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The Great Cockroach Escape

They call it “traditional medicine.” The million-and-a-half cockroaches in a backyard greenhouse-like facility were going to be ground up and the cockroach “extract” sold as a…

James Gandolfini’s Last Supper: Foie Gras

James Gandolfini’s family quoted his autopsy as saying that the 51-year-old actor had “died of a heart attack, of natural causes.”

But there’s nothing “natural” about dying of a heart attack when you’re 51 years old. Especially when you read what Gandolfini had for dinner the night he died.

Colbert on Chicken Cages

Stephen Colbert takes the side of (and you know what that means!) Iowa Rep. Steve King, who’s pro-dogfighting, against evacuating pets in natural disasters, and angry…

For Pigs, a Match Made in Hell

Smithfield, the world’s biggest producer of factory-farmed pigs, has agreed to be taken over by Shuanghui, China’s biggest pork producer.

Shuanghui has 13 factory farms that produce more than 2.7 million tons of meat each year. For $4.7 billion, it will take possession of Smithfield and its 460 facilities that raise 15.8 million hogs a year.

What does this mean for the pigs?

H7N9 Has Escaped from China

At a briefing in Beijing yesterday, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, an assistant director general at the World Health Organization, called H7N9 “definitely one of the most lethal influenza viruses we’ve seen.”

He added that “the potential development of human-to-human spread cannot be ruled out.”

Could Ag-Gag Laws Backfire?

Rather than cleaning up their act in the wake of undercover videos, factory farms are fighting to keep people from seeing what goes on at their operations.

But a new campaign is now emerging: Make webcams mandatory in all factory farms so we can all see what’s going on at all times.

Why Dead Pigs Are Floating Down a Chinese River

First it was 7,500 dead pigs floating down the Huangpu River two weeks ago, as it was winding its way through Shanghai. A few days later, it had risen to 13,000. And right now it’s over 16,000.

No one seems to know where they came from.

Nor how 1,000 dead ducks were floating in the Nanhe river in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province.