DawnWatch: NY Times on end of Dairy Council’s milk and weight loss ads 5/11/07

Monday, May 14th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: May 11, 2007 7:55 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times on end of Dairy Council’s milk and weight loss ads 5/11/07

The Friday, May 11, New York Times includes an article, by Kim Severson, headed, “Dairy Council to End Ad Campaign That Linked Drinking Milk With Weight Loss.” (Pg A 22)

It opens:

“A national advertising campaign that associates dairy products with weight loss will be curtailed because research does not support the claim, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

“The advertisements, conceived by the promotional arm of the dairy industry and overseen by the Agriculture Department, feature slogans like ‘Milk your diet. Lose weight!’ and suggest that three servings of dairy products a day can help people be slim.

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SATYA’s October ’06 Issue Available!

Monday, October 9th, 2006

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From: Satya Magazine – satya [at] satyamag.com
Date: Oct 9, 2006 6:12 PM
Subject: SATYA’s October Issue Available!

The SATYA October Issue is Now Available!

See highlights at http://www.satyamag.com

Milking Us Gently?

The Debate on “Humane” Animal Products Continues with Peter Singer, Lee Hall, Diane Halverson, Miyun Park, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Joan Dunayer and James LaVeck

Satya - October 2006

On the cover: Cow Fridge. Artwork by Veronica Ibarra

The debate on “humane” animal products continues in Satya’s October issue, Milking Us Gently? with a special section on dairy cows, calves and workers.
The issue kicks off with Catherine Clyne’s editorial “Brave New Veal: Something Wicked This Way Comes,” a commentary on the support for rosĂ© veal in the UK.

Peter Singer and Capers in the Churchyard author Lee Hall offer their thoughts on the direction of animal advocacy, while James LaVeck provides an insightful look at how corporations seek to control social justice movements.

Founders of Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, Animal Acres, Animal Place and the recently closed OohMahnee Farm Animal Sanctuary also chime in with thoughts about “humane” and cage-free products.

All this and much more.

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DawnWatch: Ben & Jerry’s commits to egg producer changes — NY Times and others — 9/27/06

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Sep 27, 2006 7:37 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Ben & Jerry’s commits to egg producer changes — NY Times and others — 9/27/06

Ben & Jerry’s has committed itself to abandoning its current egg supplier and phasing in the use of eggs that come from hens housed under higher welfare standards. That story is in a few papers today, Wednesday, September 27. Associated Press coverage means it is likely to be in more tomorrow.

The New York Times carries the story as part of Marian Burros’s “Eating Well Notebook” on the front page of the Dining Section (F1). Burros heads the piece, “Et Tu, Ben and Jerry?” and writes:

“First Chicago banned the sale of foie gras. Then Whole Foods stopped selling live lobster. Now Ben and Jerry’s has pledged not to use eggs that come from a farm that the Humane Society of the United States has accused of being cruel to its laying hens. Animal rights activists are on a roll. While they pursue high-profile cases they are also signing up farmers who, in exchange for taking a pledge to treat their animals humanely, are permitted to label their products ‘Certified Humane. In its latest efforts on behalf of animals, the Humane Society has shamed Ben and Jerry’s into changing to eggs from cage-free hens by calling the company hypocritical for criticizing ‘giant industrial farming operations’ on its Web site.”

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HSUS: Breaking News on Ben and Jerry’s Campaign

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Please Thank Ben & Jerry’s

In some of the best news for egg-laying hens this year, Ben & Jerry’s has decided to adopt a cage-free egg policy for the eggs it uses in its ice cream. Please thank Ben & Jerry’s for taking such a positive step—there’s nothing like good feedback to reinforce a good decision.

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DawnWatch: Artificial hormones in cows’ milk on Boston Globe front page — 9/25/06

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Sep 25, 2006 8:24 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Artificial hormones in cows’ milk on Boston Globe front page — 9/25/06

The Monday, September 25 Boston Globe has a front page story headed, “2 Dairies to End Use of Artificial Hormones; Hope to Compete with Organic Milk.”

It opens:

“The region’s biggest dairies are rushing to rid their bottled milk of artificial growth hormones in a bid to draw back customers who have switched to organic milk.

“Dean Foods, which operates the Garelick plant in Franklin, and H.P. Hood, which operates a plant in Agawam, are demanding that regional farmer cooperatives supply them with milk from cows that haven’t been injected with synthetic hormones that boost milk production.

“Over the next few weeks, jugs of Hood and Garelick milk with labels pledging ‘no artificial growth hormones’ should start filling supermarket shelves a strategy the dairies hope will satisfy the chief concern of consumers going organic and do so at less than half the retail price of organic milk.”

Demonstrating that artificial growth hormones are not the only concern of organic milk buyers, we read:

“But Nasser Hussain, a teacher from Boston, said he buys organic milk largely because he opposes industrial farming. ‘Organic to me means they let the cows out of the pen,’ he said.”

(Note: Unfortunately that is somewhat misleading. An August 20 front page story in the Chicago Tribune shared complaints that cows on large organic dairy farms are hardly able to graze. It referred to guidelines being sought by the Organic Standards Board that would organic require dairy cows to get about one-third of their diet from pasture four months out of the year — i.e. one ninth of their diet from pasture. See http://tinyurl.com/mz56s for more on that Tribune story.)

You’ll find today’s front page Globe story online here OR http://tinyurl.com/o6blp

It opens the door for letters about the treatment of cows on dairy farms, and from those who have found happy substitutes for cow’s milk.

A nice source of information is http://www.dumpdairy.com

The Boston Globe takes letters at letter [at] globe.com

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Shorter letters are more likely to be published.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at http://www.DawnWatch.com. To unsubscribe, go to http://www.dawnwatch.com/cgi-bin/dada/dawnwatch_unsubscribe.cgi
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HSUS: A Scoop of Lies from Ben & Jerry’s

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Aug 22, 2006 8:00 AM
Subject: A Scoop of Lies from Ben & Jerry’s


The Humane Society of the United States
Humane Action Network Alert
August 22, 2006



Is Ben & Jerry’s serving up “Chocolate Chip Cruelty Dough”? On its web site, the ice cream company known for its social conscience criticizes what it calls “giant, industrial farming operations,” and it ends one of its commercials with the tag line, “Ben & Jerry’s: Join our fight for small family farms.”

But this week, after nearly a year of promises to The Humane Society of the United States that it would phase out battery-cage eggs in its ice cream, the company has done an about-face and chosen to continue to buy eggs–perhaps 20 to 30 million of them a year–from factory farms that confine egg-laying hens in tiny battery cages so small the birds can’t even spread their wings.

You’ve taken action to help farm animals before (thank you!). Today, caged hens are counting on you again to show Ben & Jerry’s that it should live up to its socially responsible reputation and lose the battery cage eggs in its ice cream.

Tell Ben & Jerry’s right now to stop supporting this cruelty!

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DawnWatch: Organic dairy critics on Chicago Tribune front page — 8/20/06

Monday, August 21st, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Aug 20, 2006 4:45 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Organic dairy critics on Chicago Tribune front page — 8/20/06

The Sunday, August 20, Chicago Tribune has a front page story headed, “Organic. Critics say dairy tests the boundaries and spirit of what ‘organic’ means.”

It opens:

“With its neat white barns and lush green pastures, the Horizon Organic dairy farm on the outskirts of this tiny town on Maryland’s picturesque Eastern Shore would seem to fit the organic ideal.

“But on a recent Wednesday morning, with crisp blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s, there was something missing from Horizon’s pastures. Namely, there were no cows.

“Critics of Horizon, including two former workers, say the empty pastures are emblematic. The dairy’s new management, installed a year ago, has been so obsessed with increasing production to meet the soaring demand for organic milk that it has mostly kept the cows in the barn, the former workers allege, despite a U.S. Department of Agriculture requirement that organic cows have access to pasture.

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From the mouths of blamers…

Monday, June 5th, 2006

“I saw a commercial on TV last night wherein a hot skinny woman in her 20s takes a tiny ladylike bite of an ice cream product and pretty much has an orgasm. She closes her eyes and is contorted by some kind of sexy rapture attack, presumably because the ice cream has unlocked the mysteries of her G-spot for the first time. Fatty frozen desserts made from tortured factory livestock have that power over women.

“I wish regender.com worked on video. The idea of a commercial where a male model ejaculates over a tiny ladylike bite of cheap ice cream makes me laugh and laugh.”

Twisty Faster: gentleman farmer, spinster aunt, patriarchy-blamer