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.

Review Of “Speciesism: The Movie”, A Film That Speaks For The Silenced

(MOVIE REVIEW)Director Mark Devries’ Speciesism: The Movie is an eye-opening, yet fresh take on the array of atrocities brought on by the factory farming industry. Most film reviews will note the horrific images throughout the farming industry, but it's the director's experiences that makes the film truly relatable. The documentary follows Devries on a personal journey, as he uncovers the truths behind the industry and experiences a change of heart based on those discoveries. After originally setting out to film animal advocacy groups and how they operate, Devries finds himself immersed in completely unexpected territory. – Global Animal

Wilbur’s Narrow Escape

(ANIMAL RESCUE/FARM ANIMALS) Last week, one daring piglet summed up the bravery to make the ultimate escape. Little did he know, jumping out of the moving trailer would lead to a much better fate. Yoda, as he was later named, survived the fall and successfully escaped the slaughterhouse where he was headed. Read on to learn more about his courageous endeavor and his new life at Wishing Well Animal Sanctuary in Toronto. — Global Animal

Detroit Councilman To Send In The Goats

(POLITICS/FARM ANIMALS) Detroit’s large number of overgrown lots may have residents cringing as they pass by, but goats are licking their lips. In an effort to clean up the vacant lots, Detroit City Councilman James Tate wants to bring in goats to trim the grass. Continue reading below to find out how this unique lawn mowing method is experiencing a surge of popularity. — Global Animal

Does Chipotle’s Latest Ad Adopt A Misleading Message?

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) Chipotle's newest ad, "The Scarecrow," is garnering a lot of attention since its release. The video instantaneously went viral and numerous articles and comments have been posted across the World Wide Web to praise Chipotle for its organic methods and anti-factory farming message. However, in an article published on Salon, David Sirota has a different take on the film and Chipotle's advertising practices. Sirota claims there is a hidden vegetarian message within the advertisement that is misleading and hypocritical given that Chipotle serves several types of meat. Read the full article below for more on Sirota's views concerning Chipotle's advertising methods. — Global Animal

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

Could Chicken Kill Us All?

(FARM ANIMALS/FACTORY FARMING) The USDA recently decided to green-light the processing of American chickens by Chinese facilities. Although American processing practices are far from exemplary, processing in China presents even more concerns for the American public. While America features disgusting rituals like "Advanced Meat Recovery" and saltwater injections, control and regulation of imported Chinese products poses even greater health and safety risks. The USDA currently only requires the presence of four inspectors at any line killing up to 140 birds per minute. Such lenient regulation is preposterous, but imagine a situation in which no monitoring is required—that's what we face in China, a country notorious for it's controversial food safety measures. It's an atrocity that absolutely needs regulation, but one that is constantly going against change and towards corruption. Read more to discover just how harmful the processing of chickens is for us, for our workers, and for our environment. — Global Animal

Chipotle’s Latest Anti-Factory Farming Ad (VIDEO)

(FACTORY FARMING/FARM ANIMALS) Chipotle, the popular fast-food restaurant known for their organically-farmed meat and produce, released a second thought-provoking animated advertisement titled "The Scarecrow," which takes a stand against factory farming and promotes the company's stance to "Cultivate A Better World." The haunting, yet beautiful three-and-a-half minute-long, short film went viral on YouTube quickly after its release last week. Along with the release of the film, the burrito chain has also announced a new mobile game titled The Scarecrow and meant to educate and engage the public about food issues. The advertisement, posted below, focuses on an anti-industrial food theme and pulls on the heartstrings as films protagonist explores the somber reality of factory farming and animal abuse. Read on for more on Chipotle's newest campaign and be sure to watch the short film below. — Global Animal

Residents Rescue Livestock In Colorado Floods

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL RESCUE) COLORADO — As rescuers and residents try to pick up the pieces following the Colorado flooding this past weekend, stories are emerging surrounding the rescue of animals in the area. Given that many farm owners were forced to evacuate in a hurry, a number of Good Samaritans are lending a helping hand to stranded animals—mostly livestock. These local heroes are helping animals, including horses and goats, who had been locked up with no way to flee the floodwaters, which is also raising questions about whether these animals should have been confined in the first place. Read the full article below for more information on the animal rescue efforts. — Global Animal

Colorado dairy farm is being investigated for it's cruelty towards calves.

Guilt-Free Cheese? Scientists Create Greener Pastures For Farmers

(FARMING/GREEN) Good news for those of us trying to eat more conscientiously! Scientists are working with dairy farmers to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are studying what the animals eat, how their waste is handled, as well as the effects on soil, water, and air. One of the most damaging problems for the environment? It's a bunch of crap...literally. Manure runoff is toxic and one of the most common causes of water pollution in the country, but by tilling their pastures more often the farmers can help prevent pollution. This is just one aspect of four projects funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers reduce their environmental impact. Read on for more about these eco-friendly studies and share your thoughts in the comments below. Is this a good step in the right direction or do we need to do more? — Global Animal

Winston’s Great Escape: Sanctuary Saves Plucky Pig’s Life

(ANIMAL SANCTUARY/FARM ANIMALS) "This little piggy went to market" may be a cute line from a nursery rhyme, but not so cute to a little piglet named Winston who barely escaped a bloody death from a New York City slaughter market. The rogue piggy ran away and wandered the streets for days, even dodging the bustling traffic of Queens Boulevard, before finally being rescued by city animal control officers. Winston was then turned over to Farm Sanctuary, a privately funded 175-acre haven that has taken in over 500 fleeing animals from urban slaughterhouses in the last ten years. There are close to 90 of these slaughter facilities in New York, a number that has nearly doubled in the last  two decades due to an influx of immigrants used to cooking with freshly butchered meats. As for Winston, today he’s in hog heaven, frolicking in the mud with his best piglet pal, Ruby. Read on for more on Winston and the animal sanctuaries saving the lives of hundreds of previously condemned animals just like him. — Global Animal

The Someone Project Warns, ‘Think Before You Eat’

(ACTIVISM) Dolphins, dogs, and cats are widely regarded as highly intelligent animals, and garner an abundance of compassion from humans all over the world. However, because other animals don’t have the same luxuries as some of these favored species, the animal-protection and vegan-advocacy organization, Farm Sanctuary, is promoting the intelligence of farm animals, and other animals humans consume on a daily basis. The organization’s campaign, The Someone Project, hopes to encourage people to think about what they’re eating, and aims to start a dialogue about the consumption of sentient beings. Continue reading below to understand The Someone Project’s full goal, and what kind of opposition they’re already facing. — Global Animal

Colorado dairy farm is being investigated for it's cruelty towards calves.

Activists Unite Against Utah Ag-Gag

(FARM) Animal activists have filed a lawsuit trying to overturn ag-gag legislation in Utah which currently makes it illegal to record sights or sounds that expose farming operations. Critics of the policy point out that undercover investigation of factory farms has resulted in a lot of progress with animal welfare issues. It is our constitutional right to know and share information about animals' living conditions and instances of cruelty in the animal food industry. Read on to learn more about the debate revolving around ag-gag legislation in Utah. — Global Animal

U.S. Saddles Up For Horse Slaughter, Activists Say ‘Neigh’

(HORSE SLAUGHTER) On August 2, a judge will decide whether to issue a temporary restraining order preventing horse processing plants from opening in the U.S. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) along with other animal protection groups are currently suing the USDA, claiming the agency failed to conduct the necessary environmental review before authorizing horse slaughterhouses. Not only do 80 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter, but activists also maintain the U.S. government could spend millions of taxpayer dollars to operate horse slaughter facilities, only to have Congress eventually terminate the process. Nevertheless, reports show the Valley Meat Company plant in Roswell, New Mexico, and Responsible Transportation’s plant in Sigourney, Iowa, are set to open just three days after the scheduled court hearing. Read on to learn more about the ongoing debate and sign the petition requesting that Congress pass the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. — Global Animal

Southern Quality Meats Delivers Cruelty

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) Southern Quality Meats, Inc.—a company with a $6 million contract, funded by taxpayers, with The Mississippi Department of Education—is currently in hot water after the release of shocking undercover footage. PETA reports that a whistleblower captured a workers using electric prongs on pigs and beating mother pigs with chains, dragging them to "the kill floor." Continue reading for more on this distressing news and to sign the petition to help put an end to animals' suffering. — Global Animal

Cowtown Rodeo Claims Casualty

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) The famous Cowtown Rodeo in New Jersey is in hot water after a very disturbing video surfaced showing one of the horses dying during a live performance. Duke, a 9-year-old horse, went into convulsions after allegedly being hit with a shocking device prohibited by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). An investigator from Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), a group dedicated to animal activism, witnessed the horrific death and said, "That horse was cruelly and illegally shocked. People think rodeos are entertainment, but they are not. Rodeos are brutal, vicious events where animals are tortured, and sometimes, as in this case, they are killed." SHARK is now filing animal cruelty charges with the SPCA against Grant Harris, the owner of Cowtown Rodeo. Continue reading for more on the sad truth about rodeo cruelty and visit the link below to see the shocking footage for yourself. — Global Animal

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