Farm Sanctuary News: Tell the USDA: No Downers

February 28th, 2008 6:32 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Tell the USDA: No More Downed Animal Abuse!

The widely-publicized abuse of downed dairy cattle at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company in Chino, Calif. has upended the meat industry and set the stage for positive change. Those who think the abuses of animals slated for slaughter can continue to go unseen have now been put on notice that the public is watching and growing wary. Let’s make sure the suffering of these animals was not in vain! Let the USDA know that the Hallmark case will not be forgotten and that the treatment of farm animals is a huge priority for the public.

Newborn Calf and his Mother Reunite for Life at Our California Shelter

Days old and barely breathing, Harrison the calf was lying alone in an open field and only hours away from death when he was discovered by a compassionate humane officer in Santa Cruz, CA. The newborn—the son of a cow bred to replenish a small herd of beef cattle—was nonresponsive, bellowing only briefly in pain when the officer checked his vitals and determined that he was in desperate need of medical attention. Read more.

2007 Walk for Farm Animals a Rousing Success

Last fall, more than 2,000 people took to the streets in 46 cities and towns across North America to speak out for farm animals, resulting in the largest and most successful Walk to date! In addition to educating people about the cruelty of factory farming, Walk participants raised over $170,000 to support Farm Sanctuary’s rescue, education and advocacy work. Our sincerest thanks go out to all the compassionate people who helped make this event possible. Read more.

Call for Auction Items

Farm Sanctuary is seeking contributions of farm animal-related artwork and other specialty items for our May 17, 2008 Gala for Farm Animals in New York City, as well as our online auction. Showcase your work, get fabulous publicity, and help animals all at the same time! Contact us at chloe [at] or 212-989-8482.


Catch Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur at one of the following presentations and book signings to promote Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

March 5, 2008, NEW YORK CITY – Columbia Law School
March 10, 2008, CHICAGO, IL – DePaul University
March 11, 2008, MADISON, WI – University of Wisconsin
March 12, 2008, LOS ANGELES, CA – UCLA

March 15, 2008 (LA) – Join Farm Sanctuary and celebrity guests Rosanna Arquette, Brendan Brazier, Emily Deschanel, Rory Freedman, Alexandra Paul, Daniela Sea, Loretta Swit, Persia White, Kelli Williams, and Bob Zmuda to fete the release of Gene Baur’s new book! Vegan hors d’oeuvres and organic wine will be provided. Click here for more info and to register.


From Hollywood to Hog Heaven (pdf)
VegNews, March/April 2008
Find out everything you wanted to know about Gene Baur and the history of Farm Sanctuary. Reserve your signed copy of his new book today!

Canada’s Latest Mad Cow Raises Questions About Feed Ban
The Gazette (Montreal), February 26, 2008
Another downed dairy cow is discovered with mad cow disease. Here’s a priceless quote: “The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association says the discovery proves the testing and monitoring program works.” So, if they aren’t discovering mad cow, does it mean it isn’t working? Why aren’t we finding it more often in the U.S.?

Beef Recall Raises Questions (video)
News 10 Now (Syracuse, NY), February 19, 2008
Gene Baur offers his insights on the beef recall, and the history of our No Downer Campaign.

USDA recalls 143M pounds of California beef (video)
WCBS-TV (New York City), February 18, 2008
Julie Janovsky, Farm Sanctuary’s director of campaigns, weighs in on the beef recall. Did you know that the 143 million pounds of beef recalled equates to about 200,000 sentient, social and sensitive dairy cows?

The comics weigh in:

Mark Fiore
Doreen the Downer

Tony Auth
Madhouse Meats


Boston Baked Bonz

An Angel’s Destiny


Tapestry Afghan


About Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit or call 607-583-2225.


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