DawnWatch: Wash Post on fight to save pet pig 1/29/07

Monday, January 29th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jan 29, 2007 5:36 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Wash Post on fight to save pet pig 1/29/07

There is a charming story in the Monday, January 29 Metro Section about a woman fighting for the right to keep her pet pig. The piece, by Bill Turque, is headed, “Home Is Where Her Hog Is” and subheaded, “A couple of years ago, a petrified little pig escaped the butcher, thanks to its new owner. Now the Herndon woman is fighting a zoning law to keep her 140-pound pet at her house.”

We read:

“Last summer was the fat time for Bacon, a 3-year-old Vietnamese potbellied pig who moved into a house along a Herndon cul-de-sac with her owner, Bridgette Suder. Neighbors lined up to get a look at the sweet-natured 140-pounder with a bristly white coat and enormous pink-and-black snout that is the texture of ‘one big lip,’ according to Suder, who smooches it regularly. Kids came by to visit as Bacon cooled herself in the toddler wading pool that Suder set up in the back yard.

“‘We had a house full of people petting Bacon,’ said Suder, 23, a former kindergarten teacher who works for her father’s educational consulting firm.

“Then someone squealed. That started the lean times.

“In early October, Suder received a letter from the town. It said that two inspectors ‘determined that you are keeping livestock, to wit: a Pot Belly Pig on the Property.’ They told Suder that swine are not allowed within the town limits.

“She appealed to the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals, and while the matter is pending, Suder and her neighbors have mobilized to save their Bacon.

“Suder was encouraged when she looked at Virginia law, which indicates that if Bacon is not destined to be bacon, or otherwise sold for profit, she qualifies as a ‘companion animal.’

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DawnWatch: Olivia on Washington Post Radio and other turkey friendly coverage and opportunities — 11/23/06

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Nov 23, 2006 12:53 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Olivia on Washington Post Radio and other turkey friendly coverage and opportunities — 11/23/06

During the 12-1 hour today, on Thanksgiving, Washington Post Radio broadcast a 3 minute piece I recorded about my meeting with the turkey Olivia. It was broadcast right in the middle of a call-in show where people were chatting about turkey cooking recipes. Perfect! I will paste the text below so you can read it.

Earlier in the hour, before my piece was broadcast, I heard a caller, warm and friendly, tell the hosts that she had seen footage from the Butterball turkey plant (check out http://www.goveg.com/feat/butterball/butterball.asp ) and was horrified by the treatment, so she was cooking veggie pot pies this year, and adopting a turkey from Farm Sanctuary. You’ll find a lovely article and a beautiful slide show about the Farm Sanctuary “Feed the Turkeys” and adoption programs at http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/16073776.htm. You can post comments on that page. Please do!

And here is a video from the turkey celebration at Animal Acres near Los Angeles:

The caller on today’s Washington Post Radio show made me realize what a wonderful opportunity we have to add a warm voice of compassion to the turkey talk on the airwaves today. If you are having a veggie feast, please consider making a friendly call about it when your local station takes callers. And please let me know if you do — you will make my day!

Here’s the text of my Olivia piece broadcast on Washington Post Radio. It would be great if Washington Post Radio got some notes of appreciation. Positive feedback for animal friendly coverage encourages more of it. The station takes comments at comment [at] washingtonpostradio.com.

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DawnWatch: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary covered in NY Daily News — 8/26/06

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Aug 26, 2006 5:25 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary covered in NY Daily News 8/26/06

The Saturday, August 26, New York Daily News has a lovely article, by Amy Sacks, about the new Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, headed, “Refuge down on the farm.”

It opens:

“Two days after the World Cup championship ended last month, Melissa Nelson came upon a rooster that was dyed blue – like France’s team mascot – and left as garbage in a cardboard box in Chinatown.

‘He was panting and had string tied around his legs,’ said the Manhattan resident, who rushed the abandoned cock to her upper West Side vet.

“Today, Nigel’s early morning cock-a-doodle-dos are a wake-up call to dozens of other farm animals that live at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, a bucolic 23-acre farm located in the Catskill Mountains, two hours from the George Washington Bridge.

“Former television producer Jenny Brown, 35, and her husband, Doug Abel, 39, a film editor and Manhattan native, run the not-for-profit farm, which provides care, rehabilitation and shelter for abused and abandoned farm animals.”

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Farm Sanctuary: Survivors of Airline Cargo Disaster Find Refuge

Monday, August 7th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Aug 7, 2006 2:59 PM
Subject: Survivors of Airline Cargo Disaster Find Refuge

On August 3, Farm Sanctuary welcomed 11 baby turkeys to its Orland, CA shelter. They spent their first day exploring the surroundings of their new home with wide eyes, picking at the straw bales, and scratching at the floor. They’re curiosity was in full force when they first arrived, as they attempted to hop on top of the bales, only to realize that they are still too young and small for these athletic maneuvers. They are eating and drinking heartily and spent their first night huddled together cozily in our hospital. Here, they will remain until they clear all health checks and grow old enough to be introduced to our other residents in the turkey barn. By their curious and active demeanors, one would never assume the harrowing events that led them to our Orland Shelter.

A Call for Prosecution

These turkeys were among over 11,500 birds transported from Detroit to San Francisco via Northwest Airlines. Upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on July 13, Northwest employees discovered that over 9,000 of the birds had perished in transit from Detroit to SFO. According to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA), which was the first to take in some of the surviving birds, said they “believe the massive loss was due to overcrowding. The turkeys couldn’t breathe, became overheated, dehydrated and died.” Approximately 1,900 surviving birds were sent to their final destination to become “breeder” birds, whose offspring would be sold for food.

One week after this initial disaster, Northwest Airlines again called the PHS/SPCA to pick up more birds who were found dead and dying in a subsequent shipment that was apparently meant to replace the original shipment. Zacky Farms, the recipient of the birds from both shipments, left behind boxes containing an estimated 3,240 dead and dying birds at the San Francisco airport. By the time PHS/SPCA investigators arrived on the scene, Northwest Airlines cargo workers had already thrown 26 of the 28 boxes into a trash compactor. Of the two remaining boxes, investigators found 22 of 62 chicks still alive. Sadly, however, all but one died.

Farm Sanctuary has sent a letter [2] to the San Mateo County District Attorney encouraging animal cruelty charges to be brought against Northwest Airlines. In addition, we have sent a letter [3] to Northwest Airlines, calling for changes in the company’s policies on live animal shipments.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/NWA/NWA_DA.pdf

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/NWA/NWA.pdf

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Farm Sanctuary: Your Help Needed – Emergency Piglet Rescue!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jun 28, 2006 11:42 AM
Subject: YOUR HELP NEEDED: EMERGENCY PIGLET RESCUE!

Farm Sanctuary recently came to the rescue of six piglets who were being used for “practice surgeries” at a university veterinary hospital.

As young as eight weeks old, the piglets had undergone hernia operations, and then, no longer useful to the university, they were scheduled to be sent to auction, where they would have been sold for slaughter. Sadly, this is a fate that countless farm animals used in university teaching experiments face each year. At some veterinary schools, animals used for experiments are bred specifically for student use, and at other schools, “test” animals are obtained from local farmers and returned once students are done with them.

But, thankfully, our California Shelter has just welcomed these six babies, each with fresh surgical wounds on their bellies, and they are now safe from harm forever.

The piglets arrived extremely weak, sickly and coughing badly. The group was quickly placed in hospital pens so that their surgical wounds can heal, and they can be treated for severe respiratory and eye infections.

Rescue costs are estimated to total $22,500, including transport, spay surgeries, vaccinations, parasite treatments, antibiotics, eye ointment, and other medications, veterinary care, bedding, and feed. In addition, one piglet, Cesak, is already experiencing a complication from his hernia surgery, and is not healing properly. In order to survive, he now needs an additional surgery to correct this problem.

DONATIONS ARE NEEDED IMMEDIATELY TO FUND CESAK’S SURGERY, AND THE RESCUE AND CARE COSTS TO SAVE THESE SIX INNOCENT PIGLETS.

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HSUS: Victories and battles for farm animals – take action!

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

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From: Humane Society of the United States – HumaneSociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Jun 19, 2006 5:22 PM
Subject: Victories and battles for farm animals – take action!

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The Humane Society of the United States
FACTORY FARMING: A CAMPAIGN UPDATE ON OUR VICTORIES
AND CURRENT BATTLES
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2006_stewardship_act/

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Dear Kelly,

Because you’re concerned about farm animals, I’d like to invite you to take action on a new bill that could help millions of animals. Then, read on for some exciting news about our work to combat some of the cruelest factory farming abuses.

:: EASY ACTION FOR FARM ANIMALS: Congressmen Christopher Shays (R-Conn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill that would require producers supplying animal products to the federal government to comply with minimal animal welfare standards. Please ask your representative to co-sponsor and support H.B. 5557, the Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act. It will only take a minute or two, but could make a real difference in the lives of millions of animals. Click here: https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2006_stewardship_act/

:: COMPANIES GO CAGE-FREE: From the campuses of Google and AOL to those of Ohio State University and Dartmouth, our No Battery Eggs campaign has saved hundreds of thousands of hens from lives of misery in battery cages. Read more about the companies and schools our Factory Farming Campaign is working with to free hens from cages. Click here: https://community.hsus.org/ct/UpS7Mss1hzI1/

:: MOBY MAKES MUSIC FOR ANIMALS: Internationally renowned and Grammy-nominated musician Moby has long advocated for the improved treatment of animals raised for meat, eggs, and milk. The HSUS is proud to introduce to you his powerful video on farm animals, their conditions on industrialized factory farms, and what each one of us can do to help reduce their suffering. Click here to see Moby’s video: https://community.hsus.org/ct/U1S7Mss1hzWZ/

Click here to find out how you can reduce farm animal suffering: https://community.hsus.org/ct/y1S7Mss1hzIq/

:: CHICAGO MAKES HISTORY: After months of campaigning by The HSUS and other organizations, the Chicago City Council voted to ban the sale of foie gras in the city. Foie gras is cruelly produced by force-feeding ducks and geese unnatural amounts of food through a pipe thrust down their throats, which can cause severe injuries, organ rupture, and even death. We applaud the Aldermen of Chicago for seeing that this abusive product will no longer be tolerated in the Windy City. Click here to learn more: https://community.hsus.org/ct/ydS7Mss1hzIa/

:: FACTORY FARMING CAMPAIGN WEBSITE DEBUTS: If you’d like to stay up-to-date on what The Humane Society of the United States is doing to protect farm animals, be sure to visit the new site for our Factory Farming Campaign. The site has information about HSUS farm animal victories, media attention, videos, action alerts, photos, research, and more. Click here: https://community.hsus.org/ct/EpS7Mss1hzWK/

Thanks for all you do for animals every day.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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Farm Sanctuary – Join us at the New York Country Hoe Down!

Monday, June 19th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jun 19, 2006 7:49 AM
Subject: Join us at the New York Country Hoe Down!

Our 20th Anniversary celebration really gets in full swing at our annual Country Hoe Down at Farm Sanctuary s New York Shelter on August 5 – 6. Tour the farm, meet the animals, learn about farm animal issues and campaigns, network with like-minded people, enjoy fantastic vegan food and dance the night away during our barn dance.

Conference Activities:
Noted Animal Protection Speakers
Interactive Workshops
Shelter Tours and Hayrides
‘Get Down at the Hoe Down’ Barn Dance

The conference fee is $75.00 per person, which includes Saturday and Sunday lunch, Saturday dinner and Saturday night DJ-hosted barn dance with complimentary party drinks and snacks. Free rustic camping is available at the farm, and hotel accommodations are just a 15-minute drive from the sanctuary.

For more information or to register by phone, please call 607-583-2225 ext. 221 or register online. https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/visit/nyhoe_down.htm

Reservation Deadline: July 30
Space is Limited

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 http://www.farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/join/donate2.htm. For updates on previous action alerts, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update.htm.

Please forward and distribute widely! Thank you
Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150 Watkins Glen, NY 14891.

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Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 6/16/06

Monday, June 19th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Jun 16, 2006 3:47 PM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 6/16/06

Support Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act (H.R. 5557)

Introduced on June 8, 2006, the federal Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act would require producers who supply meat, dairy and eggs to federal programs to comply with moderate animal welfare standards. The bill would help ameliorate some of the worst suffering endured by animals raised for food in the U.S., and force factory farmers to recognize the suffering of farm animals. Read more and take action.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/fed_stewardship.htm

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Cow Crippled at Birth Finds Peace at Farm Sanctuary

The man who rescued Linda says she’s lucky to be alive -and he’s right. Pulled incorrectly while she was being born, Linda’s pelvis was crushed, causing her permanent mobility problems. The dairy farm where she was born had no use for a crippled cow, and her future looked very bleak indeed. But Linda’s rescuer wanted her to live. Here at our New York Shelter, we’re giving her that chance. Read more.

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/adopt/rescue_linda.htm

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Sponsor a Veg Info Stand

Help educate people about the benefits of “going veg” by sponsoring a Veg Info Stand! You can sponsor a stand today by 1) placing one in your neighborhood and keeping it stocked with free copies of our 24-page Guide to Veg Living magazine, or 2) contributing $100 to underwrite the cost of one stand that Farm Sanctuary will place. Read more.

http://www.vegforlife.org/activism_activities.htm#vegstand

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Perfect Organics™. Perfect. Naturally.

Perfect Organics, Inc. is honored and delighted to join Farm Sanctuary’s “Corporate Partners for Compassion” community. As manufacturers of amazingly effective, incredibly luxurious, organic, vegan body care, Perfect Organics’ mission is to promote a healthy, humane and sustainable world -and Farm Sanctuary nobly achieves such objectives. Supporting Farm Sanctuary and its animals, Perfect Organics honors the interdependence that exists between humans, our animal friends and the planet we all call home. At Perfect Organics it’s always beauty…outside the box.

http://www.perfectorganics.com/

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Additional photos from Farm Sanctuary’s 20th Anniversary Gala are now available!

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IN THE NEWS

USDA Refused to Heed Warnings of Atypical Strains of Mad Cow Disease
June 14, 2006

Taxpayers Fight Pataki’s Foie Gras Funding
Ithaca Times
June 14, 2006

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SHOP AT FARM SANCTUARY!

Sheep of Fools
Activist illustrator Sue Coe has produced a striking new work!

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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 http://www.farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/join/donate2.htm. For updates on previous action alerts, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update.htm.

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Consuming Women, No. 2

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Again courtesy of Feministing, yet another misogyny-meets-speciesism advert, this one from rapper Ludacris. In his quest to help out the young wimmins, dear Ludacris narrated a recently released women’s basketball documentary. To which blogger Ann says, “Ludacris empowers and uplifts young ‘hoes'”.

Ann includes an excerpt from an ET article:

One of my main reasons in doing it is because of how powerful I think it is for ladies to watch it. We have a lot of problems and troubles with the youth, period, but it’s the young women who need to be especially strong at this point. […] I want to empower the young ladies out there. It’s about women’s battles on and off the court.

Her reply?:

Like women’s battle not to be seen as meat? The cover of his album Chicken-n-Beer features Ludacris salting a woman’s leg and getting ready to bite into it. (Sexual Politics of Meat, anyone?)

Here’s the cover in question, via Amazon.com.
 
 

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And a second picture, this one of the cover plus a pull-out (my best guess, anyway), which reveals more of the image.
 
 
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Of course, the primary message is that women shouldn’t be viewed as (and treated like) “meat” – as objects to be consumed in order to please another. The other part of the equation, which is often negelected in discussions of this sort, is the animal, the “meat.” Just as women shouldn’t be objectified, abused, and treated as a means to an end, neither should animals.

As a feminist, animal rights advocate, and social science geek, this is the sort of topic that fascinates me. Unfortunately (well, fortunately for me!), I’m heading off for a much-deserved three-week vacation soon, so I don’t have time to expound, but this is a hint of what’s to come when I get back and have more time to devote to easyVegan.info.

Imagery that propagates the women-as-animals meme is, sadly, more common than you might realize. Common enough to justify a recurring “Consuming Women” series, methinks. I’ll post ’em as I find ’em; if you’d like to contribute, send me the image of offense at easyvegan [at] gmail [dot] com.

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DawnWatch: Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun on Cage-free eggs 6/11/06

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 11, 2006 5:50 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun on Cage-free eggs 6/11/06

The Sunday, June 11, Chicago Tribune (Pg 3) and Baltimore Sun (pg 12a) are both carrying a story on consumer interest in cage free eggs. The Tribune has headed the story, “Cage-free eggs take flight; Some shoppers like that birds can roam.”

It opens with a quote from a shopper who seeks out cage-free eggs and says, “There’s been more publicity about how stock animals are handled. It hasn’t made me a vegetarian yet, but it might.”

We read:

“The concerns of shoppers like Taylor are part of a growing public interest in where food comes from–whether beef cows were fed on grass, whether asparagus came from local farmers, how much geese suffer in the production of foie gras.

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Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 6/09/06

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

You can read Farm Sanctuary’s latest newsletter online!

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary [dot] org
Date: Jun 9, 2006 4:35 PM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 6/09/06

The Activist-at-Large

When going out this summer, either in your own neighborhood or far away, please remember to take a few moments to raise awareness about farm animals. Simply keep some Farm Sanctuary restaurant cards in your purse, backpack or wallet. Order them now: force-feeding ducks for foie, cruel veal production, Wolfgang Puck restaurants and veg menu options (see links below this message). Give these cards to restaurant managers or leave them at establishments, as you travel out and about.

Email mailto:Campaign [at] FarmSanctuary [dot] org to let us know where you have distributed them and if you receive feedback from establishment proprietors.

https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/item.cgi?rm=edit_item&item_id=6709
https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/item.cgi?rm=edit_item&item_id=7814
https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/item.cgi?rm=edit_item&item_id=25061
https://secure.vegsource.com/farmsanc/item.cgi?rm=edit_item&item_id=6268

Farm Animal of the Month: Jeremiah

Before arriving at Farm Sanctuary, Jeremiah lived in a pond in the busy shopping district of a San Francisco neighborhood, surrounded by noise and traffic. Completely blind, his life was very difficult. But thankfully, with the help of a kind woman who knew he deserved a better home, he found his way to our California Shelter. Here he is given the love and special care he needs to thrive, and he gives back to us in many ways as well. We love Jeremiah, and we know you will as well.

Read more: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/adopt/rescue_jeremiah.htm

Give a Pig a Belly Rub

Join us as we continue to celebrate 20 years of rescuing and protecting farm animals at our annual Fourth of July Pignic. Guests will enjoy delicious veggie dogs hot off the grill as well as free tours of our shelters that are home to hundreds of rescued farm animals. Guided tours are available on the hour from 11 am until 3pm. Come out to our NY or CA Shelter and give a pig a belly rub!

http://www.farmsanctuary.org/visit/calendar.htm#july4

Use GoodSearch.com and Raise Funds for Farm Animals!

Make Goodsearch.com your home page so that every time you search the internet, you raise funds for Farm Sanctuary’s rescue and protection programs. A search engine with a unique social mission, it’s an easy way to help farm animals everyday. If every member of our E-Mail News and Action Alerts used GoodSearch twice a day for a year, Farm Sanctuary would earn over $73,000 for farm animals! To get started today, visit www.goodsearch.com and choose Farm Sanctuary as your designated charity. Thank you!

http://www.goodsearch.com/

Painting for Paws ~ Art With a Cause

This heartwarming farm scene titled “Hilda’s Friends,” by Karen Derrico raised $4,000 at our 20th anniversary Gala silent auction! Now you can purchase a limited edition of this beautiful artwork featuring Farm Sanctuary residents, including the beloved Hilda, with 25% of proceeds benefiting Farm Sanctuary. Click below to purchase “Hilda’s Friends.”

http://www.painting4paws.com/hildasfriends.html

IN THE NEWS

Foes See Foie Gras as a Fat Target
USA Today
June 2, 2006

Letter to the Editor by Farm Sanctuary president, Gene Bauston
Animal Cruelty at Head of Triumph Debate
Quad-City Times
June 7, 2006

USDA: Much Still Unknown About Two US BSE Cases
Cattlenetwork.com
June 8, 2006

Fixing the Downer Pig Problem
Meat & Poultry
May 1, 2006

Wild Birds’ Role in HPAI Crisis Confirmed
FAO Newsroom
June 1, 2006

Farm Animal Plush
Three adorable plush farm animals to choose from!

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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 http://www.farmsanctuary.org or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/join/donate2.htm. For updates on previous action alerts, http://www.farmsanctuary.org/actionalerts/update.htm.

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DawnWatch: Time Magazine on food and grass-fed beef — June 12 edition

Monday, June 5th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch [dot] com
Date: Jun 5, 2006 4:03 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Time Magazine on food and grass-fed beef — June 12 edition

The June 12 edition of Time Magazine has various articles on food, including a lengthy piece headed, “The Grass-Fed Revolution; Beef raised wholly on pasture, rather than grain-fed in feedlots, may be better for your health–and for the planet.” (p. 76.)

It opens:

“Until he saw the light, Jon Taggart–6 ft. 5 in., jeans, white cowboy hat, Texas twang–was a rancher like any other in the southern Great Plains. He crowded his cattle onto pasture sprayed with weed killers and fertilizers. When they were half grown, he shipped them in diesel-fueled trucks to huge feedlots. There they were stuffed with corn and soy–pesticide treated, of course–and implanted with synthetic hormones to make them grow faster. To prevent disease, they were given antibiotics. They were trucked again to slaughterhouses, butchered and shrink-wrapped for far-flung supermarkets. ‘It was the chemical solution to everything,’ Taggart recalls.

“Today his 500 steers stay home on the range. And they’re in the forefront of a back-to-the-future movement: 100% grass-fed beef. In the seven years since Taggart began to ‘pay attention to Mother Nature,’ as he puts it, he has restored his 1,350 acres in Grandview, Texas, to native tallgrass prairie, thus eliminating the need for irrigation and chemicals. He rotates his cattle every few days among different fields to allow the grass to reach its nutritional peak. And when the steers have gained enough weight, he has them slaughtered just down the road. Finally, he and his wife Wendy dry-age and butcher the meat in their store, Burgundy Boucherie. Twice weekly, they deliver it to customers in Fort Worth and Dallas happy to pay a premium for what the Taggarts call ‘beef with integrity–straight from pasture to dinner plate.'”

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DawnWatch: USA Today on foie gras 6/2/06

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch
Date: Jun 2, 2006 5:28 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: USA Today on foie gras 6/2/06

The Friday, June 2, edition of USA Today has a large article, page 3A, headed, ” Foes see foie gras as a fat target; Animal welfare groups allege cruelty to birds.”

It opens:

“If you have the taste and the wallet for foie gras the way they serve it at Philadelphia’s swank Le Bec-Fin, you’d better run over there and order it now. The city may soon join Chicago and California in banning the duck liver delicacy.

“That would mean no foie gras gelled with peach compote at Le Bec-Fin, nor foie gras torchon with ‘seckel pear tatin, vanilla creme fraiche and warm brioche’ at The Striped Bass, nor foie gras and fig empanadas at Alma de Cuba.

“It would also stop cruelty to ducks, according to animal welfare groups. To make foie gras — French for ‘fat liver’ — farm-raised moulard ducks are force-fed corn through a funnel put down their necks until their livers expand to at least six times normal size.”

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