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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…

02/28/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

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Chipotle announced fantastic news this week, stating that its popular Sofritas option will be going nationwide. CEO Steve Ells commented, “Many of our customers, we’ve realized, are vegetarian or vegan, or generally meat-reducers or concerned about their diet and questioning about how the animals are raised and how much meat they should be eating.”

The ag-gag battles continued this week, with the Idaho legislature sending a dairy industry-backed bill to the governor that, if signed, would make it a crime to take a video of animal abuse on a factory farm.  Some Idaho newspapers are editorializing against the bill and even yogurt brand Chobani is urging a veto. The governor’s office indicates that it’s received well over 11,000 phone calls in opposition, and very few in support. You can take action here.

In Arizona, the PR battle on ag-gag continued, with op-eds and more.

Finally, wondering why vegetarians live longer? TIME offers seven reasons this week.

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: Goats just wanna have fun…

P.P.S. Photo of the week: New HSUS ads in action!

02/21/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal New You Can Use  »

Yesterday, the New York Times ran this column by Nicholas Kristof entitled, “Is That Sausage Worth This?”, which kicked off by pointing out that, “Modern factory farms have so much wrong with them, but a starting point is the practice of turning pigs into cannibals”

The article marked the release of HSUS’s latest undercover investigation, this time at a Kentucky gestation crate confinement facility aptly named Iron Maiden Hog Farms. And the practices there do seem more out of the dark ages when iron maidens were used as torture devices than they do from the 21st century.

In addition to confining pigs in gestation crates, this facility, and apparently many others throughout the pork industry, was caught feeding baby pigs’ ground-up intestines back to their mothers; in some cases piglets’ diarrhea is fed directly to their mothers. That’s why NPR entitled its coverage of the investigation, “Piglet Smoothie Fed to Sows.”

As well, the fight over Prop 2’s upcoming implementation in California continues. The LA Times editorialized on the issue this week, slamming Missouri’s attorney general for trying to invalidate California’s law.

Onward and upward…

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: BBC puts them to the test—who’s smarter: kids or pigs?

02/14/2014

Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

It was a big week on the ag-gag front, with anti-whistleblower bills being heard in Arizona and Idaho. Arizona’s largest paper slammed the state’s pending ag-gag bill, and there’s been much coverage of the issue in Idaho too, including HSUS’s TV commercials showing Idahoans what the state’s dairy industry is trying to cover up with this bill.

California’s landmark Prop 2 is set to take effect in 11 months, but egg producers have done little to start converting to come into compliance. You can read more about this at our new site, www.CageFreeCalifornia.com.

Food Lion and other major chains owned by grocery giant Delhaize announced this week that they’ll be ending gestation crate use in their pork supply chains.

I’m honored to be singled out by the Animal Agriculture Alliance this week as someone who they need to combat. In another piece by the same author, she noted, “The gestation crate issue [is] just one example of the tenacity of animal rights activists. They are, excuse the pun, like a dog with a bone.”

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: Swans feeding their fish friends. Who says animals aren’t altruistic?

P.P.S. Photo  of the week: Calvin’s like, “Dude, a little privacy?”

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