Paul Shapiro’s Roundup of Recent Veggie News

Last Updated: March 30, 2008

One of the two employees charged in the HSUS dairy cow slaughter plant exposé pleaded guilty to all three of his charges and was sentenced to 180 days in jail. The plant manager who was charged is still awaiting trial. Also, the Des Moines Register had an interesting article about the problems associated with slaughter plant audits, noting that “within days of that video being shot at a California slaughterhouse, [i]ndependent inspectors from two auditing firms visited the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. plant and gave it glowing marks.”

A friend and coworker of mine at HSUS published a good op-ed in the Minnesota Daily about the role animal agriculture plays in global warming and how choosing plant-based foods helps reduce our contribution to climate change. (This topic is also the cover feature of the current issue of HSUS’ member magazine.)

Finally, restaurant trade publication Fast Casual published a promising story about the fact that “the demand for meat-free meals has spiked, and restaurants have responded by ramping up the number of vegetarian items on their menus.”

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