Many children play with toys that evoke the bucolic life on a farm. And many will likely visit a small local farm, where animals have space and access to sunlight and the outdoors. But most kids are probably not aware that, for the vast majority of farmed animals, life is anything but happy.
The science behind bovine sentience
If you think a lot about where your food comes from, you're probably aware that the most exciting regulatory efforts are coming from the private sector. And they'd better be, because in another setback for consumers, the USDA just recently withdrew a rule that would have set higher standards for how animals raised as "certified organic" are treated.
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“We have a responsibility to care for the millions of animals in our supply chain… We understand and acknowledge the significant responsibility we have to help ensure these animals experience good welfare throughout their lives.”
On March 6, 2018, the University of Oxford announced that a student named Jonathan Latimer was awarded a prize in Practical Ethics for his essay, "Why We Should Genetically 'Disenhance' Animals Used in Factory Farms." Describing disenhancement as "a genetic modification that removes an animal's capacity to feel pain," Latimer defends the process by arguing that "disenhancement will significantly increase the quality of life for animals in factory farms."
This New Study Is Further Proof That Going Vegan Is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Planet (Video)
A groundbreaking study by Tulane University and the University of Michigan published in Environmental Research Letters found that meat, dairy and egg consumption is responsible for nearly 84 percent of food-related greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
The California-based nonprofit Factory Farming Awareness Coalition has a simple mission: to educate people about what really happens on factory farms. Why is this necessary? Most Americans think farm animals are treated well, despite the fact that 99% of animal products come from factory farms. And factory farming, in addition to being extremely cruel to animals, is a leading driver of global warming, deforestation, species extinction, water waste, and pollution.
That Organic Chicken Almost Got a Full Foot of Space - Now, USDA Has Withdrawn Its Animal Welfare Rules
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Here's the Federal Government's Big Chance to Improve Public Health and Reduce Animal Suffering - at the Same Time
Since 1980, the federal government has issued the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to offer input on what kinds of foods contribute to a healthy diet. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appoint an advisory committee to revise and update the guidelines based on the most current science and dietary knowledge. The guidelines set nutrition standards for school lunch programs, federal assistance programs, the military and health professionals. They also serve as a tool to help American citizens choose foods to decrease the risk of disease and improve their overall health.
There’s great news for animals in the final 2018 budget bill that President Trump signed into law last week. The bottom line is this: the budget bill includes language to restrict funds from being used to harm horses and to address a purge of key animal enforcement records, it increases federal resources to enforce significant animal protection laws, and it omits riders that would have been devastating for wildlife.