The Best and Worst of 2007
- Now that 2007 is over and we all have perfect 20-20 hindsight, here are my
choices for the best and worst veg*n/animal rights ("AR") news stories,
people & events of 2007:
Veg*n news story of the year: Bagged spinach recalled from stores across
the USA. This story reminded folks that, even if you're a veg*n, you have
to be concerned about what you eat.
AR news story of the year: Football player/dog fighter Michael Vick pleaded
guilty to federal animal cruelty charges. This huge story educated the
public to the horror of dog fighting and the need to eradicate it from this
AR activist(s) of the year: The Best Friends Animal Society of Kanuba,
Utah, which convened a group of religious leaders from all backgrounds who
produced the proclamation in support of compassion to animals.
Veg*n activist(s) of the year: Robert Cohen of NotMilk.com for his
never-ending efforts to save us all from the ill health effects of cows'
milk. As Robert says it: "Got puss?"
AR media event of the year: PBS documentary "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural
History," which told the stories of hundreds of chimpanzees saved from
research labs, two of which -- The Coulston Foundation of Alamogordo and New
York University's Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in
Primates -- were shut down.
AR victory of the year: Animal shelters across Israel prepared to take in
new tenants after the Knesset passed a law outlawing all animal testing for
cleaning products. The law, which passed a final reading and went into
effect immediately, freed the 2,000-3,000 animals that were used to test
AR disappointment of the year: The State of California repealed its
longstanding ban on the importation of kangaroo products.
"They just don't get it" award: It's a toss up between the Jewish
environmental group Hazon for slaughtering 3 goats at their annual
conference and Greenpeace Australia for urging people to eat kangaroos to
fight global warming. With friends like those, who needs enemies?
Mondo Bizarro story of the year: Just when you thought things couldn't get
any weirder, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans to allow
the sale of food from cloned animals.
Wildlife news of the year: 2 whales lost in northern California's
Sacramento River found their way back to the Pacific ocean.
Celebrity of the year: Sir Paul McCartney for calling for a veggie world to
prevent global warming.
Idiot of the year award: Food writer Nina Planck for her "Death by
Veganism" op-ed hit-piece in the New York Times.
So bye-bye to 2007. Let's hope that this new year brings more progress and
less disappointment in our efforts to make this a more compassionate,
healthier and environmentally sound planet.
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