Humane Economy

Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

Organic standards under attack in the field and in Washington, D.C.

The “organic” market is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the food industry – generating more than $40 billion in sales last year alone. But increasingly, consumers want to know that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program has integrity and meaning and that producers invoking the federal government’s label are honoring the standards. . . . 

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Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

Subway, Ruby Tuesday embrace reform for chickens raised for meat

Last week, the fast-food giant Subway announced a comprehensive plan to require that its chicken suppliers enhance the way they treat animals. Subway is the world’s largest restaurant chain, with more than 25,000 locations in the United States alone. Our Nine Billion Lives campaign to improve the welfare of chickens got even more wind in . . . 

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Animal factories exact enormous toll on local communities, taxpayers, and animals

Animal factories exact enormous toll on local communities, taxpayers, and animals

Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nullified a Bush-era regulation that gave something of a free pass to factory farms that pollute the air and water. The regulation wrongly exempted factory farms from any obligation to report releases of toxic air emissions, including ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, which can cause so many problems . . . 

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10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

10,000 dog adoptions, through HSUS pet stores conversion program

This week, the HSUS Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores conversion program surpassed a milestone: participating pet stores have adopted out more than 10,000 shelter and rescue dogs since we started the effort. After launching this campaign in 2013, we’ve worked with 20 pet stores across the country to stop selling puppy mill dogs and to make homeless . . . 

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Putting the campaign to help broiler chickens on the front burner

Putting the campaign to help broiler chickens on the front burner

Last summer, I reported on the launch of one of The HSUS’s biggest and most important campaigns in its 63-year history: an effort to improve conditions for the nine billion chickens we raise and slaughter for food each year in this country. These birds — called broilers — represent nine out of every 10 animals . . . 

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Ag trade groups bilk farmers out of tens of millions through diversion of check-off dollars

Ag trade groups bilk farmers out of tens of millions through diversion of check-off dollars

Two pair of ideological opposites introduced bills in the U.S. House and Senate yesterday – Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., in the Senate, and Dave Brat, R-Va., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., in the House — to reform a series of federal government programs that have too often taken on the character of a . . . 

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Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

As readers of this blog will know and lament, bears and wolves are the latest victims of the anti-regulatory fervor infecting Congress. Last week, in a party-line vote, every Senate Republican voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution rescinding a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that banned a host of inhumane . . . 

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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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