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Happy pigs nuzzling each other in a field

Some farmers provide their animals with room to root, roam and roost, but the majority of eggs, meat and dairy products sold in the United States come from factory farms, where animals are kept tightly confined in spaces barely larger than their bodies. They are never allowed to express their...

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by Emily Smith

Fresh from the trauma of World War II, mid-century Americans imagined a peaceful, prosperous future. They dreamed of moon rockets and flying cars. They envisioned house-cleaning robots. And, after years of rationing, they hoped for bountiful meals. Most particularly, they hungered for chicken. But...

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Karen Lange

By reducing the suffering of animals raised for meat, eggs and dairy.

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Ever looked at an egg carton and wondered what "free- range" means as opposed to "cage-free?" Here's what you need to know.

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WASHINGTON—Today Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed groundbreaking legislation that will eliminate cruel cage confinement of egg-laying chickens and require eggs produced and sold in the state be cage-free. When fully phased-in on Dec. 31, 2024, approximately six million chickens each year will be...

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Chicken with baby chicks, crossing a pathway

Kristie Middleton never thought she’d spend Thanksgiving cuddling a turkey. “I just never thought of turkeys as wanting human attention or wanting human interaction,” she says. But then again, she’d never met Kona. Several years ago, Middleton was visiting Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French...

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Kelly Madrone

Contents What is the Humane Society of the United States doing to help farm animals? What are some of the biggest problems farm animals face? Aren't there laws that protect farm animals from abuse? Don't animals have to be treated well to be productive? What can I do to help farm animals?

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As of June 2021, 30% of egg-laying chickens in the United States are cage-free. A decade ago, that number was just 5%. “It may be the greatest reduction of animal suffering in U.S. history,” says Josh Balk, HSUS vice president of Farm Animal Protection. “That percentage represents about 100 million...

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WASHINGTON—A coalition of animal welfare, consumer safety and worker rights organizations commend U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., for introducing the Safe Line Speeds in COVID-19 Act, which would protect workers, animals, and consumers from the...

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WASHINGTON – A coalition of animal welfare, consumer safety and worker rights organizations commend U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, for introducing the Safe Line Speeds During COVID-19 Act, which would protect workers, animals and consumers from the dangers posed by higher line speeds in poultry, pig...

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Photo illustration of a farm scene using plant-based nuggets and condiments as design elements

Around 2014, Kristie Middleton walked through a cafeteria at the University of California, hoping to see students chowing down on some of the healthy plant-based options she was encouraging food service providers to adopt. Middleton, then with the Humane Society of the United States, figured that...

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by Karen E. Lange

The vast majority of meat, eggs and dairy sold in the United States comes from factory farms in which animal cruelty is rampant. Packaging for animal products frequently contains phrases or images meant to signify higher animal welfare standards, but many of those claims are misleading. Be a savvy...

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Today, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed legislation that requires eggs sold in Nevada to be from cage-free facilities, no matter where the eggs were produced. It also bans the caging of egg-laying chickens in the state. The legislation also requires enrichments for egg-laying hens —like perches, dust...

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Video evidence (below) compiled by the Humane Society of the United States shows inhumane handling methods that may have endangered the health of children. A shocking undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States reveals widespread mistreatment of "downed" dairy cows—those who...

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The Humane Society of the United States today released the results of an undercover investigation documenting shocking animal abuse at a Vermont slaughter plant. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture took decisive action today based on the information provided by...

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Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture took the first step to rectify a decision made during the previous administration which negatively impacted farm animal welfare standards. In January 2017, the USDA issued a sweeping rule that would have strengthened standards for animal welfare...

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Time and again, undercover investigations and whistleblowers have documented rampant animal cruelty and other abuses in our nation’s factory farms and slaughterhouses. But instead of working to solve those problems, Big Ag is trying to simply cover them up. Whistleblowing employees have long played...

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Chickens are intelligent birds with a complex social hierarchy.

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Poultry (Each report is available as a downloadable PDF.) CHICKENS AND TURKEYS About Chickens [PDF] About Turkeys [PDF] Animal Welfare in the Chicken Industry [PDF] Animal Welfare in the Turkey Industry [PDF] Caponizing Chickens [PDF] Manual Catching of Poultry [PDF] Transport of Day-Old Chicks [PDF...

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