Kraft Heinz makes big pledge for chickens, McDonald’s not so much

Last month, the National Chicken Council – the trade association for the broiler bird industry – actually petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lift all line speed restrictions for poultry slaughter. Photo by Erin Van Voorhies

Today, the Kraft Heinz Company — the fifth-largest food company in the world—pledged to abide by a series of welfare reforms for chickens raised for meat. The company joins dozens of other big-brand-name retailers that have made similar pledges since The HSUS launched its Nine Billion Lives campaign and other major animal welfare groups joined . . . 

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Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

A federal appeals court today upheld Chicago’s law requiring pet stores that sell dogs, cats, and rabbits to obtain them from an animal shelter or rescue only. Photo by iStockphoto

In an important ruling for dogs and for the legal principle that states and local governments have a critical role in protecting animals from cruelty and mistreatment, a federal appeals court today upheld Chicago’s law requiring pet stores that sell dogs, cats, and rabbits to obtain them from an animal shelter or rescue only. In . . . 

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Court reinstates California law banning foie gras, affirms states’ rights

California had made it clear that the cruelty of foie gras is just too extreme to swallow, and the court affirmed California’s right to ban such abuse. Photo by Stopforcefeeding.com

In a major ruling with significant implications for the principle of the right of states to crack down on animal cruelty in agriculture, a unanimous panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated California’s law banning the sale of foie gras. California had made it clear that the cruelty of foie . . . 

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Fighting factory farming from Indiana to Indonesia

HSI organizes corporate roundtables that bring together food companies and egg and pig producers in different regions, creating a platform for companies to share ideas and leverage their collective influence to improve farm animal welfare. Photo by Getty Images

We’ve taken on factory farming in the United States with decisive results, using a multi-channel approach that includes public education, ballot initiatives, undercover investigations, corporate reform, meat reduction campaigns, and cooperation with farmers and ranchers on our agriculture councils. Humane Society International (HSI) is carrying out a similarly intense and high-impact campaign across the world. . . . 

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The HSUS unites with family farmers and food retailers to drive positive reforms in animal agriculture

The National Pork Producers Council and other players in Big Ag are frightened by the idea of animal advocates and thousands of American farmers uniting to call for agricultural practices that make more sense for animals and for rural communities. Photo by iStockphoto

Since a dozen or so hoofed mammals and the red jungle fowl were domesticated for use in agriculture starting 10,000 years ago, humanity has put animals ever more squarely at the center of the human experience. By conscripting other species for meat, eggs, labor, and other purposes, ancient civilizations assumed duties and responsibilities to animals, . . . 

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Farm Bill should ban eating dogs and horses, along with instituting other key animal welfare reforms

This year’s Farm Bill presents an opportunity for Congress to pass several animal protection bills, two of which — the PAST Act and the SAFE Act — would take great strides to improve the lives of horses. Photo by Ashlei Martin/Black Beauty Ranch

Americans shouldn’t butcher dogs or horses, or enable the activity, and then sell the meat for human consumption, and Congress can make that the law of the land as it pieces together the far-flung provisions of the Farm Bill in the coming months. Our thriving agricultural sector is successful enough that we as a nation . . . 

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XOXO to Sodexo, Darden, and others for hitting their marks on animal welfare commitments

There has been an industry-wide shift towards cage-free purchasing practices resulting in large food service companies — like Sodexo and Darden — meeting animal welfare commitment goals well ahead of schedule. Today we celebrate these positive changes while still recognizing that there is still much work to be done to improve animal welfare conditions in industrial agriculture. Photo by David Paul Morris/For The HSUS

In 2015, Sodexo—one of the world’s largest food service companies—worked with The HSUS to announce that it would eliminate cage confinement of chickens from its egg supply by switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. The company was an early mover in an industry-wide shift toward cage-free purchasing practices. But because conventional cage production came to . . . 

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California dairy cows perish, while the state’s almond growers see opportunities for disrupted milk market

It was the dairy industry’s own inattention to good animal husbandry that annually produced tens of thousands of downer cows – animals too sick or injured or battered to walk, and dragged into slaughterhouses to make ground beef.
Photo by Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Last week, a heat wave, in tandem with a lack of adequate housing and other safeguards for the animals, resulted in thousands of dairy cows perishing in the punishing heat of California’s Central Valley. It’s one of the worst weather-related incidents to strike dairy herds in recent memory, and rendering plants in California are so . . . 

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Combating climate change by thinking about diet

Thanks to our training program for food service professionals, more than 350 K-12 schools, universities, hospitals and even military bases have launched plant-forward menus. Photo by Kristie Middleton/The HSUS

There have been plenty of headlines about the United States pulling away from the Paris agreement on climate change. But even among individuals, institutions, and nations deeply committed to the cause of minimizing the human impact on climate, there is still too little attention to the role of agriculture. Despite being one of the biggest . . . 

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Trump’s agriculture team threatens to kill first-ever federal animal welfare standards for farm animals

The organics rule would require animals to have year-around access to the outdoors, and would stipulate that the indoor space is sufficiently large to allow the animals to stand up and stretch their limbs.

The organics rule would require animals to have year-around access to the outdoors, and would stipulate that the indoor space is sufficiently large to allow the animals to stand up and stretch their limbs. Photo by Zach Dobson/The HSUS

First, on January 23rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) froze an anti-horse-soring rule, years in the works and with massive bipartisan support in Congress. Then, just days later, the agency, without warning, took down thousands of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and Horse Protection Act violations from a searchable website. Third, the USDA placed . . . 

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