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.

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.

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Farm Sanctuary recently came to the aid of six male Holstein calves, several just days old, who had been abandoned without food or water and left for dead. Farm Sanctuary operates the country’s largest farm animal rescue and adoption network. Farm Sanctuary needs help.

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].

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.

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.

Tiger Farms in China

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The BBC has an article about the spreading practice of "farming" tigers.

World Farm Animal Day is October 2

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Beef Farm's Trucks Burned by Activists

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Animal rights activists are behind the burning of cattle trucks at Harris Farms in western Fresno County early Sunday, according to a statement released by a clearinghouse for activists. The statement purports to describe how the fire, which heavily damaged 14 tractors and several cattle-hauling trailers, was set and says the attack was aimed at "the horrors of factory farming." california activism san joaquin valley cows farm animal welfare agriculture

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

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!

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.

Horrible Animal Abuse at Iowa Pig Farm

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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.

Unexpected Farm Animal Deal in Ohio

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Animal welfare groups led by the Humane Society of the United States have agreed to abandon a fall ballot issue against animal cruelty as part of a deal with state farm groups brokered by Gov. Ted Strickland.The deal calls for Strickland, the Humane Society, the Ohio Farm Bureau and their partners to join forces in favor of tougher laws governing farm animals, including provisions that ban certain crates and cages and the use of strangulation as a form of euthanasia.

Michigan to Follow California on Farm Animal Welfare?

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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.

Conklin Farm Owner Will Not Face Charges

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A Union County grand jury has decided the owner of a Union County dairy farm caught in an abuse scandal should not face criminal charges.on Tags: ohio animal enterprise terrorism act mercy for animals farm animal welfare From the Columbus Dispatch. the tape {from an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals,) Conklin is shown kicking a cow that is lying down.

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! The study was released in April 2008, but I think it is still worth noting.

Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there. 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. Farm animals used for food and fiber or for food and fiber research are not regulated under the AWA.”.Unlike Tags: animal cruelty proposition 2 cattle farm animal welfare agribusiness This is really interesting.

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

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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. Tags: Obama USDA farm animal welfare factory farm us agribusiness

Farmed Fish Are No Easy Solution

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Many believe that the solution to our wild fish problems is to promote farmed alternatives. Here's an article spotlighting farmed fishing in Chile. Eat farmed fish and create other environmental perils. But, as with any kind of mass production, this is filled with all kinds of risks. It's really damned if you do and damned if you don't. Eat wild runs and cause their extinction. Best not to eat either.

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.

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 farms are unlikely to be properly and regularly inspected by the USDA.

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

EU Sends Inspectors to Portugal for Farm Animal Welfare

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Did Swine Flu Outbreak Start at an Industrial Hog Farm?

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HBO Documentary on Factory Farm Premiers March 16th

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Called Death on a Factory Farm, the documentary shows animal cruelty on a hog farm in Ohio. You can read about it here

Factory Farming

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Here is a New York Times editorial opinion about factory farming. I have added the Factory Farm Map to the blogroll

Watch Video About Pig Farming in the UK

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Produced by Compassion in World Farming. Conditions for farm animals will not change until meat-eaters start demanding changes themselves. It's a 5-minute film about conditions for pigs in the UK. As an aside, people who love to eat meat should also watch educational videos like these.

Factory Farming

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I agree with Nicholas Kristof that factory farms will eventually be banned by law. I also agree that it will be a good thing. Addendum: Here are comments on Kristof's column

Animal Cruelty at Texas Horse Farm

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50 surviving horses were rescued. For the full story, go here to KLTV.com. The Humane Society of the United States, SPCA of East Texas and Humane Society of North Texas worked with the Smith County District Attorney's Office to rescue 50 horses from a Lindale property. The District Attorney's office served a seizure warrant to the owner of the horses Tuesday, opening the door for the rescue team to begin removal on Wednesday.

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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?

ALF Activist Pleads Guilty in Utah to Damaging Mink Farm

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The raid to which Viehl pleaded guilty took place at the McMullin mink farm in South Jordan in August 2008. Rydalch said the raid consisted of releasing minks and spray-painting parts of the farm, including a barn. She said the plea agreement "stated the damage and loss to real and personal property at the farm exceeded $10,000." A man in Utah has pled guilty to "interfering with an animal enterprise" in federal court.

Maple Farm Sanctuary Needs Your Help!

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I' m concerned about Maple Farm Sanctuary , whose founders are two of the seven subjects in our new film , and I was wondering if you'd be willing to reach out through your blog to let people know that the sanctuary is in a financial tight spot right now.

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Moon Bears Rescued from Bile Farm in Vietnam

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Please note that the illegal bile farm was Taiwanese-owned. It's great that they were saved, but t hey arrived at the rescue center in wretched condition. Moon bears are rare, which makes this all the sadder. Again, the China connection. I can't read such stuff without being sickened by my species. Thank Animals Asia for the rescue. They are an amazing organization that we support financially.).