Farm Animals

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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Breaking: Lawsuit forces U.S. to rethink bird flu response

Breaking: Lawsuit forces U.S. to rethink bird flu response

When a strain of bird flu sweeps through factory farms, where birds are tightly confined, the current “solution” involves immense cruelty. This is why it’s a genuine milestone in the fight against factory farming that the Humane Society of the United States, Farm Sanctuary and . . . 

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The other Supreme Court case you should be following 

The other Supreme Court case you should be following 

The norm on factory farms is to lock egg-laying hens, mother pigs and calves used for veal in cages so small they’re virtually immobilized. In 2018, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 12, a historic ballot measure that banned the extreme confinement of these animals within the . . . 

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We’re calling for SEC action over McDonald’s deception as the company confirms cruel crate confinement

By on April 22, 2022 in Farm Animals with 6 Comments
We’re calling for SEC action over McDonald’s deception as the company confirms cruel crate confinement

Today, the Humane Society of the United States is calling on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate and hold McDonald’s accountable for deceiving shareholders and the public about its animal confinement policies. We confronted McDonald’s with a shareholder proposal after suspecting that the . . . 

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Arizona becomes the latest state to ban the sale and production of eggs from caged chickens

By on April 12, 2022 in Farm Animals with 10 Comments
Arizona becomes the latest state to ban the sale and production of eggs from caged chickens

In an important and encouraging advance for the protection of farm animals, Arizona has moved to ban cruel cages for egg-laying hens and ensure that all eggs produced and/or sold in the state are cage-free. The regulations promulgated by the Arizona Department of Agriculture guarantee . . . 

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Supreme Court takes up pork industry’s attempt to overturn California’s Proposition 12  

Supreme Court takes up pork industry’s attempt to overturn California’s Proposition 12  

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the pork industry’s lawsuit that attempts to overturn California’s Proposition 12. Special interest groups have been trying to stop the implementation of the historic ballot measure, which passed in 2018 with 63% of California voters in support. . . . 

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Animal-friendly appropriations in Congress bring good news for all kinds of animals   

Animal-friendly appropriations in Congress bring good news for all kinds of animals   

Update 3/15/2022: President Biden signed the appropriations package into law. Humane advocates often look to the passage of animal-friendly legislation as the strongest measure of progress in our work at the federal level, and clearly, good laws are important. But a nation that cares for . . . 

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McDonald’s broken promise on animal welfare will loom large at shareholder meeting

By on March 9, 2022 in Farm Animals with 17 Comments
McDonald’s broken promise on animal welfare will loom large at shareholder meeting

For decades, the Humane Society of the United States has led the charge against the cruel confinement of animals on factory farms. It’s a big fight, one of the biggest, and it involves hundreds of millions of animals locked in cramped spaces all across this . . . 

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