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Tag: animal cruelty

Farm Boy to Vegetarian: Confessions of a Modern Hypocrite

Growing up on a small farm taught me a thing or two about meat. The cattle, pigs and chickens on my family’s farm really did enjoy lives close to the ones featured in today’s slick advertising. Right up until my dad’s axe came down on the chicken’s scrawny necks or the butcher drove up and put a bullet between Bessie’s eyes.

Take Action: National Conference to End Factory Farming

I’ve got some good news for all those who care about decent treatment of animals. Farm Sanctuary is hosting its first-ever National Conference to End Factory Farming: For Health, Environment and Farm Animals this year — October 27-29 in the Washington, D.C. area. Attend if you can!

Help Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Female Pigs

The largest pork company in the world, Smithfield Foods, has broken their commitment to end the use gestation crates for pigs by 2017. Sign the petition for McDonald’s to end using such pork products to increase the pressure on Smithfield.

Factory Farm Investigations on New Interactive Map

It must be the week for maps. I just recently announced that Food & Water Watch won an Interactive Media Award (IMA) for its interactive factory farming map. Now, news is there’s another great interactive factory farming map just out from Animal Visuals, an excellent site with “visual resources for animals” (I’ve shared some of their stuff when writing about livestock production in the U.S. before).

Factory Farming Map Wins Interactive Media Award (Acceptance Speech Cut Off)

I wrote about a pretty awesome (though, disturbing) interactive factory farming map created by Food & Water Watch and New Signature back in December. The map β€œillustrates the geographic shift in where and how food is raised in the U.S. and allows anyone to quickly search for the highest concentration of animals by region, state and county.” A non-interactive version of it is above.