Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: The meat industry just despises Meatless Mondays »
After working with HSUS, a school district outside of Austin, Texas, was one of many to implement Meatless Mondays this fall. While parents and students seemed pretty psyched about it, Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples — whose political campaign was bankrolled by the meat industry — didn’t exactly share their enthusiasm. He even penned a rant against the school district in the Austin American-Statesman this week. Today, the paper’s editorial board published an editorial of its own simply crushing that rant, noting that, “the near-comic rhetoric of Staples’ commentary stood as a refutation of its own argument.” You’ve really got to read the whole thing.
The San Francisco Chronicle also wrote this week about more California schools that HSUS helped implement Meatless Mondays programs.
The industry isn’t just lashing out in the school districts; it’s also doing so in the legislatures. I was glad to be on America Tonight this week discussing the meat producers’ attempt to silence whistleblowers with ag-gag bills.
And the good news is that nearly all ag-gag bills introduced in the last couple years have been killed, while more and more food companies require animal welfare improvements in their supply chains, as described in a new piece by my coworker Matt Prescott. As well, just this week, another major pork producer announced it’s abandoning gestation crates throughout its entire supply chain.
Video of the week: These pigs aren’t ready for summer to be over—they love their swimming pools!
Animal News You Can Use!: Which Star Wars villain did factory farmers compare HSUS to? »
Big news from food giant Unilever this week, with the company announcing that it opposes the practice of grinding male chicks at egg industry hatcheries and will work to eliminate it.
Also big news from Dunkin’ Donuts, which is adding almond milk to its stores nationwide!
California’s landmark Prop 2 is coming into effect in just a few months. Some egg producers are going cage-free while others aren’t. Civil Eats has the story on what’s happening so far. And more info from HSUS at our site on the topic.
And speaking of California and eggs, San Francisco-based Hampton Creek made headlines this week by picking up a big name in the technology investing world. Read more about it in the NY Times.
Finally, in one of the more entertaining meat industry attacks on HSUS, this week one industry writer penned a column comparing us to the dreaded General Grievous of Star Wars infamy. :-)
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P.S. Video of the week: Summer’s almost over! Don’t you wish you were doing what this dog is?
P.P.S. Are you on Twitter? Did you know that for free you can “donate” your account to help occasionally get the word out about important farm animal protection efforts? I’d be grateful if you would—here’s the link!
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: having a pool pawty this weekend? »
Have you ever wondered why there’s so much feces on chicken meat? Well, wonder no longer, as I discuss the issue in a Modesto Bee op-ed this week.
Speaking of California chickens, the long-awaited implementation of California’s landmark Prop 2 is just a few months away. You can watch a good news segment this week profiling one egg producer who is eliminating cage confinement from his operation to comply with the law.
The Worldwatch Institute put out a new report this week basically saying the planet’s cooked if we don’t cut meat consumption. And at least in Cleveland, Ohio, city officials are getting the message. They passed an HSUS-supported resolution this week urging residents to eat less meat and more plants.
And related to such an effort, today’s New York Times published a letter from HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle about the trend away from the most abusive factory farming practices and toward plant-based eating.
Video of the week: It’s hot out! Why not have a pool pawty?
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Grand jury indictments for slaughterhouse officials! »
A federal grand jury indicted four officials at a California slaughterhouse for allegedly concealing diseased cows by swapping heads of cows with eye cancer with healthy cow heads, cutting off USDA “condemned” insignias, and more. You can see HSUS’s response in this NBC segment.
HSUS won a big victory this week, prevailing in a lawsuit in which we represented rural neighbors of a massive gestation crate confinement facility. Check it out.
This week HSUS also announced our work with South San Francisco to implement a new Meatless Monday policy in the school district.
And in very major news, this week we announced that food giant Nestle is implementing a wide-ranging new animal welfare program aimed at ending the worst factory farming abuses and promoting more meat-free eating. You can read Wayne Pacelle’s comments on it, too.
Finally, the Center for Biological Diversity has a new Labor Day-themed campaign called Extinction-Free BBQ recommending that we leave room on the planet for wild animals by leaving room on our plates for delicious veggie foods.
Video of the week: Need a pick-me-up? Check out Arnold the rescued pig in this new HSUS video!
Animal News You Can Use: Another ag-gag bill bites the dust! »
Good news! This week marked the death of North Carolina’s ag-gag bill, which appears to be the final pending ag-gag bill in the country this year. You can also listen to a radio interview of mine this week on ag-gag and other animal protection topics.
It’s not all good news this week, however: alas, a ballot measure in Missouri aimed at protecting puppy mills and factory farms seems to have squeaked by voters with 50.1 percent of the vote (though the razor-thin margin means that a recount is likely). You can read Wayne Pacelle’s thoughts on it here.
In better news though, Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) is promoting Meatless Monday. You can read about it my op-ed in the San Fernando Valley Sun. And the New York Times ran a compelling interview with the president-elect of the American College of Cardiology about his vegan diet.
Finally, in cool news: Did you know that fish remember events from a year ago?
P.S. Video of the week: Ever seen a cat taking care of a clutch of baby chicks?
Paul Shapiro’s Vegan News You Can Use: Major loss for the meat trade groups »
The meat industry trade groups lost a major battle this week, with a court ruling in favor of mandatory on-package disclosure of where the meat was produced. HSUS was proud to represent the United Farm Workers and others in the case.
A 2014 Consumer Reports exposé revealed that virtually all—97 percent—of chicken breasts in the U.S. harbor potentially harmful fecally-transmitted pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli. And now, well, I’ll let the newGuardian headline speak for itself: “Your chicken is about to get more full of feces.”
A newly published report from Purdue University finds that Americans are more likely to get their news on animal welfare from HSUS than from ag industry groups. It also finds that 14 percent of people report eating less pork because of animal welfare concerns.
Finally, have pets but no kids? You’re not alone. That trend is increasing among Americans, according to a new analysis this week. Have kids but no pets? Might be a good idea to adopt a pet, as a new study reported on by Fox News finds that kids with pets are more likely to avoid eating animals.
P.S. Video of the week: This rescued moon bear loves taking a bath!
P.P.S. Cartoon of the week: Pavlov’s cat…
It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Packing meat and packing heat! »
Well, it’s hard to know where to begin with something as crazy as this, but here you go:
This week Ron Prestage, the president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council—and of Prestage Farms, which HSUS exposed with an undercover investigation—allegedly tried to get inside the US Capitol building with a loaded semiautomatic gun. Who knows what he was planning on doing once inside, but fortunately police arrested him. He spent the night in jail and was arraigned the next day.
One can only speculate about what was—or wasn’t—going through his mind, but perhaps he’s not too pleased about the fact that, according to the Wall Street Journal, meat’s getting more expensive than fruits and veggies.
Or maybe he’s upset that rock legend Steven Tyler of Aerosmith this week slammed gestation crates and urged a ban on them in Massachusetts.
Or maybe he didn’t like Al Sharpton’s MSNBC segment this week with HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle and former HSUS investigator Cody Carlson about how cruel and un-transparent the meat industry is.
Either way, have a good—and safe!—weekend!
P.S. Video of the week: This Doberman really loves this pool slide!
P.P.S. Photo of the week: Pork industry executive Ron Prestage being walked in handcuffs away from the Capitol…
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!
Animal News You Can Use: Happy Fourth of July! »
If you are, like I am, getting ready for a big BBQ today, check out my coworker Sayara Thurston’s good piece on why “Cutting Back on Meat Doesn’t Have to Mean Fewer BBQs.”
And while there are a number of good reasons to enjoy a holiday from meat, the Washington Postreports this week on an important one. In their words, “How much your meat addiction is hurting the planet.”
Do you think ag-gag laws are nuts? Well, so does this meat industry pundit, who writes in his column, “The Insanity of Ag-Gag Laws,” that “The real damage done by ag-gag laws is the sense that animal agriculture has something to hide.” You think?
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Video of the week: Got World Cup fever? So do these turkeys!
P.P.S. Cartoon of the week: How cats end up with nine lives.
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.