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05/09/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: How many pork industry leaders does it take to change a lightbulb?  »

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How many pork industry leaders does it take to change a lightbulb? None, since they want to keep consumers in the dark, says my coworker Matt Prescott in a new op-ed published in several papers.

CNN this week published an interesting story asking whether cultured meat will be the meat of the future. That may be the diet of the future, but what was the diet of the past? Well, in the case of ancient Egyptians, new evidence reveals that they enjoyed a primarily vegetarian diet.

If you want a reason to eat like an ancient Egyptian, here are six facts from HSUS about chickens that’ll blow your mind!

Video of the week:

Apparently, porcupines don’t like to share corn with humans.

Photo of the week: Did you know pigs like sticks just like dogs?
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05/02/2014

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

First things first: If you love great food, worthwhile networking, and inspirational people like the dudes from Ester the Wonder Pig, the Taking Action for Animals conference in Washington, DC (June 27-30) is going to be off the hook—and it’s only $75. I hope to see you there!

In other news…

A new analysis shows that over the past 10 years, per capita consumption of red meat and poultry is down nine percent. (We’re eating fewer aquatic animals, too.)

Perhaps part of this has to do with more Americans seeing elite athletes like NFL lineman David Carter touting vegan eating, or congressman like Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Dalif.) issuing press releases about how he and his staff are now celebrating Meatless Mondays. (Here’s the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s commentary on that.)

Former elected officials are also making difference. This new story focuses on the touching reason Bill Clinton eats a plant-based diet.

Finally, do you know people who think that improving farm animal welfare is always in conflict with good business sense? My coworker Josh Balk schools them this week in the pages of the Christian Science Monitor.

Video of the week: Dogs annoying cats…

Photo of the week: I can’t tell if Calvin likes being in the sun or not.

04/25/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Slapping the haters down!  »

I hope you had a great Earth Day! Looking for a way to conserve water? I have a new op-ed in the Baltimore Sun this week suggesting that cutting back on chicken meat is a great place to start.

Speaking of the earth and its destruction, maybe you’ve seen the new movie Noah or at least read from some of its critics that it’s too pro-animal. Matthew Scully slaps these haters down in a new National Review piece.

You already know HSUS is taking the fight to the pork industry in voting booths, legislatures, boardrooms, courtrooms, airwaves, and more. Well, here’s the latest front in this war—our new ad campaign focused on investors.

Finally, in case you’re dying to know what my cats’ names are, here’s a new interview of mine for you…

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: I wish I’d been as chicken-friendly when I was this kid’s age.

04/21/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: the coolest dog in the world!  »

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Often pork comes to mind when people think about federal politicians, but there’s a new legislative caucus in Congress, one that probably wouldn’t mind directing a little more pork toward the poultry industry: The Congressional Chicken Caucus. Colman McCarthy has a great column in the National Catholic Register this week about it.

On the other end of the spectrum, HSUS worked with local lawmakers in Boca Raton to urge citizens to help protect their health and the planet by eating less meat.

Speaking of lawmakers doing the right thing, have you seen the impressive list of them who are participating in US VegWeek? You can join them!

Special props to Upworthy for promoting HSUS’s new, entertaining gestation crate video (yes, it’s really entertaining!), helping to push the video well past a million views.

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: I used to think I’d had the coolest dog on the planet. I now know I was wrong.

P.P.S. Photo of the week: Thanks to the Winnipeg Humane Society for hosting me this week—they have a very poignant gestation crate display.

04/11/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Hope to See You Soon!  »

You likely know about the progress being made for pigs in North America, with numerouscorporate and public policies to phase out gestation crates. Well, today Arcos Dorados’ (McDonald’s in Latin America) issued a new announcement restricting gestation crate use, the first of its kind in South America.

Speaking of other countries, I’m looking forward to being in Winnipeg (Canada, for those of you as geographically challenged as I am…) next week. Here’s The Manitoban’s story about it.

If you live in the U.S. though, you may be getting ready to pay your taxes. Business Week has aninteresting column on the idea of taxing meat.

In that vein, lots of members of Congress and state legislators are pledging to go meat-free for a week as part of the very cool US Veg Week campaign. Check ‘em out and share the link!

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: Could a chicken really outsmart a kid?

P.P.S. I hope to see you at the awesome Taking Action for Animals conference in DC June 27-30!

04/04/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Could you handle this challenge?  »

Do you think *you* could handle our Great Crate Challenge? More than half a million other viewers have already watched our new video to see what it’s all about. Check it out and share!

My alma mater, George Washington Univ., was kind enough to profile me in its alumni magazine. Neil (the dog) makes my ears appear to stick out less compared to his…

Wondering what HSUS is doing for farm animals? Check out this cool new short video. Also, theAssociated Press had a fascinating story about HSUS’s 60-year history this week that’s well worth reading.

Finally, the NY Times published a potent cover story yesterday about the booming demand for meat-free meals and how delicious plant-based meats are now.

Have a rockin’ weekend, friends!

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: Think we’re the only species to play soccer? Ask these turkeys.

03/28/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: Ag-Gag, Meatless Mondays, and a Puppy in a Hoodie!  »

Wondering how the meat industry responded to last month’s HSUS whistleblowing exposé of a Kentucky pig factory that was locking pigs in gestation crates and feeding what NPR called “piglet smoothies” back to their mothers? Perhaps unsurprisingly, rather than fixing the problems, its response was to introduce an ag-gag bill in Kentucky to criminalize taking photos of factory farms. Our action alert calling for a defeat of that bill is here.

Inspired by the progress against gestation crates in Canada? Learn more about it in our latest Huffington Post piece.

Wondering whether students are liking Meatless Mondays in their cafeterias? Check out this great news segment from one school in Long Island.

Care about saving wildlife from extinction? NPR reports on a new campaign from the Center for Biological Diversity suggesting we eat less meat.

No more questions—have a great weekend!

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: I used to do this when I was a kid, too.

P.P.S. Photo of the week: Josh Balk and I taking out an Ultimate Fighter champion…

03/21/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!: How much gov’t pork is on that pizza?  »

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As California’s laying hen protection law comes closer to taking effect this January, states wary of having to improve animal welfare in their own factory farms are suing the Golden State. You can watch a new interview of mine on the topic on CNN Headline News. As well, HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell has a great column about cruelty to farm animals.

In light of the California drought, my coworker Kristie Middleton has a great op-ed this week on the most delicious way to save water. (Hint: it involves eating less meat). Kristie’s solution may save water, but what about saving wildlife from extinction? The Center for Biological Diversity has a new campaign about the best way to prevent wildlife extinctions. (Hint: it also involves eating less meat.)

Ever wonder how much pork—government pork, that is—is on a typical pizza? My new piece inReason offers a deep dish of sobering realities about the meat and dairy industries’ clamor for socialism.

Finally, as the battles over gestation crates for pigs continue, Connecticut is the latest state to consider legislation on the topic.

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: 55 million viewers can’t be wrong…kitten convo!

03/15/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use: calves, Gore, crabs and more!  »

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Want to end your week with some good news? We banned veal crates in Kentucky!

More good news? Major supermarket chain Supervalu announced another step toward eliminating gestation crates from its pork supply chain this week. Could the writing on the wall for this archaic practice be clearer?

Concerned about the California drought? James McWilliams has some advice in The NY Times: try eating less meat. And Mother Jones magazine created this infographic showing how much water it takes to create different types of dairy (and dairy alternative) products. Here’s a teaser: 9 gallons for a glass of soy milk and 90 gallons for one Greek yogurt.

If you’re concerned about the drought, you might also be concerned about climate change. On that topic, in a new interview, former vice president Al Gore commented, “Over a year ago I changed my diet to a vegan diet….In a visceral way, I felt better, so I’ve continued with it and I’m likely to continue it for the rest of my life.”

Perhaps that’ll inspire others to think about their diets as well, which could be good news for crabs and lobsters. The Washington Post reports this week on research indicating that these animals, who we routinely boil alive, do in fact feel pain.

Speaking of causing animals pain, The NY Times editorial board came out in favor of California’s egg laying hen welfare law, which is under assault from numerous states suing to invalidate it. The paper unequivocally asserts that “the court should dismiss the case.”

Lastly, I was honored to be a guest on Our Hen House this week, a fun podcast worth checking out.

Have a great weekend!

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: I have a feeling this isn’t going to work out so well for the squirrel…

03/07/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

First, the good news: Mark your calendars, since yesterday is the first time ever that a nation in the Americas took action against gestation crates. Canada announced it’s moving to end gestation crate use. Pretty cool, eh?

Alas, some worse news: Idaho’s dairy industry succeeded in passing an ag-gag bill in its state that makes it a crime to take a video of farm animal abuse. Think they have something to hide?

Now, some wake-up call news: New research shows that eating a lot of meat and dairy can be as bad for your health as smoking.

And finally, some promising news: Forbes reports that “The Future of Meat Is Meatless, Just As Tasty, And About to Change the World.”

Here’s to that change!

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: Things cats do that’d be creepy if you did them…

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