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Activists blur distinction between animal welfare, rights

May 21, 2015  •  San Diego Union-Tribune

What do Corky the orca and Hercules the chimpanzee have in common? Neither are "persons."

Although those facts seem noncontroversial, both required adjudication.

In April, it took a correction from Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe to establish that Hercules was not in fact a person eligible for a writ of habeas corpus. The New York Post reported that the judge "acknowledged that she inadvertently got turned into a monkey's uncle by signing court papers, submitted by (The Nonhuman Rights Project,) that inadvertently bestowed human status on two chimpanzees" used at a state university.

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Mark Bittman's 'A Bone To Pick' Continues His War On Food

May 19, 2015  •  Forbes

Don't let his bespectacled, mild-manner fool you: Mark Bittman is the foodie version of a war-monger.

"There's a war here," the New York Times columnist proclaimed at a food conference last year. His battle is America's next social justice crusade much like civil rights and suffrage. But this time, the oppressors are McDonald's, Wal-Mart and Monsanto. From soda to sugar to meat, Bittman has declared war on nearly every ingredient in the American food system.

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Stupid-Strategy Sweepstakes: Home Depot vs. Lowe's

May 11, 2015  •  National Review Online

Both of the nation's retail hardware behemoths, Home Depot and Lowe's, recently sold out to activists in ways that are the corporate equivalent of a dog's putting his tail between his legs and slinking away from a bully. Home Depot announced that by the end of this year it will stop selling vinyl flooring that contains a class of chemicals called phthalates. It described the move as an effort to "continually challenge our suppliers to develop new, innovative options for our customers." Baloney. What the company did was abandon both science and its customers under pressure from the activist group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, which sponsors the "Mind the Store" campaign that has been strong-arming retailers to remove safe, useful, and affordable products from shelves.

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GMO: Gimmicky Marketing Obfuscations
Perhaps Chipotle should have learned from Starbucks.

May 1, 2015  •  National Review

From grocery stores to Mexican restaurants to coffee shops, do-gooder retailers are serving up a side of liberal politics with every purchase. Earlier this year, Starbucks had to ditch its "Race Together" promotion after backlash from customers who wanted to leave black and white to coffee and cream. Now Chipotle is the latest overpriced chain forced to backpedal: on its claim to "remove the few GMOs in our food so that our customers who choose to avoid them can enjoy eating at Chipotle."

Teenage boys of America, rejoice! Your 2,000-calorie barbacoa burrito is GMO-free (sorta, kinda).

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The Politics of Tu B'Shvat

April 29, 2015  •  Commentary

4.21.15 - 12:00 AM | by Our Readers

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To the Editor:

Kudos to Tevi Troy for describing how leftist Jews "superimpose" their political beliefs onto Jewish festivals such as Tu B'Shvat ["I Think That I Shall Never See a Jew As Lovely As a Tree," February].

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