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Tyson Foods Announces Animal Treatment Audit

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Tyson Foods Announces Animal Treatment Audit

Last week Tyson announced their new Tyson FarmCheck™ Program – an animal treatment audit of suppliers’ farms.  Although Tyson denies a direct link between this new program and pressure from animal rights groups, there is undoubtedly a connection.  Although Tyson’s standards are still not stellar – they allow the use of gestation crates, for example […]

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McDonald’s to End Gestation Crate Use

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McDonald's to End Gestation Crate Use

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 […]

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Consumer Perceptions of Farm Animal Welfare

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Consumer Perceptions of Farm Animal Welfare

A recent report by the Animal Welfare Institute found that, “American consumers are increasingly aware of, and concerned about, how animals raised for food are treated.” The report details consumer attitudes toward farm animal welfare and finds that: Americans care about how farm animals are raised and theysupport regulating farm animal care “Humanely raised” is […]

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Wolfgang Puck, Animal Lover

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Wolfgang Puck, Animal Lover

Did you know that Wolfgang Puck has pledged to use only humanely treated animals in his restaurants? His definition may differ from yours, but FARMetarian loves to hear when businesses take a step in the right direction. So what does Wolfgang mean by “humanely treated”? Here’s what he pledges: Only serve eggs from cage-free hens. […]

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Graham Hill: Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian

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Graham Hill: Why I'm a Weekday Vegetarian

We at FARMetarian.com applaud Graham Hill for taking steps to change his life and the world – for the better. Transcript: About a year ago, I asked myself a question: “Knowing what I know, why am I not a vegetarian?” After all, I’m one of the green guys: I grew up with hippie parents in […]

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Stop Ag-Gag!

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Stop Ag-Gag!

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!  

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Arsenic in Our Chicken?

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Arsenic in Our Chicken?

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, […]

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Conscientious Eater

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Conscientious Eater

Great article from an Alaskan student!  View original: http://peninsulaclarion.com/community/schools/2012-03-26/conscientious-eater-know-your-meat-etarian Conscientious eater: know-your-meat-etarian Verbatim Posted: March 26, 2012 – 9:25am By Heather Morton My bologna has a first name, it’s m-o-o-s-e. My bologna has a second name, it’s c-a-r-i-b-o-u. I love meat. The smell of it makes my mouth water and I find it uniquely satisfying. Yet, […]

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Unlikely Duo Lobby Congress

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Unlikely Duo Lobby Congress

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 […]