Yesterday afternoon turned into madly busy craziness, so this week’s link roundup is a day late. All apologies, and apologies also if this post is coloured by the mental effect of my four hours of sleep last night and the physical effect of my assorted sore muscles from this morning’s run. I’m not good at Sundays.
- Sarah Palin has the wit and wisdom of your average fourteen year old boy. This woman was seven percent of the vote and one heart attack from the United States presidency:
“If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore,” she wrote. “If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?”
“I love meat,” she writes. “I eat pork chops, thick bacon burgers, and the seared fatty edges of a medium-well-done steak. But I especially love moose and caribou. I always remind people from outside our state that there’s plenty of room for all Alaska’s animals — right next to the mashed potatoes.”
- Professor Gary Steiner wrote an excellent op-ed in the New York Times, discussing veganism. I don’t entirely agree with some elements – for example, I think he overstates the difficulty of veganism – but am in equal parts saddened and impressed by the furore it caused online.
- The Fonterra ‘head of milk supply and sustainability’ has a problem with the Business Council for Sustainable Development: They’ve been promoting sustainable development too much, and that’s bad for Fonterra. Trouble is, Fonterra pays a lot of the Council’s bills, so the Council…hasn’t said a thing about emissions trading since. Am I alone in thinking there’s something deeply Orwellian about Fonterra having a ‘head of milk supply and sustainability’? Milk supply is not sustainable.
- China executed to two of the persons responsible for the tainted milk products this week. Fonterra, who you may recall, part owned the company responsible said nothing.
- The animal origins of pharmaceuticals are often overlooked; AnimalBlawg points out that they shouldn’t be.
- New Scientist: Cutting meat consumption will cut carbon dioxide emissions. And is healthier.
- The Animal Welfare Trust is seeking applicants for its 2010 student grant programme.
- This article on going home for Thanksgiving in the US remind me of Christmas here, a lot.
- Slow Foods USA; Emory University; etc: ‘Sometimes the best way to save something is to eat it.’ Uh. Well. Kinda. No.
- The Police are hunting a woman who starved her puppy. No one is hunting Alan Crafar, whose employees starved dozens of cows. When you starve a pet dog, it’s ‘one of New Zealand’s worst cases of animal neglect’; when you starve calves, it’s a ‘management issue’. Welfarism is deeply speciesist.
- Just as racist jokes reinforce latent racial prejudice, jokes about animals reinforce the species barrier (it’s a slideshow).
- Trespassing hunters get legal protection; land-owners trying to keep them out get…arrested.