Trader Joe's Eggs NOT Humane

Critter News

I decided to look online for some information regarding the "Organic Free Range Eggs" that Trader Joe's, my favorite store, sells. As of this time, all Trader Joe's brand eggs come only from cage-free hens. Now customers looking for cage-free eggs need to look no further than the Trader Joe's label. But are they really free-range eggs? Trader Joe's, a national specialty grocer, offers a large range of vegan and soy products.

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"Educate, Investigate, Liberate"

Animal Person

We are currently doing an investigation on pig farms in Spain, including intensive and extensive/free-range farms (tho extensive ones are scarce since intensive ones are the majority in the industry). Showing people what goes on at "free-range" farms, for me, has always been a powerful part of my vegan advocacy efforts because that's always the fall-back position of the person I'm speaking with. (As

The Other Side of the Egg Debate

Critter News

But with battery eggs costing about $2 a dozen and organic free-range eggs costing between $5 and $6 a dozen, the impact of the proposed change goes beyond poultry. I am a firm supporter of reforming factory egg farming. 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.

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Health and Morals

Animal Ethics

Here is a New York Times op-ed column about free-range pigs. He seems to think that the demand for free-range pork is a demand for wild pork, when in fact it's a demand for morally acceptable conditions for the pigs. The author is confused. In other words, people want to eat not wild pigs but domestic pigs raised in humane conditions

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EU Bans Battery Cages

Critter News

Others have arranged for barns or other free-range systems, but the law now clearly reserves hens a seat at a nest. To offset yesterday's crappy news about California, here's good news from the EU! Full article on Food Safety News. As of Jan.

Afforestation

10,000 Birds

The neighbors had advised me, from experience, that planting trees without excluding the local free-ranging livestock would be an exercise in futility: first challenge overcome.)

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The (Re)Veganizing of the Greyhounds

Animal Person

And most recently, Organix (free-range chicken plus some organic ingredients). I have fed Charles Hobson Booger, III and Violet Rays every type of diet from raw (as in, turkey necks and chicken backs) to pre-made raw (comes in patties with greens and bones and supplements in it), to homemade vegan to Evolution to pre-made vegan ingredients to a combo. Despite Violet's diabetes, she was never the problem.

Note to Those Wanting Promotion: Pay Attention

Animal Person

From the 6th -10th of July we are asking everyone to get their aprons on and bake with free-range or organic eggs. We bloggers often get e-mails from individuals and organizations in search of promotion. And that's fine, as we all want to spread the news of fantastic work that needs support. Case in point: AnimalEquality.

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

10,000 Birds

They argue for the elimination of free-range cats entirely. TNR has repeatedly been shown to fail to reduce free-ranging cat populations,” the authors say (perhaps because the rate of sterilization in a discrete population has never been close to one hundred percent); and, in any event, neutered or not, feral cat lives are nasty, brutish and short. Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both.

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Lessons Learned, The Finale

Animal Person

When I started blogging, I thought that if more people sought out free-range, grass-fed "beef," more animals would be saved/fewer would be created. That original thought was a true statement, as free-range, grass-fed beef requires so much expense and land and water that not as many animals can be sustained as in an intensive farming situation. I see the need for a range of tactics, as in other movements. After all this time it seems that.

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Review: Best Bully Sticks

4 The Love Of Animals

Their bully sticks are inspected and approved by USDA/FDA, and come from free range, grass fed bulls. Best Bully Sticks offers an all natural choice for your dog’s chewing enjoyment. Not only are they made from quality ingredients, they seem to taste really, really, good. Just look at how much our Maltese, Baby, enjoyed her sample: Baby is a fairly picky eater, and often turns her nose up at new treats. Not the case with the bully sticks from Best Bully Sticks.

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Witch Hunt or Just Prosecution?

10,000 Birds

An online lecture by Dauphine is entitled “apocalypse meow – free ranging cats and the destruction of American wildlife.” While we at 10,000 Birds wouldn’t advocate taking such an approach , it is not without its merits: Nico Dauphine told a D.C. superior court judge in response to the allegations, “absolutely not, no I did not.” ” The Ph.D.

On a New Level of Absurdity in the Slaughter Business

Animal Person

Words like 'pastured,' 'grass-fed,' and 'free-range' are now synonymous with quality meat; they carry a potent if symbolic meaning that has eased many a consumer’s conscience and driven many a marketing campaign." Bea sent me a link to an article in Gourmet called " Humane Slaughterhouses ," by Rebecca Marx, that is absurd. And the absurdity is in the reality that the author and the featured person who kills sentient nonhumans for a living, think they're onto something.

The Dracula Bird

10,000 Birds

Its historical year-round range stretches from extreme northwestern Colombia to northern Mexico, with migration into the southwestern United States in the summer. Also, as ranchers increasingly moved their free-range cattle into feedlots, they settled down and became incredibly numerous.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

I distribute locally produced, free-range eggs from my home to a small group of friends, but these kinds of eggs are widely available through farmers' markets at prices that range from $2 to $3.50 To the Editor: Re " A Hen's Space to Roost ” (Week in Review, Aug. 15): I have one very simple piece of advice for consumers interested in higher-quality eggs from humanely treated chickens: stop buying eggs at the grocery store.

Are We Much Better than Michael Vick?

Critter News

I still eat eggs that come from battery hens, even though I do try to buy free range, and I wear leather, even though I only buy it used. This is an excellent opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The author, an assistant professor of sociology at Tulane University, poses some important questions. While I don't agree with everything he says, I do think he makes some legitimate points. The media and society is vilifying Michael Vick (rightly I believe.)

What’s In the Freezer for Tonight?

10,000 Birds

But I was on a work deadline, so by the time I arrived at the zoo the vulture had eaten several pork chops and some very nice free-range chicken. A wildlife rehabilitator friend, newly licensed, recently called to ask if he could feed a recovering Turkey Vulture anything besides defrosted rodents. Did I have an answer for him. Normally I feed vultures, as well as hawks and owls, defrosted mice and rats. Sometimes a defrosted chick.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Egg Producers and Humane Society Urging Federal Standard on Hen Cages ” (Business Day, July 8): I’m a vegetarian who turned vegan after coming to terms with the fact that just because I was eating hormone-free, antibiotic-free, even free-range organic eggs didn’t mean that egg-producing hens were living a cruelty-free life.

Wildlife Rehabilitators vs. Bird Thieves

10,000 Birds

I’d check my bank statements anyway,” cracked Michele Wellard, of Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill Center Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic , during one of our frequent Rehabber FaceBook Free-For-Alls. While I was getting him acclimated to go in the outdoor flight, he had free range of my studio. I don’t mean people who steal birds. I mean birds who steal, sometimes from people. It’s a sad fact of life: sometimes birds take things that don’t belong to them.

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

10,000 Birds

That was a wild cat, a wild Wildcat, the cat that lives in the wild because that is where it is from and where it belongs, at the southern end of its pan-African range that extended at one time well into Europe and Asia. In some regions of the world, the carnivore landscape is taken up by many different cats at the middle and larger range, and by things like civets and mongoose at the smaller end. We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.4–3.7

J. J. C. Smart on the Moral Elite

Animal Ethics

Moreover at present I see no moral objection to eating the flesh of free range cattle, which seem to me to have a happy life which they would not have at all if they were not destined to be eaten. Let us think of the more moral members of society as a moral elite, much as the generality of scientists form a scientific elite. I hope I do not need to stress that such a moral elite must not be confused with a social or intellectual elite.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: The term “free range” sounds prettier than it usually is. Egg production, including on free-range farms, entails the mass killing of newborn male chicks, a point made in Nicholas D. To the Editor: Re “ Humanity Even for Nonhumans ,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, April 9): Thank you for this inspiring and enlightening article. Animals raised for food suffer miserably.

What makes a good bird guide?

10,000 Birds

However knowledgeable you might be, you cannot know for sure that an uninjured, free-ranging bird will be waiting for you where it usually does. Joining some travelling birders FB group, I’ve read a long list of dos and don’ts. One of many don’ts was: post no adverts. This made me think… I don’t think I’ve ever posted adverts – only recommendations. E.g., whenever I travel and use the services of local guides, if I was happy with them, I do recommend them.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Suddenly, the Hunt Is On for Cage-Free Eggs ” (front page, Aug. Free range” does not solve the problem of painful debeaking, enormously oversized flocks or the unnatural isolation of the birds from other sexes and age groups. 12): While this is a step in the right direction toward reducing the animal abuse inherent in all factory farming (from the chicken’s point of view), it’s still a long way from what nature intended.

From Today's Wall Street Journal

Animal Ethics

Rather than eating dogs, we all ought to eat exclusively small-farmed, free-range meat. Jonathan Safran Foer's pup-in-cheek essay " Let Them Eat Dog " (Weekend Journal, Oct. 31), while humorous enough, masks more serious issues. Beyond the environmental impacts of meat production there is a basic ethical issue involved. So here is an even more modest proposal than roasting Fido: Try eating only what animals you are willing to kill with your own hands.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

The idea that eggs from free-range chickens are somehow morally superior to other eggs is, frankly, weird. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb. 20): Blake Hurst, a former hog farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, cautions that “we can’t ask the pigs what they think.” But we can ask, and they can answer. Not in words, of course, but they can answer in ways that we can understand if we are paying attention.

How many birds are killed by windmills and other green energy projects?

10,000 Birds

A recent meta study ( The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States ) that applied strict inclusion criteria and some fancy statistics estimates that 2.4 Perhaps a subset of birds are killed this way; maybe birds learn to avoid windows in their home ranges, and only the careless or stupid birds hit the window and die. Nobody knows and I’m not going to pretend to tell you.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

As a parent of young children, I have much to worry about regarding what my children eat—a balanced, wholesome diet, free from antibiotics, hormones or bacteria. A “free range” bird eats insects, as well as plants, so it gets more nutrition out of the same amount of land than do her cattle, which eat only the grass. To the Editor: Re “ The Carnivore’s Dilemma ,” by Nicolette Hahn Niman (Op-Ed, Oct. 31): Living “green” is not easy.

Filling the Gap Left By DeBooy’s Rail

10,000 Birds

Clapper Rails are common but rarely seen birds across the islands and on my own island are common in a range of habitats that may surprise readers used to seeing them in wetlands in North America. Also frequent escapees (or very free ranging domestics) are guinea fowl and to a lesser extent a number of other gamebirds up to and including peacocks. Can we find a suitable island free from feral predators that would devastate the introduced species?

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