Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon.

Farm Sanctuary Wary about Tom Vilsack for USDA

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Barack Obama has picked Tom Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa, to be the next Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Iowa’s Governor, Tom Vilsack took steps to protect animals, including vetoing a bill that allowed dove hunting. While the Humane Society was pretty happy with Vilsack as Obama's pick for the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Sanctuary is wary.

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Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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consider pointing out to a few of the biggest and most influential (food-wise) LGUs -- Iowa State, Cornell, University of California-Davis -- the harm they're doing globally by continuing to promote meat despite the known dangers to animals, people, and the environment. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

From Today's New York Times

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They’re about protecting a system that produces cheap food. There are more humane alternatives available that would reduce that condition, and according to experts at Iowa State University, some forms of alternative sow housing could actually cost less in dollars and labor—savings that could potentially reach the customer. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb.

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

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It's hard to say because the government still has not instituted a comprehensive MRSA inspection process, but independent research conducted by Tara Smith, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, suggests that MRSA-infected animals may be widespread indeed. The Bottom Line: The government cares more about protecting agribusiness profits than it does about protecting the health of consumers.