Humane Economy

HSUS grades companies on animal welfare pledges: see how McDonald’s, Subway, Starbucks and others performed

By on March 10, 2020 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 2 Comments
HSUS grades companies on animal welfare pledges: see how McDonald’s, Subway, Starbucks and others performed

Over the last decade, dozens of corporations from Walmart to McDonald’s have promised to reduce animal suffering in their supply chains, including eliminating cages for egg-laying hens, ending the sourcing of pork from operations that use gestation crates, and mandating better treatment of chickens in . . . 

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Mostly plant-based Oscars signal growing American concern over cruel factory farms

Mostly plant-based Oscars signal growing American concern over cruel factory farms

One of the Oscars’ most memorable moments this year came with Joaquin Phoenix’s heartfelt plea about the suffering of animals raised for food. The speech, which drew concern for animals into a broader framework of social injustice, followed an A-list nod to plant-based eating from . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

BREAKING NEWS: Dept. of Transportation moves to end breed discrimination on airlines

The Department of Transportation today announced its plan to issue new regulations that would prohibit airlines from banning certain breeds of service dogs. This represents a much-needed move toward ending discriminatory policies by individual airlines that cause unnecessary and cruel hardships for customers with disabilities . . . 

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Breaking news: Court rules California’s foie gras ban will stand

Breaking news: Court rules California’s foie gras ban will stand

A federal judge has just shut down the latest challenge to California’s foie gras ban, in an important ruling that reaffirms the right of states to enact legislation that protects animals in agriculture. Today’s district court ruling is the latest in a long-running saga that . . . 

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And the award goes to… the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for a plant-based menu at the Golden Globes

By on January 3, 2020 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 2 Comments
And the award goes to… the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, for a plant-based menu at the Golden Globes

At the Golden Globes this Sunday, Hollywood’s A-list celebrities will sit down to an all-plant-based dinner. And while no one knows yet who will take home the evening’s top awards, the menu—chilled golden beet soup, king oyster mushrooms scallops and wild mushroom risotto, and roasted . . . 

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Let’s make this the year we end cosmetics testing in all of the United States

Let’s make this the year we end cosmetics testing in all of the United States

Residents of three U.S. states can now buy cosmetics in stores without having to worry whether they may have been tested on animals. On New Year’s Day yesterday, a ban on the sales of cosmetics newly tested on animals went into effect in California, Illinois . . . 

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Major gains for farm animals in 2019, including advances for laying hens, growth in plant-based foods

Major gains for farm animals in 2019, including advances for laying hens, growth in plant-based foods

The year 2019 saw some spectacular victories in our campaigning for farm animals around the world. We spearheaded successful campaigns in three U.S. states to pass laws against the use of cages for egg-laying hens. Our work to reduce meat consumption also advanced as we . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge rejects meat lobby attempt to block California’s landmark farm animal protection law

BREAKING NEWS: Judge rejects meat lobby attempt to block California’s landmark farm animal protection law

A California judge has rejected an attempt by the meat lobby to stop Proposition 12, the state’s historic law that would ban the extreme cage confinement of egg-laying hens, mother pigs and baby veal calves, from going into effect. This is an important win for . . . 

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Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders

Bill to end animal testing for cosmetics introduced in Congress with support from industry leaders

The movement to end the testing of personal care and beauty products on animals has gained unprecedented momentum in recent years, with three U.S. states, 39 countries, and more than a thousand manufacturers abandoning this outdated and unnecessary practice. Today, Congress took an important step . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s ditch fur

BREAKING NEWS: Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s ditch fur

In a landmark announcement that brings us closer than ever to the demise of fur, Macy’s Inc. — the parent company of the iconic American department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s — says it will go fur-free by the end of 2020. This includes permanently closing . . . 

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Airbnb, TripAdvisor announcements herald progress for wild animals trapped in tourism industry

Airbnb, TripAdvisor announcements herald progress for wild animals trapped in tourism industry

Today, the New York Times reported on Airbnb’s new featured offering of “animal experiences,” which will have an ethical focus and will ban any direct contact with wild animals. The announcement comes on the heels of a decision by TripAdvisor, reported just yesterday, to stop . . . 

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Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

Beulah’s death is a wake-up call for Massachusetts lawmakers to ban wild animals in traveling acts

So many of us were saddened this week to learn about the death of Beulah the elephant, who spent most of her 54 years in captivity and chains, working for a Connecticut-based traveling petting zoo. Beulah was just six years old when she was sold . . . 

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