New MFA Video on Illegal Slaughterhouse

No way I can bring myself to watch this one. An Excerpt from Mercy For Animals’ summary: Hidden-camera footage obtained by Mercy For Animals has led to the arrest of 26-year-old Roberto Celedon for three felony and 10 misdemeanor criminal charges related to his illegal slaughter operation in Los Angeles County, California. The shocking video… Read more »

Dairy Farming Named #2 Worst Job

CareerCast just ranked dairy farming as the second worst job in America, behind lumberjacks. Makes sense to me. It’s a perfect storm of awfulness that entails: Terrible job security. Dirty, unpleasant work. Long hours. Guilt over animal treatment. Constant stress over profit margins. America has a shrinking pool of people willing to raise dairy cows… Read more »

Los Angeles Times Scoffs at FDA Antibiotic Guidelines

The Los Angeles Times just editorialized: Voluntary guidelines for pharmaceutical companies will not wean the livestock industry off its addiction to antibiotics. Exactly what I was saying a couple days ago. (Via Simon.) Link. Update: Marion Nestle has a terrific analysis. She writes: “I’m guessing this is the best the FDA can do in an… Read more »

Cory Booker a Hero After Fire

Cory Booker’s the man. Newark’s vegetarian mayor rushed into a burning house and carried out his trapped neighbor. It sounds near certain that he saved her life. Booker was then hospitalized for smoke inhalation. “Street Fight,” the story of Booker’s first bid to win mayor, remains one of the finest documentaries I’ve ever seen. Link.

James McWilliams: “The Myth of Sustainable Meat”

The Michael Pollans and Joel Salatins of the food movement are gonna freak when they see James McWilliams’ new op-ed. Its conclusion is gold—these are words I never dreamed would one day be printed in the New York Times: Opponents of industrialized agriculture have been declaring for over a decade that how humans produce animal… Read more »

Dan Piraro’s Latest

Dan’s one of the funniest and most talented vegans on the planet. If you don’t read his blog, you are missing out.

“The Biggest Black Market Since Prohibition”

Foie gras defender Ken Frank loses touch with reality: Let’s repeal  AB 1520 [SIC, it's SB 1520], which will create the biggest black market since Prohibition, and replace it with the world’s highest standards for humane foie gras. I doubt even one percent of California’s population eats foie gras in any given year. Yet Frank… Read more »

HSUS Releases Kreider Farms Egg Investigation Video

The most appalling conditions imaginable—even worse than the egg industry’s already pathetic standards. The release of this video will certainly give a push to the Humane Society and the United Egg Producer’s efforts to enact federal legislation against battery cages. ABC News is reporting: Kreider went on to say the company had no evidence the… Read more »

Breaking: HSUS Battery Egg Investigation Coming Tomorrow

No video yet, but New York Times’ columnist Nicholas Kristof has the exclusive. He writes: For those who are wavering, think for a moment about the arc of empathy. Centuries ago, we humans amused ourselves by seeing other people executed or tortured. Until modern times, we considered it sport to see animals die horrible deaths…. Read more »