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Next up for ag gag: Appeal to 10th U.S. Circuit expected soon

During oral arguments before an appellate panel in Seattle in May, questions were flying so fast at responding attorney Justin Marceau that at one point Judge M. Margaret McKeown told him he could slow down, there would be time for his answers. McKeown and Judges Carlos Bea and Richard Tallman are on the panel from the 9th… Continue Reading

Mixed district court ‘ag-gag’ rulings are getting appellate review

The question of whether otherwise illegal acts — like lying on an employment application —  are Constitutionally protected if they prevent enterprising reporters or animal activists from being successful is now framed before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals meeting in Seattle. And two more District Court decisions could soon have the… Continue Reading

Alleged pig abuse at The Maschhoffs shown in activists’ video

A video that appears to show pigs being abused at an Oklahoma hog farm has prompted investigations by its owners and the Hormel Food Co., which it supplies. Hormel, makers of Spam, bacon, chili and other products, is looking into the Oklahoma facility, which is owned by The Maschhoffs LLC, large a hog production company… Continue Reading

How my dinner’s story has helped to shape my own

Opinion

When I look back through photos of my childhood, the momentous occasions, including my baptism, birthday parties, riding a two-wheeler or the triumph of successfully completing kindergarten, it’s hard not to notice the pictures are all of food. Food? Where are the photos of me, or of my friends and family, beaming with pride? My… Continue Reading

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

Opinion

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

EFSA: Farm Size Not a Factor in Bovine Diseases in Europe

In a recent study, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that farm size does not make a difference when it comes to bovine diseases. That finding by the EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare comes after the scientific committee had completed an assessment of “dairy cow welfare in small-scale farming systems.” It looked at… Continue Reading

Costco, Hillandale Farms Dispute Allegations of ‘Inhumane Treatment’

The Costco grocery store chain and one of its egg suppliers, Hillandale Farms, have responded to the findings of an undercover investigation recently conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Earlier this week, HSUS posted a video online showing “inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns” at a Hillandale egg facility in Gettysburg, PA…. 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

Walmart Takes a Stance on Animal Welfare, Antibiotics

On Friday morning, Walmart announced its positions on the responsible use of animal antibiotics and on animal welfare. The company is now urging U.S. suppliers to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to adopt and implement judicious use principles for antibiotic use in farm animals, specifically referring to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s principles and the Food… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Use Deserves Serious Conversation, Not Scare Tactics

Opinion

The recent release of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on antibiotic sales brought a round of calls from certain advocacy groups to ban the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. These advocates remind me of another crowd: the anti-vaccination movement. Both the groups pushing for an antibiotic-free animal agriculture and the “anti-vaxxers” ignore established… Continue Reading