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 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A New York federal court has ruled that the FDA cannot delay its regulatory proceedings on determining the safety of antibiotics including penicillin and tetracyclines routinely used in industrial farming livestock animal feed.
Read More:FDA Must Speed its Process on Antibiotic Safety in Factory Farms, Court Rules
April 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
After filing a lawsuit last year aimed at forcing action over excessive antibiotic use in livestock production, the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) has called the agency’s recommendations an “ineffective response” for dealing with the alarming rise in antibiotic resistance, according to a statement released by the non-profit organization.
Read More:Outrage Flies Over FDA ‘Guidelines’ to Control Antibiotic Resistance
March 23rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
With more than 80 percent of the nation’s antibiotic supply now going into feed for animals raised as food, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rapidly threatening human health, and it’s an issue that can no longer be ignored by the FDA, ruled a federal court judge earlier today.
Read More:Federal Court Rules FDA Must Investigate Antibiotic Overuse in Livestock
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?
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
September 8th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
While many cultures, particularly in the developing world, rely on insects as a large part of their diets, the very thought can incite a nose-up-turning reaction from Westerners—bug eating is ratings boost fodder for gross-out reality show television, but not dinner at a five star restaurant. But, the European Union aims to change that with a push towards entomophagy, the scientific name for eating insects.
Read More:Europe Spending Millions to Get You to Eat Bug Burgers
July 10th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Pasture-raised livestock naysayers may want to have a look at the findings of a recent USDA study on the effects cows raised in a more natural setting have on the health of the environment.
Read More:USDA Study Says Factory Farms Are Worse for the Environment than Pasture-Raised
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