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. Tags: ohio eggs california humane society farm animal welfare factory farm Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go.

Time.com Article on the Morals of Eating Meat

Critter News

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 sanctuaryGene Bauer from Farm Sanctuary appears in this article. Pretty 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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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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Is Cheap Meat Endangering Our Lives?

Critter News

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? And we know that pumping animal feed full of antibiotics in factory farms has given us a new strain of MRSA. But once you factor in the cost of all these diseases and pandemics, cheap meat suddenly looks like an illusion.

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Meat Grown in a Petri Dish?

Critter News

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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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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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.

More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

Critter News

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

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.

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. With successes like these, factory farmers do have cause for worry.

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

Critter News

Supreme Court rules on health care challenge| GPS tracking "The Federal Meat Inspection Act regulates slaughterhouses' handling and treatment of non-ambulatory pigs from the moment of their delivery through the end of the meat production process," wrote Justice Elena Kagan. 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.

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.

Australian Scientists to Study Animal Feelings

Critter News

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. 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.

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Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

Critter News

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. 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. You are not processing their wellbeing, but their carcasses for meat.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

Critter News

It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm." 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. Tags: animal cruelty pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farm animal welfare

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. Tags: Current Affairs Ethics Film Environmentalism Factory Farm Glenn Close Home Veganism Winged Migration

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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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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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Bo Celebrated Birthday with Veal

Critter News

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 "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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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.

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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Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry! Susan e-mailed after receiving RPA's news release on the organization's recent mailing to the governors of all 50 states about our land-grant universities' (LGUs') meat-industry problem. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

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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Steven M. Wise on Farm Animals

Animal Ethics

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.

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.

"Change of Heart": New Book about Animal Activism

Critter News

And why do so many people say the oppose the cruel practices of factory farming, yet still eat meat, eggs and dairy products? 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." The author is Nick Cooney and he's the Director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy non-profit with offices in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. In the author's words.

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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.

New Research Shows Crabs Feel Pain

Critter News

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.

On the Psychological Continuum

Animal Person

There is no philosophical continuum, but there is a psychological continuum, as evidenced by everyone at the workshop taking steps back or forward, denoting their increase in animal use (including no meat to meat, or backsliding, like I did a decade ago), or their decrease (such as when vegetarians go vegan). Hence the psychological continuum described (below) by Austria's Association Against Animal Factories from about a year ago.

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

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 Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

Animal Person

Abundance (of meat, drink). a hotel in which people on welfare are housed until more permanent quarters can be found for them; welfare manager, worker, a person engaged in looking after the welfare of people working in factories, mercantile establishments, etc.;

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.

Is There Danger of Elitism in the Animal Rights Movement?

Critter News

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!)

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

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.

Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

Critter News

The only cool thing is that Gene Bauer's views on the meat industry are so similar to those expressed on this blog a few weeks ago. are killed in factory style slaughterhouses whose primary goal is to kill and process animals quickly and efficiently. This is really interesting. How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? I certainly didn't. No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there.

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. Animal rights is neither progressive nor conservative.

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.

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.

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.

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." Also I would like to recommend this essay by David DeGrazia to your readers.

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