Hollywood plays host to the 26th Annual Genesis Awards, Saturday March 24, 2012 (Updated with winners)

Ian Somerhalder will be presented with the Wyler Award at the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.

Tomorrow night, the Humane Society of the United States and Hollywood will honor the major news and entertainment media who over the last year have produced "outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues" with the 26th Annual Genesis Awards. The list of nominees includes (full list at the end) features films like "Dolphin Tale," "Rio," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "War Horse" as well as talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Dancing With The Stars" judge … [Read more...]

Chipolte’s “Back To The Start” video – what’s the big deal with factory farming?

As always, I'm a bit behind this week on pop culture topics - other than the death of Davy Jones. I am, after all, a fan of bubble gum pop, and quirky, cheesy TV from the 60s. So I missed the video that's making the rounds from Chipolte Restaurants, an animated short called "Back To The Start", which depicts a family farmer who moves to a factory farming operation and then back to a family farm. The music is Willie Nelson performing Coldplay's "The Scientist." I suspect that most … [Read more...]

Meat consumption down, fur sales up?

This is a mink. Someday he'll become a coat. And maybe some lipstick. (Photo credit Jesper Clausen/Fur Commission USA)

Last week, I stumbled upon an editorial New York Times' columnist Mark Bittman did for American Public Media's Marketplace questioning whether America is still the land of "meat and potatoes". In the commentary, Bittman cited a Department of Agriculture statistic that predicted meat consumption in America will be 12 percent less for 2012 than it was in 2007. I've been mulling that over for the last week as I contemplated why that might be - more people aware of their food choices? Meat … [Read more...]

McDonalds and Hormel to end use of gestation crates

Do you know where your bacon come from? Click the image to watch the video from the Humane Society of the United State's undercover investigation at two of the nation's largest pork suppliers

McDonald's Corporation and Hormel both recently announced that they will phase out the use of sow gestation stalls in favor of more humane treatment of pigs that become our food. A gestation create is a 2 x 7 crate in which a pig lives its entire live, virtually immobalized and unable to even turn around. impregnated over and over and over. A recent undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offered an inside look Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms; Seaboard … [Read more...]

Animal cruelty and the problem of cockfighting (video)

This week has seen a lively discussion about wholesale commercial dog breeding facility planned for Gorham, NY. It's been interesting to hear from both sides and to see the passion that people have for the humane treatment of dogs. Here's a story from the Humane Society of the United States that should make you think beyond puppies: cockfighting. When animal lovers think of blood sport in the animal world, they usually think of pit bulls and Michael Vick. But Dr. Oran Smith, the executive … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: our varying attitudes towards animals, from James Serpell

With the hot discussion this week about the wholesale dog breeding facility approved for Gorham, NY (or as it's otherwise known, a puppy mill), I thought this quote might provide someting to ponder on this weekend regarding the different way we view animals we eat and animals we live with, and how that differs around the world. It's from the preface to James Serpell's very thought-provoking book, In the Company of Animals: A Study of Human-Animal Relationships: "Human attitudes to animals … [Read more...]

Animal Planet readies for the Puppy Bowl VIII, February 5th

Football fans found out last night which two NFL teams will vie for the title of Super Bowl Champ (in case you care, it's the NY Giants and the New England Patriots; I only know because I just googled it). But for animal lovers, even more fun news made headlines today: PUPPY BOWL! For the eighth year in a row, Animal Planet will air their Puppy Bowl at 3 PM on February 5th. Adorable pups from shelters across the country will don uniforms of the two opposing Super Bowl teams and romp about on … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #1 – Think before you eat

This is where your bacon comes from.(photo FarmSanctuary.org)

As 2011 comes to a close, you're probably making a few New Year's resolutions. Lose weight, exercise, stop smoking, the same old, same old. If you're an animal lover, how about making a resolution that'll benefit both you and your favorite animals? This week, we'll look at 5 resolutions that are perfect for animal lovers. Since yesterday was a holiday (translation: I didn't get off the couch all day) we'll do two today and one every day for the rest of the week. Our first resolution: … [Read more...]


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