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Heroism and the Snowzilla Pig

Paul Shapiro | Posted 01.28.2016 | Green
Paul Shapiro

While we should all be overjoyed by Wee Wee's escape, we must ask ourselves: Are we able also to spare a thought for the millions of his hooved brethren who are still languishing on the factory farms that produce virtually all of our pork?

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

Paul Shapiro | Posted 12.30.2015 | Green
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.

2015 Is The Tipping Point in Our Battle Against Extreme Confinement On Factory Farms

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.04.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Ag-gag bills seeking to gag whistleblowers who expose cruelty and abuse on factory farms were introduced in several states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Washington. We helped stop them all.

These Are the Three Best Animal Charities to Support on #GivingTuesday

Jon Bockman | Posted 12.01.2015 | Green
Jon Bockman

We work to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals. We do this by evaluating interventions commonly used to help animals, evaluating animal charities and providing advice to the general animal advocacy community on how to be most effective with their resources.

Can We All Just Agree It's Time To Treat Pigs Better?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.17.2015 | Good News

Pigs are really smart, friendly and sociable -- and on U.S. farms, some 4.9 million pregnant pigs are kept alone in crates so small they can't even t...

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

Paul Shapiro | Posted 11.13.2015 | Green
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.

Our Son's Love of Music Shines Through His Severe Autism

David Royko | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
David Royko

A few years ago, Ben, our son with severe autism, got a chance to meet one of his favorite musicians -- or more accurately, meet the man responsible for creating some of his favorite music. We now know there's a big difference, and this "meeting" helped us understand our big guy a little better.

Confessions of a Carnivore

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I don't see a clear difference between slaughtering a pig and cutting down a seven-story tree. Between netting the wild salmon I eat for dinner and harvesting my breakfast oats.

It Takes a Vegan Village to Raise a Pig 

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 10.29.2015 | Green
M. Shannon Hernandez

Over 120 people gathered around the bonfire at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary in New Jersey to listen to the story of how two chickens, named Uri ...

City Targets Pet Potbellied Pigs Under Food Animal Bylaw

Anna Pippus | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
Anna Pippus

Are pigs farm animals? Actually, it's a trick question. Although the City of Victoria, B.C. prohibits keeping farm animals, it considers "farm animals" to be those animals "normally raised for food."

Animals Don't Experience Emotions, Claims Texas Journalist

Marc Bekoff | Posted 09.08.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

If people want to justify eating other animals they ought to come straight about what we know about the emotional lives of other animals from detailed comparative scientific research, and not make thoroughly vacuous claims to support their meal plans.

The New Favorite Charities of Animal Lovers

Jacy Reese | Posted 08.31.2015 | Green
Jacy Reese

Today, animal protection is transforming into a movement that accounts for all species of animals. Just as our dogs and cats at home deserve happiness and protection, so too do the cows, pigs, chickens, and other animals we currently raise and slaughter for food.

Horses With 3-Foot-Long Hooves Freed From 15-Year-Long Hell

The Dodo | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green

Early last Friday, three horses were found on a private farm by field service officers with the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC), a nonprof...

Rescue Team Tearfully Reunites a Worried Mom and Her Sick Baby

LittleThings.com | Posted 08.07.2015 | Good News
LittleThings.com

Cows have a maternal instinct similar to that of a human. When separated from their babies, mother cows will cry for days.

25 Photos Of Big Athletes Holding Small Animals

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.23.2015 | Sports

Being a pro athlete is tough work. Lots of acting macho. Lots of pretending you're superhuman in front of the cameras.  So when athletes need to ...

Salmonella Is On The Rise: Stop Cuddling With Your Chickens

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Some people simply can't resist letting their pets sleep with them. But curling up with cats and dogs is one thing. Cuddling with chickens? That's a whole different one.

Walmart Asks Meat Producers To Treat Their Animals Better

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business

The world's biggest retailer is calling for more humane standards of animal welfare -- a moo-ve that advocates say could represent a major step toward...

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.

Largest US Food Service Company Embraces Game-Changing Rules on Animal Welfare

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Aramark, the largest U.S.-based food service company, is tackling three key areas where industrial agriculture has been badly failing in its production model. The collaboration of Aramark and the HSUS may be one of the best examples to date of how a for-profit and non-profit can work cohesively to build a more humane society.

Meatless Monday: Small Steps, Big Changes -- Gene Baur and 'Living the Farm Sanctuary Life'

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

There was no plan, there was only "concern about animals and nature," says Gene Baur. "I wanted to do something positive it the world." He did. In 198...

Tracey The Sheep May Be The World's Most Polite Farm Animal

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green

Meet Tracey. The 10-year-old sheep lives with the animal rescue organization Farm Sanctuary at its facility in Watkins Glen, New York, and she is SO g...

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.

Raising My Own Flock of Sheep, Almost

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Lately, I have started to fantasize about raising sheep of my own. For this reason, one of the main characters in my new novel, Haven Lake, has her own thriving flock of Icelandic sheep.

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.

Ractopamine: It's What's for Dinner

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.19.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The meat industry's fanatical devotion to a drug that boosts growth rates at the cost of all other concerns -- animal welfare, the environment, and perhaps even human health -- only makes sense when you consider the industry's mindset.