April 6th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Two national nonprofits, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Compassion Over Killing, have filed a complaint in a federal district court in Oakland, Calif. against the FDA, USDA, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Agriculture Marketing Service, and the FTC for failing to regulate animal welfare labeling claims common on egg cartons.
Read More:Deceptive Egg Carton Labeling Lands FDA, USDA and FTC in Federal Court
August 1st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A four-month long investigation by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals documented serious cruelty and neglect of pigs at one of Wal-Mart’s biggest pork suppliers.
Read More:Wal-Mart Under Fire for ‘Horrific’ Animal Cruelty
March 2nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Iowa Legislature approved a bill last week making it the first state to criminalize clandestine or undercover activity used to collect footage of animal abuse occurring on factory farms. The decision has led to an outcry of concern from animal welfare groups, some of which have successfully aided in the criminal prosecution of abusers caught on tape acquired covertly.
Read More:Iowa Makes It Illegal to Videotape Illegal Animal Abuse… Really?
May 12th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Efforts by Florida’s secretive animal agriculture industry seeking to make it a criminal act for any individual or animal protection groups to obtain photos or videos of animal cruelty inside Florida factory farms or slaughterhouses were shot down earlier this week.
Read More:Florida’s ‘Ag Gag’ Bill Rejected, Animal Abuse Caught on Tape Not A Crime
April 22nd, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Earlier this week, the animal protection organization, Mercy For Animals, released undercover video footage of serious animal abuse at a Texas factory farm.
Read More:Texas Factory Farm Workers Caught on Video Beating Calves with Pickaxes
November 25th, 2010 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Big factory farms mean big fat problems, just look at the recent Cal-Maine egg recall; 24,000 dozen eggs possibly contaminated with salmonella and now an undercover video showing rampant health violations and animal abuse.
Clearly we need to regulate giant food producers in the United States, but, we also need to protect smaller farms that go about their business without violation and supply their community with fresh local food.
So after much consternation and bickering, the new food safety bill approved by the Senate will have provisions to exempt small farms from costly regulations that could put them out of business.
Read More:New Food Safety Bill to Exempt Small Farms