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03Aug 08

“Routine” Different From “Humane” Says New Jersey Court

Last Wednesday, a New Jersey court ruled that certain industrial farming practices, such as tail-docking and de-beaking without anesthesia, cannot be considered humane just because they are widely used. This signals another development in the national conversation on the treatment of animals used for food. While many states have strict laws preventing animal cruelty, farm animals are often exempt from this protection. Click here to read the full article.

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30Jul 08

Is the U.S. Importing Mad Cow Disease?

A recent audit of the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) revealed that cows from Canada have been entering the country without being properly inspected. Consequently, concerns have been raised that mad cow disease may have been imported along with the undocumented cows. And because the Bush Administration does not want meatpackers conducting their own private testing for mad cow disease, this threat to public health/food safety is simply a disaster waiting to happen.* Further complicating matters, the under-funded…

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28Jul 08

New Study on Grass-Fed Beef

Read about a recent research study confirming that consumers like the taste of 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised beef. Study Shows Consumers Find Grass-Fed Beef Acceptable By Jeff Muhollem PSU Ag Science News July 28, 2008 UNIVERSITY PARK - High feed-grain prices and the growing interest in "natural" foods have spurred both consumers and farmers to consider grass-fed beef, and a recent study done by Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers may reinforce this trend. Read more...

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21Jul 08

What about eggs from pasture-based farms?

On November 4, 2008, Californians will vote on the "Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act." The purpose of this act, as cited by the Attorney General, is to "prohibit the cruel confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs." An industry-backed coalition, "Californians for SAFE Food" officially launched a campaign against this proposition, calling it "risky" and "dangerous." A recent article in Marketwatch…

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18Jul 08

Announcing a New Grant Initiative to Improve Animal Welfare on Farms:

Washington, DC-President of the Animal Welfare Institute Cathy Liss and Director of the Animal Welfare Approved program Andrew Gunther are pleased to announce a new grant initiative that will offer funds of up to $10,000 for the sole pur­pose of improving animal welfare on farms. Current Animal Welfare Approved farmers and those who have sub­mitted an application to join the program are eligible to apply for these grants. The Animal Welfare Approved program and food label promote the well-being of…

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