Documentary: Farmageddon

Documentary: Farmageddon

Jul 17

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why…

Mark Zuckerberg: Why He’s Killing The Meat He Eats

Mark Zuckerberg: Why He’s Killing The Meat He Eats

May 26

“This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals. I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from…”

Hidden Cameras Expose Farm Animal Abuse

Hidden Cameras Expose Farm Animal Abuse

May 06

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation provides a horrifying look into E6 Cattle Co. in Hart, Texas. E6 Cattle rears calves for use on dairy farms, confining approximately 10,000 calves and subjecting them to lives of prolonged neglect and misery. For over two weeks in March of 2011, an MFA undercover investigator documented the operation’s deplorable conditions and brutal mistreatment of animals…

Movie: ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Movie: ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Apr 16

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is set in present day San Francisco. The film is a reality-based cautionary tale where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. The film is a prequel/reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise which takes place in present day with a science fact-like take on how animal testing leads to the end of the human race, and yes, the rise of the apes…

UN Document Would Give ‘Mother Earth’ Same Rights As Humans

UN Document Would Give ‘Mother Earth’ Same Rights As Humans

Apr 12

Bolivia will present a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country. The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to “dominate and exploit” — to the point that the “well-being and existence of many beings” is now threatened. The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January. That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution…

Genetically Modified Cows Produce ‘Human’ Milk

Genetically Modified Cows Produce ‘Human’ Milk

Apr 03

Scientists have created genetically modified cattle that produce “human” milk in a bid to make cows’ milk more nutritious. The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk…

UN Report: Humans Must Change Behaviour To Save Bees, Food

UN Report: Humans Must Change Behaviour To Save Bees, Food

Mar 10

The potentially disastrous decline in bees, a vital pollinating element in food production for the growing global population, is likely to continue unless humans profoundly change their ways, from the use of insecticides to air pollution, according to a United Nations report released today. “The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said. “The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.”

Temple Grandin, Claire Danes & HBO’s Movie

Temple Grandin, Claire Danes & HBO’s Movie

Jan 06

This post includes lots of information about Temple Grandin and the 2010 HBO movie that starred Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses. The film debuted on HBO on February 6, 2010 and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Temple Grandin was nominated for fifteen Emmy Awards and won seven, including the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie…

Humane Society Claims Abuse At Smithfield Foods Farm

Humane Society Claims Abuse At Smithfield Foods Farm

Dec 16

The Humane Society of the United States on Wednesday released a video showing pregnant pigs cramped in stalls and workers prodding or tossing pigs at a farm owned by a Smithfield Foods Inc. subsidiary in Waverly…

Ric O’Barry Update On ‘The Cove’ – Save Japan Dolphins

Ric O’Barry Update On ‘The Cove’ – Save Japan Dolphins

Dec 06

Ric O’Barry update: “We opened ‘The Cove’ in Japan despite intense opposition, and received unprecedented coverage of the issue. Before ‘The Cove’ came out, I was beating down the doors of media in Japan begging them to cover the story. After ‘The Cove,’ they met me at the airport and followed us to almost every location. Our press conference was attended by over 100 media representatives, including every major broadcast outlet. We still have a lot of work to do, but the secret is now out!”…

Revised Map Charts Unprecedented Growth In Factory Farming

Revised Map Charts Unprecedented Growth In Factory Farming

Dec 05

Food & Water Watch today unveiled the newest version of its pioneering Factory Farm Map that charts the concentration of factory farms across the country and the impacts these massive operations have on human health, communities, and the environment. The interactive map illustrates the geographic shift in where and how food is raised in the U.S. and allows anyone to quickly search for the highest concentration of animals by region, state and county. Food & Water Watch analyzed U.S. Department of Agriculture Census data from 1997, 2002 and the most current census, 2007, for beef and dairy cattle, hogs, broiler meat chickens and egg-laying operations, and found the total number of livestock on the largest factory farms rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2007 — while the number of dairy cows and broiler chickens nearly doubled during the same time, making them the fastest-growing population of factory farmed animals…

News: Sign This Pledge: Be More Humane To Hens; Help End Factory Farming

News: Sign This Pledge: Be More Humane To Hens; Help End Factory Farming

Sep 01

One of the easiest ways you can help farm animals and reduce your risk of Salmonella is simply to avoid eating eggs from hens crammed into cages. With less space than a sheet of paper on which to spend her life, each one of the nearly 280 million caged hens in this country can’t even spread her wings. While more than half a billion eggs have recently been recalled in the U.S. due to Salmonella...

News: Filthy Conditions At Egg Farms Driving Cage-Free Movement

News: Filthy Conditions At Egg Farms Driving Cage-Free Movement

Sep 01

Recent findings of piles of manure, rodents, and other unsanitary conditions on the Iowa farms linked to the massive salmonella-tainted egg recall are “disgusting,” but not surprising to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The conditions on farms owned by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms Inc. mirror those found on four other Iowa egg producing farms during a Humane Society investigation earlier this year.

“The findings are shocking and disgusting, but unfortunately they are the same as we’ve documented repeatedly, and as recently as February and March of this year,” Dr. Michael Greger, the HSUS’s director of public health and animal agriculture told ConsumerAffairs.com. “This is an industry-wide problem. These practices are the same as we found in our investigations in Iowa…and in other investigations across the country…