Friday, June 18, 2021


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

Hens Rejoice! California Set To Become A Cage-Free State: Governor Signs Bill 1437

(CALIFORNIA) — The Golden State is set to become a cage free state in 2015 now that Governor Schwarzenegger has signed A.B. 1437, a bill backed by The Humane Society of the United States. Hens across the state rejoice! — Global Animal

The Great Ag-Gag Debate (UPDATE)

(FARM) Ag-gag bills that criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms are sweeping the nation. Five states have already implemented these types of laws with many others considering similar legislation. Undercover investigations on farms and slaughterhouses have played a crucial role in exposing animal abuse in the agricultural industry, yet these same investigations have been criticized for manipulating footage ultimately harming farm owners and workers. Read on to learn about the many different points that are being argued for both sides of the ag-gag discussion. — Global Animal

Chickens are not the only animals who could possibly predict earthquakes. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Museum “Un-Coops” Chicken

(FARM ANIMALS) LOS ANGELES – The National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) has just launched an online exhibit entitled “Un-Cooped: Deconstructing the Domesticated Chicken." The one-of-a-kind display, which features a variety of media from 16 artists, challenges the way people perceive the often overlooked chicken. "Un-Cooped" sheds light on how poorly chickens are treated and introduces them as unique individuals. Continue reading for more on the domesticated fowl of the hour and this groundbreaking exhibit. — Global Animal

Adopt A Turkey – Ady Gil Will Show His Thanks

(THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS) Ady Gil is moving from sea to land, saving turkeys in time for Thanksgiving and giving the birds something to be thankful for. Gil, who is best known for donating $1 million to his namesake vessel with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is matching donations up to $50,000 for Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey program until November 25. -- Global Animal
Exposure to farm animals in one's first year of life can reduce the risk of asthma by 50%. Photo credit: Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

Students Sow Sentiment At Catskill Animal Sanctuary (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL RESCUE) Saugerties, NY - Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is an animal rescue organization in New York’s Hudson Valley, a 110-acre farm that is home to horses and farm animals who have been victims of neglect or other cruelty. The nation’s first elementary school to serve only vegetarian meals, Public School 244 in Queens, New York, recently made a visit to CAS. Read more to learn about CAS's animal advocacy programs and see pictures of the visit from PS 244. — Global Animal

Be Thankful For Turkeys Beyond Food

(TURKEYS/ANIMAL FACTS) While many people only think of turkeys around the holidays, it turns out the beautiful birds are far more useful alive than they are on a Thanksgiving dinner plate. Read how the noble bird helps fight cancer, insects, and even heart disease for the other 364 days of the year. – Global Animal

Fend Your Flock: 8 Best Dog Breeds To Protect Chickens

(DOGS/FARM ANIMALS) Chickens are vulnerable to predators, and if you are raising them, you must take adequate measures to ensure they are protected. One of the best ways to do so is to adopt a guard dog, and luckily there are many livestock guard dog breeds you can choose from. They are harsh on predators and extremely gentle with chickens. They stay with livestock around the clock and anticipate an attack or threat, thereby avoiding it even when you are not present. But which guard dog is the best? There are quite a few, and we have mentioned the best of them in the list below. -- Global Animal

Factory Farmers Striking Out

(FACTORY FARMING) The National Meat Association is doing their best to strike down a law that requires basic humane treatment for farm animals, including banning the sale or transport of sick and disabled animals who are weak and unable to walk. The law was passed when investigations were under way by the Humane Society, documenting horrific and torturous conditions for these animals. Read on to see how The Animal Legal Defense Fund has intervened the situation. — Global Animal

Smile! It’s Good For Goats

(GOATS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Did you know goats prefer happy people? When researchers in the UK borrowed goats from a local sanctuary to better understand how the animals interpret human cues, they learned that goats--similarly to dogs--prefer a smile to a frown. The profound study could affect how we interact with livestock and other species as it demonstrates how animals' ability to perceive human emotions could be widespread and not just limited to pets. Read on to learn more about the details of the study, and don't forget to smile! -- Global Animal

Why Scratching Is The Best Medicine

(COWS/FARM ANIMALS) Have you ever had an itch you couldn’t scratch? You tried your best to reach it, using the corner of a wall or a long kitchen utensil, but still couldn’t quite get it. But when you finally do, it’s like heaven. What do our animal friends have to do to scratch an itch? Luckily, there’s a mechanical brush made specifically for dairy cows that helps get that unreachable itch. Read on to find out how this humane invention keeps cows happy and clean. -- Global Animal

Pregnant Cow Takes Brave Leap Onto Highway To Save Herself

(ANIMAL RESCUE) A pregnant cow realized it was her last chance to survive when she bravely jumped out of the second floor on a transport truck onto the highway. The cow--now named Brianna--was on the run for hours, but eventually rescued by Mike Stura of Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue. The sanctuary has since become her permanent home, where she gave birth to a baby girl calf just two days after the rescue. View the miraculous rescue footage in the clip below and continue reading for Brianna's full story. -- 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