Cruelties Destined for Condemnation
In a piece in Sunday’s Washington Post, Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah identified the cruelty of factory farming as one of those issues that future generations will condemn us for.
Talk Back: Crushing Testimony
Last week The HSUS’s Nancy Perry testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing arguing for the enactment of legislation to crack down on the despicable animal crush video industry. These videos typically show scantily clad women or girls, often in high-heeled shoes, impaling, crushing, stomping . . .
Impact of Factory Farming, Food Choices Again In Focus
Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee conducted a hearing on this summer’s massive egg recall, and witnesses included the owners of the factory farms that spawned the Salmonella crisis and a couple of the downstream victims—consumers who ate foods containing eggs contaminated with Salmonella . . .
Talk Back: Bad Eggs
For almost a month now the Salmonella outbreak behind the nation's largest recorded egg recall has been in the news, thrusting into the spotlight the appalling conditions in which the majority of our country’s eggs are produced by hens confined on factory farms. The connection . . .
New York Times Writers Speak Up for Chickens, Chimps
Today, The New York Times covers two of the pitched debates in our society about animals—reporter Dan Frosch covers the controversy over the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof offers an indictment of the industrial confinement of laying hens . . .
FDA Inspection of Egg Factory Farms Mirrors HSUS Findings
Just four months ago, I traveled to Des Moines for a press conference to announce the findings of The HSUS’s latest investigations into the living conditions of hens within industrial agribusiness. Undercover investigators from The HSUS looked at two egg factory farms—two of the three . . .
Total Recall: Farm Animal Cruelty, Public Health Connected
The current recall of more than a half billion eggs is the largest U.S. food recall since our investigation of rampant cruelty at a California dairy cow slaughter plant triggered the recall of 143 million pounds of meat in 2008. Both events vividly illustrate how the mistreatment of animals can have serious public health implications.
Talk Back: Attacking Animal Cruelty from All Angles
The HSUS works to reduce suffering and create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours . . .
Momentum Against Factory Farms Makes Headlines
Today, we announced that a federal judge has ordered a trial in a federal legal case we brought against a polluting egg factory farm in the Central Valley of California. The giant Olivera Egg Ranch regularly confines more than 700,000 hens in cramped cages and . . .
On Call for Victims of Animal Cruelty
Every day, The HSUS gets calls from concerned community members about cases of animal cruelty in their area. Callers often tell us that no other group helped them until they came to us — and that is in good part due to the relentless work of Ashley Mauceri, The HSUS’s deputy manager of animal cruelty issues.
Replacing the “Guinea Pig”: Safer, Humane Chemical Tests
Last month, the Environmental Defense Fund and its partners in the campaign to reform U.S. law to regulate chemicals made an impassioned plea for American consumers not to be treated like “guinea pigs.” I’d like to remind our friends and colleagues in the environmental and consumer protection communities that advocates for animal protection—while respecting the interests of all animals and believing that none of them should be treated like disposable lab equipment—also care about protecting human health and the environment, and that we all must work together to achieve a future that is both safer and more humane.
Talk Back: Celebrating Change in California and Ohio
The HSUS Before sharing your comments today, I’d like to recognize a special anniversary. Fifty years ago this week, a young primatologist first traveled to the jungles bordering Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, to study wild chimpanzees. Jane Goodall’s tremendous legacy of accomplishment during her half-century . . .