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This Technology Is About To Smash Through Every Factory Farm’s Closed Doors

Wayne Hsiung | Posted 01.21.2017 | Home
Wayne Hsiung

Ten years ago, I walked into my first slaughterhouse, as an animal cruelty investigator, with a clunky point and shoot camera. The photos I took, of l...

Scientists Believe The Chickens We Eat Are Being Slaughtered While Conscious

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home

Roughly 9 billion chickens are slaughtered for food each year in the United States, and according to the poultry industry, each one of these sentient ...

Antibiotic Use in Livestock Is a Growing Threat

Peter Lehner | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Peter Lehner

If you've ever had kids in preschool or daycare, you know they're going to get sick. In those early years, kids are still learning about personal hygi...

Revolution On The Animal Farm

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home

When it comes to animal suffering in the United States, farm animals are in a category of their own. True, hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are ...

Tyson's Pollution Pathways: from Factory Farms to Fouled Waters

John Rumpler | Posted 07.05.2016 | Home
John Rumpler

With the passing of July 4th, summer is officially in high gear in America. Perhaps more than any other time of year, this is when we enjoy clean wate...

The Bible Is For The Birds

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home
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.

A Tale of Two Nations: Climate Courage & Cowardice

Paul Shapiro | Posted 06.24.2016 | Home
Paul Shapiro

The climate contrast this week could hardly be starker: China announced an ambitious goal--hailed by climate campaigners--of slashing meat consumption in half. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., a major company apologized for merely tweeting about meat reduction's positive eco-impacts.

7 Secrets to Sustainability: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.08.2016 | Home
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are recognizing seven grantees who each hold key ingredients in understanding project sustainability. In Keny...

Latest HSUS Undercover Investigation Reveals Painful Practices in Egg Industry

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.07.2016 | Home
Wayne Pacelle

The HSUS has revealed cruel treatment of egg-laying hens at New England's largest egg producer. The factory farm in question supplies eggs to several states, and is located in Maine.

Is Buying Organic Really Worth It?

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home

Buying organic food typically involves shelling out a premium. But is the extra pinch to the pocket actually worth it? Last week, a Department of Agri...

Grisly Chicken Farm Footage Just Business As Usual, Activists Say

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home

An undercover investigation at a farm contracted with meat giant Tyson Foods shows horrific treatment of chickens, but what’s most disturbing is tha...

Taking Antibiotics off the Menu

Lauren Compere | Posted 04.21.2016 | Home
Lauren Compere

Antibiotics have revolutionized modern medicine and saved millions of lives around the world. Unfortunately less than 100 years on, we are on the verge of what the World Health Organization has called a "post-antibiotic era" due to the overuse of these important drugs.

Commending Walmart's Cage-Free Commitment

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.06.2016 | Home
Matthew Bershadker

This week, Walmart, the largest grocery retailer in the U.S., took a positive step with its announcement to stop carrying shell eggs from hens raised in battery cages by 2025. The ASPCA was proud to work with Walmart on this historic decision.

The Carnivore Castrophe - Eating Our Way Into Oblivion

AJ Hartnett | Posted 03.22.2016 | Home
AJ Hartnett

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Michael Pollan I am going to talk hard science, but sometimes I like to use metaphors to tell a story. Im...

Food Justice and Personal Rewilding as Social Movements: Social Justice Mandates Animals Should Not be Treated as Marginalized "Others"

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.21.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Social and food justice: If you truly believe in social justice you might want to rethink whom you eat In her excellent essay, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian cl...

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

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.31.2017 | Home
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.

5 Reasons Enjoying More Plant-Based Meals Should Be Your New Year's Resolution

Paul Shapiro | Posted 12.30.2016 | Home
Paul Shapiro

Here are five top reasons to embrace the Three Rs -- "reducing" or "replacing" consumption of animal products, and "refining" our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.

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

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home

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...

It's Time To Clear The Air About Factory Farming And Ag-Gag Laws

Paul Shapiro | Posted 11.13.2016 | Home
Paul Shapiro

You know an industry has much to hide when it wants to criminalize documenting its everyday operations. And, if there was any question before, these recent deaths make it clearer than ever just why Iowa wanted its ag-gag law so much.

Progressive Farming Can Save Us From A Global Food Crisis

Now What | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.06.2015 | Home

We are on the precipice of a global food crisis. The math is simple and staggering: we need to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people...

Evangelicals Going to the Dogs -- and Cats -- With Major Statement on Animal Welfare

David Briggs | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
David Briggs

This is good news for Fido and Kitty and the remaining lions in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. And maybe for the rest of us, say spiritual advocates of animal welfare.

Ending the Overuse of Antibiotics in Food Animals Doesn't Stop With Chicken

Laura Rogers | Posted 09.29.2016 | Home
Laura Rogers

Big players in the food industry (Tyson Foods, Perdue, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, Costco, Wendy's and Subway) have all made announcements, with varying levels of detail, on their plans to produce and/or source chicken raised with limited or no antibiotics.

The Narcissism Behind Our Use of Animals

Noah Manne | Posted 09.20.2016 | Home
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.

How Much Bacteria Is in Your Burger?

Chris Hunt | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
Chris Hunt

Just in time to put a damper on your Labor Day barbecue, the latest edition of Consumer Reports Magazine hit newsstands yesterday with the cover story, "How Safe is Your Ground Beef?" Our two-word summary: Not very.

Clucking Not True

Ken White | Posted 08.31.2016 | 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.