Farm Animals

HSUS, HSI work with corporations, schools, and hospitals to add delicious plant-based options to menus

HSUS, HSI work with corporations, schools, and hospitals to add delicious plant-based options to menus

Whether through our successful campaigns to end the worst factory farming practices by law, or our corporate partnerships to eliminate the use of eggs and meat from caged animals, The HSUS and Humane Society International have together been a force in moving the needle for . . . 

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Bills in Iowa would force grocery stores to sell eggs from caged hens

Bills in Iowa would force grocery stores to sell eggs from caged hens

The HSUS works year-round to secure the passage of animal protection bills in state legislatures, and to block bad ones advanced by lobbyists for Big Ag. Some lawmakers in Iowa have recently introduced two retrograde bills that seek to reverse the good work done by . . . 

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Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

By on January 12, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 85 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: HSUS sues USDA for brazen maneuver to hurt farmers and nix federal farm animal welfare rule

Today, The HSUS is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture for working to scuttle the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule – one of the most important rules to ever come out of a federal agency, affecting the well-being of tens of millions of animals . . . 

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Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

By on January 8, 2018 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Smithfield makes more progress on gestation-crate-free pledge

Today, the world’s largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods, announced more progress in its movement away from confining mother pigs in tiny gestation crates, further acknowledging that animals built to move ought to be allowed to move. As a matter of historical import, our quest to . . . 

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California, again, ranks as the nation’s most humane state, while the Dakotas, Mississippi at bottom of list

California, again, ranks as the nation’s most humane state, while the Dakotas, Mississippi at bottom of list

According to our Humane State rankings for 2017, California remains the most humane state in the nation, comfortably ahead of number-two finisher Oregon and then Massachusetts, which has held the third position since 2016 when it approved a sweeping measure to restrict factory farming and . . . 

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Ohio’s long-awaited reforms for veal calves, dairy cows kick in

By on January 2, 2018 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Ohio’s long-awaited reforms for veal calves, dairy cows kick in

Today, we are celebrating the implementation of some major reforms for farm animals that went into effect yesterday in Ohio – a ban on keeping veal calves in crates so small that the animals cannot even turn around, and a ban on cutting off cows’ . . . 

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Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

Federal action for animals mixed in 2017, as additional threats and opportunities loom

The HSUS pursues multi-channel reform efforts, and in 2017 we made extraordinary progress by pushing forward on a hundred fronts – in the federal courts, in protecting wolves, farm animals, and other creatures at risk of suffering or under threat; in legislatures throughout the world . . . 

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Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

Circus wins, anti-fur policies lead list of top gains for animals in 2017

This was a year of extraordinary gains on a wide set of issues, showing the power and reach of The HSUS, Humane Society International, and our affiliates. But along with it came some terrible setbacks at the federal level – with Congress unwinding federal rules . . . 

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Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

By on December 13, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Big broiler reforms, anti-confinement policies across the world top 2017 farm animal victories

In 2017, The HSUS continued its campaign to bring about major transformational change in the food and agriculture sector, specifically by rolling out its Nine Billion Lives campaign to take out so much of the pain and misery from the conventional means of raising and . . . 

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Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

Key legal gains of 2017: Wolves protected in Great Lakes, California farm animal protection laws and local puppy mill rules survive challenges

As we enter the final month of the year, I’ll blog frequently on the highlights of 2017, beginning today with a pretty extraordinary year in the courts. The HSUS’s cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers has been pushing the cause forward in the courts and . . . 

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Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals

By on November 9, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 9 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Trump administration’s USDA again delays implementation of organic animal welfare standards for millions of farm animals

After eight months of repeated delays, the USDA has kicked the can down the road even further on the Organic Livestock and Poultry practices rule (“organics rule”) and delayed its implementation for at least another six months. In doing so, the agency has again poked . . . 

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HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

By on November 3, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
HSUS to spearhead California initiative to end era of extreme confinement of farm animals

California voters can help end the era of extreme confinement of animals on factory farms by qualifying an initiative petition in the months ahead and then passing the measure a year from now. The HSUS and a large coalition of organizations will formally launch the . . . 

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