Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there. Humane treatment runs counter to the entire industry when the point is to make money by processing these animals as fast as possible. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “farm animals are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) only when used in biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition.

Plea to Help Downed Farm Animals

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downed animals USDA gene bauer farm animal welfare farm sanctuaryHard to read emotionally, but short and informative. Written by Gene Bauer and appearing in the Huffington Post.

Michigan to Follow California on Farm Animal Welfare?

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World Farm Animal Day is October 2

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EU Sends Inspectors to Portugal for Farm Animal Welfare

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The inspectors found nothing wrong, but at least they responded to the issues raised by Animal Angels, based in Germany. My 2010 resolution is to try and track animal rights issues in the homelands of Spain and Portugal. Tags: europe portugal farm animal welfare This happened earlier in the month, but I'm posting it anyway. Spain is much more advanced than Portugal in this area, but both need improvement (as do we all.).

Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

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Issue 2 in Ohio would create 13-member state board to oversee the care of farm animals in the State. The Humane Society and other groups oppose it as a power grab by big agriculture to prevent another Proposition 2 (the initiative passed last year in California to improve standards for farm animal care.) Tags: ohio farm animal welfare us agribusiness

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Walk for Farm Animals Scheduled for this Fall

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From the Farm Sanctuary. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212, mturner@farmsanctuary.org 2011 Walk for Farm Animals Aims to Raise $1 Million for Abused and Neglected Farm Animals Thousands of People in More Than 35 Cities Across North America to Gather for Family-Friendly Event That Promotes Compassion for ALL Animals WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. farm animal welfare farm sanctuary

Sad About World Farm Animals Day

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World Farm Animals Day was today. Tags: depressed farm animal welfare Perhaps it's because of gloomy October or maybe it's because I'm getting over the flu, but I felt very sad. There was a picture on the bus commemorating the event with a picture of a cow looking, dare I say it, noble and long-suffering. But I just kept wondering if anyone besides me on that bus cared? How depressing.

Farm Animals Help Alleviate Mental Illness

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A new study, published online in Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, suggests that animal assisted therapy for people with mental disorders can be effective with farm animals. After six months of animal assisted therapy with farm animals, all patients reported significantly increased coping skills. Tags: animal-assisted therapy farm animal welfare It's not just cats and dogs!

Are Farm Animals Usually Killed in a Humane Manner?

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He asked whether cows, chickens, sheep and some of the other animals that we eat are usually treated and killed in a humane manner. 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. For other people, “humane” means it is okay to eat the animal as long as the following conditions are met: 1.

Animal Welfare in the State of California

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California really is at the forefront of animal welfare and this is an excellent article detailing what's going on in the State and the challenges animal welfare faces. california legislation humane society farm animal welfare animal welfareIt also does a great job at profiling Jennifer Fearing who led the victory of Proposition 2. She sounds amazing.

Hope for Hen Welfare

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A press release I received from the Farm Sanctuary. Animal Welfare Groups Win Industry Backing for First-Ever Federal Regulation of Hen Welfare Groundswell of Public Support Results in Full Court Press for Nationwide Law Protecting Chickens to Replace State-by-State Initiatives WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. July 8, 2011 – In a groundbreaking move that should result in the greatest advancement for farmed animals in U.S.

Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

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Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8. In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine. Department of Agriculture (NJDA) was ordered to readdress a number of its mandated standards for farmed animal treatment.

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Royal Decree Issued in Spain Over Animal Welfare

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battery hens spain farm animal welfare chickensInteresting! Effective? Who knows? Here's an excerpt from Farmers Weekly Interactive. The Spanish government has taken the unusual step of issuing a royal decree to compel farmers to report on what action they are taking to comply with the 2012 conventional cage-ban and if they require any government assistance.

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Pig Castration in Europe - An Animal Welfare Concern

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Ag Industry Looks Ahead to More Animal Welfare Issues

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Another big issue gaining momentum is animal welfare. You may hate to hear about this, but I do think that the animal-raising industries are going to have to reach some compromises with the Humane Society of the U.S. Tags: farm animal welfare us agribusiness It's a small mention in this Ag Week article about issues coming up in 2009 , but worth noting.

Horrible Animal Abuse at Iowa Pig Farm

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Support Farm Sanctuary!

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Here's a book that you can buy about rescued farm animals and their stories. farm animal welfare farm sanctuaryLove this group! It should be inspiring and it's a great way to support an extraordinary organization.

Adopt a Turkey Next Month

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Farm Sanctuary has a cool "Adopt-a-Turkey" project. turkeys farm animal welfare farm sanctuary thanksgiving turkey massacreI definitely want to do this.

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Alleged Abuse at Butterball Turkey Farm

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Once again, the wonderful Mercy for Animals provides footage of possible abuse of turkeys at a Butterball farm in North Carolina. meat mercy for animals turkeys North Carolina farm animal welfareThe full story is at CNN.

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More Alleged Abuse At Iowa Egg Farms

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Horrible Tail Docking Video Spurs Call for Ban

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More great undercover work though by Mercy for Animals. Tags: New York tail docking farm animal welfare Just awful.

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].

Surprising NYTimes Editorial about National Egg Production

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battery hens eggs egg production hens farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness chickensSurprising to me at least. The editorial advocates a national standard that establishes humane standards in all parts of the country.

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Chicken Wars in the Pacific Northwest

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Horse Slaughterhouse Proposed in New Mexico

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mexico meat horses horse slaughter Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare united statesThis article reaffirms my belief that it's more humane to slaughter horses in the US than to ship them for slaughter to Canada or Mexico. I don't like it either way, but one is better than the other for sure.

"Happy Cows" Campaign in California Under Fire

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California dairy farmers have an ad campaign that cows are just darn happy on their factory farms. california advertising cows PETA farm animal welfare dairyPETA is not convinced. This article about the situation appears in the Merced Sun-Star which is from my home county of Merced!

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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 is trying to convince Costco to do the same. mercy for animals Iowa pigs pork farm animal welfare factory farmNews story is from the end of June. Almost let that one slip by!

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EU Backing Cloned Animal Products

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It's bad enough having to deal with the welfare of normal farm animals, but what about the welfare of cloned animals? If they are cloned solely for the products they provide, will it be more difficult to argue for their welfare as living creatures? Concerns surround the ethics of the process, the welfare of the animals and a lack of research on food safety. Tags: europe cloning farm animal welfare

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Do Chickens Feel Empathy?

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Now, I think they're wonderful and we sponsor Camilla the Chicken through Farm Sanctuary's animal sponsorship program. farm animal welfare chickens animal emotionsHere's an article from the Telegraph regarding chickens feeling empathy. The research is from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol. I used to hate chickens as a child and thought they were irritating.

Ag's Reaction to Ohio Deal with Humane Society

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Yesterday, I raised the issue that some may think the Humane Society copped out by making a deal with Ohio agriculture and NOT bringing new animal welfare regulations to the ballot. Tags: ohio humane society farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness Well, it looks like, on the other side, big agriculture and others of that ilk feel like Ohio ag itself made a deal with the devil by entering this agreement.

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Halal Slaughter Causing a Furor In Quebec

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Quebec is not known for its animal welfare concerns or laws. I think the issue stems from this being an Islamic practice and the fear of contaminated meat, not concern for the animals. Two political parties in Quebec are speaking out about the ritual slaughter of animals, but a Jewish advocacy group is confident that kashrut is not being targeted. islam canada meat quebec Slaughterhouse farm animal welfare

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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Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

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It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm." 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. 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.

McDonalds Makes Positive Move to Help Sows

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Animal rights advocates have singled out the crates, known as sow stalls, as inhumane, and several states have moved to ban or restrict their use not only in pork production, but also in the production of eggs and veal. There are alternatives we think are better for the welfare of sows.”. 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.

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. Animals would get sick much easier, possibly affecting the bottom line of profit above all. Tags: antibiotics farm animal welfare factory farm It could effect some small amount of improvement.maybe. If the FDA's recommendation is accepted. From Opposing Views.com.

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EU Bans Battery Cages

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1, 2012, egg-laying hens across many European countries will live with fewer discomforts: The European Commission has officially implemented its ban on battery cages, the notoriously cramped cages used by many egg farmers and criticized by animal rights proponents and veterinarians who call them cruel and harmful to the birds' welfare. Emeritus Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph in Ontario and the President of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada.

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. At issue is Section 599f of the California Penal Code, which, among other things, prohibits slaughterhouses from purchasing, receiving, selling, dragging, or pushing non-ambulatory animals, also known as “downers,” and requires immediate euthanasia of such animals. Did anyone know this was going on?

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More Humane Method of Killing Chickens?

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CAK eliminates the numerous animal welfare, economic, and worker-safety issues associated with electric immobilization: * With CAK, birds are dead before they are removed from their crates, shackled, bled, and scalded in defeathering tanks. Tags: meat PETA farm animal welfare factory farm chickens

Baby Chicks Ground Up

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Thanks to Mercy for Animals for their undercover work exposing this egg industry practice. Tags: animal cruelty eggs farm animal welfare factory farm What a subject line, but it's true. This is the second time this year that I've heard of this group capturing headlines. I'd never heard of them before. I'm very impressed by their courage and tenacity.

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Dutch May Ban Kosher Slaughter of Livestock

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However, Jewish and Islamic groups which can prove animals do not suffer more during ritual killing than in an ordinary slaughterhouse will be able to apply for permits. Dutch law requires animals to be stunned before slaughter, but has long allowed an exemption for Muslims and orthodox Jews, who can legally butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules. kosher Slaughterhouse cows livestock farm animal welfare Netherlands

Belgian Bill Calls for Pig Castration WITH Anesthesia

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Animals as Inputs in Accounting

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Here's an example of "joint costs" that says all you need to know about animals as nothing more than inputs in a manufacturing process. Each product must be assigned a cost including the different cuts of meat for human consumption, different food products for animal consumption (pet food) and basic ingredients for glue.". economics cows farm animal welfare agriculture accounting

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