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Here is an interesting story about the evolutionary value of a meat-based diet

Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

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We should not abandon our meat-eating habits, but remoralize them, by incorporating them into affectionate human relations, and using them in the true Homeric manner, as instruments of hospitality, conviviality and peace. A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them.

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Is Meat Now "Pink Slime?"

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It was nauseating and I don't even eat meat. If you eat meat, read this article from the Huffington Post. meat agriculture agribusinessWe actually watched a report about this on Stephen Colbert's show of all places. Blech.

Bush Meat, Trafficking Decimate Vietnam

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Dr Scott Roberton, head of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said that hunting wild animals for meat and trafficking had been happening in many countries, especially developing ones. Among them, stag and wild boar accounted for around 70 per cent of the consumed meat, followed by turtle, snake, fox and porcupine. Tags: vietnam exotic meats wildlife trafficking bush meat endangered species Sounds just awful. But the problem is the high demand for these products.

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Some will reduce their consumption of meat for the sake of the animals. I foresee a day, perhaps not far in the future, in which it is illegal to raise cows, pigs, and other animals for food. The ground for this will not be animal welfare, as you might expect, but environmentalism. Lawmakers, perhaps as a result of an international treaty, will prohibit the intensive rearing of at least large hoofed animals for food, on the ground that it is damaging to the natural environment.

Meat Grown in a Petri Dish?

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Scientists at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands have grown in-vitro meat, using cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish. Why is that my husband won't eat bones with fat on them because they are "gross," but will eat burgers and processed meat? Tags: meat meat alternatives vegetarian meatless From an opinion piece in the Times of India.

Seal Meat Served in Canada

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Many diners are huge fans of its taste, describing the mammal's meat as somewhere between duck and veal. Tags: canada meat seals restaurants Definitely a niche market ,but demand has been increasing. And this is despite the bad press received by the annual seal hunts. For time immemorial seal has been eaten -- raw -- as a traditional food by indigenous people such as the Inuit.

New Book on Ethics of Meat-Eating

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All of them are meat eaters, two because their "doctors" told them they had to eat meat. Tags: meat Sounds pretty powerful. I'm trying to come up with a book for my book club about animal rights. What do I choose? One is a huge supporter of animal research. I don't want anything too radical and was thinking about Dominion by Matthew Scully. But now we have "Eating Animals,"by Jonathan Safran Foer.

USDA Has Meat Animal Research Center

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Here it is.the US Meat Animal Research Center. Tags: meat USDA cattle Good site to visit to see what they're up to. Obviously, all the pictures will probably be nice and clean.

Sustainable Meat

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Here is a New York Times op-ed column about "sustainable meat

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently heard arguments in National Meat Association v. Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. The industry sued California, arguing that Section 599f is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act. Tags: meat california farm animal welfare factory farm animal law meatpacking

Undercover Video Sparks Calls for Canadian Ban on Horse Meat

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Animal rights groups are calling for a ban on the sale of horse meat after disturbing video at a slaughterhouse in west Quebec was sent to the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition. For the coalition, it was added evidence there needs to be a ban on horse meat for more than just health reasons. canada animal abuse meat quebec horse slaughterExcerpted from CTV.CA.

Time.com Article on the Morals of Eating Meat

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I went to a restaurant for a work lunch and everyone ate meat but me, even the animal lovers. meat farm animal welfare factory farm farm sanctuaryGene Bauer from Farm Sanctuary appears in this article. Pretty intense, but I hope people read it. There is a disturbing hedonism to eating. We just don't think about where that flesh came from.and most of us don't care.

Is Cheap Meat Endangering Our Lives?

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Will our desire to mass-produce cheap meat end in a health disaster? How much harm will we do to ourselves in the name of cheap meat? But once you factor in the cost of all these diseases and pandemics, cheap meat suddenly looks like an illusion. Tags: meat Swine Flu factory farm agribusiness Very interesting opinion piece about how factory farms facilitate the rapid spread of viruses into the food supply.

Sea Shepherd Busts Whale Meat Importer

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is just about ready to chalk up a win against a California seafood dealer who imported endangered whale meat from Tokyo and sold it to Califorian restaurants. Today, according to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Ginichi Y Ohira was charged in Los Angeles federal court with selling whale meat in violation of the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. From examiner.com.

US Government Continues Subsidizing Meat Industry

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Dog Meat Still on the Menu in Beijing

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Looks like the ban on dog meat during the Olympics was a farce. Tags: dog meat china Big surprise. I'm sure it will be more out in the open along with their choking pollution problem once the games end.

Meat the Facts Video

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Red Meat

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Cloned Meat

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Here is a New York Times story about the cloning of animals for meat

Meat with No Feet!?

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A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose. Well, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to being able to produce “meat with no feet&#. “The Washington D.C.

Canned Meat

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Here is proof (in case you needed it) that human beings will eat almost anything

DNA Bar Codes Could Help Identify Illegal Bush Meat

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One of the major challenges in combating the bushmeat trade is identifying the source species for the meat and products. Once an animal has been carved up, meat looks like meat and leather looks like leather. According to a paper published in the September 1 online edition of the journal Conservation Genetics, DNA bar codes can be used to quickly and clearly distinguish the source species of meat or leather goods for many rare and threatened species.

Alistair Darling Refuses to Eat Seal Meat at G7 Meeting

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He refused to eat the seal meat that the local Inuit community offered to the meeting participants, instead eating Arctic char. They're basically making participants choose between eating seal meat or pissing off the Inuits and risk being called racists. Alistair Darling, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, is in Canada for a G-7 meeting. Good for him! Real emotional blackmail on the part of the Canadians.

Canadian Prime Minister Eats Seal Meat

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He's doing it to show his opposition to the EU's ban on seal products. Canada plans on appealing to the WTO. Stay classy Harper!

In Vitro Meat

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PETA is offering a $1,000,000 reward to anyone who creates commercially viable in vitro meat. I don't see any ethical problem with producing or consuming such meat. Do you? Addendum: Here is a New York Times story about the reward

On the Land Grant University Meat Problem

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If you might wish to thank Utne for helping inform about the land-grant-university (LGU) meat problem and ask them to do more on it, send a brief note to editor@utne.com or Editors, Utne Reader, 12 North 12th Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55403 -- or ring them up at 612-338-5040 (editors actually answer the phone, but don't take advantage!). Instead, our LGUs teach the false ancient beliefs that maintain meat -- including dairy, fish, eggs, and feed crops -- as an institution. .

Designer Meat

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Bob Smith sent a link to this. My first reaction was revulsion. But is it any more revolting than factory farming

Amazon Sells Whale Bacon?

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meat marine animals whales amazon exotic meat JapanEwwwww. And it is, of course, on Amazon's Japan website.

"A Meat-Crazed Society"

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Here is a New York Times op-ed column by philosopher Gary Steiner

Canada Promoting Seal Meat and Fur in China

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Now there is a marriage made in heaven, two countries with atrocious records on animal issues have come together. The EU was a small market for Canada. Of course, we're disappointed in their actions," Ms. Shea said by telephone from China today. That being said, there are many other markets out there. That's what we're doing in China. We're trying to expand on the market that's here." Maybe they can start trading them for bear gall bladders and tiger parts.

Should We Legalize Dog Meat?

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Should we legalize dog meat for human consumption? Saletan discusses some reader reactions to his first post on legalizing dog meat here. Should we be eating dog meat For a discussion of the issue, see William Saletan’s recent post at the Human Nature Blog. What's next? Soylent green? Weigh in. What do you think?

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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On March 11th, RPA sent the governors of all 50 states a letter and two factsheets urging them to help get their land-grant universities (LGUs) out of the meat industry. The meat industry is inherently destructive and inhumane, there is no way to make it otherwise, and much of the harm it does to ecosystems is by inflicting suffering and death on billions of nonhuman animals, farmed and free-living, each year. Many say you can’t eat meat and be an environmentalist.

Meat and Romance

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Here is a New York Times story about mixed couples, and no, I'm not talking about race, religion, or politics

The Economics of Meat

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Someone sent a link to this blog post, which shows why economics is known as "the dismal science." It also lends credence to the dictum that economists know the cost of everything and the value of nothing

The Politics of Meat

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Here is a Wall Street Journal column about foie gras

Growing Meat vs. Going Vegetarian

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In today's Dot Earth post " Can People Have Meat and a Planet, Too? ," Andrew Revkin explores the brave new world of growing meat cultures in vitro as a more humane and possibly more environmentally friendly way of producing meat. Every day, some people switch from meat-based diets to vegetarian diets. See whether your desire for meat doesn't wane in the absence of larger-than-life images of animal products flashing across the screen.

"The Carbon Footprint of Meat"

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One of my students directed my attention to this news story

Graphic Photo of Protest in Spain

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meat protests spain activismIt's a pretty powerful image.

Peter Singer on Meat-Eating

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