Butchers, pig poop, & truth in advertising

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, Jan/Feb 1998:

The Confederation Francaise de la
Boucherie, a Paris-based 22,000-member
union of butchers, objects to “massacres,
shootings, and throat-cuttings which crop up
in the news described as butchery,” such as
the Ramadan killings of more than 400
women and children in Algeria. A butcher’s
role, the butchers claimed, “evokes peace
and fraternity. He is not an executioner or a
torturer. He is an artisan, in love with his
trade.” Alleged Islamic militants used almost
the same killing methods on the Ramadan victims––and
thousands of others since 1992––as
are used to kill sheep at Ramadan, an Islamic
festival, for fast-ending meals.

The National Pork Producers
Council in May 1997 organized a forum of
industry leaders and public representatives
called the National Environmental Dialog
on Pork Production in an effort to slow
down regulation of hog farming in North
Carolina––but the environmental and community
representatives quit by mid-summer,
followed in November 1997 by the local government
representatives and on December 9
by Wayne McDevitt, North Carolina secretary
of environment and natural resources.
McDevitt questioned whether the industry
members had ever addressed pollution caused
by hog farming and slaughter in good faith.
The British Advertising Standards
Authority in December rapped the
Vegetarian Society for the second time in
two years for allegedly making misleading
claims in ads associating meat consumption
with heart disease and cancer. The ASA said
the Vegetarian Society failed to make clear
than this association is “not yet convincing or
universally accepted,” improperly widened
findings pertaining only to red meat to imply
that they apply to all meat, and misrepresented
government information by implying that
official dietary advice opposes eating red
meat. The ASA during 1997 upheld 37 industry
claims against advocacy charities.

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