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Burger King says no more battery cages and gestation crates in Western Hemisphere

Burger King says no more battery cages and gestation crates in Western Hemisphere

Today, Burger King — via its parent company Restaurant Brands International — became the first major fast food chain to set a timeline for switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs and gestation crate-free pork in its entire supply chain in Latin America. In 2012, our work with Burger King helped the company become the first . . . 

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States, corporations acting to end extreme confinement of animals on industrial farms

States, corporations acting to end extreme confinement of animals on industrial farms

Today, my colleague Paul Shapiro participated in a debate sponsored by WBUR, The Boston Globe, and UMass Boston about Question 3 – the statewide ballot measure in the Commonwealth that bans cage confinement of veal calves, breeding sows, and laying hens, and also stipulates that selling animal products from immobilizing cages and crates won’t be . . . 

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The Compass is set for cage-free

By on September 15, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment
The Compass is set for cage-free

Today, Compass Group, the world’s largest food service provider, announced it will switch all the eggs it uses – both liquid and shell – to cage-free for all of its global operations in 50 countries. The announcement will move millions of hens out of battery cages and into cage-free environments, and it’s the latest big . . . 

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Massachusetts voters can clinch the case against farm animal confinement 

Massachusetts voters can clinch the case against farm animal confinement 

It’s been more than a year since I first wrote here about a proposed farm animal protection ballot measure in Massachusetts that would prohibit the sale of eggs, pork, and veal from animals raised in extreme, inhumane confinement. Since that blog, thousands of Massachusetts residents have circulated and signed petitions – about 170,000 in all . . . 

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Coach Switzer carries the ball in fight against Oklahoma ‘right to farm’

Coach Switzer carries the ball in fight against Oklahoma ‘right to farm’

Coach Barry Switzer gets right to the point. “If SQ 777 passes, it will make it easier for puppy mills to exist. Puppy mill operators will be able to classify themselves as farmers and their animals as livestock,” wrote Switzer, the legendary coach of the University of Oklahoma football team, in a Tulsa World column. . . . 

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Breaking news: Latin American food giant goes cage-free

Breaking news: Latin American food giant goes cage-free

The tide in our cage-free campaign has now turned in Latin America, with Alsea, a major food retail conglomerate with operations throughout Latin America and Europe, announcing this week that it will switch to 100 percent cage-free eggs. The new policy, which follows several years of discussion with Humane Society International, will apply to all . . . 

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Oprah says ‘yes’ to Meatless Mondays

By on August 23, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 24 Comments
Oprah says ‘yes’ to Meatless Mondays

Arguably, no other animal advocate has the platform, the followers, and the influence of Oprah Winfrey. I was on her widely syndicated talk show years ago to speak on puppy mills and then again about Proposition 2 in California. But this past Sunday, it was a special privilege to appear on “Super Soul Sunday” to . . . 

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Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

By on August 8, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment
Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

Yesterday, on its front page, the Washington Post’s Karin Brulliard reported on the animal protection movement’s running the table with major American food retailers on the issue of cage confinement of hens. They are all converting to cage-free, as I’ve written about numerous times in the blog and also in detail in The Humane Economy. . . . 

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McDonald’s and the quiet revolution in food and agriculture

By on August 2, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
McDonald’s and the quiet revolution in food and agriculture

Today, McDonald’s ran full-page print advertisements in major newspapers to announce that its outlets are now selling chicken free of medically important antibiotics, an important gain for public health. A number of major chicken producers responded to McDonald’s decision and have pledged to phase out antibiotics in their production plans. In the advertisement, the fast-food . . . 

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XOXO Sodexo – food service giant makes global cage-free pledge

XOXO Sodexo – food service giant makes global cage-free pledge

Sodexo, the world’s second largest food service company with operations in 80 countries, announced today that it will phase in the exclusive use of cage-free eggs (liquid and shell) for its global supply chain by 2025, and we hope sooner. The announcement comes just over a year after Sodexo pledged to switch all 20 million . . . 

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