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08/08/2014

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?

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!.

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.

01/31/2014

Support Meatless Mondays in Philly Schools!  »

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I’m into the logo. You like it?

Could the cheesesteak capitol adopt Meatless Monday?! I say YES! I mean, my dad has been doing Meatless Mondays for a few years and he’s as red-meat-and-potatoes as they get. But he also cares about the environment! And he loves the Meatless Monday Unicorn, so he was happy to get on the Meatless Monday train. If he can do it, I’m sure a bunch of cool kids can do it! And everyone knows all kids from Philadelphia are cool. It’s a science fact. 

I got an email from my new pal Lou, one of the people behind the effort, and she provided a little background for us:

The Humane League needs your help in getting the School District of Philadelphia to adopt Meatless Mondays! Many school districts across the country, including Los Angeles Unified School District, Detroit Public Schools, and San Diego Unified School District, already participate in the program. Philadelphia’s school district is the eighth largest in the U.S., so their participation would mean a LOT less meat being served. Unfortunately they keep pushing us off, saying they’re in the middle of contract negotiations, so we’re garnering support from Philadelphia residents, teachers, parents, and students to help get them on board. If you fall into one (or more) of those categories, please visit www.PhillyMeatlessMonday.com to learn more and sign the petition—then help spread the word!

So if you fall into one of the categories mentioned and want to help, all you have to do is go to their homepage and sign the petition! Easier than getting shwasted on the citywide special at Bob and Barbara’s. 

If you need more convincing, here’s a little vid about it too:

01/24/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

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It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!

What does the most populous bird on the planet have in common with the extinct dodo bird? Check out my latest piece.

I was also honored to be a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (DC NPR station) this week discussing the treatment of farm animals. Nothing I said on there compares, though, to Jon Stewart’s incredible demolition of the pork industry on The Daily Show.

Perhaps it’s coverage like this that’s leading so many people to cut back on meat consumption. In fact, BBC News has a great piece this week entitled, “The rise of the part-time vegans.”

In the same vein, the San Diego Union Tribune has a major feature on the success of the school district’s Meatless Monday program. And speaking of Meatless Monday, teen celeb Laura Marano is the latest to join HSUS’s campaign!

Paul Shapiro
Vice President, Farm Animal Protection
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. Video of the week: It’s not only pigs who love mud—check this pit bull out!

11/25/2013

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!

After a massive on-the-ground campaign throughout New Jersey to override Governor Christie’s veto of our gestation crate bill, animal advocates flooded the statehouse this past Monday in anticipation of the state senate’s vote. While Monday was disappointingly not the pigs’ day, the vote will come up again next month, so stay tuned!

We did win an important vote this week on gestation crates, with shareholders of Cracker Barrel overwhelmingly voting to support the company moving away from using gestation crate-derived pork.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the executive director of the prestigious Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production said this week that “They finally got the attention of the industry because everywhere they went up against the industry, the Humane Society won.”

HSUS this week joined with environmental and community groups in announcing plans to sue a breeding pig factory over manure spills in Iowa. And speaking of gestation crates, check out NBC’s national coverage of Mercy For Animals’ new undercover investigation at a Tyson Foods-contracted gestation crate facility.

Finally, worried about how to feed a growing human population? Try eating less meat, says Fox News this week. And the Norwegians seem to be getting the message. The Norwegian army takes on a battle against climate change by implementing Meatless Monday. A military spokesperson states that “It’s about being more concerned for our climate, more ecologically friendly and also healthier.”

Video of the week: This might be one of the most unlikely friendships I’ve ever seen. Remarkable!

10/11/2013

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!

After working with HSUS, the Buffalo, New York public school district is the latest to announce that it’s now going entirely meat-free on Mondays! Buffalo joins Los Angeles, Detroit, and several other major school districts in serving its students more plant-based foods. In that vein, Fox News—yes, Fox News—ran a story yesterday entitled, “5 Reasons to Try a Vegetarian Diet.”

The Asbury Park Press became the seventh New Jersey newspaper to editorialize in favor of overriding the veto of our gestation crate ban bill.

Finally, promising news from down under: major Australian grocer Woolworths is ending all sales of eggs from caged hens.

Video of the week: Not a cute animal video this time, but an amazing 1935 Popeye original about preventing cruelty to animals, with an ending that’s a must-see!

Photo of the week: Found these two federally furloughed starving NASA engineers. Gave them food in exchange for coming to New Jersey to help ban gestation crates!

10/04/2013

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

It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!

I was honored to be on CNN Headline News with the always-great Jane Velez-Mitchell this past week, discussing the need to kill the King amendment pending in the Congress.

A meat industry official seriously compared gestation crate confinement to keeping her kid in a car seat during a commute. My response is on Common Dreams.

You may have heard of our battle to ban gestation crates in New Jersey. Numerous papers in the state have come out to call for an override of the governor’s veto of the bill. For example, the Press of Atlantic City just editorialized: “In the end, the issue is not a political one or even an economic one; it is simply about right and wrong.”

Speaking of right and wrong, this past week one of Canada’s largest chicken slaughterers was convicted of criminal animal cruelty.

Finally, one of my awesome Canadian coworkers flexed some serious Meatless Monday muscle in the Toronto Star—check it out!

P.S. Video of the week: Dog and piglet team up to dig hole!

08/19/2013

OMU, is that who I think it is?! And still meatless, after all this time. 
As usual, the MMU is available via flickr to send to your forgetful Meatless Monday-practicing friends. 

OMU, is that who I think it is?! And still meatless, after all this time. 

As usual, the MMU is available via flickr to send to your forgetful Meatless Monday-practicing friends. 

07/26/2013

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

It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!

Remember HSUS’ investigation at a Wyoming pig factory supplying meat giant Tyson Foods that led to numerous criminal cruelty convictions? This week there was yet another conviction stemming from that case.

A pregnant coworker of mine has a good op-ed this week on the plight of pregnant pigs in gestation crates.

LiveNation (which owns Ticketmaster and dozens of the nation’s largest concert venues) announced this week that it’s partnering with HSUS to increase vegetarian options and mandate higher animal welfare standards for its supply chain.

Want to be a powerful man? Learn from these folks and maybe one day you’ll be on Business Insider’s list of “Nine Powerful Men Who Don’t Eat Meat”!

In that (unclogged) vein, wouldn’t it be cool if doctors prescribed fruits and veggies rather than drugs? Well,some are!

Te gusta el lunes sin carne? Then check out Meatless Monday Mexico!

P.S. Video of the week: A very smart raccoon innovates by walking upright!

P.P.S. What have you done to get Steve King’s anti-animal amendment out of the farm bill? Take action now!

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