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01/17/2013

“ There are some folks in animal agriculture who caricature HSUS, charging that we are trying to end animal agriculture. But why would we work jointly with the United Egg Producers if we were against all animal agriculture? Why would HSUS have a pig farmer serve as its VP of Outreach and Engagement who leads our Rural Affairs program? Why would we work with the Nebraska Farmers Union on marketing of humanely produced animal products? Why would I serve on the board of the Global Animal Partnership, which conducts an animal welfare rating program and certifies products from farmers who raise animals in humane and sustainable ways? „

Chuck Jolley, a longtime food industry PR king, read HumaneWatch’s latest eye-rollingly nonsensical “exposé” of HSUS, shockingly took HumaneWatch’s side, and then got to interview HSUS’s own Wayne Pacelle.

When asked what he would like to say to the readers of cattlenetwork.com, the above quote is how Pacelle answered. From an abolitionist standpoint, it’s kind of mind-blowing, like, why should we support an organization that isn’t working toward abolishment of animal agriculture? But realistically speaking, isn’t it better to ensure food-raised animals have the best/least horrible life possible before people kill and eat them?

One day this debate will be settled, right? Before global warming makes life on Earth impossible and we all have to move to Mars, right?

05/19/2011

Hellmann’s expands cage-free recipes, becomes slightly less terrible  »


Mayonnaise company Hellmann’s has been making light mayo with 100 percent cage-free eggs since last year, but now it has two more recipes for which to be proud of itself: Canola Cholesterol-Free Mayonnaise and Reduced Fat Mayonnaise with Olive Oil. So thanks, mayo-ingesting people of the world, for making the first attempt at humaneness on such a grand scale so popular!

All that comes out to 5.6 million pounds of eggs, impacting 177,000 hens. Since Hellman’s claims to be moving toward cage-free eggs for its entire product line, the number of hens feeling just a bit better about life will increase to 1.8 million. That’s a lot of hens!

Why is this good news? Because it’s better than nothing. It’s harder for average omnis to disavow all animal products at once than it is for them to pay more attention to what they’re eating and where it comes from. I know “cage-free” doesn’t mean the hens have great lives, but American Humane Certified eggs (as Hellmann’s are) come from a henhouse with clean and sufficient food and water, limited stress, resting area, etc. So while it’s not perfect, can we not agree that it is progress?

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