Melanie Joy Presentation: Speaking Truth to Power

In April of 2012, Free from Harm helped organize what would be remembered as a very special, unforgettable event, featuring social psychologist and author Melanie Joy, who spoke to a group of 75 people in Chicago on the subject of social justice activism. In this eloquent talk, Joy introduces the Quaker expression, “Speaking Truth to Power” as a metaphor for activism and social change, and she opens by explaining how the movement to end the oppression of women relates to the movement to end the oppression of animals. Continue reading

Animal Law 101: What Is “Necessary” Animal Suffering?

In her new TED Talk, animal rights attorney Lesli Bisgould delivers a terrific overview of the problems with our legal system in protecting animals from the institutions that exploit them with impunity. She begins her talk with what we all tend to agree on, that harming animals unnecessarily is wrong, particularly in cases of individual animal victims and individual human perpetrators. And then she eloquently shifts our attention to how our legal system excludes billions of animals from legal protection from the same acts when there is an economic interest that relies on animals as resources. Continue reading

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The Official Free From Harm T-Shirt Is Here!

Free from Harm’s official logo t-shirt prominently features the full color Free from Harm logo and web address on the front and the evocative quote from author Leo Tolstoy on the back, “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” Our t-shirts are made from a heavyweight 5.3oz cotton in a natural color and are available in small, medium, large and extra large. At this time we are only shipping in the U.S. but hope to ship internationally in the near future. Continue reading

Does Evolution Have a Gun to Our Head to Eat Animals?

We’ve published an excerpt from the book, Meat Logic: Why We Eat Animals by author Charles Horn, with his permission. The book takes an in depth look at the many rationalizations people use for eating animal products. One very popular class of rationalizations assumes that evolution dictates our consumption of animal products, therefore rendering the behavior free of any moral consideration. Continue reading

Patrik Baboumian, World Record Strongman: My Strength Is My Compassion

“Strength must build up, not destroy. It should outdo itself, not others who are weaker. Used without responsibility, it causes nothing but harm and death. I can lift the heaviest weights, but I can not take the responsibility off my shoulders. Because the way we use our strength defines our fate. What traces will I leave on my path into the future? Do we really have to kill in order to live? My true strength lies in not seeing weakness as weakness. My strength needs no victims. My strength is my compassion.” Continue reading

Ezra, the Chicken Who Survived the Most Unbelievable Odds, Needs You!

Ezra is a strikingly handsome black rooster who was found in a cemetery by police after an eyewitness discovered him half-buried in the snow in front of a headstone. His legs were tightly bound with rope, to which had also been tied a small doll, ribbons, and a piece of fatty, raw meat. Ezra was likely the victim of a ritual sacrifice. Continue reading

Help Us Hire Writer/Editor and Social Media Coordinator Ashley Capps!

We’d like to take a moment to zero in on the most powerful way you can help us grow in 2014: help us hire Ashley Capps as our full-time writer, researcher, editor and social media coordinator. Ashley’s recent work for Free from Harm has brought a record volume of traffic to our website, resulting in more than one million additional visitors in the last six months alone. By bringing her on full-time we can attract millions more to our educational website, as well as reach millions on Facebook! Continue reading

Bikini Turkeys and Prostitute Chickens: The Sexualized Death Wish

This short video piece featuring Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, provides a very powerful snapshot of how chickens and turkeys are sexualized by popular culture, linking the oppression of women and animals, and exposing the cultural myth that animals want to be consumed in the same manner that women want to be exploited and used as sex objects. Continue reading

Rare Footage Reveals Latest Humane Slaughter Lie: CO2 Gassing

Many of you have no doubt heard that the latest form of “putting animals to sleep” with CO2 gas is completely humane. Temple Grandin praises gassing as well. But this rare video footage inside of a gas chamber, that actually shows what pigs go through as they are being gassed to death, reveals just what a horrific way to die this really is, contrary to what the meat industry would like you to believe. The video appears to have been recorded inside of a testing laboratory at the University of Zurich. Continue reading

The Bizarre and Cruel Truth about Breeding Turkeys

Domestic turkeys have been bred to be so large, they cannot mate naturally, so hens are forcibly “inseminated” several times. Males are masturbated to get their semen. A “milker” at a turkey breeding facility in Missouri describes his job: “I have never done such hard, dirty, disgusting work in my life: 10 hours of pushing birds, grabbing birds, wrestling birds, jerking them upside down, pushing open their vents, dodging their panic-blown excrement and breathing the dust stirred up by terrified birds.” Continue reading

Inside a Lobster and Crab Slaughter Plant

In this undercover investigation, workers at a slaughterhouse in Maine are seen ripping live crabs and lobsters apart limb from limb. Some are dumped, still alive, into boiling water, while others are left in bins to die in agony. Workers tear off live lobsters’ claws and then use metal pipes to pry their heads from their bodies. Tails and claws are saved while the remaining parts of the lobsters’ bodies are trashed, still alive and able to feel pain. Continue reading

Sexing Chicks: Normalized Cruelty in the Egg Business

Sexing chickens involves a staggering level of cruelty, forcing the internal sex organs of newborn chick to protrude out so the sexer can sort females from males. To hear the helpless chirps and screams of these animals is horrifying. Male chicks will be killed through suffocation. Eggs are cruel for many many reasons, starting with the horrific cruelty of the hatcheries that sell birds to egg farms and backyard chicken keepers alike. Continue reading

Meet Louise: Free from Harm’s Latest Rescued Chicken

Louise is Free from Harm‚’s latest hen rescue. We responded to a call from Chicago Animal Control and Care who found her on the streets of Chicago. She has a beak deformity from having been debeaked earlier in her life. She has already been successfully treated for an upper respiratory infection and biting lice. She’s active, alert and eating well, though still frail, underweight and may have a crop (digestion) issue that the vet will need to check on. Continue reading

A Misplaced Concern Over Farmed Animal Extinction

Many people are very concerned that farmed animals will go extinct if everyone goes vegan. What they don’t realize is that commercially-raised farmed animals exist because of artificial insemination and highly controlled breeding environments, not through natural mating. In the case of chickens we annually breed approximately 9 billion birds that will go “extinct” in 42 days (just in the U.S). Continue reading

The Language of Normalizing Animal Commodities

The modern animal-using industries and the scientific research engine behind it celebrate the biological and genetic manipulation of chickens and other animals for the sole purpose of rendering their eggs, secretions and flesh more marketable and profitable. In comparison, the only permissible form of genetic manipulation of humans — which remains controversial — is for life-saving medical advancements. Their key messages are that 1. their use of animals is a “win-win,” good for the animals and us; 2. technological innovations in animal science serve the greater good by feeding the world’s growing population. Continue reading

Live and Let Live: German Documentary Explores Veganism

Live and Let Live is a feature documentary by German director Marc Pierschel that examines our relationship with animals, the history of veganism, and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that motivate people to go vegan. The film follows the lives of six people who tell their stories on becoming vegan and also includes interviews from some of the best-known ethicists and sociologists, including Melanie Joy, Gary Francione, Peter Singer and Tom Regan. Continue reading