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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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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. 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 The US General Accountability Office (GAO) is not happy with the EPA.

First-Ever Conference to End Factory Farming

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This 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]. farm animal welfare farm sanctuary

Send Obama a Message About Factory Farming

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The Humane Society makes it easy right here

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?

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

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

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The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture. With successes like these, factory farmers do have cause for worry.

More Alleged Abuse At Iowa Egg Farms

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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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mercy for animals Iowa pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farmSafeway and Kroger have announced they're halting all purchases of the farm's pork. Mercy 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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meat farm animal welfare factory farm farm sanctuaryGene Bauer from Farm Sanctuary appears in this article. Pretty 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. Tags: eggs california farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

Did Swine Flu Outbreak Start at an Industrial Hog Farm?

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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.

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. 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 Will our desire to mass-produce cheap meat end in a health disaster? From the Independent. How much harm will we do to ourselves in the name of cheap meat?

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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Australian Scientists to Study Animal Feelings

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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. Australian scientists have set themselves the challenge of understanding the minds of animals and what they are feeling. A team based at the CSIRO aims to use the study to reduce stress and pain in livestock.

Farm Sanctuary Wary about Tom Vilsack for USDA

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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. He vetoed a bill, which would have prevented Iowa from establishing stronger environmental standards for factory farms than the federal government, but he has also compromised with big agriculture, supporting weak environmental protections and genetically modified foods.

Steven M. Wise on Farm Animals

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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. Though factory-farming and biotechnological techniques massively violate the moral rights of farm animals, they have no remedy. American consumers know little of the needs of farm animals, little of the health risks of eating them, and almost nothing of modern factory-farming and biotechnological techniques.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

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It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm." Tags: animal cruelty pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farm animal welfare The Pork Board has planned delegate meetings at the {annual Pork Industry} forum to discuss quality assurance rules including animal handling, and how much money to allocate to promote animal welfare.

More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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Investigation Reveals Cruel Treatment of Pigs in Europe

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It really sucks to be a factory farm pig in Europe. Tags: UK europe spain pigs factory farm 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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Vote Yes on Prop 2

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

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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However, the factory farm system we have in any country does not lend itself to either of the two criteria. There are probably no happy animals in factory farming (ie. Factory farms are unlikely to be properly and regularly inspected by the USDA. Factory animals are voiceless victims. Factory farming is not conducive to quick, clean, and painless kills. Tags: farm animal welfare factory farm agribusiness

The Other Side of the Egg Debate

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I am a firm supporter of reforming factory egg farming. Tags: proposition 2 eggs factory farm food chickens 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. Organic eggs are more expensive than the standard egg carton.

Egg Companies Accused of Price Collusion

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More Clarity About Family Farms

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It's also a factory farm. The important word in the phrase "family farm" is the same word that is important in "factory farm." Tags: Activism Current Affairs Ethics Language animal rights factory farms family farms 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. I won't get into whether I find that to be a victory.

Consolidation of Egg Industry

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