- Last week, Green is the New Red noted that the US agriculture industry is calling for prosecutions of undercover animal activists. It seems that parts of the industry feel a little threatened by employees covertly videoing their operations and releasing the footage to animal rights groups. And, rather than dealing with the atrocious welfare conditions exposed, they want the employees prosecuted. Not fired, or sued for breach of contract, but prosecuted. Madness.
- On Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported that more than a third of 47,677 species studied by the IUCN are at serious risk of extinction. 17,291 species are under threat of extinction. It’s important that we do not see animal rights issues in isolation. Fighting for the liberation of farmed animals, but ignoring the risk of extinction faced by 21% of mammals seems to be missing the forest for the trees.
- On World Vegan Day, Gary Francione commented on the state of the animal rights movement.
- Botox Kills Animals Even Better Than It Kills Wrinkles. Veganism is not just about rejecting animal agriculture. Cosmetic animal testing, although uncommon in New Zealand, remains a disturbing issue.
- From the department of giving the other side a fair hearing, Change.org tries valiantly to defend animal farming on ecological grounds. As you can see from the comments, I and others disagree.
- Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Review, warns: Give up Meat to Save the Planet. Nandor Tanzcos approves:
Seen in this light, the claim that NZ farmers ‘feed the world’ is really a bunch of disingenuous crap. Intensively growing animal protein is enormously profitable, but is ecologically destablising and destructive. It also produces a fraction of the food that growing plants would produce. In my view New Zealand needs to start planning how to move to a more plant based economy rather than continue to argue that we can’t cut GHG emissions (or improve water quality) because there are very limited ways to reduce emissions from livestock. I have a very effective method: reduce their numbers.
- George Monbiot, who has long advocated eating less meat, discusses the reasons for climate change denial.
- My colleague Emily is half-way through her month without meat, and finding it easier than expected (but isn’t a convert, yet).
- Vegan Leo Babauta’s wildly successful lifestyle blog, Zen Habits, discusses the Anti-Fast Food Diet.
- The Green Party’s Frogblog tells us to buy the ‘best’ fish, in terms of sustainability, entirely neglecting the most sustainable approach: Not eating fish.
- On Sunday, SAFE launched their LovePigs TV advertisement campaign, and on Monday Mike King was back on Campbell Live about intensive pig farming. The untruths in the pork industry apologist’s gibberish almost deserve a post of their own.
- Phil Twyford supports SAFE’s campaign, even though the government signed off the relevant code of welfare while Labour held power; pity he didn’t come to the party a little earlier.
- Hot on the heels of Campbell Live, 60 Minutes ran a story on Ric O’Barry, his documentary the Cove, and the Taiji dolphin slaughter. The point that people can buy dolphin sandwiches while watching a dolphin show at a marine park is one of the most poignant examples of our moral schizophrenia about animals that I can conceive of. The ending is probably familiar in a few ways for a lot of animal rights activists:
RIC O’BARRY: When you see what goes on in The Cove, it’s really difficult to sleep. When you see it, you can’t unsee it. Those images stay with you forever.
LIAM BARTLETT: Still give you nightmares?
RIC O’BARRY: Yeah. Yeah. I think about it all the time. We should get out of here before they call the police.
- Scotland grows more cannabis than vegetables.
- Sociological images notes the connection between rebranding fish with unpopular names and the collapse of fish populations.
- Well, this is unexpected: Prince Philip and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are hosting Windsor Castle’s first ever vegan banquet, because catering for nine different faiths would get a bit hard otherwise.
- Luis Chiesa of Animal Blawg explains the oddity in accepting factory farming and banning bestiality.
- Finally: Can anyone at all explain to me what possible justification anyone could have for giving the Meat Board and the Pork Industry Board the legal ‘powers to spy, bug conversations and hack into private computers’? Ah. Right. Thought not.