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07/27/2012

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!

12/18/2011

Oh, Meatless Monday Unicorn! What a good idea! I should have included that in our gift guide. 
Send this special holiday message to your omni friends and family to remind them it’s Meatless Monday tomorrow. 

Oh, Meatless Monday Unicorn! What a good idea! I should have included that in our gift guide

Send this special holiday message to your omni friends and family to remind them it’s Meatless Monday tomorrow. 

11/16/2011

Paul Shapiro presents: Animal News You Can Use!  »

This is from the mighty and awesome Paul Shapiro, the senior director of the Farm Animal Protection wing of the Humane Society of the United States. Paul is not only the raddest and very hilarious and kind and good and a fucking force to be reckoned with, but he’s always a wealth of animal news. We’re gonna publish his updates so that you’re as blessed with new information as we are. YOU ARE WELCOME. Now, pass this info on to all you know, and be better informed, smarter, and more good looking for it. BAM:

I’ve got a piece on the Atlantic site about foie gras and the myth that farm animals love to be abused. Please feel free to leave a comment on the site, since it seems like those of, let’s say…a different view don’t appear to be shy about leaving their own comments!

The LSU paper has a nice story about HSUS’s Meatless Monday efforts. (Remember that awesome video you loved?)

The DC ABC news affiliate had a cool segment about Bill Clinton’s near-vegan diet.

The U.S. Supreme Court had a hearing yesterday on the California downer law that was passed in the wake of HSUS’s exposé at a Southern California dairy cow slaughter plant. You can read Wayne Pacelle’s thoughts on the hearing at this link.

P.S. Video of the week: Dog and pig wrestling. Yep, that’s right.

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