Major U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected any day on animal welfare
Any day now, the Supreme Court of the United States could issue its ruling in one of the most important court cases in the history of the animal protection movement—one that could have implications for the quality of life of millions of farmed animals. First, . . .
As Biden delivers State of the Union address, we’re urging 6 priorities for animals
President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech marks a midway point in his term, and for us, an opportunity to assess the administration’s animal protection priorities. Like many animal advocates, we were buoyed by the legislative successes we helped to secure as 2022 closed. . . .
Here’s why pork is the new veal
Starting in the 1980s, people all over the world began to feel disgusted by veal, when the treatment of baby cows was exposed: Veal was produced by separating baby cows from their mothers and raising them in tiny crates where they could barely move. Many . . .
In 2022, we kept working to make a kinder world for farmed animals
We were nervous and excited as we gathered outside the Supreme Court of the United States on the morning of a day we won’t ever forget, Oct. 11, 2022. The court was about to hear arguments about Proposition 12, a landmark law passed by California . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .