Written by Alisa Mullins
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is apparently anxious to show his
campaign contributors that he will fight to the death (literally, perhaps) over
Americans' right to be sick and fat. Sen. Grassley has attacked the
conservative Meatless Monday program, which the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) was promoting as a way to encourage its staffers to eat
healthier and protect the environment. But the USDA has withdrawn the
initiative, opting instead to prove that it is the servant of agribusiness and let
its employees pay the price. PETA has hit back with a "Meat-Free Mondays Through
The USDA inadvertently set off a firestorm of controversy earlier this
week when it promoted the Paul
Monday program on its website. But the move was publicly blasted by the
National Cattlemen's Beef Association, after which the department yanked the
promo, mumbling something about not receiving the proper "clearance,"
as if encouraging good health and environmental protection were a covert spy mission or something.
Apparently not content with
that backpedal, Sen. Grassley, a
legislator from a beef-belt state, vowed to "eat more meat on Monday" in an attempt
to singlehandedly (forkedly?) make up for the meat that conscientious USDA
workers might be planning to forgo on the first day of the workweek.
We're taking bets (place yours in the comments section
below) on how long it will take
Sen. Grassley to succumb to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or some other meat-related disease.
"From his reaction, it seems like a pretty safe bet that
he's already got high blood pressure," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.
"Were he a physician instead of a politician who truly puts his rancher money
where his mouth is, he'd be guilty of malpractice."
Don't let fat-cat government lobbyists win—celebrate
Meatless Monday every day of the week by ordering a vegetarian/vegan starter kit today!
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Written by Michelle Kretzer
you always have a sleepless night after watching a horror movie, you might want
to think twice before sitting down to a meal of dead bodies. Here's why meat is
more dangerous than an ax-wielding maniac:
you're still eating fish despite the dangers of mercury, might I suggest that
you may also enjoy a summer job at Camp Crystal Lake?
every randy teenage slasher-flick victim can attest, hormones can be deadly. Hormones in meat can cause all sorts of
unsexy conditions, such as "moobs." Which leads me to
number three …
Eating meat causes impotence. Given their druthers, I
think a lot of men would opt instead for the hockey mask–wearing serial killer.
another good reason not to ingest all the saturated fat that meat contains.
yourself short of breath when you hear that ominous theme music ("Ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma")?
The toxic gasses and bacteria that wind
spreads from factory farms make it even more difficult to inhale.
you ever shout, "Why are you running into the woods?!" when some
moron is being chased by a psycho? People in real life do dumb things that lead
to their untimely demise, too, like eating meat, eggs, and dairy products even
though bad diets are to blame for one-third of all cancer deaths.
you seen PETA's slasher movie that features video footage from chicken farms? If you're too chicken … don't eat chicken.
Heart disease caused by diets high in
artery-clogging animal products will do the trick, too.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason
Takes Manhattan, Voorhees is finally done in by toxic waste in the sewers.
If the kids had only gotten him into one of the waterways polluted with factory-farm runoff, he would've been a
goner a lot sooner.
got its own resilient killer: antibiotic-resistant bacteria caused by the overuse
of antibiotics on factory farms.
meat and dairy products, trying to choose which
is more deadly is like trying to decide which serial killer you want to take a
weekend getaway with.
Poo. And lots of it. Yeah,
it gets in meat, too.
the worst thing about how deadly meat is, is that we actually have to pay for it—both at the check-out counter
and in the form of government subsidies. I mean, at least when Jason is
swinging a machete, he's not simultaneously asking for your wallet—am I right?
Slash your risk of
getting killed off early by running
from meat as if your life depended
on it. (But don't go running through the woods. That's never a good idea.)
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine erected this billboard in Chicago to help people in the hot-dog capital reduce
their colorectal cancer risk—no small task since 39 percent of Americans don't
even know what the colon is. Seriously. Although I'm guessing a much greater
percentage don't know what's
in a hot dog.
Besides mechanically separated meat, bones, connective tissue, and the stuff they put in instant hand warmers, hot dogs and other processed meats are chockfull of cancer-causing nitrates,
which greatly increase the
risk of deadly colorectal cancer.
Given the choice, I think I'd rather put
down the bun and save my buns.
Written by PETA
It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in a recent interview with Access Hollywood, breast cancer survivor and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge spoke out about the role of diet in preventing cancer. "Our own western lifestyle is one of the reasons that half of us have cancer," she said. "[T]he meats, the processed foods ... and it's really taxing us, and that's why we're seeing this epidemic."
The research backs up Etheridge's view that there is a link between diet and breast cancer. Results from a 26-year study following 86,000 U.S. nurses suggest that women who eat diets high in plant-based foods are less likely to develop certain breast tumors. A 2007 study of more than 35,000 women found that women who ate the most meat had the highest risk of breast cancer.
Etheridge says changes in her diet have made her healthier now than she's ever been, and she's not the only one who can benefit from a diet rich in plant-based foods. This month, urge the women in your life to check out the delicious meat-free fall recipes on PETA's "Living" page. And if you participate in breast cancer charity events, remember to make sure that the charity you're supporting doesn't fund cruel, archaic experiments on animals.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
The good news is that colon cancer rates are going down. The bad news is, not in Mississippi. According to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi is the only state in the country that has not experienced a decline in colon cancer deaths in recent years. That's why PETA is attempting to erect a billboard in the Magnolia State that brings home the link between meat consumption and cancer.
Studies indicate that as little as 2 ounces of meat a day can increase your risk of developing colon cancer and that about 45 percent of colorectal cancer cases could be prevented by eating more fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and less meat.
Meat consumption is also linked to other leading killers, including heart disease, strokes, and diabetes, making meaty meals almost as hazardous to consumers they were to the animals who died for them.
Want to start fighting the risk of colon cancer today? Order a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit.
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