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Greenpeace loses appeal in Japan whale meat case

TOKYO — A Japanese court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by two Greenpeace activists sentenced to suspended one-year jail terms for stealing a box of whale meat as part of an investigation. Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki were convicted of theft and trespass last September by the Aomori district court…

Activists save dogs from cooking pot

BEIJING (AFP) – Hundreds of dogs being trucked to Chinese restaurants were spared a culinary fate after about 200 animal lovers mobilised to stop them ending up on dinner tables, state-run media said Monday. A truck crammed with the dogs was forced to stop Friday on a highway in eastern…

Drug-resistant bacteria found in 1/4 of US meat, poultry

WASHINGTON — A sampling of grocery store meat in five US cities has shown a type of drug-resistant bacteria is contained in about one quarter of beef, chicken, pork and turkey for sale, a study said Friday. Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can cause skin infections, pneumonia, sepsis or endocarditis…

Neanderthals cooked their vegetables just like humans: study

WASHINGTON — A US study found that Neanderthals, prehistoric cousins of humans, ate grains and vegetables as well as meat, cooking them over fire in the same way homo sapiens did. The new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) challenges a prevailing theory that…

Chinese online stores offering cat and dog skin products

SHANGHAI — Thousands of products made from the skins of cats and dogs are being offered on China’s largest retail website Taobao, sparking outrage among animal lovers, state media reported Tuesday. Search results and sales records from Taobao showed the most popular items were trousers and hats made from dog…

Swiss minister’s giggling fit an online hit

Swiss minister spices up parliamentary debate with giggling fit over cured meat rules. Switzerland’s finance minister has sparked hilarity in the Alpine nation by collapsing into giggles while answering a parliamentary question about imports of cured meats. The video showing Hans-Rudolf Merz convulsing with laughter at the unintelligible bureaucratic language…

Colbert carves up Karl Rove’s ‘head’

Comedian reviews former Bush aide’s ‘who-didn’t-dun-it’ memoir Stephen Colbert apparently couldn’t get the real Karl Rove on his show to discuss his new book, so he found the next best thing: a large, oval-shaped chunk of meat on a plate with spectacles on it. “Nation, you know I love Karl…

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