The fraud of Pigford is real. It's tens of millions of dollars, at least. The USDA knows about it. They aren't telling the truth and unfortunately, if we're going to get to the truth it's going to have to come from Republican-led hearings.
Would you consider animals to be "humanely raised" if they were forced to spend their lives suffering from chronic leg problems and crippling lameness only to be later dipped into an electrified vat of water?
At a time when we strive to honor generations of service, the Debt Commissions comes out with draconian cuts that will have drastic consequences for veterans and military families. They must be stopped.
The free market had spoken, and its collective voice said "Yuck!" But instead of standing by and letting Domino's slide deeper into an apparently well-deserved decline, the government chose to intervene with an infusion of cash and a profusion of cheese.
Why should you care what happens at the Missouri puppy mills, you ask? With one in every four dogs purchased at U.S. pet stores coming from Missouri dog factories, every state that sells dogs has suffered the negative effects.
As a scientist who has dedicated her life to improving livestock welfare, I am extremely alarmed that the USDA has paid so little attention to the animal welfare implications of their Humane Slaughter Act.