60 Congressmembers Urge USDA to Halt High-Speed Slaughter Expansion

In an effort led by Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT) and Louise Slaughter (NY), a bi-partisan group of 60 Congressmembers signed a powerfully-worded letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the federal agency to delay the potential expansion of HIMP, a dangerous reduced-inspection, high-speed pig slaughter pilot program. The USDA previously stated its decision would come out this month. The letter cites concerns that “these new …

Consider This: Pigs are like dogs, only smarter!

As our recent investigation inside a pig slaughterhouse uncovers, factory farming is hell on earth for pigs. These intelligent, inquisitive animals have complex social bonds and unique personalities — all buried and ignored beneath the horrors of animal agribusiness. Pigs are considered one of the smartest animals in the world and they’re incredibly playful. In fact, they’re pretty much just like …

A Misleading Oath or a Missed Opportunity?

Did you ever dream of becoming a veterinarian when you were a kid?  Of working with animals every day? Many children, compelled by their deep love for animals, grow up to be veterinarians and dedicate their lives to caring for them. That’s why it’s disappointing that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an organization that represents over 86,000 veterinarians nationwide, …

Silent Side Dishes: The Stealth of Ractopamine

Did you know that with almost every serving of turkey and pig meat dished out this holiday season – and all year long – there’s a stealthy side of drugs that are banned in the European Union and even China, but not the US?  It’s called Ractopamine. And it’s even in your bacon, which reaches its record-setting consumption rate during …