A House Farm Bill amendment introduced by Congressman Steve King threatens to prevent states from developing independant animal cruelty, food safety and labor standards for agriculture products produced in other states.
The amendment is in response to a California Bill, effective in 2015, that would require eggs sold in the state to be kept in cages large enough to stand and spread their wings. If passed, the amendment would threaten this bill as well as the California foie gras ban that took place earlier in July.
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University and Arizona State University recently discovered arsenic in feather meal from poultry raised in U.S. factory farms. Food companies routinely feed arsenic to poultry in order to fight infection and turn their flesh an "appetizing" pink color.
In addition to arsenic, scientists found caffeine, antihistamines and a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. These drugs were included in poultry feed to keep animals awake longer so they eat more, to calm the animals, and to fight infection, respectively. Fluoroquinolones are already illegal because they can breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria that harm humans. But apparently that hasn't stopped the poultry industry.
Factory farm workers are often unaware of the chemicals they feed to poultry. Obviously, consumers are also unaware of the drugs fed to the animals they eat.
A December 2011 undercover investigation by activist group Compassion Over Killing exposed gross animal rights abuses at Hawkeye Sow Centers, an Iowa pig breeding factory farm. These abuses included immobilizing sows in gestation crates, cutting off piglet tails and testicles with no pain killers, and pushing herniated intestines back inside piglets and securing the wounded area with tape. Thanks to undercover investigation, these abuses are caught on camera to inform customers of pork industry practices and catalyze action to end these abuses.
Iowa agribusiness groups have renewed their efforts to pass "ag-gag" legislation which would make it illegal to make undercover exposes of factory farms like Compassion Over Killing's investigation. This would allow unethical practices to continue and prevent consumers from learning about animal abuses. Iowa is currently the largest pork-producing state in the country. Please sign the petition to convince Iowa legislators to oppose ag-gag legislation.
A recent investigation of a North Carolina Butterball slaughterhouse by Mercy for Animals revealed shockingly sadistic, unnecessary cruelty to turkeys. Slaughterhouse workers were caught on video kicking, stomping on and dragging turkeys, bashing their heads in with metal rods and neglecting severely injured birds.
The cruelty displayed in these videos mirrors sadism exposed during a 2006 investigation of an Arkansas Butterball slaughterhouse. The 2006 expose documented an employee crushing a bird's head until it exploded and another employee sexually assaulting a female bird. These disgusting, malicious acts were unrelated to meat production and performed only for the sick amusement of sadistic workers. Clearly, animal abuse is an ongoing issue in poultry slaughterhouses nationwide.
In 2008, clothing company BCBG joined other high-end brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein in a pledge to stop selling fur items. Unfortunately, BCBG has recently violated this promise by rabbit fur earmuffs, rabbit-fur ponchos and other fur items in their 2011 holiday fashion line.
Animals raised for fur live in cramped wire cages their entire lives. They are typically killed via cheap methods such as suffocation, neck-breaking, poisoning or anal/vaginal electrocution. In light of this cruelty, many celebrities, models and activists, including Michelle Obama, Ellen Degeneres and Lady Gaga refuse to wear fur.
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Joseph Kony deserves to
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He's spent two decades
crimes against humanity.
However, if he were to be
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