Farm Animals

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

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 other purposes, ancient civilizations assumed duties and responsibilities to animals, . . . 

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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
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 cage-free purchasing practices. But because conventional cage production came to . . . 

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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 4 Comments
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 agricultural sector is successful enough that we as a nation . . . 

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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
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 surely reverberate through the poultry sector. Sonic joins the surging . . . 

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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 8 Comments
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 Animals – worked with Perdue to commit the company to . . . 

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State and federal lawmakers sniffing out checkoff cronyism

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 money for lobbying against animal welfare and family farmers. The . . . 

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

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 in recent memory, and rendering plants in California are so . . . 

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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
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), 99.5 percent opposed the agency’s delay of the rule and . . . 

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Breaking news: HSUS undercover video reveals Pilgrim’s Pride has much to hide

By on June 27, 2017 in Farm Animals, Investigations with 13 Comments
Breaking news: HSUS undercover video reveals Pilgrim’s Pride has much to hide

The HSUS’s latest undercover investigation has exposed extreme animal suffering at massive industrial chicken production and slaughtering facilities connected to the factory farm giant Pilgrim’s Pride. Pilgrim’s Pride is a Brazilian-owned food company that is the second largest chicken producer in the United States, producing more than a billion chickens a year. In May, an . . . 

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Combating climate change by thinking about diet

By on June 12, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
Combating climate change by thinking about diet

There have been plenty of headlines about the United States pulling away from the Paris agreement on climate change. But even among individuals, institutions, and nations deeply committed to the cause of minimizing the human impact on climate, there is still too little attention to the role of agriculture. Despite being one of the biggest . . . 

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