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Wanna see some real factory-farming propaganda?

It’s the old argument little kids use with their parents: “But Mom, Billy did it too. He does it all the time. No fair.” An opinion piece on the Beef Magazine website popped up on the Pack News Wire concerning the topic of the “Emotion in Animal Welfare.” – (Interesting already) It seems a Purdue […]

Amendment to US House Farm Bill supports cruelty

There are two rather twisting aspects to an article published Friday on the Sacramento Bee website. The topic centers on a US House Farm Bill amendment that would prevent states from blocking the sale of agriculture products from other states, as one state might object to the way that other states produce that product. It […]

Pack Topics: Egg bill amendment rejected; cougars making a comeback

The US Senate rejected this week a contentious Farm Bill amendment that would have doubled the space in cages for egg-laying hens on factory farms. The Humane Farming Association (HFA) and another animal-welfare organizations have been speaking out against the amendment, suggesting it would have overturned California’s Prop. 2, while ensuring hens remained caged – […]

Some groups opposed to bill amendment to expand space for egg-laying hens

The new US Senate bill amendment that would double the cage space for egg-laying hens on factory farms is getting some negative feedback from both the factory farming side and some animal-welfare groups. Food Safety News quoted the Humane Farming Association as calling it the “rotten egg bill.” The Humane Farming Association is an anti-factory […]

Senate amendment to Farm Bill could improve the lives of egg-laying hens

The Humane Society of the United States is reporting the US Senate could vote very soon on an amendment to the Farm Bill. This amendment could improve the lives of egg-laying hens on factory farms, with improvements such as doubling the space for each hen and banning inhumane practices such starving them to force a […]

Hen battery cages debated

Two editorials hit the Pack News Wire this morning, crossing the vast canyon of the animal welfare debate. One rightfully calls for new, more humane practices within the egg-production industry. The other uses scare tactics and wild clams and pricing predictions and financial mumbo-jumbo – and everything but concern for the chickens packed into tiny […]

Topics: Factory farming, seal slaughter, kangaroo slaughter – and greed

What led to current state of factory farming? – Greed. What prompts the annual seal slaughter in Canada and the similar kangaroo slaughter in Australia? – Greed – And then there is the unfortunate market for the products from these mass slaughters. A new Whole Foods just opened in my hometown. My wife and I […]

Topics: Factory farming, lab animals

A protest was held Sunday near the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. The Philly Dawg blog reports it was part of the National Day of Mourning for Animals in Laboratories. The writer reports – “” A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report found that employees at Children’s Hospital inaccurately mixed formula for lambs who were […]

Burger King announces move to cage-free eggs and cage-free pork products

Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning to announce a major shift in the direction of animal welfare for Burger King. The No. 2 fast-food giant will by 2017 phase out the use of eggs and pork products from severely confined hens and pigs. Pacelle […]

Pack Line Headlines: New Zealand hens freed, shark conservation and Bird Day

New Zealand Bans Battery Cages – The New Zealand Herald reports over 80 million hens have been freed from battery cages in the country thanks to new animal-welfare legislation. Top Shark Stories of 2011 – Southern Fried Science has posted a list of the Top 10 Shark Conservation Stories of 2011. The highlights include the […]