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05/30/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: how many orthodox rabbis does it take…?  »

imageHow 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.

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro

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!

05/26/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: See You Soon!  »

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First, did you know that Robin Quivers is a keynote speaker at the upcoming Taking Action for Animals conference in DC (June 27-30)? Register now; I hope to see you there!

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.

Finally, Nickelodeon star Daniella Monet is the latest celeb to join with HSUS to promote Meatless Monday to students. You can see some news coverage and watch her awesome new quick video.

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro

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.

05/16/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: do you ride the train?  »

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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!

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro


P.S. Video of the week: I wish my cats would hug me like this.

05/09/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: How many pork industry leaders does it take to change a lightbulb?  »

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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?
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04/28/2014

Vegan Divas releases high-end jewelry line to benefit the Humane Society!  »

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Meatpacking necklace

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!

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Greenwich necklace

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!image

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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!

04/25/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Slapping the haters down!  »

I hope you had a great Earth Day! Looking for a way to conserve water? I have a new op-ed in the Baltimore Sun this week suggesting that cutting back on chicken meat is a great place to start.

Speaking of the earth and its destruction, maybe you’ve seen the new movie Noah or at least read from some of its critics that it’s too pro-animal. Matthew Scully slaps these haters down in a new National Review piece.

You already know HSUS is taking the fight to the pork industry in voting booths, legislatures, boardrooms, courtrooms, airwaves, and more. Well, here’s the latest front in this war—our new ad campaign focused on investors.

Finally, in case you’re dying to know what my cats’ names are, here’s a new interview of mine for you…

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro

P.S. Video of the week: I wish I’d been as chicken-friendly when I was this kid’s age.

04/21/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: the coolest dog in the world!  »

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Often pork comes to mind when people think about federal politicians, but there’s a new legislative caucus in Congress, one that probably wouldn’t mind directing a little more pork toward the poultry industry: The Congressional Chicken Caucus. Colman McCarthy has a great column in the National Catholic Register this week about it.

On the other end of the spectrum, HSUS worked with local lawmakers in Boca Raton to urge citizens to help protect their health and the planet by eating less meat.

Speaking of lawmakers doing the right thing, have you seen the impressive list of them who are participating in US VegWeek? You can join them!

Special props to Upworthy for promoting HSUS’s new, entertaining gestation crate video (yes, it’s really entertaining!), helping to push the video well past a million views.

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro

P.S. Video of the week: I used to think I’d had the coolest dog on the planet. I now know I was wrong.

P.P.S. Photo of the week: Thanks to the Winnipeg Humane Society for hosting me this week—they have a very poignant gestation crate display.

04/11/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Hope to See You Soon!  »

You likely know about the progress being made for pigs in North America, with numerouscorporate and public policies to phase out gestation crates. Well, today Arcos Dorados’ (McDonald’s in Latin America) issued a new announcement restricting gestation crate use, the first of its kind in South America.

Speaking of other countries, I’m looking forward to being in Winnipeg (Canada, for those of you as geographically challenged as I am…) next week. Here’s The Manitoban’s story about it.

If you live in the U.S. though, you may be getting ready to pay your taxes. Business Week has aninteresting column on the idea of taxing meat.

In that vein, lots of members of Congress and state legislators are pledging to go meat-free for a week as part of the very cool US Veg Week campaign. Check ‘em out and share the link!

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro


P.S. Video of the week: Could a chicken really outsmart a kid?

P.P.S. I hope to see you at the awesome Taking Action for Animals conference in DC June 27-30!

04/04/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Could you handle this challenge?  »

Do you think *you* could handle our Great Crate Challenge? More than half a million other viewers have already watched our new video to see what it’s all about. Check it out and share!

My alma mater, George Washington Univ., was kind enough to profile me in its alumni magazine. Neil (the dog) makes my ears appear to stick out less compared to his…

Wondering what HSUS is doing for farm animals? Check out this cool new short video. Also, theAssociated Press had a fascinating story about HSUS’s 60-year history this week that’s well worth reading.

Finally, the NY Times published a potent cover story yesterday about the booming demand for meat-free meals and how delicious plant-based meats are now.

Have a rockin’ weekend, friends!

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro

P.S. Video of the week: Think we’re the only species to play soccer? Ask these turkeys.

03/28/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Ag-Gag, Meatless Mondays, and a Puppy in a Hoodie!  »

Wondering how the meat industry responded to last month’s HSUS whistleblowing exposé of a Kentucky pig factory that was locking pigs in gestation crates and feeding what NPR called “piglet smoothies” back to their mothers? Perhaps unsurprisingly, rather than fixing the problems, its response was to introduce an ag-gag bill in Kentucky to criminalize taking photos of factory farms. Our action alert calling for a defeat of that bill is here.

Inspired by the progress against gestation crates in Canada? Learn more about it in our latest Huffington Post piece.

Wondering whether students are liking Meatless Mondays in their cafeterias? Check out this great news segment from one school in Long Island.

Care about saving wildlife from extinction? NPR reports on a new campaign from the Center for Biological Diversity suggesting we eat less meat.

No more questions—have a great weekend!

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States
Follow at http://twitter.com/pshapiro

P.S. Video of the week: I used to do this when I was a kid, too.

P.P.S. Photo of the week: Josh Balk and I taking out an Ultimate Fighter champion…

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