Farm Animals

Breaking news: First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

Breaking news: First-ever criminal charges brought against egg producer for violating California Prop 2

Eight years after voters approved the landmark ballot initiative, and two years after the law took effect, a law enforcement agency today brought criminal charges against a California egg producer, Hohberg Poultry Ranch, in southern California, with 39 counts of violating Prop 2 and 16 other counts of violating the state anti-cruelty code. Specifically, the . . . 

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The HSUS challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

The HSUS challenges USDA over mass removal of animal welfare records

There’s an outpouring of anger and mistrust about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s abrupt decision late last week to delete from its website inspection reports on some 9,000 licensed facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators, Tennessee walking horse show participants, roadside zoos, animal research labs, and other operations regulated under the federal . . . 

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Don’t let ideology trump reason on federal animal welfare rules

Don’t let ideology trump reason on federal animal welfare rules

Even with so much other political activity in Washington, it’s hard not to notice the anti-regulatory rhetoric streaming out of the White House and Congress in the new political setup, and wonder where the balance is. President Trump has frozen many new regulations, including one to crack down on horse soring (which the Obama administration . . . 

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Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

By on January 23, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

Today, Unilever – one of the world’s largest food conglomerates – announced that it has fulfilled its pledge to go exclusively cage-free for eggs in all Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise products, three years ahead of schedule. The acceleration of its previously-stated cage-free timeline – which translates into more than a million birds a year . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

Breaking news: Obama Administration sets sweeping new standard for farm animal welfare

In its final major action for animals – this one perhaps promising to improve the treatment for millions and millions of animals in the coming years — the Obama Administration today finalized a rule that clarifies and updates the requirements of the “organic” label, establishing clear and meaningful protections for farm animals raised under that . . . 

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Former HSUS doc gives lifesaving advice in new doc about food, agriculture, and health

By on January 12, 2017 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments
Former HSUS doc gives lifesaving advice in new doc about food, agriculture, and health

Dr. Michael Greger, former director of public health and animal agriculture at The HSUS and author of the runaway New York Times bestseller How Not to Die, is an extraordinary fount of knowledge about health and diet, and his work and science-based thinking are on full display in a compelling four-part series, “Prescription: Nutrition,” on . . . 

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An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

An open letter – looking back, and charging ahead in 2017

Dear Friends: Let’s start the New Year with thanks. Thanks to all of us. Whatever you did as part of the movement to help animals in the year just past, be proud. It was a challenging year. And so many, many people did so much, providing so much support and encouragement. For some, the compassionate . . . 

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Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

By on January 4, 2017 in Farm Animals with 7 Comments
Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has made more progress away from cruel gestation crates. The company announced today that it has converted 87 percent of its sow housing to group housing systems, and will be at 100 percent by the end of 2017. A decade and a half ago, there wasn’t a single . . . 

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California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

Each year, The HSUS releases its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies — covering a total of 93 policy ideas, from protecting farm animals to prohibiting bear and cougar hunting to regulating puppy mills. This year again, California occupies the top spot and handily so. It fortified its outstanding . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is that The HSUS’s strategic, focused action, brandishing, and using many . . . 

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