Saturday, April 28, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Ross and his team often go undercover to expose abuse and in the past couple of years they have filed some exceptional reports on the horrific practices at factory farms. Again, Ross does not hesitate to blaze a trail into territory where few have cared or dared to go. His willingness to investigate and do multiple segments on factory farming has shocked viewers and sounded alarms, calling attention to the inhumane treatment of farm animals, food safety and a focus on profits over public health.
In his latest story, Ross and his investigative team worked with the Humane Society of the United States to expose Pennsylvania-based Kreider Farms "egg factory" facilities. Some of what they uncovered included, "injured and dead hens, including mummified bird carcasses" inside the same cages as live hens who lay eggs for human consumption as well as chickens who had their heads, legs or wings trapped in cage wires and feeding machinery.
Factory farms are now being reported on in the mainstream news thanks to Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross. As he and his team continue to expose abuse, corruption and cruelty, you can help institute change by using your power as a consumer. Refuse to support factory farming. Buy eggs from chickens that are allowed free range, indoors and out.
One of the best things you can do for your overall health is eat more vegetarian meals. If you want to continue eating meat but would like to be certain that the animals are raised with kindness and respect, look for certified humanely raised and handled labeling. Learn more here.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Many of us have heard a clarion call and we are doing what we can to combat climate change, the use of toxic chemicals, habitat loss, factory farming, pet overpopulation and more. In early March I began a series of posts I call Unsung Heroes for Our Times to call attention to some courageous individuals who are doing what they can to make this planet a better place. I continue now with Susie Coston, National Shelter Director for Farm Sanctuary, a remarkable organization that works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals and promote compassionate living.
Susie Coston is an animal advocate dedicated to changing the lives of farm animals. She is also a gifted writer with the ability to infuse her words with truth and power. Her stories about the lives of farm animals are filled with joy, sorrow, freedom and beauty, and they stir the hearts and minds of readers, many of whom are moved to participate in advancing Farm Sanctuary's mission. I highly recommend Susie's blog, Sanctuary Tails.
"Animals who are exploited on factory farms are among the most abused creatures on the planet," says Farm Sanctuary Founder Gene Bauer. But few people are aware of their suffering. In bringing the stories of farm animals to the public, Susie has greatly increased awareness and helped consumers become humane change agents.
About Agribusiness: Agribusiness is a big and powerful machine focused solely on profits. You can learn more about these large scale, industrial operations here. Agribusiness includes fresh produce growing/packing/shipping, aquaculture, growing trees and ornamental plants. Megafarms are sited in remote locations, away from the public eye, because operators don't want you and me to see their abhorrent practices, which in addition to the cruel and inhumane treatment of animals, can also include the fouling of air and water through unsound waste management.
On factory farms living beings like cows, chickens and pigs are regarded as “products” to be churned out. Unseen, unheard and unknown, they suffer a short, brutal existence. Those who spin perception to promote what agribusiness does attempt to portray their cruel and relentless production operations as a way to keep food prices in check for consumers and even as a viable solution to world hunger.
Ironically, the truth is that the way these animals are raised ― fed a steady diet of antibiotic laced and often genetically engineered feed, without ever seeing sunlight or feeling grass beneath their feet ― causes them to become extremely unhealthy “food” for us to consume.
Susie Coston understands the needs of farm animals and they need her. For her tireless work in rescuing farm animals from the horrors of agribusiness, and for restoring spirit to those animals who have almost given up, Susie helps spread the message that farm animals are sentient individuals that deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and kindness. For all these reasons Susie Coston is an Unsung Hero for Our Times.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
This beautiful cat was rescued from the streets and placed in a loving home thanks to the efforts of Judy Ambrose, Executive Director of the Neponset Valley Humane Society (NVHS) in Norwood, Massachusetts. NVHS is an all volunteer organization and does not have a shelter. The staff do an amazing job fostering animals in private homes and Judy works constantly to establish new foster homes to accommodate the growing numbers of animals in need.
Every new foster home means one more animal can be rescued and given a second chance at life. Currently, NVHS focuses on cats, but also helps rabbits, guinea pigs, and whenever possible, dogs. NVHS works to save hundreds of animals and make certain that hundreds more are spayed and neutered through low cost programs. Ending the severe problem of pet overpopulation is one of their core missions.
Under Judy’s careful management, all funds donated to the Neponset Valley Humane Society go directly to the animals. The NVHS is saving lives each and every day and as a result many animals have been spared terrible suffering and are living in loving homes where they are valued as precious companions.
Dedicated families and individuals willing to foster cats are what makes rescue possible. You can help: Become a foster home for a needy cat; sponsor cats that need special care; or make a donation to support a program of your choice. Visit NVHS to learn more. If you are interested in providing a foster home, please email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.