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01/14/2014

Lil Bub for the Humane Society of the US! Because HSUS and Bub want you to adopt a pal! As you should know, Lil Bub is a rescue and she couldn’t be more perfect. Who knows what other amazing creatures are out there looking for a home?! You could adopt the next ALF!

01/10/2014

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What a week! First, Smithfield Foods announced it’s incentivizing its contract suppliers to stop using gestation crates. Then, Tyson Foods declared that it’s moving in that direction, too. Has it ever been clearer that this inhumane and archaic confinement practice has no future?

While some pig producers are ceasing their defense of gestation crates, many dairy producers seem oddly addicted to the practice of cutting their cows’ tails off. We took aim at this problem in Wisconsin this week.

Speaking of addictions, the meat industry’s desperate to keep the federal dollars it enjoys. Read this new Washington Monthly feature on the problem, including how HSUS is working to help limit this nonsense.

And on the topic of nonsense, it didn’t take long into the New Year before the meat industry introduced the first ag-gag bill of 2014. Indiana’s agribusiness lobby is trying to felonize whistleblowing at factory farms. Three Indiana newspapers so far have editorialized against the bill, including the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

Still not sure what your New Year’s resolution should be? I’m glad to have an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle this week about why cutting meat consumption is a great idea.

P.S. Video of the week: Just a deer and cat who are best friends. No big deal.

01/06/2014

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Happy New Year!

You might decide you need a more ambitious new year’s resolution after reading Good Morning America’s coverage of this vegan couple—in their 60s!—who ran a marthon (26.2 miles) every day of 2013.

If that’s not up your alley, you could just take my advice on new year’s resolutions…

Looking back on the past year, NPR declared 2013 to be “The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed.” Here’s to making 2014 the same!

And of course, we’ll be doing even more this year to show Americans what ag-gag bills are trying to hide. Check out HSUS’s latest billboard campaign in North Carolina (second biggest pork production state.)

Finally, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a new piece on animals in which he had quite a lot to say, including that “it is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth.”

P.S. Oddest story of the week: “Dogs might poop in line with the Earth’s magnetic field.”

P.P.S. Video of the week: Dogs who live under the tyrannical rule of cats.

12/30/2013

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A new comprehensive report, “Creating a Sustainable Food Future,” was just released by the World Resources Institute—with support from the UN, the World Bank, and others. One major focus throughout the report is the need to reduce our meat consumption and animal production.

The report notes, “If wealthier countries reduced their meat consumption meaningfully, they could not only improve human health but also greatly reduce the challenge of producing more food with less land conversion, less water consumption, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.”

And as readers of this weekly email know, Westerners are finally starting to cut down on our meat consumption. In fact, just this week, Miami is getting plaudits for its embrace of Meatless Monday.

And if you want to help advance this trend for a living, my coworker Dr. Michael Greger is hiring for two awesome jobs!

Finally, want to read my colleague Kristie Middleton’s latest interview on gestation crates? Check it out.

Hope you’re having a great holiday season!

P.S. Cartoon of the week: What might it look like when aliens visit our planet?

P.P.S. Video of the week: A bottle-loving dog gets the best holiday gift…

11/25/2013

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After a massive on-the-ground campaign throughout New Jersey to override Governor Christie’s veto of our gestation crate bill, animal advocates flooded the statehouse this past Monday in anticipation of the state senate’s vote. While Monday was disappointingly not the pigs’ day, the vote will come up again next month, so stay tuned!

We did win an important vote this week on gestation crates, with shareholders of Cracker Barrel overwhelmingly voting to support the company moving away from using gestation crate-derived pork.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the executive director of the prestigious Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production said this week that “They finally got the attention of the industry because everywhere they went up against the industry, the Humane Society won.”

HSUS this week joined with environmental and community groups in announcing plans to sue a breeding pig factory over manure spills in Iowa. And speaking of gestation crates, check out NBC’s national coverage of Mercy For Animals’ new undercover investigation at a Tyson Foods-contracted gestation crate facility.

Finally, worried about how to feed a growing human population? Try eating less meat, says Fox News this week. And the Norwegians seem to be getting the message. The Norwegian army takes on a battle against climate change by implementing Meatless Monday. A military spokesperson states that “It’s about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier.”

Video of the week: This might be one of the most unlikely friendships I’ve ever seen. Remarkable!

11/15/2013

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Some promising news from the promised land this week: Conservative Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu put out an official statement saying he’s promoting Meatless Monday, primarily because “I feel committed to increase awareness to fight cruelty toward animals,” and that he and his wife “hardly eat meat.”

The CEO of The Nature Conservancy talked with CNN this week about the need to reduce meat consumption, saying that “If more people had vegetarian or vegan diets, the environmental impact would be significant.”

Perhaps people are listening. USA Today featured this current, growing trend in the restaurtant industry: “Vegetables are no longer the Rodney Dangerfield of restaurant offerings. They’re increasingly becoming the main item on the plate.”

That may be good news for the dairy calves like those shown in a new undercover investigation released this week by Compassion Over Killing.

New Jersey’s largest paper had a great article about our effort to ban gestation crates this week, as did the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Already making Thanksgiving meal plans? My coworker Kristie Middleton has some suggestions in the Oakland Tribune for you!

P.S. Video of the week: I don’t recommend cuddling with an elephant seal, but if you do, I hope it goes this well.

11/08/2013

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It’s go-time on the King amendment deliberations in the congressional farm bill. See our latest move and take action now!

It’s also go-time in New Jersey, where we expect a vote very soon in the state senate on a gestation crate ban. If you live in or near the Garden State and can come volunteer for a couple days (or more!) to help make history within the next 10 days, please reply saying so!

Need incentive to come join us in NJ? Politically conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan has a potent piece out this week in which he says the pork industry keeps animals in “concentration camps.” 

On your way to (or from) NJ, you may want to stop in Philly. Why? The Philadelphia Inquirer has nice coverage of the city’s embrace of Meatless Mondays. (And for those who don’t live in the mid-Atlantic region, Emory University in Atlanta is the latest to get on the meat-free bandwagon, too!)

Maybe not directly farm animal-related, but since our species often likes to exalt itself, it can’t hurt to remind ourselves that there’s more out there’s more out there than just us. Scientists now say there are tens of billions of earth-like planets in our galaxy alone. : - )

P.S. Video of the week Couldn’t believe it was real at first, but this cat and owl really do seem to be friends.

11/01/2013

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The National Archives recently released new 1906 correspondence between President Roosevelt and Upton Sinclair about deplorable slaughter plant conditions depicted in Sinclair’s novel,The Jungle. Wondering how they compare to today’s conditions? I have an op-ed published in the Chicago Sun-Times on that very topic!

Speaking of The Jungle, an A1 story in the Washington Post this week begins with this harrowing sentence: “Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into scalding water, Agriculture Department records show.”

Finally, the land of Philly Cheesesteaks is becoming the next Meatless Mondays hot spot! Check out what the Philadelphia City Council just did. Maybe the city of brotherly love will love Chipotle’s new vegan Sofritas burrito? Ellen certainly wants them to, and so does the Wonder Woman who runs HSUS’s Meatless Monday efforts!

P.S. Video of the week: Pigs just wanna have fun! Watch them make their own muddy slip-n-slide trail…

10/25/2013

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You may remember that HSUS was suing because the Raleigh Transit Authority refused to run our gestation crate bus ads. Well, now they’ve agreed to run them! HSUS also announced the filing of a new lawsuit this week challenging poultry giant Perdue’s advertising of its chicken as “humane.”

Want to know what’s happening in New Jersey on the gestation crate front in a nutshell? Here’s my latest Huffington Post piece.

Scientists are saying chickens are smarter than young humans, leading Nick Kristof to take up the issue in the NY Times, concluding that the only thing “bird-brained” about chickens is our rampant abuse of them.

Speaking of chickens, you should check out this extremely potent national Canadian news coverage of Mercy For Animals’ latest investigation into the egg industry. Seeing this will make you even more grateful for the path-breaking work of Hampton Creek, as featured in Forbes this past week.

Video of the week: Two ferrets; one box of Styrofoam peanuts…

Photo of the week: Thanks to those who clean trash from creeks! You make the mornings of marathon aspirants like me much more scenic!

10/11/2013

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After working with HSUS, the Buffalo, New York public school district is the latest to announce that it’s now going entirely meat-free on Mondays! Buffalo joins Los Angeles, Detroit, and several other major school districts in serving its students more plant-based foods. In that vein, Fox News—yes, Fox News—ran a story yesterday entitled, “5 Reasons to Try a Vegetarian Diet.”

The Asbury Park Press became the seventh New Jersey newspaper to editorialize in favor of overriding the veto of our gestation crate ban bill.

Finally, promising news from down under: major Australian grocer Woolworths is ending all sales of eggs from caged hens.

Video of the week: Not a cute animal video this time, but an amazing 1935 Popeye original about preventing cruelty to animals, with an ending that’s a must-see!

Photo of the week: Found these two federally furloughed starving NASA engineers. Gave them food in exchange for coming to New Jersey to help ban gestation crates!

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