The town of Glenview, IL has a tax-paying resident who has stood up for what she believes is the right thing to do for the animals at Wagner Farm (a public working farm in Glenview) for 12 years now, even while confronting a relentless barrage of criticism, ridicule and even villianization for standing her ground, defending the animals and attempting to save their lives from slaughter. Even against these great odds, Debby Rubenstein, president of Wagner Farm Rescue Fund, has managed to rescue 82 animals from Wagner Farm and find them forever-homes where they can live out the rest of their lives.
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.
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.”
The first animals I encountered were a group of isolated dairy calves who appeared to be just days old, housed in a dirty, dilapidated and fly-infested shed off the side of the road. Their expressions clearly conveyed being sad, lonely and bored in the absence of maternal care and their mother’s milk. And there was no sign of any human caretakers.
This ongoing gallery of well know and lesser known figures from the world of animal rights and vegan culture is a wonderful way to get to match the names with the faces. Some come from academia, some from popular culture. Some are great authors and speakers, while others are political, social justice or cultural icons. Our hand picked photos and quotes attempt to capture the essence of who these people are and what means the most to them.
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.
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.
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.
Precious Animals is a photo-project about the relationship between animals and humans, focusing on animals as manufactured consumer products on the one hand, with efficiency playing the leading role, and these very consumers and their habit of pampering their own pets and other cuddly two and four-legged creatures, on the other hand.
This month we found ourselves fostering an orphaned duck for three days we named Suzanna who comes from Chicago Animal Control. Within 48 hours, she went from fearing us to friending us. And we quickly realized what a deeply sensitive, intelligent and affectionate bird she is. We knew nothing about ducks before we met Suzanna. I did some research and found that she was a Pekin duck, a species commonly raised as a meat commodity.