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Factory Farming

Clucking Not True

Ken White | Posted 08.31.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Last Monday's San Francisco Chronicle front page reported a now oft-asserted but completely Bizarro world assertion that California's Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (2008's Proposition 2 which was passed by the voters and is now law) has made the world a nice place for farmed chickens. Come on.

Labels on Antibiotic-Fed Meat: Fine Print Is Better Than No Print

Stephen Wells | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Antibiotic use in animal agriculture is increasingly under the microscope as the global emergency of antibiotic resistant diseases grows more severe. A recent study predicted that if bacteria continue to evolve at current rates, in just 35 years, 10 million people a year will die from currently treatable diseases.

Summer Fun, But Not for Pigs: The Horror of Gestation Crates and Life in a Factory Farm

Roberta Lee | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Roberta Lee

Most summer weekends, I put food on the grill and have feasts. But there is a dark side to those summer cook outs, especially those featuring pork ribs. One of the darkest stories is the story of a pig's life in a factory farm.

The Pope, the Animals and the Earth: The Vatican Says, Stop Exploiting; Do Something!

Julia Orr | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Julia Orr

The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.

Why Hundreds of Animal Rights Advocates Just Celebrated LA Pride

Nathan Runkle | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Runkle

Sunday, June 14 marked the 45th anniversary of LA Pride, the largest LGBT celebration in Southern California. The event's iconic parade is one of the most inclusive in Los Angeles, bringing lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, transgender, and cisgender people from across the state to march for freedom and acceptance for all.

Shine a Light

Stephen Wells | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Stephen Wells

Indeed, we could view our era's progress as proof of our improving, better nature. But if we're paying attention with both eyes open, we can also see how the industries that profit from animal exploitation continue to fight advances in animal welfare and law every step of the way.

Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

As Big Ag continues its efforts to conceal the truth about how animals suffer on factory farms, the ASPCA and advocates continue our counterattack to protect the public's right to know what goes on there.

Factory Farming: Was the World Created for Me?

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The world is for me in that I (and therefore you) have been chosen with a great responsibility. If I acknowledge that "the world was created for me" then I acknowledge that that is true for all others as well. My service is to affirm this truth for all people.

The Chickens You Eat Are Probably Pretty Darn Dirty

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green

You think you're ahead of the curve when it comes to buying meat. You choose the organic, free-range, vegetarian-fed, gluten-free chicken breasts at t...

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Fear Meets Super Bowl With Sexy Ad For Antibiotic-Free Burger

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green

At the end of an ad set to air during Super Bowl XLIX, a scantily-clad supermodel takes a bite out of Carl's Jr.'s new "All-Natural" hamburger. Bold l...

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and the Agro-Industrial Complex

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Every day factory farms and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center inflicts shocking cruelties on animals. They don't want to have to modify their production methods one bit or give the animals even a few inches of extra space or a quick death.

Will the Pope Go Vegan?

Julia Orr | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Julia Orr

Surprising even myself, I will be reading the encyclical on ecology the Vatican will be releasing in June or July. However, one question does loom, call it the "cow" in the room if you will.

Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Charges Dropped in Utah -- But There's Still Work to Do

Michael A. Webermann | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Michael A. Webermann

If you aren't familiar with ag-gag laws, think of them as anti-whistleblower laws, criminalizing the act of photographing abuses on agriculture facilities or slaughterhouses. Six states have successfully passed these laws.

The 20th Century Called: It's Wondering Why the Pork Industry Never Left

Paul Shapiro | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Paul Shapiro

There'll always be individuals who resist change. But when such resistance comes from an industry, you know that sector's going to have problems. That's exactly what's happening with the pork industry right now, with many of its leaders defending archaic, outdated and cruel practices.

Countdown to Kindness: A Reminder for Each Day of World Vegan Month

Kathy Stevens | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Kathy Stevens

Despite celebrations planned from Atlanta, Georgia to Los Angeles, California, few people realize that November is World Vegan Month. So, TA-DA!!!

Starbucks Customers Demand Company Switch To Eggs Laid In Less Cruel Conditions

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green

A new petition by a nonprofit animal rights group asks Starbucks to stop using eggs produced by hens that live in cramped cages. Though some of th...

Are Farm Animals Not Considered Animals?

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Do the over 9 billion animals farmed in the United States each year require less protection? No. Should we allow them to endure extreme cruelty during their lives just because they're destined for slaughter? Certainly not.

Are Burgers Really Destroying the Planet? Kip Andersen Thinks So

Chris Sosa | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Chris Sosa

What if environmentalists are ignoring the largest contributing factor to global climate change? It's a provocative question sure to offend the sensibilities of those who view themselves as staunch defenders of the planet.

The Overlooked Plight of Factory Farm Workers

Lucas Spangher | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Lucas Spangher

We need to take a step back and ask why the events in Tyson's video occurred. To me, the data seems clear: We can no longer afford to treat this case as an isolated incident, but rather as part of a dangerous trend.

Three Reasons to Forgo Your Favorite 4th Foods: Franklin the Pig, Emmett the Rooster, Tucker the Cow

Kathy Stevens | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Kathy Stevens

Grocery stores are jammed with people planning for July 4th. Packages of hot dogs, chicken and steaks are piled into carts. People chat. "I've got 36 people coming, and they love to eat!" a bulky woman behind me explains as I eye her cart.

This Is What a Happy Pig Looks Like!

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

If people are going to eat a pig, it should be a happy organic pig. Sadly, right now, there are not enough organic pigs available to feed our hunger for organic pork.

Innovation Earth: Will Real Meat Become Obsolete?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Beef. It's collectively what's for dinner. And with chicken and pork and every other kind of meat, it's increasingly what's for breakfast and lunch. W...

Chicken... Crossing the Road

Tom Super | Posted 06.06.2014 | Business
Tom Super

When it comes to food, Americans have a real love/hate relationship. We have entire televisions shows -- channels even -- dedicated to it. Making fo...

Why Are We Laughing at Things That Make Chickens Suffer?

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Selling more sandwiches is no justification for minimizing or lampooning abject suffering, even if the effect is inadvertent, or exists because not enough people are aware these funny fictions are actually real-life cruelties.