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All beloved farm animals, from cows and pigs and goats, to horses and chickens. Plus, news on ending factory farming cruelty.

No Such Thing As Better Beef

(FACTORY FARMING) Eating completely sustainable meat doesn't seem possible. Factory farming is undoubtedly destroying the environment, slaughtering unprecedented amounts of animals, and putting humans at risk of deadly diseases like E. coli and salmonella. However, sustainable farms have their own set of problems. Is this alternative better for the animals? Or is sustainable meat just easier to swallow? — Global Animal

The Truth Behind “Humane” Food

(HUMANE EATING/ANIMAL WELFARE) What does Certified Humane really mean? Organic? Free range? What's the difference between these and how do they affect us? We've compiled the ultimate list with all of the answers to what humane labeling really means and the animals behind the labels. — Global Animal

Equine Obesity: Common Health Risks For Husky Horses

(HORSES/ANIMAL CARE) Equine obesity is a common problem among leisure horses that is often overlooked by caretakers. Obese horses, however, face many of the same dangers as overweight people. Read on to find out the risks of caring for a husky horse. — Global Animal

Should Food Have A Personality?

(FARM ANIMALS/ANIMAL SANCTUARY) An estimated 58 billion animals are slaughtered for food annually worldwide. A very small number of those neglected and abused animals are rescued by Farm Sanctuary, an organization that gives these intelligent animals an opportunity to live out the rest of their lives with their friends and family. Read on to learn how Nikki the pig, one of the residents at the sanctuary, helped humans understand the unique personalities of animals, and check out Farm Sanctuary's website to learn what you can do to help farm animals. — Global Animal

Barn Buds: Meet American Pharoah & His Sidekick Smokey

(ANIMAL FRIENDS/HORSES) After winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah is now the most famous horse in America. However, few know about his 6-year-old pony friend named Smokey, who serves as the thoroughbred's companion, calming the horse's nerves as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in over three decades. In fact, companion ponies, or barn ponies, like Smokey are not uncommon in the horse racing world. But sometimes other species are just as effective at soothing nervy thoroughbreds. Take, for instance, Charlie the pig, who comforts a Belmont thoroughbred named Strong Impact, or Fudgie, a goat who comforts a number of horses in a nearby barn. Continue reading below for more on how these unlikely pairs became best buds. -- Global Animal

The Beauty In Growing Old (GALLERY)

(PETS/FARM ANIMALS/ANIMAL PICTURES) After spending a year caring for her mother who suffers from dementia, photographer Isa Leshko decided to confront her own mortality and fears of old age by photographing elderly animals. Leshko's pictures are reminders of the dignity and beauty that accompany growing old. The humbling photographs inspire empathy towards farm animals who, as the artist explains, rarely get a chance at a "full natural lifespan" and typically "experience brutality and death early in their lives." Take a look at Leshko's compilation in the gallery below and read on to learn more about her project. — Global Animal

No Hoof, No Horse: 5 Tips For Caring For Your Horse’s Hooves

(HORSES/FARM ANIMAL CARE) Among equestrians there is an old saying, "no foot, no horse." The phrase reminds us that we must always take exceptional care of our horse's hooves. Whether you are reading this article from the sunny oasis of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) or snowed in at your farm, the following can help you maintain your horse's hooves. -- Global Animal

Saddle Up For Winter With These Horse Feeding Tips

(FARM ANIMAL CARE/HORSES) Sharing your life with a horse can be a very fulfilling experience, but winter can be a rough time for horses and their handlers. Feeding can be challenging and the snow and cold can cause some horses to lose condition. To ensure your horse lives a long, happy life, it's important to keep yourself updated on horse care information and basic guidelines. The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) has provided the following tips for making life easier for you and your horse during the frigid winter months. -- Global Animal
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PETA’s Persuasion Saves Pigs’ Lives

(ANIMAL RESCUE/PIGS/FARM ANIMAL CRUELTY) PETA fieldworkers stumbled upon a horrific site the other week in North Carolina: a mother pig and her seven young piglets living in a hideous pen with no shelter to protect them from the blistering North Carolina sun. — Global Animal

Steven Tyler Screams Against Farm Animal Abuse

(CELEBRITY NEWS/FACTORY FARMING) MASSACHUSETTS — Steven Tyler, lead singer of the band Aerosmith, is calling for a ban on the inhumane confinement of farm animals in gestation crates. Many farm animals used for food purposes, such as pigs and veal calves, are forced to live in these tiny and debilitating crates until they are slaughtered. But according to Bill S.2232, animals used for food will no longer be held captive in extreme confinement. — Global Animal
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A Horse Of A Different Color? Scottish Pony Evicted From Home

(HORSES/ANIMAL WELFARE) UNITED KINGDOM — Grey Lady Too, a four-year-old dapple grey, has been living in her caretaker's home on Isle of Lewis since 2011 following a dispute over grazing area. Her guardian Stephanie Noble moved Grey Lady Too into her home "for her own safety." A Western Isles animal welfare council recently removed the pony from the property to prevent suffering of the animal due to hazardous conditions, as well as Noble's inability to properly alter her house. — Global Animal

The Cows Come Home: Neglected Cows Finally Find Sanctuary

(FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY/COWS) Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch recently welcomed five cows to its facility in Murchison, Texas. Before arriving at the sanctuary, the cows were confiscated by animal control and a law enforcement agency in their hometown of Palm Beach County, Florida. Operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch is the largest animal sanctuary for formerly abused, neglected, and abandoned animals. — Global Animal

Movie Review: How “Turlock” Rescue Chickens Flew The Coop

(MOVIE REVIEW/FARM) A powerful new film, Turlock: The Documentary covers the large-scale rescue of chickens at a factory farm in Turlock, California. When the factory farm shut down, 50,000 chickens were left without food or water. After being starved and neglected for over two weeks, the chickens were rescued by Animal Place, a nearby farm sanctuary. The film details the efforts of the workers and volunteers of Animal Place in their attempt to save as many lives as they could from the farm. Thanks to their hard work, they were able to save 4,500 birds. — Global Animal

“The Vampire Diaries” Star Stands Up For Pregnant Pigs

(CELEBRITIES/ANIMAL WELFARE) The fangs come out for The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley in response to pig gestation crates. Wesley joins other animal loving celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Martha Stewart, and Kristen Bell in speaking up against the cruel and torturous treatment of pregnant pigs. — Global Animal

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