Humane Economy

The next global pandemic could begin at a factory farm: HSI report

The next global pandemic could begin at a factory farm: HSI report

No one can predict when or where the next global public health crisis will arise. But a Humane Society International white paper concludes that farming animals on a large scale poses a serious risk. The novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in a wildlife . . . 

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New study finds most chicken meat sold globally comes from terrible animal suffering

New study finds most chicken meat sold globally comes from terrible animal suffering

The meat industry’s common practice of breeding broiler chickens to grow faster and bigger results in immense suffering and extremely poor quality of life for the animals, according to the largest study ever conducted on the topic. The two-year study was conducted by researchers at . . . 

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U.S. mink industry in free fall as demand for fur plummets

U.S. mink industry in free fall as demand for fur plummets

The U.S. mink industry is in rapid decline, with the drop beginning well before coronavirus outbreaks on mink fur farms here and overseas renewed concerns over this outmoded and cruel industry that’s responsible for so much animal suffering. Last year was the industry’s worst on . . . 

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Victory! Court says San Francisco fur ban will stay

Victory! Court says San Francisco fur ban will stay

A federal court judge last night threw out a challenge to San Francisco’s ban on the sale of fur, in a historic victory against this unnecessary and immensely cruel commodity. The city’s ban, which passed in 2018, took effect earlier this year and it led . . . 

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KFC, more Americans want to eat the plant-based ‘Kentucky Fried Miracle’

By on June 18, 2020 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment
KFC, more Americans want to eat the plant-based ‘Kentucky Fried Miracle’

Last year, when KFC launched a new, plant-based chicken at one of its Atlanta locations, it sold out within five hours, with lines wrapped around the block to try it. According to the New York Times, sales of the plant-based boneless wings and nuggets in . . . 

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Mink on fur farms test positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end this brutal trade

Mink on fur farms test positive for coronavirus, increasing urgency to end this brutal trade

Our fight against fur has gained incredible momentum in recent years, with major fashion houses and retailers shedding the cruelty of this completely unnecessary commodity. Now, with mink on two fur farms in the Netherlands testing positive for the coronavirus, we have one more compelling . . . 

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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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