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What a week! First, Smithfield Foods announced it’s incentivizing its contract suppliers to stop using gestation crates. Then, Tyson Foods declared that it’s moving in that direction, too. Has it ever been clearer that this inhumane and archaic confinement practice has no future?
While some pig producers are ceasing their defense of gestation crates, many dairy producers seem oddly addicted to the practice of cutting their cows’ tails off. We took aim at this problem in Wisconsin this week.
Speaking of addictions, the meat industry’s desperate to keep the federal dollars it enjoys. Read this new Washington Monthly feature on the problem, including how HSUS is working to help limit this nonsense.
And on the topic of nonsense, it didn’t take long into the New Year before the meat industry introduced the first ag-gag bill of 2014. Indiana’s agribusiness lobby is trying to felonize whistleblowing at factory farms. Three Indiana newspapers so far have editorialized against the bill, including the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Still not sure what your New Year’s resolution should be? I’m glad to have an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle this week about why cutting meat consumption is a great idea.
P.S. Video of the week: Just a deer and cat who are best friends. No big deal.