top stories

earlier today on msnbc.com, i was pleasantly surprised to see not one, but two top stories about animal stuff. seriously, top stories, up at the top, under the heading "top stories." yay! one of them was about hurricane ike and all of the animals who have been displaced, which makes me feel like we've come a fair distance from the horrifying experience of hurricane katrina. it's unfortunate that we had to learn that lesson the terrifying and tragic way, but at least it gives me hope that we're moving in the right direction.

the other top story was about yet another undercover operation in the factory farming/animal agribusiness industry, this time at an iowa pig farm. the story is graphic and extremely sad, so be forewarned if you hadn't heard about it already. anyhow, as awful as the story is, i can't help but get excited (for lack of a better word) that an article like that qualifies as a "top story" on one of the biggest national news websites in the country. 

dear america, please read that story even though it sounds scary from the headline, and please take it to heart, and please don't shove it to the back of your mind with false reassurances that it's only that one farm, and besides, the article says now it's all been taken care of… because, no. 
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