Humane Education Issues in the News...

Each week we post links to news about relevant humane education issues, ways that people all over the world are manifesting humane education, and items that provide excellent material for discussing humane issues, from human rights to environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media and culture.

Gay marriages begin in California - New York Times (6/18/08)
“With a quiet pride and a sense of history, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across California wed on Tuesday, giving a human face to a landmark court decision and a powerful opening salvo in what is expected to be a bruising fall campaign here over the issue of same-sex marriage.”

Climate change conflicts sparking refugee crisis - Guardian (UK) (6/17/08)
“Climate change is fuelling conflicts around the world and helping to drive the number of people forced out of their homes to new highs, the head of the UN's refugee agency said yesterday.”

Hunter + vegan + 30 days = interesting TV - News Observer (6/17/08)
“George Snedeker, a 43-year-old handyman and former Marine who hunts deer for meat, spent 30 days in September with 29-year-old vegan Melissa Karpel and her family for an episode of Morgan Spurlock's reality series ‘30 Days.’”

Lakes condemned to become mining dumping grounds - CBC (6/16/08)
“CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly ‘reclassified’ as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.”

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Exxon-Mobil appealBusiness Week (6/16/08)
“The suit, which did not seek a specific amount of damages, alleged that members of the Indonesian military committed rampant human rights abuses against the villagers while under Exxon's employ to guard a natural gas facility.”

Laughter is the best medicine for social changeAl-Ahram (6/15/08)
“A novel way of tackling women's issues in Egyptian society has been undertaken by Coiffeur Ashwaq, a sitcom series launched last week…[which] addresses various social and gender-related issues, such as equal opportunities, violence against women, girls' right to education, early marriages, divorce cases and sexual harassment.”

New regulations may make polar habitat un-bearableCommon Dreams (6/15/08)
“The Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations last week providing legal protection to seven oil companies planning to search for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off the northwestern coast of Alaska if small numbers of polar bears or Pacific walruses are incidentally harmed by their activities over the next five years.”

Olympic Australian athletes learn about China’s human rights issues through FacebookThe Age (6/14/08)
”The site provides cultural information about China but also features information, supplied by Amnesty International, about the occupation of Tibet, China's role in supporting the Sudanese regime in Darfur, internet censorship in China, capital punishment and the treatment of political prisoners.”

Using (carrot)mobs for positive social changeWorld Changing (6/13/08)
“Schulkin started by asking nearly two dozen local shops whether they would agree to dedicate a chunk of one afternoon's sales to making energy-efficient changes to their business. In exchange, he promised to bring in enough customers to make it worthwhile.”

DU, phosphorous weapons causing deaths, deformities in Iraqi children - Common Dreams (6/12/08)
“Babies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before, doctors and residents say.”

Gay youth fight for right to partner up at prom - Alternet (6/11/08)
"It's incredible that some young people have what it takes to endure sometimes brutal harassment from peers and from the community."

One fish, two fish, red fish, no fish - Alternet (6/11/08)
“Worldwide, one-quarter of fish stocks are overfished, says the FAO. Another 50 percent are fished to full capacity; they can sustain no more. According to one somewhat controversial analysis, if current fishing trends continue, all the world's fisheries will have collapsed by mid-century.”

Finger lickin’ lies - MSNBC (6/3/08)
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that Tyson Foods Inc. routinely gave chickens an antibiotic that can be used in humans, even though the company had defended its "raised without antibiotics" claim by saying it only used an antibiotic not used in people.”
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