The Link Between Animal Welfare and Human Welfare

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This is an interesting opinion piece about the link between animal welfare and human welfare in nations. human rights human behavior animal welfareFrom the Huffington Post.

Hope for Hen Welfare

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Animal Welfare Groups Win Industry Backing for First-Ever Federal Regulation of Hen Welfare Groundswell of Public Support Results in Full Court Press for Nationwide Law Protecting Chickens to Replace State-by-State Initiatives WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. history, the United Egg Producers (UEP) has agreed to support national legislation that will, upon enactment, improve the welfare of all laying hens in the nation. battery hens legislation farm animal welfare farm sanctuary

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Animal Welfare in the State of California

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California really is at the forefront of animal welfare and this is an excellent article detailing what's going on in the State and the challenges animal welfare faces. california legislation humane society farm animal welfare animal welfareIt also does a great job at profiling Jennifer Fearing who led the victory of Proposition 2. She sounds amazing.

Ted Kennedy and Animal Welfare

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Interesting article on Senator Edward Kennedy that highlights his little-known contributions to animal welfare. Tags: legislation animal welfare It's from the Humane Society.

Apparent Welfare Improvement at British Horse Fair

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Welfare officers from international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary have reported an improvement in the welfare of donkeys and other equines at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria, which finished earlier this week. Staff from The Donkey Sanctuary worked closely with the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Redwings Horse Sanctuary and The Blue Cross to promote donkey welfare at Britain’s largest horse fair. donkeys UK animal welfare

Another Fake Animal Welfare Group

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The National Animal Interest Alliance is an association of business, agricultural, scientific, and recreational interests dedicated to promoting animal welfare, supporting responsible animal use and strengthening the bond between humans and animals. I was browsing for some quotes when I came across this group - The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA).

Animal Welfare Act Inadequate for Farm Animals

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How many people know this about the Animal Welfare Act? According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “farm animals are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) only when used in biomedical research, testing, teaching and exhibition. Tags: animal cruelty proposition 2 cattle farm animal welfare agribusiness This is really interesting. I certainly didn't. No wonder there is so much "farm" animal abuse out there.

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The Ohio State University is hosting an Animal Welfare Symposium next month

Animal Welfare at Change.org

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Did you see that Change.org now has an Animal Welfare page? As far as I know, Change.org is the only relatively-mainstream site with a broad, global audience, that has made this distinction and doesn't lump welfare and rights together as if they're the same thing. I think this is fabulous because Stephanie Ernst (the AW blogger is Stephanie Feldstein, so be careful referring to "Stephanie," or to the blogger with the pit bull!) is clearly someone who advocates for animal rights.

Ontario Animal Welfare Law Goes Into Effect

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Royal Decree Issued in Spain Over Animal Welfare

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battery hens spain farm animal welfare chickensInteresting! Effective? Who knows? Here's an excerpt from Farmers Weekly Interactive. The Spanish government has taken the unusual step of issuing a royal decree to compel farmers to report on what action they are taking to comply with the 2012 conventional cage-ban and if they require any government assistance.

Michigan to Follow California on Farm Animal Welfare?

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What's the Difference Between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights?

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EU Sends Inspectors to Portugal for Farm Animal Welfare

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Ontario Updates Animal Welfare Law

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Finally. It's the first update since 1919. That's right 1919. Yeesh. Bill 50 makes it a provincial offence to abuse any animal, and it establishes the strongest penalties in the country for those charged with animal cruelty -- including the potential to prohibit offenders from owning animals ever again. The Ontario SPCA now has the ability to inspect facilities that keep animals for exhibition, entertainment, boarding, hire or sale.

Key AETA Supporter Suspended Over Animal Welfare

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From Current.com She was recently suspended from working with animals, a “rare move prompted by what officials called a ‘clear pattern’ of problems with animal welfare.” Michelle Basso was a researcher at the University of Wisconsin who worked with primates. She testified in favor of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Now, she's been suspended from working with animals.

Farm Animal Welfare Fight Heats Up in Ohio

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Pig Castration in Europe - An Animal Welfare Concern

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Ag Industry Looks Ahead to More Animal Welfare Issues

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Another big issue gaining momentum is animal welfare. Tags: farm animal welfare us agribusiness It's a small mention in this Ag Week article about issues coming up in 2009 , but worth noting. The recent passing of a proposition in California to strictly manage how laying chickens are kept serves notice, he says. There are people who are saying, ‘This is just ridiculous,’ but that’s not how the general public sees it,” {Washington agricultural correspondent Jerry} Hagstrom says.

Irish Senator Complains of Animal Welfare "Cabal"

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This complaint is the result of proposed legislation to ban puppy mills in Ireland. Legislators are being contacted by people around the world to support the legislation. They are blaming the dastardly Green Party whose leader proposed the legislation. The dog breeding legislation, intended to outlaw “puppy-farming”, was prepared by Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment John Gormley. The draft Bill proposes a new regime of annual inspections and fees for dog breeders.

The Conflict Between Animal Welfare and Agribusiness

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This article pretty much sums up how the two agendas are simply at cross-purposes. Compassion is perceived to hurt profits. It spotlights the Humane Society, but I think it's a pretty universal comparison.

Humane Society Likes Obama's Animal Welfare Picks

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I bet you didn't realize that Obama had any animal welfare picks, but he did. And, in general, the Humane Society and its Legislative Fund likes them. They are very enthusiastic about Tom Vilsack, the proposed Secretary of Agriculture. In fact, he was their top choice. They're not so sure about Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, but they see some promise. He has a strong environmental record and he has supported some animal issues in the past.

An Animal Welfare First in Spain

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From Spanish News - RTN (Round Town News). No need to click. Here's all it says. Woman fined for abandoning her dog at the doors of an animal rescue organisation It's the first time that an owner has been fined in such circumstances.First Instance and Instruction Court Five in Segovia has fined a Madrid woman 120 € after she abandoned her Rottweiler dog at the doors of the El Refugio animal refuge at El Espinar, Segovia in May 2008. She has also to pay 2,688 € to the animal refuge.

Kansas University Tries to Correct Welfare Violations

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Kansas University Medical Center was nailed by USDA inspectors for violations including improper treatment for sick animals, aging facilities and failing to provide appropriate enrichment opportunities for animals who appear to be under psychological stress. Now they're bragging about spending over a million dollars to do what they should have been doing in the first place.

Animal Welfare Concerns May Be Influencing UK Animal Research

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This article in the Herald Tribune claims that animal rights is winning out over animal research. I would take the article with a grain of salt. I've read the same on the other side. It depends on who's writing the article of course.I think it's still a long, long fight. But perhaps these are positive signs. In a very depressing fight, every sign is worth something. UK laboratories animal rights medical research

On Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

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Welfare Angus has requested the Oxford English Dictionary' s description of the history of the word welfare. Synne 3928 yf ou euer haddyst sorow oer kare Of y neghëburs welfare. 582 My lyfe, my lustes, be me loothe, For al welfare and I be wroothe. . 71 It was one continued Series of Actions, for the Welfare of the People. 264 They know not, cannot guess How much their welfare is a passion to us. worldes welfare and my goddesse. on (the) welfare.

Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington. My husband worked for her years and years ago, when she was just a State representative. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) received the Humane Society’s Legislative Leader award for her leadership in protecting animals. The Humane Society of the United States cited Senator Cantwell’s efforts to improve marine mammal rescue capability, including such challenges as disentangling marine mammals from fishing nets.

Trader Joe's Eggs NOT Humane

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None of the employees at my local store could offer any information concerning the welfare of the hens. Tags: eggs consumption farm animal welfare groceries I decided to look online for some information regarding the "Organic Free Range Eggs" that Trader Joe's, my favorite store, sells. Here is what their web site says. A Note About Eggs At Trader Joe's we listen to what our customers tell us about the choices we give them.

World Farm Animal Day is October 2

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

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Most informative for a discussion about vegan advocacy is the section about the animal rights movement (and unfortunately he alternately calls it “animal protection” and also refers to welfare, perhaps because of the Humane Research Council’s study that people prefer the word “protection”).

Horrible Animal Abuse at Iowa Pig Farm

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ABOUT TIDY CATS: Tidy Cats, a Purina company, is committed to the welfare of cats everywhere: from providing. This video is sure to make your day! What happens when you take some stressed out humans and offer them a bit of relaxing therapy?

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Adopt a Turkey Next Month

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More Alleged Abuse At Iowa Egg Farms

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Horrible Tail Docking Video Spurs Call for Ban

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Plea to Help Downed Farm Animals

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downed animals USDA gene bauer farm animal welfare farm sanctuaryHard to read emotionally, but short and informative. Written by Gene Bauer and appearing in the Huffington Post.

Surprising NYTimes Editorial about National Egg Production

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battery hens eggs egg production hens farm animal welfare agriculture agribusiness chickensSurprising to me at least. The editorial advocates a national standard that establishes humane standards in all parts of the country.

Chicken Wars in the Pacific Northwest

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Alleged Abuse at Butterball Turkey Farm

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meat mercy for animals turkeys North Carolina farm animal welfareOnce again, the wonderful Mercy for Animals provides footage of possible abuse of turkeys at a Butterball farm in North Carolina. The full story is at CNN.

First-Ever Conference to End Factory Farming

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farm animal welfare farm sanctuaryThis sounds wonderful. It will be in Arlington, VA at the end of October. Someday, if it becomes an annual event, I hope I can go. link].