Written by Michelle Kretzer
know the beef industry isn't averse to a little sleight of hand (pink slime, anyone?). So,
you would think the cowpokes could take a
good-natured April Fools' Day prank.
April Fools' Day 2010 (yes, two whole years
ago), PETA published a blog post saying that we had been funding scientists who
engineering rats to have fluffy rabbit tails. The idea was that by altering rats to be more in keeping with people's ideas of
"cute and cuddly," we could usher in a rat renaissance of sorts, encouraging people to be kinder to our besieged,
Recently, an intrepid food-industry writer found said April Fools joke, thought it
was real, and wrote an outraged article for Drovers CattleNetwork blasting PETA, rats, rabbits, and, oh yeah, cane toads and pigs (but not cows,
conveniently) for good measure.
(c) iStockphoto.com | Josiah Jost
Food Industry also waged such a scare campaign against rats that it made me
wonder if he might work for d-CON. He actually cited the Black Death, a plague
that is several hundred years removed from modern-day scourges like, say, E. coli and for which rats are no longer blamed.
has to wonder how many of the beef industry's tall tales about cow "welfare," "healthy" beef, and the industry's impact on the planet
he has also swallowed hook, line, and fluffy tail.
When PETA's "bovine" campaigner for cow causes got wind of a Missouri Cattlemen's Association convention in Columbia, Missouri, she rounded up some friends and hoofed it to the site.
The "cow" took to the stage at the coronation of the Beef Queen, then marched across the room with her "Meat Is Murder" sign to ask the attendees to give cows the royal treatment instead—by not slaughtering them for food. As a cowboy herded the "cow" to the exit, supportive people in the crowd booed her unceremonious removal.
Say "boo" to beef!
Written by PETA
Creekstone Farms, a large U.S. distributor of beef, is recalling 14,000 pounds of meat because of possible E. coli contamination. An inspector found bacteria in the beef, prompting the USDA to warn of a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." Where the infected beef ended up isn't clear, since it could have been repackaged for individual sale and sold under different brand names.
E. coli can cause vomiting, stomach cramps, internal bleeding, and kidney failure. Yum! And a recent study shows that animals raised for food carry highly drug-resistant forms of E. coli because of farms' overuse of antibiotics. The E. coli then gets passed on to humans who eat the animals' flesh. It gives new meaning to the term "Big Mac attack," doesn't it?
Want to avoid E. coli–infected burgers? Why not give veggie burgers a try? Unless you're a fan of kidney failure, and then, by all means ...
Written by Michelle Sherrow
A California woman is suing Taco Bell after discovering that her beefy fast-food fixes are only 35 percent cow flesh. The other 65 percent is made up of oats, yeast, soybeans, corn starch, and various seasonings, all of which make the meat leaner and, dare we assume, less disgusting.
Considering how much gross stuff is often found in ground beef (saturated fat, cholesterol, hormones, antibiotics, E. coli, etc.) one would think that would be grounds for a lawsuit, not the other 65 percent.
Since Taco Bell's "beef" is already mostly vegan, why not go all the way? "One hundred percent cruelty-free" has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
Written by Michelle Sherrow
The United Nations' foremost agriculture expert recently predicted that only rich people will be able to afford beef in 2050 because the production costs of raising cows will make it as costly as caviar.
Let's hope that it's not too late to save the environment by then.
Of course, since animals pay the biggest price when people eat meat, all caring people—wealthy or otherwise—should opt for mock meats and other vegan foods now and in the future!
Written by Heather Moore
Yes, it is, according to an audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General, which reveals that beef containing dangerous pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals, and other toxins is showing up on supermarket shelves because the government has neither set limits for the chemicals nor is it routinely testing for them. Perhaps they think that people will just buy the stuff regardless!
Potentially toxic substances that can be found in meat include arsenic; flunixin, an anti-inflammatory drug that can cause stomach ulcers, intestinal bleeding, and kidney necrosis; and antibiotics such as penicillin, which can cause life-threatening reactions in people who are allergic and also contribute to the development of deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
These unregulated chemicals and drugs are just the toxic icing, if you will, on a beefcake that is already loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol and is often contaminated with deadly bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella.
Sounds like a good time to mosey on over to VegCooking.com and check out some savory seitan recipes, doesn't it? For your family's sake?
Thanks to PETA Files reader Laura for sending this story our way
Written by Alisa Mullins
So you've probably heard that the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport (DFW) is having financial problems. And what is PETA if not a helping hand? We've asked the airport if they'd be so inclined as to sell advertisements in their bathrooms, and if so, we're first in line! While folks are busy evacuating (and forgive me, but we're not talking hurricane routes here), they could read about the benefits of a vegan diet, ensuring them less stuffed-up feeling (and we're not talking about a summer cold) and much happier insides (not to mention a happier environment and a longer life). Check out our suggested ad below:
Here's our letter to the DFW CEO. Let us know what you think.
August 18, 2008Jeffrey Fegan, CEODallas-Fort Worth International AirportDear Mr. Fegan:We at PETA are sorry to hear that the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is experiencing financial difficulties, but I have a proposal that might help. While DFW doesn't currently have bathroom advertisements, we'd like to suggest them as a new revenue source, and we'd like to be the first to buy space. The ad we'd like to run on bathroom stall doors (attached) promotes the health benefits of a vegetarian diet. The ad makes the point that one of the many health hazards of eating beef—as well as other meats and animal products—is an increased risk of colon cancer.The scientific evidence linking meat to society's most severe health problems, including colon cancer, is extensive. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology identified "red meat intake and white meat intake as important dietary risk factors for colon cancer …." The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that a "vegetarian and fiber-rich diet and a decreased risk for colon cancer has been reported in many studies." According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians have "lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease" as well as "lower blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer" than meat-eaters do.There are other important reasons to promote vegetarianism. In addition to being rotten for your health, meat-eating is also murder on animals and the environment. Chickens and turkeys often have their throats cut while still conscious and are scalded to death, pigs have their teeth broken off and their tails and testicles cut off without any painkillers, and cows are often skinned alive. Furthermore, a recent UN scientific study concluded that raising animals for food causes more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, ships, and airplanes in the world combined. Bathroom advertising is an emerging trend in a variety of public places—restaurants, bars, and even airports, including JFK in New York. Will you please consider running our ad in bathroom stalls at DFW? Not only would the ad raise revenue for the struggling airport, it would also potentially help airline passengers stay healthy and able to travel for years to come. Please contact me as soon as possible to discuss pricing and how we can proceed with placing this ad. Thank you very much for your consideration. Sincerely,Tracy ReimanExecutive Vice President
Written by Christine Doré
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