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Undercover Investigation Alleges Abuse of Chickens, Workers at Tyson Slaughter Plant in Texas

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has released undercover video footage from inside a Tyson Foods Inc. slaughter plant in Carthage, Texas, which the group asserts documents a system exploiting both workers and animals. The videotape includes an interview with the undercover investigator, filmed in shadow to protect her identity. This is the second recent undercover investigation involving Tyson Foods. In July, Mercy… Continue Reading

Senators Still Want Answers From Antibiotic Resistance Task Force


Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are still waiting for answers to animal antibiotics questions posed eight months ago. The senators originally wrote to the co-chairs of the Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in December 2014 wanting to know about how the task force plans to address issues in enforcement,… Continue Reading

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Linked to Missouri Slaughter Plant Suspended by FSIS


Update: Rain Crow Ranch, the Doniphan, MO, cattle operation which owns a nearby beef processing facility recently shut down by the federal government for humane handling violations, is being sued in connection with a 2014 E. coli death. According to an Aug. 17, 2015, Massachusetts newspaper report, a Braintree, MA, couple is suing Rain Crow Ranch and Whole Foods Market, claiming… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Stop Censorship of Undercover Videos



Constitutional rights not used or claimed might not survive from one generation to the next. It’s not good enough to say that because of New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), no prior restraint — meaning no government-imposed censorship or punishment — may exist against anyone’s rights to speak or publish under the First Amendment…. Continue Reading

MN Hog Farm Suspends Workers Before Group Releases Undercover Video


When an animal agriculture facility is caught with workers abusing their charges, the usual routine is to wait until the undercover video is made public and then, maybe after a day or two, fire the offending employees. Last Friday, however, Sleepy Eye, MN-based Christensen Farms was the first to act when it announced the suspension… Continue Reading

Perdue’s Big Reveal: ‘We Need Happier Birds’



You might not have caught it, but at the end of Stephanie Strom’s article this past weekend in The New York Times, Perdue made a big reveal. Back in December 2014, Compassion in World Farming released a video showing chickens raised in tightly packed warehouses, laying on feces-ridden litter and with red, raw bellies. To make matters… Continue Reading

Factory Farming: The Ignored Elephant in the Room


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The World Expo, being held in Milan, Italy, from May 1-Oct. 1, 2015, and themed, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” is bringing together 140 countries to unravel one of the world’s greatest challenges. Alongside the Expo, the U.S. brings its pavilion titled, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet.” Here the U.S. boasts… Continue Reading

North Carolina’s Civil ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Getting National Attention


An animal agriculture leader from a Western state says it’s hard not to be paying attention to North Carolina’s new Property Protection Act that was passed last week over GOP Governor Pat McCrory’s veto. That’s because, unlike the previous seven state laws adopted to shield animal agricultural operations from prying eyes, the new North Carolina law… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Better a Civil Action


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It was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said that “a state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” He meant that various state legislatures, especially over a period of years, may try different solutions to the… Continue Reading

Animal Agriculture Bill Gets a Civil Approach in North Carolina


There’s no crime, no unconstitutional prior restraint on taking pictures or making videos, and no deadlines for turning over evidence of animal cruelty. Indeed, the elements that raise constitutional questions about some state “ag-gag” laws are not even found in the North Carolina bill now on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk Animal activists are still vigorously… Continue Reading