The wonderful Mark Bittman is at it again today with a New York Times blog telling readers that if they are concerned about climate change they'd better cut back on consuming meat and other animal products. He cites a Worldwatch report that suggests that livestock production is responsible for 51 percent of global warming gasses. He details the havoc wreaked on the earth by livestock production and notes how simple it is to make a difference: "You already changed your light bulbs; how about eating a salad?"
Check out the piece on line at http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/we-could-be-heroes/ then post it, share it and leave a positive comment below it.
Forbes magazine has a piece by David Vinjamuri titled, "Tyson Foods and Piglet Abuse: Is Ethical Behavior Profitable?" It refers to a recent Humane Society undercover investigation of a Tyson pork supplier noting among the abuses documented:
"They kicked piglets like soccer balls, whipped them around by their hind legs, smashed them into concrete floors, and threw them high into the air. A few even threw piglets testicles at each other and fed them back to the mother pigs for 'fun.'"
The full article is on line at http://tinyurl.com/6pbroqv
It opens the door for comments (below the piece) and letters to the editor thanking Vinjamuri and Forbes for letting us see what goes on behind closed doors and then discussing the benefits of plant-based diets.
Forbes takes letters at email@example.com
You can watch that Humane Society video on line at http://tinyurl.com/7oooe3m . Please share it with your friends who are still eating pork. I send thanks to Paul Shapiro for sending us that video and the link to the Forbes article.
Mercy for Animals has for years been a leader in the field of undercover investigations. Angelenos or folks up for a trip to Los Angeles will be pleased to learn that the group is having an event in the Hollywood Hills on June 2 to "support the important legal advocacy efforts and mission of Mercy For Animals, and to honor actress and Bones star Emily Deschanel for her farmed animal advocacy leadership and accomplishments."
You can find out more information and buy tickets at http://www.justiceforallparty.com/
Yours and the animals',
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Date: Wed May 16 17:56:11 2012