EU Bans Battery Cages

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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. According to the Scotsman newspaper, replacing battery cages with more-hospitable "enriched" cages has alone cost U.K.

Surprising NYTimes Editorial about National Egg Production

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

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What is on your wish list? A robot vacuum? #neatobestpetvacuum

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It will even return back to charge itself when the battery gets low. The holiday season is here, and it’s a busy time of year! Luckily, there is something that you can put on your wish list that will help you keep your house clean all year long! The Neato!

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BOCA to Stop Using Eggs by End of 2009

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By removing eggs from their ingredient list, BOCA is withdrawing financial support for factory farms that use battery-cages. Tags: battery hens eggs farm animal welfare Totally missed this story from about a month ago. On March 19, 2009 a company representative emailed Compassion Over Killing: "…I am pleased to let you know the BOCA brand will be eliminating eggs in all of its products by the end of this year. We anticipate all BOCA products will be egg free in 2010."

Royal Decree Issued in Spain Over Animal Welfare

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battery hens spain farm animal welfare chickensInteresting! Effective? Who knows? Here's an excerpt from Farmers Weekly Interactive. The Spanish government has taken the unusual step of issuing a royal decree to compel farmers to report on what action they are taking to comply with the 2012 conventional cage-ban and if they require any government assistance.

Radlo Foods Pledging Conversion to Cage-Free Eggs

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Tags: battery hens animal cruelty eggs undercover investigation farm animal welfare

Dancing Party Animals

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They don’t come with batteries, but only take 3 AA. You can also use a power adapter (not included) if you don’t want to use batteries. Dancing Party Animals are cute dancing animals (with a speaker) that connect to your favorite music playing device!

Roger Scruton on the Duty to Eat Meat

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All animals would be kept in battery conditions and the righteous vegetarians would exert no economic pressure on farmers to change their ways. A great number of animals owe their lives to our intention to eat them.

Where Does Vegan Baby Sky Get Her Protein?

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The toy rule is pretty much: Little or no plastic and no batteries. I'm constantly asked about the details of Baby Sky's life. Where does she get her protein? How are her bones going to grow without cow's milk? You mean she's never eaten bacon? Are you a communist?

Bacon Bubble Buddy

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Also, you never need batteries, as it is totally person powered! Another fun toy from Think Geek! Baby sure loved the Bacon Bubble Buddy. It’s a fun toy for both dog and human.

The Other Side of the Egg Debate

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But with battery eggs costing about $2 a dozen and organic free-range eggs costing between $5 and $6 a dozen, the impact of the proposed change goes beyond poultry. I am a firm supporter of reforming factory egg farming. I believe that chickens should have room to stretch and walk around. And I'm willing to pay for more expensive eggs if it allows for that. However, I'm also aware that I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to pay for that. Not everyone has that luxury.

Smile and say “meow”!

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I could not wait to get the batteries in and start taking photos. We love to capture photos of our pets, what pet owner doesn’t?

Safe Glow LED Dog Collar

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Even with the battery for the light, it isn’t any heavier than her regular collar, and she seemed to find it comfortable to wear. Baby recently got a very fun item to review, something super awesome for people who love to take their dogs out walking when it gets a bit darker!

Consolidation of Egg Industry

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and Canada are actively opposing battery cages. Don't think banks are the only ones gobbling each other up nowadays. So are egg corporations. Thanks to an email from Farmed Animal Net for this information. These are not farming families, folks, but corporations as powerful and ruthless as anything on Wall Street. The U.S. egg industry continues to consolidate.

From Today's New York Times

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Traveling with pets?

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If you have to leave your pet in the car for a few minutes, Pets on the Go suggests parking in the shade and using a small, battery-operated fan to keep the car cool. Guest post By Peggy Frezon , Rensselaer, New York. Lots of people travel over Memorial Day weekend. Whether you’re visiting family or checking out a new vacation spot, does your cat or dog join you? Kelly enjoys coming along to her “grandparents’ &# summer place on a mountain lake.

From the Mailbag

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The animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing has created a new website to bring attention to the fact that Morningstar Farms continues to use "battery eggs" from caged birds in their products. Hey Keith, I wanted to drop you a line on this because I thought it would be up your alley. Here is the link. The site specifically names Gardenburger as a company that does not used caged chickens to get the eggs for their products and links to Gardenburger's statement on the practice.

Are We Much Better than Michael Vick?

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I still eat eggs that come from battery hens, even though I do try to buy free range, and I wear leather, even though I only buy it used. This is an excellent opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The author, an assistant professor of sociology at Tulane University, poses some important questions. While I don't agree with everything he says, I do think he makes some legitimate points. The media and society is vilifying Michael Vick (rightly I believe.)

J. J. C. Smart on the Moral Elite

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I eat eggs though they may come from battery hens. Let us think of the more moral members of society as a moral elite, much as the generality of scientists form a scientific elite. I hope I do not need to stress that such a moral elite must not be confused with a social or intellectual elite.

From Today's New York Times

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Though chickens can live for 5 to 11 years, after two years, they are hauled away to slaughter just like battery-caged hens. To the Editor: Re “ Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs ” (front page, Aug. 12): While this is a step in the right direction toward reducing the animal abuse inherent in all factory farming (from the chicken’s point of view), it’s still a long way from what nature intended.

Disaster Preparedness Plan May Save Your Pet’s Life

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Flashlight with batteries. With June 1 marking the first day of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season, it’s crucial to raise awareness about the importance of planning for pets’ safety before it’s too late. VCA veterinarian Donna J. Spector, DVM, DACVIM, offers the following tips to help you be prepared when a disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado, strikes your home: If you are ever instructed to leave your home during an emergency situation, ALWAYS take your pets with you.

Note to Those Wanting Promotion: Pay Attention

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By encouraging people to bake with higher welfare eggs (as well as organic milk, butter and chocolate) vital funds will be raised to campaign against battery cages. We bloggers often get e-mails from individuals and organizations in search of promotion. And that's fine, as we all want to spread the news of fantastic work that needs support. Case in point: AnimalEquality.

Animals Have Personalities? No WAY!

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Researchers conducted experiments in a lab, then released the animals into the wild, making sure to note that "This was a much harder part of the study, and involved lugging around of batteries," and found similar results. When I started blogging in May of 2006 I was very snarky. Snark defined blogging back then. And of course, as a (pop) culture whose sensibility has been formed by The Onion and The Daily Show , it's no wonder.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

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For example, "free roaming chickens" conjures up images of happy chickens running free and unfettered all about the barnyard, when in fact the label "free roaming chickens" just means chickens that were not raised in battery cages. A column entitled "Ag Industry Threatened by Animal Rights" appeared in today's High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal [ HPMAJ ].

Reasons Consistently Applied

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Layer hens spend their entire lives permanently confined in battery cages with 6-9 other hens and have only half a square foot of living space per bird. I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians. That's because those who read Animal Ethics with regularity know that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle.