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UPDATE: Urban Adamah Slaughtered 15 Hens; Lied to United Poultry Concerns

The Background This is a follow-up to this post. Urban Adamah (UA), a Jewish community center, had 15 hens. When the hens were no longer producing eggs to the center’s satisfaction, the center scheduled a “ritual slaughter”on May 4th to kill the birds for a workshop. United Poultry Concerns (UPC) stepped up to protect the … Continue reading

My Interview With the Filmmakers of “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”: Animal Agriculture’s Devastating Impact On Our Planet

There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other, and yet the world’s major environmental organizations do not want to discuss it. The upcoming documentary film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” will expose the impact animal agriculture has on global warming, species extinction, water pollution, and more. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra … Continue reading

Number of the Day: 133 billion pounds of food in 2010 went uneaten

Today’s post over at Archaeology and Material Culture, Unsavory Materiality: The Aesthetics of Institutional Food, shares some shocking information: Food waste […] is much easier to quantify and serves as a somewhat shocking rallying point for many activists: a 2014 study indicated that in 2010 a stunning 31% of the edible US food supply at retail … Continue reading

NYC: Please Support Proposed Legislation Requiring Pet Stores to Microchip!

In New York City, pet stores do not currently have to microchip a dog or cat prior to selling the animal. Local law Int. 0146-2014 seeks to change that. If you agree with me that pet stores in NYC should be microchipping cats and dogs before selling them (note: I do not support the selling … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: “Nice To Meat You”

Studies have demonstrated that to win people over to a cause, such as alleviating world hunger, it is far better to appeal to the heart rather than the head: people tend to respond more charitably to “identifiable victims” than they do to statistics. “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is … Continue reading

New York Gets Its First “Animal Cruelty Court”

In New York, a new “court” has been established to streamline animal cruelty cases. It’s not an official court, but all misdemeanor animal cruelty cases in the city of Syracuse will be prosecuted by assistant district attorney Laura Fiorenza and will go before City Court Judge Stephen Dougherty. The animal cruelty court has a couple … Continue reading

Anti-Puppy Mill Legislation Sweeping Across the US!

People are waking up to the cruelties of puppy mills. Nationwide ad campaigns such as this one, below, from the Companion Animal Protection Society’s “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills” help to spread awareness as to the suffering of puppy mill dogs. If you are unaware of what a puppy mill is, please learn … Continue reading

New Study Calls the Heart-Healthy Claims of Oily Fish Into Question

A new study just published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology casts doubt on the claim that oily fish (i.e. marine fats) is good for heart health. “To date, more than 5000 papers have been published studying the alleged beneficial properties of omega-3 fatty acids, not to mention the billion dollar industry producing and selling … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Fraternity Dudebros Tagged Washed Up Whale

Sad story. This whale washed up on shore & was then ‘tagged’ by someone under pier at Tennessee Ave in Atlantic City. — FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) May 1, 2014   Philly Mag reports: The whale appears to be marked with the Greek letters Tau Epsilon Phi, a fraternity headquartered in Voorhees with three local … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: Urban Adamah’s Ritual Chicken Slaughter Cancelled Because Protestors Would Have Caused The Birds “Undue Stress”

Urban Adamah is “a community organic farm and Jewish environmental education center located in Berkeley, CA” and “integrates urban organic farming, direct social justice work and progressive Jewish living and learning.” The farm scheduled a ritual kosher slaughter workshop to take place on Sunday, May 3rd. The hens who were to be murdered were only … Continue reading