Court Decision Bullhooks HSUS Executive
(December 31st, 2009)
Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Ringling Bros. circus brought by a herd of animal activist groups, including the Fund for Animals (FFA), now a branch of the animal-rights “Humane Society” of the United States (HSUS). While the ruling was based on a legal...
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Unpacking the HSUS Gravy Train
(December 30th, 2009)
There are only two things certain in life, as the saying goes, and a byproduct of one of them requires nonprofit organizations to file paperwork with the IRS. So now that the deceptively named “Humane Society” of the United States (HSUS) has submitted its "Form 990" for 2008,...
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Merry Christmas from CCF!
(December 24th, 2009)
We hope you’re enjoying some quality time with your families (and finishing that last-minute shopping). The Christmas season is a fitting time to reflect on our common gift of personal freedoms, and on our obligation to oppose against anyone who seeks to diminish them. Do remember: Food activists don’t take...
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants?
(December 23rd, 2009)
You might remember the vegan screed in The New York Times around Thanksgiving that accused meat-eating Americans of being uncaring in their dining preferences. And before that, you might recall Jonathan Safran Foer’s holier-than-thou book promoting vegetarianism. Yesterday, the Times featured some interesting food for thought examining the morality of plant-based diets. Science writer Natalie...
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Clifford the Big Red Climate Changer?
(December 21st, 2009)
Following on the heels of the climate change summit in Copenhagen, the Agence France-Presse newswire reports that two New Zealand researchers have identified a major source of carbon emissions – our pets. Specifically, the researchers have their eyes on Fido:
Combine the land required to generate its food and...
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Mercury’s ill effects overstated
(December 20th, 2009)

RE "FISHING for facts' (g, Dec. 14): Contrary to what you suggest, mercury in fish sold in the United States has not "been directly implicated in severe neurological problems." The entire medical literature doesn't contain a single documented such case.

The same is true for developing fetuses: There are no...
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Keep the season merry
(December 19th, 2009)

This time of year, people watching their weight while facing down holiday parties can be particularly susceptible to scaremongering by the fat police. You know the type: the guests who spoil the party by rattling off the calorie counts in the gingerbread men and stare you down as you...
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Fructose Facts Finally Found?
(December 18th, 2009)
We’ve debunked several persistent misunderstandings about high fructose corn syrup, like the unfounded notion that scientific studies of pure fructose are relevant to high fructose corn syrup in the human diet. But some people still continue to confuse the two sugars. One over-the-top article in London’s Sunday Times...
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Here Comes The “Don’t Sue Me Santa Claus,” Right Down Lawsuit Lane
(December 17th, 2009)

Washington, DC - With Christmas quickly approaching, millions of Americans are preparing to celebrate time-honored traditions like caroling, tree-trimming, and leaving cookies and milk out for Santa. But in today's era of frivolous lawsuits, serving baked goods to the jolly old fat man could put you on the receiving...
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Grinching Our Diets
(December 17th, 2009)
Jill Pengelley asks an important question in Adelaide, Australia’s Advertiser newspaper: “Is political correctness spoiling Christmas?” Judging from what one doctor has recently said, the answer would appear to be yes. Writing in the British Medical Journal this month, Dr. Nathan Grills of Monash University in Australia claims that St. Nick isn’t...
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