Friday, June 18, 2021

FARM

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

“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

Horses Enjoy Greener Pastures At Florida Retirement Home

(HORSE RESCUE/EQUINE SANCTUARY) Thanks to Mill Creek Farm, Florida is now a retirement hot spot for horses, too. Owned by Peter and Mary Gregory, the sanctuary provides lifetime care to horses seized by law enforcement agencies, retired from government service, rescued by humane societies, and destined for slaughter. At this safe-haven for old, abused, and abandoned animals, the horses will receive veterinary care, be doted on by kind-hearted volunteers, and spend the rest of their days in tranquility—roaming acres of tree-studded pastures where they'll never be worked or ridden again. For ways to help this vital Retirement Home for Horses, visit Millcreekfarm.org, and continue reading to find out more about the noble horses that live there. — Global Animal

Dairy Cows Get Second Chance At Life

(FARM ANIMALS/COWS) GERMANY — When cows are no longer able to produce milk or calves, they are often surrendered to slaughterhouses—which is hardly appropriate compensation for the farm animals' years of hard work. However, Anke Heublein, founder of the fundraising club, Save the Cows in Rhein-Berg, believes these hardworking animals deserve a second chance at life. Heublein’s club rescued 25 cows from a dairy farm outside of Cologne, and now the animals are living out their days in an open field. Members of the farm's family were heartbroken when they learned the cows would be given up for financial reasons. The cows’ enthusiasm for life is documented in the YouTube video, "Happy Cows" (see below), and shows the animals' rejoicing in their new environment. — Global Animal

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

Humanity Hones In On Hen Intelligence

(OPED/FARM ANIMALS) Next time you’re elbow deep in an enormous bucket of fried chicken, take a second to consider the intelligence of the bird who gave their life for the lard-laden meal. A recent study from Britain suggests chickens are relatively practical thinkers and even make excellent students. Although chickens probably won’t be taking up calculus anytime soon, their intelligence poses a lot of questions regarding the treatment of farm animals. If these birds show even the slightest indication of intelligence, who’s to say they aren’t emotionally distraught due to their caged environments? Read Nicholas D. Kristof’s personal account of farm bird intelligence at the link below. — Global Animal

Blizzard Devastates Cattle In South Dakota

(FARM ANIMALS) Natural disasters can be devastating to animals. In four days, Atlas, the blizzard which struck the Northern Great Plains of the United States, dropped over 58 inches of snow with 70 mph winds, killing an estimated 100,000 cattle in South Dakota.  As a prelude, torrential rain pounded the cattle who at this time of year lack the winter coats that protect them from harsh conditions. Read on to learn more about the tragedy. — Global Animal

Cockroach Farms A Booming Business In China

(ANIMAL WELFARE/INSECTS) CHINA—  There are currently over a hundred buildings in China where certain animals are being raised for profit. Like in any other typical factory farm, the workers squeeze hundreds of the animals together in foul conditions—except in these particular farms, they're not raising cows or chickens, but cockroaches. Wang Fuming, a 43-year-old Chinese farmer, is the owner of the biggest factory, which boasts 10 million roaches. He tries to conceal its location, knowing very well that factories like his pose a risk to the community. In fact, just a few months ago, over one million cockroaches escaped from a farm and had to be tracked down by disease control authorities. This new disturbing trend is quickly becoming a profitable venture as more farmers are choosing the low maintenance cockroaches that are bred, and then boiled to be pulverized into powder, and sold to medical and cosmetic industries. Proponents claim cockroach powder has properties that help cure baldness, AIDS, and cancer. Strangely, while some can't say enough about the magical properties of the powder, some companies who are using it in their products choose to omit their "secret ingredient." Read more at the link below to learn about this unsavory business. — Global Animal
Salmonella contaminates Foster Farms chicken, making many people sick in the U.S.

Salmonella Surprise; Chicken Doesn’t Check Out

(HEALTH/OP-ED) With the recent outbreak of salmonella making its way across the United States, meat eaters are seriously considering putting down the chicken. Reports say more than 300 people have become ill from the bacteria, but experts at the Centers for Disease Control believe the numbers are much greater. Unsurprisingly, very little has been done to protect the public from the contaminated food. Although the recent government shutdown certainly didn't help the situation, the problems surrounding the salmonella outbreak have more to do with the practices of the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Department of Agriculture. As of late, both organizations seem more concerned with protecting the industry than with public health. Read the New York Times article at the link below to find out which chicken to stay away from, and learn what steps need to be taken to prevent future salmonella outbreaks. And while you're at it, make sure to check out our 15 Powerful Reasons to Go Veg! — Global Animal
Chicken causes more foodborne illnesses than any other meat. Photo credit: worldtruth.tv

Ag Gag Tramples Freedom Of Speech

(ANIMAL CRUELTY/ANIMAL NEWS) The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and PETA have made huge strides in their effort to disband the unlawful "ag-gag" or "anti-whistleblower" laws in Utah. The controversial "ag-gag" laws give the state the right to conceal incriminating evidence of animal cruelty on their factory farms. It is now illegal for whistleblowers, or undercover workers, to tell the public where their food is coming from and to expose factory farms for their poor working conditions. Animal rights activists say the "ag-gag" law is unconstitutional because it is taking away our first amendment, freedom of speech. Read on to learn more about how PETA and ALDF are working together to put an end to "ag-gag" laws. — Global Animal
Street artist Banksy makes artwork in New York City to combat factory farming, and animal cruelty.

Banksy Brings Animal Awareness To New York

(ACTIVISM/CULTURE) No stranger to communicating social issues through art, the pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist known as Banksy’s latest installation is an oddly haunting criticism of factory farming and farm animal cruelty in general. The infamous yet renowned painter-political activist’s piece consists of a mobile truck packed with stuffed animals that let out wailing animal sounds. Read on to learn more about Banksy's The Siren of the Lambs. — Global Animal
Chickens are not the only animals who could possibly predict earthquakes. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Half Chicken, Half Disgusting

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) If you needed one more reason to quit chicken nuggets, well here it is! Researchers in Mississippi found two nuggets from two national fast food chains that were made up of 50 percent “good” chicken meat, and 50 percent of the grossest ingredients one can imagine. Sure, they were just two nuggets, as detractors of the findings point out, but do you really want to play Russian roulette when other less cruel and definitely healthier alternatives to blood vessels and skin exist? Share your thoughts in the comments below and read on to learn more about fast food trickery. — Global Animal

Are GMO Pesticides Poisoning Kauai?

(ENVIRONMENT/ANIMAL CONSERVATION) Debate has sparked in Kauai, Hawaii surrounding the use of local lands for GMOs. Companies in the area are using the land for seed research and development and residents are calling for an end to the experimentation. A petition at MoveOn.org demands a halt to the lease of state lands to corporations involved in GMO production and seed R&D on Kauai and support for Kauai County Bill 2491, which calls for a moratorium on GM crops in Kauai, prohibition of open-air experimental testing, and a formal, in-depth environmental impact statement. The petition suggests that open-air experimentation on GMOs, including the use of toxic pesticides is dangerous to residents, wildlife, and the entire ecosystem of Kauai. Read on to learn more about GMO production's impact on the Hawaiian ecosystem. — Global Animal

Israel Indicts ‘Slaughterhouse Four’ In Abuse Case

(FARM ANIMALS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) ISRAEL — Four employees of the Adom Adom meat supplier in Beit She’an, Israel are being accused of severe animal cruelty. Israel’s Northern District Attorney’s Office and Agriculture Ministry indicted the workers on Tuesday, citing the employees used cattle prods inappropriately, and often beat the animals with wooden sticks. Continue reading below to find out how the slaughterhouse workers were discovered, and what’s in store for them following the indictment. — Global Animal

Martha Stewart Urges Gov. Christie: Protect Pregnant Pigs!

(CELEBRITY NEWS/FARM ANIMAL CRUELTY) She'd never be caught living in a pigsty, but the queen of fine living is fighting for the little oinkers' homes. Martha Stewart is calling on her hometown of New Jersey's legislators to help protect pigs from gestation crates—a common but cruel practice in the pork industry. In an open letter she urges lawmakers to reaffirm their support of a statewide ban on the extreme confinement of breeding pigs in cages that are so small the little sows are unable to move a single inch in any direction. Pigs are social, intelligent creatures, and this kind of inhumane treatment causes both physical and psychological disorders. In May, the state legislature overwhelmingly voted to prohibit these barbaric devices, but reportedly under pressure from out-of-state pork interests, NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill. Now a coalition of animal welfare organizations from all over the country—with Martha right by their side—are urging lawmakers to finish the job they started and override Christie's veto. This common-sense legislation, already enacted in nine other states, requires breeding pigs to at least be allowed to stand-up, lie down, and turn around in the crate they're confined to. Sounds like basic decency to me! Read below for more on the campaign to end this abusive practice and click here to watch the Humane Society of the United States' ad depicting how millions of innocent pigs are forced to live. — Global Animal

Chipotle: The Real Deal Or Misleading Marketing?

(FACTORY FARMING/CULTURE) A tremendous amount of buzz is surrounding Chipotle Mexican Grill after their release of The Scarecrow, an artful and inspiring short film depicting the horrors of factory farming. The Scarecrow is the second short film/ad released by Chipotle. Their first short film was titled Back to the Start, and shared a similar anti-factory farming theme to the recently released advertisement. Although it is apparent that both ads resonate with consumers and has certainly established the homegrown Chipotle chain as a model of these “naturally raised” beliefs, the food-giant certainly has its critics. Read on to learn more about Chiptole's motives and hypocrisy. — Global Animal

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