Editor’s note: This column is published here with the permission of the author, Leah Garcés

Over the past few months, news reports of China’s African swine fever problem, which is decimating the country’s pig population, has dominated agriculture and trade headlines. The disease outbreak has affected markets across
Continue Reading African swine fever’s lesson: Big animal ag is fragile and biohazard suits are not unusual

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday signed Arkansas House Bill 1665, adding a civil cause of action to the state’s code that permits individuals to sue over the unauthorized access to non-public areas of commercial property.

Although not a criminal statute, Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy for Animals, calls the measure an 
Continue Reading Arkansas lawmakers take ‘civil’ approach with new ag-gag law

Animal activists from Los Angles-based Mercy for Animals are taking credit this week for the conviction of Danny Miranda on three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, but it might be awhile before they or others return to North Carolina to mount another undercover investigation. Deese_406x250That’s because on Jan. 1, a
Continue Reading Animal Cruelty Conviction in North Carolina Might Be The Last for Awhile

For the third time since July, food industry giant Tyson Foods Inc. has been the target of an undercover animal cruelty investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. Tyson chickenThis time, the animal rights group has signed affidavits against Tyson Foods and six of its employees, hoping it can get misdemeanor
Continue Reading Animal Rights Group Files Criminal Misdemeanor Affidavits Against Tyson and Six Employees

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

Two major food corporations with well-known brands to protect have cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm that finds itself the latest target of an animal abuse investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. First Tyson Foods Inc., which contracted with the Tennessee farm to raise chickens, and then McDonald’s,
Continue Reading Tyson, McDonald’s Cut Ties With TN Chicken Farm After Video Showing Abuse