AM Pack Line Headlines: Fracking, horse slaughter, factory farming, etc
ONE – The EPA has released a report stating the polluted groundwater in a Wyoming town is caused by chemicals used in the fracking process, in drilling for natural gas.
From the NBC article – “” Doug Hock, a spokesman for EnCana Corp., which owns rights to the Pavillion-area field, slammed the draft report. “The synthetic chemicals could just have easily come from contamination when the EPA did their sampling, or from how they constructed their monitoring wells.” “”
That’s good enough for a Pack of Putrid Punditry Award. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla) also earns the award for being more concerned with the gas companies than the health of the people who live in the area. He claims the report is premature and not based on sound science. He calls it part of “Obama’s war on fossil fuels,” forgetting that Obama has opened up new areas for oil drilling, which puts more wildlife at risk. Not really a position taken by someone looking for a war on fossil fuels.
So for corporate toadies like Inhofe, it’s a matter of putting corporate profit far ahead of public health. Typical of what we see in elected officials who love their corporate donations more than anything.
TWO – The Best Friends Blog ran a post December 1 headlined “The war on horses.”
From the post – “There is a war on horses, and as a result of this action, hundreds of thousands will die a humiliating and terrifying death every year amid the horror and stench of slaughter.” Well said.
THREE – Smithfield Foods has announced by 2017 it will have phased out the practice of using gestation crates for pigs in its facilities.
From a Huffington Post article – “By the end of this year, the company said that 30 percent of the sows at its farms will be in group housing rather than the crates.”
I can only hope this trend continues. But we still have a long way to go in making gains in the way of animal welfare practices on factory farms.
FOUR – The dog reportedly listed as the oldest on the planet died Monday in Japan. Pusuke was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as 26 years old.
ABC News notes the oldest dog ever died in 1939. Bluey, an Australian cattle dog lived to age 29 years and 5 months.