Some of the most disturbing undercover work I’ve ever seen, taken from a new UK undercover investigation carried out by Animal Equality. The Mirror has solid coverage accompanied by some shocking photos. According to Animal Equality, the East Anglian Pig Company is the UK’s largest supermarket pork supplier. Yet another round of proof that egregious cruelty and sadism is the rule, not the exception, in factory farming. (Thanks, Paul.) Link.
Shoot me now. Alexandra Le Tellier, a reporter with a self-described “strong sense of news judgment,” quotes universally acknowledged buffoon Nina Planck as if Planck has any credibility or credentials when it comes to speaking about nutrition. That makes this Planck’s second vegan-bashing appearance in a major news outlet this week (I wrote about the first one here.)
Here are Planck’s latest words of wisdom:
We have extraordinary needs for nutrients not found in plants.
We absolutely need B-12, which isn’t found in plants—but that’s cheaply delivered by a vegan supplement. And Planck’s “extraordinary needs” claim is a bunch of bullshit. Once again, Planck shows she has no interest in being honest, informed, or accurate. Planck continues:
You may choose to be a vegan. Your baby doesn’t have that luxury. Let her grow up omnivorous and healthy.
Yeah, we wouldn’t want to see children suffering like this.
I’ve yet to see Planck, one of the most prominent advocates of raw milk, comment on this week’s recall—probably since she’s too busy making up fresh nonsense about vegans. One of these victims was a thirteen year old girl, who is now in critical condition. (Via Hawthorne.) Link.
Compassion Over Killing’s annual weeklong event is happening April 23-29th. There are tons of great events being held across the United States. And thirty public officials and influential people have resolved to go meatless for the week. If you’re an omnivore wanting to give meatless eating a one-week test drive, sign up here.
The beef industry’s run of bad news isn’t letting up. By every measure, the sector is in decline. Link.
Another reminder of how thoroughly bought off Congress is by agribusiness interests. From the letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack:
in the current environment of rampant and intentional mischaracterization and misinformation, it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure that consumers are able to make choices that are based on the facts, rather than emotion and hysteria.
Whenever words like “emotion” and “hysteria” are used in this context, it’s to defend an agriculture practice that isn’t defensible. The outcry over pink slime never had nothing to do with emotion or hysteria, and it had everything to do with the facts. Once consumers discovered how pink slime was produced, they decided they wanted no part of eating it. (Via Simon.) Link.
Registered Dietitian Debra Ridesel tweets:
During dietetic internship we lunched at IowaBeefAssoc, vegan interns were ordered 2eat beef by our instructor!
Some of the stupidest people I’ve ever met with science degrees are Registered Dietitians. The entire profession is filled with sheep, and much of the field is hopelessly tainted by agribusiness influence and dollars.
All of which makes me respect RD’s like Ginny Messina and Jack Norris all the more. The contributions they make to the vegan community require them to witness a level of incompetence and corruption within their field that would kill most mortals. (Via Bellatti.) Link.
David Sztybel writes possibly the best critique of Gary Francione’s work I’ve yet seen. It’s a thoughtful and well-crafted argument that doesn’t lend itself well to excerpting, so go and read the whole thing.
My take on Francione is that he came up with a persuasive, reasonable sounding, but utterly wrong position a couple decades ago—and has clung to it ever more rigidly despite a growing mass of evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately, Francione’s ideas remain incredibly persuasive to newcomers to the movement. And advocating for animals as a Francione-style abolitionist is like fighting with one hand tied behind your back.
It kills me that several years back, Bob and Jenna Torres gave Francione all sorts of fawning coverage on their then-popular podcast. Thanks to them, a new crop of vegans bought into Francione’s line of bullshit, and much of the potential these vegans had as animal advocates went down the drain. (Thanks, Alistair.) Link.