Humane Economy

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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Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

By on October 27, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 4 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine . . . 

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Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

Breaking news: New York State bans elephant acts in circuses

Today New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law a bill that prohibits the use of elephants in circuses, just months after New York City outlawed the use of wild animals in circus acts. In June, the state assembly and senate passed S.2098b/A.464b, sponsored . . . 

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Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown makes California first state to ban puppy mill sales at pet stores

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday cemented California’s status as the leading state on animal welfare by signing into law AB 485, a bill that makes California the first state to ban the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in pet stores, unless shelters or qualified . . . 

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Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, expands animal welfare commitment to broiler chickens

By on October 12, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, expands animal welfare commitment to broiler chickens

Today marks another milestone in our global campaign to improve the lives of animals in agriculture, with Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, demanding changes in the way chickens are raised for their meat. Nestlé will require a specific set of important reforms from all . . . 

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Breaking news: Gucci goes fur-free

By on October 11, 2017 in Humane Economy, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 35 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Gucci goes fur-free

In what is perhaps the most meaningful fur-free announcement worldwide to date, luxury fashion brand Gucci has proclaimed that its future is fur-free. After working with The HSUS and the Italian-based animal welfare group LAV (a member, with The HSUS, of the Fur Free Alliance), . . . 

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Breaking news: Campbell Soup announces major reforms for broiler chickens

By on September 28, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
Breaking news: Campbell Soup announces major reforms for broiler chickens

I come from a working-class family – my father was a winning and hard-charging high school football coach and my mother a part-time secretary when she wasn’t managing a household of six (eight, if you include the dogs). Even though I loved animals, I had . . . 

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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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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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