Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Issue Updates

Animal Abuse and Meat Recall
The Humane Society's undercover investigation of Hallmark/Westmoreland meat company resulted in the largest beef recall ever, some 143 million pounds of beef, dating back two years. Criminal charges were brought against the employees known to have abused the cows, though the charges did not extend up the management chain to whomever encouraged this behavior. We can hope for that to happen, though.

Banning Toxic Plastics
Amidst the lead-based toy recalls, other contaminants have also been identified as issues. Among these is phthalates, thought to be linked to reproductive, liver and kidney abnormalities. You can now sign a petition to ask your legislators to ban the use of phthalates in plastics.

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