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Hotline Launched for Reporting Cruelty, Neglect of Farm Animals

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a hotline that offers a reward for whistleblowers who report cruelty and neglect on factory farms, at livestock auctions, and in slaughter houses. The organization is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who have committed acts of cruelty… Continue Reading

Perdue Will Remove Its ‘Humanely Raised’ Label to Settle HSUS Lawsuits

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Perdue has agreed to remove the “humanely raised” claim from the labels on its Harvestland chicken packaging. In exchange, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will drop two class-action lawsuits filed against the company in 2010 and 2013 in which the plaintiffs argued that the claim was a misleading one. Some research suggests… Continue Reading

Compromise Legislation Would Strengthen South Dakota’s Animal Cruelty Law

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The last state in the union to make animal cruelty a felony now appears serious about getting on the boards. The South Dakota Legislature, which was gaveled into session on Monday, is again being asked to reform state animal abuse laws. This time, however, a year of work by the state’s livestock industry and animal-welfare… Continue Reading

Proposed King Amendment Threatens Broad Spectrum of Food Issues

Opinion

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After much delay, the Senate and House of Representatives passed their separate versions of the Farm Bill this summer. The country is now awaiting the final version of the Farm Bill, which will control farm policy and federal farm programs for at least the next five years. The House’s version of the Farm Bill, H.R…. Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: A Face for Radio

Opinion

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I would  prefer to be contacted simply for “reporting without bias,” but Katie Cooper, the national radio producer actually said she was contacting me because I was about the only “dispassionate” reporter she could find covering the  so-called “ag-gag” proposals being considered by 10 or 11 states this legislative season.  Okay, call me Joe Friday,… Continue Reading

Halal: More Than a Niche

Meat from ritual slaughter consumed by over 1.5 billion daily

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Thanks to increased trade in food and farm products, and the growth of Muslim communities in traditionally non-Muslim regions like northern Europe and the US, many non-Muslims are now aware of halal as a distinct food category, with its own dietary rules. Some have recognized the potential of halal as a market opportunity. This interest… Continue Reading

Food Safety Was Never at Risk at Central Valley Meat

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Food safety was never at risk at Central Valley Meat, which was shut down for a week for inhumane treatment of animals. But USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has concluded that no downer cows entered the food supply, meaning incidents of inhumane treatment did not result in any food safety violations. The Hanford,… Continue Reading

Humane Animal Handling Will Come With More Cameras, NAMA Says

The livestock industry’s top expert on animal behavior is teaming up with the North American Meat Association to put more eyes on high-risk animals and their handlers. Temple Grandin, the world renowned animal science professor at Colorado State University, is partnering with NAMA, the organization formed by the July 1 merger of the National Meat… Continue Reading

Senators Aim to Add National Egg Standards to Farm Bill

A bipartisan group of senators is hoping to add what would be the first federal standards for livestock housing and welfare to the Farm Bill, which the upper chamber is set to begin debating today. With Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) leading the charge, a dozen senators have backed the standards measure, which would mandate the… Continue Reading

Egg Standards Bill Introduced in Senate

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and a bipartisan group of seven other senators introduced a bill late last week to set federal housing standards for egg-laying hens, again sparking protest from both pork and beef producers, as well as other animal rights activists who are now calling it the “rotten egg bill.” The measure, which mirrors… Continue Reading