Today’s first course?
Some scary moments in Brazil after a knife-wielding monkey went after patrons at a local bar. According to a news blog in the area, the monkey allegedly threatened the men, but not the women inside. This all began after the animal walked into the bar, drank a full glass of rum, and then took the knife. It’s still unclear if those inside the bar were finally able to guide the monkey outside, or if he left on his own. However, once outside, the animal climbed onto the roof with the knife still in hand. Luckily this whole thing ended without any injuries and the monkey is now in captivity. No word on whether or not any charges will be filed. To see the full video of the ordeal captured by an eyewitness, head on over to this story in the News in Brief section.
It’s a story we first brought you several months ago, and now President Obama is weighing in. As you may recall, folks criticized several American companies, including Nestlé and Cargill, after they allegedly sold products made with slave-caught fish as well as forced labor-produced chocolate. Well now, President Obama has signed a bill that officially ends these practices. So what does this mean? The measure closes an 86-year-old loophole in The Tariff Act of 1930, which made it possible to block slave labor-produced goods. The act signed by the president eliminates the vague phrase “consumptive demand,” which allowed market demand to determine whether or not the tariff act would be enacted upon. Nestlé, Cargill, and other confectionary companies face legal allegations of slave labor following an investigation that found fishermen working in Thailand were subject to cruel forced-labor-like conditions. Nestlé is also facing a lawsuit from three former cocoa plantation employees who claim that they were forced to work on farms in Mali when they were children.
It may be Leap Day, but Arby’s sure isn’t short on April Fool’s Day style jokes. If you happen to dine at the restaurant at some point today, you may notice it is featuring a vegetarian menu. For non-meat-eaters, this may sound like a dream come true, but Arby’s is pretty much just removing the meat. If you order a vegetarian classic roast beef sandwich, you’ll get a toasted sesame seed bun minus the roast beef… that’s it! Of course, this isn’t the first time the Arby’s “We Got the Meats” sandwich chain has mocked non-meat-eaters. Last year, Arby’s launched a vegetarian hotline for vegetarians who are tempted by sugar-coated pepper bacon.
That’s today’s Daily Dish, thanks for watching. Stop by tomorrow for another helping.