Animals

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Ebola is caused by Bushmeat!

It turns out that Ebola is yet another epidemic disease, along with influenza, and resistant bacteria, which we get by consuming and/or producing meat. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 75 percent of all new and emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animal origins. According to the World … Continue reading

New Slaughterhouse rules make things worse

Just when we thought the slaughterhouses couldn’t get any worse for workers, consumers and animals alike, new rules are coming out of Washington DC that will make the whole situation worse than ever. Under the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection” rule, a processing line could run at 170 carcasses per minute, and only one inspector- … Continue reading

Farm Animals have their say

This story about farm animals is different from most of the others, not only because it has a happy ending, but whereas most stories about the plight of the farm animals are written by people, this story was written by the animals themselves. We’ve often admired the excellent work done by Farm Sanctuary in New … Continue reading

More Countries Ban Foie Gras – the indelicate delicacy!

We are happy to report that India has just joined the growing honor roll of countries which have banned foie gras, or swollen goose, and sometimes duck, liver. The initiative for the ban got started in 2012 by animal welfare organizations complaining to their government, and documenting the awful conditions that geese and ducks endure … Continue reading

Fish have feelings too!

While many people accept the fact that farm animals such as cows can suffer and feel pain, they don’t seem to understand that the same is true of fish. The Veterinary Merck Manual, perhaps the most standard reference in animal science and veterinary practice, states, “Based on what is known to date, all vertebrates, and … Continue reading

Senate against Horsemeat

Good News! The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a provision that would prevent any efforts to resume the slaughtering of horses for human consumption on U.S. soil. The bipartisan amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill, offered by Senators Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and approved by the committee 18-12, disallows … Continue reading

New NW Advocate for Animals – an interview with Rachel Huff-Wagenborg

How did you first get interested in the plight of animals and of farm animals in particular? I have gravitated towards helping animals for as long as I can remember, especially feeling a drive to rescue and save injured, abandoned and neglected animals.  Undercover footage of factory farms opened my eyes to the cruelty farmed … Continue reading

Veal Heartbreak – from farm to slaughterhouse

Perhaps the most heartbreaking farm animal practice is the raising of veal. Despite substantial public opposition, hundreds of thousands of calves raised for veal are intensively confined in individual crates too narrow for them even to turn around. Tethered by their necks to further restrict their movement, they’re virtually immobilized for their entire 16 week-long … Continue reading

Octopus – Don’t beat it, don’t eat it!

There’s been quite the furor recently after a diver was seen last year punching an 80 pound Giant Pacific Octopus at Alki Cove 2 he caught in order to subdue it. He said he wanted to capture it and take it home, “to draw it for this art project, and eat it for meat.” Outrage … Continue reading

Obama Adminstration Chickens Out

The news about chicken just keeps getting worse. As if we needed yet another reason not to eat chicken, the Obama administration has just caved in to “big chicken” by issuing new slaughterhouse regulations. These will save the industry over $256 million every year by speeding up the pace of processing and reducing the number … Continue reading

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