Yet another huge meat purchaser, McDonald’s, has made the commitment to end the use of gestation crates for pigs. While this won’t fully take effect until 2022 (10 years away!) at least it is a step in the right direction. In many news articles Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane [...]
On Wednesday, Burger King pledged that it is committing to using only cage-free chickens and pigs in its restaurants. This new policy will be phased in over time and will fully be in effect by 2017. They will be the first U.S. fast-food chain to make such a promise. Burger King uses hundreds of millions [...]
Farmers and ranchers will for the first time need a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics in farm animals, in hopes that more judicious use of the drugs will reduce the tens of thousands of human deaths that result each year from the drugs’ overuse… Continue reading the NY Times article…
What is Ag-Gag? It’s “any bill or law that punishes those who expose abusive conditions on factory farms.” Or “the act of silencing opposition to the abuse of farmed animals.” Read more at ag-gag.org and sign the petition to help expose conditions in factory farms!
Another reason to avoid factory “farms”. Great article by NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof: Let’s hope you’re not reading this column while munching on a chicken sandwich. That’s because my topic today is a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, [...]
An unlikely duo, the president Humane Society of the United States and the president of the United Egg Producers, have joined together to lobby congress. They’re fighting to require that farmers provide their chickens with larger cages – twice as big, in fact. Provisions have been added for perches and “nest boxes” for egg laying [...]