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Factory Farming Is No Joke for Hal Sparks

The Humane Society of the United States


Comedian and animal advocate Hal Sparks believes in the unique power of humor to make us deal with the things we don’t want to talk about. But when it comes to factory farming, Hal admits it’s hard to find anything to laugh at.

Taking time out from his successful appearance at the Taking Action for Animals, conference in 2010, a very serious Hal spoke to us about his passionate, life-long commitment to animal protection and why he considers factory farming the “biggest issue."

The "biggest issue"

Affecting nearly 10 billion animals in the U.S. alone, factory farming is the issue more and more people are not only talking about but taking action against. As Hal points out, there’s nothing to support about a practice that causes cows, pigs, and chickens to suffer in inhumane conditions that have an impact on the health of the animals, humans, and the environment—and does not even result in truly cheap food.

If you’d like to join Hal in calling for an end to the worst forms of factory farming confinement, please tell Smithfield Foods to honor its commitment to phasing out pig gestation crates and lend your support to a proposed new measure in Washington state that would improve the lives of six million egg-laying hens.

Get to know Hall Sparks

A valued and vocal supporter of many HSUS campaigns, including Stop Puppy Mills and ProtectSeals, and a frequent Genesis Awards presenter, Hal Sparks is currently presenting his brand of stand-up comedy in a nationwide tour. For details, click here, or you can catch his weekly appearances on syndicated progressive talk radio’s The Stephanie Miller Show.

You can also check out Hal's canine best friend in our 2011 Rescue Paws calendar.

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