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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.

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...

Rescue Pig Kisses Her Best Dog Friend Every Chance She Gets

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News

Tuna the pig smooches Jack the dog all the time. "Tuna loves to groom Jack and give him piggy kisses," says Whitney Hanson, spokesperson for the Hu...

Police Rescue Giant Pig From Filthy Detroit Basement

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 06.29.2015 | Weird News

Police in Detroit, Michigan, responded to an unusual call last week, saving a large hog from a squalid basement. Officers investigated a local home...

When Pigs Fly (into the Mouths of Competitive Eaters)

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 06.29.2015 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

Somewhere in the distance the "What Trenton Makes the World Takes" sign was lighting up but isn't that slogan a bit defeatist? Still rumor has it that come late September only one of the two different and separate competing pork roll festival will have a Major League Eating event.

Sexual Shenanigans and Pig Shooting in the Military Need to Stop

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Our soldiers deserve the best training available -- and that's not hacking at moaning goats with gardening shears or blowing off pigs' jaws. Lifelike human-patient simulators, which are readily available, realistically represent human anatomy and traumatic injury.

Pigs Are Highly Social And Really Smart. So, About Eating Them...

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green

Pigs like to play. They're smart. They have good long-term memories, and they can be socially manipulative with other pigs. They can tell which people...

Pig Farming in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
John Feffer

Theirs is a family farm, which is nothing like the industrial farming that dominates American agriculture. The Janeczeks keep about 90 sows and produce about 1,300 piglets a year that they then fatten up and sell.

Arin Greenwood

Pig Taken Into Police Custody Is Spared Death Penalty

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.08.2015 | Weird News

A pig who was hauled off in a cop car last week is getting a life sentence -- as a pet! Photo: Shelby Township Police Department The death penal...

This Little Piggy Had A Heartwarming Adventure In The Sweetest Cell Phone Ad

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.01.2015 | Good News

Animal lovers are seeing something a little bigger than a mere come-on for telecommunications services in this Vodafone NZ commercial. It's an upl...

Pig Poops In Back Of Cop Car, Is All Smiles

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 05.29.2015 | Weird News

He looks as happy as a pig in s**t. A Michigan pig escaped from his owner Thursday, briefly terrorizing the community. CBS Detroit reports that at ...

Avoiding an Antibiotic Apocalypse

Sonia Faruqi | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Sonia Faruqi

Antibiotic overuse merely scratches the surface of the problems posed by factory farms today. Animals are reared in large, windowless warehouses in conditions of extremely close confinement. A broad focus on improvements in animal welfare is urgent and essential. It would result in less antibiotics being needed in the first place.

An Open Letter to Pigs (And Other Picky Eaters)

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Eva Lesko Natiello

We're in the belly of a pork shortage. All right, maybe not the belly. Perhaps the tail end, optimistically speaking. Nevertheless, from crisis comes opportunity, and now's the time to act.

Virginia The Diva Pig To Human: 'Don't Touch Me'

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 04.04.2015 | Weird News

Quit hogging up all the space, human. Meet Virginia. Virginia is a pig. Virginia is also totally not in the mood to cuddle right now, so don't even...

Woman's Beautiful Lullaby To Her Sick Pig Will Make You Feel Better, Too

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green

Bentley the piglet has been in the hospital for a little over a month now, recovering from an illness, believed to be meningitis, that has left him bl...

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.

Matt Sheehan

'Praying Pig' Goes Viral In China

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 02.26.2015 | World

In video footage shot Tuesday, a pig facing a date with the slaughterhouse is shown kneeling directly in front of a local Buddhist temple, as if in an...

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.

This Mama Pig Was On The Brink Of Death -- Until Her Own Piglets Saved Her

OWN | Posted 02.24.2015 | OWN

When Emma the pig arrived at Apricot Lane Farms in California, she was already in rough shape. The sow was sick and underweight -- and very pregnan...

The Big Blow of January 2015

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Did you happen to notice any pigs gathering sticks last summer? Woodpeckers sharing a tree? Raccoons with thicker tales and broader bands than usual? The halo around the moon last weekend? Perhaps not, unless you're an astute nature lover, a naturalist or a sky watcher.

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.

This Little Piggy Is A Fire Survivor With A Spirit That Just Won't Quit

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.09.2015 | Good News

This happy ending has a curly little tail. Pebbles the pig is very happy to be back home with his family after surviving a house fire. Photo credit...

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.

Brazil Adds Its Might to the Movement to End Gestation Crates

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Brazil struck a body blow to inhumane sow gestation crates this week with two major announcements. Under the agreements, pork producers will be provided with training to facilitate their successful transition to more humane group housing systems.