Here’s a bucketload of stories from the past month or two that I’d like to share with you. Sorry to be dumping so many at once. I would have preferred to share these with you one at a time as they were published, but life got in the way. But it’s still win-win; I get to clean out my browser tabs, and you get some good stories to read.
Some of these are newsy, others are feature-y or opinion-y. Some of these stories
are were breaking news, but others are notable for being traditionally under-reported animal-interest topics in mainstream venues. Some are short; some are very, very long. I have not read them all in their entireties yet, but I endorse you checking them out anyway. We may have shared a few of these on Twitter, but most of them have gone totally unnoted by SuperVegan until now. I tried to sort them into rough categories, but some certainly blur the lines.
- Jonathan Franzen on the slaughter of songbirds migrating across the Mediterranean (National Geographic, July issue)
- A giant seizure of elephant tusks in Hong Kong (NYT 7/19/13)
- “In the Himalayas, Nepali villagers hunt down poachers to help save the tiger” (Guardian, 7/27/13)
- “Emptying the World’s Aquarium: The dismal future of the global fishery” (Harper’s, August issue)
- Robert Redford versus the Navajo Nation on wild horse slaughter (NYT 8/10/2013)
- There were a lot of articles everywhere about the test-tube burger that was unveiled on August 5; the mainstream is definitely interested in this story, though with varying degrees of sympathy.
- “The Better Meat Substitute” in an engineering journal! (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Spectrum magazine, 6/3/13)
- “Your Meat Addiction Is Destroying the Planet (But We Can Fix It)” (Longish piece from tech-trendy The Verge 8/13/13)
- “Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?” Inspired by the juxtaposition of reviews of Act of Killing and Blackfish, Nick Kristof wonders “Some day, will our descendants be mystified by how good and decent people in the early 21st century — that’s us — could have been so oblivious to the unethical treatment of animals?” Kristof is one of the best New York Times columnists, and has a lot of journalistic experience with perpetrators of human-on-human violence; this coming from him is a rather big deal. (NYTimes, 7/28/13)
- That same day, the Times’s Dot Earth blog ran “A Closer Look at ‘Nonhuman Personhood’ and Animal Welfare“
Companion and Farmed Animals
- “The supply and demand of pound puppies” and how different breeds/types of dogs are in greater surplus or demand in different parts of the US. (Marketplace, 7/29/13)
- “Kicked from the coop: Urban farmers ditching chickens” (WTOP, DC-area news station, 7/31/13)
- “Survey finds young adults overlook animal shelters” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/8/13)
- Marmite ran a TV ad that pissed off some animal rescuers; make a big donation to the RSPCA to atone. (Guardian, 8/8/13)
- Long article about the lives of celebrity elephants in India (NYT Magazine, 8/18/2013)
- Simpsons creator Sam Simon “faces down his terminal cancer diagnosis by spending his vast fortune (how much? ‘I don’t know’) on animal rights and feeding the hungry” (Hollywood Reporter 7/25/13)
- “Blackfish’ gives Pixar second thoughts on ‘Finding Dory’ plot” (LA Times, 8/9/13)
- The AARP profiles Bill Clinton’s vegan diet. Definitions of “being vegan” aside, this piece has great potential to influence older people worried about their health to eat a lot less animal products. (Sounds like Bill might be a little bit more strict than he used to be, if you enjoy keeping track of such things, but who knows anything for sure with that guy.) (AARP Magazine, August issue)
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- “Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl Hash out the Food Revolution” (Smithsonian Magazine, June 2013)