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Factory Farming and Latin American Devastation

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Here is an interesting 10 minute documentary about the effect of growing cheap animal feed in Latin America for European factory farms and how it effects the environment and people. Tags: factory farm

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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Last week there was a slew of articles about the agreement in Ohio between the farm industry and animal welfare activists to expand cage sizes for calves (veal), hens and pigs. Tags: ohio eggs california humane society farm animal welfare factory farm Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go.

CBS News Runs Series on Factory Farms

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Katie Couric did a story on the use of antibiotics on factory farms in the US and the potential harm to humans. Of course, the question remains as to whether these animals should be in these factory farming conditions in the first place, regardless of antibiotics' use. Tags: antibiotics cbs farm animal welfare factory farm agriculture agribusiness This occurred a week or so ago.

More Regulation Needed for Factory Farm Waste

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They've issued a report that throws a negative light on the EPA trying to ELIMINATE EVEN MORE REGULATION of factory farms. Some huge livestock farms produce more raw waste than cities as large as Philadelphia or Houston. The Government Accountability Office report on the raw waste is to be released Wednesday to a House committee hearing on federal oversight of factory farms. Tags: EPA environment factory farm us

First-Ever Conference to End Factory Farming

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farm animal welfare farm sanctuaryThis sounds wonderful. It will be in Arlington, VA at the end of October. Someday, if it becomes an annual event, I hope I can go. link].

HBO Special on Factory Farming

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Last night HBO premiered a show called Death on a Factory Farm. Viewer discretion advised on the clip below… Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Animal Welfare Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal suffering gestation crates pigs videos This is a small segment. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, and am not sure if I’ll be able to stomach it, but I do have a friend recording it for me. Has anyone else seen it? What were your thoughts?

Send Obama a Message About Factory Farming

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The Humane Society makes it easy right here

Factory Farms

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Here is a New York Times op-ed column about pork production. Notice that the author is not opposed to the use of nonhuman animals as resources for human consumption. She simply wants to minimize their suffering before they are killed (painlessly?) and their bodies dismembered and processed. Notice that we (including, I assume, the author) would never allow such treatment of a human being. I wonder how the author justifies the double standard.

Death on a Factory Farm

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You can find out tonight by watching HBO's new documentary, "Death on a Factory Farm." Death on a Factory Farm" chronicles an investigation into alleged abuses that took place at a hog farm in Creston, Ohio. Ever wonder how the animals you eat are treated before they become your dinner? The documentary airs tonight (Monday, March 16) starting at 9:00 p.m. Central time, but check your local listings for local show times.

J. Baird Callicott on Factory Farms

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From the perspective of the land ethic, the immoral aspect of the factory farm has to do far less with the suffering and killing of nonhuman animals than with the monstrous transformation of living things from an organic to a mechanical mode of being. Meat eating as implied by the foregoing remarks may be more ecologically responsible than a wholly vegetable diet.

The Horror of Factory Farming

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See here for an editorial opinion by The New York Times

More Alleged Abuse At Iowa Egg Farms

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Tags: animal abuse eggs farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

FDA Recommends Banning Antibiotics from Feed

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Not the solution or end to factory farming, but if big ag can't rely on antibiotics, then they may have to rethink the filthy conditions of factory farms. Citing research showing that feeding antibiotics to animals on factory farms in order to promote growth "is not in the interest of protecting or promoting public health," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that farmers stop routinely mixing antibiotics into animal feed.

Michigan to Follow California on Farm Animal Welfare?

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Europe's Pig Industry Mad about Undercover Investigation

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Compassion in World Farming led an undercover investigation that showed illegal tail docking and poor attempts at pig enrichment on factory farms, in violation of EU law. Tags: europe tail docking pigs factory farm agribusiness Now the pig industry is mad and claiming bias ( scroll down in article.) Too bad! If you complied with the law, you wouldn't look like such jerks!

Undercover Animal Rights Investigator Interviewed

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I admire these people tremendously, whether they go undercover on a factory farm or a research institute. Tags: animal abuse undercover investigation animal rights factory farm Really interesting interview with an animal rights undercover investigator. This is very important work and an enlightening, though short, piece. I could never do what they do. I don't have the guts.

Mercy for Animals Exposes Cruelty at Iowa Select Farms

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Safeway and Kroger have announced they're halting all purchases of the farm's pork. mercy for animals Iowa pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farmMercy for Animals is trying to convince Costco to do the same. News story is from the end of June. Almost let that one slip by!

Time.com Article on the Morals of Eating Meat

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Gene Bauer from Farm Sanctuary appears in this article. meat farm animal welfare factory farm farm sanctuaryPretty intense, but I hope people read it. There is a disturbing hedonism to eating. I went to a restaurant for a work lunch and everyone ate meat but me, even the animal lovers. We just don't think about where that flesh came from.and most of us don't care.

Baby Chicks Ground Up

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Proposition 2 Poll

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on Prop 2 campaign reports a tidal wave of voter and donor support from Californians backing the effort to stop the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals on industrial factory farms. In contrast, the donations raised by the No on Prop 2 campaign have come from a handful of corporate factory farming interests—most from out of state and many which are embroiled in a national price-fixing scandal.

McDonalds Makes Positive Move to Help Sows

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pigs mcdonalds farm animal welfare factory farm agriculture agribusinessI'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. The McDonald’s Corporation said on Monday that it would begin working with its pork suppliers to phase out the use of so-called gestational crates, the tiny stalls in which sows are housed while pregnant.

Did Swine Flu Outbreak Start at an Industrial Hog Farm?

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Is Cheap Meat Endangering Our Lives?

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Very interesting opinion piece about how factory farms facilitate the rapid spread of viruses into the food supply. We know that bird flu developed in the world's vast poultry farms. And we know that pumping animal feed full of antibiotics in factory farms has given us a new strain of MRSA. Tags: meat Swine Flu factory farm agribusiness

Terrible News. US Supreme Court Strikes Down California "Downer Cow" Law

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us supreme court california cows livestock farm animal welfare factory farmClearly a win for the damn livestock industry. It was a question of federal vs. state authority. Sucks. And it was a unanimous decision. Read the full story at CNN. A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court.

Big Ag Fighting Back with PR

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There are no happy farm animals, you liars. Tags: farm animal welfare factory farm agribusiness They are fighting back due to all the information and images that have made it to the public sphere. And people are seeing it. So, now you just try to spend more money to spread more lies. Clearly the animal rights community is much more emboldened and aggressive than they have been in the past," said {National Milk Producers Federation} spokesman Chris Galen. "We

Australian Scientists to Study Animal Feelings

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Advertisement: Story continues below "Ultimately, the outcomes of this research will expand on our understanding of emotional and cognitive functions of livestock and the impacts of farming practices on animal welfare." australia livestock farm animal welfare factory farmThe purpose is to make them happier as livestock. I guess you have to decide for yourselves what you think about that. The excerpt below is from the Sydney Morning Herald. Go here for the full article.

Farm Sanctuary Wary about Tom Vilsack for USDA

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While the Humane Society was pretty happy with Vilsack as Obama's pick for the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Sanctuary is wary. Bauer is the president and co-founder of the Farm Sanctuary. I’m glad that Obama didn’t select Charles Stenholm, a former Texas congressman with a long history of defending animal abuse, who had sought the position with support from the factory farming industry.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

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It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm." Our Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance Programs are designed to demonstrate the care we are giving to our animals everyday on our farms," Cunningham said. Tags: animal cruelty pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farm animal welfare

More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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Tags: meat PETA farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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A coalition of animal protection groups consisting of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Farm Sanctuary, and the Humane Farming Association (HFA), intervened in the case to ensure that the interests of animals and the public were represented. Tags: meat california farm animal welfare factory farm animal law meatpacking Did anyone know this was going on?

Investigation Reveals Cruel Treatment of Pigs in Europe

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It really sucks to be a factory farm pig in Europe. Investigators from Compassion in World Farming found 80 per cent of farms across five European countries engaging in illegal practices such as barren pens and routine tail-docking. In one of the biggest undercover inquiries into pig-farming, CIWF visited 60 farms across five big pork-producing states, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Britain.

Your Tax Dollars at Work Building Iraqi Feedlots

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Tags: feedlots economic development iraq factory farm agribusiness

Vote Yes on Prop 2

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Proposition 2 will end some of the more horrendous practices of factory farming in California

Egg Companies Accused of Price Collusion

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More Clarity About Family Farms

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In " Move to Limit 'Factor Farms' Gains Momentum " in today's New York Times , we learn that farmers in Ohio have agreed to phase out gestation crates within 15 years and veal crates by 2017. Irv Bell's farm is a family farm. It's also a factory farm. The marketing of an operation of breeding and slaughtering sentient nonhumans as a family farm (here, Bell straddles the line) is supposed to trigger some kind of compassion for the humans.

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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In other words, the proverbial happy farm animal. However, the factory farm system we have in any country does not lend itself to either of the two criteria. And if you ever drive around an egg farm, hog farm, slaughterhouse, feeding lot, etc., I highly recommend Farm Sanctuary's issue page.short and to the point.) There are probably no happy animals in factory farming (ie. Factory animals are voiceless victims.

Steven M. Wise on Farm Animals

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The problem of the unjust use of farm animals is large, growing, historical, institutionalized, governmentally encouraged, and fundamentally unregulated at either the state or federal level. Farm animals are treated essentially as raw materials. Their interests are primarily protected, if at all, through archaic state anti-cruelty statutes that were not passed in contemplation of the factory-farm or genetic engineering.

Consolidation of Egg Industry

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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. In Mexico, many farms are being run as they were 3 or 4 decades ago, although there are some more modern large facilities. Tags: eggs farm animal welfare factory farm chickens Don't think banks are the only ones gobbling each other up nowadays. So are egg corporations.

Prop 2 Opponents Accused of Laundering Money

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on Prop 2 - Californians for Humane Farms - has uncovered an election scam and is charging the measure’s opponents with laundering money in violation of state 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.

Update on Proposition 2 in CA

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Again, thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this update on California's proposition 2. The action prompted many farmed animal vets to leave CVMA and form the Association of California Veterinarians, which subsequently voted to oppose the ballot initiative, reports Feedstuffs. Tags: california farm animal welfare factory farm us