Consolidation of Egg Industry

Critter News

egg industry continues to consolidate. egg industry is planning a strategic conference after the presidential election to plan for the future. The Mexican egg industry is challenged by sanitary problems, and while it recognizes animal welfare issues they are said to not currently be a concern of Mexican consumers. Don't think banks are the only ones gobbling each other up nowadays. So are egg corporations. Thanks to an email from Farmed Animal Net for this information.

Europe's Pig Industry Mad about Undercover Investigation

Critter News

Now the pig industry is mad and claiming bias ( scroll down in article.) Compassion in World Farming led an undercover investigation that showed illegal tail docking and poor attempts at pig enrichment on factory farms, in violation of EU law. Too bad! If you complied with the law, you wouldn't look like such jerks!

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US Government Continues Subsidizing Meat Industry

Critter News

Hard to wean people off animals when the US government is propping up the industries, and especially when so much of it ends up on school lunch trays (laying the foundation for this nation's obesity problem in my opinion.) Last week, the USDA bought approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk to help the dairy industry.

Seal Industry Tries to Capitalize on Medical Researchers Conjectures

Critter News

But the seal industry doesn't care. While I'm not a fan of using animal hearts for transplants, I'm far more sympathetic to that than to simply using their parts for human vanity consumption. They'll exploit anything to try to save their barbaric trade and, if they can use guilt, even better. Excerpted from the Chronicle-Herald.

Pork Industry Moving into Defensive Mode

Critter News

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. The pork industry does not make money from happy pigs, but from dead carcasses. It's in response to the HBO film "Death on a Factory Farm."

Pork Industry Tries to Deal with Public Image

Critter News

It's an article about the pork industry having to address the increasingly positive media image of pigs as intelligent creatures that could be someone's pet. The fact that this discussion warrants an article in the Des Moines Register means that there is some movement on this front and and it causes the pork industry concern. Every time I get depressed about animal issues (every other day it seems like), I see an article like this.

Industrial Agriculture

Animal Ethics

The wrongness of factory farming is overdetermined. See here for one sufficient ground. By the way, the editorial board of the New York Times is progressive (as opposed to conservative). Why does it not call for the abolition of factory farming? Instead, it seeks to reform it. Animal rights is neither progressive nor conservative. Think of all the progressives— Michael Moore , for example—who either eat meat or go out of their way to ridicule vegetarians.

Ag Industry Looks Ahead to More Animal Welfare Issues

Critter News

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. He adds that this is more than just a matter of voter education, given the $8 million spent by the California poultry industry fighting the proposition. What seems to be working better for the industry is to reach some kind of compromise before the issue goes on a ballot,” he says.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

Animal Person

On March 11th, RPA sent the governors of all 50 states a letter and two factsheets urging them to help get their land-grant universities (LGUs) out of the meat industry. The meat industry is inherently destructive and inhumane, there is no way to make it otherwise, and much of the harm it does to ecosystems is by inflicting suffering and death on billions of nonhuman animals, farmed and free-living, each year. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

Did Swine Flu Outbreak Start at an Industrial Hog Farm?

Critter News

According to this AP article, some are blaming Smithfield Foods, which has 8 operations in La Gloria Mexico. The company denies it. You can read all about the horrible things Smithfield Foods has done in the US in this long Rolling Stone article. I can only imagine how things are run in Mexico.

Center for Tobacco, Alcohol and Restaurant Industries Resends Press Release About PETA

Critter News

It seems like every 6 months or so, the Center for Consumer Freedom, a front group for the tobacco, alcohol and restaurant industries sends out a press release about how many animals PETA allegedly kills. There are plenty of reasons to not like PETA, but the "Center for Consumer Freedom" is an industry front group who's primary purpose is to attack PETA.

California's Ag Industry Worried that State Committee will Focus on "Emotion"

Critter News

The ag industry does NOT like this. Basically, it sounds like the ag committee will be including food safety and animal welfare concerns in their discussions. There is definitely a new tide in California, post Proposition 2. In a move that elevated the anxiety level among grower-shippers, Darrell Steinberg, the new president pro-tem of the California state Senate, overhauled the body’s agriculture committee.

On the Eating of Seafood

Animal Person

As a way of taking the situation into your own hands and not being a part of the problem, the film's site offers you this widget: Now, I haven't seen the film, but here's the message: There's something rotten in the state of the fishing industry.

Why You Shouldn’t Watch the Kentucky Derby

Creature Talk

The whole industry from start to finish is inhumane, and this Saturday, millions of people will be watching the Derby, betting on it, and perpetuating the cruelty inherent in it. The much-hyped Kentucky Derby will be taking place this Saturday, May 1st.

Veganism in the Workplace

Creature Talk

And yes, I realize that sounds strange because you’d think any employer would appreciate someone with such strong ethics, but that’s not exactly how things always work in the conservative finance industry. After a 7 month hiatus from this blog, I wonder: is anyone still out there?

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On "Imposing" Our Beliefs on Our Children

Animal Person

They were forcing us to be consumers of animal exploitation industries. It's fascinating, how what 98% of Americans do with their children is called "parenting" and "guidance."

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Animal Ethics

Here is an essay about industrial farming

An Affront to the Idea of Family

Animal Person

The idea of family is currently being used by the dairy industry in a series of commercials with the tag line: "99% of dairy farms are family owned." I'm not one of those people who thinks family is composed of only humans or humans who are biologically related.

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On SPECIESISM, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

residents believe that it's wrong to kill animals for their pelts, but the pelt industry is legal. I finally read SPECIESISM , by Joan Dunayer, which was published a couple of years after ANIMAL EQUALITY , which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.

New Horse Slaughter Rules to Appear in Canada

Critter News

The Animal Welfare Institute thinks these new rules could be a blow to the horse slaughter industry, but only if actually implemented.

Greyhound Racing Officially Ends in Massachusetts

Animal Person

the ban happened while the industry was still operating). Thanks to Grey2kUSA and the voters of Massachusetts who put an end to live greyhound racing in the Bay State as of last Saturday night! Here 's more on how it all happened and why this particular situation was unique (i.e.,

Forget About Equal, How About Alive

Animal Person

The only problem (for the farmers--I have a many problems with this scenario, beginning with bringing cows into the world) is that the cow milk industry is struggling along with much of the economy, and there is now a glut of cow's milk, which has driven the price down and.

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Palin's War on Beluga Whales

Critter News

Salon has a pretty good piece up about Sarah Palin's attempt to deny protection for beluga whales all for the sake of the oil industry.

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On ANIMAL EQUALITY, by Joan Dunayer

Animal Person

I haven't examined each institutionalized use of animals the way that Dunayer has, with the possible exception of vivisection, and I learned a lot about the details of the language of each industry.

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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). You may know Jose Valle of the International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery, AnimalEquality. He recently wrote me: We are an abolitionist group and our approach is "Educate, Investigate & Liberate".

Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

Animal Person

Industry. Today is the launch of. I'm excited to be a blogger for Animal Rights Zone because its target market is people who don't usually subscribe to blogs. Also, it has the added bonus of organizing my content better than I have.


Animal Ethics

Here is information about the use of antibiotics on "industrial farms

On Going Vegan

Animal Person

It's about not fetishizing one species while making an industry of torturing others.

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A Place to Look For Animal Research News

Critter News

I stumbled across this site called FiercePharma that has all kinds of news about the drug industry. Note - this company has a lot of industry news sites on a wide range of topics, so they do more then just drug company news. If you go to the very top, there are tabs for FierceBiotechResearch and other topics. I've never heard of them before.

On "Discarded" Greyhounds

Animal Person

Over 16,000 greyhounds are bred to supply the approximate 10,000 annually racing on British tracks and even taking into account the 4,500 re-homed by the industry’s own Retired Greyhound Trust, we are still left with a huge shortfall of ‘unaccounted’ dogs.

Listen Today on WALO Radio

Animal Person

Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry! Susan e-mailed after receiving RPA's news release on the organization's recent mailing to the governors of all 50 states about our land-grant universities' (LGUs') meat-industry problem. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

Mad Cow Disease Appears in California

Critter News

The reemergence of mad cow disease, discovered in a California dairy cow, could have major implications for the state’s meat industry, even though officials have said that the human food supply is unaffected. But the disease has dealt a crippling blow to the industry in the past, especially when foreign countries refused to import American beef when mad cow was first uncovered in 2003. Potentially bad news for California Agriculture. Read the full story here at the LA Times.

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Russia Bans Canadian Seal Imports!

Critter News

Russia and two of its neighbours have informed the World Trade Organization that they are banning the import and export of harp seal pelts – a move that animal-rights activists are celebrating as the death knell of Canada’s commercial seal industry. Russia has been the biggest market for the Canadian seal fur industry. Great news! But I'm not exactly sure why RUSSIA would ban them. The other two neighbors that banned them are Kazakhstan and Belarus).

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On the Erosion of Personal Responsibility

Animal Person

It's probably not a bad place to start, but when this industry behaves in a way that undermines personal responsibility, then we've got problems and that's usually a place where people feel government intervention is warranted. We pass clean air laws, we tax the heck out of cigarettes, we sue the tobacco industry. Personal responsibility is challenged as it's not on a level playing field with what Industry wants us to believe.

On Cat Killers and Mental Competency

Animal Person

I can't think of another animal so hated by humans that they have actually created an industry to publicize their hatred and their wish to hurt and kill them. People in South Florida are still in an uproar over the mutilation and slaughter of 19 house cats (allegedly) by 18-year old Tyler Weinman, who was declared mentally competent and not a danger to himself or others (!).

On "Pets" and "Its"

Animal Person

We can either bombard the publishing industry with proposals for books for kids, or we can create a publishing company ourselves for this specific purpose. I went back to New York to the areas where I grew up and went to college and graduate school for a five-day weekend. I'd been longing for NYC and, as usual, thinking about moving back. The Nor'easter cured me of that longing. I visited my three godchildren and a handful of friends, and all but one friend has at least one child.

Just Two Lessons Learned for Today

Animal Person

Also, as the mutual fund industry disclaimer says, "Past performance is no guarantee of future results." I've decided that 20 lessons is a good number to stop at, and today I'll discuss what are probably the two most controversial ones, about the animal rights movement. Lesson #11. The Appeal of Cliques The first six Lessons Learned from 4 Years of Animal Person and numbers 7-10 hinted about cliques, but only the negative aspects.

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RPA interview--Take Two

Animal Person

Soltero's and WALO's interest in RPA's 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry, and I greatly look forward to Monday's interview! From David Cantor. Responsible Policies for Animals Members and Friends! This past Monday's botched radio interview is rescheduled for next Monday, April 6th -- again at 3:00 P.M. East Coast time. The problem last time was the station's new phone system, and I haven't received a guarantee that it's been de-glitched.

Personal Changes Doesn't Equal Political Change

Animal Person

If we choose the “alternative” option of living more simply, thus causing less harm, but still not stopping the industrial economy from killing the planet, we may in the short term think we win because we get to feel pure, and we didn’t even have to give up all of our empathy (just enough to justify not stopping the horrors), but once again we really lose because industrial civilization is still killing the planet, which means everyone still loses. .

From the Animal Rights Action Network re: Greyhounds

Animal Person

But yet every single day in Ireland there are greyhounds all over the country been dumped into rivers with rocks tied to their little feet and their ears cut off so that they are non identifiable, this is the Irish greyhound racing industry at it's best when they no longer want the ones who are 'useless' or 'unwanted'. Brief commentary follows this e-mail I received regarding greyhounds, animal rights and Ireland.

What is on your wish list? A robot vacuum? #neatobestpetvacuum

4 The Love Of Animals

The fact that Neato Robot Vacuums have been consistently reviewed as “Best For Pets” by Industry experts, and publications like CNET , appeals to me not just for our dog, but for the humans too! The holiday season is here, and it’s a busy time of year!

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Royal Decree Issued in Spain Over Animal Welfare

Critter News

But some industry experts doubt Spain, a nation which has an unemployment rate above 20% and a stagnant economy, can afford to pay out €300m to farmers. Others have suggested that the amount of money allocated would only be enough to assist half the Spanish egg industry to convert. Interesting! Effective? Who knows? Here's an excerpt from Farmers Weekly Interactive.

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On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

Let's deconstruct: The interview reminds me of how the industry views us and how little they know about the community of people who care about the lives of the animals brought into this world for one reason only: to kill and eat them. Perhaps it is the industry's inability to evolve morally that is behind the times.