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Ag-gag Struck Down!
In a huge victory for animals and free speech, last week a federal judge declared Utah’s “ag-gag” law unconstitutional. The law prohibited undercover investigations at factory farms. Read more.
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Rad Rockers
Iconic rock band BOSTON recently announced it would donate a portion of every ticket sold for its Hyper Space Tour to MFA. Get tickets!
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Okja Tweetstorm
Netflix’s latest acclaimed film, Okja, has viewers swearing off meat for good. Just look at a sampling of tweets from people whose lives were changed. Go now.
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Suffering Seals
Fish factory farmers in the U.K. have hired people to shoot and kill more than 1,500 seals in the past six years to keep the seals from eating salmon. Get the details.
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Looking for a quick and easy vegan recipe for dinner? This Bolognese has only a few ingredients and takes minutes to cook. Check it out.
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Change for Chickens
After a Mercy For Animals campaign, Jack in the Box, parent company of Qdoba Mexican Eats, announced plans to end the worst forms of animal abuse in its supply chains. Read more.
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Burger Boom
Impossible Foods, the company behind one of the most realistic vegan burgers, is ramping up production and will soon produce 1 million burgers per month! Get the scoop.
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Mooove Over Milk
After 90 years in business, Elmhurst Dairy in New York has closed down and reopened as a plant-based milk company. As the owner says, dairy milk has “gone out of style.” Read all about it.
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Feathered Friends
The story of Paul Checkley has warmed our hearts! After years of battling alcohol dependency and PTSD, this man’s life was changed for the better by rescued battery hens. Grab the tissues.
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Bye-Bye Beef
After police raided the company for bribing officials to let it process rotten meat, JBS SA, one of the world’s largest meat producers, is down 35 percent for beef production. Learn more.
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Want all the taste of Parmesan without the torture? This video will show you how to make easy vegan parm with just a few ingredients. Check it out.
 
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“A provocative account of the latest developments in evolutionary biology.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Richard C. Francis’s DOMESTICATED: Evolution in a Man-Made World [W. W. Norton & Company; July 19, 2016; $17.95 paperback].

 
Since that fateful day when the first wolf decided to stay close to human hunters, humans and their various animal companions have thrived far beyond nearly all wild species on earth. Tameness is the key trait in the domestication of cats, dogs, horses, cows, and other mammals, from rats to reindeer. Surprisingly, with selection for tameness comes a suite of seemingly unrelated alterations, including floppy ears, skeletal and coloration changes, and sex differences. It’s a package deal known as the domestication syndrome, elements of which area also found in humans. Our highly social nature—one of the keys to our evolutionary success—is due to our own tameness. In DOMESTICATED, Richard C. Francis weaves history and anthropology with cutting-edge ideas in genomics and evo devo to tell the story of how we domesticated the world, and ourselves in the process. 
 
“An essential read for anyone interested in the stories of the animals in our home or on our plate.”
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“Intriguing. . . Our self-domestication, [Francis] avers, has driven the cultural dynamism that has made us what we are.”
—Nature
 
Richard C. Francis is a science journalist with a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Stony Brook University. He is the author of the acclaimed books Epigenetics and Why Men Won’t Ask for Directions.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us here at Talkin’ Pets. We look forward to spending 2016 with you all on the radio anf through our social network www.talkinpets.com

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Shockingly Standard
Garnering thousands of views in just days, MFA’s powerful new video exposes cruel practices that are considered standard and acceptable on today’s farms. Watch now.
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Cannibal Cows
A disturbing report revealed that farmers are feeding “poultry litter”—a disgusting muck that includes chicken feces and even pieces of ground beef—to cattle. Learn more.
River of Blood
A Texas meat packing facility has been accused of dumping gallons of pig’s blood into the Trinity River and tampering with evidence. Get all the details.
Awesome Archbishop
Known for championing the cause of the oppressed, Nobel Prize-winning archbishop Desmond Tutu is now speaking truth to power on behalf of animals. Read more.
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At CSUSB, Vic Sjodin met Cheyenne Jones (above), who not only wants to go veg but also helped leaflet!

We support Vegan Outreach because we’ve seen firsthand how effective this type of outreach is in reaching those most open to change. VO’s emphasis on being friendly and approachable is not only more comfortable for me to be a part of, it also works. We also appreciate that VO treats their employees with respect and honors their amazing efforts.
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I support Vegan Outreach because I believe in the grassroots philosophy of impacting one person at a time. I like the fact that most of the money raised goes straight towards advocacy with very little overhead. The larger campaigns do generate more buzz but can arguably be less effective in transforming lives. VO takes a sensible approach to reduce the amount of pain and suffering in this world: recommending people to “lean in” towards veganism rather than presenting an all-or-nothing ultimatum.
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I am a recurring donor because I realize that the greatest amount of suffering in the world is the suffering of the animals who are destined to be slaughtered for food, whose lives are accorded no value except as they can be used for human ends and purposes. That is huge and just so wrong. I want to help and am grateful for the opportunity to support your efforts. I feel I am a small part of the change I would like to see in the world.
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Jon Camp at OSU
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Lauren and I had an action-packed day at Oklahoma State. We extended our record-breaking streak to 10 days, rocking out the biggest day of leafleting in Oklahoma history. Good conversations, too. For example, Jessy [left] received a VO booklet from us last school year and has been veg since! Lauren met a young woman interested in going veg and eventually vegan. Lauren helped push her further along that path. There were two separate incidents where I offered a Guide to a student and another one overheard this and basically said, “I’m also veg and would like a Guide too!”
—Jon Camp (above, leafleting OSU), 9/20/13

Leslie, Kimberly, and I shattered the record at Bowie State! Timmi jumped for joy when I gave her a booklet: “I’m going vegetarian soon!” There was a stray kitten on campus with an eye infection (kitten now being cared for). Leslie overheard some students talking about the kitten. One of them said, “[The VO leafleters] made us realize that it’s okay to care [about animals].” Cool stuff.
Today at Hagerstown Community College, LaTraya came to chat after getting a booklet. She told me that she can’t stand the way animals are treated and asked how she can help. We ended up having a great conversation about the similarities between different prejudices towards humans and the prejudice towards animals. Now she wants to go veg! She even requested extra booklets for her friends and is going to show her mom!
—Kassy Ortega, 9/26/13

The students at De Anza College were friendly and the take rate was high – I handed out all my booklets in a few hours. Gave Guides to interested people, and one to a new vegan for her brother. I also met a woman who thanked me for being there and asked for information about volunteering with VO.
—Diane Gandee Sorbi, 9/24/13

Carmen at CMU
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Nearly got the record at the College of Marin. Had very useful conversations. E.g., a student who said she was vegan for two weeks, then she gave up. Another student had been vegan for two years before giving up. The Guides will help them!
—Steve Erlsten, 9/23/13

Good day at Oxnard College and Channel Islands High. A number of students said, “Awesome” or “Cool” or “I love animals.” A physiology professor told me he uses his lecture on digestion to segue into the film Earthlings and his students are required to watch it. Wow. I noticed a sign for Vegetarian Awareness Day at Oxnard College with vegan food! A student got a Compassionate Choices and later flagged me down to say, “Now I don’t want to eat chicken anymore.” She was happy to get a Guide. A guy said the booklet made him want to go vegan; he also got a Guide.
—Barbara Bear, 9/26/13

At Carnegie Mellon University, Carmen [above, right] was in awe of our lit. She asked me if the images were real. When I told her yes, she asked if this was happening here (i.e., in the United States), again I told her yes. She was shocked that this cruelty was happening every day in her own backyard (so to speak). I could tell she was moved at learning this all, she clearly knew nothing of factory farming before seeing our leaflet. We spoke for several minutes about the cruel practices used on factory farms. I gave her a Guide because she wanted to know about what to eat. I also spoke with Patrick [right], a student who took a leaflet on his way to class, and stopped to chat with me on his way back after class. He was interested in vegan bodybuilding after seeing vegan bodybuilder extraordinaire Robert Cheeke in the booklet. He said that he understands that the cruelty is wrong, but he’s big into his health and fitness so he wanted to learn more about veg sources of protein and such. He told me that he lifts weights, to which I replied that I do as well. We spoke about where vegan athletes get their protein, and I directed him to VeganBodybuilding.com, which has a ton of information for vegans who lift.
At the University of Pittsburgh, I was able to get out 1,450 leaflets! My day started on a good note when a professor gave me a literal pat on the back when she saw what I was passing out. From there I met several vegan students who were also pleased to see VO on campus. Dutch [right], who recognized the band Xibalba’s name on my beanie, approached me to chitchat about hardcore. After talking for a minute, I said, “You’ve gotta check out this information I’m passing out,” and to my surprise, he told me he was already vegan – very cool! He was pumped I was leafleting his school. I also met vegans Chelsea, Kinley, and Jackie [below].
—Chris Guinn, 9/23/13

Chelsea at Pitt Kinley at Pitt Jackie at Pitt

Chris took vacation time to join me at Oakton Community College. We heard from students who wanted to know what they can do to help the animals. Some said the booklet was sad, and one told me it made her go vegan for six months last time she received it, though she had gone back to eating meat sometimes. Another told me it made him change what he got for lunch.
—Leslie Patterson, 9/25/13

Student at Worcester State
Karen James sends this pic of a student reading Compassionate Choices at Worcester State.

Set a new record at Worcester State and met many vegetarians and vegans. Eight students shared their emails to start a group. I had many, many other amazing conversations. One professor stopped by to ask questions, also told me who could be faculty advisor for a campus group. A food service worker came by and took both a Compassionate Choices and a Guide.
Very windy and cold at the University of Hartford, but a very satisfying day. Dani joined me for the first time, and did great! We reached over 1,100 students. Met 20+ vegetarians and vegans; and 17 students gave their emails for a campus group. Many good conversations and a lot of people stopped by to ask questions. For example, a guy stopped to ask about bodybuilding; I referred him to VeganBodybuilding.com.
—Karen James, 9/23/13

At Georgia State, Matt met a student who insisted that he needed to eat meat because of the taste and protein. Matt told him the animals are hung upside down and their throats are slit – the only way to stop this horrific slaughter is by eliminating meat – with each meal he has the power to save a life. He agreed and said, “Never thought of it like that! Please give me a booklet and I will read it tonight.” A girl told me that she has been thinking about going veg. She asked me if it is hard. I said I love being vegan!! It is very easy. I took down her info and told her I will help her in any way I can.
—Mukang Pederson, 9/18/13

Rachel Shippee and Team Jungenberg at UW Stout
Jamie Jungenberg, John Jungenberg, Rachel Shippee, and Mary Jungenberg provide a voice for the animals at UW Stout.

Despite the bad weather, CAA and I reached nearly 3,000 students at the University of Minnesota. I met a woman who loved the booklet and wanted more to hand out at the clinic there. Met Tony, who had been veg for 6 months and gave up. After I gave him a Guide and we chatted for a bit, he helped me leaflet. He really enjoyed it!
Mike joined me at the University of St. Thomas, where we reached nearly 1,200 students! They were paving the street in front of me and I actually had a worker jump off a moving steamroller to get a leaflet! Then at Bethel University, every single person accepted a booklet!
Today, Team Jungenberg [right] joined me, and we dominated the University of Wisconsin, Stout. John ran into a woman who received a booklet a few years ago and in return has reduced her meat consumption; he gave her a Guide.
—Rachel Shippee, 9/26/13

The students at Appalachian State were all SUPER friendly and receptive. I met 10 vegetarians and 6 vegans, 2 of whom changed their diet from receiving a VO booklet last year! Three people said no to a booklet at first, but then came back and asked for one later. Two students who read the booklet that day told me they were very affected by it and intended to change their diets.
—Andrea Gunn, 9/25/13

Lisa at CSUSB Erica at CSUSB Student at CSUSB
Students at CSUSB

At Cal State San Bernardino, I met Cheyenne [top of page], who now wants to go veg. She joined me to leaflet, too! Many other great interactions! Had a long conversation with Lisa [above, left], who now wants to move to vegan! Another student told me getting a VO booklet in the past is why she went veg. Another woman [above, right] came back and told me she was really considering these issues, and asked for more booklets to show friends. I saw many reading cover to cover. One student said, “Finally I get handed something I really care about!” Heard others say, “This is terrible,” and discuss it with friends. Snapped a pic of a fraternity brother showing Compassionate Choices to a friend [right] – then gave him a Guide and had a brief convo. Met Erica [above, center], who loves animals and is now open to adding more veg meals. Also met a professor who told me how horrible animal experiments on campus are. I agreed and then pointed out that 98 or 99 percent of animals who suffer similar horror are the ones raised for food. She told me how much she loved animals, followed by, “I should probably go vegetarian.” Bingo! Great day!

Laura and Jenny at GWC Marlene at GWC
Melissa MacDonald at GWC

Melissa [MacDonald, right] joined me at Orange Coast College and Golden West College, where we had numerous conversations and watched a bunch of students reading their booklets. First we met Marlene [above, right], a psychology student and professed animal lover who is now interested in eating fewer animal products. Then Laura and Jenny [above, left]: Jenny had gotten a VO booklet in the past and had started to eat less meat. We had a beautiful conversation, and Laura also asked for a Guide. Heather [below, right] had received a booklet last year and ate vegan for four months, then started to eat some eggs and fish. After our talk and getting a Guide, she is committed to not harming animals. Melissa had a productive 20-minute convo with an inquisitive professor who had many questions. Then I met a near-vegetarian who was thrilled to get a Guide; I think she’ll go fully vegan. Talked with Matt [below, left], an environmental sciences major. He was so open to the beautiful world of compassionate living and eating, he really made my day.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/24/13

Matt at GWC Heather at GWC

 


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Started by: Gina, Wisconsin

As a life-long Wisconsin resident and animal lover, I was not happy to hear that one of our state's companies, Johnsonville Sausages, works with factory farms that trap pigs in tiny, cruel gestation crates. Gestation crates are 2' by 7' cages that are used to confine a pregnant sow during her months of gestation, meaning that virtually all of her life will be spent in a box barely larger than her body, unable to even turn around or stretch her legs. Animal science expert Temple Grandin said that this practice is the same as "asking a sow to live in an airline seat."

Pigs are extremely intelligent animals that are just as smart, unique, and curious as the dogs and cats that live with us at home. These social animals are so intelligent that they have even learned to play simple video games! The pigs that Johnsonville keeps in tiny cages, though, suffer from boredom and frustration every day of their lives, and they develop coping mechanisms like biting on their bars and chewing obsessively. These animals will spend nearly their entire lives inside of a cage that is barely larger than their bodies.

Consumers are not happy about gestation crates, and government and industry are starting to respond. Keeping these large, highly intelligent animals in tiny crates is so inhumane that it is already considered criminal animal cruelty in all of the European Union. It is even illegal to use this practice in 9 states in the USA! Voters have had the choice on several occasions, and every time they have voted to ban gestation crates. Additionally, some of the largest companies have already pledged to drop crates: McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Denny's, and dozens more. Even Johnsonville's direct competition and neighbor, Oscar Mayer, has made a pledge to phase out gestation crates.

It's time for Johnsonville to stop lagging behind their competitors and their customers. Help out the pigs by signing this petition, and let Johnsonville know that gestation crates have got to go!

Click here to sign Gina's petition, "Johnsonville Sausage: Stop Being Cruel to Pigs!".

You can also check out other popular petitions on Change.org by clicking here.

For two months "John" (not his real name) worked undercover inside a pig factory farm that supplies Walmart and other big box companies with pork products.

By the time John left the factory farm, he had video footage of pregnant pigs living in cramped metal cages called gestation crates. He says the animals "constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend day after day, hour after hour, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration." And he knows it's not just this farm -- gestation crates produce the same conditions wherever they're used.

John says he has to stay anonymous to protect himself from backlash by the industry he just exposed. So he's teamed up with a group called Mercy for Animals to start a petition pressuring Walmart to stop using gestation crates.

John just released his video yesterday, and other stores that use gestation crates, like Kmart and Costco, pledged to stop using this cruel method of raising pigs before it even got out to the public. They joined McDonald's, Burger King, Oscar Meyer, and Kroger who have all agreed to phase gestation crates out of their supply chains.

But Walmart still refuses to drop the crates. Mercy For Animals thinks that massive public outcry against gestation crates will convince Walmart to adopt a stance against gestation crates.

While John says his experience will haunt him for the rest of his life, he's committed to exposing the horrific conditions on farms where they intensively confine animals.

Click here to sign the petition demanding that Walmart -- the top food retailer in the US -- stop supporting gestation crates.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Pulin and the Change.org team

It's hot, dark and foul inside a Matson Navigation shipping container, where 115 pigs are crammed in tight. Without even room to lie down, the pigs stand in their own waste, which pours out the bottom of the container whenever the ship hits rough water on the way from Oakland to Honolulu.

Up to 1 out of these 5 pigs transported from places like Montana, Iowa and South Dakota won't even survive their week-long journey to the slaughterhouse in Hawaii.

Leilani Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit farm animal sanctuary in Maui that wants this cruelty to stop. The folks there started a petition on Change.org calling on Matson Navigation to join other shipping companies -- including its main competitor, Horizon Lines -- in committing to end its inhumane practice of live pig transport to Hawaii. Please sign Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition to stop the live transport of pigs from the mainland to Hawaii now.

Thousands of pigs are transported in terrible conditions like this to Hawaii every year. Video obtained by the Handle With Care Coalition shows pigs being held in metal containers in the hot sun before they even get on a Matson ship in California -- already a violation of U.S. animal transport laws. Perhaps the worst part, though, is that none of this suffering and cruelty is necessary -- not when there are locally raised pigs and other more humane alternatives.

One Hawaii resident explained that he signed the Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition because "it is not pono to inflict cruelty on these animals by subjecting them to shipping across the ocean." (Pono means "righteous" in Hawaiian and is a fundamental ideal in Hawaiian culture -- it's even in the state motto.) Neither local Hawaiians nor tourists want to be associated with this kind of severe animal cruelty.

Sign the Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition calling on Matson Navigation to end the live transport of pigs to Hawaii now:

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-shipping-live-pigs-from-the-mainland-us-to-hawaii-for-slaughter

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie and the Change.org team

McDonald's wants you to "see what we're made of." Brace yourself.

The pork in your Egg McMuffin or McRib comes from pigs, of course. What you may not know is that those pigs are birthed by female "breeding" pigs who lead miserable lives, to put it mildly. They live in impossibly small enclosures called "gestation crates," in which the pigs can barely move. These dirty, restrictive enclosures frequently cause pigs to become covered in sores, open wounds, and infections.

It doesn't have to be that way: Burger King and Wendy's have completely phased out gestation crates from their pork supply. Now it's up to McDonald's to do the same.

McDonald's has the power to push its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation crates and improve the lives of female breeding pigs. Please add your name to the petition asking McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner to ensure McDonald's pork suppliers stop using gestation crates.

McDonald's has paid lip service to freeing pigs from gestation crates; in 2007, the company even said moving away from these unnecessary enclosures was "at the top of its agenda." Five years later, pigs at Smithfield Foods, where McDonald's buys its pork, are still in gestation grates.

McDonald's is the biggest customer of Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world. While Smithfield initially pledged to eliminate gestation crates entirely by 2017, the pork processing corporation went back on its promise in 2009. 

Smithfield Foods initially blamed the poor economy for indefinitely sticking its pigs in cramped quarters. Yet now Smithfield is posting record profits, meaning the company can recommit to phasing out gestation crates by 2017.

Meredith Slater started a petition on Change.org asking McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner to pressure Smithfield to renew its promise and completely phase out gestation crates by 2017. Click here to sign Meredith's petition to bring McDonald's in line with the rest of the fast food industry:

http://www.change.org/petitions/mcdonalds-stop-using-pork-from-abused-pigs

Thanks for being a change-maker, 

- Michael and the Change.org team