How We Treat Farmed Animals

Readers react to a column by Ezra Klein about the horrors of factory farming. Also: Hospitals and the unvaccinated; unwanted holiday gifts. 

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factory-farming, #gifts, #hospitals, #meat, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘Koala Massacre’: Australia Files Hundreds of Animal Cruelty Charges

A property owner and two companies in Australia were charged after a land-clearing operation left dozens of the marsupials dead, injured or starving.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #deaths-fatalities, #koalas

There Are Better Ways to Build a Burger

How we treat farm animals today will be seen as a defining moral failing of our age.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #content-type-service, #empathy, #factory-farming, #food, #good-food-institute, #innovation, #livestock, #meat, #mercy-for-animals

Business Groups Sue Over California Law They Say Could Keep Pork Off Plates

A 2018 ballot initiative creating minimum space requirements for livestock is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. Food industry interests are warning of possible shortages and price increases.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #pigs, #pork, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

Maryland’s Wayward Zebras Have Been Captured After Nearly Four Months

The two zebras had escaped with another, which was later found dead, from a suburban farm, delighting residents and evading attempts to capture them, the authorities said.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #fugitives, #maryland, #prince-georges-county-md, #upper-marlboro-md, #zebras

Horse Carriage Ban in New York? De Blasio Wants to Try Again.

As he enters his final weeks in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio is resurrecting an old campaign promise to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #automobiles, #carriages, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-governors, #horses, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #new-york-city, #new-yorkers-for-clean-livable-and-safe-streets, #nyclass

On Tiny Guam, It’s One Dogcatcher vs. 30,000 Strays

They bite, they threaten, they carry the risk of rabies. Islanders are sharply divided over what to do about the dogs. And Nicholas Ibanez is caught in the middle.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #dogs, #guam

William Conway, Who Reimagined America’s Zoos, Is Dead at 91

He sought to conserve wildlife and encouraged zoos to exhibit animals in their natural habitats. But he lost a battle to rename the Bronx Zoo.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-zoo-wildlife-conservation-park, #conway-william-1929-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #wildlife-conservation-society, #zoos

Modern Pentathlon Drops Equestrian Competition After Abuse Claims

Accusations of animal abuse at the Tokyo Olympics helped lead to the biggest change to modern pentathlon in more than a century.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #horses, #international-olympic-committee, #modern-pentathlon, #olympic-games-2022

Owner of Maryland’s Runaway Zebras Is Charged With Animal Cruelty

Jerry Lee Holly, 76, was charged a month after one of the wayward zebras was found dead in an illegal snare trap in Upper Marlboro, Md.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #maryland, #prince-georges-county-md, #upper-marlboro-md, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zebras

Beef and Climate Change: This Seattle Steakhouse Wants to Be Part of the Solution

Bateau aims to reinvent the steak restaurant by showing how to sidestep the waste and environmental damage caused by the meat industry.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bateau-seattle-wash-restaurant, #beef, #butchers-and-butchering, #cattle, #global-warming, #ranches, #restaurants, #seattle-wash, #sustainable-living

YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban

An animal rights group said the site had ignored efforts to get clear violations taken down. YouTube said it had removed hundreds of thousands.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #google-inc, #lady-freethinker, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

1,400 Dolphins Were Killed in Faroe Islands. Even Hunting Supporters Were Upset.

Graphic images of the animals raised ire among activists, and some locals said the killings undermined the work of whale hunters who follow a centuries-old tradition that helps feed local people.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #faroe-islands, #hunting-and-trapping, #whales-and-whaling

When the Criminal Is Furry and Has a Penchant for Garbage

In “Fuzz,” Mary Roach explores the tricky terrain where humans and wildlife overlap and often collide.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #books-and-literature, #fuzz-when-nature-breaks-the-law-book, #roach-mary, #wildlife-services

Why Lawsuits Over ‘Misleading’ Food Labels Are Surging

A flurry of litigation by advocacy groups seeks to combat what they say is a rise in deceptive marketing by food giants.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #butterball-llc, #cargill-inc, #consumer-protection, #dairy-products, #food, #labeling-and-labels-product, #meatpacking-plants-and-slaughterhouses, #seafood, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #turkeys, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Nania The Elephant Beat the Odds

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Reuniting an Orphan Elephant and Her Mom, Perhaps, With DNA and Luck

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The ‘Hedonistic Altruism’ of Plant-Based Meat

Ethan Brown, the founder and C.E.O. of Beyond Meat, on his moral and environmental priorities.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #beyond-meat-inc, #content-type-personal-profile, #executives-and-management-theory, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #impossible-foods-inc, #meat, #vegetarianism

I Can’t Stop Wondering What’s Going On Inside My Cat’s Head

How my new pets got me to consider life’s deepest mysteries.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #animals, #artificial-intelligence, #cats, #descartes-rene, #dogs, #philosophy

On This German Farm, Cows Are in Charge. Or at Least Coequals.

The cows don’t have to produce milk. The pigs sleep late. No animal on this former dairy farm serves a human need. Their only purpose is to live peacefully — and provoke questions about how we eat.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #butjadingen-germany, #cattle, #dairy-products, #germany, #hof-butenland-butjadingen-germany, #livestock, #milk, #pigs, #veganism

U.K. Deer Cull Is Discussed as Solution to Exploding Herds

A pandemic-fueled expansion of the herds threatens the plant life that many species depend on for survival. But will the public accept killing many more deer?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #country-food-trust, #deer, #great-britain, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals

Roast Pig Statue in Rome Draws Animal Rights Protests

A new set of public artworks was supposed to pay tribute to the Italian capital, but a sculpture of a roasted pig has raised the hackles of animal rights groups and finnicky Romans.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #art, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #pigs, #rome-italy, #vegetarianism

More Than 30 Pelicans Have Been Mutilated on California’s Beaches

Since March, dozens of brown pelicans appear to have been seriously injured by a person or people in Orange County, conservationists said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #california, #cruelty-to-animals, #orange-county-calif

Zoos Are Bad for Animals

Many of them aspire to be good civic institutions that care for animals on their grounds and in the wild. But is it really worth their captivity?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #animals, #assn-of-zoosaquariums, #biodiversity, #breeding-of-animals, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #zoos

Andrew Yang Is Hit With Negative Ads From Animal Rights Leaders

In 2013, the animal rights leaders helped undermine the mayoral campaign of Christine Quinn, boosting the chances of the eventual winner, Bill de Blasio.

#adams-eric-l, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #campaign-finance, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #new-york-city, #nyclass, #political-advertising, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

How US Activists Are Trying to Halt the Killing of Kangaroos in Australia

A bill in Congress aims to ban all kangaroo products from Australia, setting up a clash between two very different kinds of people on opposite ends of the earth.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #indigenous-australians, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kangaroos, #meat, #pacelle-wayne, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shoes-and-boots

No, People Are Not Returning Pandemic Dogs in Droves

Despite alarmist headlines, the happy truth is most people are keeping their newly adopted pets, animal welfare groups say.

#abandonment-property, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #anxiety-and-stress, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #petpoint, #pets, #quarantine-life-and-culture

U.S. Activists Try to Halt an Australian Way of Life: Killing Kangaroos

A bill in Congress aims to ban all kangaroo products from Australia, setting up a clash between two very different kinds of people on opposite ends of the earth.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #australia, #indigenous-australians, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kangaroos, #meat, #pacelle-wayne, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #politics-and-government, #rural-areas, #shoes-and-boots

69 Big Cats Are Seized From Jeffrey Lowe, a Figure in ‘Tiger King’

Mr. Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe, are the latest figures from the Netflix series to face prosecutions by the U.S. government.

#agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #justice-department, #lowe-jeffrey-1964, #oklahoma, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

At the Preakness and Beyond, Horse Racing Needs to Clean Up Its Act

New laws cleaning up the sport of horse racing can’t come soon enough.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #baffert-bob, #doping-sports, #horse-racing, #jockeys-drivers-and-trainers, #kentucky-derby, #preakness-stakes, #sports-injuries, #triple-crown-horse-racing

Wild Horses Adopted Under a Federal Program Are Going to Slaughter

Records show that some people who are paid $1,000 a head by the government to give legally protected mustangs “good homes” are sending the horses to auction once they get the money.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #auctions, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #horses, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #livestock, #motivation-and-incentive-programs, #united-states-politics-and-government, #western-states-us

In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash

Puppies and kittens shipped in packages across the country have ended up dead, distressed or infected, spurring outrage.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #breeding-of-animals, #china, #e-commerce, #fujian-province-china

For Bears, California Recalls Are the Perfect Circus

A recall candidate hired a bear to draw attention to his campaign to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom, but the bear ended up drawing attention to the bear.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bears, #cox-john-h-1955, #elections-governors, #newsom-gavin, #sacramento-calif

Man Caught Smuggling 35 Songbirds Into J.F.K. Airport, Authorities Say

Kevin Andre McKenzie of Guyana concealed finches inside hair curlers in his clothing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #finches-birds, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #guyana, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Let’s Launch a Moonshot for Meatless Meat

It wouldn’t actually take that much of an investment for Biden to get us headed in the right direction.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #beyond-meat-inc, #diet-and-nutrition, #factory-farming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #impossible-foods-inc, #livestock-diseases, #meat, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #vegetarianism

After ‘Tiger King,’ Law Proposed to Protect Big Cats

The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been introduced before, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes the public outcry from the Netflix documentary series will finally help it become law.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #baskin-carole, #big-cat-rescue, #blumenthal-richard, #law-and-legislation, #maldonado-passage-joseph, #netflix-inc, #senate, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zoos

Future Vaccines Depend on Test Subjects in Short Supply: Monkeys

The pandemic has highlighted the United States’ dependence on China for research animals, reviving calls for a “strategic monkey reserve.”

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

Book Review: ‘Animal, Vegetable, Junk,’ by Mark Bittman

In “Animal, Vegetable, Junk,” Mark Bittman tells the long, unfolding story of our food sources, tracking the shift from agriculture to agribusiness.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-vegetable-junk-a-history-of-food-from-sustainable-to-suicidal-book, #bittman-mark, #books-and-literature, #food

Ted Cruz Is Going to the Dogs

What’s worse than an Irish setter on the roof?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cruz-ted, #dogs, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #romney-mitt, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Beloved Stray Cat Was Fatally Mauled. But Was It Intentional Cruelty?

Tuxedo was “the mayor” at the Brooklyn housing complex where he lived and was killed by two dogs. A man accused of torture in the death says he is innocent.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #canarsie-brooklyn-ny, #cats, #gordon-fulton

A Friend Shot a Biting Dog. I’m in Shock. What Should I Do?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on choosing a humane end for a pet and what to do with P.P.P. loan money you turned out not to need.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #ethics-personal

The Ugly Secrets Behind the Costco Chicken

An investigator went under cover and brought back disturbing video from a farm growing those famous birds.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #chickens, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #factory-farming, #mercy-for-animals, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states

An Unleashed Dog, Sentenced to Death After an Attack

Part of the allure of country life is space where pets can run free. I’ve learned the hard way the importance of a leash.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #catskill-mountains, #dogs, #pets

‘I Literally Had No One.’ Then the Foster Kittens Arrived.

The pandemic has made life hard for many people, and their pets, but others find themselves with more time and the resources to help.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #bideawee-inc, #cats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #volunteers-and-community-service

Wounds on Brown Pelicans in California Raise Fears of Animal Cruelty

In a little over a year, five birds have been treated by International Bird Rescue with severe slashes on their pouches that the organization believes were intentionally inflicted.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #california

Is Dairy Farming Cruel to Cows?

A small group of animal welfare scientists is seeking answers to that question. Facing a growing anti-dairy movement, many farmers are altering their practices.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cattle, #dairy-products, #dick-van-dam-dairy, #hawthorne-valley-farm, #your-feed-science

Is This the End of the Mink Coat?

Mink may no longer become a legend most. But that doesn’t mean it’s disappearing entirely.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #coats-and-jackets, #fashion-and-apparel, #fur, #luxury-goods-and-services, #minks-animals, #your-feed-fashion

David Attenborough Still Has Hope for Our Future

At 94, the beloved British naturalist remains curious and optimistic. He talked about his new docu-series, “A Perfect Planet,” and why the coronavirus may prove to have some positive consequences.

#a-perfect-planet-tv-program, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #attenborough-david, #discovery-channel, #documentary-films-and-programs, #global-warming, #television

At Least 240,000 Chickens Are Killed in Fire at Florida Egg Farm

The financial loss from the fire, which destroyed two barns owned by Cal-Maine Foods in Dade City, Fla., was estimated at $1 million, officials said.

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #barns, #cal-maine-foods-inc, #dade-city-fl, #eggs, #fires-and-firefighters, #florida

Australian Shark Attacks Jump, Raising Questions

Eight people have been fatally attacked this year, the most in nearly a century. But scientists say these numbers don’t tell the full story.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #australia, #beaches, #oceans-and-seas, #sharks, #surfing