Political ramifications are coming in from two events in the past week involving the meat industry.

The first event was a July 12 forum sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on issues surrounding the cultured meat grown from in vitro animals cell culture.

A big newsmaker at that event was Dr. Michael Hansen,…

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 “ag-gag” law.

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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 new North Carolina law went…

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…

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, which is supplied with chicken…

Workers at the Andrus Dairy near Birnamwood, WI who were captured on video kicking and punching cows won’t be prosecuted, according to Scott E. Niemi, assistant district attorney for Shawano-Menominee Counties. In a “Notice of No Prosecution,” Niemi suggested owner Alan G. Andrus could fire or retrain the employees, and warned that the dairy farm…