Groups Urge FDA Ban on Feeding Chicken Feces to Cows.Wait, WHAT???

Critter News

A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice. Well, you learn something new every day. McDonald's Corp., the nation's largest restaurant user of beef, also wants the FDA to prohibit the feeding of so-called poultry litter to cattle. Yeesh. Happy Halloween

PETA Among Groups Spied on by Maryland State Police

Critter News

According to the Washington Post , PETA was one of many groups the Maryland State Police considered a security threat. PETA was labeled a "security threat group" in April 2005, and by July police were looking into a tip that the group had learned about a failing chicken farm in Kent County and planned on "protesting or stealing the chickens."

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Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

Coming to this new job, I am interacting with a much larger group of people. One man said “you like chickens?&#. Slaughtered them ourselves!&# Um… not exactly what I meant when I said I like chickens.

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Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

Creature Talk

There have been countless investigations of egg farms conducted by animals rights groups in the United States, and each time we see the same things: dead hens in cages with live ones, birds who have lost their feathers from stress, and egregious abuse of these beautiful birds by farm workers.

On Wipeout and Lion Burgers

Animal Person

I mean, I eat chicken and fish.". Interviewer: "Wait, so you want to abolish animal cruelty, except for chickens and fish, (pointing at the contestant) because she doesn't like them?". Contestant (flustered): "We, well, we used to have chickens on our ranch.". Interviewer: "Oh, so you've killed chickens.". Now you kill turkeys, chickens, fish and--". Have you seen the ridiculous television show, Wipeout ?

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PETA Buying Corporate Stock

Critter News

After PETA bought stock, Safeway grocery stores and restaurant companies Ruby Tuesday, Sonic and Burger King agreed to give purchasing preference to suppliers that abide by what the group says are more humane rules, such as not confining chicken and hogs in small cages, she said. I'm sure this is old news, but PETA keeps buying corporate stock to gain influence in corporate decision-making. I think this is a great strategy. From the AP.

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On "Animal Activism"

Animal Person

If you believe your dog has a right to a life free of torture and slaughter for no reason, then you really ought to think about extending that right to mice, rats, chickens and fish. With more than 2 million members across the globe, PETA is the largest animal advocacy group and comparable in size to the human rights organization, Amnesty International. First, note that now PeTA is an "animal advocacy group." It's not about making a gigantic group even bigger.

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NEW LIVES: Stories of Rescued Dogs Helping, Healing and Giving Hope

4 The Love Of Animals

It tells of 18 dogs who were rescued from shelters and the streets, who are now performing miracles in animal therapy and as service dogs The foreword is written by Dr. Marty Becker (Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul), and cover endorsements are from both the ASPCA and the Humane Society.

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A Self-Interested Reason to Not Eat Meat

Animal Ethics

Here’s another self-interested reason to not eat meat: Drug-resistant bacteria are routinely found in beef, chicken, and pork sold in supermarkets.

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Rescue Ink Unleashed

4 The Love Of Animals

If not, be sure to set your DVR for Friday and watch, it’s a great show about an unlikely group of animal heroes. Members of Rescue Ink gather to discuss a game plan on how to catch a group of stray chickens running amok in Queens, New York.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

15): I have one very simple piece of advice for consumers interested in higher-quality eggs from humanely treated chickens: stop buying eggs at the grocery store. I distribute locally produced, free-range eggs from my home to a small group of friends, but these kinds of eggs are widely available through farmers' markets at prices that range from $2 to $3.50 The eggs we eat come from chickens that spend their days outside, scratching and eating grubs.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

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. Chickens enjoy being together in small flocks, sunning, dust bathing and scratching in the soil for food. Free range” does not solve the problem of painful debeaking, enormously oversized flocks or the unnatural isolation of the birds from other sexes and age groups.

Black Bear

Animal Person

In a stroke of the surreal, my heart beat frantically as my eye was yanked from the cheery, colorful bears on the sticker, to a mammoth black bear, tethered to the back of a white pickup truck, and held down with chicken wire. A group of law school students walked far out of their way to avoid the sight. A month or so ago I stated my intention to alter the way I blog and one thing I wanted to get back into that I did for a brief time last year was podcasting.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: In your July 12 editorial “ A Humane Egg ,” you disparage the modern, sanitary housing systems for egg-laying hens, which have improved chickens’ health and well-being, improved consumer food safety and kept eggs a nutritious and economical staple on kitchen tables and restaurant menus nationwide. Groups like the American Veterinary Medical Association support these modern egg-laying housing systems.

Hope for Hen Welfare

Critter News

Animal Welfare Groups Win Industry Backing for First-Ever Federal Regulation of Hen Welfare Groundswell of Public Support Results in Full Court Press for Nationwide Law Protecting Chickens to Replace State-by-State Initiatives WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. A press release I received from the Farm Sanctuary.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

18): As a microbiologist, I know that study after study has highlighted the human health threat from using antibiotics as feed additives for hogs, chickens and cattle, creating super-bugs—bacteria that no longer can be treated with antibiotics. While some chicken producers and poultry purchasers have taken steps to reduce antibiotic use, the hog industry remains largely resistant to change. To the Editor: Re “ Antibiotic Runoff ” (editorial, Sept.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

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. 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. Hey Keith, I wanted to drop you a line on this because I thought it would be up your alley.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

As nutritionists have repeatedly pointed out, the government can no longer even produce a “food pyramid” that makes any sense for fear of irritating some agricultural special-interest group. If we cannot separate government from economic special-interest groups, then we will continue down the same path we are on. Common sense tells us not to put the foxes in charge of the henhouse, but politicians repeatedly deny common sense in favor of the needs of special-interest groups.

The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

Animal Ethics

Unfortunately, switching from red meat to chicken does not help very much. Chicken actually has just as much cholesterol as beef (about 100 milligrams of cholesterol in a 4-ounce serving) and almost as much fat. Researchers have also learned that the cancer-causing chemicals that form in beef as it cooks also tend to form in chicken. 332-3) Those are all compelling reasons to not feed your children meat (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, etc.)

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