Conklin Farm Owner Will Not Face Charges

Critter News

A Union County grand jury has decided the owner of a Union County dairy farm caught in an abuse scandal should not face criminal charges.on the tape {from an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals,) Conklin is shown kicking a cow that is lying down. The Union County sheriff's office said it had four veterinarians with experience in large-animal care review the tape. "In Attorney's Office for possible charges under the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

What Matters to Animals…

Creature Talk

The weekend of June 13th and 14th I went to an animal rights conference in the Twin Cities called Their Lives, Our Voices. It was called “In Defense of Actual Animals&# , and it was fantastic. As I sit here writing this, animals across the world are being slaughtered by the thousands every second. As I’m sitting here in my comfy chair, chickens and pigs and cows and so many other kinds of animals are being strung up by their legs and getting their throats cut.

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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.

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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. 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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From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Hi Keith, Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Forum will be here before we know it! Thank you so much, Wendy Hankle Farm Sanctuary , Communications Assistant 607-583-2225 x 250 Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Forum April 29, 2007 National Constitution Center 525 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA Find out how you can become an active participant in national efforts to protect farm animals from abuse at this one-day conference.

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On "Food Inc."

Animal Person

One message is that there's nothing wrong with eating animals, and in fact it's fantastic and thrilling and a win-win-win (people-planet-profits) when you eat animals that were "produced" by Polyface Farms. We eat animals, and the CAFO system is an evil, filthy, cruel one, but it doesn't have to be that way. The moral of the story is that it's all about the way we farm animals, not that we farm them that is what needs changing. (Sigh.)

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Maple Farm Sanctuary Needs Your Help!

Animal Person

I' m concerned about Maple Farm Sanctuary , whose founders are two of the seven subjects in our new film , and I was wondering if you'd be willing to reach out through your blog to let people know that the sanctuary is in a financial tight spot right now. They currently care for about 80 animals, almost half of whom are special needs cases who require extra time, attention and medical care. The animals are lucky to have them, and we are lucky to have them.

Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

10,000 Birds

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. I have chronicled the experience on my blog.

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