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.

Agriculture

Animal Ethics

Here is an essay about industrial farming

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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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.

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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Antibiotics

Animal Ethics

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

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 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.

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.,

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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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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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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Baby Chicks Ground Up

Critter News

Thanks to Mercy for Animals for their undercover work exposing this egg industry practice. What a subject line, but it's true. This is the second time this year that I've heard of this group capturing headlines. I'd never heard of them before. I'm very impressed by their courage and tenacity.

Quote of the Week

Critter News

But forgetting, or not knowing in the first place, is what the industrial food chain is all about, the principal reason it is so opaque, for if we could see what lies on the far side of the increasingly high walls of our industrial agriculture, we would surely change the way we eat.

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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Will Arizona Exempt Animal Testing from Cruelty Laws?

Critter News

This is all about making the stupid state friendly to the biotech industry. Unbelievable, but this stupid exemption is gaining support. Supposedly people either 1) believe the State has no place overseeing labs (USDA does that) and 2) bioscience is already very well-regulated. What next? They get a huge tax break?

Britain and France to Support Ban on Bluefish Tuna Sales

Critter News

I used to work for a seafood company and my current work still brings me in contact with the industry. This is a good thing. We've been overfishing the bluefish tuna to near-extinction along with many other species. Greedy, anti-government, and anti-regulation monstrosities.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

A Humane Egg The life of animals raised in confinement on industrial farms is slowly improving, thanks to pressure from consumers, animal rights advocates, farmers and legislators. This requirement would at least relieve the worst of the production horrors that are common in the industry now.

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!

Graphic Photos of Baby Elephant "Taming"

Critter News

This post has three graphic pictures of a baby elephant allegedly being "trained" for the entertainment industry. This is a new blog I came across called Paws4Life, The Reality of What Humans do. I'm thinking it's India?

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.

"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".

Canada Fears Oil Spills in its Own Waters

Critter News

The industry is not as developed, but it's heading in that direction. They should fear oil spills because, I'm sorry, Canada is not the best in terms of environmental safeguards, laws or requirements. They've had oil spills before, but nowhere near the scale of the one in the Gulf of Mexico. It would therefore benefit the Canadians to prepare. As long as they allow offshore oil drilling, a massive spill is a definite possibility.

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Animals as Inputs in Accounting

Critter News

The meat packing industry takes a single input, a steer, and produces many different final products. I'm studying for the CPA exam and am working through Becker's online course review for the business section. Here's an example of "joint costs" that says all you need to know about animals as nothing more than inputs in a manufacturing process.

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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.

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.

Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

Critter News

Brown, a case in which the meat industry is attempting to invalidate a California law designed to reduce animal suffering and protect public safety. The industry sued California, arguing that Section 599f is preempted by the Federal Meat Inspection Act. Did anyone know this was going on? The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently heard arguments in National Meat Association v.

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On Going Vegan

Animal Person

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

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AVMA Reveals Itself As Apologist for Animal Research

Critter News

They have paying members that are part of the animal research industry itself. It should be no surprise that the American Veterinary Medical Association is an apologist. Here's the organization's defense of its primate veterinarian members. Cleverly, they also emphasize how many "animals" are saved by animal research. Wouldn't Fluffy die without all the benefits of animal testing?