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PHOTO: The humane treatment of Wisconsin cows is called into question by an animal rights group. Mercy for Animals has released a graphic video showing alleged abuse of cows on a dairy farm in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. Diary experts condemn any animal cruelty and say the alleged abuse is not appropriate or productive in any way. (Photo credit: WI Dept. of Ag)

BIRNAMWOOD, Wis. - An undercover video which graphically captures alleged animal abuse at the Andrus Dairy Farm in Birnamwood has drawn sharp reaction in many quarters. The Ohio-based cheese company, which had been using milk from the farm to produce cheese, has cut ties with the Andrus farm and ani ...Read More

PHOTO: A dairy supplier for an Ohio cheese company is shown kicking a cow in an undercover video shot on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Photo courtesy of Mercy for Animals.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A newly released video exposes the mistreatment of cows at a dairy that supplies milk to an Ohio cheese company. Animal activists say it highlights the need for better policies to prevent animal abuse. Matt Rice, director of investigatons for Mercy for Animals, said one of the grou ...Read More

PHOTO: Three groups are suing the FDA over their approval of new combinations of growth enhancing drugs to be administered to millions of animals raised for food, including pigs. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Pharmaceuticals – they’re what's for dinner. And three groups in the U.S. are suing the federal government over the drugs. The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), United Farm Workers of America and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in San Francis ...Read More

PHOTO: Eggs produced in cramped cages are banned in California, and a federal judge has upheld the state's right to do so in tossing out a challenge brought by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Photo credit: Alvimann/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It's a situation that could leave many Missourians feeling poached. Attorney General Chris Koster's attempt to overturn a California law requiring all eggs sold in the Golden State to come from chickens treated humanely was tossed out, but not before racking up a more th ...Read More

Boston Public School students can now participate in Meatless Mondays in cafeterias.

BOSTON - Black bean burritos, garden fresh salads and protein packed chili are just a few of the options students at Boston Public Schools will now have in cafeterias for Meatless Monday. The school district joined the movement after working with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and a ...Read More

Photo: The number of monarch butterflies migrating through Florida are decreasing, according to conservationists. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

ST. MARKS, Fla. - Florida neighborhoods will be invaded by Halloween costumes of all sorts on Friday, including the ever-popular butterfly costume. But real-life butterflies - namely monarchs on their annual migration from the north to Mexico - arrived later than normal this year at their migration ...Read More

PHOTO: Bats are helpful to Arizona farmers and people in general, despite being a mainstay among the Halloween creatures that may cause fear in some people. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHOENIX - Halloween is just a couple of days away, and bats may be among the creepy creatures meant to cause fright - but the little animals actually help Arizona farmers and people. Lynda Lambert, public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said bats feast on insects. "Th ...Read More

PHOTO: Workers can help report abuse of farm animals with a new national tip line. Photo credit: Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the United States.

RAMONA, Calif. - Whistleblowers in California could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farm ...Read More

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