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USDA Charges Circus After PETA Complaints

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Looks like a circus may be busted after not being so kind to their elephants!

After two complaints from PETA, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has filed formal charges against Cole Bros. Circus due to the lack of physical safety and psychological well-being of two elephants.

PETA claimed that Tina and Jewell were forced to travel and perform despite being underweight by HUNDREDS of pounds.

The USDA has filed over 10 charges against the circus and have confiscated both elephants.

The charges include:

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Largest Supermarket Chain In The U.S. Stops Selling Pink Slime

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We're so glad food retailers are making the RIGHT decision by ending the sale of beef that includes what the meat companies call "lean, finely textured beef," and what we call "gross."

Kroger, the largest chain of supermarkets in the U.S., has announced it will no longer purchase beef with pink slime, an ammonia-treated filler/cheap and disgusting substitute for real meat.

The grocery giant released a statement explaining their decision that reads:

"Our customers have expressed their concerns that the use of lean finely textured beef — while fully approved by the USDA for safety and quality — is something they do not want in their ground beef. As a result, Kroger will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean finely textured beef."

Thank you!

Kroger has joined Safeway, the second-largest supermarket chain, in their initiative, along with Dutch-owned chain Stop & Shop.

Does your store still sell pink slime? Don't buy it! Tell the managers you want ACTUAL meat and you'll take your business elsewhere if they don't get it.

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70% Of Grocery Store Ground Beef Contains Pink Slime!

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70% of the ground beef available in grocery stores is made out of dog food. Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but sadly, not by that much.

Earlier this week we told you about this disgusting "pink slime" stuff that was being mixed with meat and fed to kids in school lunches. The beef trimmings were once only legal in dog food and cooking oils, but then the USDA decided it's cool to mix with human food as long as it's treated with ammonia.

Well, this stuff just isn't being force fed to kids either, we're ALL eating it. An ABC News investigation has revealed that 70% of all ground beef found in grocery stories contains pink slime. So, essentially, we're eating what we used to consider dog food.

To make matters worse and 70% of ground beef 100% MORE unappetizing, the original term for pink slime was soylent pink. In case you've never seen the Charlton Heston movie, Soylent Green was made out of dead human beings.

Gerald Zirnstein, a former USDA scientist who coined the term, quit his job after his bosses approved its use in our beef and now grinds his own hamburger meat to avoid digesting the stuff. In an interview, he recalled that when he brought up the issue to former undersecretary of agriculture, Joann Smith, she simply responded that "it’s pink, therefore it’s meat."

She now works for the company that produces pink slime and has made millions of dollars as a result of her legalizing the use of the cheap excuse for real meat.

Don't ya just love how our government works? Check out the ABC News story above for all the details and get ready to go vegan! Ha!

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Beef Consumption Continues To Decline In The United States

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PETA must be ecstatic! Ha!

American's are either eating more veggies or all those Chic-fil-A commercials are working because beef consumption in the United States has continued to decline in 2011.

According to the USDA, this year's U.S. per capita beef consumption was at 57.4 lbs. per person, which is down 13% from 2001 and 25% from 1980!

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Ryan Gosling Stands Up For Chickens

Ryan Gosling Peta Chickens USDA

This man is a hero!

Not only did he stop a street fight earlier this month, he is also helping PETA urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to revoke its approval of foam-based extermination.

The method kills birds in a torturous process that can take up to fifteen minutes. The stress they endure in their final minutes is like that of being buried alive.

This is unacceptable.

In a beautiful letter, Ryan Gosling wrote:

If dogs and cats were killed in this way, the person committing these acts would be charged with cruelty to animals.

He continued, asking the USDA to only approve of humane methods, including an alternative that uses carbon dioxide to painlessly render birds unconscious.

He's also written to KFC and McDonald's in the past too.

This man is amazing — on and off screen! Thanks for being such a great role model, Ryan!!

[Image via Lu Chau/WENN.]

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The Secret To Maintaining Weight Loss

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Maintaining Weight loss

Losing weight is only half of the battle, keeping it off is the other half!

A new USDA study of 926 people with BMIs 25 or higher (the marker for being overweight), who lost 10 percent or more of their total weight, found the TWO main reasons participants were able to keep the weight they lost off.

It wasn't switching up their workout routine, laying off the carbs, or any other diet or fitness secret that may come to mind. In fact, the secret was actually IN their mind all along!

The SECRET to keeping that weight off is following two simple steps: Reward and Remind yourself.

Researchers found those who practiced these two R's were MORE LIKELY to stay motivated after they lost the weight and continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

Although rewarding yourself after hitting a weight-loss milestone is a great motivation to continue the journey, it's also great motivation to keep the weight off. For example, schedule an awesome weekend activity you've always wanted to do (or just love to do) after you've hit up every workout session you were supposed to!

It's tempting to reward yourself with the delicious food you've been missing for the last 20 pounds, but remind yourself WHY you've been avoiding these foods and look in the mirror at where avoiding them got you!'

Remember, the secret to maintaining a healthy weight is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Remind yourself that you made the healthy changes for a reason and reward yourself for sticking to them!

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Food Pyramid Replaced With ‘Food Icon’

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Food Pyramid Replaced With ‘Food Icon’

Remember that food pyramid thing you memorized in health class?

It’s gone.

The USDA, along with the help of Michelle Obama, has replaced it with the “Food Icon,” which is in the shape of a plate.

It’s supposed to serve as a guide to what your plate should look like (basically) at meal time.

Said the First Lady in a press release:

"When a mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we're already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it's tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to look at our kids' plates."

We like this. It certainly won’t solve our nation’s health crisis, but we like it.

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