Farm Animals

Breaking news: Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

By on September 15, 2017 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

In a major ruling with significant implications for the principle of the right of states to crack down on animal cruelty in agriculture, a unanimous panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated California’s law banning the sale of foie gras. . . . 

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Compass, Aramark work with The HSUS to introduce plant-based options at universities, hospitals

By on September 8, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Compass, Aramark work with The HSUS to introduce plant-based options at universities, hospitals

The food service sector is playing a positive role in improving the way animals are treated in American agriculture. Whether by establishing policies to eliminate the confinement of calves in veal crates, mother pigs in gestation crates, or hens in battery cages, or to vastly . . . 

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Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Harvey came with hurricane-force winds and an extraordinary load of precipitation, drinking up trillions of gallons of water from the Gulf and pouring them on Texas day after day, then going back for more. Now Irma has gained unprecedented strength from the unusually warm waters . . . 

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Fighting factory farming from Indiana to Indonesia

By on August 31, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Humane Society International with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Fighting factory farming from Indiana to Indonesia

We’ve taken on factory farming in the United States with decisive results, using a multi-channel approach that includes public education, ballot initiatives, undercover investigations, corporate reform, meat reduction campaigns, and cooperation with farmers and ranchers on our agriculture councils. Humane Society International (HSI) is carrying . . . 

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The HSUS unites with family farmers and food retailers to drive positive reforms in animal agriculture

By on August 14, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 2 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
The HSUS unites with family farmers and food retailers to drive positive reforms in animal agriculture

Since a dozen or so hoofed mammals and the red jungle fowl were domesticated for use in agriculture starting 10,000 years ago, humanity has put animals ever more squarely at the center of the human experience. By conscripting other species for meat, eggs, labor, and . . . 

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XOXO to Sodexo, Darden, and others for hitting their marks on animal welfare commitments

By on August 11, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
XOXO to Sodexo, Darden, and others for hitting their marks on animal welfare commitments

In 2015, Sodexo—one of the world’s largest food service companies—worked with The HSUS to announce that it would eliminate cage confinement of chickens from its egg supply by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. The company was an early mover in an industry-wide shift toward . . . 

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Farm Bill should ban eating dogs and horses, along with instituting other key animal welfare reforms

By on August 10, 2017 in Equine, Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Farm Bill should ban eating dogs and horses, along with instituting other key animal welfare reforms

Americans shouldn’t butcher dogs or horses, or enable the activity, and then sell the meat for human consumption, and Congress can make that the law of the land as it pieces together the far-flung provisions of the Farm Bill in the coming months. Our thriving . . . 

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Super Sonic progress for chickens, even as some in the poultry industry attempt to dig in

By on August 9, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Super Sonic progress for chickens, even as some in the poultry industry attempt to dig in

Today, the national fast food chain Sonic has announced new policies to bring about better conditions for all the chickens in its supply chain. The Oklahoma-based company serves food to more than three million customers each day at its 3,500 locations, so this announcement will . . . 

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Breaking news: Perdue Farms doubles down on changing its business model for the better

By on July 17, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 10 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Perdue Farms doubles down on changing its business model for the better

Maryland-based Perdue Farms, one of the biggest brands in the production of poultry raised for meat, is making one of the most important announcements of any major producer in the field. Last summer, The HSUS – along with Compassion in World Farming and Mercy For . . . 

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State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

By on July 14, 2017 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

To its credit, the California Senate Judiciary Committee stopped a bill to expand the state tax on cattle and dairy farmers to the tune of millions of dollars – a plan to put the funds into a “commission” that would be authorized to use the . . . 

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California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

By on July 10, 2017 in Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 15 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

Last week, a heat wave, in tandem with a lack of adequate housing and other safeguards for the animals, resulted in thousands of dairy cows perishing in the punishing heat of California’s Central Valley. It’s one of the worst weather-related incidents to strike dairy herds . . . 

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Consumers, farmers deluge USDA in support of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule

By on June 29, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 6 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Consumers, farmers deluge USDA in support of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule

An analysis completed by The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund revealed that of 47,000 comments received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to a request for public input on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule (87 Fed. Reg. 7042), . . . 

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