Russell Brand’s Beef with So-Called “Humane Meat”

Published by Michelle Reynolds.

Russell Brand©

As people have become more aware of how animals who are killed for food suffer, there has been a lot of talk about so-called “humane meat.” When one of Russell Brand’s fans wrote to him claiming to support “humane meat,” he responded on his daily YouTube show, The Trews.

The fan wrote, “I want to eat meat, but I’d like to try and eat free-range meat, and I’d like to have animals that have been stunned before slaughter so as to ease its passing. What is it that veggies can’t grasp about that concept?”

Russell retorted, “Hypocrisy?” And he added, “Stunned?! I bet being stunned isn’t very nice, either.” He said what all animal advocates know to be true: “If you’ve got any concern at all about animal welfare, you’ve got to not eat meat.”

In other celebrity news:

  • Demi Lovato has been enjoying the light life, too:

  • Martha Plimpton is “raising Hope” every week on FOX, and she’s also raising hope for the abused captive elephants at Ringling Bros.:

  • When Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle isn’t lobbing fastballs, he’s scooping poop. The Missouri native and his wife are regular volunteers at a local animal shelter. Another volunteer reports, “He goes out there with brush hogs, pulls weeds, scoops poop, and I mean he does it all out there.” Mark is proving that everyone can make time to help end the homeless-animal crisis.
  • And two hip-hop artists are having a battle of a different kind as they vie for our favorite tweet of the week:

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind