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Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit for FREE (August 3-9, 2020)

ANIMAL PLACE: The critical issues affecting farmed animals are only increasing during this global pandemic, and as animal activists, vegans, environmentalists, and plant-based eaters we know we must do more. But what? And how? Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES) August 3-9. This FREE online event about the future of the farmed animal movement is sponsored by Animal Place and Plant Based Network, and features activists, scientists, authors, filmmakers and other impactful voices in the farmed animal movement! Topics include farmed animal behavior, the role of sanctuaries as…

THE END: Corporate animal agriculture’s days are numbered. What comes next?

KENDRA COULTER: Corporate animal agriculture is in crisis, and its days are numbered. Factory farming and industrialized animal slaughtering are being recognized as dangerous for workers’ health, as potential causes of the next pandemic and as both ethically and environmentally unsustainable. Early numbers suggest noteworthy increases in the purchase of plant-based foods during the pandemic. New vegan products are being brought to market almost weekly. And advancements in cultured “clean” meat may soon result in mass production. These technological innovations mean that meat can be created…

WHERE’S THE BEEF?: The entire meat supply chain faces perilous future

JIM GILES: Global meat consumption will drop by close to 3 percent in 2020, the United Nations predicted recently. That would be the second consecutive annual fall. So what’s going on?... Let’s look at the issue on three time scales. Things look bad for the industry on every one. When policymakers and investors first turned their attention to climate change, energy was the first target. The result was the ongoing decarbonization of the electricity grid. Other sectors, including transport, came later. Now we’re seeing the rise of electric vehicles. The food sector, which contributes around a…

REPORT: G20 carbon ‘food-print’ highest in meat-loving nations

MARLOWE HOOD: If everyone alive ate steaks and dairy the way Brazilians and Americans do, we would need an extra five planets to feed the world, according to the first report to compare the carbon emissions from food consumption in G20 nations... The report by EAT — an Oslo-based non-profit that has led peer-reviewed research on the nexus of diet, health and climate change — also rated G20 national dietary guidelines... Argentina tops the list with a diet exceeding climate thresholds nearly five-fold, followed by Canada, Brazil, the United States, Russia and Australia. At the other end of…

OUTRAGEOUS: Cow-beating video thrown-out in court on the grounds it would encourage undercover filming in the future

FARAH HANCOCK: A New Zealand Northland contract milker caught on hidden camera beating cows with a steel pipe has had five charges against him dropped after a judge ruled the footage was obtained unlawfully. While it was agreed the footage - first exposed in a Newsroom story in 2018 - showed the mistreatment of animals, the fact animal advocates trespassed in order to obtain it led to the judge excluding the evidence. Michael Ian Luke appeared in the Whangārei District Court Monday facing one representative charge under the Animal Welfare Act related to failing to handle dairy cows in a way…

THE ENEMY WITHIN: Why are ‘animal rights’ organizations working with factory farms to enact ‘humane slaughter’ legislation?

EZRA KLEIN: In December of 2019, while campaigning in Iowa, Sen. Cory Booker unveiled the Farm System Reform Act. It’s sweeping legislation, but at its core it... imposes an immediate moratorium on the construction of new CAFOs and phases out the largest existing CAFOs by 2040... Booker realized that, as unlikely as it sounds, there was a space... between the people who believe raising and killing animals for food is wrong and the people whose chose, as their livelihoods, to raise and kill animals for food. Both could agree that the way we are doing it now is cruel, both to animals and to…

NO RESPITE, NO MERCY: Shocking video of Vietnam wet market where animals are cut-up with scissors and struggle to escape

LUKE ANDREWS: Shocking footage of a wet market in Vietnam has revealed frogs having their legs cut off with scissors, turtles struggling to escape from cages, and fish being hit with knives as the coronavirus pandemic ravages the globe. Chickens and ducks were also seen sitting on top of each other in cramped cages that were placed next to the decapitated bodies of other ducks, while the skinned bodies of dogs lay on market tables. Workers were often seen handling animals without wearing face masks, aprons and, in one case, plastic gloves... One clip from the market shows piles of frog…

China Vowed to Keep Wildlife Off the Menu, a Tough Promise to Keep

STEVEN LEE MYERS: China has been lauded for suspending the wildlife trade, but the move has left millions of workers... in the lurch. Their economic fate, along with major loopholes in the government’s restrictions, are threatening to undermine China’s pledge to impose a permanent ban. China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, adjourned its annual session late last month without adopting new laws that would end the trade. Instead, the congress issued a directive to study the enforcement of current rules as it drafts legislation, a process that could take a year or more. The delay…

FOR THE ANIMALS: Animal rights activist killed by truck while holding vigil outside Ontario slaughterhouse

CANADIAN PRESS: A long-time animal rights activist, died after being hit by a truck while protesting outside a slaughterhouse west of Toronto on Friday, her friend said. Anita Krajnc, co-founder of the group Toronto Pig Save, said the woman was one of a handful of activists with her organization holding vigil outside a pork processing plant in Burlington, Ont., on Friday. "She was in front of the truck when it ran over her," said Krajnc, who wasn't at the vigil, but relayed what one of the witnesses saw... Halton police said they received a call around 10:20 a.m. about a pedestrian who had…

BEGINNING OF THE END: Is factory farming’s neck on the chopping block?

CRISPIN ANDREWS: Criticism of factory farming has grown since the pandemic began, and not just because it’s cruel to keep thousands of animals in tiny confined spaces, without space to move or fresh air to breathe, pumped full of antibiotics to keep them alive... Two out of every three of the 70 billion farm animals killed for food each year are farmed industrially in factory farms... Professor Lars Angenent, an environ­mental scientist at the University of Tubingen, also points out unhygienic conditions for workers in slaughterhouses, the amount of fossil fuels, phosphorus and water used…