Farm Animals

Publix progresses toward a cage-free future

By on July 15, 2016 in Farm Animals, Investigations with 16 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Publix progresses toward a cage-free future

After a months-long Humane Society of the United States campaign— involving full-page newspaper ads, television commercials, dedicated social media efforts promoting our CagedForPublix website, and more—Publix has just announced a timeline for going 100 percent cage-free. Publix is the country’s fifth-largest grocery chain, and this . . . 

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No more gravy train for big meat?

By on July 14, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
No more gravy train for big meat?

Two of the youngest members of the Senate, who often come at the nation’s business from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, have found common purpose in the drive to reform a series of federal government . . . 

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Breaking news: Obama Administration closes loophole and forbids slaughtering downer calves

By on July 13, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 59 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Obama Administration closes loophole and forbids slaughtering downer calves

Today, in yet another pro-animal rulemaking action, the Obama Administration made final a rule banning the slaughter of downer calves – an issue The HSUS put on the national radar screen with a pair of damning undercover investigations that threw back the curtain on the . . . 

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A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

By on July 6, 2016 in Farm Animals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
A Publix disgrace – grocery chain is a holdout on cage-free future

Step into a smallish elevator. Have a dozen others file in and fill it up, so much so that shoulders are pressed against one another from wall to wall. The elevator breaks down. The lights go out. Panic sets in. “I’ve got to get out . . . 

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Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

By on June 28, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 7 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Massachusetts voters push farm animal measure to the ballot, with broad, powerful coalition

Voters in Massachusetts just took the Bay State one giant step closer to delivering a powerful punch to agribusiness interests that want to keep locking farm animals in cramped, overcrowded cages. Fueled by more than a thousand volunteer signature gatherers, The HSUS and other members . . . 

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Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

By on June 26, 2016 in Farm Animals with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Perdue announces major reforms for chickens; progress spotlights poultry problems, solutions

As we begin our launch of a major campaign to improve the lives of chickens raised for meat, I’m happy to report one of the biggest brand names in the world of chicken production is announcing promising reforms. The HSUS has helped set veal crates, . . . 

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Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

By on June 21, 2016 in Farm Animals with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Documentary filmmaking is changing the way we view animals

I hope you’ll take three minutes right now to watch a trailer for an exciting and remarkable new film about the struggle to build a more humane food production system in the United States. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACqOmD5Mhx4 As I wrote in The Humane Economy, there are many . . . 

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Latest HSUS undercover investigation reveals painful practices in egg industry

Latest HSUS undercover investigation reveals painful practices in egg industry

An undercover investigation by The HSUS has revealed cruel treatment of egg-laying hens at New England’s largest egg producer. The factory farm in question supplies eggs to several states, including Massachusetts, where volunteers are just finishing gathering signatures to place a measure on November’s ballot. . . . 

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Factory farms spawn immense suffering, and also immensely dangerous superbugs?

By on May 27, 2016 in Farm Animals with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Factory farms spawn immense suffering, and also immensely dangerous superbugs?

America is facing a real crisis in regard to antibiotics resistant infections, and factory farming is one of the main reasons. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research recently reported the first U.S. case of Colistin-resistant infection, involving a patient in Pennsylvania. Also this week, researchers at USDA and Health . . . 

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Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Confronting Dog Meat Horrors and Other Cruelties on the International Stage

Today’s New York Times reports on Humane Society International’s major campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea, the only nation that eats dog meat and raises dogs on farms for the plate. There, in the run-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics, we’ve . . . 

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Finding Evidence of the Humane Economy in All Sorts of Surprising Places

By on May 17, 2016 in Farm Animals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Finding Evidence of the Humane Economy in All Sorts of Surprising Places

Stanford University has long been rated as one of America’s top academic institutions, and it’s been widely known for incubating top innovators in the domains of programming, engineering, medicine, and other sciences. In The Humane Economy, readers briefly meet Dr. Pat Brown, a Stanford biochemist who . . . 

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Nothing Organic or Natural About Effort in Congress to Block Organic Farm Animal Care Standards

By on May 16, 2016 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Nothing Organic or Natural About Effort in Congress to Block Organic Farm Animal Care Standards

Yesterday, Nicholas Kristof wrote an extraordinary column on my new book, The Humane Economy, celebrating the enormous range of progress we’ve made in driving reform for animals in so many different sectors of industry. The New York Times columnist noted, of course, that our work isn’t done, and . . . 

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