Farm Animals

Giving thanks with Helen the turkey

Giving thanks with Helen the turkey

This year for Thanksgiving, I’m in Texas at our expansive animal sanctuary, Black Beauty Ranch. Founded in 1979, Black Beauty Ranch is home to nearly 650 rescued animals. Some came from slaughterhouses or research laboratories or cases of extreme neglect. Others came from roadside zoos or were . . . 

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Indiana raid shows why strong laws against cockfighting are essential

Indiana raid shows why strong laws against cockfighting are essential

It was clear something awful had been happening at a residence near Fort Wayne, Indiana, just by looking at the ground. As our team assisted law enforcement in a search of the area on Nov. 3, they saw carcasses and body parts of dead animals . . . 

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5 tips for plant-based holidays: Our expert chefs share tricks of the trade

By on October 31, 2022 in Farm Animals with 3 Comments
5 tips for plant-based holidays: Our expert chefs share tricks of the trade

During this holiday season, as I think about how I’ll celebrate with my family around the dinner table, I have a special appreciation for the work that our food service innovation team does: This unique team helps people around the world access healthy, delicious plant-based . . . 

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Breaking: Court rules HSUS lawsuit against pork producer Smithfield can proceed

By on October 26, 2022 in Farm Animals with 7 Comments
Breaking: Court rules HSUS lawsuit against pork producer Smithfield can proceed

This week, a court rejected an attempt by Smithfield Foods to dismiss the Humane Society of the United States’ lawsuit against the company for misrepresenting to customers how it treats mother pigs in its pork supply chain. This ruling means our case can go forward . . . 

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Progress: Climate change conference to address food and agriculture systems for the first time

Progress: Climate change conference to address food and agriculture systems for the first time

For the first time ever, the world’s largest climate conference will address food systems and their impact on the climate crisis. As an organization focused on reducing animal suffering, last year, we urged world leaders to take meaningful action on the animal agriculture sector, and . . . 

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Pigs’ day in (the Supreme) Court

Pigs’ day in (the Supreme) Court

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about Proposition 12, California’s landmark law to address animal cruelty and public health issues stemming from the worst factory farming practices, such as confining pregnant pigs in gestation crates so small they can hardly move. Jon Lovvorn, . . . 

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Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court just heard arguments in historic case for animals

Breaking: U.S. Supreme Court just heard arguments in historic case for animals

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the most consequential law ever passed in relation to the treatment of farm animals, California’s Proposition 12. Passed by voters in 2018, Proposition 12 bans the extreme confinement of mother pigs, egg-laying hens and baby calves, and . . . 

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Putting the ‘USDA Organic’ label on a stronger animal welfare path

Putting the ‘USDA Organic’ label on a stronger animal welfare path

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting public comments on its proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule, which is a great opportunity to address farm animal welfare. We’re pushing hard for this landmark federal regulation to become final because the rule, which is . . . 

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Breaking: More experts join forces in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Breaking: More experts join forces in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Last week we wrote about the briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by the Humane Society of the United States, our allied animal welfare organizations and the state of California in a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council, aimed at overturning vital . . . 

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How we work to save animals (part 3): Going corporate for a change

By on August 11, 2022 in Farm Animals with 1 Comment
How we work to save animals (part 3): Going corporate for a change

Note: This blog is part of a series highlighting how we fight—and win—for animals. This post focuses on how we’re ending the worst forms of institutionalized animal suffering by working with corporations. Our previous post in this series covered our efforts with governments and legislative . . . 

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Breaking: New developments in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Breaking: New developments in key U.S. Supreme Court case for animals

Those who follow this blog know about the impending lawsuit in front of the United States Supreme Court, which will have immense consequences for animals. The case centers around Proposition 12, California’s landmark law to address animal cruelty and public health issues stemming from the . . . 

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Major developments in pivotal Supreme Court case for animals

Major developments in pivotal Supreme Court case for animals

A lawsuit currently being considered by the United States Supreme Court will have enormous consequences for millions of animals across the country—and we have news about major developments, some of it positive and some disappointing. Regardless, the fight continues. First, some background: The pork industry . . . 

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