Influenza is scientists' top pick for humanity's next killer plague. Up to 60 million Americans come down with the flu every year. The next pandemic virus may be manufactured in the filthy conditions common in factory farms, where chickens are packed together by the tens or hundreds of thousands in utter filth, allowing viruses to spread rapidly from bird to bird and mutate into very dangerous strains.
News & Events
September 26, 2012
Recent decades have seen an unprecedented rise in infectious diseases, 75 percent of which come from animals. Zoonotic diseases cause 2.5 billion cases of human illness each year and 2.7 million human deaths worldwide. Most of these illnesses and deaths are caused by diseases spread from farm animals.
September 6, 2011
In the film “Contagion,” opening in theaters September 9, a global pandemic is born when humans come into contact with an infected, slaughtered pig. Michael Greger, M.D., HSUS director of public health and animal agriculture, says there’s as much potential fact as fiction in the scenario, but his focus is on how, and where, such a virus is likely to be born.
October 26, 2009
A chapter in the upcoming book Handbook of Disease Outbreaks: Prevention, Detection and Control implicates the long-distance transport of farm animals in the spread of human and animal diseases. Dr. Michael Greger, director of public health and animal agriculture for The HSUS, co-authored the chapter.
August 8, 2008
The HSUS and HSLF commend New York Gov. Paterson for signing legislation to protect public health and animal welfare by regulating the slaughter of birds and other animals at live poultry markets.
February 25, 2014
Local restaurant Peak City Grill announced it will be adding to its menu grass-fed beef from nearby Harris-Robinette Beef, a Pinetops, NC farm that raises all of its cattle exclusively on pasture.
February 19, 2014
Get a snapshot of The HSUS's advancements for farm animals over the last decade.
February 12, 2014
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has fined Illinois-based pork producer The Maschhoffs $10,000 for a spill of animal waste from one of its sow confinement operations in southeast Iowa.
February 11, 2014
Owner of Food Lion, Hannaford and Bottom Dollar Grocery Chains Asks for Animal Welfare Reports from Pork Suppliers Amid Growing Concerns
The country’s ninth-largest grocer, Delhaize America, announced that it will require its pork suppliers to produce reports regarding their progress in eliminating from their pork supply chains the use of gestation crates—cages used to house breeding pigs that are so restrictive, the animals can’t even turn around.