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07/30/2012

The Meatless Monday Unicorn is clearly nonplussed, as per usual. If you don’t know about the situation with the USDA and Meatless Monday, catch up. 
As always, you can send the MMU directly to your omni pals via flickr. 

The Meatless Monday Unicorn is clearly nonplussed, as per usual. If you don’t know about the situation with the USDA and Meatless Monday, catch up

As always, you can send the MMU directly to your omni pals via flickr

07/27/2012

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

It’s Paul Shapiro's Animal News You Can Use! WOOHOO!

Good news: A judge has rejected the foie gras industry’s attempt to put a hold on California’s new law banning the force-feeding of ducks (and selling products from force-fed ducks).

More good news: North America’s largest foodservice distributor, Sysco, is the latest food giant to come out against gestation crate confinement of pigs.

In response to the gestation crate debate, the National Pork Producers Council’s communications director was seriously quoted in the National Journal this week saying: “So our animals can’t turn around for the 2.5 years that they are in the stalls producing piglets…I don’t know who asked the sow if she wanted to turn around.” (No, this isn’t a quote from 30 years ago—it’s July 24, 2012. Seriously. Yes, I know.)

Amazingly, USDA put out a newsletter this week including a mention of the health and environmental benefits of Meatless Monday. This of course drew immediate outrage from the meat industry and its allies in Congress (Rep. Steve King from Iowa tweeted that it was “heresy”), prompting USDA to immediately remove the newsletter and announce that it wasn’t properly vetted. Lots of coverage on this, though the national AP story put it best when it aptly concluded, “The USDA often promotes the beef industry by encouraging Americans to eat meat.” (NPR and NY Times had good coverage, too.) 

Video of the week: Best way to prevent dog shedding… (Or, if you want to upset Rep. King, feel free to share HSUS’s fun Meatless Monday video online today!)

USDA retracts support of Meatless Mondays, is beef industry’s puppet  »

Man, this is so gross. Even more proof that the governmental agencies put in place to protect us only care about appeasing the big money$$$. 

From the USDA Twitter:

You can just imagine how that went down. Like, lower level people at the USDA were all, “sure, Meatless Monday, that’s cool, Americans should eat several fewer pounds of shit-laced meat a day!” and then the beef industry bigwigs saw it and freaked the fuck out because, “OMG AMERICANS EATING FEWER DEAD ANIMALS THAT’S UN-AMERICAN!! AND ALSO, HOW WILL WE GET RICHER AND MAKE EVERYONE ELSE SICK AND POOR???” and then they called the USDA bigwigs who—shocker!—are some of their bff’s/former employees and BAM, Meatless Monday retracted.

What. a. bunch. of. bullshit. LITERALLY.

06/18/2012

Hey, MMU! Thanks for the business advice. It’s great to see you applying your MBA. 
You can check out the Meatless Monday Unicorn on Flickr to send to your omni pals!

Hey, MMU! Thanks for the business advice. It’s great to see you applying your MBA. 

You can check out the Meatless Monday Unicorn on Flickr to send to your omni pals!

05/03/2012

Paul Shapiro presents: debating ducks, changing climate, and funny felines!  »


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

Amazingly, even though they’ve had more than seven years to find an alternative to force-feeding, a small gaggle of foie gras enthusiasts in California are trying to repeal the upcoming July ban on the force-feeding of ducks for foie gras (and the sale of products from force-fed animals). I did a 20-minute debate about this on Southern California’s NPR affiliate yesterday, and an hour-long debate on Northern California’s NPR affiliate today.

Speaking of feeding, as far as what we’re feeding ourselves, the title of the Forbes article says it all: “Eating Less Meat Is World’s Best Chance For Timely Climate Change, Say Experts.” Meatless Monday recipes, anyone?

Some good news: HSUS’s Smithfield exposé video yesterday won a 2012 Webby Award! (The Webbys are kind of like an Oscars of online content.) We’re psyched.

Finally, last week’s video was the double-dutching dog. This week it’s the treadmill-loving cats.

04/10/2012

Paul Shapiro presents: Ducks in the newspaper and cats in bed with you!  »


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

In an LA Times op-ed today, the chairman of California Democratic Party lays a strong smack-down on those who want to repeal the state’s upcoming ban on force-feeding ducks for foie gras.

Food service giant Sodexo reports on the Meatless Monday efforts in its cafeterias: “Of the 74 percent who offered Meatless Monday, the majority of providers, 76 percent, said that the campaign was ‘easy’ or ‘very easy’ to implement and 65 percent said they will continue to promote the campaign with an additional 24 percent noting that they may continue.”

Speaking of, the Des Moines Register notes that demand for meat is falling due to many forces, including both the popularity of Meatless Mondays, as well as “a more powerful animal rights movement.” The article illustrates this by saying “Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, took his agency from its traditional role as protector of the nation’s dogs and cats into a political activist organization that has pushed, with partial success, referendums against animal confinements.”

(While on that topic, Michigan papers reported this past week on HSUS’s efforts to get Domino’s pizza to stop buy pork products from producers that use gestation crates for pigs.)

P.S. New report says sleeping with your pets is good! How about also working with them on top of you?

If that doesn’t make you love cats, this video of the week might get you closer.

04/02/2012

Paul Shapiro presents: Meatless Monday, mischief in Iowa, and HSUS is Hitler?  »

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

Want to start your Monday off well? HSUS’s Meatless Monday video won a Telly Award!

The irony of this one really made my day. The Iowa Farm Bureau—the same folks who supported a bill to ban hidden cameras on factory farms—recently had an employee doing something on his coworkers’ chairs that he might not have been doing had he known there was a camera there. What exactly was he doing? See for yourself.

Industry publication Meatingplace isn’t exactly a fan of HSUS. In fact, they recently compared us to Hitler. Well, in their new issue, while they didn’t exactly say they like us, they did editorialize about our gestation crate efforts with words that were quite remarkable. Specifically about McDonald’s and gestation crates, they said HSUS got “the last word in its long argument with the meat industry,” that it’s “game over,”  that “the McDonald’s announcement makes the move inevitable” and that it’s “is a game-changer.” And in the same issue but a separate article, Meatingplace concluded that “HSUS is kicking down crates left and right — not to mention doors.” Boom.

Photo of the week: My cat Sam getting ready in the morning—isn’t he cute?!:

Video of the week: This past Saturday was Cesar Chavez Day. Here’s a great short video of the heroic farm worker advocate speaking about animal protection, including farm animals.

03/26/2012

Paul Shapiro presents: The Meatless Revolution, vegan men, and Wendy’s makes some changes!  »

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

Happy Meatless Monday! TIME’s great new feature, “The Meatless (and Less Meat) Revolution,” may make you even happier.

More good news: Wendy’s is joining McDonald’s in requiring pork suppliers to outline their plans to end the use of gestation crates. And on that topic, the Kansas City Star has a good story entitled “Humane Society says Seaboard dishonest about its treatment of hogs.”

Yes, even more good news: Major dairy industry trade publication Hoard’s Dairyman editorialized in favor of ending tail-docking of dairy cows.

And here’s a compelling piece in The Atlantic by a former HSUS undercover investigator about his views on ag-gag laws.

Finally, as both a man and a vegan, I’m apparently qualified to do a live twitter chat about vegan men, hosted by VegNews Magazine, this Wed at 9pm ET (I’m @pshapiro on twitter). Hope to see you there!

P.S. Photo of the week:

Yes, I met Angela from “The Office.” Turns out she really does have a cat (and she’s very nice). And for your video this week: No dancing goat, but rather a trailer for a provocative new film I’m glad to be interviewed in: Speciesism The Movie.

You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pshapiro.

03/25/2012

Meatless Monday Unicorn, you always know just what to say. Such a romantic!
Make sure you remind your omnivorous homies that it’s time for Meatless Monday once again! You can send this handy MMU reminder from flickr. 

Meatless Monday Unicorn, you always know just what to say. Such a romantic!

Make sure you remind your omnivorous homies that it’s time for Meatless Monday once again! You can send this handy MMU reminder from flickr

02/12/2012

Hey, it’s the Meatless Monday Unicorn! Welcome back, player! You are so full of love.
Who wants to be his Valentine? Maybe you or a nice omni you know?  Send the MMU's Valentine message to the omnis in your life so they don't forget about Meatless Monday! And so they know the MMU loves them!

Hey, it’s the Meatless Monday Unicorn! Welcome back, player! You are so full of love.

Who wants to be his Valentine? Maybe you or a nice omni you know?  Send the MMU's Valentine message to the omnis in your life so they don't forget about Meatless Monday! And so they know the MMU loves them!

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