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Breaking news: World’s largest food service companies make historic animal welfare announcement

By on November 3, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Breaking news: World’s largest food service companies make historic animal welfare announcement

Compass Group and Aramark—two of the top three largest food service companies, which run dining operations at thousands of colleges, universities, hospitals, and stadiums nationwide—have made trailblazing animal welfare announcements today. Specifically, they’re addressing the four key concerns for chickens in the meat industry: Transitioning to healthier strains of birds that measurably improve welfare issues . . . 

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Innovation to solve one of the worst animal cruelty practices

By on November 1, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Innovation to solve one of the worst animal cruelty practices

There’s been an ugly, long-hidden secret in the egg business: half of all the chicks born into the industry are killed immediately after hatching, often by throwing the live animals into shredders. It’s a horrifying thought and practice, but it’s been routine for decades. It’s driven by harsh utility. Because the male chicks don’t lay . . . 

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From factory farming to wildlife trafficking, ballot measures to affect the lives of millions of animals

From factory farming to wildlife trafficking, ballot measures to affect the lives of millions of animals

When voters cast their ballots in this general election, they won’t only be making critical decisions about who will represent them in the White House, Congress, and state and local offices. In a number of states, citizens will also vote on ballot initiatives concerning the humane treatment of animals—deciding whether to adopt policies on factory . . . 

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Agribusiness titans hide behind phony campaign rhetoric in Massachusetts ballot fight

Agribusiness titans hide behind phony campaign rhetoric in Massachusetts ballot fight

The political campaign against Question 3 – an HSUS-backed measure to combat extreme confinement of animals on factory farms — is struggling with a crisis of credibility. First, the opponents are arguing that a measure to give animals raised for food a little room to move is a “tax” on consumers that will “hurt people . . . 

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Time for Maine to turn the page on LePage

Time for Maine to turn the page on LePage

It’s quite amazing that Maine governor Paul LePage, in successive, three-way races, won two gubernatorial elections – in the conservative wave election in 2010, with 38 percent of the vote, and then in 2014, by getting 48 percent in the mid-term election. Even though he never got a majority, you’ve got to give the man . . . 

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Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Updates from South Carolina, Haiti on disaster response

Our disaster response work in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew continues in South Carolina, after our transfer of nearly 100 dogs from shelters there ahead of the storm. We’ve been on the ground in that state since last week, assisting in rescue and relief, which included additional transports of close to 100 other animals. We’re . . . 

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Beyond amazing news about Beyond Meat

By on October 11, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 8 Comments
Beyond amazing news about Beyond Meat

In what may be one of the most surprising investment announcements of any type — a man-bites-dog scenario in the business world — Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat companies, has now become a significant investor in Beyond Meat (The HSUS has made investments in the company, too). The plant-based-meat company recently launched . . . 

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Voters in six states to make crucial decisions for animals on November ballot

Voters in six states to make crucial decisions for animals on November ballot

Our cause has made some of its most tangible gains by qualifying and passing ballot initiatives in the last quarter century, bringing issues directly to voters when lawmakers won’t take action on common-sense reforms. Since The HSUS and The Fund for Animals put their shoulders into direct democratic action in the states in 1990 – . . . 

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Canadian on trial for giving a suffering animal a drink

By on October 4, 2016 in Farm Animals with 23 Comments
Canadian on trial for giving a suffering animal a drink

As I write this, a woman in Canada named Anita Krajnc is standing trial for an act of pure compassion. Her alleged crime? In June of last year, the Toronto resident let pigs crowded into a trailer on a scorching summer day, obviously parched and in distress, lap up some water before they were transported . . . 

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SeaWorld sees food in a new light

By on September 29, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
SeaWorld sees food in a new light

When I announced with SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby in March that the theme park would stop breeding orcas at all of its operations, I emphasized that the pledge was just one element of a bigger set of commitments from the company on animal welfare. (Last month, California codified a ban on orca breeding in the . . . 

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