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Spanish Why Vegan!
Thanks to Bruce Friedrich, Peta has joined with Vegan Outreach to produce a
hard copy of the Spanish version of Why Vegan? Copies should be available
by the end of January.
USA Today Reports Vegetarian Diets "OK"
New Instant Messenger Project from PETA
'Skins' allow users to share their interests with others as the graphics you
have chosen show up on the messenger
of those you're talking to. More tech to spread the message!
Spare the Pigs
Viva!USA has recently launched a campaign
specific to pigs, one of the most
abused species today (link requires RealPlayer). Here
is an article on the launch.
Meat Processors Can't Be Shut Down:
Ruling Denies USDA Power to Close
Plants for Salmonella
Excerpts from Washington Post article (Wednesday, December 12, 2001;
The Agriculture Department will no longer close down meat processing plants
that repeatedly fail to control potentially harmful salmonella bacteria, following
a decision last week by a federal appeals court that the government did not
have that authority to move against the plants.
The decision by the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a decision
by U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish in Texas, who ruled in 2000 that the USDA
acted improperly when it closed the Supreme Beef Processors Inc. plant because
it failed a salmonella test three different times. Supreme Beef, which is now
in bankruptcy, was a major supplier of ground beef for school lunch programs.
But the case took on a much wider significance with the appeals court decision
because the judges also agreed to allow the National Meat Association to intervene
in the case. The group has challenged USDA's authority to close plants that
fail salmonella tests, saying that the action unfairly penalizes companies that
are not providing unsafe meat.
Caroline Smith Dewaal, a food safety advocate with the Center for Science
in the Public Interest, called the court decision "a huge step backward
in the safety of ground beef products."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says salmonella from
all sources causes 2 million to 4 million illnesses and 500 deaths
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