Animal Welfare/Rights

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 »

Dairy farmers respond to latest abuse video

The animal-rights group Mercy for Animals released graphic footage this week of employees at the E6 Cattle Company in Hart, Texas, bludgeoning sick and injured calves. Dairy farmers across the country are speaking out. And regardless of where the person is located the theme has been outrage, anger and disappointment towards those committing the abuse. FULL STORY »

Advocacy group documents abuse on W. Texas heifer ranch

A Texas dairy heifer ranch was the center of attention following the release of footage from an undercover investigation by the animal rights group Mercy For Animals. The footage released to the public Tuesday included graphic images of employees at the E6 Cattle Company bludgeoning sick and injured calves. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Photo follies and flagrant falsehoods

Efforts to protect farmers from animal-rights extremists create some interesting discussions, strange bedfellows and of course, self-serving, misleading propaganda. FULL STORY »

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