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It’s Paul Shapiro's Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!
It was a roller coaster of a week, with the biggest news being that the House farm bill—which contained no animal welfare improvements but did contain Iowa Rep. Steve King’s anti-animal provision—was killed yesterday!
(Regrettably, the meat industry lobby prevented a House vote on federal legislation to help egg-laying hens. The fight continues.)
In related news, want to read a great Mother Jones story? The title says it all: “You Won’t Believe What Pork Producers Do to Pregnant Pigs.”
The New York Times editorial board this week slammed the animal ag sector, calling it an “industry that thrives on ignorance.”
And finally, check out this article: “Study suggests chickens are smarter than toddlers.”
P.S. Video of the week: Stephen Colbert’s take last night on the farm bill dispute between Rep. Steve King and HSUS. It’s truly amazing.
P.P.S. 140 years ago this week, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting. Oh, how societal norms change …
Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! »
It’s that time again, The Humane Society of the United States’ Paul Shapiro brings on the funk with all the animal news you need and more for the week! Get ready to fall in love with with Paul and Stephen Colbert, two animal-loving DREAM BOATS!
Break out the box of tissues…Meat giant Tyson Foods is reporting poor sales due to “very difficult market conditions” resulting from decreased demand for meat.
There’s a new Pork mag editorial on HSUS’s campaign against gestation crate confinement in which they call HSUS “the mastermind behind this and many other challenges against animal agriculture.” They further note that “HSUS [is] methodically chipping away at an animal production sector, and it has the manpower and money to wait it out.” (Pork mag also has an article on a new online HSUS campaign.)
Finally, HSUS has been helping many schools and hospitals implement Meatless Monday programs, including Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon, which The Oregonian reported on this week. And BTW, did you know the founder of “Meatopia” (I’d never even heard of it!) is now backing Meatless Monday? See his TIME piece on it. Crazy.
Video of the week: This week’s video is seriously so funny I literally cried while watching it. It’s Colbert’s segment on the dispute between HSUS and Iowa Rep. Steve King over his pro-cruelty stances. It’ll make your day—guaranteed.
Last week, Meave asked, “Is Iowa Rep. Steve King the worst person in Congress?”. This week, Stephen Colbert rips Steve King a new one re: his defense of dog fighting. COINCIDENCE? Probably yes, but still. I guess all Steve King is saying is that we shouldn’t judge him for having impregnated that dog and then taken it across the border for a forced abortion to protect the world from his monstrous glassy-eyed man-puppies, right??? Right.
Bear Awareness Week: Tell Stephen Colbert to leave bears alone! »
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Bears rule! As
self-appointed official senior bear correspondent, it’s my duty to let y’all know about Bear Awareness Week (different from Bear Week). We kick off the week with the ColBEAR Campaign, aimed at stopping Stephen Colbert’s war on bears. Dude’s obsession with bears is all too evident on ThreatDown. He must be trying to keep the fact that he was raised by bears on the DL. Haters gonna hate, but jeez, Stephen, bears face poaching and loss of habitat. If that were happening to me, I’d be a godless killing machine, too. OH WAIT, I ALREADY AM.
Because bears are far more rad than scary, crotchety garden gnome/board of Defenders of Wildlife member Ed Asner (of the Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Cloris Leachman (also of Mary and then of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m sorry I knew that without looking it up) are the faces of this campaign:
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Go sign the petition asking Mr. Colbert to designate May 19 as “Better Know a Bear Day” to make up for his hilarious transgressions. Then donate $30 to send Stephen a plush teddy bear, ideally culminating in thousands of them landing on his doorstep at the same time. That won’t be creepy at all.
Japan suspends whale-hunting, Colbert weighs in! »
That’s right! The awesome powers of Sea Shepherd have totally freaked out the Japanese government and they have suspended this year’s whale hunt. Goddamn that’s awesome! See? Sometimes super great things happen! The suspension is only temporary but still, it rules.
Here’s the Colbert clip (plus some):
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OMJesus I’m so excited! I love the whales! I love Sea Shepherd! Let’s celebrate! I feel like we need some Sea Shepherd fan-art. Anybody?!
OH DAAAAAYYYAAAAAAM. Cat Fancy (My fave! I’m Cathy!) was slated to head out to pasture (the most ADORABLE pasture), like so many fine publications (Sassy RIP, uh I can’t think of any others) until Stephen Colbert (a longtime fan of the publication) showed up to save the day.* That is correct, Stephen Colbert bought Cat Fancy. We are doing a dance around Vegansaurus HQ today because we love both cats and Colbert and if you don’t, you are totally fucking nuts!
Pawesome has the scoop.
*There were THREE parenthesis in that ONE sentence. Bow down, losers/pray for the end of grammar/civilization.
Liquid Sanctimony, blatant hypocrisy, fur in fashion, bunny photos AND MORE in this week’s link-o-rama! »
Videogum does it again! Beloved pundit Stephen Colbert reads Cat Fancy magazine at the Olympic games, where he is a member of the U.S. speed skating coaching squad. We have no events for you this weekend—but there is a contest! So go enter it, and read some articles, maybe watch a couple videos, and enjoy your weekend. Vegansaurus loves (to argue with) you!
You know what you want? A bunny calendar, starring Bells, Nuage, and dearly departed Fats of Potentially Nervous! And you can win a page of that calendar (read: a quality bunny photo) by entering the PN guess-a-number sweepstakes by Monday night, Feb. 22! GO NOW BUNNIES.
More pretty photos, these from the BirdGuides 2009 Photo of the Year competition. Seriously, check out this puffin, it’s coming to getcha!
Aw, Kate Beaton did a comic about Vegansaurus’ hometown’s namesake, Saint Francis. He loved animals! Especially birds!
An Italian food writer gets fired because he gives a recipe for cat casserole, which he says is “better than chicken, rabbit or pigeon. Viewers totally freaked, to which I say, fuck you: chickens, rabbits and pigeons are people’s sweet pets too, and deserve the same respect not to be eaten. A million ways to serve bunny, but don’t talk about MITTENS LIKE THAT! Jerkbag hypocrites 4ever.
Hey, it’s a fucking fursplosion at Fashion Week! People wonder why fur is “still” an issue; maybe because designers are still using it? And it’s still revolting and entirely unnecessary? I don’t care if that coat was your great-great-grandmother’s treasured possession and a family heirloom, or if you love status symbols and it represents your triumph over economic adversity, or what: if you’re wearing fur, you’re an asshole.
Did you know that Wal-Mart is the largest grocery chain in the U.S.? True! It owns 30 percent of the food retail market. And thanks to the massive efforts of the Humane Society, our nation’s biggest grocery store will now be selling "cage-free" eggs under its Wal-Mart label. Way to go, HSUS!
A recipe for Liquid Sanctimony, which has nearly 30 ingredients. Said to be excellent for detoxing from “a hardcore tater tots/cigarettes/peanut M&Ms habit.”
The New York Times' Lens blog features videojournalist Brent McDonald, author of "The Danger of Livestock Waste"—you know, that vide/article you emailed to everyone you’d ever met who still eats animal products.
OK sit down, and prepare yourself for the brilliant logic that is about to smack you in the face, direct from Smart Money: “I couldn’t even watch a YouTube video of a chicken slaughter. Does this mean I shouldn’t eat meat? Perhaps. But Nathaniel Lewis, who hosts workshops on his Washington farm, says not to worry: Most of us couldn’t bring ourselves to perform heart surgery, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.” GENIUS.
Or what about this, from an NYT op-ed: instead of making factory-farmed animals’ lives less shitty, let’s genetically engineer them to be unable to feel pain! They’ll still be aware of danger and so understand terror and threat of death, but when they’re abused, it won’t hurt so much. Guilt: eradicated! I can’t wait till we do this with people!!
Green Is the New Red blog has some questions about the “systemic disparities” in the application of the “terrorist” label.
If you can stand the piss-poor sound, check out this video interview with David “foot-in-mouth disease” Chang in which he opines on the costs of meat.
In LA and DC, groups are helping veterans adopt shelter dogs! Apparently having a dog can seriously mitigate the effects of PTSD.
Scientific American says that dogs can also teach people how to play fair. “[W]hen we study dogs, wolves and coyotes, we discover behaviors that hint at the roots of human morality.”
You guys, I am moving to Portland to work in a factory. For Bob’s Red Mill, specifically; Bob is transitioning to an employee stock-ownership program, meaning the workers will own the company. As though there weren’t a million reasons to love Bob’s Red Mill already.
This’d be a wacky story about a zebra stopping traffic on an Atlanta freeway, except that the poor zebra was running away from the fucking circus. We’re sorry you were returned to those animal-torturing psychos, zebra.
After its “Animal Minds” episode last month, Radiolab’s had three follow-up shorts that you should definitely check out. The most recent features a video (on the radio? what? science!) about a chimpanzee called Lucy.
Je vous présente à Antoine Goetschel, Swiss animal lawyer, and yet another reason why Europe wins.