Animal Welfare/Rights

Animal activist rallies showcase continued pressure on agriculture

Each summer, animal activists travel across the country to meet and discuss the latest topics of the animal rights movement. This year, animal agriculture was once again the focus. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hosted its annual Taking Action for Animals Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 15-18, and Farm Animal Rights Movement’s Animal Rights 2011 Conference (AR 2011) was held two weeks later on July 21-25 in Los Angeles. Both events claimed to have “record-breaking” attendance, attracting a combined total of more than 1,600 activists from around the world, ranging in age from 20-60 years old. FULL STORY »

Ohio begins farm animal care standards, Sept. 29

It’s been an 18-month-long process, but the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is set to move forward with its final on-farm animal housing requirements. Sept. 29, will mark the date that the comprehensive rules will go into effect. FULL STORY »

FSIS issues animal handling directive, AMI responds

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a directive with new instructions to its inspectors that will better ensure the humane treatment and slaughter of livestock presented for processing at FSIS-inspected facilities. FSIS will train its personnel to ensure they are prepared to carry out these new instructions. FULL STORY »

Poll finds concern about animal welfare, doubt about new regulations

Nearly 70 percent of rural Nebraskans define animal welfare in terms similar to those promoted by advocacy groups, but most don't think increased regulation of the state's livestock practices is necessary to ensure proper care of animals in the state, according to the latest Nebraska Rural Poll. FULL STORY »

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 »

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