February 13, 2013
Bullfighting gains in Spain MADRID - Spain took a key first step Tuesday toward enshrining bullfighting as a key part of the nation's cultural heritage, a move that could roll back a ban on the blood-soaked pageants in the northeastern region of Catalonia. Lawmakers in parliament accepted a petition from bullfight supporters asking for the special status in a 180-40 vote that included 107 abstentions. A parliamentary cultural commission will now begin work on proposed legislation over the coming months with expectations that it will go to a vote this year.
January 19, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Kelsey Lefever was well-known in the Pennsylvania horse world. The 24-year-old horse trainer from Chester County competed at the Devon Horse Show and traded show ponies and draft horses on the Internet. At Penn National, near Harrisburg, one of the biggest racetracks in the state, she schmoozed thoroughbred owners, telling them she would find great homes for their horses when their racing careers were over. In fact, state police allege, Lefever was selling the horses - as many as 120, by her admission - to contractors for a Canadian slaughterhouse, where they were butchered and shipped overseas for human consumption.
December 4, 2011
And So It Goes Kurt Vonnegut: A Life By Charles J. Shields Henry Holt. 513 pp. $30 Reviewed by Carole Mallory And So It Goes , Charles J. Shields' riveting biography of Kurt Vonnegut, examines the late author from every side, not all of them flattering. Although it's an authorized biography, written with Vonnegut's cooperation, Shields doesn't flinch from showing some less attractive character traits that made their way into Vonnegut's fiction - for example, a cruel streak that dated to his childhood and manifested itself throughout much of his work.
July 11, 2011 |
Kayli, the white cow that fled an Upper Darby slaughter market late last month and led police on a merry chase before being corralled to face an uncertain future has landed at her new home. Kayli was off-loaded from an animal carrier this morning and got her first look at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York where she will graze and chew her cud for the rest of her life. She met her new handler, Jenny Brown, and bumped noses with two enormous steers, one of whom seemed to be smitten.
July 8, 2011
Judge bares truth about robe The case of the missing judicial robe at the Criminal Justice Center was solved yesterday when it turned out that a secretary had mistakenly picked it up. Municipal Judge Joseph C. Waters - who on Wednesday said that his judicial robe had vanished from a robing room in the CJC - said the whole thing had turned out to be a big misunderstanding. "One of the judges' secretaries inadvertently picked it up, thinking it belonged to another judge," Waters said.
June 25, 2011 |
Her life was on the line, and in one moment, there was an opportunity to run. It didn't take long for her to get caught, but in the end, that break for freedom saved her hide - literally. Nearly a week after bolting from an Upper Darby slaughterhouse, a cow has been spared, destined to spend the rest of her life in a New York animal sanctuary. "Certainly, a cow that escapes its death and is running for its life and makes it out of a slaughterhouse facility is worth saving," said Elissa Katz, an animal-rights maven working on behalf of Animal ACTivists of Philly, which led the charge to save the cow. The deal was made only after Katz connected with a Muslim-rights group to work on behalf of the butcher shop, and both got the state Department of Agriculture to waive regulations forbidding the sale of animals bound for slaughter, and other rules.
June 24, 2011 |
The fate of a white bovine that fled certain death at an Upper Darby slaughter market Saturday night, only to be recaptured, hung in the balance Thursday. Marianne Bessey, an animal activist, heard how the cow had escaped and run wild through the streets before being corralled Saturday. She was moved by the cow's plight to go to the Madina Live Poultry market on Fourth Street Thursday morning, hoping to spring the beast. In her hand was $800. Outside stood a truck with trailer, to take the creature to a life of leisure at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York.
June 1, 2009 |
Virtually nothing makes much sense or rings true in Kathy Anderson's new play, The Meatpackers Book Club, all the worse because it's not one of those plays that's supposed to make no sense. In fact, it's hard to tell just what Meatpackers is trying to do, the playwriting is so rickety. The play, in its world premiere by Philadelphia Theatre Workshop, where Anderson is associate artistic director, is at first an indictment of hazardous industrial working conditions, then soon becomes a play about a new book club in a slaughterhouse break room where the very people who have just tsk-tsk'd about such working conditions are now ignoring them, big time.
May 8, 2008 |
Four months after inhumane treatment of cows revealed at a California slaughterhouse led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history, the Humane Society of the United States yesterday released new undercover videos of crippled cows at livestock auctions in four states, including Pennsylvania. The Humane Society says the videos, showing five cows and a calf unable to stand, demonstrates a lack of federal or state oversight at auctions and stockyards - the intermediate point from farm to slaughterhouse, where regulations rules require cows to be inspected.