How to Write Like an Angry GMO Expert

In Activism, Animal rights, Biotechnology, Food by Cindy

Dr. Jude Capper is a livestock sustainability consultant, professor of animal sciences, and a “bovidiva” according to her blog of the same name. Last week she did a great post entitled “Activism 101 – How to Write Like An Angry Internet “Expert” on GMOs.” An asterisk after the word “expert” points to a footnote: *Note that being an “expert” does …

Can we Find Common Cause with HSUS?

In Animal rights, Livestock by Cindy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack raised more than a few eyebrows this week at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting when he suggested that animal agriculture should “sit down and make common cause” with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and that those who are “engaged in constructive engagement … shouldn’t be faulted for doing so.” Now I …

Thanks Dominos For Not Caving to HSUS Whims

In Activism, Animal rights, Farming, Food, General by Mark

Farmers are always getting asked these days to get involved; write a letter, call your Congressman, but how about eat a pizza?  Now activation by the slice is something I think we can sink our teeth into and all wrap our minds around. With many corporate players caving in to environmental whackos and misinformed consumer groups it is refreshing to …

Deprivation Does Not Automatically Equal Ethical Superiority

In Animal rights, Food, General by Cathryn

If something is mainstream, why bother defending it?  Popular logic would dictate that behaviors considered normal by the majority of society do not require an active defense.  Society relegates personal accountability for maintaining our cultural norms to elite academics and social leaders. Action takes an investment of time, energy and emotion.  With so many tasks requiring daily, immediate attention, who …

Coldplay, Cartoons and the Clowns Over at Chipotle

In Animal rights, Current News, Farming, Food, Livestock, Media, mediawatch by Cathryn

For years now, musicians and actors have taken time out from patting themselves on the back during awards ceremonies to advance politicized causes.  The mega-produced shows, which take a public willingness to indulge the already pampered in self-congratulation all the way to the bank, now serve as a platform for entertainers to remind us that they are thoughtful, culturally-aware types.  …

The Cruelty of Missouri’s Prop. B Hypocrisy

In Animal rights, General, Policy, Politics by Ken

A sad story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning tells how one of the area’s animal shelters was raided and 195 dogs and cats were rescued for the second time in their miserable lives. In today’s economy, donations are down at shelters and more pets are being abandoned and dropped off, creating a bad situation for people who want …

Prop. B’s Slippery Slope Begins

In Activism, Animal rights, Livestock by Ken

One of the chief arguments used by opponents of Proposition B in Missouri, which passed by a small margin in Tuesday’s election and restricts the size of dog breeding facilities and places burdens on them it exempts others from, was that it was a “foot in the door” for the Humane Society of the United States that would lead to …

World Vegetarian Day? Who Knew?

In Activism, Animal rights, Current News, Food, Livestock by Mark

Ribeyes and bacon and wings oh my! In case you missed it, today is World Vegetarian Day, the annual kick off of Vegetarian Month. The effort even has a web site to try to convince you of the benefits of the practice of going meatless. There they say vegetarianism helps to create a better world because vegetarian diets have proven …