Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

Critter News

How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there. Humane treatment runs counter to the entire industry when the point is to make money by processing these animals as fast as possible. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “farm animals are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) only when used in biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition.

EU Backing Cloned Animal Products

Critter News

It's bad enough having to deal with the welfare of normal farm animals, but what about the welfare of cloned animals? Concerns surround the ethics of the process, the welfare of the animals and a lack of research on food safety. If this policy is adopted, European farms could be populated by cloned supersize animals used as breeding stock for cows, pigs and sheep that are reared for food. Tags: europe cloning farm animal welfare

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Clemson Researcher Investigates Impacts of Cages on Laying Hens

Critter News

Tags: battery hens eggs USDA farm animal welfare us agribusiness

Pig Castration in Europe - An Animal Welfare Concern

Critter News

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. Tags: europe pigs farm animal welfare They castrate piglets in Europe for sanitary purposes (to avoid taint in the meat), but the methods are not terribly humane.

Do Chickens Feel Empathy?

Critter News

The research is from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol. Now, I think they're wonderful and we sponsor Camilla the Chicken through Farm Sanctuary's animal sponsorship program. farm animal welfare chickens animal emotionsHere's an article from the Telegraph regarding chickens feeling empathy. I used to hate chickens as a child and thought they were irritating.

Animal Health Care is Part of the Bottom Line

Critter News

We've argued in previous posts that factory farming is simply not conducive to animal welfare. Better conditions for animals hurt the bottom line. Animal welfare is a cost of doing business, not a moral obligation. I'm not arguing about the methods as I'm not a veterinarian, but it's a good example of the clinical discussion of costs when it comes to managing farm animal health. Tags: economics pigs farm animal welfare agribusiness

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Komen and KFC: A Match Made in Hell

Critter News

Aside from their support of animal research, I have enountered them in my line of work and find them corporate, condescending, and self-righteous. for cancer research. It's not just a question of animal rights. The more fattening food you eat, the more money goes to cancer research. Tags: animal research Stupid KFC farm animal welfare susan g. I am not a fan of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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EU Bans Battery Cages

Critter News

1, 2012, egg-laying hens across many European countries will live with fewer discomforts: The European Commission has officially implemented its ban on battery cages, the notoriously cramped cages used by many egg farmers and criticized by animal rights proponents and veterinarians who call them cruel and harmful to the birds' welfare. Emeritus Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph in Ontario and the President of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada.

Meat with No Feet!?

Creature Talk

A while back PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) offered $1 million to any company or person who could come up with a cost effective way to produce cloned meat on a large scale, the goal being that people could still satisfy their meat cravings, but that animals wouldn’t have to be slaughtered for that purpose. In this country alone, we raise about 10 billion animals each year for food. Would you support this research?

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Australian Animal Rights Campaign to Help Calves

Critter News

ANIMAL rights groups have begun a campaign against the dairy industry's treatment of bobby calves. Animals Australia has a video on its website showing calves being roughly dragged off utes and thrown to the ground. RSPCA scientific officer (farm animals) Melina Tensen said there had been no independently funded research into the effects of leaving calves unfed for 30 hours. australia calves cows farm animal welfare

Australian Scientists to Study Animal Feelings

Critter News

Australian scientists have set themselves the challenge of understanding the minds of animals and what they are feeling. The challenge is to gain insights - in a scientifically rigorous way - into how animals' minds work," CSIRO scientist Caroline Lee said in a statement on Wednesday. The research is being funded by Meat and Livestock Australia. australia livestock farm animal welfare factory farmThe purpose is to make them happier as livestock.

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

Animal Person

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. Over at Animal Rights and AntiOppression , we’ve been discussing tactics and sharing our thoughts and experiences about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to advocacy. The research, much of the time, doesn’t support the conventional wisdom (which is not to say the case is closed on any issue).

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Vegan Food & Adorable Wild Chickens in Hawaii

Creature Talk

As for food, I was glad I did my research on where to find vegan food on Oahu. Tags: Uncategorized food porn happy farm animals traveling as a vegan vegan food At the end of April I went to Hawaii with my boyfriend and my family. We had such an amazing time, and I have meant to post some pictures ever since! Now it’s JUNE and here I am finally doing it. Anyway, there are still some wild chickens in Hawaii, and I snapped a few photos of them.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends! The meat industry is inherently destructive and inhumane, there is no way to make it otherwise, and much of the harm it does to ecosystems is by inflicting suffering and death on billions of nonhuman animals, farmed and free-living, each year. David Cantor Executive Director Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc.

Adopt-a-Pet.com Guest Post

4 The Love Of Animals

The following is a guest post from the amazing animal lovers of Adopt-a-Pet.com. Sadly there are 4 million healthy adoptable companion animals killed in shelters each year due to overcrowding. Our website makes it easy for anyone with an internet connection to find profiles and pictures of adoptable animals by location, breed, gender, age, size, and color. When that animal is available, I am notified the next time a pet matching my search is added on Adopt-a-Pet.com.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

9) does little to advance the debate on farm animal housing. Research indicates that sows do just fine in individual housing. Decisions on how best to house farm animals should be left to the family farmers, like me, who care for their animals every day. The animal housing debate will continue among those most knowledgeable about it. To the Editor: “ Standing, Stretching, Turning Around ” (editorial, Oct.

It may be hard to swallow, but Bumpus could get bumped to the back burner

10,000 Birds

They are a commensal species, meaning that they are a wild animal that lives in close association with humans, not as a pet or as a farm animal but more like a parasite, to the extent that it is hard to find them in truely wild settings, and it is hard to find human settlements without them. Over the course of 30 years, the researchers collected all the road-killed swallows they encountered while doing their other research.

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Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

We can thank factory farming for yet another antibiotic-resistant supergerm: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). It's hard to say because the government still has not instituted a comprehensive MRSA inspection process, but independent research conducted by Tara Smith, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, suggests that MRSA-infected animals may be widespread indeed. All evidence points to factory farms.

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. Virtually everyone agrees that: (1) It is wrong to cause a conscious sentient animal to suffer for no good reason. Causing an animal to suffer for no good reason is cruel, and our ordinary commonsense morality tells us in no uncertain terms that cruelty is wrong. Animal abuse is a crime in all fifty states, and rightly so.

Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

10,000 Birds

Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station in Toronto had an extremely rare and beautiful Townsend’s Warbler x Black-throated Gray Warbler which was banded in April. I’ve always been interested in wild versions of farm animals and was lucky enough to see both species this year and to me the grey junglefowl is like that cool hipster band to the red junglefowl’s worldwide pop smash – it makes less effort and is less colourful but somehow understatement makes it more interesting.

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