This short video chronicles the life of Angelica, a sweet little hen rescued on Thanksgiving Day. Free from Harm director Robert Grillo explains the rescue. the care Angelica received and her untimely passing on December 18th. This video also probes the bigger questions about the egg hatcheries where hens like Angelica are bred and their connection to the backyard chicken movement, factory egg farming, organic, free-range and cage-free labeling and the deeply misunderstood obstacles that egg-laying hens face, regardless of their upbringing.
I would agree that, in many cases, morality is a personal matter. The choice of faith or secular belief is one’s personal business. In fact, any belief or action that does not deny others their basic freedoms is generally respected as a personal one. A personal belief does not harm others, at least directly. That’s what makes it personal. However, when it comes to eating animals, there are no neutral actions.
A recent survey conducted by the Neighbors Opposed to Backyard Slaughter found that a majority of Oakland, California residents living in the areas with the highest number of livestock animals opposed the practice of keeping and slaughtering animals in backyards residences. The survey was conducted in Oakland districts one and three. A majority of those surveyed oppose backyard slaughter (52% in district one and 55% in district three).
“When I talk with meat-eaters the vast majority believe there are strict and humane standards of care for food animals that are enforced rigorously. This is not the case as shown by the number of complaints registered against slaughterhouses and the number that have been cited and/or closed down because of the reprehensible way in which their most unfortunate inhabitants are treated” — Marc Bekoff
Seeing backyard hens frolicking in the grass looks wonderful on the surface. Yet, beyond the surface lies the source of virtually all commercially raised chickens today: the industrial scale hatcheries that breed billions of birds every year in absolutely appalling conditions and that use cruel practices such as beak amputation, killing of millions of male chicks, and genetic manipulation to optimize egg production which dooms hens to cancer, heart failure, and other serious adverse health effects early in their lives. In short, hatcheries profit on the suffering of some 280 million birds each year in the US and our demand keeps them profitable.
Currently 100 million Americans are pre-diabetic or diabetic, and one in three kids born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes. Neal Barnard, clinical researcher and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), identifies the causes of this serious issue and advises us how we can fight these statistics.
Dairy Facts is a photo slideshow that uncovers the hidden facts behind dairy farming the industry doesn’t want you to know about. Behind the labels and the marketing of happy cows is a world full of physical and psychological suffering and killing, still largely unknown by most consumers today. Each image / infographic exposes one of the many inhumane practices common in modern dairy farming — including dairy products labeled “humane” and “organic.”
A new video clip has been released by Israeli group, Anonymous for Animal Rights, shot undercover at Israel’s leading kosher meat processor, Tnuva Cattle in Beit Shean, Israel. The video footage was captured by an investigator acting as an employee at Truva between September and October of this year. The footage exposes egregious brutality and suffering of animals in this allegedly high welfare facility, described by one highly-respected Israeli veterinarian, Yevgeny Borschevsky, as “the animals’ Treblinka.”
After two weeks at the Niles Animal Hospital, Angelica was released to us today, and we had a consultation with our veterinarian, Dr. Peter Sakas, who briefed us on the tests, treatments and progress she has made under the care of his staff. We also discussed the challenges that lie ahead, namely her ability to eat properly due to her beak amputation that left her with literally no upper beak at all.
Agribusiness insists that manure is necessary for commercial farming and animal products are essential to our health. It’s a case of the fox, not just minding the hen house, but also trying to teach us something contrary to biology 101 where we learned that only true carnivores require the flesh of animals for health and survival. But what to make of their claim that manure is essential for fertilizing soil? McWilliams points to the veganic farming movement as the signs of a future of farming without animal exploitation.
No one knows the horrors of illicit backyard slaughter farming in Southern Florida like Richard “Kudo” Couto, founder of the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) in South Florida. In the last couple of years, he has been instrumental in shutting down 90 illegal slaughter farms. He estimates that there are about 150 still in operation in Miami-Dade County alone and another 700-to-900 scattered throughout the rest of the state.
With such a focus on factory farming today, there is little attention on a growing movement in the backyard slaughter farms which operate under the radar and without any regulatory oversight. But some activists are hoping to change that. In Southern Florida in particular, the backyard butchery movement is thriving, and investigator Richard “Kudo” Couto of Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) is a pioneering activist who does a tremendous job exposing these covert operations.
This “Pigs on Drugs” campaign from Consumers Union that seeks to pressure Trader Joe’s to stop buying pork from factory farms that use drugs has good intentions, but completely misses the mark. Drugs are given to animals in confinement to reduce the spread of diseases that occur in these unnatural and squalid living environments and also to raise pigs to market weight faster and bigger. And it has led to the development of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains that can kill people too. They got that right.
Nicholas is a sweet steer who was rescued by Animal Place Sanctuary on Christmas day five years ago, when he was only a few days old. Someone found him tied up outside an apartment complex with no food or water and called animal control officers, who got in touch with the sanctuary, where he is now living out his life in peace. Male dairy calves have little value to dairy farmers, since they don’t produce milk. In this informative and inspiring video, Animal Place Education Manager Marji Beach tells the happy story of Nicholas.
Even for WFM, the truth doesn’t sell meat, so it gets hidden behind meaningless marketing facades like this one. If you want to learn the truth about animals in agriculture, visit a sanctuary or watch the videos they produce about the animals they saved from the industry. They have nothing to sell you but the hope for a future when animals will be spared the doomed fate of becoming a commodity.
On October 2nd, three animal rights activists shocked the world with an extraordinarily bold act. Alex Bojour, Zohar Gorelik and Oleg Ozerov were branded as a symbolic act of identification with the animals that are branded and used by the human species, conveying the message of animal equality. Their blood flows like our blood; their pain feels like our same pain; their suffering is the same as our suffering.
Angelica was found wandering the city streets of Chicago and was picked up by Chicago Animal Control and Care late last Wednesday night. A dedicated Chicago animal rescuer, Melissa Pena, got her out of there on Thanksgiving day as staff would be minimal over the holiday weekend, and CACC kills animals shortly after they are picked up if no home can be found. Melissa contacted us to alert us of her urgent need for a medical care and a safe home.
The personal struggles and artistic triumphs behind the making of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, a life-changing, award-winning film about farmers and their relationship to animals. Mini-documentary features Tribe of Heart filmmakers Jenny Stein & James LaVeck, and musicians Joy Askew and Kevin Bartlett.