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. In my opinion, the crux of the question touches on what is “humane.” For other people, “humane” means it is okay to eat the animal as long as the following conditions are met: 1. Livestock don’t contribute to campaigns, but agribusiness does.

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

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Clearly a win for the damn livestock industry. A state law mandating "humane treatment" of downed livestock headed for the slaughterhouse was unanimously overturned Monday by the Supreme Court. At issue was whether federal regulations dealing with inspection of domesticated animals about to be killed, processed, and sold for human consumption preempted -- or nullified -- California Penal Code 599f. It was a question of federal vs. state authority. Sucks.

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Belgian City Goes Vegetarian Once a Week

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It's their way of acknowledging the impact of livestock on the environment. Not only is there reason to believe that livestock contribute to greenhouse gases, but meat is resource-intensive to produce. I have very little regard for the human conscience when it comes to empathy outside themselves. Only when humans start to freak out about their own survival will they stop eating meat. Tags: climate global warming europe methane livestock vegetarian

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

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The rising consumer preference for more “natural” and local products and concerns about pollution and antibiotic use in giant livestock operations are also driving change. Tags: ohio eggs california humane society farm animal welfare factory farm Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. 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.

Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

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He also introduced LB 306, otherwise known as the Livestock Animal Welfare Act. Basically, it would mandate that humane societies and horse rescue operations would have to accept a horse if one was presented to them, or they would face a class four misdemeanor," said Larson. From the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world.

On "Knockout Animals"

Animal Person

Here's what I see: Once again, as with attempts to convince the public that animal farming could ever be humane , humans are desperate to provide alternatives to consuming animals that don't include not consuming animals. If a person cares about what "livestock" experience on their way to becoming "meat," there is one easy, inexpensive action that person can take to make certain s/he is not a party to the various kinds and levels of suffering and injustice the animals experience.

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On Letting Your Emotions Rule the Day

Animal Person

David Scott (D-Ga), who is the chairman of the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture draws a line in the sand regarding the animals we use and how we use them. We give them human names and provide them with the same amenities we enjoy as humans. Bea directed me to the Animal Welfare Special Report at TheHill.com , in which Rep.

Protecting Your Pets from Pests and Disease

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Mosquitoes bite humans and animals with no regard to species, and they bring along a number of illnesses. For humans, mosquitoes can lead to such diseases as Yellow Fever and West Nile Virus among others. It can affect humans, birds, horses, dogs, cats, and other mammals.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: In your July 12 editorial “ A Humane Egg ,” you disparage the modern, sanitary housing systems for egg-laying hens, which have improved chickens’ health and well-being, improved consumer food safety and kept eggs a nutritious and economical staple on kitchen tables and restaurant menus nationwide.

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

There are moral reasons to go vegetarian: recognition that it is wrong to contribute to unnecessary animal suffering the injustice of exploiting animals and killing them for no good reason If human have rights, then many nonhuman animals also have rights, and confining and killing these animals for food violates these rights. Livestock's contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale." I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians.

Michael Fox on Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Modern livestock farming on a grand scale also wastes a colossal amount of feed grains on animals which, in times past, would simply have fed off the land. Even if, contrary to fact, none of this feed grain could be used to nourish humans elsewhere in the world, at least the land which yields the grain could be sown with high-protein-yielding crops, such as soybeans, according to Singer.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

18): As a microbiologist, I know that study after study has highlighted the human health threat from using antibiotics as feed additives for hogs, chickens and cattle, creating super-bugs—bacteria that no longer can be treated with antibiotics. 962), which would phase out antibiotics use in livestock for growth or preventative purposes unless manufacturers could prove that such uses don’t endanger public health. To the Editor: Re “ Antibiotic Runoff ” (editorial, Sept.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Mr. Puck’s Good Idea ” (editorial, March 26): Thank you for writing about the restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and his desire to buy meat raised humanely. March 27, 2007 To the Editor: Livestock producers raise their animals under humane standards and under the care of a veterinarian. That is never humane.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

This would result in improved human health, decreased environmental destruction and better animal welfare. As you note, the lack of media coverage of the livestock sector’s contribution to climate change is one reason it has escaped large-scale public outrage. Note from KBJ: The author of the New York Times story describes human beings as "carnivores." Human beings, like dogs, are omnivores. No human being has ever been, or ever will be, a carnivore

From Today's New York Times

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Raising livestock is the best use of most pasture land, not growing crops. Animals turn grass, a k a sunlight, into high-quality proteins, minerals and fats that are an ideal food for humans. 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.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

More greenhouse gas emissions are generated by current methods of meat, dairy and livestock production than by driving cars, so we need to reduce meat consumption and develop alternative food production technologies just as urgently as we need to reduce driving and develop alternative fuel technologies. There is no happy ending for even the most humanely raised animal.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

In the past decade, for instance, we have doled out more than $3 billion in direct subsidies to large-scale livestock producers. We pay lip service to more humane treatment of the animals that we eat, but how many of us look beyond the label on the package of chicken cutlets? Mr. Kristof is attuned to issues of human suffering and injustice. We empathize with our fellow humans when they endure mental or physical torture and condemn the cruel barbarians that inflict it.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

September 7, 2006, a bill banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption( H.R. One outspoken proponent of factory farming cited in the HPMAJ column is "Trent Loos, a rancher, journalist and vocal livestock supporter." According to the HPMAJ column, "Loos told cattle producers the livestock industry must show the public that there are moral and ethical justifications for taking the life of an animal to feed a person.

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