News of Note

i Mar 19th by

The Human Cost of Animal Suffering
If we want a not-too-damaged planet to live on, and we want to live here in a way that’s also not too damaged, we’re better off eating less meat. But if we also want a not-too-damaged psyche, we have to look at how we treat animals and begin to change it…once we accept that farm animals are capable of suffering (80 percent of Americans believe this to be true), we might well wonder what they’ve done to deserve such punishment.

Working Undercover in a Slaughterhouse: an interview with Timothy Pachirat
Timothy Pachirat, Assistant Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research and the author of Every Twelve Seconds, is not the first to see industrialized violence and political analogues in the slaughterhouse. But rather than write an exposé, he took a job at one to see how it works from the perspective of those who work there. I interviewed him about his experiences on the kill floor.


Week in Vegan
Iowa has really done it this time! Gov. Terry Branstad actually signed an ag-gag bill into law. Way to go, jerk! The law is a little different than the team ag-gag was hoping. Animal rights organizations can distribute undercover videos, but actually lying to get a job on a factory farm in order to film farm conditions will be a crime. It’s great to see them taking an ethical stand! Forget grinding up live chicks and violently castrating screaming piglets: Iowa hates liars. Maybe people shouldn’t have to lie in order to film factory farms, eh? Open the factory doors!


When Extreme Animal Rights Activists Attack
Lawmakers, researchers, and peaceful activists all say they deplore violence committed in the name of animal rights. But laws that may label some protesters as “domestic terrorists” are upsetting activists.


The animal rights ‘lone wolf’ feared by the ferry firms
A campaign which led ferry companies to stop importing animals for medical research was masterminded by a single animal rights militant backed by just a handful of supporters.  Luke Steele managed to force ferry companies to stop carrying live animals destined for science laboratories simply by encouraging a small number of fellow activists to inundate the firms’ directors with emails and letters.


Turkey’s first animal rights party formed
Turkey’s first animal rights political party, the Animal Party, was established this week in an effort to bring the issue of the protection of animal’s rights and welfare to the political table.  Speaking in an interview with the online news site Bianet last week, party member Neslihan Demir said the aim of the party was not just to promote love for animals but to remind those who view the world solely in terms of humans that we live together with animals and that they have rights, too.


Black People Are Vegan, Too!
For the past 10 years, Bryant Terry has been a vocal part of a food justice movement whose goal is to fight for better access to quality and sustainable foods in communities of color and low-income communities. Whether he is giving lectures, teaching cooking classes or writing books, Terry is trying to better our health, one recipe at a time.


Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality
Eating red meat is associated with a sharply increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease, according to a new study, and the more of it you eat, the greater the risk.


Schools will get to opt out of ‘pink slime’ beef
Amid a growing social media storm over so-called “lean finely textured beef,” the Agriculture Department announced Thursday that, starting next fall, schools involved in the national school lunch program will have the option of avoiding the product.


Bill to help canine comrades in arms
The bipartisan proposal would give all military working dogs — used for guard duty and sniffing out bombs, among many other tasks — an immediate promotion, classifying them not as equipment but, rather, as “canine members of the armed services.”


Going Vegan Improves Sex Life?
It seems almost natural; the older we get, the more health problems we have.  One of the peskier problems though happens in the bedroom: sexual and erectile dysfunction.  While many have turned to the little blue pill, author Ruben Guzman said that doesn’t have to be the case. Guzman says ditch meat and dairy and go vegan.


Report Shows Flying Can be Deadly for Some Pets
More than half of the deceased, 19 pets, flew Delta airlines. All of the deaths happened in the cargo holds of the planes, government documents show.


After ‘Luck,’ a Post-Mortem Debate
HBO said on Wednesday night that it was halting further production on a planned second season of “Luck,” after the injury and euthanization of a horse on Tuesday at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., where the series is filmed.


Guinness Is Not Vegan-Friendly, But These Beers Are
Guinness isn’t just the official beer of St. Patrick’s Day–it’s also great in recipes, has a rich history, and is one of the most successful selling beers of all time. But it’s also (for the most part) made with isinglass, which is a fish byproduct, and makes the heady brew unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans. If you’re treating yourself to a glass of ale tomorrow night, opt for one of the ones on our festive vegan Irish beer list.


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