Bo Celebrated Birthday with Veal

Critter News

Bo Obama celebrated his birthday with a doghouse cake made out of veal. When I was still a meat-eater, the two foods I would not touch were veal and lamb. Veal is especially cruel, even for factory farming, although now I think foie gras is a strong competitor. Tags: Obama veal bo obama Certainly disappointed in the Obamas for such a poor choice of "cake."

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Ohio to Phase Out Veal Crates

Critter News

Despite last year’s agreement with agribusiness interests in Ohio to ban and phase out certain cruel factory farming practices, the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB) voted in favor of veal crate confinement. Today, we are happy to report that, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Farm Sanctuary members like you, on April 5, the OLCSB voted unanimously to reverse their decision, and to phase out the use of veal crates in Ohio.

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Veal Is Back

Animal Ethics

Have a taste for veal? You can now eat it with a clear conscience—at least if you're a utilitarian. See here

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Clarification on Messaging

Animal Person

I spent years forcing people to look at photos of bludgeoned baby seals, "veal" calves in crates and skinned animals. Vegan education/advocacy for animals is easiest for me when I know my audience.

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

Animal Person

He watched cockfighting and killed and skinned animals, but won’t eat veal. Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists.

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McDonalds Makes Positive Move to Help Sows

Critter News

Animal rights advocates have singled out the crates, known as sow stalls, as inhumane, and several states have moved to ban or restrict their use not only in pork production, but also in the production of eggs and veal. I'm no fan of McDonalds, but any little bit of help is progress. Here's an excerpt. For the full story, check out this link to the New York Times article.

More Clarity About Family Farms

Animal Person

In " Move to Limit 'Factor Farms' Gains Momentum " in today's New York Times , we learn that farmers in Ohio have agreed to phase out gestation crates within 15 years and veal crates by 2017. I won't get into whether I find that to be a victory. Here are the sentences that I want to bring attention to: The family of Irv Bell, 64, has been growing hogs in Zanesville, Ohio, since the 19th century.

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Seal Meat Served in Canada

Critter News

Many diners are huge fans of its taste, describing the mammal's meat as somewhere between duck and veal. Definitely a niche market ,but demand has been increasing. And this is despite the bad press received by the annual seal hunts. For time immemorial seal has been eaten -- raw -- as a traditional food by indigenous people such as the Inuit. It also has been a traditional food for generations of hunters in Canada's east who serve it up roasted, or sometimes with a hearty Burgundy sauce.

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On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

They do appear to wish to put an end to what they believe are the worst abuses of institutionalized animal agriculture, such as gestation crates and veal crates, but that's hardly a call to end animal agriculture. Besides, is the "modern" veal crate something to be proud of?

Note to Those Wanting Promotion: Pay Attention

Animal Person

Eat More Veal? We bloggers often get e-mails from individuals and organizations in search of promotion. And that's fine, as we all want to spread the news of fantastic work that needs support. Case in point: AnimalEquality. But there are two types of requests that are irksome to me: 1. People I hear from only when they want me to promote them, and I have never asked them to promote me (I'm terrible at that) nor have they ever done it of their own accord.

Steps Towards Ending Factory Farming?

Critter News

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. Well, maybe, although I think there is still a long way to go. This concession was to avoid a November ballot vote a la California's Proposition 2. This New York Times article argues that it could lead to other states following suit.

Prop 2 Passes in California

Critter News

It applies to breeding pigs, egg laying hens and veal calves. Proposition 2 has been passed in California. From the campaign website : (Nov. 4, 2008) – Voters in California approved an historic ballot measure to halt the inhumane confinement of animals on factory farms by an overwhelming margin. As of 11 PM PST, Prop 2 was leading 62% to 38%.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

In late June, a compromise was reached in Ohio that will gradually put an end to the tiny pens used for raising veal calves and holding pregnant sows, spaces so small the animals can barely move.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

Thus far, the state ballot initiatives and agreements that will expand space for chickens (as well as for gestating pigs and veal calves) are really very minor. To the Editor: Re “ A Hen’s Space to Roost ” (Week in Review, Aug. 15): We are glad to see an article describing the intensive confinement of egg-laying chickens, but we disagree when it says that animal advocates and consumers are “driving big changes” in the treatment of chickens.

The Mysterious Case of Fighter the Fighting Fish

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I was preparing to pound my veal for some scaloppini. I gathered my meat mallet from the drawer, dropped it forcefully on my veal, and the shock of the blow on the counter did something, maybe it acted as a fish defibrillator, I don’t know, but suddenly Fighter leapt to life. We are pleased to welcome Garth Stein for today’s guest post. Garth is the author of Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog. Enjoy! The Mysterious Case of Fighter the Fighting Fish. by Garth Stein.

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Philip E. Devine on Demi-Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Some might argue that while eating meat is in general acceptable, we are under an obligation to abstain from meat produced in particularly harsh ways: from veal perhaps, or from lobster or from pâté de foie gras.

Tom Regan on Harm to Animals

Animal Ethics

The animals frequently are crowded together, as in the case of hogs, or kept in isolation, as in the case of veal calves. That individuals can be harmed without knowing it has important implications for the proper assessment of the treatment of animals.

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Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

Since the male offspring of dairy cows don't produce milk, they are sold to veal farms, where they are permanently confined in veal crates that prevent them from moving or turning around. 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.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

On November 7, 2006, Arizonans voted overwhelmingly, by 62 percent, in favor of Proposition 204, to ban the cruel and intensive confinement of veal calves and pregnant pigs on industrialized factory farms. The proposition outlaws raising pregnant sows in gestation crates and raising calves in veal crates , making Arizona the first state in the Union to ban veal crates.

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