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Factory Farming

The Bible Is For The Birds

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Avian language is everywhere in the Bible. But what, if anything, does it say about ethics? Quite a lot, I suspect. For whatever reason, God does not want humans killing mother birds.

Make 'Organic' Mean Something

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

When an animal food product in your grocery store is proudly labeled "USDA Organic," you would think that means the animal had exposure to fresh air, sunshine, and significantly more space to move than on standard non-organic farms. But in reality, the "organic" label provides no clear requirements for either space or outdoor access for most animals.

A Cow's Life: It Isn't All Clover

John J. Berger | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
John J. Berger

Review: Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America's Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment, by Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Ha...

Love Thy Nature: Rethinking Our Connections

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.31.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the Earth." --Rumi A new documentary, Love Thy Natu...

Meet the 4 Women Who Went to Court and Came Home With a Goat

Anna Pippus | Posted 03.30.2016 | Green
Anna Pippus

The morning was uneventful; mostly, they waited and chatted. It wasn't a normal day. Animal rights activist Anita Kranjc was appearing in a small-town courthouse facing criminal charges for giving water to a thirsty pig en route to slaughter.

Meat Eating -- What Should We Do?

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Most people are oblivious to the devastating environmental impacts of meat production on the global environment. Raising farm animals uses vast amounts of resources, including energy, three-quarters of the world's agricultural land, and one-third of our fresh water consumption.

Tyson Foods Could Very Well Be America's Worst Water Polluter

Grub Street | Posted 03.15.2016 | Taste
Grub Street

Just Tyson Foods alone, one of the world's biggest meat producers, is responsible for dumping more crap into U.S. waterways than almost every other big company, according to a new report by eco-advocacy group Environment America.

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I think we need to change the phrase "breed like rabbits" to "breed like humans," as no other species on this planet even comes close to the human reproduction rate. As our population grows, available land shrinks and more and more people are forced to live in crowded, urbanized environments, a situation ripe for the easy spread and emergence of infectious agents.

Here's What They're Not Telling You About Vegetarianism

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.22.2016 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

It's not that I'm against eating animals. Rather, I oppose the inhumane way in which they're raised. It's the same reason I won't eat home-schooled ch...

Dunkin’ Donuts Wants To Help America Run On Cage-Free Eggs

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business

Dunkin' Donuts just announced a clucking good move for animal welfare. On Monday, the Massachusetts-based chain committed to a timeline for transitio...

If We’re Going To End Factory Farms, We Need To Eat Way Less Meat

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.27.2015 | Impact

It's the kind of image that is really difficult to forget. A disturbing undercover video shot by an animal rights activist released earlier this month...

The Cruel Lies We Buy on Thanksgiving

Nathan Runkle | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Nathan Runkle

This Thanksgiving, countless Americans will also buy the lie that Obama's pardon guarantees a lone turkey many days of happiness ahead. But even more of us will gobble up the bigger (and far more egregious) lie that 46 million animals like him didn't suffer on the way to our dinner plates.

Meet The Former Pig Farmer Who Is Now A Vegan Activist

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.05.2015 | Good News

Bob Comis was a very happy pig farmer, for about eight years. At his peak, he raised 700 pigs in a year -- sending each and every one of them off to s...

2 More Major Companies Vow To Transition To Cage-Free Eggs

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business

Two more major companies have committed to a more humane future by promising to use only cage-free eggs. OK -- they won't actually be doing this until...

The Narcissism Behind Our Use of Animals

Noah Manne | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Noah Manne

Narcissism has become a defining feature of the human species. While it is a "sick" way of being in the world, it is maladaptive, not absolute. We each can continue to adapt. By choosing to change the way we think and behave, we each can heal what ails the larger organism of which we are a part so we all can be healthier in all ways.

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 07.08.2016 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | Queer 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 06.04.2016 | 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...