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Pigs Without Space: Smithfield Foods and Its Broken Animal-Welfare Promises
A Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) investigation at a Smithfield Foods‘ (SFD) pig farm in West Virginia should stand as a warning to meat companies that decide to ignore their own animal welfare promises — HSUS is watching you and has no trouble finding people willing to be paid to go undercover with hidden cameras, posing as one of your employees.

Animal rights group calls out Lipton Tea for testing on animals
With the cold months upon us what’s the harm in waking up with a warm cup of tea? Well if the tea is Lipton the harm could be plenty. PETA has called out Lipton Tea and Unilever, Lipton’s parent company, for causing the suffering and death of lab animals in an effort to advertise health claims for their tea.  In an article posted by PETA, details have come out shedding light on how the tea giant has caused animals to suffer and die for the sole purpose of making health claims.

Livestock in U.S. gobble up the antibiotics
The U.S.-raised animals we eat consumed about 29 million pounds of antibiotics in the last year alone, according to a first-ever Food and Drug Administration accounting of antimicrobial drug use by the American livestock industry.  The release of the figures — in a little-noticed posting on the FDA’s website Friday — came in response to a 2008 law requiring the federal government to collect and disseminate antibiotic use in livestock as part of the Animal Drug User Fee Act.

Stop Humane Society now, Nebraskans urged
Is the Humane Society of the United States targeting Nebraska for a ballot initiative to halt certain livestock production practices?  Humane Society of the United States’ efforts to change animal welfare laws usually focus on poultry and swine production that uses cages and crates. Gov. Dave Heineman warned Nebraska Cattlemen last week that animal rights activists often start with poultry and pork, but then move on to cattle.

US foie gras industry has all its ducks lined up
Deliciously decadent or cruel and unhealthy? While the debate over foie gras rages around the world a handful of American farms are busily force-feeding ducks to satisfy growing appetites for the luxury liver pate.  Hudson Valley Foie Gras and neighboring farm La Belle in New York state and California’s Sonoma Foie Gras are the countries’ only three producers of the controversial gastronomic treat, known universally by its French name.

Goldman Sachs’ DC Office Hounded By Animal Rights Radicals
Animal rights radicals have been harassing Goldman Sachs employees in Washington, DC, according to a lawsuit filed in a DC Superior Court.  The radicals are members of two groups Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and Defenders of Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow (DARTT). They accuse Goldman of earning blood money and torturing puppies.

As Incomes Rise, So Does Animal Trade
Every one of these incidents, documented by Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network, took place within the past few months. They provide just a glimpse of the massive trade in endangered animals — and their bones, skins and other organs — that is taking place across Asia.  Yes, conservation projects have helped preserve individual species, but over all the trade in rare creatures has grown, not shrunk — thanks largely to rising demand from an increasingly affluent Asia.

Animal rehab centers still at work after BP oil spill, dozens of animals being treated
The animals are among thousands rescued since more than 200 million gallons of oil began gushing from the Macondo well about 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi River Delta, and among dozens still at Gulf Coast rescue centers five months after the well was capped.  Since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, rescue officials say 2,079 birds, 456 sea turtles, some terrapins and two dolphins have been plucked from the oil.

NYC proposal to ban long outdoor tethering of dogs
It could become illegal in New York City for dogs to be tethered outside for more than three hours in a 12-hour period.  City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. proposed a new anti-tethering measure that would make it a violation punishable by fines. He said animals are “harmed mentally and physically” by being restrained for excessive periods of time.

New Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
“Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters,” researched and written by 14 members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians over two years, is hot off the press. This is the first document of its kind.  The timing of the release of the Standards is critical, as government funding for shelters is dwindling, and some shelters depend heavily on such monies.

Livestock protection dogs have long history
Livestock protection dogs are not herding animals, but rather full-time members of the flocks. The dogs choose to remain with the sheep because they have been reared from puppyhood with them.  Sheep and dogs were the first animals domesticated, scientists and researchers believe.  But scientists believe the use of dogs as herders to be a relatively recent phenomenon, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

Pets more trustworthy than people: poll
The study revealed that 53 per cent of Canadians who own pets find them more reliable than people. Ninety per cent of Canadians talk to their pets and one-third have confided their deepest, darkest secrets to Fido or Milo or Hero.