A round-up of VT editors’ favorite newsworthy links.
Got aches and pains from the gym? A new study finds that drinking watermelon juice an hour before exercise relieves muscle soreness. (It's also loaded with the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene.) [EurekAlert]
Just one month after banning animal products for cosmetic testing, India bans shark finning—a practice in which sharks are caught, stripped of their fins, and thrown back into the ocean to die. The fins are then sold for use in shark fin soup, a traditional delicacy in China. [Ecorazzi]
Just down the road from the VT office, the city of Manhattan Beach, Calif. bans styrofoam containers. Marine animals often ingest and choke on little pieces of styrofoam that they mistake for food. [NBC Los Angeles]
President Obama speaks out against breed-specific dog laws that call for bans on breeds deemed dangerous, instead encouraging a more effective approach to dog-bite injuries: "building stronger communities of pets and pet owners." [Time]