COVID-19

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Let’s Forge a New Normal for Farmed Animals

Millions of farmed animals were needlessly put to death during the pandemic. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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New Mini-Doc Exposes Pork Industry’s “Unseen” Pandemic Risks

The mini-documentary chronicles pigs’ harrowing 700-mile journey across the American southwest, exposing widespread corporate misconduct that threatens public health.

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More Chickens Finding Backyard Homes During Pandemic

Since the pandemic began, sales of chickens to homeowners have been dramatically increasing. But is raising backyard chickens really any more ethical than supporting factory farming?

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Got Mucus? Ditch Dairy to Better Fight COVID-19

Maintain a strong immune system during the pandemic by consuming nourishing foods while avoiding dangerous foods, like dairy, that worsen respiratory health problems.

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Slaughterhouse Workers File Civil Rights Lawsuit Against USDA

Black, Latino, and Asian slaughterhouse workers suffered disproportionately as the meat industry scrambled to respond to COVID-19. Now, they’re demanding justice.

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Gassed, Shot, and Suffocated: How Meat Companies Are Killing Farmed Animals During COVID-19

When slaughterhouses shut down, producers had nowhere to send their animals. As a result, tens of millions of animals were killed and disposed of, posing a serious threat to humans and the environment.

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120+ Organizations Target Meatpacking Giant Tyson Foods for Failing to Protect Workers from COVID-19

Food justice, labor, environmental, farming, and animal welfare organizations launch week of action, send letter to shareholders demanding worker protections.

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Dutch Parliament Votes to Close Mink Fur Farms Following COVID-19 Outbreaks

The Netherlands is one of 24 countries where mink farming is still legal. In a historic move, the Dutch parliament has voted to permanently close the mink fur farms shut down by COVID-19.

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Pork Industry’s COVID-19 Response Demonstrates Innate Brutality of Factory Farming

The culling of pigs during COVID-19 hardly compares in scale to the misery of the 75 million pigs currently held on U.S. factory farms, or the anguish of the more than 300,000 pigs slaughtered every day.

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“Petting Farms” Become Popular Post-Lockdown, But They Aren’t as Cute as They Seem

Petting farms—like petting zoos for farmed animals—perpetuate unrealistic ideas of animal farming, broadening the disconnect between the baby animals we love and the butchered animals we eat.

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COVID-19 Exposing Flawed Moral Framework Behind Animal Testing

We talk about the “new normal” to describe life after COVID-19, but perhaps biomedical research itself may also be ready for a new normal, one that excludes needless animal suffering.

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COVID-19 Demonstrating Risks of Ontario’s Proposed “Ag-Gag” Law

COVID-19 is making clear that Canada has a food safety problem—but “ag-gag” laws like the proposed Bill 156 make existing problems worse by further limiting much-needed transparency in the food industry.

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Advocating for Food Justice During a Pandemic: Lauren Ornelas Speaks Out

Lauren Ornelas is the founder of the Food Empowerment Project, a vegan food justice organization that shows people how various issues of oppression are connected to the food system.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Threatening Last of the Great Apes

COVID-19 did not originate in humans, nor is it infecting just our species. The virus further jeopardizes great apes while continuing to wreak havoc in our own societies.

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Hidden Video Reveals Gruesome Mass-Extermination Method for Iowa Pigs Amid Pandemic

This video includes graphic images some readers may find disturbing. Cruel and excruciating methods are being used to kill thousands of pigs that have become commercially worthless during the pandemic.

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The Sac Rack: Death’s Waiting Room for Animals in Labs

Former undercover investigator Lindsay Oliver shares her harrowing experience euthanizing animals at research labs. “The gas was turned on and then we sat, waiting for them to perish.”

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The New York Times Swapped an Image of Animal Carcasses for an Abstract Illustration. But Why?

Mainstream media refuses to document the food system truthfully and accurately. It’s our responsibility to hold them accountable.

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COVID-19 Exposes Flaws in Animal Protein Production

The food system is on the verge of collapse. To avoid future disruptions, we cannot continue using animals to mass-produce meat, dairy, and eggs.

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1,000 Hens Rescued From Slaughter at Struggling Iowa Egg Farm

The farm planned to “depopulate” more than 100,000 chickens, so rescuers chartered two planes to fly a group of hens from the Iowa farm to a sanctuary in Grass Valley, California.

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Animal Protection During COVID-19 and Beyond: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

In a new op-ed from Animal Equality UK, Michelle Baxter Wickham calls for more individual and corporate accountability to ensure farmed animals are better protected when we return to “normal.”

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COVID-19 Revealing Inherent Cruelty of Agribusiness

During the coronavirus crisis, agribusiness’s callous treatment of its workers and blatant disregard for animal welfare has reached a new low.

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Wet Markets and the Risk of Transmitting Zoonotic Diseases

Wet markets can be places of profound animal suffering, out of which arise life-threatening diseases like the novel coronavirus. And they exist all over the world.

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Meat-Free Future? Coronavirus Exposes America’s Fragile Food System

Supply chain problems and workplace infection risks mean experts are urging U.S. producers to focus on sustainability.

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COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Sickness Spreading Through Meat Plants

From coronavirus and E. coli, to crime, cruelty, and ecocide, the meat industry incubates a plethora of ills. Why, then, does government underwrite it with billions in subsidies?

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Suffocating Healthy Farmed Animals During Pandemic Is Not “Euthanasia”

Using the term “euthanasia,” which literally means “a good death,” to describe the mass killing of overpopulated farmed animals is a misnomer. They suffer horrific deaths.

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VIDEO: How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Plant-based campaigners Million Dollar Vegan explain the fundamental changes necessary to avoid the next pandemic. Experts warn that if we don’t act now, we may not have another chance to.

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Factory Farming Depends on Scarce Medical Supplies

With the availability of medical masks in such short supply, respirators should be sold only to truly “essential” industries—which excludes factory farming.

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PETA Buys Shares In Slaughterhouses

PETA plans to use its shareholder position to influence Tyson, Smithfield, and others to switch to packing only plant-based meats.

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Explaining Pandemics and Animal Exploitation to My 3-Year-Old Son

The COVID-19 pandemic raises a lot of questions, especially by children whose worlds were turned upside-down. How should parents address those difficult questions?

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Has Earth’s Most Trafficked Mammal Stopped the World?

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal on earth, sold for their meat and scales in wildlife markets around the world. The quirky, anteater-like animal is now at the center of the COVID-19 crisis.