chicken.jpgThousands of chickens suffered the unimaginable fate of burning to death early Monday morning on an Indiana egg farm.

A fire broke out at Egg Innovations sometime before 5:00 a.m. Firefighters responded to the scene. The building that housed the chickens was completely destroyed.

Though Egg Innovations bills itself as a "free range" and "certified humane" facility, this tragedy sheds light on just one of the many dangers chickens face when exploited for their eggs on commercial farms.

The vast majority of eggs sold in the United States come from hens who've lived in miserable battery cages, tiny wire cages so small each bird has less space than the dimensions of an iPad to live their entire lives.

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The best step anyone can take to help stop cruelty to farmed animals is to transition to a delicious and humane vegan diet. For more information, visit

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ols.jpgA Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at Ontario Livestock Sales, the largest livestock market in southern California, has led to the historic conviction of the facility owner. This morning, Horacio Santorsola pled guilty to violating California's criminal animal cruelty laws by permitting animals who were too sick or injured to stand or walk to be beaten and sold for the human food supply.

Section 599f of the California Penal Code, also known as the "downer law," prohibits livestock auctions from selling, holding, and transporting animals who are too sick or injured to stand up or walk. Downed animals are more likely to carry diseases that threaten public health if allowed to enter the human food supply. Yet at Ontario Livestock Sales, downed animals were routinely sold, transported, and left to suffer for extended periods of time.

Santorsola was sentenced to 2 years probation and ordered to pay court fees and a fine totaling $1000 to be paid to the Inland Valley Humane Society. Seven of Santorsola's employees have also been charged with criminal cruelty to animals. Their cases are still pending.

Here is the hidden-camera video that led to the conviction:


Today's conviction follows a landmark decision by the Appellate Division of the San Bernardino Superior Court affirming the validity of California's one-of-a-kind "downer" law and making clear that non-ambulatory animals deserve heightened protections against neglect, abuse, and malicious cruelty. Mercy For Animals praises the San Bernardino District Attorney's office for pursuing justice in this important case.

The best way to help animals suffering in livestock markets and factory farms is to simply leave them off our plates. For tips on transitioning to a healthy and humane vegan diet, visit today.

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July 28, 2014

Mooove Over, Cow's Milk!

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 10.07.57 AM.pngA recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlights the increasing popularity of nondairy milks, and the continued decline in consumption of cow's milk.

Taking as an example the declining profits of Dean Foods, one of the largest dairy suppliers in the country, the article states, "Dean shut eight of its roughly 80 plants last year and plans to close three more this year in an effort to navigate what its executives call the toughest industry conditions in memory."

The article continues, "U.S. milk consumption per person has dwindled for decades as consumers switched to flavored waters, juices, sodas and alternative dairy drinks."

In fact, a report released by the USDA last year finds that milk consumption has fallen a whopping 40 percent since 1970. And it's no wonder. Cow's milk is loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol, and blatant animal abuse.

Luckily, conscientious consumers can get more than enough calcium and other nutrients from healthy, plant-based foods. Visit to learn more.

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In a recent CNN op-ed piece, "The argument for eating dog," author John D. Sutter brings public attention to the similarities among the various animals raised for meat in different countries, highlighting the Vietnamese dog meat trade.

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 1.06.39 PM.pngThe agonizing experience of seeing man's best friend kept in tiny wire cages, beaten, and sold for meat is all too common for animal advocates. A new compilation of such images, shot by photographer Luke Duggleby in Southeast Asia, is currently breaking the hearts of millions of visitors to CNN's blog.

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 1.06.20 PM.pngSutter writes, "I fear you'll see Duggleby's photos and think only one thing: How awful that people in Vietnam would eat these loveable, intelligent animals. You'll do what I did, which is to imagine your dog, or your childhood dog, in one of these cages. You won't think about the bigger picture."

14301463054_fe57323de0_z.jpgHe continues, "If we're appalled by the dog trade in Southeast Asia, we should be similarly appalled by some of the conditions that exist in factory animal farms in the United States -- including the use of 'gestation crates' to confine mother pigs."

13918150736_36d71b40d0_z.jpgFarmed animals are sentient beings, who experience joy, loneliness, frustration, fear, and pain just like the cats and dogs with whom many of us share our lives. The majority of people are opposed to cruelty to animals, and common sense tells us that all animals desire to be free from harm.

If we are to live our value of compassion for animals, we must start by leaving them off our plates and withdrawing our financial support of an industry that views them as mere commodities. For recipes and tips on transitioning to a humane meat-free diet, check out and order your free Vegetarian Starter Guide.

Dog photos: Luke Duggleby / Redux Pictures

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10441193_796282820416653_2099480166190707092_n.jpgRonald William Prestage, president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, was arrested Wednesday morning in Washington D.C. for carrying a concealed weapon without a license into the Cannon House Office Building--an offense that could land him in prison up to five years.

This comes as no surprise as former members of the Council have also been linked to egregious actions.

Last year, Mercy For Animals conducted an undercover investigation Pipestone System, a Walmart pork supplier. Pipestone is a Minnesota-based pig farm owned by former National Pork Producers Council president Randy Spronk.

During the course of our investigation we documented horrific animal abuse including pregnant pigs confined to filthy, metal gestation crates so small they were unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably--a shameful practice the National Pork Producers Council actually endorses.

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Intelligent and sensitive pigs deserve to be free from this ghastly torment. Take a stand against gestation crates today by visiting our website and signing our petition.

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14115528707_8a77a3bd59_k.jpgAnimal agricultural giants are certainly responding to growing consumer concerns regarding animal welfare. But according to a report by The Washington Post, their response is wholly self-interested and does nothing to help the billions of animals suffering on factory farms.

Unhappy with the negative connotations of the term "factory farming," industry leaders claim that the term is a buzzword used by angry activists with little knowledge of the facts. The article points out the aptness of the term, however, explaining that "factory farms openly focus on efficiency above all else -- allowing animal mistreatment for the sake of the bottom of line."

"This industry's revisionism ignores not only four decades of agricultural industrialization, but also what's happening right now, this moment, in windowless barns across the country," it continues.

How can we combat an industry that would rather mince words than improve animal welfare? The most powerful action consumers can take to lessen animal suffering on factory farms is to reduce or eliminate animal products from their diets. For more information about compassionate meatless eating, check out

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A recent article by is highlighting the increasing number of men who are choosing to leave meat off their plates for good.

At a barbecue hosted by lifestyle blogger Joshua Katcher, NPR caught up with several muscled semi-professional athletes who are also vegan, including bodybuilder Giacomo Marchese, triathlete Dominic Thompson, and mixed martial arts fighter Cornell Ward.

"In an era of climate change and environmental destruction, Katcher thinks masculinity should be re-framed as protecting the planet, not dominating it," states NPR.

Indeed, many incredibly powerful men, from political heavyweights Bill Clinton and Al Gore to Academy Award-winning director James Cameron have turned to plant-based eating as a way to stay healthy, fit, and virile while also being environmentally conscious.

A study conducted last year by the Loma Linda University School of Public Health has also revealed that a vegetarian diet could lead to a longer and healthier life, especially for men.

Whether your goal is to climb to the top, improve your health, do right by the planet, or take a strong stand against animal cruelty, there has never been a better time to adopt a vegan diet.

For tips to get you started, visit

(photo: James Koroni)

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cute-old-cuoples-6.jpgAccording to a recent report in Men's Journal, a large-scale study of 73,000 Americans shows that eating a vegetarian diet promotes longevity.

The study is one of the most meticulous of its kind, boasting not only an enormous number of participants, but also unprecedented attention to details like activity level, age, and sleep patterns.

Co-author of the study Sam Soret explains, "Meat has detrimental effects in its own right, which we know from evidence accumulated over the last century linking it to heart disease and cancer. ...
... [P]lants contain protective elements such as phytonutrients. ... Even semi-vegetarians, who eat some meat but still consume a lot of plant foods, minimize their exposure to the bad stuff in meat while upping their exposure to protective stuff in plants."

No wonder more people than ever are switching to a more compassionate lifestyle.

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petlady20n-1-web.jpgNew York's Daily News recently profiled Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, an ethical vegetarian and a fierce force for animals in New York's state legislature.

Authoring nearly a dozen animal protection bills, Rosenthal never misses an opportunity to stand up for animals, from dogs and cats to dairy cows.

On the subject of her advocacy Rosenthal remarks, "One of the reasons I am in elected office is to be an advocate for those who don't have their own voice, or who are overshadowed by interests that are more powerful than they are."

Following MFA's undercover investigation at New York's Willet Dairy in 2009, Rosenthal introduced a statewide bill to ban tail docking, an extremely painful procedure by which dairy cows have their tails cut off without anesthetic.

Watch the undercover footage here:


Inspired to stand up for animals like Assemblywoman Rosenthal? Start by leaving them off your plate. For vegetarian recipes and tips on transitioning to a cruelty-free lifestyle, visit

(photo: Richard Harbus/for New York Daily News)

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Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 3.37.20 PM.pngThe cheap burger at your neighborhood fast-food joint may have hidden, unintended costs that far outweigh the low price tag, according to Mark Bittman in his recent opinion piece "The True Cost of a Burger."

The costs to the environment, human health, and the economy are "external costs," or "externalities," states the article, taking litter as an example: "If your cheeseburger comes wrapped in a piece of paper, and you throw that piece of paper on the sidewalk, it eventually may be picked up by a worker and put in the trash; the cost of that act is an externality."

Of course, many external costs, such as health care costs relating to obesity and heart disease, or costs arising from large-scale environmental destruction caused by industrial animal farms, are too vast and complex to ever calculate.

The article asserts, however, that "the external costs of burgers may be as high as, or even outweigh, the 'benefits' (if indeed there are any other than profits). If those externalities were borne by their producers rather than by consumers and society at large, the industry would be a highly unprofitable, even silly one."

The message of these hidden expenses is clear: consuming meat, especially at the rate we do today, is fundamentally unsustainable. Sooner rather than later, we as consumers will be forced to bear the brunt of the costs.

Ready to withdraw your support from this unsustainable lifestyle? Check out for ways to make meatless eating fun and easy!

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