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Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

By on June 26, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 8 Comments
Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

As we begin our launch of a major campaign to improve the lives of chickens raised for meat, I’m happy to report one of the biggest brand names in the world of chicken production is announcing promising reforms. The HSUS has helped set veal crates, gestation crates, and battery cages on a trajectory toward extinction in the United States, through our corporate, legislative, . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Breaking news: Obama signs measure to dramatically reduce animal testing

Today, it was my great honor to attend the presidential signing ceremony at the White House for a revision of TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act, with my colleague Sara Amundson from the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Today’s final action upgrades a 40-year-old federal law regulating the use of chemicals, and contains – for the . . . 

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Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

By on June 21, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

I hope you’ll take three minutes right now to watch a trailer for an exciting and remarkable new film about the struggle to build a more humane food production system in the United States. As I wrote in The Humane Economy, there are many explanations for the amazing progress we are seeing in different sectors . . . 

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National Aquarium plans to send dolphins to seaside sanctuary

National Aquarium plans to send dolphins to seaside sanctuary

It was extraordinarily good news in March when SeaWorld, in cooperation with The HSUS, announced it would end the breeding of orcas and phase out its orca theatrical shows. Today, another big-name brand in the world of captive display of marine creatures has made a far-reaching announcement: the National Aquarium and its CEO, John Racanelli, have . . . 

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Hollywood, Florida, becomes 150th locale to crack down on puppy mills

Hollywood, Florida, becomes 150th locale to crack down on puppy mills

Last week, Hollywood, Florida, became the 150th locale in the country to enact a pet shop ordinance banning the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores, as a tool to dry up the markets for puppy mill operators. More than 40 cities have passed similar ordinances just this year, including Boston, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia. . . . 

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Latest HSUS undercover investigation reveals painful practices in egg industry

Latest HSUS undercover investigation reveals painful practices in egg industry

An undercover investigation by The HSUS has revealed cruel treatment of egg-laying hens at New England’s largest egg producer. The factory farm in question supplies eggs to several states, including Massachusetts, where volunteers are just finishing gathering signatures to place a measure on November’s ballot. The measure would establish a commonsense retail standard for the . . . 

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Horse racing deaths at Pimlico remind us of hazards of largely deregulated sport

Horse racing deaths at Pimlico remind us of hazards of largely deregulated sport

With American Pharoah in 2015 becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished that feat 37 years ago, there was a buzz in the run-up to the Preakness about whether the previously undefeated Nyquist could come one big step closer to replicating the biggest accomplishment in the sport. Yet Nyquist’s third-place finish, losing to Exaggerator . . . 

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Finding Evidence of the Humane Economy in All Sorts of Surprising Places

Finding Evidence of the Humane Economy in All Sorts of Surprising Places

Stanford University has long been rated as one of America’s top academic institutions, and it’s been widely known for incubating top innovators in the domains of programming, engineering, medicine, and other sciences. In The Humane Economy, readers briefly meet Dr. Pat Brown, a Stanford biochemist who took a sabbatical from teaching to research ways to upend . . . 

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Nothing Organic or Natural About Effort in Congress to Block Organic Farm Animal Care Standards

Nothing Organic or Natural About Effort in Congress to Block Organic Farm Animal Care Standards

Yesterday, Nicholas Kristof wrote an extraordinary column on my new book, The Humane Economy, celebrating the enormous range of progress we’ve made in driving reform for animals in so many different sectors of industry. The New York Times columnist noted, of course, that our work isn’t done, and that while the humane economy is a powerful force, there . . . 

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New York Mayor Supports a Very Different Kind of Birth Control Program

New York Mayor Supports a Very Different Kind of Birth Control Program

This week, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced an innovative and humane deer management program for the borough of Staten Island. It’s a humane response to the conflicts that some citizens on the island are having with more than 700 deer, and Mayor de Blasio’s plan provides a workable, non-lethal approach that can . . . 

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