Farm Animals

Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

By on January 4, 2017 in Farm Animals with 7 Comments
Breaking news: Smithfield will complete transition to group housing for sows by end of 2017

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has made more progress away from cruel gestation crates. The company announced today that it has converted 87 percent of its sow housing to group housing systems, and will be at 100 percent by the end of 2017. A decade and a half ago, there wasn’t a single . . . 

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California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

California, Oregon lead on animal welfare policies, while Mississippi and the Dakotas have the lowest ranks

Each year, The HSUS releases its Humane State rankings based on a wide set of animal welfare policies — covering a total of 93 policy ideas, from protecting farm animals to prohibiting bear and cougar hunting to regulating puppy mills. This year again, California occupies the top spot and handily so. It fortified its outstanding . . . 

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Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

Top 10 victories for all animals in 2016

We’re operating in a time of punctuated change for animals. It hardly means that we’ve been on a glide path to reform. And it doesn’t mean that we haven’t had setbacks or that we don’t have immense challenges ahead. But what it does mean is that The HSUS’s strategic, focused action, brandishing, and using many . . . 

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Breaking news: Sodexo, Panera Bread announce major reforms for broiler chicken welfare

By on December 21, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 7 Comments
Breaking news: Sodexo, Panera Bread announce major reforms for broiler chicken welfare

We’re building major momentum with our new campaign to improve the lives of broiler chickens, with Panera Bread and Sodexo this week committing to work with U.S. suppliers to implement on-the-farm reforms. These are big, powerful brand names in the food sales world, and they are two very strong companies we’ve worked with on a . . . 

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Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

Major federal policy gains for animals in 2016

Since Donald J. Trump’s electoral college win in the presidential election, there’s been a lot of talk from him and from Republican leaders in Congress about rolling back federal rules and even repealing some existing statutes. If animal protection policies are targeted, we’ll be ready to play defense and fight off attacks on our nation’s . . . 

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In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

In 2016, HSI struck blows to dog meat trade, factory farming, and more

EDITOR’S NOTE: GOOD NEWS! The HSUS and the New York Blood Center have announced an agreement to provide long-term sanctuary for the Liberian chimpanzees. READ THE UPDATE » Just this week, I reported on our progress toward a federal dogfighting ban in Mexico and the shutdown of a major dog meat trading and slaughter hub . . . 

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Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

Defending animals in the courts – key legal gains in 2016

At The HSUS, we don’t work only to pass laws but also to enforce them. And one of the best enforcement tools we have is our cadre of two dozen in-house lawyers who pursue a dizzying array of lawsuits and legal petitions in support of our major campaigns. The HSUS legal team also drafts state . . . 

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Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

Rescues, key U.S. and global campaigns highlight our top videos of the year

The HSUS uses videos as a key instrument in our campaign to tell the story of our human relationships with animals. Nothing tells the story better. Some of these videos chronicle uplifting happenings – animals rescued and then placed in forever homes, or formerly abused animals with their lives entirely turned around and living in . . . 

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Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

Obama actions, SeaWorld, Harambe among most popular blogs of 2016

As part of my 2016 round-up of our accomplishments and activities, today I run through the 10 most popular blogs for the year – the ones that got the most page views (I write about 275 blogs a year, or one each weekday). These include four blogs covering a bill signing or a final rulemaking . . . 

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Remarkable gains for farm animals in 2016

Remarkable gains for farm animals in 2016

Each December, I write a series of blogs running through the big accomplishments of the year for The HSUS, Humane Society International, and other affiliates, by area of focus. Today, I offer the first in this series, covering the blaze of progress for farm animals. When I started as CEO of The HSUS in 2004, . . . 

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