Archive for March, 2015

World’s Largest Food Service Provider Goes Cage-Free – Capping Series of Reforms From Biggest Names in Sector

By on March 16, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
World’s Largest Food Service Provider Goes Cage-Free – Capping Series of Reforms From Biggest Names in Sector

Compass Group makes it a trifecta. Today, Compass Group, the world’s largest food service company, announced that it will switch all of its liquid eggs to cage-free for the entire U.S. market. The volume of product in play is extraordinary: 300 million liquid eggs. That will . . . 

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Ivory Wars – Right Here in the United States

Ivory Wars – Right Here in the United States

Last week, we received the extraordinary news that Ringling Bros. plans to retire the elephants from its traveling circus and place them at its elephant care facility in Florida.  Given the tremendously favorable response to this action from the public and the press, you might . . . 

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Breaking News: Aramark Goes All-In on Cage-Free, Marking More Progress for Hens

By on March 12, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking News: Aramark Goes All-In on Cage-Free, Marking More Progress for Hens

Aramark is the largest U.S.-based food service company, running dining operations at thousands of locations across the country, including healthcare institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses. Today, I’m proud the company is announcing that it will switch all 20 million pounds . . . 

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The March Toward Moral Progress for Animals

By on March 11, 2015 in Farm Animals, Opposition with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The March Toward Moral Progress for Animals

King Midas is remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched to gold. Rick Berman, the public relations operative who’s been hired by corporate interests to perpetuate animal cruelty, coal-fired power plants, and mercury in fish, amongst other ignoble causes, seems to . . . 

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No Cowspiracy Here: Pioneering Environmentalist Promotes Meat Reduction in New Book

By on March 10, 2015 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
No Cowspiracy Here: Pioneering Environmentalist Promotes Meat Reduction in New Book

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and wife Gail Boyer Hayes have taken a surprising intellectual and historical journey with cows. Their new book COWED: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America’s Health, Economy, Politics, Culture and Environment, is also a meditation on our . . . 

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USDA Report Misses the MARC

USDA Report Misses the MARC

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a disappointing report today about the federally-funded, Nebraska-based U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), which was the focus of a searing and infuriating New York Times investigative piece by Michael Moss published just over a month ago. The Times . . . 

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Raccoons and City Living

By on March 7, 2015 in Animal Rescue and Care, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Raccoons and City Living

This past week, I spent a day on a ride-along with John Griffin, who leads our Humane Wildlife Services (HWS) program. John and his team are on the road every day in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, their trucks loaded down with equipment, solving every . . . 

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Injuriousss – Feds Act to Restrict Trade in Giant Snakes

Injuriousss – Feds Act to Restrict Trade in Giant Snakes

At an announcement today in south Florida, which is ground zero for the problem of invasive species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a ban on the trade in four large constricting snake species. The FWS designated them as “injurious” under the Lacey Act, . . . 

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A Berlin Wall Moment for Animal Protection

By on March 5, 2015 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 81 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Berlin Wall Moment for Animal Protection

It’s surely one of the biggest announcements of the modern era in animal protection: Ringling Bros. has announced that it will cease its use of elephants in its traveling circus. I’ve been a witness to and participant in big moments during my three decades of . . . 

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Big Ag Getting Its Hen House in Order – Cages and All

By on March 4, 2015 in Farm Animals, Opposition with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Big Ag Getting Its Hen House in Order – Cages and All

Soon, a group composed of many conventional thinkers in the food and agribusiness industries, calling itself the “Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply,” is expected to release a report on various forms of housing egg-laying hens—including cramming them into barren cages so small they can’t even . . . 

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Cutting Through the Nonsense on Tail-Cutting

By on March 3, 2015 in Farm Animals with 11 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Cutting Through the Nonsense on Tail-Cutting

A couple of years ago I visited perhaps the largest dairy farm in the United States – Fair Oaks Farm in northwest Indiana, which at the time had 36,000 cows, divided into 3,000 cows per pod. Expecting to be pretty horrified by the operation, I was . . . 

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Is Industrialized Agriculture a House of Cards?

By on March 2, 2015 in Farm Animals with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Is Industrialized Agriculture a House of Cards?

I’m so grateful to House of Cards actress Kate Mara for her continuing work with The HSUS, including her recent video to promote Meatless Monday for animals and for our health. Mara is a big deal in Washington, D.C. because of her starring role during . . . 

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