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Animal Rights Activists Are Not Terrorists

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

I remember when the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) came out. Its potential chilling effects on freedom of speech were obvious from the beginning due to its overly broad wording.

The good news, as the video reports, is the constitutionality of the law is now being challenged by a group of activists with the assistance of the Center for Constitutional Rights in Blum v. Holder. They say they have indeed felt that aforementioned chill on their advocacy work. Let’s wish them luck in stemming the eroding tide!

Related Reading: Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege

Congress Declares Pizza A Vegetable?

Friday, November 25th, 2011

No doubt by now you’ve heard the news. Has Congress actually made it so pizza (still) counts as a vegetable in school lunches?

Backstory: Late last year, President Obama signed a bill until law seeking to improve the quality and healthfulness of the school lunch program. Here is the White House Press release with a sample menu and fact sheet.

And now, this year, with lobbyist pressure from the frozen food industry among others, Congress appears to be going about weakening the act. The LA Times coverage, both in the lead up to the vote, and after, may be some of the best on the controversy.

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Hug A Vegetarian Day 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Now here’s a holiday we can all get behind. According to PETA (maybe they invented it – anyone know?), today, September 30th is this year’s “Hug A Vegetarian Day!” You know what to do…

Get out there and share your veggie pride!

Here’s the PETA Hug A Vegetarian Day site for the occasion. Rather adorable, don’t you think?

Anyway, here’s wishing you a great day of fantastic, cruelty-free dining and friendship. Sending you a *virtual hug* :)

Veggie Love: PETA’s Banned Super Bowl Ad

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I bring you the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’s infamous and ill-fated Veggie Love spot, intended to run during Super Bowl XLV (2011) on NBC.

Looks like the same one they tried to run a couple years ago, and again the network banned it, reasoning the advertisement “depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.” I don’t know, doesn’t seem any worse than the bikini beer ads.

“Veggie Love”: PETA’s Banned Super Bowl Ad

At least they saved themselves the gazillion dollars it would have cost to have their 30 televised seconds. And they still got a ton of publicity from the controversy and people sharing it online.

Here’s another banned PETA commercial from Thanksgiving 2009:

What do you think of these attempts? Three cheers or three jeers?

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