Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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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!

An Animal Rights-Protection-Abolitionist Organization

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The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages calls itself "an animal rights-protection-abolitionist organization," which I find interesting. Horses Without Carriages International does a great job of explaining and showing the injustices of the horse-drawn carriage industry around the world.). The well being of the horses should be the ideal of every organization whose mandate is to put animal protection ideals first - especially when they ask for donations based on that mandate.

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Palin's War on Beluga Whales

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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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Update on National Meat Association vs. Brown

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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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Animal Ethics - Untitled Article

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A recent Gallup poll (conducted May 6-10, 2015) found that 32% of Americans believe that "animals deserve the exact same rights as people to be free from harm and exploitation," while only 3% of Americans feel that animals don't need much protection from harm and exploitation "since they are just animals."

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Listen Today on WALO Radio

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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!

From the Animal Rights Action Network re: Greyhounds

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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'. ARAN works with volunteers, activists, members of the public and other animal protection groups.

A Win-Lose Proposition for Farmers and Consumers

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To "help these industries survive this economic downturn and gain a solid footing for the future," NASDA is proposing a "bold solution: a plan to take extra inventories off the market to reduce supply, all while providing vital nutritious, protein-rich foods to those who are unable to afford them, which is in more demand now than ever before."

Animal Diseases Poised to Spread to Humans

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Dramatic changes to the environment are triggering major alterations to human disease patterns on a scale last seen during the industrial revolution. Montira Pongsiri, an environmental health scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, says that previous transitions in human history have had a devastating impact in terms of the spread of disease. And people actually believe we've conquered nature?

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Beliefs About Animal Rights

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A recent Gallup poll (conducted May 6-10, 2015) found that 32% of Americans believe that "animals deserve the exact same rights as people to be free from harm and exploitation," while only 3% of Americans feel that animals don't need much protection from harm and exploitation "since they are just animals."

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On Small Victories

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Both, of course, were seen as victories, but the article's author, Richard Foot, asks: Do such successes mean the animal rights movement is winning its long, controversial campaigns to gain the same legal protections for animals as those ascribed to humans? Yesterday's " Do Small Victories Affect Big Picture in Animal Rights Debate? makes some fantastic points that are worth repeating and deconstructing. Here's the set-up: The European Parliament endorsed a ban on seal products.

Agriculture Fears Possible "Cow Tax"

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I don't know how seriously to take this, or if it's just the ag industry pulling an NRA stunt (ie. 4, 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency to charge a fee for air-polluting cows and hogs. The ag industry really fears that the government may start taxing them for heads of livestock because of their contribution to global warming. knee-jerk reaction to anything and everything.) There was} a proposal Thursday, Dec.

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Farm Sanctuary Wary about Tom Vilsack for USDA

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I’m glad that Obama didn’t select Charles Stenholm, a former Texas congressman with a long history of defending animal abuse, who had sought the position with support from the factory farming industry. As Iowa’s Governor, Tom Vilsack took steps to protect animals, including vetoing a bill that allowed dove hunting. He has a mixed record on policies affecting industrialized agriculture.

From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: As Mark Bittman rightly notes, California’s new farm animal welfare law presages what is coming for all farm animal industries nationally (“ Hens, Unbound ,” column, Jan. 1, 2015 The writer is director of advocacy and policy for Farm Sanctuary, a national farm animal protection group The tiny cages and crates that confine about 90 percent of laying hens and more than 80 percent of gestating sows are both physically and mentally tormenting for the animals involved.

Deconstructing Slate's "Pepper" Series

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To this day, 95 percent of the animals used in research labs receive no federal protection whatsoever under the Animal Welfare Act." The animal-welfare groups have failed in their most ambitious efforts to protect laboratory rodents. "We But the entire industry is questionable.

Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

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If it passes, it will encourage other states' ag industries to go on the offensive to protect their "raw materials.". Issue 2 in Ohio would create 13-member state board to oversee the care of farm animals in the State. The Humane Society and other groups oppose it as a power grab by big agriculture to prevent another Proposition 2 (the initiative passed last year in California to improve standards for farm animal care.)

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HollyWoof Gift Bags Spoil Celebrity Dogs!

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Who knows what Brennan, Buckley and Tina’s paws may pick up in the Canyon so the couple can spray a shot of Dirty Dog Paw Spritz, an Anti-Bacterial Protection for Dog’s Paws before returning home. It sure would be nice to be a celebrity pet!

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Jane Goodall Institute’s New President

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The Jane Goodall Institute, which was founded in 1977, is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Maureen Smith is a veteran of the media industry, and recently led Discovery Communication’s Animal Planet channel, as well as Animal Planet Media Enterprises.

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Ocean Advocacy and Animal Rights

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We support two ocean protection organizations: People for Puget Sound (local) and the Ocean Conservancy. The purpose is to protect ocean species as a whole. And, at this point, I'd rather have oceans with healthy fisheries for the seafood industry than those without any fisheries left at all. I was reading Ocean Conservancy's magazine today. For the past couple of issues I've read, it has had a "sustainable seafood recipe."

Adopt A Turkey!

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Sadly, the meat industry subjects turkeys to intolerable cruelty and treats them like inanimate objects with no feelings or personalities. Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres and rescue group Farm Sanctuary both want you to Adopt-A-Turkey this Thanksgiving!

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A Self-Interested Reason to Not Eat Meat

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To find out more of what the meat industry and pharmaceutical companies don't want you to know, read this Associated Press column by Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza. Protect your own health and the future effectiveness of antibiotics: Go vegetarian in 2010

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Book Chronicles History of Animal Rights

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Always grounding his story in its historical setting, Phelps describes the counterattack that the animal abuse industries launched in the 1990s and analyzes the controversies that have roiled the movement almost from the beginning, including "national groups vs. grass roots," "abolitionists vs. new welfarists," and activists who favor arson and intimidation vs. those who support only peaceful, legal forms of protest.

Steven M. Wise on Farm Animals

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Their interests are primarily protected, if at all, through archaic state anti-cruelty statutes that were not passed in contemplation of the factory-farm or genetic engineering. The federal government neither adequately protects nor informs consumers about the animal products they eat or of the health hazards of eating them. Instead it aids industry boards that exist solely to sell animal products.

European Union Screws Apes Used in Medical Research

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Drug industry group EFPIA said the parliament had managed to balance the protection of animals, the reality of biomedical research, and the needs of patients. Here are the results of the EU flirtation with restricting research on primates. It's from a Reuters article from last May.I will try not to smash my computer screen in frustration.

When Vet Bills Get out of Control

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You were laid off 6 months ago and your industry is crippled by the recession. Understanding the early warning signs of serious ailments is one way animal loves can protect their pets and their wallets. Here’s the scenario. There are no jobs to apply for and your unemployment claim expired last week. You can’t catch a break. And then terror piles upon tragedy. Your dog or cat—your best friend in the world—gets sick. Now what? Prevention will always be the best medicine.

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From Today's New York Times

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They’re about protecting a system that produces cheap food. The meat industry loves to squeal that “the cost of bacon will rise” whenever it’s faced with pressure to change. I served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, which released a report in 2008 that detailed exactly how much these “efficiencies” are costing America. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb.

From Today's New York Times

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While some have suggested the egg industry should police itself, history shows that industries based on the backs of the disenfranchised do not voluntarily soften the suffering of those they exploit—all the more so when the victims are millions of hens the public never sees. Consumer boycotts and protective laws are desperately needed. To protect the welfare of the animals as well as the safety of America’s food supply, the A.V.M.A.

From Today's New York Times

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coli and the young woman whose future has been irreversibly altered through the simple, all-American act of eating a hamburger is a stunning indictment of the food-processing industry in general and the specifically named corporations whose moral bankruptcy is made all the more glaring by their efforts to justify their actions behind a curtain of claims of trade confidentiality. He said, “I have to look at the entire industry, not just what is best for public health.”

From Today's New York Times

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In the United States pork industry, the vast majority of the more than 100 million pigs raised each year are housed in climate-controlled buildings that protect them from the elements, illness and disease and that allow for individual care. As for the environment, the pork industry prides itself on being a zero-discharge industry.

From Today's New York Times

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I buy pasture-raised meat, milk and eggs from local farmers who I know personally, because the animals are healthier than industrially raised animals, and I find that the quality is better. I expect that the industry groups would like to put my farmer friends out of business with the costs and hassles of tagging their animals, to eliminate competition. I hope everyone who prefers local and pasture-raised animals will speak up and protect the source of their food and health.

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Meat

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It will be said that animal husbandry is one of the most inefficient and destructive industries on the planet, and that the planet cannot survive unless humans change their diets. It is that coercion (via legal prohibition) is not a proper method of protecting animals, at least if the aim is to protect animals. I foresee a day, perhaps not far in the future, in which it is illegal to raise cows, pigs, and other animals for food.

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From Today's New York Times

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The pork industry has acted on its own over the last decade to solve water-discharge problems and create top-shelf manure management systems. Producers like me are ready to comply with tough new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that protect the nation’s water supply, by adopting a policy of zero discharge into rivers and streams. To the Editor: “ A Factory Farm Near You ” (editorial, July 31) is in a time warp.

From Today's New York Times

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The recent report by the New York City comptroller points out the absolute failure of city agencies to protect these indentured slaves. It’s time to put aside foolish romantic notions and reject the demands of a self-serving industry. To the Editor: Re “ Drummer Denies He Intentionally Spooked Horse That Died ” (news article, Sept.

From Today's New York Times

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It, too, traced, with a great deal of investigative reporting, the journey fat trimmings take through the meatpacking industry. The United States Department of Agriculture has been broken for a long time, and it is clear that it cannot protect the American public from illness and death from contaminated meat products. To the Editor: “ Company’s Record on Treatment of Beef Is Called Into Question ” (front page, Dec.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

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A column entitled "Ag Industry Threatened by Animal Rights" appeared in today's High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal [ HPMAJ ]. The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture.

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From Today's New York Times

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At the same time connections between the food industry and government agencies like the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have become so incestuous that we should expect little from them. 21, 2008 To the Editor: The biggest beef recall ever is something that would be expected as our food industry becomes more consolidated into larger and larger processing companies. To the Editor: Your Feb.

Reasons Consistently Applied

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I shall endeavor to protect and take care of all living creatures. So, by purchasing dairy products one is indirectly supporting the inherently cruel veal industry. I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians. That's because those who read Animal Ethics with regularity know that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle.

The True Costs of the Rhetoric of Terror Continue to Mount – Part 1

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The law protects animal enterprises from courses of conduct designed to disrupt their normal profitable functioning. The Act wasn’t instituted to protect Americans from the dreaded terrorist threat posed by rabid animal activists, it was designed to protect the profits of those individuals and corporations that profit from the exploitation and abuse of animals. Cherished rights are being stripped away in the name of protection from terrorism.

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Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

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Even those actively involved in the industry typically admit that these modern animal rearing practices cause animals severe pain and stress. At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements. Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available.