The Rhythm: a Documentary Short about the Alien, Mechanized World of the Modern Slaughterhouse

In photographer Jo-Ann McCarthur’s own words, The Rhythm “is a film about rabbits, but it is also not a film about rabbits; really, this is a film about the cold, mechanical rationale of the kill line. though it might be tempting to focus on the particular species of animal being killed, or to look for the face of the one doing the killing, try to keep in mind: it doesn’t matter whether the animals are cute or not, or who does the cutting.” Continue reading

Author David Coles: Compassion Must Be the New Intelligence to Save Humanity from Itself

“Compassion will be the new intelligence that will guide humanity into an expansive state of existence beyond the illusion of choice that currently pervades human thought… It is no longer a theory or a prediction, it is possible now. The future has arrived,” writes David Coles, author of The Insanity of Humanity. Continue reading

Biggest Animal Rescue Effort in California History – A Must See Video!

Between February 23-24, 2012, Animal Place and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary coordinated the largest farm animal rescue in California history. More than 4,400 hens were pulled from A&L Poultry in Turlock, California after the owner left the hens without food for more than two weeks. A total of 50,000 were housed here. The others were either dec or beyond rescuable. Continue reading

Moving from the Power of Denial to the Power of Witnessing

We live in a society in which our perceptions of food are shaped largely by fantasy, escapism, deception and immediate gratification. This allows us to see just the juicy steak on the menu and block our awareness of the reality of the animal who suffered for it. Our food choices have become so ingrained, so habitual, so far removed from the scrutiny of critical thinking. But bad habits were meant to be broken. Continue reading

Iowa’s New Ag Gag Law Makes It Criminal to Lie to Record Animal Abuse

Iowa’s new law makes lying on a job application to get access to a farm facility a serious misdemeanor, punishable with up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,500. A second conviction carries harsher penalties. It won overwhelming approval in the Iowa Legislature on Tuesday. This makes criminals out of undercover investigators who expose cruelty to animals, corporate corruption, dangerous working conditions, environmental violations, or food safety concerns on farms. Continue reading

When Food Choices Negate Free Choice

On many occasions I have read or listened to defensive reactions from people who claim that no one can force them to change what they eat, as if someone had their mouth pried open and was attempting to shove a russet potato down their throat. They defiantly proclaim their freedom to make the choices they want. But how free are they — really? Continue reading

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: A Video Presentation by Melanie Joy

Author and speaker Dr. Melanie Joy has made numerous live presentations across the country to a general audience on the psychology behind eating meat she calls carnism. For those who have not seen this powerful presentation about the invisible belief system behind our meat eating culture, now you can watch this live recording on your desktop anytime you’d like. Continue reading

Ruby Roth’s New Children’s Book ‘Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action’

Author and illustrator Ruby Roth presents her new children’s book, Vegan Is Love, introducing young readers to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action. Roth illustrates how our daily choices ripple out locally and globally, conveying what children can do today to protect animals, the environment, and people across the world. Continue reading

Slaughtering Chickens For “Art” Cancelled in Lawrence, Kansas

During the past month, United Poultry Concerns, working with Animal Outreach of Kansas (, has published 5 Action Alerts urging people to contact the Spencer Museum of Art and related institutions in Lawrence, KS to insist that an “art” project that these institutions were supporting, called “The Story of Chickens” by Amber Hansen, an artist-in-residence at the University of Kansas, be cancelled. To view these Alerts, see Continue reading

Pig’s Rectum Could Be a Secret Ingredient in Your Can of Soup

These days, anything goes in the world of corporate food. It’s like the wild west. Animal parts scraped up off of the kill floor of slaughterhouses where 10 billion animals are killed every year across America make their way into all kinds of foods you’d never even think of as “animal-based” like Jello gelatin, Gummy Bears, Twizzlers, marshmallows and the list could go on and on. But who could imagine that we live in an age where the rectum of slaughtered pigs could be commodified and packaged like a finished product as we see here in this photo from a Facebook friend. Continue reading

50,000 Egg Laying Hens Found Emaciated and Starving on California Farm

The Stansilaus County, Calfiornia Animal Control officer who spoke to FOX News called this the worst animal abuse case she’s ever seen. 50,000 hens found trapped in a huge warehouse with only about 2,000 birds in stable enough condition to be rescued. The other several thousand were too far gone and were “euthanized” in portable gas chambers that were brought in to the site of the farm. Continue reading

Stanford Biologist Hails New Plant Based Meat Indistinguishable from Animal Flesh

Brown began his work several years ago when he decided to focus the rest of his life upon solving the challenge of weaning the world off of animal farming. He described such animal farming as an “inefficient technology millennia old” that also represents “by far the biggest environmental catastrophe” during a press conference held at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver on Feb. 19. Continue reading

Placing the Chicken Before the Egg

This morning I woke up at 4 am and had a startling observation about chickens. I think I realized that over the last couple of years I’ve been trying to understand what their true intentions are. To learn this, we must first shed our human bias that prevents us from really understanding their true nature. That means for a moment not seeing them as a source of eggs or meat or anything but an animal worthy of observing. Provide them with a safe and caring environment that is free from expectations of producing something for us and show a bit of interest in them and what begins to happen? They begin to seek our companionship. Continue reading

Sow and Piglet Cruelty Investigation Surfaces at a Hormel Breeding Operation

While employed at Hawkeye Sow Centers (HSC), a pig breeding factory farm in Leland, Iowa, a COK investigator wore an undercover camera to document the day-to-day miseries forced upon thousands of female pigs—who are intensively confined in tiny crates where they can’t even turn around—and their piglets, who endure painful mutilations without any relief. Continue reading

Like Us, A Video Short on the Science-Based Discoveries of Non Human Animal Intelligence

Like Us is a 6 and a half minute video short that explores the connection between human and non human animals. Like Us uses sound, images and the latest science to show how recent discoveries in non-human animal intelligence dispel age-old myths still popular today. Collectively these discoveries shift the paradigm — away from the dominant view that animals are resources to our own ends and toward the view that animals indeed possess the intention to live a life shaped by their own unique interests. Continue reading

In Chipotle’s Video, the Solution to Factory Farming Is Returning to Old McDonald’s Farm

Chipotle’s new animated ad denounces factory farming and depicts renegade farmers going back to a traditional way of farming reminiscent of Old McDonald’s Farm, giving false hope to millions. But there is no turning back to where we started with a population now at 7 billion and expected to shoot up to 9 billion by 2030. To meet the current standards of demand for meat, dairy and eggs, the number of animals killed for food is expected to double by 2050, from the current 60 billion to 120 billion a year. There is no viable solution to factory farming and animal exploitation other than shifting our consumption from animas to plants. Continue reading