April 20th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Award-winning country music superstar Carrie Underwood has voiced her opposition to Tennessee’s “ag-gag” bill, which, if approved by Governor Bill Haslam, will make it the seventh state to adopt the measure.
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March 1st, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The health and wellbeing of livestock and industrial farm animals is being largely overlooked by the world’s leading food companies, according to a “ground-breaking” report released by UK-based Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare.
Read More:Failed Animal Welfare Widespread in Food Industry, Cites New Report
March 3rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
As the number of businesses demanding more ethical treatment of animals raised for food continues to increase, it’s no surprise that questions about animal consciousness and the rights that should come along with the acknowledgment of not only their ability to feel pain, but also their experiences of self-awareness, are percolating in a number of communities.
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February 22nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Laboratory grown meat has been in the works for several years inciting both harsh criticism and applause for its sci-fi futuresque strangeness. And now, the first actual edible in-vitro burger is going to be eaten, and fetching an impressive selling price of $330,000.
Read More:2012: The Year of the First Test Tube Hamburger (If You Have $330,000, That Is)
December 19th, 2011 - Erin Shaw
A new report from the Institute for Medicine calls for the retirement of most, but not all, of the 600 chimpanzee test subjects held by the National Institute for Health. NIH asked The Institute for Medicine for advice last December after NIH ordered a group of retired chimpanzees back into active research, sparking widespread protest.
Read More:Most Biomedical Research Chimps Can Retire, Panel Finds
September 13th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Eating meat grown in labs rather than from the carcass of a once living cow, pig or chicken is inching closer to reality every day as scientists have agreed to some key positions concerning issues surrounding cultured meat production.
Read More:McLab Burgers Coming Soon? New Advances in Lab-Grown Meat Technology Say Yes
April 7th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
A Florida bill passed late last month making any photos obtained from illegal entry to a factory farm a misdemeanor crime. The proposed felony targeted trespassers, typically animal rights advocates capturing abusive and neglectful conditions, but the Florida Senate Committee downgraded the violation.
Read More:Secretive Factory Farms Push for Felony Penalties of Investigators
January 16th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
USDA Photo: Ken Hammond
Mark your calendar so you can shop at your local Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, Jan. 24, when the company will donate 5% of its total global sales to the Animal Compassion Foundation.
“The quest for cheap food in our society has created an industrialized model of meat production in which animals are bred and raised in conditions focused on efficiency rather than on the basic needs of the animal,” says Whole Foods CEO and cofounder John Mackey. “As another important milestone on our path to being a responsible tenant of the planet, Whole Foods Market created the Animal Compassion Foundation to act as a forum in which meat producers can learn, share and be inspired to ensure animal welfare as a top priority.”
Whole Foods Market has set strict requirements for food safety and high standards for animal welfare in its Natural Meat Program. Last year’s launch of the Animal Compassion Foundation parallels the development of the company’s next generation of meat standards: the Animal Compassionate Standards, which will require farm environments to provide enhanced support of animals’ physical, emotional and behavioral needs. In the future, as specific standards for each species are completed and labeling logistics are finalized, producers who successfully meet the standards will be able to label their products with a distinct designation.
“The foundation was created to help producers make the transition to these higher levels of animal welfare that we are encouraging producers throughout the world to achieve,” Mackey says. “Over the long run, with access to the information available through the Animal Compassion Foundation, we hope more producers will see the intrinsic merits of raising animals in a compassionate manner and will be inspired to follow this lead.”
The foundation focuses on four primary areas:
- Searching the globe for ideas and innovations from ranchers and farmers who are raising their farm animals compassionately
- Creating a worldwide network of animal-compassionate producers to share knowledge and improve practices
- Collecting knowledge of compassionate husbandry methods in an online library to assist interested producers in successfully adopting these techniques
- Providing research money to producers for on-farm research and animal scientists to seek solutions to current husbandry issues
Read More:Shop at Whole Foods Market on Jan. 24