Just the Facts
Ticked-Off By Meat
Scientists have discovered that people who are bitten by the Lone Star tick can contract an allergy that gives them a hive-like rash—and sometimes a dangerous anaphylactic reaction—that can last for four hours every time they eat meat
Growing Opposition to Animal Testing
Nearly 40 percent of people in Britain now object to animal testing, compared to 29 percent in 2006 and 35 percent in 2010, according to recent government-funded research.
The War on Dogs
Veterinarians at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, estimate that 10 percent of dogs sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to safeguard U.S. troops have developed canine post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Apples Aid Arteries
Ohio State University researchers found that healthy middle-aged adults who ate an apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL—”bad”—cholesterol, which promotes hardening of the arteries.
Bonobos Yawn with Friends
Empathy influences bonobos to yawn more often after witnessing a yawn from an acquaintance or relative, according to a recent study in the journal PLoS One.
Unnerving Findings for Beef and Dairy Farmers
Beef and dairy farmers are more likely to suffer from numbness and weakness, characteristics of peripheral neuropathy, compared with farmers who do not work with animals, according to new analysis of 16,340 participants of the Agricultural Health Study.
Name That Veggie
When carrots were labeled “X-Ray Vision Carrots,” 66 percent of the carrots were eaten, compared to 32 percent when they were labeled “Food of the Day.”
Israel Defense Forces makes it easy for soldiers to go vegan. Soldiers who declare themselves vegan get faux-leather military boots, receive an additional stipend for food, and may refuse to be vaccinated if they are opposed to animal testing.
More than 1.5 million pounds of arsenic-containing drugs were sold for use on livestock farms in 2010, according to analysis of FDA documents by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Consumption of arsenic from animals is toxic to human health, and arsenic from animals’ waste is toxic to the environment.
Illustrations Doug Hall/PCRM