How Many Animals Are Killed for Food Every Day?

Every second, 271 animals are killed for food in the U.S. Millions more are killed every day. Find out why so many animals are killed and how it happens.

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Goat Milk: Does It Contain Lactose and Can Humans Drink It?

Despite the persistent myth that goat milk is healthier and more ethically farmed, dairy goats experience the same factory farm conditions as cattle.

Midwest Journalism Fund

Announcing New Midwest Journalism Fund

Sentient Media is launching a new $10,000 fund and training program to support journalists in the Midwest who report on environmental and agricultural issues.

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What Is Cashmere Made of and Why Shouldn’t You Buy It?

Intensive farming may have made cashmere more affordable, but overgrazing has also led to widespread environmental damage and animal suffering.

Land burned to be cleared for animal agriculture in September near Porto Velho

Amazon Deforestation: Why Is the Rainforest Being Destroyed?

Deforestation continues to wipe out the Amazon rainforest at alarming rates — threatening to release climate emissions and wipe out wildlife and Indigenous communities.

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What Is An Animal Sanctuary? And Why Are Farm Sanctuaries So Important For Animals?

An animal sanctuary is a facility where animals are brought to live and be protected for the rest of their lives.

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15 Animals That Mate for Life

Non-human animals engage in a wide range of relationships that mirror the human experience — from monogamy to open relationships to dating around.

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Do Plants Feel Pain? How Do We Know That They Don’t?

“But plants feel pain too,” is a frequent argument put to vegans but the bottom line is plants do not possess pain receptors like humans and animals.

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Processed Meat: What’s in It and Why Is It Bad for You?

Processed meats are a regular part of the American diet but eating them could be be risky for your health.

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Is Hunting a Sport?

Hunting is defined as the act of chasing another animal to kill, typically with a gun. Eight states have banned wildlife killing contests.

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What Are the Causes and Effects of Deforestation?

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, especially clearing land for cattle and soy to feed farmed animals.

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How Does Livestock Farming Affect Climate Change?

Animal farming is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and nitrous oxide.

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The Month in a Minute: July 2022

In Sentient Media’s monthly video series, host Jasmine Leyva shares the top stories in food, animals and the environment in 60 seconds.

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The Iditarod: How Long Is It and How Many Dogs Die in the Race?

Dogs who participate in the Iditarod sled race experience illness, injury and, in some cases, death.

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Are Eggs Good for You?

Is it healthy to eat eggs every day? People may avoid eating eggs due to health concerns, allergies or ethical considerations.

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Meatpacking: A Closer Look Inside a Secretive and Dangerous Industry

On factory farms, animals are subjected to stress, confinement and physical harm. But the meatpacking industry is also harmful to humans caught within it.

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Top 12 Most Intelligent Animals in the World

Nonhuman animals are constantly proving themselves to be capable of thought, empathy and intelligence in ways that challenge our assumptions.

Edamame

Is Soy Good for You?

Soybeans are a protein-rich legume native to East Asia and the main ingredient of many different nutritious foods.

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Is Salmon Good For You? 6 Alleged Salmon Benefits Debunked

Salmon has long been considered a healthy source of protein, but there are plenty of nutritious plant-based alternatives.

Madagascar Deforestation

How Does Agriculture Affect Deforestation?

While there are many drivers of deforestation, a leading cause is animal agriculture.

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Food Deserts: What Are They? Their Causes, Effects and Possible Solutions

The term “food desert” describes an area where it is hard for people to access fresh, healthy and affordable produce.

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The 14 Best Vegan Sources of Omega-3

Omega-3s are most commonly associated with seafood, but can also be found in leafy greens and other vegan sources, including foods that come from plants.

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Slaughterhouses: The Harsh Reality of How Meat Is Made

Roughly 25 million farmed animals are slaughtered in the U.S. every day. Many die before they even arrive at the slaughterhouse.

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Level Up Your Baking With These Vegan Egg Substitutes

Baking without eggs may sound challenging, but it’s easier than you’d think. Check out this list of the best egg substitutes for home bakers and cooks.

Gen Z: The Future of the Planet Is in Their Hands

Our planet is in trouble. Younger generations, like Generation Z, born between 1997 and 2012, are taking action.

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Where on Earth Does Gelatin Come From?

The gelatin available at most grocery stores is primarily made from a protein found in the bones of farmed animals such as cows and pigs.

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How Long Do Chickens Live on Factory Farms?

The vast majority of chickens spend their entire lives in the confinement of a factory farm. Farmed animals live for about six weeks before they are slaughtered.

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In Captivity, Dolphins Live Shorter, Less Natural Lives

In the wild, dolphins spend their lives surrounded by other dolphins. But in captivity, life looks very different, and their health often suffers as a result.

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Proposition 12: Legislative Overview and Updates

Proposition 12 is a law that California voters passed in 2018 to define the minimum amount of space that farmers must give to cows, pigs, and chickens.

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Lab-Grown Meat: Recent Challenges and New Developments

Lab-grown meat companies promise to remove animal slaughter from the production process. But they have run into a few road bumps along the way.