Humane Economy

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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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: New York City bans use of wild animals in circuses

Breaking news: New York City bans use of wild animals in circuses

Following the lead of Los Angeles – which took the same action two months ago – the New York City Council, the lawmaking body for the City of New York’s eight million residents, voted today to ban wild animal acts in circuses (after a one-year phase-in). The New York City Council embraced the policy in . . . 

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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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Online retailer for Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Burberry goes fur-free

Online retailer for Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Burberry goes fur-free

One of the world’s leading online retailers for high fashion has joined the fur-free wagon, building the momentum of our campaign to keep fur off the racks and on the backs of wild animals. This morning, Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP), a popular and expanding presence in the luxury fashion world with revenues of more than $2.1 . . . 

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The attack by the farm lobby on states’ rights

The attack by the farm lobby on states’ rights

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States elected not to hear an appeal by state attorneys general and governors aligned with Big Ag who were seeking to overturn California’s landmark egg sales law that stipulates eggs sold in the state must come from housing systems that do not severely confine laying hens. In practical . . . 

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