Mark Bittman, Peter Singer & Jay Keasling on The Colbert Report

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

I’ve been a little lazy in blogging the animal-related segments on The Colbert Report lately – mostly because the guests haven’t much impressed me. But, seeing as Peter Singer appeared on Thursday’s episode, it’s probably time.

First, there was Mark Bittman, a food critic and “vegan” advocate – but only before 6 PM. Yup, you heard me right; Bittman is vegan – for a variety of health, environmental and animal welfare reasons (though methinks non-human animals rank very low on Bittman’s list) – but only up until dinnertime. Then, anything goes.

That’s like a dude saying that he’s kind and respectful toward women, but only until the nighttime – then he beats and rapes them with glee. (Or rather, he hires a third party to do so, and enjoys the hunt through a vicarious thrill.) Hey, one can only be expected to exert willpower and behave ethically for so long, then something’s gotta give, dontchaknow!

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DawnWatch: NY Times write-up on "The Way We Eat" 6/27/06

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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Date: Jun 27, 2006 9:37 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times write-up on “The Way We Eat” 6/27/06

The Health section of the Tuesday, June 27, New York Times (pg F5) has a positive write-up on two new similarly named books, “What to Eat,” by Marion Nestle and “The Way We Eat,” by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. The article’s headline reads, “On Special At Your Local Supermarket: Moral Choices.”

The review explains that Nestle’s book “focuses on how much food we need, what kind, and how to find it” while in their book “Peter Singer, a bioethicist at Princeton, and his co-author, Jim Mason, an animal rights activist, make the case that food choices are ethical choices.”

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