Farm Animals

Farm Bill should support family farmers, not factory farms

Farm Bill should support family farmers, not factory farms

With the confirmed deaths of 3.4 million chickens and 5,500 hogs in North Carolina’s factory farms during Hurricane Florence, and the toxic torrent released by the flooded-out fecal lagoons of the industry in that state, a look at federal policy on factory farming could not . . . 

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Hollywood celebrities ask McDonald’s to curb chicken abuse

By on September 12, 2018 in Farm Animals with 1 Comment
Hollywood celebrities ask McDonald’s to curb chicken abuse

Twenty of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon and Joaquin Phoenix, today sent a joint letter to McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook, urging the company to institute commonsense animal welfare reforms advocated by the Humane Society of the United States. The letter, which can . . . 

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HSI reunites pets with families, distributes much-needed supplies in flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala

HSI reunites pets with families, distributes much-needed supplies in flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala

The floods have now abated in Kerala, but they’ve left massive destruction in their wake. Millions of people and animals have been left homeless by the calamity that has also claimed more than 400 human lives and, according to the government of Kerala, millions of . . . 

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This month, double your impact for all animals with Paws United for a Cause

This month, double your impact for all animals with Paws United for a Cause

At the Humane Society of the United States, we take on the toughest fights for all animals, and we do our best to live up to an early mission statement of our founders: Every field of humane work – everywhere. From working with state and . . . 

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Carrefour, Brazil’s leading food retailer, goes cage-free in latest of HSI successes there

Carrefour, Brazil’s leading food retailer, goes cage-free in latest of HSI successes there

Brazil, one of the world’s largest economies and the fifth largest nation by population, has become an important focus for animal advocates over the last several decades. The result has been a growing awareness of animal issues and noteworthy progress in regard to animal welfare. . . . 

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That’s not cool: Farm groups petition USDA on country of origin labeling

By on August 13, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 9 Comments
That’s not cool: Farm groups petition USDA on country of origin labeling

It’s no secret, and it’s no surprise. Americans want to know what they’re eating. A 2016 Consumer Reports survey found that a majority of American consumers want labels on the meat, poultry, fish, and produce they buy to reflect country of origin (87 percent) and . . . 

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Trump’s ag relief program will benefit factory farms, not family farmers

Trump’s ag relief program will benefit factory farms, not family farmers

What many commentators have cast as President Trump’s predilection for trade wars has certainly caused consternation and even outrage as it has became clear that more tariffs on exports of American farm products would result in major losses for the agricultural sector. That was especially . . . 

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Court stops millions of dollars in additional government payouts to pork lobby

Court stops millions of dollars in additional government payouts to pork lobby

The National Pork Producers Council, the main lobbying group for the pork industry, will not get its hands on two $3 million payouts from a mandatory checkoff fund that pork producers, including small family farmers, are forced to pay into each year. The Trump administration . . . 

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Victory! Rhode Island bans battery cages for egg-laying hens

Victory! Rhode Island bans battery cages for egg-laying hens

It’s official: a long-fought-for piece of legislation in Rhode Island to protect hens abused for eggs just became law. The measure phases out the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens and mandates that the birds be housed in cage-free facilities. Rhode Island joins six other states . . . 

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Jury says pork producer has to pay $25 million in damages, even as North Carolina lawmakers rush to protect factory farms

Jury says pork producer has to pay $25 million in damages, even as North Carolina lawmakers rush to protect factory farms

North Carolina residents who live near giant pig factory farms have long complained about the stench from the open manure lagoons, the swarms of flies that descend on their homes, mobs of vultures who pick over rotting hog carcasses and the constant rumbling of trucks . . . 

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