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

Wow, a lot’s happened since the last email update. Oscar Mayer, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and Baja Fresh all announced that after working with HSUS they’re going to be ending gestation crate confinement of pigs in their supply chains. The progress is so dramatic that Meatingplace magazine (a meat industry trade journal) commented, “The progression of this issue exemplifies how quickly the Humane Society of the United States can affect change.”

Even more, the Des Moines Register reported on a pork producer who wants to obtain gestation crates, but doesn’t because of “the possibility that the retailers and the Humane Society will make a crate ban stick.

Want to know what the future holds for meat alternatives? Great guy and New Harvest founder Jason Matheny offers his insights to WorldWatch in this fascinating interview. (On a related topic, don’t miss Mark Bittman’s new NYT piece on his experience curing his illness by cutting dairy.)

And hey, there’s still hope for me to play in the NFL!

P.S. Video of the week: If I can play in the NFL, cats can play patty-cake:

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