Cruel Farming Practices Banned In 2 States

It’s been nearly a year since Californians voted in favor of Proposition 2, the measure to ban the use of battery cages, veal crates, and gestation crates in the state. Now, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has signed a bill banning these intensive confinement systems in Michigan as well. The new bill mandates that veal crates be phased out within three years, and battery cages and gestation crates within ten years.

This legislation will impact countless animals. There are about 100,000 breeding sows and more than 10 million laying hens in Michigan. The Cattleman’s Beef Board ranks Michigan as a leading veal-producing state although no official numbers are available.

There is absolutely no reason for anyone to eat pork, eggs, and veal, but as long as people insist on doing so anyway, the legislation is highly significant. It will give animals more room to stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs. When prop 2 passed in California, caring people predicted that other states would also enact stronger animal welfare laws. Hopefully, this new “trend” will spread across the nation. Who knows where it will lead?

California, the nation’s top dairy state, has already taken another step to reduce the unnecessary suffering of farmed animals.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger just signed a bill banning tail docking of “dairy” cows.  The precedent-setting new law, which was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, takes effect in January, and should also have a far-reaching impact.

If you read my previous post about PETA’s undercover investigation of a filthy Pennsylvania farm that supplies milk to Land O’Lakes, you know about the egregious abuses take place on that farm, as well as the routine abuses that cows on dairy farms endure. In order to make milking easier, many dairy farmers amputate cows’ tails by binding them tightly with elastic bands, causing the skin and tissue to slowly die and fall off. This unnecessary practice is painful and leaves the cows unable to swat away flies, which can lead to the spread of disease.

While California’s new law will help reduce suffering, the kindest solution is to stop buying dairy products altogether. Many nondairy alternatives, including soy, rice, almond, and hemp milks, are available in supermarkets and health food stores.

As more and more people realize that animals deserve protection from routine farming practices like intensive confinement, tail docking, branding, castration, and debeaking, they are one step closer to realizing that there’s no good reason to eat animals in the first place. For free vegan recipes, see  And for much more on healthy eating see our sister site, Healthy and Green Living. Start with Top 10 Superfoods for Fall.



Phyl M.
Dai M5 years ago

Be a vegetarian or vegan.

Beth Wilkerson
Beth Wilkerson5 years ago

Thank you California and Michigan!

Danalyn L.
danalyn L5 years ago

Way to go another state showing they care. I am happy to hear the news and hope other states follow.

Daniel M.
Past Member 7 years ago

Executive Director, Sierra Club
The Gulf of Mexico - Oil Disaster is a Wake-Up Call that America needs to embrace and develop an alternative to oil as a fuel source. The time has come to look to our past, for what is the most viable source of energy from the most resourceful plant, that was so foolishly banned by an act of ignorance. The plant that was grown since the first settlers arrived,and revered by our Founding Fathers who praised it as a wonder of nature.
"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." George Washington
"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country." Thomas Jefferson
The issue of hemp?s true potential has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media but if one does a search on the Internet, an abundance of information on the truth can be found. One statement claims that if just 6% of the land in America was dedicated to growing Hemp, we could produce enough bio-fuel to cover our energy needs
When it comes to deriving fuel from organic matter the key words are biomass & cellulose and when it comes to the percentage of biomass ? cellulose and the tonnage per acre, Hemp beats out all other plants. Depending on the reports cited Hemp provides from 4 to 50 even a 100 times the cellulose of corn, sugar cane and other matter used for fuel.
During World War II, the Department of Agriculture mounted a campaign urging farmers to grow Hemp for the war effort and produced a short film entitled ?

Daniel M.
Past Member 7 years ago

1) The decision of the United States Congress to pass the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was based in part on testimony derived from articles in newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, who, some authorsTemplate:Http:// stress, had significant financial interests in the forest industry, which manufactured his newsprint.
2) Hemp paper threatened DuPont's monopoly on the necessary chemicals for manufacturing paper from trees and hemp fiber cloth would compete with Nylon, a synthetic fibre, that was patented in 1938, the year hemp was made illegal It is often asserted in pro-cannabis publications that DuPont actively supported the criminalization of the production of hemp in the US in 1937 through private and government intermediates, and alleged that this was done to eliminate hemp as a source of fiber—one of DuPont's biggest markets at the time. DuPont denies allegations that it influenced hemp regulation.

3)Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white United States government film made during World War II, explaining the uses of hemp, encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible.


Daniel M.
Past Member 7 years ago

[show]Typical nutritional analysis of hemp nut (hulled hemp seeds)[19]
Calories/100 g 567
Protein 30.6
Carbohydrate 10.9
Dietary fiber 6
Fat 47.2
Saturated fat 5.2
Palmitic 16:0 3.4
Stearic 18:0 1.5
Monounsaturated fat 5.8
Oleic 18:1 (Omega-9) 5.8
Polyunsaturated fat 36.2
Linoleic 18:2 (Omega-6) 27.6
Linolenic 18:3 (Omega-3) 8.7
Linolenic 18:3 (Omega-6) 0.8
Cholesterol 0 mg
Moisture 5
Ash 6.6
Vitamin A (B-Carotene) 4 IU
Thiamine (Vit B1) 1 mg
Riboflavin (Vit B2) 1 mg
Vitamin B6 0 mg
Niacin (Vit B3) 0 mg
Vitamin C 1.0 mg
Vitamin D 0 IU
Vitamin E 9 IU
Sodium 9 mg
Calcium 74 mg
Iron 4.7 mg
About 30–35% of the weight of hempseed is hempseed oil or hemp oil, an edible oil that contains about 80% essential fatty acids (EFAs); i.e., linoleic acid, omega-6 (LA, 55%), alpha-linolenic acid, omega-3 (ALA, 22%), in addition to gamma-linolenic acid, omega-6 (GLA, 1–4%) and stearidonic acid, omega-3 (SDA, 0–2%). Whole hempseed also contains about 25% of a highly-digestible protein, where 1/3 is edestin and 2/3 are albumins. Its amino acid profile is close to "complete" when compared to more common sources of proteins such as meat, milk, eggs and soy.[20] The proportions of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in one tablespoon (15 ml) per day of hemp oil easily provides human daily requirements for EFAs. Unlike flaxseed oil, h

Daniel M.
Past Member 7 years ago

Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. The seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, sprouted, made into hemp milk (akin to soy milk), prepared as tea, and used in baking. The fresh leaves can also be eaten in salads. Products range from cereals to frozen waffles, hemp tofu to nut butters. A few companies produce value added hemp seed items that include the seed oils, whole hemp grain (which is sterilized by law), hulled hemp seed (the whole seed without the mineral rich outer shell), hemp flour, hemp cake (a by-product of pressing the seed for oil) and hemp protein powder. Hemp is also used in some organic cereals, for non-dairy milk somewhat similar to soy and nut milks, and for non-dairy hemp "ice cream

Within the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has treated hemp as purely a non-food crop. Seed appears on the UK market as a legal food product, and cultivation licences are available for this purpose. In North America, hemp seed food products are sold, typically in health food stores or through mail order. The USDA estimates that "the market potential for hemp seed as a food ingredient is unknown. However, it probably will remain a small market, like those for sesame and poppy seeds."...... GOOGLE HEMP, GO TO WIKIPIDIA

Zoe M.
Zoe M8 years ago

Great news for the welfare of American farm animals!! These measures need to be put in place throughtout the rest of the USA now!!!

Jessie H.
Jessie H8 years ago

Good point Sarah D =)

Sarah D.
Sarah D8 years ago

"vegetarians and vegans are obviously concerned with animal treatment."

So are omnivores. Just because it's not how you do it, doesn't mean it's not so. There are plenty of omnivores who are opposed to cruel farming practices and other forms of animal cruelty.