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.

Pigs, Gestation Crates, Animal Cruelty, Factory Farms, Walmart

Shameful Smithfield Factory Pig Farm Reneges On Humane Promises

Dec. 15, 2010 -  Smithfield Foods, the largest factory farm for pigs, may know no shame, but it knows a lot about torture. Smithfield is reneging on its promise to end the use of  'gestation crates' by 2017. Let's call these crates what they really are: torture crates. They drive pigs, who are smarter than dogs, insane because they literally can't move an inch for their entire lives. We call on everybody with a heart to read this story and take action against this company. And if you are a pork eater, boycott this producer and use Maxwell Foods, a company that is 100% gestation crate free. – Global Animal

1.4 Million Pigs Buried Alive in South Korea (Take Action)

SOUTH KOREA — South Korean pigs are suffering from a massive outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. This epidemic, having cost Korean farmers over $1 billion in damage, is perhaps the most serious in the nation's history. While that economic figure may be disturbing, even more so is the horrific, inhumane handling of the infected pigs. Read on and find out how you can join the resistance against this tragedy of animal cruelty. — Global Animal

Got Milk? Male Calves Endure Extreme Cruelty

AUSTRALIA (GO VEGAN) – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is trying to lower the amount of hours that male calves, (non-milk producing and thus unwanted), can be starved before slaughter. It's now 30 hours. This is a ghastly by-product of the dairy industry, the slaughter of 800,000 male calves a year in Australia alone, with millions more being killed in the United States. If we must slaughter them, we owe these innocent calves a cruelty-free life without starvation. – Global Animal

Got Milk? Calves Slaughtered For Dairy Production

AUSTRALIA — Dairy cows must first have a calf in order to produce milk. These male calves are often slaughtered after a short, horrific time spent starving in a slaughterhouse (and the atrocity called, veal.) Learn what cruel practices are currently in effect, and what further cruelties are about to be dumped on these calves. Take action here to protect these bobby calves from inhumane treatment. — 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

Retired Racehorses Neglected By Charity

(HELP ANIMALS) More than 1,000 horses are being neglected by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, one of the world's largest private organizations dedicated to caring for former racehorses. The foundation could not afford to fund the farms providing the care for the horses, and the animals were neglected, some  to the point of death. The horses are being cared for now, but the question remains: who deserves the blame for the condition of these horses? — Global Animal

Are Animal Activists “Terrorists”? Big Ag Votes Yes

FARM ANIMAL WELFARE – Imagine two people: an abusive farm worker, inflicting senseless pain upon a multitude of innocent animals; and an animal rights activist, taking major risks to record and expose this gruesome cruelty that occurs behind closed doors. Now, who is the terrorist? Agribusiness lobbies from Iowa, Florida and Minnesota have crafted bills, or "Ag-Gags," aimed at punishing animal rights activists — painting them as eco-terrorists — and ultimately denying citizens their right to the truth. Read on to learn more about this potentially disastrous political phenomenon, for animals and the people who care about them. — Global Animal

Indonesian Slaughterhouses Torture Australian Cattle (TAKE ACTION)

(LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT) AUSTRALIA — August 8, 2011 marks a big day for animal lovers in cities across Australia. Rallies are being held to put an end to the tortuous practice of shipping living animals to other countries for slaughter where abuse is rampant. Read on to get involved... – Global Animal

Rider Beware: Horse Herpes Outbreak

(HORSES) Although many horses have herpes, the disease is mostly benign. However, a malicious strand of equine herpes that can be fatal has taken root in the western United States. Horses placed in stressful conditions and close quarters have a greater chance of exhibiting illnesses caused by herpes. While suffering from the symptoms, the debilitating disease becomes extremely contagious. Despite being contagious, equine herpes cannot be contracted by humans. Currently, researchers are developing a vaccine. In the meantime, those tending horses need to be aware of the warning signs and take the necessary precautions to keep horses from contracting equine herpes. Read on...— Global Animal

Farm Animal Abuse Video Ban Stalls In Senate

(FARM ANIMAL WELFARE) Even after painting animal welfare activists as eco-terrorists, the bill to prevent videos of animal abuse of farms has stalled in Iowa's Senate after meeting with intense opposition. Perhaps those "eco-terrorists" aren't quite so crazy as Big Ag wants us to think. The bill, which was initially strongly supported, has slowly been losing popularity. Read on to learn more about the debate. — Global Animal

No Leather For New Popemobile?

(ANIMAL WELFARE) ROME – While designs are underway at Mercedes-Benz for a new, energy-saving hybrid edition of the popemobile, PETA's made a special request on behalf of animals everywhere. Leather seats just may be left out of Benedict XVI's new ride.

A Better Life Hatching For US Hens

(FARM ANIMAL WELFARE) WASHINGTON — Could this be the end of cramped cages for the millions of egg-laying hens in the United States? We sure hope so! — Global Animal

The Emotional Lives Of Cows

(FARM/COWS) Are cows bored or peaceful? Do they think, have friends, get mad? Learn about the complex emotional lives of cows, who have a lot going on under their placid grazing – these farm animals display many colorful emotions and traits.

Protesters Rally Against Live Animal Exports

(FARM ANIMALS) AUSTRALIA — Protesters are rallying against live animal exportation, an issue that has lead to widespread animal torture and cruelty. This active protesting was prompted by footage that was released from Indonesia showing the torture and slaughter of cattle. Prime Minister Gillard placed a temporary ban on live animal trade, but now animal advocates are calling for something permanent. Find out how you can get involved. — Global Animal