Tag Archives: Animal Welfare

Switzerland Bans Citizens From Boiling Lobsters Alive

Source: Grub Street NY

The Swiss government has apparently considered the lobster, and decided the crustaceans must now be “stunned” before going into boiling water. As part of a big overhaul of Switzerland’s animal-rights laws, legislators in Bern have issued a ruling that says, as of March 1, “the practice of plunging …

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Trump’s USDA Is Working to Torpedo the Rules for Organic Eggs

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The Trump administration has found a new Obama-era USDA policy with which it vehemently disagrees. The newest target of its ire: rules that would codify the seemingly self-evident position that “organic” animals must be raised more humanely than their conventional counterparts. Obama officials passed a set of regulations …

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Moby Wants L.A.’s Shelter Dogs to Give Up Meat

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Los Angeles’s shelter dogs could soon be eating plants for dinner if an animal-rights group, which oddly enough includes Moby and lawyer Lisa Bloom, get its way. With the help of an L.A. Animal Services commissioner, they’ve proposed making the shelter system America’s first that would feed canines an …

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Restaurant Gets Predictable Backlash After Hanging Taxidermy Cow From Its Ceiling

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Etica is a new pizzeria in Australia that feels a Neapolitan pie is infinitely improved if eaten alongside a “thoughtful conversation” about “the origin of dairy.” To increase the odds of this happening, the restaurant hung a large stuffed cow from a beam in the ceiling in a manner …

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Animal-Rights Activists Are Using VR to Fight Factory Farms

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Virtual reality: It’s not just for porn, art, and terrifying zombie video games. It’s also for videos capturing the often horrifying experiences of factory farms. According to a report in the New York Times, the technology has been adopted by animal-rights groups, who are using it to more …

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Burger King Pledges to Stop Buying Abused Chickens

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Burger King Chicken Fries don’t have to come with a side of guilt anymore — well, okay, not as much guilt. The chain is adopting new chicken-welfare standards to ensure the poultry it buys isn’t from suppliers that abuse animals. The commitment brings the nation’s fourth-largest chain …

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The Poultry Industry Wants Scientists to ‘Breed Out’ Chicken Suffering

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The travesties factory farming inflicts on the defenseless chicken are widely known by now. Big companies have for years wrestled with how to adapt mass-production practices so that their broilers are happy(-ish) but the profits stay high. Now, some industry geniuses say they’ve figured …

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French Parliament Passes Bill Requiring Slaughterhouses to Install Cameras

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Months after reports exposed heinous animal abuse in France’s meat industry, the National Assembly has voted to make video cameras mandatory in the country’s almost 1,000 slaughterhouses. The bill that passed would give them until 2018 to install CCTV everywhere live animals are handled, …

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Chipotle Says It Will Force Chicken Suppliers to Improve Animals’ Living Conditions

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Chipotle is adopting a set of new chicken-welfare standards that finally catches it up to rivals like Starbucks and Panera, whose mottos are not “Food with Integrity.” The company says that by 2024, it will source all its chicken meat from producers that use …

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Here’s the Secret, Predictably Horrible Video That Convinced Tyson to Retrain Its Workers

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Tyson is no stranger to criticism from animal-rights activists and factory-farm critics. After yet another video depicting animal abuse in its facilities was released, the company announced yesterday that it would retrain all of its poultry workers in animal-welfare practices. This announcement came in advance of the public release today…More »

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Egg Industry Promises to Stop Destroying Its Baby Male Chickens

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Great news, guys.

A little-known fact about the egg industry is that suppliers destroy almost half of their chickens within hours of being born. Males are effectively useless, so for years they’ve just been “culled” en masse, to use the industry’s technical term. Acceptable disposal methods include snapping their necks or even suffocating them in bags, but the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends investing in a good industrial-strength macerator, so hatcheries have traditionally fed baby males into a wood chipper, more or less.

But that’s about to change: In a landmark win for animal-rights activists, United Egg Producers, the group ...

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World’s Most Expensive Coffee Requires Actual Animal Torture

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Cut the crap.

Some people drink kopi luwak even after learning it’s been pooped out of a catlike creature, so prominent conservation group Wildlife Alliance is trying another tactic: reminding them of the moral reasons to avoid one of the world’s costliest drinks. The coffee wrecks pocketbooks because a pound can sell for hundreds of dollars (humorist Dave Barry once called it “a clever hoax designed to ridicule the coffee craze”), but the drink is even worse for the civet, a member of the weasel family in Southeast Asia that’s partial to coffee cherries. Somebody years ago discovered that ...

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All of Trader Joe’s Eggs Will Be Cage-Free in 9 Years

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Going all-in on more humane.

Trader Joe’s says it’s going to be the latest food-world giant to make the increasingly popular move over to sourcing only cage-free eggs. The official announcement is somewhat brief, but in it, the company outlines a plan under which eggs sold out west (i.e., California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado) will transition first by 2020, then eggs everywhere else will follow by 2025, a decade-ish time interval that’s fairly standard for the industry. The chain adds that “If market conditions allow us to accomplish these goals earlier, while still providing our customers ...

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Here’s Why Supersize Chickens Are the Next Animal-Welfare Fight

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The next in line.

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Monday that it was becoming roughly the kazillion-and-first company to commit to sourcing cage-free eggs. But the consequence of cage-free being the new norm (or, in actuality, being the norm in a decade, when all of these policies actually take effect) is that animal-rights groups can’t have people thinking all this food is now guilt-free. The new battleground, Forbes points out, will be over the 9 billion broiler chickens raised in the U.S. every year:

While the chickens may have flown the cage, the animal-welfare debate rages on. The next front: “fast ...

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Starbucks Says All of Its Eggs Will Be Cage-Free by 2020

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More humane-egg scrambles are on the way.

It will take five years max to source 100 percent of Starbucks’s North American eggs from cage-free hens, the company tells Reuters. This news assigns an eagerly awaited target date to the coffee chain’s pledge to buy more humanely raised eggs, the largest part of the new “Animal Welfare-Friendly Practices” plan Starbucks announced at Christmastime; it’s a program the Humane Society immediately praised as “the most comprehensive animal welfare policy of any national restaurant chain.”

The announcement sets a somewhat ambitious timetable, and with McDonald’s now committed to going cage-free, U.S. suppliers — ...

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Starbucks Makes an Unprecedented Commitment to Cage-Free Eggs

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Good news for egg sandwich lovers.

Months after a petition posted online garnered nearly 136,000 signatures, Starbucks has made a strong commitment to not buying battery-cage farm eggs and has updated its “Animal Welfare-Friendly Practices” sheet. The statement is part of a broader partnership with the Humane Society of the United States.

October’s Change.org petition targeted the coffee giant for allegedly sourcing “the vast majority” of its eggs from farms where hens live in cages the size of “seven Venti Starbucks cups” for life. While Starbucks had been using some cage-free eggs for a while, for menu items ...

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Animal Rights Group Blasts Starbucks for Using Eggs From ‘Cruel Farms’

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Itty-bitty home office.

A group called the Humane League — not Human, alas — has accrued more than 108,000 signatures on a petition criticizing Starbucks for “sourc[ing] the vast majority of their eggs from cruel battery cage farms.” The group is calling for cage-free chicken’s eggs for all baked goods and breakfast sandwiches used by the chain throughout its 11,000 stores in the United States. The group says that Starbucks may have been founded on a principle of “standing for something more,” but battery cages are tiny, and so it chose to break the alleged animal cruelty down in ...

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