Judge clears way for horse slaughter

A federal judge has cleared the way for horse slaughter to resume in the U.S., perhaps as early as this week. A U.S. district judge late Friday dismissed a lawsuit by animal welfare groups that had sought to prevent processing of horses.  Following the ruling, the attorney for Valley Meat Company in New Mexico and… Read more »

Another undercover video surfaces

The animal rights group Mercy for Animals has released a new undercover video that it says depicts cruelty at a Pipestone, Minnesota hog farm.  However, the company that manages the Rosewood Farm facility says practices depicted in the video — including killing piglets through “blunt force trauma” — are all within hog industry guidelines.    According… Read more »

Coalition working to derail ‘King amendment’

A coalition of more than 80 organizations, led by the Humane Society of the United States, is fighting to keep the so-called “King amendment” out of a final farm bill. The amendment, which was introduced by Iowa Congressman Steve King, is part of the House farm bill. The provision would prohibit states from regulating the… Read more »

Vandals go after Iowa’s butter cow

The iconic butter cow sculpture at the Iowa State Fair was doused in red paint by vandals sometime early Sunday.  But the damage was quickly scraped away and washed away, and Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says visitors to the fair on Sunday never even knew the sculpture had been damaged. “Everything was back… Read more »

Survey: Women don’t trust alarmist food messages

A national online survey of women finds most don’t trust alarmist warnings from the government or media about the nation’s food supply or health issues. The Independent Women’s Forum conducted the poll and found that women are least swayed by warnings from the federal government and activist groups – instead, relying on their friends, families… Read more »

HSUS’ Pacelle returning to Nebraska

The controversial head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Wayne Pacelle, will be in Lincoln Thursday for a forum on humane and sustainable farming. Whenever Pacelle visits the state, it stirs up talk of a possible HSUS ballot initiative—but Pacelle says that’s not the purpose of his visit. “We’ve been very, very… Read more »

An update on the sow housing issue–part 2

In part 1 of our interview with Dallas Hockman, director of industry affairs with the National Pork Producers Council, we talked about his discussions with those restaurant, grocery and food service chains that have called for the elimination of sow gestation stalls from their supply chains—and how some of them are now realizing that the… Read more »

An update on the sow housing issue–part 1

Dallas Hockman is the director of industry affairs with the National Pork Producers Council.  For the past few months, Hockman has been meeting with various restaurant, grocery and food service chains that have called for the elimination of sow gestation stalls from their supply chains.  At the recent World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Hockman… Read more »

King hopes anti-HSUS amendment will survive

Iowa Representative Steve King was successful in attaching his “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” to the House Ag Committee’s farm bill.  And King says he will fight to keep that language in the bill once it hits the House floor, and eventually, a House-Senate conference committee. The amendment would bar states from imposing their own animal… Read more »

HSUS plans Nebraska events

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will hold an open forum in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 27th to discuss humane and sustainable farming. The event, which will feature HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle, will take place at the Cornhusker Hotel starting at 6:00 p.m. The following day, Friday the 28th, HSUS will… Read more »