March 2012 Archives


Thumbnail image for ht_genesis_tk_120326_wg.jpgLast week, ABC News and WOIO 19 Action News each walked away with a coveted Genesis Award, which honors journalists and filmmakers that confront cruelty and celebrate animals, for their extensive and thorough coverage of MFA's hard-hitting undercover investigations.

ABC News won the award for a 20/20 report highlighting MFA's undercover investigation at Sparboe Farms, one of the nation's largest egg producers, and supplier to McDonald's at the time of the investigation. The footage exposed routine abuses within the egg industry, including hens crammed into filthy wire cages, unable to fully stretch their wings or engage in any natural behaviors, and workers burning off the beaks of young chicks without painkillers and callously throwing them into cages. ABC News producer Cindy Galli was on hand to receive the award and said, "We can give these stories an audience on ABC News. ... That's easy compared to what groups like the Humane Society and Mercy For Animals do. They do the tough work of exposing inhumane treatment of animals every day."

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Scott Taylor, investigative reporter for WOIO 19 Action News in Cleveland, Ohio, also received a Genesis Award for his ongoing coverage of MFA's E6 Cattle Company investigation, which uncovered workers bashing in the skulls of calves with pickaxes and hammers, dragging them by their ears, throwing them, and neglecting them to die from illness and injury without veterinary care. Fortunately, MFA was able to rescue four calves and bring felony and misdemeanor cruelty charges to several workers.



Mercy For Animals congratulates and thanks ABC News and Scott Taylor for their honest reporting on the often-hidden abuses inflicted upon farmed animals. Thanks to their coverage, millions of Americans have had their hearts and minds opened to the plight of animals on factory farms.

To learn more about MFA's groundbreaking undercover investigations, click here.

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Thumbnail image for 300008-bottlewaterpoison-1322653646-465-640x480.jpgA recent report confirms that arsenic, which is found in a commonly used additive in chicken feed to promote unnaturally rapid growth, runs off into local waterways and leaches into groundwater when the manure is used as fertilizer. The study, which the Maryland House of Delegates commissioned when considering a statewide ban on the chicken industry's use of arsenic-containing feed additives, indicates that as a result of the drug's usage, soils in Maryland and Delaware "exceed the states' standards for acceptable levels of arsenic."

Last summer, the most commonly used arsenic-based drug, Roxarsone - which causes chickens to grow so large that many collapse under their own weight - was recalled after an FDA study showed possible harm to human health. The European Union banned Roxarsone in 1999 because of health concerns. Nevertheless, US chicken companies still in possession of the drug can continue using it, and they have opposed the proposed Maryland ban, claiming that it would hurt the industry financially.

The Baltimore Sun recently editorialized in favor of a statewide ban on the chicken industry's use of additives containing arsenic and condemned the industry for its opposition to the ban, saying, "At a time when Americans are increasingly interested in organic and healthful foods, they are standing by their arsenic when it's clearly unnecessary." Additionally, in a hugely significant ruling, a court ordered the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of antibiotics to promote growth in farmed animals because of health risks associated with eating antibiotic-laden meat. Agribusiness is challenging this.

Choosing a vegetarian diet is the most powerful way to spare the environment and our own bodies from the toxins the chicken industry is fighting to keep. Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and tips on transitioning to a healthy and compassionate vegetarian diet.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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escherichia_e_coli_infection-1.jpgA new McGill University study suggests a link between contaminated chicken and urinary tract infections (UTI). Each year, consumers endure six to eight million UTIs in the United States alone. McGill's study found that nearly 85% of these afflictions are caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli), a bacteria commonly found in factory farmed chicken, beef, and pork.

The study compared the genomes of the E. coli responsible for these infections to the genomes of E. coli present in meat sources and found a match between the UTI bacteria and strains particularly found in chicken.

Researchers expressed concern over the spread of antibiotic resistance in farmed animals fueled by excessive doses of antibiotics given to overcrowded, maltreated, and chronically ill animals in lieu of simple measures to improve basic living conditions and provide proper veterinary care. Because of this antibiotic resistance, it will only become more difficult to treat bacterial infections like UTIs, especially when the bacteria genomes are linked to disease-ridden animals raised for food.

Fortunately, consumers can improve their health and help prevent animal cruelty by adopting a kind and compassionate vegetarian diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com for a multitude of delicious recipes, instructional videos, and tips on transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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DSC_0365.jpgEver wonder what it would be like to intern with Mercy For Animals? We interviewed Danyelle Hamilton, a Michigan native who currently interns in our Chicago campaigns office, and asked her to give us the scoop.

Prior to interning with Mercy For Animals, Danyelle helped lead the charge for animal advocacy at Vassar College, hosting "Paid-Per-View" stations on campus, and educating fellow students about the cruelties of factory farming through grassroots activism. In her free time, Danyelle enjoys shopping at thrift stores, drawing, reading, biking, hiking, exploring, and visiting with friends and family.

What first inspired you to become a vegan?

My initial motivation for becoming vegan was a desire to contribute as little as possible to the atrocities of factory farming and other forms of animal exploitation. As I continue learning, the reasons are limitless. I feel like an all-around more positive individual, and I've never been happier.

Why did you choose to intern with MFA in the Windy City?

I decided I wanted to work with an animal rights organization after viewing the film Earthlings. It is powerful and upsetting, yet so motivating. An internship with Mercy For Animals seemed to be the most fulfilling way to spend my year off college.

Chicago is one of the most veg-friendly cities in the country. What's your favorite veg-food joint so far?

I really enjoy just about everything the Chicago Diner has to offer. But when I'm at home, a grilled tofu and veggie sandwich with hummus is perfect.

DSC_0275.jpgHave you had any memorable experiences since starting your internship with MFA?

I was leafleting downtown with our 25 Reasons to Try Vegetarian booklet. I offered one to a woman passing by, and she gladly took one. A moment later, she returned to tell me a booklet just like it was the reason she is a vegetarian today and that her 16-year-old son is a vegan. She seemed so grateful, and told me my work was admirable. Moments like this really show that grassroots activism is effective and valuable.

How do you plan to use the skills you've developed during your internship to further your advocacy for animals?

I plan to take what I've learned from MFA back to school in the fall to continue the success of Vassar College's Animal Rights Coalition. I'll continue to be an activist in everyday life, and I'll never stop leafleting! My time with MFA has also made me see that animal advocacy is so important. With this knowledge, I may be able to turn my undecided major into a career I know I will be passionate about.

Inspired? Click here to learn about MFA's exciting internship program. We currently have internship positions open in Columbus, OH, and Los Angeles, and one in Dallas which includes free housing. Apply today!

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Thumbnail image for SLC1.jpgIn a setback to freedom of speech, freedom of press, food safety, and animal welfare, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has caved in to pressure from factory farm interests by signing into law a dangerous and far-reaching bill that seeks to silence whistleblowers and shield animal abusers from public scrutiny. By enacting a law that criminalizes undercover investigations revealing cruelty to animals, corporate corruption, unsafe working conditions, environmental violations, or food safety issues at factory farms, Governor Herbert has helped turn factory farms in the state into safe havens for criminal and unethical conduct.

In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Sterling Brown, vice president for public policy for the Utah Farm Bureau, shows his willingness to deceive and misrepresent the crucial role undercover investigations have played in improving society by claiming, "These individuals and organizations have done more of a disservice than anything positive."

The truth is that investigations have led to innumerable positive changes - not only bringing animal abusers to justice, but also safeguarding the American food supply. In fact, the largest beef recall in U.S. history was prompted by hidden-camera footage recorded by an animal welfare organization. The startling footage exposed "downed" cows - those too sick or injured to walk - being kicked, hit, pushed with fork lifts, water-hosed, and electrically prodded onto the kill floor at a California slaughterhouse as USDA inspectors looked on. The slaughter of downed cows is particularly concerning because of the cows' heightened risk of carrying "mad cow" disease, salmonella and E. coli.

U.S. Rep. George Miller told USA Today that the recall "raises alarming questions about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ability to monitor the safety of meat that is being shipped to our nation's schools. It is outrageous that it took a non-governmental organization to shed light on the egregious abuses that were happening right under the USDA's nose."

Undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals and other groups have also led to groundbreaking corporate animal welfare policy changes, new and improved laws to protect farmed animals and the environment, felony and misdemeanor convictions of animal abusers, and the closure of especially corrupt animal facilities.



Not a single federal law protects farmed animals from abuse or neglect during their lives on factory farms, and Utah specifically excludes farmed animals from protection against even some of the worst forms of factory farm cruelty, such as intensive confinement, tail docking and debeaking. But instead of strengthening its weak laws to protect animals and consumers, Utah legislators are working to silence undercover investigators who expose cruel and even criminal activities at factory farms.

Mercy For Animals will explore all legal avenues to challenge and overturn this unconstitutional law, which is patently un-American and a clear violation of freedom of speech.

It is now more important than ever before to expose the cruel and corrupt practices of factory farms nationwide.

What You Can Do:

Expose Factory Farm Cruelty - Please share this video with as many people as you can and help expose the cruel and corrupt practices of factory farming industries.

Choose Vegetarian - Each time we eat, we can choose kindness over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy and eggs is the single most powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to farmed animals. Visit ChooseVeg.com for free recipes, tips on making the switch, and more.


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gestcrate2-thumb-210x1861.jpgNew evidence of political corruption has come to light since Iowa Governor Terry Branstad bowed to pressure from "Big Ag." By signing into law a bill that makes criminals out of undercover investigators who expose cruelty to animals, corporate corruption, dangerous working conditions, environmental violations, or food safety concerns at factory farms, Governor Brandstad failed Iowans, Iowa's farmed animals, and the American people.

According to the Des Moines Register, Governor Branstad and several other legislators largely supporting the bill received substantial contributions from influential agriculture groups, including the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The National Institute on Money in State Politics found that the agriculture industry provided nearly 10 percent of Governor Branstad's $8.9 million in campaign funding, while another leading supporter of the bill, Senator Joe Seng of Davenport, received over 25 percent of his campaign money from agricultural interests.

Founders of Iowa Beef Products topped the donor list, contributing $152,000 to Governor Brandstad's campaign. Co-founders of Iowa Select Farms - the target of a 2011 Mercy For Animals investigation - were also among the top donors, contributing $50,000 to Brandstad.

Why the "hush money"?


MFA's undercover investigation at Iowa Select Farms revealed horrific abuse to pigs, including:
 
  • 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
  • Workers ripping out the testicles of conscious piglets without the use of painkillers
  • Piglets suffering with herniated intestines, due to botched castration
  • Conscious piglets having their tails painfully sliced into and yanked off with dull clippers
  • Sick and injured pigs left to languish and slowly die without proper veterinary care
  • Management training workers to throw piglets across the room - comparing it to a "roller coaster ride"
Clearly, Iowa Select Farms has a lot to hide from the public. This issue of dirty politics is only one aspect of the disgrace surrounding Iowa's "ag-gag" law. Not a single federal law protects farmed animals from abuse or neglect during their lives on factory farms, and Iowa specifically excludes farmed animals from protection against even some of the worst forms of factory farm cruelty. This ag-gag law represents an underhanded attempt to silence animal advocates while keeping consumers in the dark about the harsh realities of modern animal agriculture.

You can withdraw your support of this corrupt industry by choosing a kind and compassionate vegetarian diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes, instructional videos, and tips on making the transition.

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This past week, Mercy For Animals held two eye-catching demonstrations to protest extreme animal abuse within the pork industry outside the Oklahoma Pork Congress in Oklahoma City, and the National Pork Producers Council Spring Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

porkdemodc.jpgThe traffic-stopping demonstration featured a giant, 10-foot-tall pig, bloody with sores and locked in a narrow gestation crate, confronting pork producers for their inherently cruel practice of confining mother sows in tiny, filthy crates, where they are unable to turn around, lie down comfortably, or engage in any natural behaviors. The giant pig was joined by activists wielding signs with images of abused pigs, reading: "Pork Producers Torture Animals" and "Pork's Dark Side: Animal Cruelty."

PorkDemoDC1-1.jpg"It is high time that Oklahoma pork producers realize it is out of step with most Americans' basic values to confine mother pigs inside stalls so small that the animals are virtually immobilized their entire lives," said National Campaign Coordinator Phil Letten in an interview with the Oklahoma Gazette. "If pork producers subjected dogs and cats to the array of animal abuses they inflict on pigs, they could be arrested and jailed on grounds of animal cruelty." Univision television network filmed our crew in Washington, DC, exposing viewers to the horrific cruelties pork producers inflict on mother sows.

prokdemoOKC.jpgBoth events proved to be a big success for pigs, sending a strong message to the pork industry that animal abuse will not be tolerated. You can help prevent cruelty to animals by adopting a kind and compassionate vegetarian diet. For delicious recipes and tips on making the transition, visit ChooseVeg.com.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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fork.jpgFrom stretchable "cheeses" to egg-free "egg yolks," vegan food pioneers are churning out incredible and imaginative new products at lightning speed. Now, a new plant-based "meat" company is giving the phrase "tastes like chicken" a whole new meaning.

In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Mark Bittman tells readers about the amazing shredability of the new "chicken" product created by Ethan Brown of Savage River Farms. Bittman writes, "When you take Brown's product, cut it up and combine it with, say, chopped tomato and lettuce and mayonnaise with some seasoning in it, and wrap it in a burrito, you won't know the difference between that and chicken. I didn't, at least, and this is the kind of thing I do for a living."

In addition to the good taste - and obvious health, environmental, and ethical benefits - Savage River Farms' product will be surprisingly affordable. Brown says the price point of his "chicken" will be lower than real chicken.

Savage River Farms' "chicken" is still in early production, but Whole Foods will start using the product in prepared foods soon. Retail sales are expected to begin this summer. This is great news for the more than 8 billion "broiler" chickens slaughtered each year in the United States for human consumption.

To learn about the abundance of delicious, cruelty-free food alternatives already on the market, click here.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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A new undercover investigation at Upstate New York-based Adirondack Farms - supplier to the producers of Cabot cheese - reveals horrific cruelty to cows, including calves' horn buds being burned off without painkillers, cows being electro-shocked in the face, mother cows with bloody vaginal prolapses languishing in pain for months without veterinary care, and cows being manually inseminated by workers. The institutionalized cruelty at this farm is consistent with the mistreatment of cows rampant throughout the dairy industry.



In 2009, a Mercy For Animals investigation at Willet Dairy Farm - the largest dairy farm in New York State - exposed equally horrific conditions, including:

  • "Downed" cows too sick or injured to stand up
  • Calves having their tails cut off without painkillers
  • Cows living in overcrowded sheds on manure-coated concrete flooring
  • Newborn calves being forcibly dragged from their mothers by their legs
Sadly, the inhumane conditions uncovered at New York dairy farms are not isolated. There are no federal laws providing protection to animals on factory farms, and investigations such as these hold companies accountable and expose how out of step factory farming practices are with most consumers' basic values.

Every time we eat, we can help put an end to the mistreatment of animals on factory farms. Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious cruelty-free recipes and tips on transitioning to a vegan diet.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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worldwaterday.jpgAs World Water Day approaches, the United Nations (UN) is encouraging consumers to help conserve water by moving away from meat-based diets. Inaugurated by the UN and held on March 22nd every year, World Water Day observes the pressing need to protect the world's water resources.

What does meat have to do with water? The meat, egg, and dairy industries not only cause animal suffering, they're also notorious for polluting our waterways and squandering our water supplies.

On its World Water Day website, the UN notes that producing food for farmed animals, slaughtering the animals, and processing meat all require huge amounts of H20. "This makes the water footprint of animal products particularly important," according to the UN. Fisheries and aquaculture don't get off the hook either ― they're called out as major "water users."

While animal agriculture accounts for over 90 percent of water depletion, vegetarian foods only take a fraction of the water and other resources needed to sustain meat-based diets. The scientific evidence is so clear that the UN is now calling for a global shift towards a vegan diet for ecological reasons.

Whether you're concerned about environmental destruction, animal suffering on factory farms, or the quality of your health, your food choices hold tremendous power. Visit ChooseVeg.com for hundreds of delicious vegan recipes along with tips on adopting an animal-friendly and eco-friendly diet.

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vegg-spinach-omelet-vegan-faux-eggs.jpgThe Vegg - a new incredible, edible egg-free "egg yolk" - might be the next big thing to hit the vegan market. The versatile egg yolk replacer boasts an impressive recipe repertoire, which includes French toast, pan frittata, Hollandaise sauce, and even sunny-side up "eggs."

The new egg-free product is surprisingly close to the real thing. Vegg creator Rocky Shepherd says, "It tastes like egg yolk but no salmonella."

The Vegg is also great news for the billions of hens confined on factory farms. On modern day factory farms, egg-laying hens are forced to spend their entire miserable lives crammed in filthy wire cages, unable to freely turn around, spread their wings, or engage in any natural behaviors. Female chicks have their beaks painfully seared off, and male chicks are either ground up alive or thrown into plastic bags to be suffocated. Sadly, these cruel practices are standard within the egg industry.

You can withdraw your support of animal cruelty by choosing compassionate products like The Vegg and the abundance of other animal-friendly fare on the market. The Vegg is available at Vegan Essentials, Pangea, Food Fight Grocery, Sidecar for Pigs Peace, Roots Markets, Veggie Stuff, and Vegan Bodega.

For more resources on going egg-free, click here.

Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes, instructional videos, and tips on transitioning to a cruelty-free diet.

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PortobelloSausageBurger_NativeFoods2.jpgAnimal advocates around the world are gearing up for the next Great American Meatout on March 20. Through vegan food samplings, leafleting events, film screenings, educational exhibits, and more, activists will bring the message of compassion for farmed animals directly to consumers in their communities.

This year, Mercy For Animals is celebrating Meatout by showing consumers just how easy vegetarian cooking can be. In Chicago, MFA's Kenny Torrella recently joined Chef Kendall Huff from Native Foods Café on WGN's Lunchbreak as she prepared an appetizing portobello and "sausage" burger. "Going vegetarian is a great way to help animals, improve your health, and help the planet," Torrella said.

Kendal with Kenny and Dina1.jpgIn New York City, Telemundo's Al Amanecer con Jackie featured MFA's Eddie Garza alongside celebrity journalist Carlos Anaya and V-Spot's Chef Danny Carabano to show the Latin community that a vegan lifestyle is not only good for our health, but also good for the animals. The Spanish-language program is the most widely viewed Latin morning show in the greater New York City area.

AmanecerConJackie.jpgOn Monday, March 19, Dallasites can tune in to FOX's Good Day Dallas to watch MFA's Texas Campaign Coordinator Nora Kramer and vegan cooking coach Kathryn Lorusso as they give Texans tips on going meat-free.

Along with these exciting cooking demos, all of MFA's campaign offices will be hosting "Paid-Per-View" screenings throughout the week of the Great American Meatout. Click here to see our upcoming events.

PPVNYU.jpgThere are many other ways you can help expose consumers to the realities of modern agriculture. Consider ordering our eye-opening literature to distribute in your own community, and be sure to check out our action center for tips on getting involved.

For more information on transitioning to a plant-based diet, click here to receive your free Vegetarian Starter Kit.



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1145633.large.jpgleilani.jpgFrom NBA champions to Germany's strongest man, plant-powered sportspeople are proving animal proteins are overrated. Professional race car driver, Leilani Munter, joins the rank of these ethically elite athletes.

The celebrated racer went vegetarian at the age of six, when she realized that meat was made from animals. "I wasn't going to eat my friends," she stated in a recent interview.

Munter has big plans for her time on the track, and hopes to engage millions of fans about the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet. "My next race car we are raising funds for now is a Fueled by Veggies race car that will have fruits and vegetables all over it and will be calling to action race fans to try Meatless Mondays."

When not racing, Munter spends her time speaking at events to help raise awareness of the environmental impact of animal agriculture.

"Everyone is focused on fossil fuels, but more greenhouse gas emissions come from raising animals for food than all of the planes, trains, cars, trucks, ships, and all forms of fossil fuel based transportation put together. We need to help people understand that the food on their dinner plates has a big effect on their carbon footprint."

Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and tips on transitioning to an earth-friendly, heart-healthy, and cruelty-free lifestyle.


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souleyvegan.jpg"Soul food" is often associated with unhealthy, meat-based dishes, but a growing number of chefs, restaurateurs, and cookbook authors are showing us a healthier way that's also better for animals and the planet.

Leading the charge is chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry. The author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, Terry recently released a new cookbook called The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus. "I think it's important for me to present animal product-free food that is sumptuous and interesting, and comforting," said Terry in a recent interview with Grist.

There's an abundance of other resources on down-home cooking sans cruelty and artery-clogging fat. Cookbooks like The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy and Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food offer cruelty-free takes on soul food classics. And let's not forget By Any Greens Necessary ― the first plant-based eating guide for African-American women, featuring recipes like Spicy Collard Greens, Classic Cornbread, and more.

Vegan soul food even has its own restaurant chain ― Soul Vegetarian ― with locations around the world. Other plant-based eateries are also sprouting up and serving tasty dishes like barbecue tofu, vegan mac & cheese, and fried okra. From Uptown Juice Bar in Harlem to Souley Vegan in California, there's plenty of soulful food to go around.

As the growth of vegan soul food shows, it's never been easier to create vegetarian versions of traditionally meat-laden foods. Check out ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and helpful tips on adopting a healthy and humane vegan diet.

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6a00d83452e09d69e2016762456d69970b-800wi.jpgCompass Group, the largest foodservice company in the world, has taken a positive step forward in helping pigs on factory farms. The company that runs over 10,000 dining facilities in schools, hospitals and various other venues around the globe has committed to eliminating purchase of gestation-crated pork by 2017.

On modern day factory farms, mother sows are forced to spend their entire lives locked in cruel confinement systems, never allowed to breathe fresh air or engage in any natural behaviors. Compass Group joins the growing number of food providers who have also pledged to cut gestation crates, including McDonald's, Whole Foods, Wolfgang Puck, and Chipotle - sending a strong message to the pork industry that animal abuse will not be tolerated.

While the elimination of gestation crates may reduce animal suffering, the best way to withdraw support of animal abuse altogether is by adopting a kind and compassionate vegetarian diet. For delicious cruelty-free recipes, visit ChooseVeg.com.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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Thumbnail image for 295366680-12161713.jpgA new study by the Harvard School of Public Health reveals that consuming red meat and processed meat products substantially increases one's risk of premature death, and also heightens the risk of death from type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

The study analyzed diet, health, and death data on nearly 40,000 men and over 80,000 women, factoring in lifestyle statistics such as age, weight, physical activity, and family history of heart disease, and dietary factors such as consumption of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, dairy products, and meat.

Researchers concluded that eating one serving a day of red meat - about the size of a deck of cards - was associated with a 13-percent increased risk of premature death. Consuming even smaller portions of processed meat like hotdogs and bacon resulted in a considerably sharper risk increase.

Nutrition epidemiologist Marji McCullough states, "This study is important because it shows that consuming red meat and processed meat increases the risk of death from all causes."

Fortunately, consumers can improve their health - and help prevent animal cruelty - by adopting a kind and compassionate vegetarian diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com for a host of delicious recipes, instructional videos, and tips on transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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Nearly 50 Mercy For Animals supporters from all over Ohio enjoyed a sunny Sunday afternoon bonding face to face with the over 170 very special animals at Sunrise Sanctuary, the rescued farmed animal oasis featured in MFA's award-winning documentary Fowl Play.

SunriseGroupPhoto.jpgContent among the wide variety of chickens, ducks and turkeys, was a young steer named Wesley, who happily stole the show as people jumped at the chance to rub, brush, and have their photos taken with the charming fellow.

RachelWesley.jpgSarah&Beatrice.jpgVolunteers enjoyed mingling with birds and other curious farmed animals, but were also hard at work cleaning out pig stalls and preparing sanctuary grounds for a busy spring season. Mindy Mallet, the 2009 recipient of MFA's Hope Award, was delighted to have such an enthusiastic group helping out at the sanctuary.

Oscar.jpgVolunteers equally delighted in the experience. "It was wonderful to see so many animals that were so well loved," says Rebecca Ford, an MFA volunteer from Cleveland.

WorkingChicken.jpgInspired? Keep an eye on Mercy For Animals' events page for upcoming opportunities to help farmed animals in your area.

If you're in the greater New York City area, join us on March 24th for a volunteer day at Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

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IMG_2715-2.jpgSaint Patrick's Day is known for parades, parties, and green beer. This year, add a little "green" grub to the festivities with these veganized versions of classic St. Patty's Day favorites!

  • Indulge yourself in this tasty and cruelty-free version of Shepherd's Pie, a staple at every St. Patrick's Day feast.
  • No Irish celebration would be complete without Colcannon, a traditional dish made with mashed potatoes and kale.
  • Win the hearts of all your fellow Irish partying pals with these delicious and easy-to-make Peppermint Patties.
  • Worried you can't enjoy that pint of Irish Stout to wash down all these vegan Irish delights? Check out Barnivore for a complete list of vegan-friendly beers and spirits.
For more menu ideas, cooking tips, instructional videos, and hundreds of vegan recipes, visit ChooseVeg.com.

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SLC2.jpgOn Wednesday, Mercy For Animals and other major animal protection organizations praised the Illinois Judiciary Law Committee for tabling anti-whistleblower legislation known as H.B. 5143.

Much like the harmful and unconstitutional law that recently went into effect in Iowa, H.B. 5143 sought to criminalize those who expose animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, environmental destruction, and other illegal and unethical activities on farms. Tabling the bill essentially removes it from consideration.

Thankfully, similar whistleblower-suppression legislation in Indiana ― S.B. 184 ― has also been halted after dying in committee last week.

"We applaud Illinois and Indiana legislators for listening to the will of the people and abandoning these dangerous and ill-conceived bills, rather than caving to the corrupt motives of the factory farming lobby," said MFA's Executive Director Nathan Runkle. "Truth and transparency in food production are vital to the integrity of our nation's food supply," he added.

While we're heartened by the decisions made by the Illinois Judiciary Law Committee and the Indiana legislature, we're disappointed that the Utah state legislature has apparently bowed to the pressure of corporate factory farming interests by passing anti-whistleblower legislation known as H.B. 187.

NRSLC.jpgAt a recent press conference held in Salt Lake City, MFA screened video footage from undercover investigations to illustrate the pressing need for whistleblowers. Speaking out against H.B. 187, Runkle explained that it serves as "a thinly veiled" attempt to shield animal abusers from public scrutiny. "This bill is dangerous, and an outrage, and we urge Governor Herbert to veto it," he stated.

Take Action:

Utah residents, please click here to let Governor Herbert know that documenting animal abuse is not a crime. You can also call Governor Herbert at (800) 705-2464 and urge him to veto H.B. 187.

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PS.jpgConsumers were recently shocked to learn of the widespread use of ammonium-treated lean beef trimmings. Popularly known as "pink slime," this pink-colored meat filler is created by treating beef scraps and cow connective tissue with ammonium hydroxide to kill off E. coli, salmonella, and other dangerous pathogens that may be present.

According to a recent ABC News report by Jim Avila, 70 percent of the ground beef at US supermarkets now contains pink slime. Consumers have apparently been kept in the dark about this unpleasant ingredient because U.S. Department of Agriculture officials ― including an undersecretary of agriculture with ties to the beef industry ― have let it remain unlisted on meat labels.

While many are rightfully concerned about the presence of pink slime in grocery store meat and in school lunches, this is just the most recent item added to the beef industry's growing list of unappetizing offenses. Cows raised for beef are routinely inflicted with third-degree burns (hot-iron branding) and have their horns burned out of their skulls, all without any painkillers. The crowded and unsanitary conditions of feedlots also make perfect breeding grounds for disease ― including antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Thankfully, we can choose to distance ourselves from the sickness and cruelty that run rampant on factory farms. Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious, cruelty-free recipes and tips on transitioning to a healthy and humane vegan diet.

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Cows.jpgScience - and common sense - tells us that farmed animals are complex beings with rich emotional lives, who often exhibit greater intelligence than the dogs and cats we share our homes with. But a recent Psychology Today article details a new study which found that when people are about to eat meat, they will downplay the intelligence of the animal.

In the first trial, participants were asked to rate their willingness to eat an assortment of animals, including houseflies, chickens, elephants, and gorillas. Researchers found that people were less willing to eat animals they believed to have more complex minds.

In another telling test, participants believed they would soon receive a food sample - half the group was told it would be fruit, and the other half that it would be lamb or beef. They were then asked to rate the mental abilities of sheep and cows. According to the article, "The group that was about to eat meat gave much lower ratings of the mental abilities of cows and sheep than the group that was about to eat fruit." The article aptly observes that the animals humans use for food "are complex creatures," but notes: "Because of the importance of eating to our lives, we think about food animals as less complex than other animals ..."

Despite the clear evidence of farmed animal intelligence, billions of animals are routinely abused and slaughtered each year for human consumption. Make the commitment today to explore a vegetarian diet, and help create a kinder world for all animals. Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes, instructional videos, and tips on making the switch.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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4e7a6aeb5109c.jpgNew York Times best-selling author Kathy Freston has written a powerful opinion piece highlighting the hazards of meat consumption and the many health benefits of vegetarian diets. Titled Meat is the New Tobacco, Freston's commentary on the Huffington Post draws intriguing parallels between the tobacco and meat industries.

Why does Ms. Freston think that eating a chicken wing should be considered "the health equivalent" of smoking a cigarette? Consuming meat, eggs, and dairy products leads to the three biggest killers in this country: heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Researchers like Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of Forks Over Knives fame have even found that heart disease can be reversed through a healthy, plant-based diet.

Freston also compares the tobacco industry's failed attempts to downplay the dangers of smoking to the efforts of today's pro-factory farming interests to keep consumers in the dark about the egregious cruelty, environmental destruction, and health risks of meat production and consumption. "[T]he evidence is in and it continues to grow: animal products kill a lot more Americans than tobacco does," says Freston.

Thankfully, it's never been easier to safeguard our health and prevent the suffering of billions of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. Please visit ChooseVeg.com for recipes and tips on adopting a healthy and humane vegan diet.

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Thousands of New Yorkers got a taste of the vegan lifestyle at the Second Annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. The two-day event featured dozens of vegan food vendors, including V-Spot, Vegan Bodega, and The Regal Vegan, and non-profit organizations from across the country, including Mercy For Animals.

IMG_2594.JPGempanadas-from-v-spot-nyc-vegetarian-food-festival-2012_normal.jpgMFA proudly sponsored the festival's Mercy For Animals stage, where highly acclaimed speakers, such as NutritionFacts.org's Dr. Michael Greger, vegan athlete Brendan Brazier and best-selling author Victoria Moran, gave inspiring presentations on vegan health, fitness, and making a difference for animals.

sara-nyc-vegetarian-food-festival-2012_normal.jpgMercy For Animals hosted a large educational booth, as well as a "Paid-Per-View" station, where over 300 non-vegetarian festival-goers were paid $1 to watch 4 minutes of MFA's hard-hitting documentary Farm to Fridge. After watching, several heart-broken viewers spent their dollars buying Farm to Fridge DVDs to share the moving footage with friends and loved ones.

DSC01360.JPGDSC01358.JPGInspired? Join MFA volunteers at festivals in New York, California, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, and other parts of the country to help make a difference for animals.

For your free Vegetarian Starter Kit, click here.

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CNN-Ag-GagDebate.pngLast Friday, CNN's Headline News Network's Jane Velez-Mitchell featured a thought-provoking, two-part segment exposing the rotten truth behind Iowa's new "ag-gag" law. The segment featured interviews with MFA's Executive Director Nathan Runkle and Farm Sanctuary's Bruce Friedrich, who addressed the dangerous and unconstitutional nature of the bill, which seeks to cover up the standard abuse and neglect that animals experience on factory farms nationwide.

Because there is no federal law protecting animals during their miserable lives on factory farms, the meat industry is given nearly free reign to abuse animals and call it standard operating procedure. As Velez-Mitchell reports, these bills are simply the product of "an unholy alliance between the US government, the USDA, meat producers, and other animal agriculture industries."



As undercover videos continue to graphically illustrate, animal abuse is inherent in, and thus runs rampant within the meat, dairy, and egg industries, which value profit over animal welfare. Serving as a mouthpiece for factory farmers, slaughterhouse operators, and other animal abuse and exploitation profiteers, Kay Johnson Smith, CEO and President of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, appeared to serve up a shameful dose of BS.

Johnson Smith apparently lacked even the most basic understanding of Iowa's law. Contrary to Johnson Smith's assertion, the Iowa ag-gag bill contains absolutely no language addressing or requiring any reporting of animal abuse. In fact, pro-factory farm legislators in Iowa actively spoke out against including such language. It remains true that without undercover investigations, there are oftentimes no effective watchdogs protecting animals from egregious cruelty in these facilities.

Undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals 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.

It is now more important than ever before to expose the cruel and corrupt practices of factory farms nationwide.

What You Can Do:

Expose Factory Farm Cruelty - Please share this video with as many people as you can and help expose the cruel and corrupt practices of Iowa's factory farming industry.

Stop the Ag-Gag - Harmful and unconstitutional whistleblower-suppression legislation is now being considered in the following states. If you live in one of these states, please take action below:

• Illinois: HB 5143 - Take Action
• New York: S 5172 - Take Action
• Utah: HB 187 - Take Action
• Indiana: SB 184 (bill pending)
• Minnesota: HF 1369/ SF 1118 (bill pending)
• Missouri: SB 695 (bill pending)
• Nebraska: LB 915 (bill pending)

Choose Vegetarian - Every time we sit down to eat, we can choose compassion over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy and eggs is perhaps the single most important and powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to animals. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.

Make a Donation - Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help Mercy For Animals continue our vital work to expose and end cruelty to animals.

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VR2.jpgEver wonder what it would be like to intern with Mercy For Animals? We interviewed Victoria Randall, who recently completed internships in both our Dallas and New York City campaigns offices, and asked her to give us the scoop.

At a young age, Victoria saw an undercover video that exposed her to the inherent cruelties involved in animal agriculture. Moved by what she saw, Victoria soon adopted a vegan diet and now spends most of her time advocating for farmed animals.

What first inspired you to become a vegan?

When I was a pre-teen, I gave up eating meat because I simply did not like the idea of eating animals. Later, I was exposed to the cruelty of foie gras by an undercover video, and something finally clicked. I realized no animals should be exploited for food, including dairy cows and egg-laying hens. I immediately went vegan and jumped right into animal advocacy.

What is your favorite vegan/animal rights resource?
 
ChooseVeg.com is my absolute favorite resource to promote veganism. It touches on every aspect - animal welfare, health issues, environmental degradation, and of course, it has so many delicious recipes. I also learned a lot from Nick Cooney's Change of Heart. It's the single most informational tool for me as an activist at being able to connect with people. Cooney's tips on human psychology are incredibly valuable in creating effective social change.

Why did you choose to intern with MFA?
 
Mercy For Animals is such a respectable organization. I simply love how effective and efficient MFA is at educating the public about the cruelties of factory farming, and I strongly wanted to be a part of the team.

What do you like most about interning with MFA?
 
I have learned so much about animal advocacy since starting my internship with MFA. We do research projects, administrative work, and a variety of outreach events, including vegetarian leafleting, hosting "Paid-Per-View" events, and marching in Gay Pride parades. Also, it's so encouraging to meet people on the streets who decided to go vegan after reading one of our pamphlets.

VR_Leafleting.jpgWhat is the key to your success as an activist?
 
Passion and dedication is all you really need to make a difference. What has inspired and kept me motivated is the support of other like-minded people. Since becoming an animal advocate, I have met so many kind and compassionate people who have been my support and strength every single day.

Can you offer any insight for others interested in becoming involved with animal rights activism?
 
Getting active with an established animal rights organization is the best way to get involved with the animal rights movement. Interning with Mercy For Animals in both Dallas and New York City has been an immensely fulfilling experience.

Inspired? Click here to learn about MFA's internship program and apply today for an exciting internship in Dallas.


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GemperleBatteryCage-thumb-219x164.jpgNearly 50,000 hens were recently found abandoned on a factory egg farm in Turlock, California, after the owner left them to suffer without food for weeks.

"Two buildings the length of football fields were crammed full of dead and dying egg-laying hens," KTVU.com reports. The vast majority of the birds on this factory farm either starved to death or had to be euthanized.

Thankfully, organizations like Animal Place, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and Farm Sanctuary coordinated the largest farm animal rescue in California history, pulling over 4,000 hens from the barren wire cages of this factory farm and giving them urgent veterinary care. The rehabilitated hens will soon be available for adoption and will live the remainder of their lives free from cruelty.



As horrifying as this case of neglect is, it is not isolated. Mercy For Animals has found similar cruelty throughout the egg industry. A 2008 MFA investigation revealed suffering at Gemperle Enterprises ― another Turlock-based factory egg farm that was one of the largest in California at the time. Hidden-camera footage from this investigation revealed widespread cruelty and inhumane conditions for egg-laying hens, such as:

  • Rotting carcasses in cages with live hens still laying eggs for human consumption
  • Birds suffering from untreated broken bones, open wounds, infections and uterine prolapses
  • Workers brutally killing sick hens by grabbing their heads and swinging their bodies around to break their necks, or by neck-twisting, often resulting in prolonged, torturous deaths
  • Workers violently handling birds, resulting in injuries, such as broken bones and blunt trauma
  • Hens covered in excrement, confined five to seven per cage the size of a file drawer, unable to stretch their wings, move freely or exercise
  • Crippled hens left to languish in cage aisles without access to food, water, or veterinary care
Fortunately, we can end our support of an industry that treats intelligent and social beings as disposable commodities. Please visit ChooseVeg.com to find delicious egg-free recipes and tips on cooking without eggs.

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dioxin.jpgFrom antibiotic-resistant superbugs to staph-infected meat, the dangers of consuming animal products continue to draw attention. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that trace amounts of dioxins ― found in meat, dairy, and eggs ― can wreak havoc on the skin, immune system, and other aspects of the body.

Dioxins are chemicals that are released into the environment when substances are burned, and they're known to accumulate in the flesh and milk of farmed animals. The World Health Organization estimates that 90 percent of our dioxin exposure comes from consuming meat and dairy products.

Despite the well-established health risks of dioxins, government agencies say they have no plans of regulating the level of dioxins in food. This inaction doesn't sit well with Arnold Schecter, a professor and environmental scientist who suggests we curb our intake of dioxins by eating less meat and dairy.

Thankfully, we can all make food choices that limit our dioxin exposure while preventing the needless suffering of farmed animals. Please visit ChooseVeg.com to find helpful vegan health tips, along with hundreds of delicious, cruelty-free recipes.

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timothy-bradley.jpgIn a recent Wall Street Journal article, professional boxer and undefeated junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. says he follows a vegan diet when training for a fight because it gives him more energy and keeps his mind sharp. 

After first trying a vegan diet, Bradley said, "I was able to outwork a lot of my opponents." He now avows his vegan regimen saying, "Dude, I swear, it's the most unbelievable feeling ever... The reason I love it so much is that I feel connected to the world ... My thoughts are clearer, crisp. I am sharp. Everything is working perfectly--I feel clean." 

On June 9, Bradley will have the chance to upstage one of the world's greatest boxers, Manny Pacquiao, and it will undoubtedly be the biggest fight of Bradley's career -- he'll certainly need to call upon his vegan power to provide a knockout punch. 

Find your inner vegan power and protect animals by making the switch to a compassionate vegan diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com for free recipes, tips and more. Click here to order a free Vegetarian Starter Kit today.

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aggagpig4.jpgDespite the valiant efforts of MFA supporters nationwide, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has bowed to pressure from "Big Ag" and failed Iowans, Iowa's farmed animals, and the American people, by signing into law a bill that makes criminals out of undercover investigators who expose cruelty to animals, corporate corruption, dangerous working conditions, environmental violations, or food safety concerns at factory farms.

Click here for a statement from Nathan Runkle, Mercy For Animals' executive director.

What are pro-factory farm interests in Iowa trying so desperately to hide? See for yourself, and then help expose Iowa's dirty secret by sharing this video with the world:



Not a single federal law protects farmed animals from abuse or neglect during their lives on factory farms and Iowa specifically excludes farmed animals from protection against even some of the worst forms of factory farm cruelty. But instead of strengthening its pathetic laws to protect animals and consumers, Iowa lawmakers are attempting to silence undercover investigators who expose cruel and even criminal activities at factory farms.

Undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals 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. Without undercover investigations, there are oftentimes no effective watchdogs protecting animals from egregious cruelty in these facilities.

It is now more important than ever before to expose the cruel and corrupt practices of factory farms nationwide.

What You Can Do:

Expose Factory Farm Cruelty - Please share this video with as many people as you can and help expose the cruel and corrupt practices of Iowa's factory farming industry.

Stop the Ag-Gag - Harmful and unconstitutional whistleblower-suppression legislation is now being considered in the following states. If you live in one of these states, please take action below:

  • Illinois: HB 5143 - Take Action
  • New York: S 5172 - Take Action
  • Utah: HB 187 - Take Action
  • Indiana: SB 184 (bill pending)
  • Minnesota: HF 1369/ SF 1118 (bill pending)
  • Missouri: SB 695 (bill pending)
  • Nebraska: LB 915 (bill pending)

Choose Vegetarian - Every time we sit down to eat, we can choose compassion over cruelty. Adopting a diet free of meat, dairy and eggs is perhaps the single most important and powerful action you can take to prevent needless cruelty to animals. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.

Make a Donation - Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help Mercy For Animals continue our vital work to expose and end cruelty to animals.


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LabMeat.jpgAccording to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, lab-grown meat could become a reality by this October. Dutch scientist Mark Post, leader of the $330,000 project, has already grown several strips of muscle tissue from a cow's stem cells and hopes to have enough to create the "world's first test-tube burger" by the fall. 

Finding alternatives to meat is a growing priority among scientists who care about saving the environment from the devastating effects of factory farming ― the leading contributor of greenhouse gases. Scientists claim that lab-grown meat would use 40 percent less energy than conventional animal agriculture. Other supporting research has shown that lab-grown meat would require only 1 percent as much land and 4 percent as much water as current animal agriculture. 

Luckily, consumers don't have to wait years for these experiments to be finalized to start saving the environment and helping animals. Going vegetarian has never been easier with so many delicious meat-like alternatives already on the market, including Gardein, Tofurky, Field Roast and more

For a host of delicious recipes, and for tips on transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, visit ChooseVeg.com.

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GoMaxGoJokerz.jpgFrom now until the end of March, compassionate consumers have a new way to help animals: shopping for great cruelty-free, vegan goodies. That's right! For a limited time, 10% of the proceeds from every purchase made through TheVegetarianSite.com will go to support MFA's lifesaving work on behalf of farmed animals. 

All products are 100% vegan and sourced from socially responsible brands. The Vegetarian Site has everything from books, videos and DVDs to vegan clothing, footwear, personal care products and groceries

What are you waiting for? Get shopping!

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Donning black clothes, blindfolds, and gags, Mercy For Animals members held an eye-opening demonstration outside the Iowa Capitol Building on Thursday in response to the recent passage of whistleblower-suppression legislation

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On Tuesday, both the Iowa Senate and House passed a bill aimed at preventing farm workers from documenting and exposing acts of cruelty to animals - an effort championed by corporate factory farming interests. 

The bill is currently on the desk of Iowa's governor. MFA is urging him to veto this dangerous and misguided legislation. 

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Wielding signs and banners reading, "Iowa: Safe Haven for Animal Abuse" and "Ag-Gag: Bad for Consumers, Animals and Food Safety" and depicting graphic images of animals suffering on factory farms, MFA volunteers educated countless passersby in Des Moines about the crucial role that undercover investigations play in addressing cruelty to farmed animals, ensuring food safety, exposing environmental violations, and protecting workers' rights. 

Undercover investigations by MFA and other groups have led to landmark corporate animal welfare policy reforms, felony convictions of animal abusers, and other positive developments. Most recently, our investigation into a Sparboe-owned egg farm in Iowa persuaded major companies like McDonald's and Target to drop the egg supplier over cruelty concerns. MFA's investigation last year at Iowa Select Farms, the largest pork producer in the state, also led major grocery chains to end their supplier relationships with the facility after hidden-camera video documented pigs locked in tiny cages, and workers throwing, kicking, and mutilating animals without painkillers.



"Clearly Iowa's factory farms have a lot to hide if they are willing to go to such despicable measures to hide their cruel and abusive practices from the public," stated MFA's General Counsel Vandhana Bala. 

Take Action: 

Call Iowa's governor Terry Branstad today at (515) 281-5211 and urge him to veto the ag-gag bill. 

If you are an Iowa resident, please use this form to urge Governor Branstad to veto SF 431/HF 589, a bill designed to shield animal abusers from public scrutiny and prosecute brave whistleblowers who dare to speak out against cruelty to animals, corporate corruption, dangerous working conditions, environmental violations, and food safety concerns.

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Happy_Vegetarian2.jpgThanks to nutrition experts and films like Forks Over Knives, we already know of the strong link between animal-based foods and preventable diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Now, a groundbreaking study published in Nutritional Journal finds that meat in our diet can also affect our mood. 

Researchers asked nearly 40 meat-eaters to try one of three diets: all-vegetarian, some fish, or daily meat consumption. After just two weeks, the people eating a completely vegetarian diet showed a significant drop in stress, while those eating animal products did not. 

According to the researchers, these results "suggest that consuming a diet high in meat, fish, and poultry may negatively impact mental state." They also advised exploring this connection further "as reductions in dietary meat [consumption] ... would not only reduce health risks but could benefit the environment as well." 

As science continues to shed light on the many health benefits of plant-based diets, common sense tells us that vegetarian eating is also good for the billions of animals who suffer on factory farms and in slaughterhouses each year. 

Ready to help animals while reaching greater levels of physical and mental health? Visit ChooseVeg.com for delicious recipes and tips on getting started.

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BatteryCagedHens.jpgThis week, Bon Appétit Management Company - one of the nation's largest foodservice providers - announced that it would ban some of the worst cruelties inflicted upon farmed animals, which includes ending its purchase of products from sows raised in gestation crates, egg-laying hens raised in battery cages, and calves confined in veal crates, and eliminating foie gras from its menus. 

Bon Appétit, which has been long hailed for its extensive and delicious vegetarian offerings, operates dining services for over 400 corporations, universities, museums, and other venues in 31 states. 

"I have never forgotten the terrible things I saw when touring factory farms," said Fedele Bauccio, co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company. Bauccio said factory farms are the source of our food system's major problems: "Everything from the issues of safe food to public health to the dead zones in the ocean to what seeps into the waterways. It's disgusting." 

While Bon Appétit Management Company's decision to withdraw its support of cruel confinement systems and foie gras production is a positive step forward for animals, the best action consumers can take to prevent animal abuse is to simply stop eating them. Visit ChooseVeg.com for free recipes, tips, and information on making the switch to a vegetarian diet.

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