Animal Welfare/Rights

Animal activists target students

Activists promoting an agenda of animal rights have long protested the use of animals by major research universities and institutions. Earle Holland, Ohio State University's assistant vice president for Research Communications, says those activists are increasingly targeting students pursuing degrees in fields known for relying on laboratory animals to conduct research. FULL STORY »

California delves into farm animal welfare

Stakeholders in the farm-animal-welfare debate convened in California on Wednesday to voice concerns, anticipate challenges and perhaps find some common ground. FULL STORY »

Growing menace: animal-rights terrorism

The phenomenon of increased violence committed by some extremists in the name of animal rights is a growing cause for concern. In a major conference organized by Europol and Eurojust, 58 experts from law enforcement and prosecution authorities, plus representatives from 35 private sector organizations, met last week at Europol's new headquarters in The Hague to discuss the issues behind this new trend. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare discussion at California meeting

The California State Board of Agriculture will discuss farm animal welfare at its July 27 meeting. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Importance of feeding earnestly

Food is critical to our own well-being, and to the farm animals producers raise and care for. Yet for all the criticism activists heap on livestock housing, feed is mostly an afterthought. FULL STORY »

Commentary: In praise of factory farming

As he activist attacks on modern livestock production have evolved in the past few years, so have the opportunities for producers to gain ground even with their biggest consumer critics. FULL STORY »

PETA piqued over California’s promotion of dairy

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is once again acting its angst over California’s dairy promotions with a lawsuit. On Wednesday, the animal-rights organization filed suit Sacramento Superior Court against California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross, the CDFA, and the California Milk Advisory Board “for making false and misleading advertising claims about the treatment of cows on California dairy farms and for withholding thousands of related documents that PETA believes will expose the extent of their false claims.” FULL STORY »

Be on the lookout for trespassers

Western United Dairyman and the Milk Producers Council reported Friday that animal activists have been attempting to shoot video of dairies in the Tulare County area. FULL STORY »

Program helps law enforcement recognize animal neglect

University of Minnesota animal agricultural specialists and an attorney whose focus is companion animal law, conducted a day-long continuing education course for the Minnesota South Central Investigators Coalition (MSCIC). FULL STORY »

Bridging the gap

Consumers have genuine concerns about modern meat production,  but the right message, backed by sound practices, can restore their trust. FULL STORY »

Pew launches “Moms for Antibiotic Awareness” campaign

The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming has launched "Moms for Antibiotic Awareness," a grassroots movement of moms working to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for their children and families. The campaign also released the results of an online poll of 804 American mothers who are registered voters and have children aged 16 or younger. Eighty percent of the respondents were concerned about giving antibiotics to animals that are being produced for meat and poultry, with 42 percent saying they are "very concerned" about this practice. FULL STORY »

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