HBO Special on Factory Farming

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Viewer discretion advised on the clip below… Tags: Animal Cruelty Animal Rights Animal Welfare Factory Farming Farmed Animals animal suffering gestation crates pigs videos Last night HBO premiered a show called Death on a Factory Farm. 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?

McDonalds Makes Positive Move to Help Sows

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The McDonald’s Corporation said on Monday that it would begin working with its pork suppliers to phase out the use of so-called gestational crates, the tiny stalls in which sows are housed while pregnant. McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future,” Dan Gorsky, senior vice president for supply chain management for McDonald’s North America, said in a statement. I'm no fan of McDonalds, but any little bit of help is progress.

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First C-Section Performed on a Shark!

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Six months into the shark’s gestation, the park’s animal team noticed a complication with her pregnancy and determined an emergency C-section was necessary. Orlando, Fla. August 6, 2013) – For the first time in SeaWorld’s history, a Cesarean section has been performed on a shark.

Cute of the Day: Baby Bongo

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The gestation period for this species is 9 to 9 ½ months. Busch Gardens welcomed a baby bongo to the park Sept. Bongo are native to the rain forests of Africa. Busch Gardens cares for the endangered Eastern Mountain subspecies of bongo.

Busch Gardens welcomes a baby giraffe!

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A giraffe’s gestation period is 15 months, and the mother and baby will be kept out of view for the first three months so they can be watched closely. Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby female reticulated giraffe on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.

Cute of the Day: All Legs Baby!

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A giraffe’s gestation period is approximately 15 months, and the new baby will nurse for about one year. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby reticulated giraffe just days ago. Weighing approximately 147 pounds at birth, the newborn is the calf of mother, Teesa, and father, Sterling.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

It accepts completely the hype concerning a California ballot initiative that among other things bans gestation stalls for pregnant sows. 10, 2008 Note from KBJ: Speaking of rhetoric, don't you love "individual housing" for " gestation stalls "? To the Editor: “ Standing, Stretching, Turning Around ” (editorial, Oct. 9) does little to advance the debate on farm animal housing.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Thus far, the state ballot initiatives and agreements that will expand space for chickens (as well as for gestating pigs and veal calves) are really very minor. To the Editor: Re “ A Hen’s Space to Roost ” (Week in Review, Aug. 15): We are glad to see an article describing the intensive confinement of egg-laying chickens, but we disagree when it says that animal advocates and consumers are “driving big changes” in the treatment of chickens.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

This week, Bon Appétit Management Company vowed that by 2015, none of the three million pounds of pork we serve a year (including 800,000 pounds of bacon) will come from hogs confined in gestation crates. Mr. Hurst flippantly questions the ability to measure a pig’s happiness, but sound science—not to mention common sense—clearly establishes that mother pigs locked in gestation crates with so little space that they cannot turn around for most of their lives do indeed suffer.

On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

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They do appear to wish to put an end to what they believe are the worst abuses of institutionalized animal agriculture, such as gestation crates and veal crates, but that's hardly a call to end animal agriculture.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

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Consider some of the victories: On November 5th, 2002, more than two and a half million Floridians voted "Yes" on Amendment 10 to amend the state constitution and prohibit the use of gestation crates , narrow metal cages where breeding pigs are kept for most of their lives. The proposition outlaws raising pregnant sows in gestation crates and raising calves in veal crates , making Arizona the first state in the Union to ban veal crates.