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Factory Farms

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.

Inside Mercy for Animals' Farmed Animal Advocacy

Melody Y. Guan | Posted 08.29.2015 | Impact
Melody Y. Guan

Mercy for Animals (MFA) is a national non-profit animal protection organization that exposes farmed animal cruelty, works to eliminate the cruelest factory farming practices and promotes compassionate food choices and policies.

Are Farmers Market Eggs Really Worth It, And Do They Taste Better?

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 08.02.2015 | Taste

Is a $7 or $8 dozen of eggs from the farmers' market worth the cost? It's a complicated question that elicits a touch of science and a whole lot of o...

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.

Here's Why Even Organic Farms Are Awful For Animals -- And How They Can Be Improved

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact

Sonia Faruqi accidentally became an animal welfare investigator. After losing her job as an investment banker, this Type A, Ivy Leaguer voluntee...

Onward for All of Us: Thoughts on Independence Day

Kathy Stevens | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Kathy Stevens

On Independence Day, I invite you to consider whether all beings--not just humans, dogs, and cats--are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to join the legions who have chosen to align their lifestyles with their beliefs. All you have to do is go vegan.

Lynne Peeples

Can We Wean Our Future Food Off Antibiotics?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green

Poultry probiotics may help wean chickens off regular doses of antibiotics. (Getty) Each year, at least 23,000 Americans die from drug-resistant in...

Breaking News: HSUS Investigation Exposes Cruelty and Filth at Costco Egg Supplier

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Take action now -- call Costco and urge them to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Good intentions matter, but they must be given life, and in this case, stocked on the shelf.

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.

Good News and Bad News for Antibiotics

Lance B. Price | Posted 05.27.2015 | Science
Lance B. Price

We are on the brink of losing antibiotics to fight even the most common infections that, if unsuccessfully treated, could kill.

10 Small Steps to Making the World a Better Place

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Maria Rodale

Close your eyes and imagine this: You step out of your daily life and into a favorite storybook. You're back with "The Farmer in the Dell," standing in a beautiful green pasture.

7 Good Reasons to Shun Eggs During National Egg Month and All Other Times of the Year

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

You can help chickens everywhere by refusing to buy any eggs and instead using egg-free options for your baking and cooking.

California Drought: Will Governor Brown Stop the Biggest Water Abusers?

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

It's time for Jerry Brown to exercise courageous leadership that fixes the long-time mismanagement and corporate abuse of water that threatens the future of California's economy and agriculture. There are no easy shortcuts: the governor must govern.

The Modern Savage: A New Book Questions Why We Eat Animals

Marc Bekoff | Posted 06.09.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Dr. James McWilliams' new book called The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals is a very thoughtful work about our meal plans in which he covers the ecological and ethical reasons for not eating nonhuman animals.

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.

Lynne Peeples

A Menacing Mix In Antibiotic Resistance: Herbicides, Heavy Metals And Factory Farms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green

Two common Big Agriculture production practices -- feeding antibiotics to livestock and spraying herbicides on conventional crops -- each face condemn...

Scalding Live Chickens Is Business as Usual on Factory Farms

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Marc Bekoff

Billions of food animals suffer the most enduring and deep pain as they're brutalized to become meals, and we must stop this heinous treatment right now.

The Meatrix: Relaunched

Chris Hunt | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Chris Hunt

GRACE is releasing the 10-year-anniversary version of The Meatrix not as a self-congratulatory retrospective, but as an urgent call to action. While great strides have been made by sustainable food system advocates, factory farms remain a lamentable reality.

Farm #LikeAGirl? Real Girls Don't Abuse Female Animals

Erica Meier | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green
Erica Meier

In the pork industry and in much of animal agriculture, it's actually the female animals who are the most abused.

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.

"Food Animals" Brutalized at Federally Funded "Meat Lab" in the Name of Money

Marc Bekoff | Posted 03.22.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

I read a lot about animal abuse, but a recent essay made me ill, and I just want to highlight some of its contents and let you decide how much you want to read and can tolerate. A number of people told me they couldn't make it to the end of the essay absent tears.

Do Cows Moo 'Get Me The Hell Out of Here' on Factory Farms?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 02.22.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

I hope this research will be used to learn just what cows and other animals are trying to tell us, as they are prepared, none too gently or humanely, for human meals.

Saving Your Sanity While Saving the World

Rachel Avalon | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Avalon

Let's keep saving and loving the world while we give ourselves the same gift. Let's strive to infuse joy into every detail possible. At times we'll feel like the world is just too crazy and we'll wonder if we can keep our sanity intact, but we can still rally and transform everything from the inside out.

The Increasing Threat of Factory Farms

Rachel Avalon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Rachel Avalon

With ugly politics and intense greed blocking the way, it's up to us to turn things around and vote with our forks to better protect our own health, each other, and the planet we (as well as countless species) call home.

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.