Animal News You Can Use: The meat industry can’t stop whining »
The meat industry’s leadership seems to be in a panic over how prevalent the term “factory farming” is these days. My coworker Matt Prescott takes them to task in a new Washington Post commentary, explaining that meat production is in fact far more factory than farm, and that it was the industry itself which helped coined the language used to describe these inhumane places.
They’re also complaining about California’s historic and humane law banning foie gras, even calling for the Supreme Court to nullify that law. One of them got into the ring with me this week on NPR’s Los Angeles affiliate to debate the issue. You can listen to our debate here, and read more about it in the LA Times.
What else do they complain about? The fact that some countries are concerned about American chicken products being soaked in chlorine. I discuss the issue in my new commentary, “Got Chlorine? Your Chicken Might.”
Finally, they love to complain about all the studies showing that eating less meat improves health. Well, the title of an article in Men’s Journal this week won’t make them happy: “Go Vegetarian, Live Longer.”
Have a wonderful weekend!
P.S. Video of the week: Think we’re the only species that likes to surf? Check out these black swans!
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Big week, and now a big weekend! »
What a week!
Speaking of CNN, I was glad to be on CNN Headline News last night with the always wonderful Jane Velez-Mitchell discussing pig protection. If you want to meet Jane, she’ll be speaking at the Taking Action for Animals gala Saturday night in D.C.!
And on the pig protection front, my colleague Matt Prescott shares some good news about the impending demise of the gestation crate in this new column.
Of course, the meat industry’s not too pleased with our work, and is pushing for ag-gag bills to ban our whistleblowing exposés. Iowa Public TV ran a nice feature on the topic this week.
And now for a big weekend: More than 1,000 folks will be at the Taking Action for Animals conference … hope to hang with you there!
P.S. Video of the week: Just a puppy and piglet playing. No big deal.
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: look who got $10 million to help animals! »
Modern Meadow, the start-up company producing cultured meat and leather (without killing animals, or as I call it: in meatro) just raised $10 million to expand its life-saving work.
Speaking of fortunes, my coworker Josh Balk has a great Fortune magazine column this week about how the pork industry’s antics opposing animal welfare reforms are anti-free market.
In other news, did you know there’s a World Meat Congress? Well, they’re not too happy with our work passing laws to improve the treatment of farm animals. There’s a lot of corporate policy progress on farm animal protection issues too, and I was glad to be on Al Jazeera this week discussing it (minutes9:00–19:00).
Not to be outdone, CNN has a new video this week with Dr. Sanjay Gupta entitled, “Eat Less Meat,” in which he argues that meat is one “of the biggest risk factors for early death.” Perhaps people will take his advice, especially in light of sky-high meat prices right now.
You know what price isn’t sky-high, though? The price of Taking Action for Animals, the awesome conference in DC June 27-30—it’s only $75. Hope to see you there!
P.S. Video of the week: The bravest pigeon you’ve ever seen.
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Meat-free butchers? »
I’m glad to have an op-ed in Kentucky’s largest paper today about the pork industry’s sordid track record on animal cruelty.
There’s some promising news, however: Agribusiness giant Cargill put the writing on the wall quite clearly this week: Gestation crates have no future in the pork industry. The company is moving to group sow housing in its own operations by next year and will require its contractors to do the same by 2017.
And in some other promising news, butcher shops seem to be the latest companies getting on the meat-free trend. One in Connecticut is now praising Meatless Monday and closing in its honor, while one in Toronto is actually entirely meat-free. Yep, a vegetarian butcher shop.
P.S. Video of the week: Kitten jam!
P.P.S. I hope to see you at Taking Action for Animals in D.C at the end of this month; it’s going to rock!.
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: quit meat, save dough! »
Did you know that the last time meat prices were this high, Reagan was in office? That’s one reason I write in a New York Daily News op-ed that if you want to save money, giving farm animals a bit of a break will also give our wallets a break, too. Amusingly, the paper named the op-ed, “Quit Meat, Save Dough.”
Speaking of money, a major battery egg producer was fined $6.8 million this week after admitting to bribing USDA officials to approve potentially rotten eggs.
And egg-laying chickens are on the political map in Massachusetts, where we’re waging a major campaign to ban battery cages, veal crates, and gestation crates. Here’s the latest coverage.
Want to learn more about these kinds of animal protection campaigns while networking with tons of other like-minded animal advocates and eating off-the-hook vegan food? Come to the Taking Action for Animals conference in DC June 27-30!!!
P.S. Video of the week: Just a cat playing with a pig. No big deal.
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: how many orthodox rabbis does it take…? »
How many orthodox rabbis does it take to expose how cruel kosher slaughter is? Just one, and he’s got a very compelling op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today.
And when it comes to non-kosher slaughter, if you think the USDA takes its slaughter oversight responsibilities seriously, Bruce Friedrich’s latest op-ed may clarify your thinking.
The meat industry doesn’t like all this attention on its abusive track record, so one of its groups that was formed to combat HSUS has now formed its own Super PAC…
Finally, you may have missed HSUS’s Animal Care Expo (the largest conference for animal sheltering professionals in the nation) this past week, but here’s some good coverage of the off-the-hook food served there.
P.S. Video of the week: I didn’t believe it when I heard about it, but this cat really plays Jenga.
P.P.S. Do you love Esther the Wonder Pig? Then come see the dudes who live with her give a speech at Taking Action for Animals in DC at the end of June… Register now!
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: See You Soon! »
In a major, hard-to-overstate-the-importance ruling this week, the World Trade Organization found that preventing animal cruelty can be a justifiable reason to limit trade in certain products. The implications for animal welfare legislation around the globe are enormous.
Speaking of the legal system, the battery egg producers responsible for the country’s largest egg recall were just charged with federal felonies stemming from that incident.
P.S. Video of the week: If there was a contest of the best ways to wake a pig, this would win hands down.
P.P.S. Photo of the week: The best kind of branch manager.
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: do you ride the train? »
Need more evidence that the trend of meat-free eating is firmly cemented into the mainstream? Ride an Amtrak train and check out the cover feature of the magazine in the back of every seat. The teaser says it all: “Going meatless isn’t just for rock stars, former presidents and other celebrities. There’s a cultural shift afoot toward a more healthful, humane, and environmentally sound lifestyle.”
You’ve heard that Hampton Creek is a promising start-up aiming to compete with the egg industry. But did you know what wild success the company is having with its product? Forbes has the story.
HSUS’s battle to close a loophole in the federal rule prohibiting slaughter of downer cattle continues. This radio story has the deets.
We’re also in high-gear in Massachusetts with a campaign to ban battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates. You can read more about our event there yesterday in Boston Magazine.
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Video of the week: I wish my cats would hug me like this.
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: How many pork industry leaders does it take to change a lightbulb? »
How many pork industry leaders does it take to change a lightbulb? None, since they want to keep consumers in the dark, says my coworker Matt Prescott in a new op-ed published in several papers.
CNN this week published an interesting story asking whether cultured meat will be the meat of the future. That may be the diet of the future, but what was the diet of the past? Well, in the case of ancient Egyptians, new evidence reveals that they enjoyed a primarily vegetarian diet.
If you want a reason to eat like an ancient Egyptian, here are six facts from HSUS about chickens that’ll blow your mind!
Video of the week:
Apparently, porcupines don’t like to share corn with humans.
Photo of the week: Did you know pigs like sticks just like dogs?
Vegan Divas releases high-end jewelry line to benefit the Humane Society! »
Fernanda Capobianco, the founder and owner of NYC’s Vegan Divas bakery, has created a beautiful line of handmade jewelry. Bonus: the line is made with recycled materials. SUPER BONUS: the sales benefit Friends of Finn, an HSUS effort to stop puppy mills!
The Friends of Finn committee was started by Amanda Hearst in honor of her beloved dog, Finn. Not very aware of the puppy mill epidemic, Hearst purchased Finn from a NYC pet shop. The seller swore Finn was not from a puppy mill. Then Hearst became involved with HSUS and as she learned more about puppy mills, she couldn’t help but wonder about her pet shop dog. After some research, low and behold, Finn did in fact come from an awful puppy mill.
Thus Friends of Finn was born to help educate others about puppy mills and raise money to put an end to those torture factories. And I’ll tell you, we seriously do need to educated people about puppy mills, like, yesterday! TWO people I know (not super well, but) recently bought puppies. I can’t believe people still do that!
The line is on the expensive side but like I said, it’s handmade and benefits charity. And of course, the line is vegan! That’s means you won’t find any leather backings that I see on other beaded jewelry lines. Also important: the jewelry is beautiful! I love the bold colors of many of the pieces but the necklace at the top is my favorite. Who needs blood diamonds when you’ve got a blanket of beads!
Fernanda was inspired by her Brazilian roots:
"I was in my home town in Brazil last December and fell in love with these pieces and their designers. They meticulously pick their materials and have such intricate craftsmanship. Each piece has been carefully crafted with a crochet technique using metallic wire with a delicate gold finish,” says Capobianco “We just added some mixed metals and dark colored crystals to give the collection that New York edge.”
Quão incrível! You can purchase the jewelry at the Vegan Divas shop (1437 1st ave, between 74th and 75th) or online. Make sure you pick up some of those mini donuts too! They are healthy and yummy! I recommend the chocolate topped ones. Those are my favorite! Bring me some!