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It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, Animals!

A lot of new opinion pieces this week!

My friend Bruce Friedrich has a great feature on how much the meat industry has to hide and its desire to pass anti-whistleblower laws. I have a new short piece on chickens, their mental lives, and our treatment of them. The Yale Daily News published a potent op-ed about Connecticut’s new bill to ban gestation crates, and the Syracuse Post-Standard has a great op-ed by a veterinarian on why gestation crates are so terrible for pigs.

Want to protect yourself against the #1 killer in the US? Scientists are finding that a vegetarian diet can reduce heart disease risk by a third.

BTW, did you know that dung beetles use the Milky Way for GPS? Just think how cool you’ll seem at your party this weekend when you bring this up. (And if your friends don’t think that’s cool, you may need some new friends.)

Video of the week: Last week we learned that mice can play fetch. This week, we learn that dogs love to Skype!

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