Celebrity chief Wolfgang Puck agrees with Burger King: animals deserve more humane treatment before they're carved up for America's dinner plates. During a week of Easter and Passover dinners, is the fast-food nation rethinking its eating habits? Is the highly mechanized food industry going organic? Also, freed British marines and sailors say they were tools of Iranian propaganda and, on Reporter's Notebook, what happens when you call 911?
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While they were captives, the British marines and sailors appeared to "confess" that they crossed into Iranian waters. Now home, they tell a very different story. Saying they were not in Iranian waters and that their televised confessions were made under duress, they say they were stripped, isolated and threatened with prison until they appeared on Iranian media for what they call "propaganda." We hear from the former captives and get reaction.
The 911 emergency call number has been around for more than 30 years, with the goal of rapid response to impending disaster, medical problems or crimes in progress. Cell-phone technology ought to be bringing us closer to that objective, but in 40 percent of America's counties, it's not. In Cherokee County, Oklahoma, a woman being beaten by an intruder in front of her 3- and 4-year old daughters dialed 911 on her cell phone and threw it under a sofa, but operators could do nothing but listen for almost a half hour. Authorities lacked the technology needed to find her. Patrick Halley speaks for the National Emergency Number Association.
Patrick Halley, Spokesman for the National Emergency Number Association
Arizona and Florida now ban the raising of pregnant pigs in confining cages. Oregon's Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio has introduced a federal law to promote more humane treatment of all farm animals. Now, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck says his restaurants and frozen foods will only use meat from animals that have been humanely treated. From Wolfgang Puck to Burger King, animal rights are going mainstream. Will meats and poultry be different if there's less cruelty on the way to the slaughterhouse?
Marlene Shyer, Autor of fiction books for adults and children
Steven Grover, VP of Food Safety, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance for Burger King
Paul Shapiro, Director of the Humane Society's Factory Farming Campaign
Dave Radlo, CEO of Radlo Foods