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Trader Joe's Eggs NOT Humane

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I decided to look online for some information regarding the "Organic Free Range Eggs" that Trader Joe's, my favorite store, sells. A Note About Eggs At Trader Joe's we listen to what our customers tell us about the choices we give them. Thanks to their valued feedback, in 2005 we made an important change in our egg selection. As of this time, all Trader Joe's brand eggs come only from cage-free hens. But are they really free-range eggs?

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.

Consolidation of Egg Industry

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So are egg corporations. egg industry continues to consolidate. Some 200 companies have an average flock size of one million hens in a single location, with the top 60 companies producing 85% of all eggs. At the International Egg Commission’s annual meeting, held last month in China, it was noted that animal welfare activists in the U.S. Proposed amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code have egg companies there worried. and is not a major egg exporter.

More Alleged Abuse At Iowa Egg Farms

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Tags: animal abuse eggs farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

Egg Companies Accused of Price Collusion

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Fresh-egg farmers acted together through a series of export shipments, organized by United Egg Producers, an industry cartel whose 250-plus members include virtually all of the nation's big egg producers. By removing a small fraction of eggs that would have been bound for U.S. Tags: eggs factory farm agribusiness The Justice Department has opened investigations. It's in the Wall Street Journal.

Why is Reuters Putting News Releases From the United Egg Producers on Their Site as "News"?

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The United Egg Producers issues a press release claiming that egg prices will rise 25% if animal welfare advocates get their way. Tags: eggs idiocy All according to a study by some agribusiness related consulting firm. Reuters dutifully puts it on their website , which then gets picked up on my Google news page.

Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

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Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms. But in a written statement he says that the company strives to provide good care for its hens and quality eggs for consumers under the scientific standards of the United Egg Producers Certified Program.

Keeping Ducks and Geese as Pets

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As well as ducks and geese bringing their character and personalities to your life, females also lay eggs that you can cook with. Goose eggs are around two to three times bigger than chicken eggs and duck eggs are just slightly larger than chicken eggs.

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Cage-Free Eggs

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Here is a New York Times story about the latest hot thing

Baby Chicks Ground Up

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Thanks to Mercy for Animals for their undercover work exposing this egg industry practice. Tags: animal cruelty eggs farm animal welfare factory farm What a subject line, but it's true. This is the second time this year that I've heard of this group capturing headlines. I'd never heard of them before. I'm very impressed by their courage and tenacity.

Clemson Researcher Investigates Impacts of Cages on Laying Hens

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Nearly 95 percent of the 90 billion table eggs produced in the United States come from high-density cage systems. The value of all egg production in 2007 was $6.68 In South Carolina egg sales tally about $90 million annually. 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.

Easy Chicken Dog Cookies

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1 egg. Brush top with beaten egg. These Chicken dog treats are full of flavor and nutrition for your best friend. Add a few of the suggested natural ingredients to turn it into a delicious nutritional supplement. Easy Chicken Dog Cookies.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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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. In another sign of the growing clout of the animal welfare movement, a law passed in California this year will also ban imports from other states of eggs produced in crowded cages.

Purina Waggin’ Train Treats Giveaway

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Each variety of the real meat chicken jerky dog treats are made with very careful oversight, from the egg all the way to the finished product. All of the treats go through strict quality controls, from egg to finished treat.

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Prop 2 Opponents Accused of Laundering Money

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on Prop 2 charges that the United Egg Producers (UEP), the No on 2 campaign, and its donors are concealing out-of-state contributions to the political campaign against Prop 2 , in clear violation of California campaign finance laws. Tags: eggs california factory farm agribusiness This news is from early September and is reported by Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society.

Proposition 2 Poll

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Shop With Your Heart

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The Shop With Your Heart initiative gives consumers the resources to recognize, locate and demand meaningfully welfare-certified meat, eggs and dairy products as well … Continue reading → The post Shop With Your Heart appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals.

Great Horned Owls on camera!

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There are 3 eggs, and high hopes that all will hatch. The family of Great Horned Owls featured on OwlCam.co is just hours away from welcoming new chicks! It all started a few years back when the current owner purchased … Continue reading → The post Great Horned Owls on camera!

Keeping Ducks and Geese as Pets

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As well as ducks and geese bringing their character and personalities to your life, females also lay eggs that you can cook with. Goose eggs are around two to three times bigger than chicken eggs and duck eggs are just slightly larger than chicken eggs.

Humboldt Penguins in Chile Face Extinction

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Invading rats with bodies up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long have begun eating eggs and chicks, and some experts fear that unless the rats are eradicated, they could tip the Humboldt penguin toward extinction. From the Huffington Post. rats chile extinction penguins endangered species

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. egg producers an estimated £400 million ($613 million). To offset yesterday's crappy news about California, here's good news from the EU!

From Today's New York Times

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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.

“Potted Plant Owls”

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The owls themselves are amazing creatures, and we have already begun to observe their nesting process, as they are expected to lay eggs any day now. Ustream will provide LIVE coverage of the entire process from the initial egg laying, to the fledgling of the chicks from the nest. Laying & Incubation – It takes 7-8 days for all the eggs to be laid. The eggs are incubated for about 30 days. Hatching – All eggs hatch more of less the same time.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica Welcomes First Penguin Chick

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Since king penguins don’t build nests, the female lays one egg and both parents share incubation duties by placing the egg on their feet.

How to keep your cat warm this winter

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Lots of cats also enjoy a whisked egg occasionally, but this is a once-in-a-while treat. Cat owners! Have you woken up in the night with a wet nose burrowing under the covers? Has your pet been miaowing by the radiator, and grumpily finding cosy corners to sit in? There’s a good chance that they could be feeling the cold just as much as you. Yes, it’s a little neurotic to start buying a stash of electric blankets to swathe your kitty in, but there are a few easy (and cheap!)

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Flamingo Fluff Ball!

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Hatched just four weeks ago, Walker eats plenty of fish, krill, hardboiled egg and cereal and as an adult will feed on a special diet formulated just for flamingos. Walker, a Caribbean flamingo, explores his habitat at SeaWorld in Orlando.

Hope for Hen Welfare

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history, the United Egg Producers (UEP) has agreed to support national legislation that will, upon enactment, improve the welfare of all laying hens in the nation. A press release I received from the Farm Sanctuary. 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.

Update on Proposition 2 in CA

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California’s Proposition 2 is not solely about the California egg business but is also about the egg industry’s national survival, warned Gene Gregory at the annual legislative meeting of United Egg Producers (UEP). Again, thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this update on California's proposition 2.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ Egg Producers and Humane Society Urging Federal Standard on Hen Cages ” (Business Day, July 8): I’m a vegetarian who turned vegan after coming to terms with the fact that just because I was eating hormone-free, antibiotic-free, even free-range organic eggs didn’t mean that egg-producing hens were living a cruelty-free life. A factory-farmed egg-producing hen’s lifespan is less than two years.

National Puppy Day!

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When Baby was a puppy, Easter was one of her favorite things because of the plastic eggs. Happy National Puppy Day! As always, if you are thinking of adding a new furry family member to your household, please think rescue and adoption first!

What Foods you should Avoid Feeding your Dog?

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Raw meat, fish, and eggs pose the same danger to dogs as they do to humans. Dogs seem like pretty hardy animals for the most part, perfectly capable of eating all sorts of foods. However, man’s best friend has rather strict dietary restrictions. You should avoid feeding your dog the following foods. Certain Fruits and Vegetables. Your dog should stay away from avocados, grapes, raisins, persimmons, peaches, and plums.

From Today's New York Times

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A Humane Egg The life of animals raised in confinement on industrial farms is slowly improving, thanks to pressure from consumers, animal rights advocates, farmers and legislators.

McDonalds Makes Positive Move to Help Sows

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Animal rights advocates have singled out the crates, known as sow stalls, as inhumane, and several states have moved to ban or restrict their use not only in pork production, but also in the production of eggs and veal. I'm no fan of McDonalds, but any little bit of help is progress. Here's an excerpt. For the full story, check out this link to the New York Times article.

Carrot Cake for Dogs

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1 egg. ¼ Mix in egg, oil, vanilla, honey and carrots until well combined. I was happy to find this article in my inbox recently! Carrot cake, for dogs! Our dog LOVES carrots, and I think that this recipe sounds pretty tasty (I think that people might like it just as much as the dogs)! The recipe is part of an article on Guideposts, click here to read the whole thing. Doggie Carrot Cake. Ingredients. 1 cup whole wheat flour. 1 teaspoon soy flour.

Royal Decree Issued in Spain Over Animal Welfare

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Others have suggested that the amount of money allocated would only be enough to assist half the Spanish egg industry to convert. Interesting! 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.

Purina Beyond Giveaway

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Egg-battered rosemary chicken breast with carrot barley tabbouleh. We recently received a sample of the new Purina Beyond dog food (and we have some bags to give away for cats or dogs, so be sure to keep reading).

Birds Suffering from Oil Spill

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Pelican eggs were glazed with rust-colored gunk, and new hatchlings and nests were also coated with crude. Pelicans unable to fly due to being coated with oil. It's the Exxon Valdez all over again. Several pelicans were coated in oil on Barataria Bay off Louisiana, their usually brown and white feathers now jet black. It is unclear if the area can even be cleaned, or if the birds can be saved.

From Today's New York Times

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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.

High Hopes

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The frosting is made with real yogurt, egg whites and all-natural coloring. Would you like a fun way to celebrate a special day with your dog? What if you could also help shelter pets at the same time? If you said YES!, then High Hopes has just what you need.

Mylan Engel Jr and Kathie Jenni on Prejudice Against Animals

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Both approaches entail that most contemporary uses of animals—factory farming of animals for meat, eggs, and milk; animal experimentation; use of animals for entertainment in zoos and circuses; hunting and trapping animals in the wild; and so on—are morally unjustified and should be eliminated. While [Peter] Singer 's and [Tom] Regan 's theoretical approaches are fundamentally different, they converge on a number of important points.