Physician Nannies Renew Crusade Against Milk
(May 31st, 2001)
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has a Father's Day threat up its sleeve, and the group is taking it to the airwaves. Television viewers in seven states may soon see a 30-second advertisement claiming that milk causes prostate cancer. This ridiculous tactic was most recently tried...
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Are These Folks Serious?
(May 31st, 2001)
A group of anti-meat activists protested in front of the San Diego corporate headquarters of "Jack in the Box" Wednesday, complaining about the chain's new television advertisements. The ad campaign features a fictional football team called the "Carnivores," which (of course) defeats their wimpy vegetarian opponents. A Los Angeles...
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The Consumers (Anti-)Choice Council
(May 30th, 2001)
Today a handful of leading nanny groups released a set of guidelines for the "sustainable" production of coffee. The Consumers Choice Council, National Wildlife Federation, and Rainforest Alliance (to name a few), are trying to alter the balance of trade through the use of enviro-buzzwords and specious arguments...
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If These Are ‘Success Stories’, We’d Prefer Failure
(May 30th, 2001)
The American Prospect¸ a noted left-of-center magazine, exults this month in stories of "Where the Public Good Prevailed." Alongside worthwhile crusades like the lead-for-fluoride exchange in our drinking water, the authors deliver strong kudos to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the national anti-smoking movement as a whole...
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Foot-In-Mouth Disease, Part II
(May 29th, 2001)
Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, made headlines last month by announcing that she "openly hopes" foot and mouth disease (FMD) comes to the United States. Now one of her lieutenants is singing the same awful tune. Bruce Friedrich, coordinator of PETA's "vegan...
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Slippery Slope, New England Style
(May 25th, 2001)
A Boston Herald editorial reacts to attempts by some Massachusetts state legislators to make the state's 5% sales tax apply to beer, wine, and liquor. The revenue, says the government, would be used to pay for alcohol abuse treatment. "What next?" asks the Herald, "a tax on soda...
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We Can Hardly Wait
(May 25th, 2001)
There are just five weeks left until the Animal Rights 2001 conference! We're waiting with breathless anticipation here in Washington, as the schedule includes presentations on such scintillating subjects as "Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs" and "The sexual politics of meat." Watch this space beginning June 30 for details...
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Got Milk, Y’all?
(May 24th, 2001)
Upon hearing that animal-rights activists from PETA had taken their anti-milk campaign directly to Baton Rouge schoolchildren, Louisiana State Senator David Cain responded from the podium of the state's Senate chamber. With a tall glass of cold milk in hand, Cain noted that dairy cows need to be...
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Forget Organic: Just Eat Those Veggies
(May 23rd, 2001)
In the Los Angeles Times, Greg Critser pooh-poohs the $7 billion organic foods industry's contention "that the only vegetables and fruits that are truly safe and conscionable to eat are organic." The industry's position, he says, has had some unintended consequences, not the least of which is an increase...
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Got Kidney Stones? Eat Meat.
(May 23rd, 2001)
The American Dietetic Association reports in a recent journal article that animal protein (meat) should be a part of your diet if you have, or are at a risk of having, kidney stones. Previous conventional wisdom had held that a meatless diet would lower the concentration of urinary...
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