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

Hear the one about the chicken in the burning house? No, seriously. This hero chicken saved her family from a burning house. Check it out.

A Purdue University survey reported on this week by National Hog Farmer has some very interesting findings about Americans. Two include: HSUS is the #1 most frequented source of information for Americans about animal welfare; and 14% of consumers say they’ve reduced pork consumption (by an average of 56%) over the past three years due to animal welfare concerns they’ve heard about.

Mark Bittman had an important column in the NYT this week arguing that Americans need to treat farm animals better and eat fewer of them. Here’s a recent DC NPR (WAMU) on-air commentary from me on the topic.

Finally, pig giant Smithfield announced this week that it’s continuing its US conversion away from gestation crates, has already converted all of its European operations, and will begin converting its Mexican operations, too.

P.S. Video of the week! Need some belated new year’s resolutions? These cats have some ideas for you!

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