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Your Kids, PETA’s Pawns

(March 24th, 2008)

A seventh-grader organizes a protest outside a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Washington. A 15-year-old girl attempts to ban circus elephants in Denver. A rash of adolescent-driven, animal-rights-related vandalism hits California. A popular software company promotes a video game about "animal liberation"...

Nathan Winograd is a Stanford Law School graduate and a former criminal prosecutor. He has also presided over America’s two most successful experiments in what’s become known as the “No-Kill” animal shelter movement. At SPCAs in San Francisco and Tompkins County, New York, Winograd showed that
To see a copy of our report outlining the real cause of childhood obesity (physical inactivity), click here.Despite the fact that almost all the research on in-school nutrition indicates that food bans are ineffective (and sometimes counterproductive), the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and food activists from groups like...
  1. What is bird flu?

    “Bird flu” is the common name for Avian Influenza, a respiratory disease found in birds which comes in two forms: Highly Pathogenic (HPAI) and Low Pathogenic (LPAI). The specific strain of bird flu that’s been in the news lately is called HPAI (H5N1)...

Cupcake Ban

(December 18th, 2006)
Let me get this straight. According to The Washington Post, schools are now banning cupcakes?That's right. What of it?They're just cupcakes – little individual cakes wrapped in paper and coated with icing. What the heck could be wrong with a couple of lousy cupcakes?Are you not...
On July 4, 1776, America's founding fathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence in an effort to affirm basic liberties. But they never dreamed that anyone would someday attempt to strip the American people of the fundamental freedom to control what we eat and drink. In the...

See CSPI Sue

(June 12th, 2006)
In a speech in 2004, Center for Science and the Public Interest (CSPI) director Michael Jacobson claimed that restaurant companies do not need protection from lawsuit-happy trial lawyers looking to cash in on plus-sized clients. In response to state and federal...

The Dose Makes The Poison

(May 15th, 2006)
A sixteenth-century Swiss chemist named Paracelsus gave us the most basic rule of toxicology: "The dose makes the poison." Practically every substance on earth (including water and Vitamin C) can kill you if it's concentrated enough in your stomach or your bloodstream. It's such a simple idea....

Holy Cows

(April 22nd, 2006)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been widely criticized for its campaign comparing Nazi Holocaust victims to farm animals, its blind insistence that Jesus was a vegetarian, and it callous attempts to cheapen the symbols and rituals of Roman Catholicism. But a new report from the...
On May 25, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) hosted a symposium to critique a JAMA study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researcher Dr. Katherine Flegal and colleagues, which attributed 25,814 deaths to...