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Beyond amazing news about Beyond Meat

By on October 11, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 8 Comments
Beyond amazing news about Beyond Meat

In what may be one of the most surprising investment announcements of any type — a man-bites-dog scenario in the business world — Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat companies, has now become a significant investor in Beyond Meat (The HSUS has made investments in the company, too). The plant-based-meat company recently launched . . . 

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SeaWorld sees food in a new light

By on September 29, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
SeaWorld sees food in a new light

When I announced with SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby in March that the theme park would stop breeding orcas at all of its operations, I emphasized that the pledge was just one element of a bigger set of commitments from the company on animal welfare. (Last month, California codified a ban on orca breeding in the . . . 

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The Compass is set for cage-free

By on September 15, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment
The Compass is set for cage-free

Today, Compass Group, the world’s largest food service provider, announced it will switch all the eggs it uses – both liquid and shell – to cage-free for all of its global operations in 50 countries. The announcement will move millions of hens out of battery cages and into cage-free environments, and it’s the latest big . . . 

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California leads again for animals — by banning bullhooks, orca breeding

California leads again for animals — by banning bullhooks, orca breeding

California Governor Jerry Brown is poised to sign a budget bill this week, and tucked within it is a provision to bar any breeding of captive orcas in California – making the state the first to forbid this practice. SeaWorld supports this new policy, as a logical follow up to the publicly announced reform package . . . 

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Oprah says ‘yes’ to Meatless Mondays

By on August 23, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 24 Comments
Oprah says ‘yes’ to Meatless Mondays

Arguably, no other animal advocate has the platform, the followers, and the influence of Oprah Winfrey. I was on her widely syndicated talk show years ago to speak on puppy mills and then again about Proposition 2 in California. But this past Sunday, it was a special privilege to appear on “Super Soul Sunday” to . . . 

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Breaking news: No spearing, says Under Armour—but an underwhelming response on trophy hunting

Breaking news: No spearing, says Under Armour—but an underwhelming response on trophy hunting

“Under Armour and the Bowmars broke up today,” Sarah Bowmar declared in a tweet yesterday. “I’ll do a blog post in a few days when I am no longer crying. #AntisWon.” Yes, that’s Sarah Bowmar, who shot a black bear with a crossbow this spring in Alberta the day before her husband Josh impaled a . . . 

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Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

Breaking news: Fur flies with new HSUS exposé of retailers selling real fur as fake

In the largest request for action we’ve ever submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), The HSUS has asked the FTC to enforce federal consumer protection laws against 17 retailers—including Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Kohl’s, and Nordstrom—for selling falsely advertised or labeled animal fur garments or accessories. The petition encompasses 37 items of wearing apparel and . . . 

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Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

By on August 8, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 1 Comment
Major newspapers report industrial confinement of hens, pigs may be doomed

Yesterday, on its front page, the Washington Post’s Karin Brulliard reported on the animal protection movement’s running the table with major American food retailers on the issue of cage confinement of hens. They are all converting to cage-free, as I’ve written about numerous times in the blog and also in detail in The Humane Economy. . . . 

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McDonald’s and the quiet revolution in food and agriculture

By on August 2, 2016 in Farm Animals, Humane Economy with 3 Comments
McDonald’s and the quiet revolution in food and agriculture

Today, McDonald’s ran full-page print advertisements in major newspapers to announce that its outlets are now selling chicken free of medically important antibiotics, an important gain for public health. A number of major chicken producers responded to McDonald’s decision and have pledged to phase out antibiotics in their production plans. In the advertisement, the fast-food . . . 

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Loss of mammals throughout the world a crisis of our own making

Loss of mammals throughout the world a crisis of our own making

Approximately 59 percent of the world’s biggest mammalian carnivore species—from wolves to tigers to lions— and 60 percent of the largest herbivores, are now listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species as threatened with extinction, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. That information is at the core of . . . 

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