Friday, February 02, 2007

Coincidence?

In the same week, three large North American meat producers have announced the phasing out of animal-raising practices that have long drawn criticism from animal rights advocates. Smithfield Farms and Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. have both announced that they will no longer use "sow gestation" stalls in their pork production facilities, and Marcho Farms has announced that it will stop the pratice of tethering veal calves.

I don't have the time to investigate now, but I wonder - what's going on here? I don't think it makes me hugely cynical to raise an eyebrow when industry leaders make a seemingly spontaneous flip-flop on controversial policies.

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