An investigation by the international animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) found filthy, inhumane overcrowding at a Farmer John farm, a brand owned by Hormel that produces the popular LA Dodgers' Dodger Dogs.
Started in 2009, the Yulin dog meat festival, with its brutality and filth, has become symbolic of China’s now declining, mostly unregulated dog meat industry, which is responsible for killing between 10 and 20 million dogs for food annually.
Investigators found birds trapped in feces that covered much of the floor, a half-foot deep in some places; with eyes that were swollen shut, swollen nostrils, open wounds and bruises; missing large patches of feathers; inflamed and swollen crops; and stress bars on their feathers — an indication of poor environmental conditions or severe malnutrition.
With his thinning white hair and black Polo-style shirt with a Niman Ranch “Raised With Care” logo over his heart, Paul Willis looks like a kindly grandfather. This... [View more]
Today’s post is by Wayne Hsiung, co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). DxE acquired undercover footage of Petaluma Farms, a cage-free, organic, and Certified... [View more]
"What Does "Cage-Free" Even Mean?"
Mother Jones - Jan 14, 2015
The commentary surrounding Direct Action Everywhere’s (DxE) undercover video footage of Petaluma Farms continues. The latest article of note came yesterday from Mother Jones’s Tom Philpott. Philpott’s piece is a strong one. It does a good job... [View more]
"All The News That's Fit To Eat"
Civil Eats - Jan 09, 2015
Here’s how the media hierarchy often works: a global authority (say the New York Times) covers a story, the story hits the media radar, and smaller outlets pick it up, paraphrase it, and run it on their own sites. As a rumor churns through a mill, so goes a story... [View more]
"Animal Rights Group’s Video of Hens Raises Questions, but Not Just for Farms"
New York Times - Jan 09, 2015
Early last week the animal activist group Direct Action Everywhere released a harrowing video based on an undercover investigation of Petaluma Farms, a Northern California operation that supplies eggs to Whole Foods and Organic Valley. In it, hundreds of chickens are shown... [View more]
"Know What Kind of Life Your Dinner Lived"
Whole Foods - Jan 08, 2015
This new Whole Foods ad appeals to the increasingly popular dictum to know where your food comes from. It reads: “Know What Kind Of Life Your Dinner Lived.” On the face of it, the movement to better understand the inner-workings of the food system is a noble... [View more]