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07/04/2014

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.

06/27/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Big week, and now a big weekend!  »

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What a week!

CNN did a major feature on Compassion Over Killing’s new undercover investigation at a broiler chicken factory in North Carolina. You can watch CNN’s piece here — highly recommend.

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.

06/20/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: look who got $10 million to help animals!  »

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Modern Meadow, the start-up company producing cultured meat and leather (without killing animals, or as I call it: in meatro) just raised $10 million to expand its life-saving work.

Speaking of fortunes, my coworker Josh Balk has a great Fortune magazine column this week about how the pork industry’s antics opposing animal welfare reforms are anti-free market.

In other news, did you know there’s a World Meat Congress? Well, they’re not too happy with our work passing laws to improve the treatment of farm animals. There’s a lot of corporate policy progress on farm animal protection issues too, and I was glad to be on Al Jazeera this week discussing it (minutes9:00–19:00).

Not to be outdone, CNN has a new video this week with Dr. Sanjay Gupta entitled, “Eat Less Meat,” in which he argues that meat is one “of the biggest risk factors for early death.” Perhaps people will take his advice, especially in light of sky-high meat prices right now.

You know what price isn’t sky-high, though? The price of Taking Action for Animals, the awesome conference in DC June 27-30—it’s only $75. Hope to see you 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: The bravest pigeon you’ve ever seen.

06/13/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Meat-free butchers?  »

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I’m glad to have an op-ed in Kentucky’s largest paper today about the pork industry’s sordid track record on animal cruelty.

There’s some promising news, however: Agribusiness giant Cargill put the writing on the wall quite clearly this week: Gestation crates have no future in the pork industry. The company is moving to group sow housing in its own operations by next year and will require its contractors to do the same by 2017.

And in some other promising news, butcher shops seem to be the latest companies getting on the meat-free trend. One in Connecticut is now praising Meatless Monday and closing in its honor, while one in Toronto is actually entirely meat-free. Yep, a vegetarian butcher shop.

P.S. Video of the week: Kitten jam!

P.P.S. I hope to see you at Taking Action for Animals in D.C at the end of this month; it’s going to rock!.

06/06/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: quit meat, save dough!  »

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Did you know that the last time meat prices were this high, Reagan was in office? That’s one reason I write in a New York Daily News op-ed that if you want to save money, giving farm animals a bit of a break will also give our wallets a break, too. Amusingly, the paper named the op-ed, “Quit Meat, Save Dough.”

Speaking of money, a major battery egg producer was fined $6.8 million this week after admitting to bribing USDA officials to approve potentially rotten eggs.

And egg-laying chickens are on the political map in Massachusetts, where we’re waging a major campaign to ban battery cages, veal crates, and gestation crates. Here’s the latest coverage.

Want to learn more about these kinds of animal protection campaigns while networking with tons of other like-minded animal advocates and eating off-the-hook vegan food? Come to the Taking Action for Animals conference in DC June 27-30!!!

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: Just a cat playing with a pig. No big deal.

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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05/02/2014

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

First things first: If you love great food, worthwhile networking, and inspirational people like the dudes from Ester the Wonder Pig, the Taking Action for Animals conference in Washington, DC (June 27-30) is going to be off the hook—and it’s only $75. I hope to see you there!

In other news…

A new analysis shows that over the past 10 years, per capita consumption of red meat and poultry is down nine percent. (We’re eating fewer aquatic animals, too.)

Perhaps part of this has to do with more Americans seeing elite athletes like NFL lineman David Carter touting vegan eating, or congressman like Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Dalif.) issuing press releases about how he and his staff are now celebrating Meatless Mondays. (Here’s the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s commentary on that.)

Former elected officials are also making difference. This new story focuses on the touching reason Bill Clinton eats a plant-based diet.

Finally, do you know people who think that improving farm animal welfare is always in conflict with good business sense? My coworker Josh Balk schools them this week in the pages of the Christian Science Monitor.

Video of the week: Dogs annoying cats…

Photo of the week: I can’t tell if Calvin likes being in the sun or not.

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