Archive: May 2001

Physician Nannies Renew Crusade Against Milk

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…
Posted May 31, 2001 at 12:00 am

Are These Folks Serious?

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 Times reporter asked one police officer on the scene if he was assigned to the protest detail in order to protect the store. "Nope," he answered. "I'm just waiting for someone to bring me a burger."
Posted May 31, 2001 at 12:00 am

The Consumers (Anti-)Choice Council

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…
Posted May 30, 2001 at 12:00 am

If These Are ‘Success Stories’, We’d Prefer Failure

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…
Posted May 30, 2001 at 12:00 am

Foot-In-Mouth Disease, Part II

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…
Posted May 29, 2001 at 12:00 am

Slippery Slope, New England Style

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…
Posted May 25, 2001 at 12:00 am

We Can Hardly Wait

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 on the latest from those nannies who love to tell you what belongs on your plate.
Posted May 25, 2001 at 12:00 am

Got Milk, Y’all?

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 milked twice daily for their own health. And he should know: he grew up on a dairy farm. Smacking his lips after depositing a milk moustache on his upper lip, Cain remarked, "I hate that PETA wants to hurt those cows."
Posted May 24, 2001 at 12:00 am

Forget Organic: Just Eat Those Veggies

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…
Posted May 23, 2001 at 12:00 am

Got Kidney Stones? Eat Meat.

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…
Posted May 23, 2001 at 12:00 am