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Concerned about world hunger? So is Oxfam. That’s why the charity is urging meat reduction in a new piece on CNN. Oxfam points out that “the reality is that it takes massive amounts of land, water, fertilizer, oil and other resources to produce meat, significantly more than it requires to grow other nutritious and delicious kinds of food.”
Wouldn’t it be awesome if the US weren’t lagging behind the EU on laying hen protection? Well, now we’re lagging behind Israel too, as the country is now banning the barren battery cage, a move celebrated by Anonymous for Animal Rights (a campaigning group in the holy land).
Remember the crazy quote from the pork industry last week about gestation crates? Well, an industry researcher actually had a relatively progressive column in Feedstuffs this week. She writes about standard practices like gestation crates and un-anesthetized castration: “For anyone, much less an expert in animal well-being, to defend or appear unmoved by such practices must seem at worst, disgraceful, and at best, evidence of the claims that ‘factory farming’ leads to cognitive dissonance and indifference to animals.”
Looking for a bank? Well, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that it would no longer do business with Bank of America since BoA has a partnership with HSUS (arguing we’re an “extreme animal rights group”…).
Video of the week: Cat trains human on how to walk on leash…
Hey everybody, I’m about to show you a super-sad video! However, it’s early and I don’t actually enjoy depressing everyone first thing in the morning, so before we get to the upsetting video, let’s watch the adorable harp seal in the video above! I’ll wait.
Jesus Christmas, so cute! Right? So cute.
Now that I’ve lifted your spirits a bit, time to get real. You know I try to keep you updated on vegan and animal-related advertising so here’s the latest: a Peta commercial about the Canadian seal hunt garnered second place for video advertising in July 2010 over at Ads of the World, a super-popular ad blog. It was second to the Old Spice guy video—that’s pretty high praise! People are bonkers for that Old Spice ad.
The Peta commercial is part of their “Explore Elsewhere” campaign, a rebuttal to the Canadian Tourism Commission’s “Come Explore Canada” campaign. I think “Explore Elsewhere” is a pretty funny tag but I’m not exactly sure why Ads of the World likes the video so much. It’s a pretty standard video by Peta. It’s not bad, it’s just nothing new. I think maybe the reason the ad blog likes the commercial is because Peta used Canada’s national anthem as the soundtrack. That’s a pretty big diss! I’m into it.
This ad is also important now because the European Union’s general court just put a suspension on the legislation that would ban the sale of seal products in Europe that passed last year. The suspension came about because an Inuit group is claiming that the ban will hurt the market for them, even though it does not include products from their seal hunt. I think that’s an unreasonable argument; I know I’m not an economist but I don’t think that argument is reason enough to maintain an entire industry that’s nothing short of despicable.
Luckily! The badasses of the EU decided to go along with the ban anyway! Yee-ha, cowboys! Still, any group that already filed court actions appealing the ban aren’t yet included in it. LAME. Oh, I have a question: who in Europe was buying all these seal products? People are saying the ban will be a huge blow to the seal-product market—that means there are a bunch of mofos in Europe that have been buying the hell out of seal products. Who are these freaks?
OK, without further ado, let’s watch the Peta commercial. Wait, there’s some ado left: WARNING! THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC, WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK! Seriously, I won’t be mad if you can’t watch it, it’s very upsetting. If you think you can stomach it, here it is:
[can’t see the video? watch it on vegansaurus.com]
Jeez louise, I’m about to cry! But I have work to do today! Let’s all go listen to Cee-lo Green’s latest, greatest song and try to pull it together.