens and displays such as the Oak Woodland (2014) and Ancient Forest (2015); creation of a Long Range Concept Plan (2010); addition of extended summer hours and the popular midweek evening concert series; emphasis on sustainable practices and water conservation; increases in admissions and visitation; successful conclusion of a new 15-year operating agreement with Los Angeles County; and the more than doubling of the membership base to its current 14,500 members.“Descanso Gardens gives hundreds of thousands of people every year the opportunity to enjoy a unique setting in nature and, we hope, become more attuned to the urgent environmental and global issues of our time,” says Brown. “Always an oasis of respite and beauty, I hope Descanso can also be seen as a positive role model for the good stewardship of our land and our naturally occurring resources, including the best we can mine from our history.”The Descanso Gardens Guild Inc. board of trustees has formed a transition committee to coordinate the national search for his successor.Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, (818) 949-4290 or visit www.descansogardens.org. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Descanso Gardens Executive Director David R. Brown Announces Retirement From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 11:06 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Mosquito control class

first_imgThe University of Georgia will offer a mosquito control update and recertification class on Tuesday, April 23 on the campus in Griffin, Ga.The class will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. in the Stuckey Building. Registration is $50 until April 15, which is when the fee goes to $60.Entomologists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Georgia Department of Health will teach the class along with professionals from the pest control industry and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Topics for the day will include insecticide mode of action, integrated pest management and mosquito biology, surveillance and control. Certified applicators can earn five hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit in category 41 (mosquito control) or category 31 (public health) for attending the class. A one-hour review of the mosquito control manual will be offered for those wishing to take the category 41 exam.The mosquito update and recertification training is sponsored by the Spalding County office of UGA Extension and the UGA Griffin campus Office of Continuing Education. For a complete schedule, visit the website www.ugagriffincontinuinged.com. To register or for more information, call (770) 229-3477 or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

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Crystal gazing

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