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Undercover investigation exposes cruel treatment of veal calves

January 27th, 2014

Another undercover investigation exposing cruelty toward animals bound for slaughter has surfaced, resulting in calls to close a loophole in the law to better protect veal calves.

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Animal rights advocate Peter Singer explains how inhumane factory farming exacerbates poverty and climate change

November 21st, 2013

Animal rights advocate Peter Singer says shifting our diet away from meat could relieve human, as well as animal suffering. Speaking at UT-Dallas last week, he showed how factory farming and our inability to effectively fight world hunger are entwined.

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Woody Harrelson asks, ‘Do we need to wear fur?’

February 11th, 2013

Sometimes less is more. This video with Woody Harrelson spares the usual bloody images and hyperbole, and ends up making a powerful statement against wearing fur. Just keep your eyes on the fox.

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Rescued circus lions released into Colorado refuge

July 7th, 2011

When parents take their kid to the circus to see baby elephants riding bicycles and doing handstands, neither junior nor his parents probably realize that these tricks are the result of grueling training sessions most people would consider animal cruelty. The decorated creatures jumping through rings aren’t trained, as Ringling Brothers maintains, through a system of “positive reinforcement” but through one of punishment and confinement, using chains and muzzles and prods. Investigations by PETA paint a very clear and unpleasant picture – one that finally, last year, prompted Bolivia to become the first South American country to ban the use of animals in circuses.

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Egg recall is a warning about hyper-industrialized agriculture

September 2nd, 2010

Fedele Bauccio

Like many of you, I am shocked by the recent recall of over half a billion eggs. However, what is so stunning to me is not the sheer magnitude of the recall. Rather, I’m shocked that this is the first offense perpetrated by the egg industry large enough to trigger America’s outrage regarding food safety. Our egg industry is an emblem of industrialized animal agribusiness — a system that jeopardizes the health of American consumers each and every day, institutionally abuses animals, and pollutes our seas and waterways.

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that each year, 142,000 Americans are sickened by egg-borne Salmonella. Tragically, Salmonella is the top cause of food-poisoning related deaths in the United States. The conditions that created this widespread contamination are hardly an aberration — they are typical of an industry in dire need of reform. The facilities where the eggs originated are both factories (I won’t call them farms) that confine millions of hens in cages smaller than a sheet of paper. Every one of the recalled eggs comes from a caged hen. Nearly 280 million hens are confined in cages across the country.

I have seen industrialized egg factories firsthand as part of my work with the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. These operations are literally nauseating: Airborne fecal dust chokes the air, facilitating the spread of Salmonella among birds packed beak-to-beak. Massive stacks of tiny cages line the dim walls, and thousands of thin white birds shudder in the darkness. They strain to turn around and spread unused wings in impossibly small cages, scratching haplessly at the thin wires under their feet.

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