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Update from animal rights

October 12, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

There is so much going on for animals in the media today! The Los Angeles Times has a front page story on the Just Mayo wars and also an op-ed weighing in on Montreal’s possible pit bull ban, the New York Times and Fortune Magazine have covered Tyson’s investment in Beyond Meat, and the New York Post tells us that New York State may soon ban animal circus acts!
The Los Angeles Times front page headline reads, “Battle Over Mayo.” The subheading is, “The egg industry waged a secret campaign to crush an upstart vegan spreadmaker.” Many DawnWatch subscribers are already somewhat familiar with the story; a front page article on it gives us a terrific opportunity to write letters on behalf of plant-based eating!
Reporter Geoffrey Mohan opens with:

“With its egg-free recipe, Just Mayo had become a darling of vegans, a hot investment for Silicon Valley venture capitalists and an avatar for alternatives to industrial agriculture.
“But to the nation’s $7-billion egg industry, Just Mayo posed an existential crisis so serious that a federally supervised trade group launched a secret two-year campaign to thwart the San Francisco start-up that makes it.
“….Federal investigators did not find the campaign amusing, slamming the American Egg Board for overstepping its congressional mandate and chiding its overseers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a lengthy investigation that was quietly released on the agency’s Freedom of Information library page late Thursday.”
You’ll find the full story on line at http://tinyurl.com/hc6qvbk
If pit bulls are more your thing, please check out Bronwen Dickey’s Los Angeles Times opinion piece, “Don’t typecast pit bulls” (page A13). It deals with Montreal’s proposed pit bull ban, which is currently on hold. It is a fascinating piece. One of my favorite paragraphs is:
“Frenzied media coverage follows dog-bite fatalities — at least if a ‘pit bull’ is to blame. (In Montreal’s case, the dog that killed 55-year-old Christiane Vadnais in early June, triggering the latest panic, was registered as a boxer.) For whatever reason, incidents involving dogs from other breed groups don’t inspire quite the same level of public outrage. Just a few days before Vadnais’ attack, for example, a 4-year-old girl was killed by a “husky mix” in the rural Canadian territory of Nunavut. No one in Canada clamored for a ban.”
You’ll find the full piece on line at http://tinyurl.com/h92o79n
Either of the above articles open the door for animal friendly letters to the editor. Please lend animals your voice. The Los Angeles Times takes letters at letters@latimes.com
Tyson Meats’ investment in plant-based “Beyond Meat” is big news for animals and has been covered widely today, including by Fortune Magazine, which assures us that despite the five percent investment Tyson is stressing that “Beyond Meat would remain independent and privately held, led by founder and CEO Ethan Brown.”
The Fortune article ends with a quote from Brown:
“This investment by Tyson Foods underscores the growing market for plant protein. I’m pleased to welcome Tyson as an investor and look forward to leveraging this support to broaden availability of plant protein choices to consumers.”
You can check out the article on line at http://fortune.com/2016/10/10/tyson-foods-invests-beyond-meat/ and can comment below it.
The New York Times article on the issue is titled “Tyson, the Top Meat Processor, Invests in Plant Protein.” (Page B4.)
That article, by Stephanie Strom, has a quote from Tyson’s senior vice president in charge of strategy and new ventures: “The quality of the Beyond Burger is amazing. We think it’s a game-changing product that gives us exposure to this fast-growing part of the food business.”
It tells us, regarding Beyond Meat, “The company’s goal is to take its meat substitutes mainstream.”
You’ll find the article on line at http://tinyurl.com/hvnuxz4. It provides another great opportunity for letters! You can weigh in at letters@nytimes.com
To close tonight, some promising news on the horizon for animals abused by the entertainment industry. A New York Post headline reads, “Circus tense NY beast ban could be end.” (Page 3.) The article, by Michael Gartland and Carl Campanile, opens with: 
“The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ may soon be forced to fold its tent in New York City.
“The City Council is considering a bill to ban wild and exotic animals from appearing in “entertainment” events, a move that a circus spokesman warned might spell the end of a 100-year tradition in the Big Apple.”
You’ll find the full article on line at http://tinyurl.com/z9d9em6 and can send an appreciative letter to the editor at letters@nypost.com

It is important that papers see that readers are interested in this issue.

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