Category: Animals & Environment

American Obesity: The Biggest Threat to Fuel Economy?

American Obesity: The Biggest Threat to Fuel Economy?

As automakers shave every extra ounce from new vehicles to boost fuel economy, a weight problem of a different sort could be thwarting their efforts. The extra pounds people are packing on their waistlines might be offsetting gains in gas mileage, according to a blog post from the insurance company Allstate. Weight gain of passengers in noncommercial vehicles could account […]

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Toxic tanneries drive Bangladesh leather exports

Toxic tanneries drive Bangladesh leather exports

Luxury leather goods sold across the world are produced in a slum area of Bangladesh’s capital where workers, including children, are exposed to hazardous chemicals and often injured in horrific accidents, according to a study released on Tuesday. None of the tanneries packed cheek by jowl into Dhaka’s Hazaribagh neighbourhood treat their waste water, which contains animal flesh, sulphuric acid, […]

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8 Cruelest Foods We Eat

8 Cruelest Foods We Eat

By the time that cheeseburger arrives on your plate, it’s hard to think about anything but how tasty it’ll be. But when you trace the origins of each ingredient—the beef, the fried egg, the splurge-worthy bacon—some uncomfortable truths emerge. That we’re uneasy about the origins of our food is no surprise. After all, in our shrink-wrapped, pre-cooked, fast-food world, it’s […]

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What Would Gandhi Eat?

What Would Gandhi Eat?

Every day, I think about how lucky I am to have been born a human being. By the time you finish reading this post, 1,463 turkeys and 44,294 chickens will have had their throats slit, many of the 619 pigs who were slaughtered will have been scalded to death, and 217 cows are killed, many while still conscious. And that’s […]

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World may be forced to go vegetarian by 2050, scientists say

World may be forced to go vegetarian by 2050, scientists say

By the year 2050, you may be forced to become a vegetarian. That is, if Sweden’s water scientists are to be believed. According to the Stockholm International Water Institute, “There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common […]

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Butterball Worker Pleads Guilty To Felony Cruelty To Animals

Butterball Worker Pleads Guilty To Felony Cruelty To Animals

Hidden-camera video secretly shot at a North Carolina Butterball factory farm by an undercover investigator with the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals (MFA) has led to a criminal prosecution of a worker at the facility. Earlier today, Brian Douglas pled guilty to felonious cruelty to animals—a class H felony in North Carolina. Douglas, along with several other Butterball employees, […]

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Celebrities Speak Out On Behalf Of Mercy For Animals: Walmart Pork Is Cruelty On A Fork

Celebrities Speak Out On Behalf Of Mercy For Animals: Walmart Pork Is Cruelty On A Fork

Hollywood stars are squealing mad over Walmart’s treatment of pigs after an undercover investigation exposed rampant cruelty to animals at a factory farm supplying pork to the retail giant. In a letter fired off today to Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke, at the behest of the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Tom […]

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NRC Freezes All Nuclear Reactor Construction & Operating Licenses in the U.S.

NRC Freezes All Nuclear Reactor Construction & Operating Licenses in the U.S.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted today to put a hold on at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions – nine construction & operating licenses (COLS), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit – in response to the landmark Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8th by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. […]

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Corrupt USDA Retracts Position on Meatless Mondays

Corrupt USDA Retracts Position on Meatless Mondays

  The message seemed innocuous enough, coming as it did from the federal agency tasked with promoting sustainable agriculture and dietary health: “One simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias,” read a United States Department of Agriculture interoffice newsletter published on its web site this week, “is to participate in the ‘Meatless Monday’ initiative.” Thousands […]

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John Robbins: Will the Farm Bill Nullify Laws Against Animal Cruelty?

John Robbins: Will the Farm Bill Nullify Laws Against Animal Cruelty?

    In the last few years, California and several other states have enacted legislation to prevent some of the worst abuse of farm animals. But last week Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) successfully introduced an amendment to the farm bill that would not only jeopardize those laws, but also any laws passed by any other state that might seek to […]

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