Humane Society Ranks States on Animal Welfare

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humane society animal welfareHere's a way to find out how your state ranks. California is #1 again.yay! Washington State, where I currently live, is #6! At the bottom.(drum drum roll please) South Dakota!!!

The Link Between Animal Welfare and Human Welfare

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This is an interesting opinion piece about the link between animal welfare and human welfare in nations. human rights human behavior animal welfareFrom the Huffington Post.

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Animal Welfare in the State of California

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California really is at the forefront of animal welfare and this is an excellent article detailing what's going on in the State and the challenges animal welfare faces. california legislation humane society farm animal welfare animal welfareIt also does a great job at profiling Jennifer Fearing who led the victory of Proposition 2. She sounds amazing.

Ted Kennedy and Animal Welfare

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Interesting article on Senator Edward Kennedy that highlights his little-known contributions to animal welfare. It's from the Humane Society. Tags: legislation animal welfare

Humane Society Likes Obama's Animal Welfare Picks

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I bet you didn't realize that Obama had any animal welfare picks, but he did. And, in general, the Humane Society and its Legislative Fund likes them. He has a strong environmental record and he has supported some animal issues in the past. Tags: Obama humane society USDA us They are very enthusiastic about Tom Vilsack, the proposed Secretary of Agriculture. In fact, he was their top choice.

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Another Fake Animal Welfare Group

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I was browsing for some quotes when I came across this group - The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA). They had a page with quotes from animal rights activists, but as I was reading, I noticed that they were very unfavorable quotes from such activists as Wayne Pacelle and Ingrid Newkirk. The membership roster of NAIA includes some of America's most respected animal professionals, advocates and enthusiasts.

Animal Welfare at Change.org

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Did you see that Change.org now has an Animal Welfare page? is clearly someone who advocates for animal rights. Ernst believes we don't have a right to use sentient nonhumans and all of her posts (and those of Alex Melonas, who also posts at animalrights.change.org) are unequivocal about animal use. Meanwhile, Feldstein's voice, as one would expect, is one that speaks of "humane" treatment and advocates for reform.

The Conflict Between Animal Welfare and Agribusiness

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It spotlights the Humane Society, but I think it's a pretty universal comparison. Tags: corporate lies humane society agriculture agribusiness This article pretty much sums up how the two agendas are simply at cross-purposes. Compassion is perceived to hurt profits.

Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

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Issue 2 in Ohio would create 13-member state board to oversee the care of farm animals in the State. The Humane Society and other groups oppose it as a power grab by big agriculture to prevent another Proposition 2 (the initiative passed last year in California to improve standards for farm animal care.) Tags: ohio farm animal welfare us agribusiness

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Pig Castration in Europe - An Animal Welfare Concern

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They castrate piglets in Europe for sanitary purposes (to avoid taint in the meat), but the methods are not terribly humane. Tags: europe pigs farm animal welfare This year, the European Commission will issue a research contract, worth up to €1 million for a study into alternatives to the castration of pigs and dehorning of cattle.

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Ag Industry Looks Ahead to More Animal Welfare Issues

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Another big issue gaining momentum is animal welfare. You may hate to hear about this, but I do think that the animal-raising industries are going to have to reach some compromises with the Humane Society of the U.S. Tags: farm animal welfare us agribusiness It's a small mention in this Ag Week article about issues coming up in 2009 , but worth noting.

Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) received the Humane Society’s Legislative Leader award for her leadership in protecting animals. The Humane Society of the United States cited Senator Cantwell’s efforts to improve marine mammal rescue capability, including such challenges as disentangling marine mammals from fishing nets. Tags: State of Washington legislation humane society congress us She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington.

Ag's Reaction to Ohio Deal with Humane Society

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Yesterday, I raised the issue that some may think the Humane Society copped out by making a deal with Ohio agriculture and NOT bringing new animal welfare regulations to the ballot. Tags: ohio humane society farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness Well, it looks like, on the other side, big agriculture and others of that ilk feel like Ohio ag itself made a deal with the devil by entering this agreement.

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Trader Joe's Eggs NOT Humane

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Here's what they say about Trader Joe's eggs (definitely does not sound humane to me.) None of the employees at my local store could offer any information concerning the welfare of the hens. Tags: eggs consumption farm animal welfare groceries I decided to look online for some information regarding the "Organic Free Range Eggs" that Trader Joe's, my favorite store, sells. Here is what their web site says.

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More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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I realize that the most humane method of treating chickens is to not kill them for food.BUT, as long as there is still a demand for their meat, PETA is advocating "Controlled-Atmosphere Killing" as an improvement over current methods of electric immobilization. Tags: meat PETA farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. In my opinion, the crux of the question touches on what is “humane.” For some people, it is inhumane to eat meat in any situation, no matter how well the animal is treated prior to and during slaughter.

Doris Day Animal League is Part of the Humane Society?

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I just recently became a member of the Doris Day Animal League. Checking out their website, I came across this page saying that they merged with the Humane Society in 2006. I also learned that the Humane Society merged with the Fund for Animals in 2005. Tags: organizations animal welfare The live link takes me to an announcement in 2006 about the merger. So now I'm a contributor and member of all three.without even realizing they were related!

Humane Society Endorses Obama

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The Obama-Biden ticket is the better choice on animal protection, and we urge all voters who care about the humane treatment of animals, no matter what their party affiliation, to vote for them. has been a solid supporter of animal protection at both the state and federal levels. Not a big surprise considering McCain's VP choice.

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Humane Society Cites Abuses at University of Minnesota

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I don't care if they're supposedly working for altruistic purposes (they're not, but that's another story), they are allowing animals to suffer through negligent care separate from the excruciating experiments they must still undergo. Media-Newswire.com) - The Humane Society of the United States has obtained government reports showing that the University of Minnesota has violated federal standards of care for animals in laboratories. All this stuff makes me sick.

Humane Society University to Offer Courses in Fall 2009

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From the Humane Society's press release. Further advancing its leadership in human-animal studies, Humane Society University, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, announced today that it has received a license as a higher education degree-granting institution by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. The HSUS is the first animal welfare organization to receive such authority and distinction. Very cool!

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Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Kentucky Derby

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Many of these beautiful animals are quite literally raced to death. According to In Defense of Animals , roughly 800 race horses die from their injuries on race tracks each year in the US alone. The much-hyped Kentucky Derby will be taking place this Saturday, May 1st.

Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

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To me, it's another example of the Humane Society's growing savvy and clout in the US. Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov. Tags: ohio humane society farm animal welfare I know many will disagree with me and say it's a cop-out, but I'll take what I can get. From the Associated Press.

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More Alleged Abuse At Iowa Egg Farms

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Another undercover video from the Humane Society. Tags: animal abuse eggs farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

On Humane Societies and Calf-Roping

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Angus directed me to a story about the Calgary Stampede (rodeo) and the Calgary and Vancouver Humane Societies which had me asking: Whose side are they on? Safe, unharmed rodeo animals is an oxymoron). The Vancouver Humane Society wants to ban calf-roping.

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Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. A recent agreement between farmers and animal rights activists here is a rare compromise in the bitter and growing debate over large-scale, intensive methods of producing eggs and meat, and may well push farmers in other states to give ground, experts say.

Surprising NYTimes Editorial about National Egg Production

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The editorial advocates a national standard that establishes humane standards in all parts of the country. battery hens eggs egg production hens farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness chickensSurprising to me at least.

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

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Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists. Well, as it turns out neither a trip to a slaughterhouse nor killing an animal yourself is powerful enough to make people go vegan.

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Who is Jennifer Fearing?

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It turns out that she was the former Humane Society Chief Economist. She used to head United Animal Nations too. Tags: proposition 2 california humane society farm animal welfare I got curious today and googled "Jennifer Fearing," the woman who led the Yes on Proposition 2 campaign. Pretty impressive bio (please note that the bio is from her time at HSUS). I couldn't find any information on her current activities. Probably taking a much needed break.

Let’s Catch Up!

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Alec Baldwin wrote a great piece for the Huffington Post about the vilification of Michael Vick, and how in a lot of ways it’s hypocritical of a lot of people – specifically, if you are a meat eater, a leather-wearer, and an animal user.

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Horse Slaughterhouse Proposed in New Mexico

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This article reaffirms my belief that it's more humane to slaughter horses in the US than to ship them for slaughter to Canada or Mexico. mexico meat horses horse slaughter Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare united statesI don't like it either way, but one is better than the other for sure.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

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The Pork Board has planned delegate meetings at the {annual Pork Industry} forum to discuss quality assurance rules including animal handling, and how much money to allocate to promote animal welfare. Our Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance Programs are designed to demonstrate the care we are giving to our animals everyday on our farms," Cunningham said. It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm."

Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

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They are loving and loyal animals. … Owners should properly care for pit bulls - love, train and keep them humanely enclosed. Tags: Animal Welfare animal advocacy companion animals dogs pictures

CBS News Runs Series on Factory Farms

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Katie Couric did a story on the use of antibiotics on factory farms in the US and the potential harm to humans. According to her, there was a message that removing the use of antibiotics would actually improve these poor animals' welfare. Of course, the question remains as to whether these animals should be in these factory farming conditions in the first place, regardless of antibiotics' use. And, of course, the focus is on the impact on humans.

Animals as Inputs in Accounting

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Here's an example of "joint costs" that says all you need to know about animals as nothing more than inputs in a manufacturing process. Each product must be assigned a cost including the different cuts of meat for human consumption, different food products for animal consumption (pet food) and basic ingredients for glue.". economics cows farm animal welfare agriculture accounting

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Mad Cow Disease Appears in California

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The reemergence of mad cow disease, discovered in a California dairy cow, could have major implications for the state’s meat industry, even though officials have said that the human food supply is unaffected. meat california cows farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness dairyPotentially bad news for California Agriculture. Read the full story here at the LA Times.

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Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court. At issue was whether federal regulations dealing with inspection of domesticated animals about to be killed, processed, and sold for human consumption preempted -- or nullified -- California Penal Code 599f. us supreme court california cows livestock farm animal welfare factory farm

Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

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Travis, like all other chimps, no matter how many amazing “human-like&# behaviors they exhibit, are still wild animals who do not belong to anybody else, and who will undoubtedly revert back to their instincts eventually.

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Mexican Activists Staged Protest Early this Month

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MEXICO CITY – Animal rights activists staged a protest against the sale of pets in Mexico City, urging residents to adopt dogs and other animals instead of buying them. Two of the activists, one painted to look like a dog and the other like a cat, stood in gift boxes holding signs that urged people not to view animals as toys and to adopt pets instead of purchasing them. mexico protests activism animal rights companion animals animal welfare pets

Getting Emotional

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Sometimes being an animal rights advocate is emotionally exhausting. Last night I was watching Animal Planet, as I often do, and the show was about polar bears in the wild. What immediately hit me after getting so emotional about this is how nature is kind in comparison to the horrible cruelties humans impose on non-human animals, especially “food&# animals. Chickens, turkeys, pigs and other farmed animals get nothing of the sort.

Leona Helmsley's Fortune Goes to Medical Research

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Over $100 million went to medical research while about $1 million went to animal welfare causes. Actually, less than $1 million dollars went to animal welfare because a portion went to guide dog associations and that is human welfare as far as I’m concerned.) Originally, animal groups actually thought they’d get a huge piece of the estate because Leona Helmsley had supposedly wanted it that way. To human causes.

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. At issue is Section 599f of the California Penal Code, which, among other things, prohibits slaughterhouses from purchasing, receiving, selling, dragging, or pushing non-ambulatory animals, also known as “downers,” and requires immediate euthanasia of such animals. Did anyone know this was going on?

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Southern Senator Stops Confirmation Over Animal Protection

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According to Michael Markarian from the Humane Society, Sunstein's confirmation is supposedly being held due to pressure from some agribusiness groups. Sunstein is a Harvard law professor who has written about animal protection issues. He is the co-editor, for example, of Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions, which examines views both in favor and against animal law. Georgia readers should contact this Republican Senator and ask what's up.

Clemson Researcher Investigates Impacts of Cages on Laying Hens

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How much suffering can and should they endure without significantly affecting the human pocketbook. Tags: battery hens eggs USDA farm animal welfare us agribusiness It's a study funded by the US Department of Agriculture. One would think it would be elementary. Crowded and filthy conditions mean suffering for hens. But it's not just about the hens.it's s about the money. Or corporate net income. From the Clemson press release.