Should Animals Be Off the Menu? A Full Debate on the Ethics of Eating Meat

Intelligence Squared’s 2012 series of debates kicks off with a look at the ethics of eating meat. Six speakers are divided into two teams for lively and insightful arguments for and against the proposition, Animals Should Be Off the Menu. Out of an audience of hundreds, 73.6% agreed meat should be off the menu upon hearing all of the arguments. Find out why, then ask yourself if you are making the right choice. Speaking for the proposition are Peter Singer, Philip Wollen and Veronica Ridge; against it, Adrian Richardson, Fiona Chambers and Bruce McGregor. Their cases are followed by questions from the floor and finally, the audience vote. Continue reading

The Amnesia-ville Horror

Unless small-scale farms have a plan to upend the most basic principle of classical economics–not to mention human nature–their endorsement of eating animals will continue to be, however inadvertently–an endorsement of factory farming. They will, of course, deny this. And they will, of course, be deluding themselves. Worse, they’ll be harming animals. Indeed, their delusions are just as complicit in the senseless killing of billions of animals as are the factory farms they claim to hate so vehemently. Continue reading

ASPCA Promotes Compassion, Respect, and Now the Slaughter of Animals

ASPCA, one of the leading animal protection organizations, would have you believe that the killing of chickens, as shown in the photo here, can somehow constitute a humane practice, a practice that is consistent with their mission of respect and compassion for animals. The kill cone method of slaughtering chickens, one of the most barbaric acts of violence we’ve seen, is considered the “humane” standard today, and ASPCA is using charitable donations to fund and promote poultry slaughter, expand poultry breeding and hatchery facilities and pretend that a factory farm is Not a factory farm, while doing NOTHING to promote genuine compassion and respect for these birds. Continue reading

Dennis Kucinich Proclaims June 21st Vegan Earth Day

The United States becomes first nation in the world to formally recognize Vegan Earth Day in 2009, and Dennis Kucinich is the spokesperson for the 2012 Vegan Earth Day! In this recorded message, Kucinich describes what personally led him to go vegan and how he is spreading the important message to others. He emphasizes three key reasons for adopting veganism: his health, his concern for animals and for the environment. Continue reading

What Is The Nonhuman Rights Project?

The NhRP was founded in 2007 by attorney Steven M. Wise, and is made up of dozens of smart, committed, and hard-working people from many backgrounds who have come together for one clear purpose: to break through the legal wall that separates humans from nonhumans, thereby gaining legal “personhood” for nonhuman animals, beginning with some of the most intelligent animals on earth, like chimpanzees, elephants and dolphins. Continue reading

Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals, Now Promotes Happy Chicken Meat

Jonathan Safran Foer, acclaimed author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Everything is Illuminated, and Eating Animals, expresses his support for, a free, comprehensive resource connecting good farmers with conscientious consumers. And remember, “good” farmers are those that allow chickens to live a few weeks of their life on pasture before brutally slaughtering them by stuffing them down a kill cone, pulling their necks through the other end, slitting their throats and allowing them to wrangle their until they bleed to death — all while fully conscious. And remember, these chickens are in their infancy / adolescence, typically seven weeks old in a lifespan of 10 to 15 years when their lives are drastically cut short and meet this violent end so that these “good” farmers can profit from their suffering and call this “high welfare” animal husbandry. Continue reading

The Plastic Cow: a Documentary Short about the Sacred and Not So Sacred Cows of India

The Plastic Cow is a 34-minute documentary that looks at the impact of our almost complete dependence on plastic bags, which we use and discard carelessly every day, often to dispose our garbage and kitchen waste. Not only are these bags a huge environmental threat, they end-up in the stomachs of cows, who, either because they’ve been discarded because they’re not milking at the time or because the dairy owner is unwilling to look after them, have to fend for themselves and forage for food, which, like other scavengers, they find in community garbage dumps. Continue reading

Santa Cruz Hatchery Shutdown after Unprecedented Settlement Reached in Cruelty Case

Yesterday, Compassion Over Killing (COK), represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), finalized a settlement and court order resolving a lawsuit alleging widespread egregious animal abuse and neglect at Cal-Cruz Hatcheries, Inc., a Santa Cruz hatchery that processed millions of birds each year destined for the chicken and duck meat industries. Continue reading

Cheese Ripened and Flavored by Vermin Can Make Your Skin Crawl

The use of vermin to impart flavors, aromas and enhance ripening will no doubt trigger disgust by even some of the most diehard cheese lovers. According to Nutrition Facts, some cheese manufacturers use spider-like insects and fly larvae to impart particular flavors and aromas to certain cheeses. The sources used in this video comes from dairy industry research itself. Continue reading

A Response to NPR’s Fresh Air Show: Assessing Consumer Concerns About the Meat Industry

If we really want to change the situation, we have to do more than endlessly call upon USDA, FDA, agribusiness and related entities to “do” something. We as consumers need to take responsibility. We need to change our eating habits and our attitudes. This change involves thinking more critically and compassionately about the misery that our animal-based diets are causing the animals themselves. Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Doris the Hen, a School Chick Hatching Project Survivor

Doris is a beautiful, docile and highly intelligent red hen that we adopted from a Chicago Public School chick hatching program. She charms and delights everyone who meets her. Unfortunately, as an egg laying hen, her life is centered around a struggle to survive the debilitating and life threatening health conditions that afflict most hens today that are bred by giant hatcheries to produce up to 5 times more eggs than what nature intended for their bodies. Continue reading

University of Chicago Consumer Study Re-asserts the Meat and Machismo Metaphor in Marketing

“The strongest animals on earth are plant eaters. Every creature we’ve enlisted to do the work we couldn’t handle — the horse, donkey, elephant, camel, water buffalo, ox, yak — is an herbivore… whose huge muscles were built from plant protein, and whose strong bones got that way, and stayed that way, from grazing on grass and eating other vegetables.” – Victoria Moran Continue reading

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