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Want to read a great AP story about the proponents of anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” bills getting part of their bodies (I’ll let you be the judge) handed to them at a legislative hearing in Nebraska yesterday? Also, the ag-friendly Bakersfield Californian editorial board slammed the supporters of a similar California bill this week, saying how they’re “amazed by the audacity of the cattle industry.”

Good week in statehouses for farm animals, with a New Jersey ag committee passing a bill to ban gestation crates and a Colorado committee doing the same on a bill to ban dairy cow tail-docking. We’ll continue working hard to further advance these bills.

There’s a fascinating story out today about a meat industry front man who admits he created a fake Facebook profile posing as an animal activist in order to criticize HSUS and encourage other animal activists to do the same.

After extensive dialogue with HSUS, Bob Evans is the latest food giant to announce it wants to phase out gestation crates. And the National Pork Board did a survey with promising results about the changing attitudes of pork producers to the gestation crate issue.

Think you’re the only one who finds promise in plant-based products? These billionaires are with you.

Finally, students! If you want “Skinny Bitch” Rory Freedman, VegNews editorial director Elizabeth Castoria, and HSUS’s Kristie Middleton to read your essay, enter HSUS’s Meatless Monday essay contest now!

Video of the week: Justin Timberlake on SNL singing about vegan eating. Words can’t describe how great it is.

Photo of the week: My cats enjoying their catio!


Justin Timberlake on SNL is a dancing block of tofu promoting veganism?! It’s CRAZY because veganism isn’t the complete butt of the joke—we’re just PART of the butt of the joke! PROGRESS.

It’s nuts to see vegans portrayed as not total assholes on network TV — are we in the twilight zone? Is there a gremlin on the wing of the plane? What is happening?! And the fact that the sketch ended on a positive note about veganism—I don’t know; that was very dope. I’m not super sure how hilarious it was—was it hilarious??—but it was pretty fucking awesome for the animals. BRING IT DOWN TO VEGANVILLE.

(Sarah E. Brown—there’s even a spirulina reference!!)

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