February 2012 Archives


From Food Network's Cupcake Wars to the National Pie Championships, vegan bakers are proving you don't need dairy or eggs to take home top prizes. Most recently, Dun-Well Doughnuts - the country's first all-vegan doughnut shop - was named "Best Doughnuts" in New York City by the New York Daily News, one of the most widely circulated daily newspapers in the United States.

Dunwell3.jpgChristopher Hollowell, co-owner of Dun-Well Doughnuts, tells us the secret to running a successful vegan business is "don't compromise your beliefs, no matter what people say." Hollowell says, "If your heart is in the right place, everything else will fall into place."

Dunwell1.jpgThe Brooklyn-based doughnut shop boasts several dozen compassionate varieties, including Peanut Butter and Jelly, Raspberry Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, and a special doughnut to honor Mercy For Animals, topped with a blueberry glaze and almond piping.

Dunwell2.jpgThe Daily News calls Dun-Well Doughnuts "great doughnuts ... rich and scrumptious," and "in fact, done very well."

To learn more about the joys of vegan baking, visit ChooseVeg.com.

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pigaggag2.jpgAs corporate agriculture interests seek to criminalize undercover investigations into factory farms and slaughterhouses, a wide range of people and organizations are voicing their opposition in unison. Twenty-seven national groups have signed on to a statement condemning proposed legislation that would thwart efforts to expose farmed animal abuse and other serious issues on modern farms.

The joint statement to lawmakers reads in part:

"These bills represent a wholesale assault on many fundamental values shared by all people across the United States. Not only would these bills perpetuate animal abuse on industrial farms, they would also threaten workers' rights, consumer health and safety, and the freedom of journalists, employees and the public at large to share information about something as fundamental as our food supply. We call on state legislators around the nation to drop or vote against these dangerous and un-American efforts."

Organizations signing the letter include:

  • American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • A Well-Fed World
  • Brighter Green
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Compassion Over Killing
  • The Cornucopia Institute
  • Earth Policy Institute
  • Earth Save
  • Farm Forward
  • Farm Sanctuary
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Food Empowerment Project
  • Government Accountability Project
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • In Defense of Animals
  • Mercy For Animals
  • National Freedom of Information Coalition
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Organic Consumers Association
  • Slow Food USA
  • T. Colin Campbell Foundation
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
  • Whistleblower Support Fund
  • Youth for Environmental Sanity

Undercover investigations by MFA and other groups have led to landmark corporate animal welfare policy reforms, new and improved laws to protect farmed animals and the environment, felony convictions of animal abusers, increased consumer protection and food safety initiatives, and the closure of particularly corrupt facilities.

Recent polls show that 71 percent of Americans support undercover investigations of farms by animal welfare organizations, including 54 percent who strongly support the efforts. And nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose making undercover investigations of animal abuse on farms illegal.

Unfortunately, at the behest of the multibillion-dollar meat, dairy and egg industries, these Ag-Gag bills are being proposed in states all across the country. Now is the time to make your voice heard!

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Harmful and unconstitutional whistleblower-suppression legislation is now being considered in the following states:

  • Indiana: SB 184 (bill pending)
  • Minnesota: HF 1369/ SF 1118 (bill pending)
  • Missouri: SB 695 (bill pending)
  • Nebraska: LB 915 (bill pending)

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superbugs.jpgFactory farms are breeding grounds for deadly diseases, according to a recent study published by the American Society for Microbiology in the journal mBio. The study confirms what has long been suspected: dangerous pathogens can jump between humans and non-human animals like pigs.

In factory farms, where antibiotics are used to make animals grow faster and to keep them alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them, these pathogens can develop resistance to antibiotics - making it virtually impossible to treat humans who become infected by these "superbugs."

"Our inappropriate use of antibiotics ... is now coming back to haunt us," says Paul Keim, one of the study's authors. He says the solution is clear: banning antibiotics in livestock feed, as the European Union has done.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, 80 percent of antibiotics in the United States are fed to farmed animals, so it came as little surprise when a study released last year found that nearly half of the beef, pork, chicken and turkey tested in grocery stores was contaminated with staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and that 52 percent of the bacteria was resistant to at least three classes of antibiotic drugs.

Protect your health and prevent the unnecessary suffering of animals - visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious, cruelty-free recipes and information on making the switch to a healthy and humane vegan lifestyle.

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goat2012a.jpgA team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London has found that goat kids can develop accents as they grow older, and recently published its findings in the journal Animal Behaviour. Researchers discovered that when goats were put into mixed social groups, they adjusted the sounds of their calls to be more similar to their peers. From these findings, the researchers are now suggesting that maybe all mammals can develop accents based on their surroundings and not just from their genetics.

"We found that genetically-related kids produced similar calls ... but the calls of kids raised in the same social groups were also similar to each other, and became more similar as the kids grew older," says researcher Dr. Elodie Briefer. "This suggests that goat kids modify their calls according to their social surroundings, developing similar 'accents'."

The more scientists look into the inner worlds of goats, cows, pigs, chickens and other farmed animals, the more they discover that these animals are intelligent beings with rich emotional and social lives. Like our beloved dogs and cats at home, farmed animals have their own unique personalities and quirks, and they can form tight bonds of friendship with other animals.

Unfortunately, goats raised for milk and meat are routinely subjected to violence, cruelty and neglect that could warrant felony cruelty to animals charges in most states if the victims were dogs or cats instead. But caring consumers can help protect these fascinating animals from needless suffering and death by choosing to transition to a healthy and humane vegetarian lifestyle. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.

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February 27, 2012

Dairy Out, Alternatives In

alternative-dairy.jpgAccording to a recent report from Packaged Facts, a leading provider of market research in consumer goods, plant-based milk alternatives, including soy, rice, almond and other non-dairy milks, are rapidly gaining in popularity with domestic sales reaching $1.33 billion in 2011. At the same time, according to United States Department of Agriculture statistics, the market for cows' milk has dropped from 24.3 gallons per person in 1994 to 20.8 gallons per person in 2008.

Why are people moo-ving away from dairy? While cows' milk is high in artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol, which can lead to serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, plant-based milk alternatives contain no cholesterol, are low in saturated fat and high in protein, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A and B, and omega fatty acids.

Additionally, many people are ditching dairy after learning about the inherent cruelty involved in raising cows for milk. MFA's investigations into dairy farms across the country have revealed cows and calves being mutilated without painkillers, "downed" cows too sick or injured to stand being left to suffer for weeks before dying, and newborn calves being forcibly dragged away from their mothers and killed or sold for veal production. After only a few years of repeated impregnation and nearly constant milk production, most cows exploited by the dairy industry are considered worn out, or "spent," and are shipped to slaughter at a mere fraction of their normal lifespans.

Here is a glimpse into a typical dairy facility in the United States:

 

Thankfully, consumers can easily safeguard their health and prevent cruelty to cows simply by replacing milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products with cruelty-free vegan alternatives. Please visit ChooseVeg.com for tips on transitioning to a healthy and humane dairy-free diet.

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The Butterball animal abuse scandal continues to unfold - with more animal abusers facing justice. Last week, five Butterball employees were charged with felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty and a sixth employee was charged with felony identity theft stemming from MFA's undercover investigation into a Butterball turkey factory farm in North Carolina. Law enforcement authorities arrested three workers last Wednesday, two more last Thursday, and managed to apprehend the sixth Butterball employee on felony animal cruelty charges yesterday.

Dr. Sarah Jean Mason, the director of Animal Health Programs with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, was also arrested last week and pled guilty to obstruction of justice charges after admitting to leaking confidential information to Butterball and potentially compromising the criminal cruelty investigation by state law enforcement officials.

ButterballArrestsPic.jpgThose arrested include:

  • Brian Gerrard Douglas - Felonious Cruelty to Animals
  • Ruben Mendoza - Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals, Felonious Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, and Felonious Identity Theft
  • Terry Bernard Johnson - Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals
  • Ronnie Dlue Jacobs - Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals
  • Billy Thomas McBryde - Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals
  • Jose Garcia - Felonious Obtaining Property by False Pretenses and Felonious Identity Theft
  • Sarah Jean Mason - Common Law Obstruction of Justice and Resist, Delay and Obstruct for Giving False Statements to Law Enforcement

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said it was likely additional Butterball employees would be charged.

"We're not done," Peterkin said. "There are going to be other charges."

The animal abuse scandal broke after MFA's shocking undercover footage at Butterball revealed:

  • Workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or into transport trucks in full view of company management;
  • Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries;
  • Turkeys covered in flies, living in their own waste, unable to access food or water and suffering from severe feather loss and necrotic (dead) muscles and skin;
  • Birds suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, rotting eyes, and broken bones; and
  • Severely injured turkeys, unable to stand up or walk, left to die without any veterinary care, because treating sick or injured birds was too costly and time consuming, as the farm manager explained to MFA's investigator.

Watch the undercover investigation into Butterball here:

 

While it is encouraging that these individual animal abusers have been brought to justice, it is important to point out that Butterball facilitated this abuse by creating a culture of cruelty and neglect at its factory farms.

While MFA works to expose and hold people who abuse animals accountable for their crimes, consumers can help prevent the needless suffering of turkeys and other animals by adopting a compassionate vegan diet.

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On the heels of its shocking undercover investigation into the British pork industry, the international animal protection organization Animal Equality has released disturbing footage of workers in Spanish El Escobar kicking, punching and hitting pigs with metal bars, stabbing and killing pigs with swords, and cutting into a fully conscious pig and ripping out her unborn piglets, intestines, liver and other organs before leaving her to slowly suffer and die.

Watch the shocking video footage here (warning, it is extremely graphic):

 

Sadly, extreme cruelty to pigs is commonplace in the pork industries in Spain, the United States and around the world. The managers of the farm in El Escobar were well aware of the violence taking place at this pig farm and even participated in the abusive actions themselves while establishing torturous killing methods as standard practice for the facility.

The good news is that we can all help end cruelty to pigs and other farmed animals simply by adopting a healthy and humane vegan diet. Please visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.

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With the help of the Loyola Vegetarian & Vegan Society and College of DuPage's Students For Animal Defense, MFA volunteers in Chicago have exposed hundreds of people to the horrors of factory farming by encouraging students to watch a 4-minute clip of the groundbreaking documentary Farm to Fridge in exchange for a dollar.

ppvchicago2.jpgAfter watching the short video, "Paid-Per-View" participants receive a Vegetarian Starter Kit, friendly advice about how to transition toward a cruelty-free vegan lifestyle, and an opportunity to ask questions about what they've just witnessed. Horrified by the routine cruelties inflicted upon animals raised and killed for food, many students are inspired to eliminate meat, dairy, and eggs from their diets in favor of healthier and more humane vegetarian alternatives.

ppvchicago1.jpgIf you are interested in coordinating a Paid-Per-View event in your community but are unsure of how to go about it, don't worry, MFA has got you covered. Just check out our step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Paid-Per-View event, receive funding and obtain copies of Farm to Fridge and MFA's Vegetarian Starter Kits. For information about choosing a compassionate vegan diet, visit ChooseVeg.com.

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abc_ntl_grill_110309_wg.jpgLast week week, the appropriately named Heart Attack Grill, a restaurant that proudly flaunts the unhealthiness of its meat-based menu, made national headlines when a man had a heart attack while there dining on a "Triple Bypass Burger." The Las Vegas restaurant emphasizes and makes light of the unhealthiness of its food by offering free meals to people who weigh over 350 pounds and referring to customers as "patients," waitresses as "nurses," and food orders as "prescriptions."

While the Heart Attack Grill is egregious in its 8,000-calorie meals, the meat-laden Standard American Diet contributes to nearly one out of every two Americans dying from heart disease. More and more evidence incriminates meat as a leading cause, and nutritionists agree that a vegan diet reduces your risk. In fact, the film Forks Over Knives even shows that a vegan diet can reverse heart disease, cancer, and diabetes - the country's biggest killers.

For recipe ideas and tips on transitioning to a healthy vegetarian diet, check out MFA's ChooseVeg.com.

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Denver, Colorado, is now home to ten new eye-catching MFA pro-veg billboards, sparking discussion and urging commuters to choose compassion over cruelty at each meal by adopting a vegetarian diet. The thought-provoking advertisements feature an adorable puppy and a loveable piglet sitting side-by-side and ask, "Why love one but eat the other?"

Running until the end of February, these powerful ads aim to open the hearts and minds of viewers and inspire compassionate citizens to widen their circle of compassion and include all animals by choosing vegetarianism.

While all 50 states afford dogs and cats legal protection from abuse and neglect, animals on factory farms have little to no legal protection in most states. If meat producers subjected dogs and cats to the standard abuses inflicted on farmed animals, such as extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and a violent slaughter, they'd likely be jailed on grounds of cruelty to animals. Yet farmed animals are every bit as capable of experiencing pain, suffering, joy and other emotions as the dogs and cats so many of us know and love.

MFA has run similar pro-vegetarian billboard and transit ad campaigns nationwide. Click here to show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to create future ads.

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February 16, 2012

More Rotten Eggs

broken_egg.jpgAs if extreme animal cruelty weren't reason enough to ditch eggs, now egg-eaters have yet another sobering reason to hatch a vegan diet resolution. USA Today recently reported that Minnesota-based Michael Foods is recalling more than a million eggs from 34 states because of Listeria - a bacteria that can cause fatal infections, high fever, severe headaches, and nausea, among other symptoms.

This is only the latest in a series of egg recalls nationwide, including more than a quarter million salmonella-contaminated eggs from Ohio Fresh Egg in late 2010, and over a quarter billion eggs from Wright County Egg in Iowa - the largest egg recall in US history.

With rampant animal cruelty and risk of disease, it's no wonder the demand for eggs is steadily declining and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says egg consumption has dropped every year since 2006.

One of the best common-sense actions consumers can take to prevent animal cruelty and reduce their risk of illness or death is to adopt a healthy and compassionate vegan diet. Click here for tips on baking without eggs.

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TurkeyButton3.jpgMFA's undercover investigation into a Butterball turkey factory farm has led to felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges against five Butterball employees by state authorities. Additionally, Dr. Sarah Jean Mason, the director of Animal Health Programs with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, has pled guilty to obstruction of justice charges after admitting to leaking confidential information to Butterball and potentially compromising the criminal cruelty investigation by state law enforcement officials.

The undercover investigation shows that Butterball allowed a culture of cruelty and abuse to fester at its company owned factory farms - graphically illustrating that the secret ingredient in Butterball turkey is criminal animal abuse.

MFA's shocking undercover footage at Butterball reveals:

  • Workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or into transport trucks in full view of company management;
  • Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries;
  • Turkeys covered in flies, living in their own waste, unable to access food or water and suffering from severe feather loss and necrotic (dead) muscles and skin;
  • Birds suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, rotting eyes, and broken bones; and
  • Severely injured turkeys, unable to stand up or walk, left to die without any veterinary care, because treating sick or injured birds was too costly and time consuming, as the farm manager explained to MFA's investigator.

Watch the undercover investigation into Butterball here:

 

While MFA works to expose and hold animal abusers accountable, consumers can help prevent the needless suffering of turkeys and other animals by adopting a compassionate vegan diet.

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Last week, the international animal protection organization Animal Equality released the results of a shocking two-month undercover investigation into the British pork industry, revealing the horrific but standard abuses pigs raised for food are forced to endure.

The investigation uncovered:


  • piglets, recently torn from their mothers, being thrown through the air by their legs or ears, and violently kicked across the floor;
  • workers using boards, iron bars and gate rods to slap, kick and beat pigs into submission and scraping a knife across the backs of pigs to force them to move;
  • dead or dying piglets, suffering from deep lacerations, ulcers, tumors and hernias, left to languish without veterinary care;
  • mother sows confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies - unable to turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives;
  • and workers killing pigs by slamming their heads against the concrete floor or bashing their heads in with gate rods.

Watch the undercover investigation here:

 

MFA's investigations into pig farms in the United States have revealed similar cruelties, including at Iowa Select Farms, the nation's fourth-largest pork producer, and at Pennsylvania's Country View Family Farms. Sadly, the extreme cruelty documented in these factory farms is standard and largely acceptable within the pork industry.

Each year in the U.S. over 100 million pigs are subjected to a lifetime of violence and neglect. Pigs are intelligent and social animals but are treated as little more than meat-producing machines on factory farms, where their short lives are filled with needless suffering and fear. But every time we sit down to eat, we can stand up for compassion.

Visit ChooseVeg.com for free recipes, tips, and information to make the switch to a vegan diet.

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pig2012.jpgMcDonald's has announced its plan to phase out its use of gestation crates for mother sows. Gestation crate confinement, whereby mother sows are locked in narrow metal crates barely larger than their own bodies for months on end, unable to turn around, lie down comfortably, or engage in other basic natural behaviors, is one of the cruelest forms of institutionalized animal abuse in existence.

"McDonald's believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future. There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows," said Dan Gorsky, senior vice president of McDonald's North America Supply Chain Management. "McDonald's wants to see the end of sow confinement in gestation stalls in our supply chain."

McDonald's actions are backed by leading animal welfare experts, including renowned scientist Dr. Temple Grandin, who says of the announcement, "Moving from gestation stalls to better alternatives will improve the welfare of sows and I'm pleased to see McDonald's working with its suppliers toward that end. ... I'm optimistic about this announcement."

McDonald's plans to work with its suppliers in the coming months to determine how to end its use of gestation crates and will share its results after May of this year.

Two months ago, on the heels of an MFA undercover investigation into McDonald's egg supplier Sparboe Farms, a number of high-profile celebrities, including Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, and Alicia Silverstone, urged McDonald's to "prohibit the purchase of eggs produced by hens who spend their miserable lives crammed into tiny wire cages." Click here to join a growing number of consumers urging McDonald's to end its use of eggs from hens confined in battery cages.

While McDonalds' announcement is a step forward (literally) for millions of pigs, it's important for consumers to know that crate-free doesn't mean cruelty-free. The most compassionate choice consumers can make is to reject all pork. Click here for information on adopting a vegan diet.

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The season of love is upon us. Whether you're celebrating with the love of your life, or loving the single life, Valentine's Day is the best day of the year to relish compassionate chocolaty confections. We've put together a list of some of our favorite cruelty-free delights that are sure to get you in the mood for love!

Allison's Gourmet's Confection Boutique offers a wide variety of beautifully crafted artisan truffles, caramels, and chocolate assortments. The boutique's Vanilla-Kissed Strawberry Bark combines dark chocolate, tart strawberries, and hints of tropical vanilla, making it the perfect indulgence for lovers.

allisons gourmet12.jpgObsessive Confection Disorder (OCD) boasts an array of sweets to get your blood flowing. OCD's Vegan Rosalias are bittersweet chocolate-dipped caramels with notes of rose petals and tangerine, sprinkled with 23-carat gold flakes. The "I Lubz You" sampler comes with an assortment of caramel covered treats, including the Hippy Dippy Crispy Treat, a sweet and savory delicacy made with vegan marshmallows, crisp brown rice, toasted coconut, and bittersweet chocolate.

gold hearet.jpgHail Merry's raw vegan Miracle Tarts come in Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Almond Butter, and Meyer Lemon. Raw enthusiasts can also luxuriate in Merry's medley of macaroons and spiced nuts.

miracletart12.jpg Pair your chocolaty delights with a bottle of Frey Vineyard's vegan-friendly Petite Sirah, a full-bodied red wine with notes of spice, pepper, and chocolate. The organic vineyard's Late Harvest Zinfandel is a sweet dessert wine jammy enough to be a confection of its own.

frey12.jpgFor tips on where to go for romantic vegetarian dining, visit VegGuide.org.

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Ted Danson3.jpgTed Danson, the legendary actor best known for his role as "Sam Malone" in the Emmy Award-winning hit television show Cheers, announced his transition to a healthy vegan diet last week as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Joining the growing list of celebrities going vegan to protect animals, the planet, and their health, Danson said, "I've found that eating vegan the last five or six months has really given me energy, I feel good and I look fabulous."

A longtime environmental activist, Danson narrated a documentary about the cruel fishing industry titled The End of the Line, and recently published his first book: Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans And What We Can Do To Save Them.

For tips on improving your health and helping animals by transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, visit ChooseVeg.com. Click here to order a free Vegetarian Starter Kit.


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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, what better way to show the vegans in your life that you love them than with this handmade, limited edition, sterling silver "VEGAN" necklace by Michelle Rubin. This stunning and stylish necklace is a perfect way to show support for animal rights and makes a wonderful gift for your friend, your partner, or yourself!

necklace121.jpgThis beautiful necklace is only available until February 9th. To be sure you have plenty of time to get the necklace to your loved ones before Valentine's Day, don't delay - order yours today!

The sterling silver necklace has "VEGAN" hand-stamped on a 9/16" pendant, which hangs with a hematite stone, on a 16" chain. Click here to order a necklace for that special someone today.

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gestcrate2.jpgThe Humane Society of the United States has released disturbing undercover video footage taken inside two Oklahoma pig factory farms, one owned by Seaboard Foods, the nation's third-largest pork producer and a supplier to Walmart, and the other by Prestage Farms, the nation's fifth-largest pork producer.

The investigation reveals mother pigs confined in tiny metal gestation crates, unable to turn around for nearly their entire lives, and newborn male piglets having their testicles ripped out of their bodies and their tails sliced off, all without painkillers. Pigs in need of veterinary care were left to suffer and die inside their cages, and lame or dying pigs and piglets were thrown into buckets to rot.

 

Take action: Urge Seaboard and Prestage to stop confining mother pigs for life to cages barely larger than their own bodies.

MFA's investigations into pig factory farms have revealed similarly horrific scenes of blatant animal abuse and needless suffering, including at Iowa Select Farms, the nation's fourth-largest pork producer, and at Pennsylvania's Country View Family Farms. Unfortunately, even the most extreme cruelty documented in these facilities is considered standard and largely acceptable within the pork industry.

More than 100 million pigs are subjected to a lifetime of abuse and neglect each year in the United States. These intelligent and social animals are treated as mere meat-producing machines on factory farms, where their short lives are filled with needless violence, suffering and fear.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Make a pledge today to withdraw your support from the cruel and violent meat industry by choosing compassion over cruelty every time you eat. Visit ChooseVeg.com for more information and delicious recipes to get started on your path toward a meat-free diet.

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February 1, 2012

The Meat-Free Makeover

gardein.jpgIn recent years, the selection of delicious plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs has skyrocketed, giving consumers more variety and making vegetarian eating easier than ever before. Honing in on this trend, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that the number of "meatless" products in the U.S. has increased by a whopping 21 percent in the past two years and Americans are expected to consume 12 percent less meat in 2012 than they did just five years ago.

Leading the way are popular brands like Boca Foods, Turtle Island Foods, Lightlife Foods and more that are developing new and improved, even tastier versions of their best-selling meat-free delights. New ingredients are being used to give the substitute a more "meat-like" taste and texture in hopes of encouraging meat-loving consumers to cut down their overall meat consumption. At the same time, these companies are helping to expand the meat-free market through clever national advertising efforts, like Gardein's new Cheat on Meat campaign.

Whether it's to prevent cruelty to animals, protect the planet, or improve your health, you can't go wrong with tasty, meat-free fare! For free healthy, tasty recipes and tips on a compassionate, plant-based diet, visit ChooseVeg.com.

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buffalo wings.jpgSuper Bowl Sunday, February 5th, is right around the corner! Whether you'll be rooting for the Giants or the Patriots, don't be caught scrambling for food at the last minute. These delicious vegan munchies are sure to have your taste buds cheering on game day:

  • Bring the heat to your kitchen with this mouthwatering Vegan Buffalo Wings recipe from "The Betty Crocker Project" or try this sweet and tangy version by Gardein.
  • Pile Daiya vegan cheese, guacamole, salsa, beans, and fresh veggies onto tortilla chips for the perfect Super Bowl nacho plate. If you're feeling adventurous, try making this Cashew Queso from Post Punk Kitchen.
  • Go sweet with any of these incredible dessert recipes from award-winning vegan chef Isa Chandra-Moskowitz.
 
Want more? Visit ChooseVeg.com for hundreds of vegan recipes, nutritional information and more.

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