Quote of the Week
(October 30th, 2009)
Last night in Los Angeles, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) president Wayne Pacelle showed why he’s been able to turn a group that sounds as if it’s all about protecting puppies and kittens into an animal-rights lobbying force with talons. He’s looking to sink those talons...
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“Physicians Committee” Abuses the Law. Again.
(October 29th, 2009)
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a ridiculously misnamed animal rights group, filed a complaint with the USDA yesterday against a Massachusetts hospital that uses pigs in its trauma treatment training. PCRM claims the hospital’s use of pigs violates the federal Animal Welfare Act. But the...
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Crushing Beverage Tax Proposals
(October 27th, 2009)
Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution features us in a pro-con debate about whether health policy should include a sugar-sweetened beverage tax. The “pro” side is represented by an Emory University professor who argues that not only are consumer taxes on soft drinks (and alcohol) good, but they don’t go...
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Cracking the Shell of Animal Rights Activism
(October 26th, 2009)
It’s flu season, and as The New York Times reports today, President Obama has declared the H1N1 flu outbreak a national emergency while supplies of H1N1 flu vaccines are lagging. People have even been camping out in front of doctors’ offices to get the in-demand injections. So what...
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‘PETA Tötet Tiere,’ and Other Useful German Phrases
(October 23rd, 2009)
When we translated our wildly popular “PETA Kills Animals” website into German, French, Italian, and Russian, we thought maybe—just maybe—a handful of consumers in a few of PETA’s biggest expansion markets might learn a bit about the new predator in town. But to our...
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Meet the Animal Rights Movement’s Rich Aunt
(October 22nd, 2009)
The deceptively named “Cancer Project” animal-rights group is at it again. This time its target isn’t hot dog makers, but grilled-chicken servers. The group, a branch of the PETA-linked Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), filed a lawsuit in Connecticut yesterday against three restaurant chains demanding warnings...
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The Empire State Strikes Back?
(October 21st, 2009)
The New York Daily News reported yesterday that, just in time for Halloween, Governor David Paterson pledged to raise his sugar-sweetened beverage tax from the dead. And dead it is. Even the Governor acknowledges the chilly reception lawmakers gave last winter to his proposal to slap...
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Quote of the Week
(October 20th, 2009)
The New York Times reported last week that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating food companies’ use of labels on breakfast cereals and other products. The usual suspects have piled on: Marion Nestle has denounced the program and Kelly “Big Brother” Brownell has already consulted...
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More Syrupy Pseudo-Science
(October 19th, 2009)
Osteopath Joseph Mercola has plenty to sell you on his website. He’s also known for, as a Business Week commentator put it, “slick promotion, clever use of information, and scare tactics” that hearken back to the “unfortunate tradition made famous by the old-time snake oil salesmen...
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Another Big Sham in the Big Apple
(October 16th, 2009)
With all their public awareness campaigns, you’d think the anti-fat warriors in New York City’s government could keep their so-called “good” and “bad” foods straight. But as the New York Post reported on Tuesday, the city’s Health Department has been handing out free coupons to fast food restaurants, read more here »