Humane Economy

Breaking news: No spearing, says Under Armour—but an underwhelming response on trophy hunting

Breaking news: No spearing, says Under Armour—but an underwhelming response on trophy hunting

“Under Armour and the Bowmars broke up today,” Sarah Bowmar declared in a tweet yesterday. “I’ll do a blog post in a few days when I am no longer crying. #AntisWon.” Yes, that’s Sarah Bowmar, who shot a black bear with a crossbow this spring in Alberta the day before her husband Josh impaled a . . . 

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Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

In the largest request for action we’ve ever submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), The HSUS has asked the FTC to enforce federal consumer protection laws against 17 retailers—including Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Kohl’s, and Nordstrom—for selling falsely advertised or labeled animal fur garments or accessories. The petition encompasses 37 items of wearing apparel and . . . 

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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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Loss of mammals throughout the world a crisis of our own making

Loss of mammals throughout the world a crisis of our own making

Approximately 59 percent of the world’s biggest mammalian carnivore species—from wolves to tigers to lions— and 60 percent of the largest herbivores, are now listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species as threatened with extinction, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. That information is at the core of . . . 

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Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

Federal government says ‘enough’ when it comes to horse soring abuses

No one should get away with animal cruelty. Not an individual and not an industry. But that’s what’s been happening with scofflaw owners and trainers within a segment of the Tennessee walking horse show industry. This week, we applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture for issuing a proposed rule, fulfilling a number of the requests . . . 

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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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Publix progresses toward a cage-free future

Publix progresses toward a cage-free future

After a months-long Humane Society of the United States campaign— involving full-page newspaper ads, television commercials, dedicated social media efforts promoting our CagedForPublix website, and more—Publix has just announced a timeline for going 100 percent cage-free. Publix is the country’s fifth-largest grocery chain, and this marks the last of the top 25 grocery companies to . . . 

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A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

Step into a smallish elevator. Have a dozen others file in and fill it up, so much so that shoulders are pressed against one another from wall to wall. The elevator breaks down. The lights go out. Panic sets in. “I’ve got to get out of here!” – that’s the sequence of words racing through . . . 

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Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

Voters in Massachusetts just took the Bay State one giant step closer to delivering a powerful punch to agribusiness interests that want to keep locking farm animals in cramped, overcrowded cages. Fueled by more than a thousand volunteer signature gatherers, The HSUS and other members of the coalition backing the farm animal protection ballot measure . . . 

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