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05/24/2013

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

Still happy about the Tennessee governor’s veto of his state’s ag-gag bill? So is the state’s largest paper, which editorialized this week that “On every level, ‘ag gag’ was a failure” and that “the legislation was built upon a lie.”

The new ag-gag battle is in North Carolina, where a bill is pending in the state legislature. You can read the HSUS state director’s op-ed on the issue.

You knew that foie gras production was terrible for the birds. Do you know how the farm workers are treated? Here’s the Financial Times’ coverage of the issue.

Ever wonder about the guy behind most of the attacks on HSUS? The Boston Globe had a major front-page exposé on meat industry frontman Rick Berman (of the so-called “Center for Consumer Freedom”) and his campaign against HSUS. Appropriately, the piece is entitled, “Washington’s robust market for attacks, half-truths.”

And on the polar opposite end of the spectrum, Peter Singer has a great new TED talk on effective altruism that’s worth your time.

P.S. Video of the week:

The most inefficient—and cutest—way a cat has ever drunk water.

02/28/2012

Want a quick laugh? Check out the Center for Consumer Freedom’s anti-HSUS ad, which aired during the Oscars on Sunday. The CCF is the same organization that campaigns against tanning bed legislation, teachers unions, all unions, MADD, ACORN, PETA, and HSUS, among many, many others. Against public policy change? Call Rick Berman! He’ll denigrate anyone for money!

Read more about this nonsense at Mother Jones, or check out Berman Exposed.

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