A really solid piece. It was obviously harder for Ellen to make the switch than it was for most of us. And, as always, she articulates her thoughts about going vegan in a way that maximizes mainstream appeal. Link.
A California egg farmer has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the voter-approved ballot initiative requiring farmers to house their animals in larger quarters.
More proof that animal agribusiness is largely run by assholes. Link.
The Associated Press:
The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift Wednesday when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.
Humane Society chief Wayne Pacelle:
Burger King Corp. has demonstrated when it comes to America’s largest fast food chains, it continues to set the standard.
That standard keeps getting raised. Within the fast food sector, McDonald’s has just lost the lead the in terms of its commitment to animal welfare; how will the company respond?
Link to HSUS press release.
Link to Associated Press coverage.
Earlier this month I blogged about Pizza Hut’s launch of hot dog stuffed pizza crust in the UK. And now the chain has released a comparably nauseating item in the Middle East: a repellent “crown crust pizza” made with either hamburgers or chicken. The commercials (here and here), featuring a patron practically begging the waiter to spit in his table’s food, must be seen to be believed. Link.
Every time I’m on social media, I am reminded of a growing trend that worries me — let’s call it dietary tribalism. I use this term to refer to the many fractured groups with conflicting dietary views who, for the most part, don’t realize just how much they have in common.
Vegan for Life coauthor Jack Norris’ new one-hour talk, “Vegan Nutrition: What Does the Science Say?” is now on YouTube.
Many vegans are completely blowing it when it comes to covering their nutritional bases. If you haven’t read Jack’s book, if you can’t remember taking your last B-12 supplement, or if you have no idea where you’re getting your iron, calcium, or zinc you will benefit immensely from watching this talk. Make time for it. Link.
Already reeling from the pink slime debacle, another potential disaster has just struck America’s beef industry:
The animal was found at a rendering facility, Clifford said. Its meat did not enter the food chain and the carcass will be destroyed.
Nothing to worry about, ladies and gentlemen—please move along. Nothing at all to see here. Link.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
In one of the largest transoceanic cattle drives in history, as many as 100,000 heifers from Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand will board multistory cattle-carrying ships this year—bound for China.
Terrifying. The worst possible move for an overpopulated and aging country with declining water resources. I can’t imagine a more effective way to increase the chances of civil unrest a decade from now. (Via Simon.) Link.
A great article, and Ginny nails its conclusion.
If Planck had a shred of integrity, she’d have to publicly respond. No chance of that ever happening. Link.