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AGENTS OF INIQUITY: After large pig farm company was exposed for cruel killings, the FBI pursued its critics

LEE FANG: Noel Williams, the chief operations officer of Iowa Select Farms, a powerful pork company and the largest in Iowa, pulled into the parking lot of an empty housing complex typically used for the firm’s immigrant workforce. He was there to transport Lucas Walker, a former truck driver for Iowa Select, to a meeting with Nick Potratz, an FBI agent from the Des Moines office of the bureau. That’s according to Walker, who had recently tried to report Iowa Select, his former employer, for mistreating animals. After The Intercept published leaked video of pigs being killed off en masse,…

FROM RED TO WHITE, FEELING BLUE: How chickens took over America’s dinner plates

KELSEY PIPER: Earlier this month, almost 100 million Americans tuned in to watch the Super Bowl, and they ate about 1.4 billion chicken wings and drumsticks — wings and legs from 700 million birds. And that’s part of the larger picture of chicken consumption in America. Every year, Americans consume 8 billion chickens. These are mind-boggling numbers. But it’s worth remembering we didn’t always eat this much chicken, and a new report sheds some light on how poultry took over the meat industry. It also provides some insights into how plant-based meat producers could gain a bigger share of…

DROWNING IN PAIN: Fish Are the Forgotten Victims of Factory Farming

LEX RIGBY: It’s widely accepted that chickens are by far the most intensively farmed land animal—with around 50 billion slaughtered for food around the world each year—and arguably, among the most abused. But when we compare their experience to that of aquatic animals, who receive fewer legal protections and are farmed with even less understanding of their individual needs, we have an even tougher battle on our hands in advocating for their rights... Fish farming (known collectively along with the farming of other marine animals as “aquaculture”) is the practice of rearing fish under…

THE NEVER-ENDING STORY: Once we have lab-grown meat, will we still need animal advocacy?

BRIAN KATEMAN: Once considered science fiction, reserved only for members of the Star Trek universe, meat à la in vitro is poised to become available to mere Earthlings across the globe. For many animal advocates—including me—this is welcome news. “Here’s a technology designed to re-humanize us, putting mankind’s brilliance and ingenuity in service to our gentler side,” writes Matthew Scully, author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy in National Review... In today’s U.S. factory farms, 9 billion land animals are raised annually in the cruelest of…

From raising cows to growing veggies: Ranchers go vegan

INHABITAT: Richard and Cindy Traylor are part of a growing number of ranchers who have made the surprising switch to plant-based agriculture. In 2018, Honey, Cindy’s favorite cow, was injured. Cindy had become so attached to Honey that she didn’t want the cow to go to a slaughterhouse. She got in touch with Renee King-Sonnen of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, who introduced the Traylors to a whole new way of living. The Traylors shared their experiences with Inhabitat about making the change to a vegan diet and livelihood on their Huntsville, Texas ranch... Cindy Traylor: "There are lots of people…

PORKOPOLIS: The brutality of factory farming demands we rethink our relationship to animals

TROY VETTESE: “Never look a hog in the eyes,” an experienced hand told anthropologist Alex Blanchette as they prepared to artificially inseminate sows. “If the animals think you are looking at them, they will freeze.” Like a living, inverted panopticon, hundreds of pigs would watch their handlers from their pens with a petrifying gaze. “They have almost 360 degrees vision,” a former worker recollected. “Sometimes they look like they are not looking at you. . . . but if you look at their eyes, you will see that they are always following you.” Blanchette’s new ethnographic study of modern…

ETERNAL TREBLINKA: Son of famous Holocaust survivor equates lamb at slaughterhouse to Jew at gas chamber

CNAAN LIPHSHIZ: Arno Klarsfeld, the son of the well-known French Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, said on television that a lamb at a slaughterhouse is the same as a Jew arriving at a gas chamber.. The 55-year-old lawyer and author, made the remark during an interview Wednesday on the French i24 news channel about his new book on animal welfare. Klarsfeld wrote in his book, “Souls and Animals”: “For animals in the meat industry, there’s no God, like there was no God for the Jewish families mercilessly murdered in the Holocaust. Singer was right: For some animals, life is…

Clara Foods: Cracking the ‘world’s first’ animal-free egg white through fermentation

FLORA SOUTHEY: Californian start-up Clara Foods has developed a way to produce lab-cultured egg whites that are ‘nature identical’ to proteins found in animal-derived eggs. “We’re creating a technology platform that leverages precision fermentation to create real egg proteins without the chicken in the equation,” ​explained Chief Technology Officer Ranjan Patnaik... Rather than go down the plant-based path – as has previously been done with aquafaba, flaxseeds or chia – to mimic egg whites, Clara Foods is focused on making ‘exactly the same, nature identical’ proteins found in eggs through…

BEWARE OF FALSE PROFITS: Animal ‘protection’ organization unveils country’s first welfare standards for aquaculture

ASSOCIATED PRESS: American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, unveiled new standards specifically geared to the humane raising of salmon and trout, a first for the aquaculture industry... "We are thrilled to expand the scope of our American Humane Certified™ program and elevate the standards in the aquaculture space for the humane treatment of fish," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president & CEO of American Humane. "As ethically-minded consumers search for humanely raised products, we want to ensure that the best farmers are certified by a third-party for their…

UN Report: A Plant-Based Diet is Best Way to Help the Environment

ANNA KEEVE: Adopting a plant-based diet is the best thing you can do for the environment, according to a new report that was just released from a UN-backed think tank. The report, from policy institute Chatham House, outlines three “levers” for easing pressure on land use and creating more sustainable food systems. The first and most urgent, the report asserts, is the need to “change dietary patterns to reduce food demand and encourage more plant-based diets.” One of the key factors driving the recommendation to shift to more plant-based diets, for people of all nations, is the enormous…