Dan Murphy

Commentary: Fighting the fanatics

University researchers in Florida who work with animals are now lobbying the state legislature for the right to shelter personal information from animal activists intent on intimidating them. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Caribbean caper

When you hear the phrase ‘Cayman Islands hedge fund,’ what comes to mind? Billionaires, financiers and venture capitalists, right? Now you can add (alleged) ‘animal activist group.’ FULL STORY »

Commentary: Playing the extinction card

Activists are busy sharpening another dart to throw at ranchers — now they’re accused of sending the wildlife we love to watch (on TV) into extinction. But guess who’s pushing back? FULL STORY »

Commentary: The upside of going veggie

Most folks would classify an upward trend in the number of people embracing vegetarianism as a negative development. But here’s a different, more upbeat, way to view those data. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Chinese conundrum

The growth in meat and poultry exports to China is good for the U.S. industry — for now. But the question must be asked: Can the production needed to supply that tonnage expand indefinitely? FULL STORY »

Commentary: A vote for goat

If you hate the very idea of raising livestock, then you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do for the thousands of impoverished refugees now living in our nation’s most liberal state. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Gagging on the law

Even as Idaho joins a handful of other states in passing an ‘ag gag’ bill to criminalize unauthorized recording of livestock operations, the law may not last long on appeal. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Bugs vs. beef

To meet the challenge of providing nourishment to a global population likely to surpass nine billion by mid-century, there’s an intriguing new proposal: Grow and eat insects. Seriously. FULL STORY »

Commentary: A racket like no other

Hot off the press: Another withering attack on animal agriculture and the impact modern meat production has on our economy and our lifestyles. Its assault may be accurate, but is it fair? FULL STORY »

Commentary: We’re getting warmer

No — not global warming. It’s industry that’s getting closer to a strategy on biotech labeling that might finally begin to defuse the fear and loathing anti-GMOs activists are so good at stoking. FULL STORY »

Commentary: No sale, Chipotle

The activist fringe is on a vendetta to punish perhaps the most progressive, animal-friendly restaurant chain around. Why? Because they want the whole enchilada, not just a bite or two. FULL STORY »

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