Farm Animals

A resolution for Earth Day — and every day

A resolution for Earth Day — and every day

With spring in full blossom, my favorite escape from Zoom meetings is getting outside for a long walk with my dog, Lilly. That time is a tremendous respite for both of us. In a year when we’ve spent so much time indoors, I think we . . . 

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IHOP broke its animal welfare promises — Here’s what you can do

By on April 14, 2021 in Farm Animals with 6 Comments
IHOP broke its animal welfare promises — Here’s what you can do

Today, I’m asking for your help in urging IHOP to take action to keep its animal welfare promises. Here at the Humane Society family of organizations, we work with many corporations to improve conditions for animals whose welfare is affected by their operations. We believe . . . 

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Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

Breaking: U.S. courts issue four wins over 48 hours against trophy hunting, state-funded wildlife killing, fur and cage confinement of factory-farmed birds

Animals are on a winning streak. Over just the last two days, we’ve had four terrific victories in U.S. federal courts that pave the way for progress for millions of animals. These include wildlife in the United States and overseas most often targeted by trophy . . . 

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Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

Court clears way for lawsuit against USDA policy of rewarding factory farms that spread bird flu

A federal district court has cleared the way for our lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s irresponsible and dangerous plans for responding to outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly known as the “bird flu.” The agency’s current plans, which we and our allies . . . 

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Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

Breaking news: Utah becomes eighth state to prohibit cages for egg-laying hens

Utah has just passed a law prohibiting the confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny wire enclosures known as “battery cages,” becoming the eighth U.S. state to do so. Just moments ago, Gov. Spencer Cox signed the bill—which the state’s legislature passed earlier this month—marking another . . . 

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Bill in Congress would reverse dangerous increases to slaughterhouse line speeds

Bill in Congress would reverse dangerous increases to slaughterhouse line speeds

Slaughterhouses are hotspots for the coronavirus, with tens of thousands of infections reported among American workers since the onset of the pandemic last year. Yet, appallingly, at the height of the crisis last spring, the Trump administration ordered that these facilities should remain open. To . . . 

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With a second turn at USDA, Tom Vilsack would have an opportunity to continue progress for animals, correct missteps

With a second turn at USDA, Tom Vilsack would have an opportunity to continue progress for animals, correct missteps

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is one of the federal agencies with the most impact on animal protection issues. Who heads it can make all the difference to the wellbeing of millions of animals, including those in puppy mills, roadside zoos, factory farms, laboratories, horse . . . 

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Major corporations, including Nestle and Arby’s, confirm they now use 100% cage-free eggs in U.S.

Major corporations, including Nestle and Arby’s, confirm they now use 100% cage-free eggs in U.S.

Confining chickens in cages where they cannot even spread their wings is one of the cruelest practices in industrial factory farming. That’s why we have made it our mission to free every last hen from such confinement. Recent announcements from some of the biggest corporations . . . 

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Biden administration withdraws Trump-era plan for higher line speeds at chicken slaughterhouses

Biden administration withdraws Trump-era plan for higher line speeds at chicken slaughterhouses

The Biden administration has withdrawn a deplorable pending rule that would have allowed qualifying chicken slaughter plants in the United States to permanently dial up line speeds from an already inhumane and lightning-fast 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute. The U.S. Department . . . 

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Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

Greyhound racing has ended in Florida. 49 states say animal torture is a felony. In 2021, we will continue to win more battles for animals on the state and local levels

On Dec. 31, Florida’s greyhound racetracks closed for good as a result of a ballot measure we helped pass with our partner groups in 2018. That win brought down what was once the stronghold of this “sport” and effectively sounded the death knell for greyhound . . . 

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Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals

Breaking news: Congress’s omnibus package includes big wins for animals

The appropriations bill and accompanying coronavirus relief/stimulus package for fiscal year 2021 now advancing through Congress will bring critical and much-needed support to millions of Americans. We are also pleased to report that the package, which funds federal agencies, includes a number of wins for . . . 

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Factory farms are baking pigs alive during the pandemic. Veterinarians call for changing guidance on this barbaric killing method

By on December 16, 2020 in Farm Animals with 20 Comments
Factory farms are baking pigs alive during the pandemic. Veterinarians call for changing guidance on this barbaric killing method

As a result of slaughterhouse closures during the pandemic, some producers have used a cruel method called “ventilation shutdown,” or VSD, to kill whole herds of pigs. Ventilator shutdown involves locking a flock or herd of animals in a building and turning off the ventilation . . . 

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