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. 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.

J. Baird Callicott on Factory Farms

Animal Ethics

Meat eating as implied by the foregoing remarks may be more ecologically responsible than a wholly vegetable diet. Meat, however, purchased at the supermarket, externally packaged and internally laced with petrochemicals, fattened in feed lots, slaughtered impersonally, and, in general, mechanically processed from artificial insemination to microwave roaster, is an affront not only to physical metabolism and bodily health but to conscience as well.

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Time.com Article on the Morals of Eating Meat

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

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

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Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently heard arguments in National Meat Association v. Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. The industry sued California, arguing that Section 599f is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act. Tags: meat california farm animal welfare factory farm animal law meatpacking

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More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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I realize that the most humane method of treating chickens is to not kill them for food.BUT, as long as there is still a demand for their meat, PETA is advocating "Controlled-Atmosphere Killing" as an improvement over current methods of electric immobilization. Tags: meat PETA farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

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. Well, it looks like we’re getting closer and closer to being able to produce “meat with no feet&#. “The Washington D.C.

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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." The research is being funded by Meat and Livestock Australia. 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.

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Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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The meat industry will say yes, of course, all animals are treated and killed humanely. For some people, it is inhumane to eat meat in any situation, no matter how well the animal is treated prior to and during slaughter. 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.,

Meat Grown in a Petri Dish?

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Scientists at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands have grown in-vitro meat, using cells from a live pig to replicate growth in a petri dish. Why is that my husband won't eat bones with fat on them because they are "gross," but will eat burgers and processed meat? So many people I know get really guilty when they hear about conditions at factory farms, but then just keep eating the same things. Tags: meat meat alternatives vegetarian meatless

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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. The only real concern comes from the spread of illness to humans from eating diseased meat, but they only need to provide minimal care to avoid that.

Why Do Animals Exist?

Creature Talk

One of them was pretty educated about the evils of factory farming, and said that she didn’t eat much meat because she had to know where it came from. This weekend I got into a rather passionate debate with some friends of friends about animal rights.

Designer Meat

Animal Ethics

But is it any more revolting than factory farming Bob Smith sent a link to this. My first reaction was revulsion.

On "Home"

Animal Person

On the animal front, there is definitely a message that factory farming is unsustainable, and that subsistence farming is and was preferable; there is a vague if-we-did-it-differently-it-might-be-sustainable message. But with so many other topics to cover, such as water and oil, that message that happy meat is acceptable doesn't even get any airtime.

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Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

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. To learn more about Arizona's precedent-setting victory for farm animals, see here.

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Bo Celebrated Birthday with Veal

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When I was still a meat-eater, the two foods I would not touch were veal and lamb. Veal is especially cruel, even for factory farming, although now I think foie gras is a strong competitor. Bo Obama celebrated his birthday with a doghouse cake made out of veal. Certainly disappointed in the Obamas for such a poor choice of "cake."

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

Animal Person

The good news is that if you know someone who needs to be schooled on all of the sordid details of factory farming, and appreciates good writing, this is a great book. And what follows, as you might imagine, is his support of "ethical meat" (for those who insist on eating animals).

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Steven M. Wise on Farm Animals

Animal Ethics

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.

On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Today's New York Times gives us Adam Shriver's Op-Ed " Not Grass-Fed, But at Least Pain-Free ," which presents its dilemma at the end: If we cannot avoid factory farms altogether, the least we can do is eliminate the unpleasantness of pain in the animals that must live and die on them. Some might consider this a false dilemma, as built into it is the presumption that "we cannot avoid factory farms altogether" when we easily can.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

8) The argument for the immorality of eating meat continues with two additional, undeniable premises: (3) The animals that become that meat are killed. There is also little dispute concerning the following premise: (4) The animals that become that meat are reared in ways that subject them to intense pain and suffering for much of their lives. It is not in dispute that, in modern factory farms, animals are raised in massively overcrowded, unnatural warehouses.

New Research Shows Crabs Feel Pain

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If you've ever wondered why I have a clinical view of the meat industry, it's because I worked for three years in the accounting department of a very large shrimp importer that also sold finfish, shellfish and value-added products (ie. Factory farming does not only happen on land. I was afraid of this.

"Change of Heart": New Book about Animal Activism

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And why do so many people say the oppose the cruel practices of factory farming, yet still eat meat, eggs and dairy products? Gene Baur, Director of Farm Sanctuary, adds that “Change of Heart provides fresh, research-based insight into how non-profits and individuals can more effectively create social change.” We received an email about a new book being released by Lantern Books. It's called "Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change."

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Mylan Engel Jr and Kathie Jenni on Prejudice Against Animals

Animal Ethics

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.

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On Going Vegan

Animal Person

The discussion about the environment usually originates in the massive problems created by the factory farming of sentient nonhumans. We all know junk-food vegans and vegans who eat "faux meat" products every day.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

As the world moves toward raising the majority of animals in the unnatural setting of factory farms, it is likely that more, and worse, such pathogens will arise. What will it take for us, and our public health leaders, to question our addiction to meat and tolerance of factory farming? The meat industry is environmentally devastating, incredibly inhumane and now potentially the end to us all.

On Not Eating Animals

Animal Person

as I was running this morning, I couldn't help wonder what the difference is between his book and The Compassionate Carnivore and the myriad others written by people who despise factory farming, yet claim to love animals (and of course love their "meat," and find a way to get it while not feeling bad about it). But the net message is the same: factory farming=bad, small farms=good.

A Look at Humane Farming

Animal Ethics

The film Partitions (running time: 14 min) by Audrey Kali gives an intimate glimpse of the ethical struggles that five small-scale meat farmers face when their animals are slaughtered. The farmers in the film confront very difficult questions posed by the filmmaker about why they think their approach to processing of meat is different than that of factory farming. This film provides an accurate portrayal of small-scale, non-intensive animal farming.

R. G. Frey on Feeling and Principle

Animal Ethics

An enormous volume of material has already appeared on the conditions under which animals live and die on factory farms, and more is almost certainly on the way. Indeed, our feeling of revulsion may be so intense that we simply can no longer bring ourselves to eat meat. What the vegetarian wants, surely, is that we should stop eating meat even if our liking for it exceeds our revulsion at the suffering endured on factory farms.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

31) is simply wrong in suggesting that grass-fed beef produces less methane than feed-lot meat. In any case, globally, only 8 percent of all meat is produced in natural grazing systems, and there is little available unforested land suitable for such systems. To replace factory-farmed meat without further tropical forest destruction is impossible. To the Editor: Nicolette Hahn Niman (“ The Carnivore’s Dilemma ,” Op-Ed, Oct.

Industrial Agriculture

Animal Ethics

The wrongness of factory farming is overdetermined. Why does it not call for the abolition of factory farming? Think of all the progressives— Michael Moore , for example—who either eat meat or go out of their way to ridicule vegetarians. See here for one sufficient ground. By the way, the editorial board of the New York Times is progressive (as opposed to conservative). Instead, it seeks to reform it.

R. G. Frey on the Principle of the Equal Consideration of Interests

Animal Ethics

This, however, is precisely what factory farming does. By forgoing meat in our diets, we can reduce, if not eliminate, this massive suffering of animals, merely through bringing market forces to bear upon factory farming. The smaller the demand for meat, the lower its price; the lower the price, the lower the profit; and the lower the profit, the fewer the animals that will be raised and slaughtered on factory farms.

Deliciously Vegan!

Animal Ethics

Not all meat eaters are cold, cruel, selfish individuals insensitive to animal suffering. Many, if not most, of the meat eaters I know are deeply concerned about the fact that the animals they eat are raised in factory farm conditions. They realize that factory farming is inhumane. They don't want to contribute to the unnecessary pain, suffering, and death of the animals they eat, but they simply can't imagine life without meat.

The Book That Saved Derrick Jensen's Life

Animal Person

Here' s a review by vegetarian Mark Hand, who still eschewed "meat" even after reading the book. Some might argue that Keith has simply become an advocate of “happy meat”—local, grass-fed, sustainably produced, and humanely raised meat. In the narrative of my life, the first bite of meat after my twenty year hiatus marks the end of my youth, the moment when I assumed the responsibilities of adulthood,” Keith writes. “It

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Is There Danger of Elitism in the Animal Rights Movement?

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Is a vegan's efforts at advocacy worth more than a vegetarian's or even a meat eater's if they happen to agree on the same issue? If a meat eater eats meat, but hates the factory farm system or animal experimentation, do we discount anything we can get out of them because they are not "pure." This post is inspired by a thought-provoking piece on the Provoked blog (clearly a good name for a blog!)

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

We can thank factory farming for yet another antibiotic-resistant supergerm: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). In recent years, MRSA has been found in retail cuts of chicken, pork, beef and other meats—a particularly worrisome trend since MRSA can be contracted simply by handling infected cuts of meat. Just how prevalent is MRSA-infected meat? The most obvious way to limit your risk of contracting MRSA is this: Don't handle or consume meat.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

It is similar to Mylan Engel's essay "The Immorality of Eating Meat" because it is not dependent on any normative ethical theory or any controversial claim to animal equality, but simply shows that if we take animals seriously at all we should not eat animal products (or at least not those produced in factory farms). Hi Keith, I am writing to request a copy of "Simplifying the Case for Vegetarianism."

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

His call for the end of factory farms (concentrated animal feeding operations) is courageous. But the vested interests are very strong, and consumers have become accustomed to artificially low prices for meat. 2, 2011 Note from KBJ: Only someone who doesn't understand torture could think that meat production involves torture. Meat production may be cruel or inhumane, but it is not, literally, torturous

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

But there is a net loss in all meat production, not just of farmed fish or feeding fish to land animals being raised for food. And while there are varying estimates, it takes between 3 and 15 pounds of grain to produce a pound of meat. I also applaud your suggestion that people eat less meat, but eating no meat whatsoever is the most sustainable diet of all. 11, 2008 To the Editor: We are seeing environmental ruin because of factory farming.

Michael Fox on Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

The strongest part of [Peter] Singer's case against meat eating is his brief discussion of the world food crisis. More specifically, they eat far more meat than is necessary to maintain adequate nutrition. Modern livestock farming on a grand scale also wastes a colossal amount of feed grains on animals which, in times past, would simply have fed off the land. It is a patent truth that by any conceivable health standards most North Americans are overfed.

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Think Vegan Food Must Be Boring and Bland? Think Again!

Animal Ethics

Most people are shocked and appalled when they first read descriptions of factory farming and learn about the horribly inhumane conditions in which the billions of animals destined for dinner tables are raised, and they are even more appalled when they first see documentary footage of the institutional cruelties inherent in factory farming. People who have eaten meat and dairy products their entire lives, often simply can't imagine what vegans eat.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler ” (Week in Review, Jan. 27): Mark Bittman answered my prayers by writing an article exposing how the meat industry contributes to global warming, world hunger and other issues plaguing our world. All those who care about proper nutrition must look at the developing science, which may suggest that diet should be customized: some may need to decrease their consumption of grains and increase their consumption of meat.

From Today's Wall Street Journal

Animal Ethics

Beyond the environmental impacts of meat production there is a basic ethical issue involved. I suspect that meat consumption would decline dramatically under such a code; it would certainly make many of us less hypocritical. However, I agree with Mr. Foer that factory farming has to go. Rather than eating dogs, we all ought to eat exclusively small-farmed, free-range meat.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ A Farm Boy Reflects ” (column, July 31): Hats off to Nicholas D. While this legislation would be an important step in transforming inhumane animal production, we must also call for change on the federal level, where the farm bill subsidizes this sector to the tune of billions of dollars. And thanks to federal corn and soybean subsidies, factory farms saved an estimated $3.9 And for poor people, higher prices would mean less meat in their diets.