Link soup

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Link soup

Here are some posts and articles from the past week or so. Enjoy! A few posts about backyard chickens: Farm Sanctuary backyard chicken action alert (with link to coalition position statement on backyard chickens) Making Hay (Farm Sanctuary): Backyard Chickens, a Sad Fad Sanctuary Tails (Farm Sanctuary): The High Price of Fresh Eggs Animal Place


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Lies of the Egg Industry

It’s no secret that, having researched “free range” and “organic” farming, I am less than impressed and feel that most consumers have been thoroughly deceived as to what such terms mean. Most people aren’t aware that “cage-free” chickens usually can’t go outside, that “free range” has no legal meaning, and again, doesn’t require that chickens


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Reading: a bunch of links from the past week

Here is a batch of links from the past week or so, for your reading pleasure. Sorry to get to it so late. The biggest story was probably the HSUS veal slaughterhouse investigation, but I’ve only included one link to a story about it below. I’ll try to do a recap post about that story


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Filthy Feed & downer cattle

I read yesterday on Vegan.com about a new site called “Filthy Feed” that “exposes and seeks to end the practice of feeding broiler litter (read: chicken shit) to cattle.” This is pretty gross, and I can’t believe that this practice still goes on. I wonder how much of that meat makes it up here to


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Dear Vancouver, backyard chickens are a bad idea

We already have issues with unwanted dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, llamas, chinchillas, tropical birds, and the list just goes on and on. Introducing another kind of animal that will be part pet, part food source will likely mean bad things for the chickens themselves. Why, in this whole question of whether we


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One million calories.

This super interesting new interactive chart from Animal Visuals shows how many animals die for one million calories’ worth of chicken, eggs, beef, veggies, grains, etc.  You can sort it by total, by how many are slaughtered (intentionally, I assume?), and by the harvesting of fields, either to feed us or to feed animals. Isn’t


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Backyard chickens guidelines available for comment

The Vancouver city staff has released the draft recommendations for the keeping of backyard hens. The Vancouver Food Policy Council has been working with the staff (and appears to fully endorse the keeping of hens as a food source – but only for eggs). The draft guidelines do not allow for backyard slaughter. I do


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A Trip to the PNE, Part Two: the Lies

In the first part of this blog post, I ended by mentioning that my co-volunteer, Joanne, had asked one of the attendants about the mother of the hundreds of baby chicks.  Well, what answer did she receive?  Not the truth, certainly: the attendant informed her that the mother chicken was “at the farm”. This isn’t


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A Trip to the PNE, Part 1: the Abuse

I went to the PNE last week, specifically the Agrifair bit.  I can sort the problematic issues with the Agrifair into two fairly neat categories: the first involves some unsurprising animal abuse.  The second was actually far more troubling.  I’ll get to that in a bit. First, the abuse.  Here is a photo of the


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The unavoidable tragedy of eggs

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Mercy for Animals recently (a couple of days ago) released video footage from an undercover investigation at the world’s largest egg-laying breed hatchery.The video shows what happens to the unwanted and unusable male chicks who are born (50% of all the chicks are male): they are ground up alive. The sad fact is that the


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