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I recently came across this article, Evidence of mass cannibalism uncovered in Germany:

“Evidence of mass cannibalism in which even children and unborn babies were on the menu has been uncovered in Germany by archaeologists.

Analysis of 7,000-year-old bones dug up at Herxheim in south-west Germany suggest the region was a centre for cannibalism at a time when the first European farming society may have been collapsing.”

The first thing that came to my mine was the arguments of those who defend eating meat and those who are against vegetarians, by stating the humans have always eaten meat and by making some vague, ill-conceived appeal to evolution or tradition.

In light of this article, I suppose such people will now reconsider Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal?

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According to the Eastern Zodiac (countries other than China use this zodiac, so it seems a bit iffy to refer to it as the Chinese Zodiac), this lunar year is the year of the Tiger.

That seems as good a reason as any to highlight the plight of the actual tiger, whose population in the wild in dwindling rapidly as a results of poaching and use in traditional Eastern medicine.  The abuse and slaughter of these animals for these two reasons is rather ridiculous (killing tigers to make aphrodisiacs?).  Here’s a round-up of some news article on this:

  • Tiger farms in China feed thirst for parts – ““All of the demand for tiger parts is coming from China,” said Belinda Wright, executive director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India. “Unless the Chinese change their attitude, the tiger has no future on this earth.””
  • China’s tiger farms – “As The Times reported recently, one particularly horrifying practice is Chinese tiger farms, which supply pelts, worth up to $20,000 apiece, and tiger bones used in medicines and aphrodisiacs. These farms are thinly masked as efforts at tiger conservation. In reality, their purpose is to raise tigers to be butchered and consumed.”
  • Fretting about the last of the world’s biggest cats – “The numbers are not encouraging. Experts believe the global wild tiger population has fallen to below 3,000 — less than 3 percent of what it was just 100 years ago. Today, their range has been reduced to small patches, isolating many of the animals in genetically impoverished groups of dozens of cats or fewer.”

Other highlights from my Delicious bookmarks:

  • The challenge of China – “It is absurd for China to think that any Taiwanese leader would not want to bolster his country’s defenses when Beijing is modernizing its arsenal and stationing more than 1,000 missiles across the Taiwan Strait.”  If you look at the comments on this article on the New York Times, you’ll find an amazing number of rabid Chinese nationalists and foreign Chinese apologists who swallow the Chinese party propaganda hook, line, and sinker.
  • Darwin foes add warming to target – “Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation’s classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.  In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”” – what a shock, the same people who don’t believe in evolution are the same people who don’t believe in global warming.
  • Spread of the superbugs – “More antibiotics are fed to livestock in North Carolina alone than are given to humans in the entire United States, according to the peer-reviewed Medical Clinics of North America. It concluded that antibiotics in livestock feed were “a major component” in the rise of antibiotic resistance.

    Legislation introduced by Louise Slaughter, a New Yorker who is the only microbiologist in the House of Representatives, would curb the routine use of antibiotics in farming. The bill has 104 co-sponsors, but agribusiness interests have blocked it in committee — and the Obama administration and the Senate have dodged the issue.” – More reason to be against factory farms.

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