The Search for Truth in Humane Farming

Let’s ask ourselves the painfully honest question: If animals are their first love, why have they not become animal protection advocates? Lord knows the 10 billion farm animals killed every year in the US need as much protection as they can get. If they really care about animals so much, why focus on a “humane” food market that impacts a mere 1 to 2% of all farm animals in this country? Why not instead join the animal protection movement to combat the largest and most egregious injustices to the largest number of animals? Why instead attack these groups for exposing animal abuse cases and advocating tougher regulation for the industry? These are just some of the questions I ask myself about the sustainable farmer’s true intentions. Continue reading

Proposed Legislation for Egg-Laying Hens: An Update

If it’s all right for an animal protection organization to lobby to ensure that an animal-abusing industry has “a secure future” and that consumers have “a dependable economic egg supply,” then no one will be fazed by the advertisement that is currently being run by The Humane Society of the United States and United Egg Producers promising these outcomes if the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 Continue reading

Large Demonstration in Paris Calls for the Closure of Slaughterhouses

PARIS: On Saturday, June 2nd organizers from multiple animal organizations staged a large scale demonstration at the symbolic location of the old slaughterhouses of Vaugirard in the 15th Arrondissment, where Georges Franju partly shot the movie “Animal’s blood” in 1949: “The first time I went there, I came back home, cried for two days, hid away all the knives, I just wanted to die1,” said Franju, recounting his first exposure to institutionalized slaughter. Continue reading

Study Shows Dairy Cow Intervention Relieves Clinical Depression

A new study published in the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, Anthrozoös, tests whether interaction with cows on a farm improves symptoms of clinical depression in people. One group of people spent two days on a farm for a 12 week period while another did not. Among the farm group, significant differences were found between the start of the study and the final week on measures of decreased depression and increased self-efficacy, indicating that interaction with farm animals may be a successful intervention for clinical depression. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Sandye the Rescued Mystery Hen

We’ve written about one of our adopted hens Sandye that we often call the “mystery hen” because we know so little about what her life was like before we adopted her, other than the farmer who discarded her said she was no longer laying eggs and therefore could not keep her. We found her at a sanctuary for animals in not so good condition: sparse feathers, missing toenails, jaggedly clipped beak, some deformity to her head. Continue reading

Animal Equality Documents the Brutal Slaughter of Tuna in Italy. Act Now!

Hundreds of bluefin tunas are caught in traps while they migrate to their breeding grounds and are later slaughtered. During a careful and painstaking investigation, Animal Equality recorded and photographed both the natural behavior of tunas underwater, and the plight of the bluefin tunas who are brutally killed every Spring in Italy. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Highlights from the We Animals Project by Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur

McArthur shares her work with us here on freefromharm.org to provide our members with a “snapshot” (no pun intended) of the work of this daring and innovative photojournalist who has travelled the world to uncover the experience of animals in a human-dominated world where humans use animals for their own ends without even thinking (or perhaps caring) about how this impacts them. But the photos clearly capture and communicate the emotions and thoughts of the animal subjects. We are compelled to see their point of view, like never before. Continue reading

My Hen’s Prolapse Is One Good Reason Not to Eat Eggs

Many people ask me why I don’t eat my own hens’ eggs. They’re going to lay them anyway, they say. What’s wrong with eating them? For me there are many good reasons not to eat any eggs, regardless of whether they come from a factory farm or your backyard, but I will focus on just one of them here. I took this photo of my hen Sweet Pea to show a common health condition that arises from intensive, daily egg production after only a short period of laying. Such egg laying is a function of how they are bred, not how they are raised. Continue reading

A Comedy Sketch Based on Where Exactly Did That Chicken on the Menu Come From?

We found this video comedy sketch very clever and telling about the extent to which we seek to now know where our food comes from. The scene is a restaurant where two lovebird diners contemplate ordering chicken but have many questions about how the chicken was raised for the waitress. The waitress actually brings out a “bio” on the rooster and the local farm who raised him. In the end, the couple doesn’t take the waitress’ word for it and they decide to leave the restaurant to go investigate where the rooster they have now given a name actually comes from. Continue reading

A New US Map of Ag Gag Laws and Farm Cruelty Investigations

Mark Middleton of Animal Visuals has launched an exciting new “action map” that features the most comprehensive collection of major farm animal cruelty investigations we’ve seen as well as the ongoing status of Ag Gag laws in the various states where those laws have been passed or are pending consideration. Continue reading

A Calf’s Incredible Journey from Slaughterhouse to Sanctuary

On the evening of April 10th a calf just weeks old made a break from a slaughterhouse in Paterson, NJ. and embarked on an unbelievable journey to freedom and safety. He eluded capture for hours and even waded into the Passaic River. Police used vehicles to ram into the calf in an effort to bring him under control until a tranquilizer gun could be obtained. The story was picked up by local news in which the slaughterhouse owner agreed to release the calf to an unspecified farm. Continue reading