Friday, September 19, 2003

Beef it's called nutrition

The attacks on Natural Resources continue. Isn’t it unbelievable that we must relentlessly tell the consuming public the truth about the essentials of life. To start with, one fundraising group saw an opportunity to capture headlines in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is calling for the cancer society to cancel its inaugural Cattle Barons' Ball here and in the 50 other U.S. cities where the fund-raiser has been held annually since the 1970s."

Quote from PCRM president Dr Neal Barnard, "It's no different than if the ACS held smoking marathons to raise money for lung cancer research."

So is there any doubt about where this campaign is heading. If you are not sure, check out Activist Cash and you will get the whole picture about these people. Also if you would like to send a letter to the editor of the Atlanta paper here is the address

"Meat consumption is just as dangerous to public health as tobacco use … It’s time we looked into holding the meat producers and fast-food outlets legally accountable."
— PCRM’s Neal Barnard in a September 1999 U.S. Newswire press release, urging a federal lawsuit against “Big Meat”

Winter is coming

The closer we get to “coat weather”, the easier it is to get emotions stirs about the clothing business. This is a form letter that one fundraising group has sent out for people to send to the New Hampshire Program. This type of thing happens every day. I just want to share with you how well organized these groups are. Below is the factual information from Fur Commission. Teresa Platt is always on top of these issues and that is why fur sales continue to set new retail records each year.

The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program should not be a forum for the slaughter of wildlife. I am dismayed to learn that the New Hampshire Trappers Association annually donates a fur coat to the scholarship recipient. As a bridge to higher learning, your program ought to feature ethically responsible gifts.

Coats derived from wild animals mutilated in steel-jawed leghold or conibear traps do not project intelligence or sophistication. I strongly encourage the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program to stop providing a public relations vehicle for the cruel and
barbaric trapping trade.

And here is the factual information from Fur Commission USA.

Furbearing Animals are More Plentiful than Ever
No furs from endangered species are sold in the United States. Fur sold in the U.S. comes from one of two sources: from fur farms or from trapping regulated by state governments. As wildlife habitat has given way to civilization, it has become vital to manage animal populations not only for the protection of people but for the survival of the animals themselves. That's why trapping is recognized, endorsed and regulated by government as an important element in proper wildlife management.

Consumer Polls

If you want people to believe what you think call it a consumer poll. How do people compare the resources of plant to animals and why? Thought you might find this Washington Post article of interest.

WASHINGTON - Consumers generally support tinkering with plant genes so crops will produce inexpensive medicines, but they are less comfortable with the idea of modifying animals for the same purpose, a new survey says. Eighty-one percent of 1,000 Americans interviewed for the poll by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology said designing biotech crops to make affordable drugs is a good idea, but just 49 percent of them believe genetically engineering animals for drugs is a good idea.

"As you go up the evolutionary ladder, people are less comfortable with genetic modification of any animals," said Michael Rodemeyer, executive
director for the Pew Initiative, a research group.

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