Humane Economy

Can the humane economy continue to advance in our challenging times?

Can the humane economy continue to advance in our challenging times?

It’s fitting, it seems, that on the launch day of the paperback version of The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals in bookstores, Burger King and Tim Horton’s announced new policies concerning the welfare of chickens raised in meat production. These major food retailers are announcing new space . . . 

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My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

By on March 1, 2017 in Humane Economy with 6 Comments
My interview with conservative thought leader Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute

On this blog, I write about urgent battles for animals, answer the critics and adversaries of animal protection, and comment on trends and major news in the world of animal protection. But I also see this as a platform for big thinkers who associate themselves with animal protection and the values that undergird it. On . . . 

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Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

By on January 23, 2017 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 6 Comments
Unilever delivers on cage-free pledge three years ahead of schedule

Today, Unilever – one of the world’s largest food conglomerates – announced that it has fulfilled its pledge to go exclusively cage-free for eggs in all Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise products, three years ahead of schedule. The acceleration of its previously-stated cage-free timeline – which translates into more than a million birds a year . . . 

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Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

Ringling announcement an indicator of broader shift toward animal protection

It was the second thunderbolt from Ringling Bros. in the span of two years – a little more than a flash of time in the company’s 146-year history, but as dramatic and sensational as one could imagine. On Saturday night, during a long holiday weekend when people aren’t paying as much attention to the news . . . 

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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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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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Breaking news: World’s largest food service companies make historic animal welfare announcement

By on November 3, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Breaking news: World’s largest food service companies make historic animal welfare announcement

Compass Group and Aramark—two of the top three largest food service companies, which run dining operations at thousands of colleges, universities, hospitals, and stadiums nationwide—have made trailblazing animal welfare announcements today. Specifically, they’re addressing the four key concerns for chickens in the meat industry: Transitioning to healthier strains of birds that measurably improve welfare issues . . . 

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Innovation to solve one of the worst animal cruelty practices

By on November 1, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 5 Comments
Innovation to solve one of the worst animal cruelty practices

There’s been an ugly, long-hidden secret in the egg business: half of all the chicks born into the industry are killed immediately after hatching, often by throwing the live animals into shredders. It’s a horrifying thought and practice, but it’s been routine for decades. It’s driven by harsh utility. Because the male chicks don’t lay . . . 

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Breaking news: Taiwan votes to end cosmetics animal testing

Breaking news: Taiwan votes to end cosmetics animal testing

Taiwan has become the second major market in Southeast Asia to take a stand against cosmetics cruelty with a vote last week to ban animal testing in the beauty industry. With this new policy, more than 1.7 billion consumers in 34 global markets have directly felt the effects of Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign. The . . . 

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TripAdvisor says ‘no’ to animal exploitation

TripAdvisor says ‘no’ to animal exploitation

We vote for or against cruelty with our dollars, and that includes travel spending. So it was with great excitement that we learned that TripAdvisor, an online travel company that guides millions of tourist decisions, has launched a “no touching of wild animals” policy, whereby it will no longer sell tickets to attractions where travelers . . . 

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