Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! »
It’s that time again, The Humane Society of the United States’ Paul Shapiro brings on the funk with all the animal news you need and more for the week! Get ready to fall in love with with Paul and Stephen Colbert, two animal-loving DREAM BOATS!
Break out the box of tissues…Meat giant Tyson Foods is reporting poor sales due to “very difficult market conditions” resulting from decreased demand for meat.
There’s a new Pork mag editorial on HSUS’s campaign against gestation crate confinement in which they call HSUS “the mastermind behind this and many other challenges against animal agriculture.” They further note that “HSUS [is] methodically chipping away at an animal production sector, and it has the manpower and money to wait it out.” (Pork mag also has an article on a new online HSUS campaign.)
Finally, HSUS has been helping many schools and hospitals implement Meatless Monday programs, including Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon, which The Oregonian reported on this week. And BTW, did you know the founder of “Meatopia” (I’d never even heard of it!) is now backing Meatless Monday? See his TIME piece on it. Crazy.
Video of the week: This week’s video is seriously so funny I literally cried while watching it. It’s Colbert’s segment on the dispute between HSUS and Iowa Rep. Steve King over his pro-cruelty stances. It’ll make your day—guaranteed.
Sharecropping is alive and well in chicken country »
Monica Potts has a terrific piece in the American Prospect about Tyson’s exploitation of immigrant farm workers. It’s powerful and informative, and everyone should take 10 minutes* to read it, and then pass it around.
The article highlights yet another great argument for veganism: the VAST majority of chickens are raised this way and the extremely small percentage that aren’t are crazy expensive, highly inaccessible, and still involve fucked-up murder. Tyson is a deplorable company and in so many ways, it never hurts to remind people that they don’t give a shit about anyone, animal or human. A must-read.
And when you’re done with that, perhaps you’d like to read something that doesn’t make you want to fly to Arkansas and start busting lips. How about Donald’s story? He’s a rooster at Harvest Home Sanctuary! Please marvel at his cuteness and know that as a vegan, you can look at him in peace. I lifted that quote from some famous dead person (maybe Tolstoy?) but he’s long gone, so he’s probably okay with it. Anyway, I’m off to adopt a million chickens and move to a farm and never see or talk to another person again as long as I live. Except you, you’re great!
*or, OK, 20 minutes BACK OFF I READ SLOW BECAUSE WORDS MEAN MORE TO ME!