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Supreme Court leaves California foie gras ban intact

October 20, 2014
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By Lawrence Hurley

(Reuters) – In a victory for animal rights activists, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed California to continue to ban foie gras, a delicacy produced from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese that have been force-fed corn.

Rejecting a legal challenge to the state law, the court declined to hear an appeal filed by restaurants and producers of foie gras. In doing so, the high court left intact an August 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the law.

California enacted the law in 2004 but it did not go into effect until 2012.

Foie gras means “fatty liver” in French. The product is produced by force-feeding corn to ducks and geese to enlarge their livers, which are harvested to make gourmet dishes. Animal rights groups contend that the force-feeding process is painful, gruesome and inhumane.

The law specifically bans any product created by “force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond a normal size.”

Los Angeles-based Hot’s Restaurant Group, Canada’s Association des Eleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Quebec and New York producer Hudson Valley Foie Gras challenged the ban in a lawsuit filed last year.

They argued that the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which prohibits states from interfering with interstate commerce. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument, saying the state was within its rights to impose the ban.

Animal rights groups welcomed the Supreme Court’s action.

“The Supreme Court’s decision means that the people of California have the right to prohibit the sale of certain food items, solely because they are the product of animal cruelty,” Jonathan Lovvorn, chief counsel for the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement.

“The holding in this case – that states have the right to cleanse their markets of cruel products – is a precedent of enormous consequence for millions of animals,” Lovvorn added.

John Burton, the former California state legislator who authored the law, added, “This effort was a long, hard fight. But it was worth fighting and worth winning.”

The case is Association des Eleveur v. Harris, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-1313.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Will Dunham)

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Gary Yourofsky: Banned International Terrorist

October 17, 2014
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Source Bite Size Vegan

What do you think you would have to do to be labeled an International Terrorist? What would it take? Assassinations? Bombings? How about freeing animals? How about giving living beings on death row a chance at life? How about liberation? Believe it or not those are the actions that led to Gary Yourofsky‘s classification as an international terrorist and his being banned from several countries. he tells you all about it in this interview.

Nobody could believe that I was in this place [prison] for letting animals free. For giving them a chance not to be killed. But that’s how messed up this world is. Man, look at all of the people throughout history that everybody admires collectively: Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, and Dr. King and Gandhi, all sentenced to prison. All radical lawbreakers. When you try to bring peace and justice to the oppressed, you are labeled a terrorist, you are imprisoned, or you are assassinated. Quite a world we live in.

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The Chicken Lady Speaks: Snow’s Story

October 15, 2014
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Source Direct Action Everywhere

“Glenn Beck is just a sell-out who must maintain a heavy delusion to cope with, deeply knowing his own corruption.” – neilamadhava

OC: And please remember that there is nothing humane about free-range either; animals experience the same unending suffering, terror, and hideous death.

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Cruelty is Cruelty, Any Way You Slice It

October 13, 2014
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While generally not considered newsworthy, chickens have recently been in the spotlight. First, chickens made the news around the world as orthodox Jewish communities practiced the ritual of Kapparot — a Yom Kippur tradition of swinging a live chicken over “the sinner’s” head and then slaughtering it. Chicken brutality in Fresno, California also made headlines, when close to 1,000 chickens were bludgeoned to death by four teenagers who broke into a farm.

“What a bad week to be a chicken,” you might have thought.

Friends, it is always a bad week to be a chicken.

It is human nature to reel against heinous and purposeful cruelty. For instance, the story of a Brooklyn man who kicked a cat while being filmed recently went viral, as did the infamous Michael Vick dog fighting scandal. We Americans have little tolerance for deliberate cruelty, so the media attention received by the bludgeoned chickens is not surprising. But the elephant in the room in this story is this: our eating habits support cruelty that is every bit as savage and barbaric as bludgeoning animals with golf clubs.

One could certainly make an argument that those clubbed chickens met a fate no crueler than the one they were bound to face. Every year, 9 billion chickens suffer horrendously on factory farms so that we can eat them. “Broilers” are bred to grow so large and so fast that they can barely stand or move around — doing so causes tremendous pain. During their short, painful lives, these birds live in cramped warehouses and never see daylight. At the end of their 47-day life, they are sent to the slaughterhouse where, among other horrors, millions are boiled alive every year as they miss the neck slicer and are submerged, completely conscious, into a water bath meant to remove their feathers. Sounds just as painful as being clubbed to death to me.

Consider this:

300 million hens in the U.S. are kept in “battery cages,” tiny cages shared with up to 11 birds in which each bird gets less room than a standard 8.5×11 inch sheet of paper. Their beaks are seared off with a hot blade, without anesthetic, so that they cannot peck at each other in the confined space.

In the U.S. alone, over 8 million “dairy cows” live on factory farms. Dairy cows’ tails and horns are cut off without anesthesia. Female cows also often suffer from a painful condition called mastitis, an infection that causes cows’ udders to swell. On top of it all, cows are kept in a constant cycle of impregnation and birth in order to make milk, and suffer the emotional toll of losing their babies — male calves become veal and females become dairy cows — just moments after birth.

These are just two examples of the cruelty inflicted by our food choices. As we judge those who inflict intentional harm, I urge us to turn our judgement inward, too–to face the truth that that each of us, through the simple practice of eating, supports infinitely greater harm to an infinitely greater number of non-human animals than all of the animal cruelty stories that made their way into the news last week.

In just a few days, Catskill Animal Sanctuary will host its 13th Annual Shindig — a celebration of compassionate living. At Shindig, you can see farmed animals thriving as all animals should. At Shindig, you can taste delicious vegan food. At Shindig, the solution to farmed animal cruelty is clear: we must go vegan.

I believe we humans are compassionate. Many of us still don’t know the harm we are causing. Take the first step towards compassionate living and visit CASanctuary.org to learn more about transitioning to a vegan diet. Better yet, if you’re in the area, come to this year’s Shindig, visit us any weekend May-November for a tour, or stay at our beautiful Homestead, now open year round!

Whether an animal meets his end with the blow of a club or the slice of blade, causing death is a cruel act. Chose compassion instead today.

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Unity Film – Director Shaun Monson and UNITY

October 10, 2014
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Dear Supporters of UNITY and EARTHLINGS,

I write today to share some exciting news and updates about the film UNITY, which I know everyone is eagerly anticipating. We are so grateful for your questions about release dates, locations and how you can help. The fantastic news is that YOU could actually make the difference on when you see it, and where!

After several amazing screenings we have been encouraged to widen the UNITY theatrical releases worldwide in Spring 2015 on Earth Day! This would bring UNITY a greater platform to become the movement, become the change, or more humbly the awareness this world needs most desperately. We really would like to achieve this goal, but to do so would require additional funding and we are hopeful you, our supporters, will help us!

Thus, I’m bringing this (gentle) request to you, the people that have believed in EARTHLINGS and UNITY so vocally over the years: Will you help us financially today to the effort to bring UNITY to the world? Click here to DONATE NOW!

Or: If you would like to learn more about larger investment opportunities in UNITY, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Participation great and small is how all worthwhile world movements are achieved; with UNITY we welcome both most gratefully.

Yours,
Emily Whitney

Community and Investor Relations
UNITY Film Partners, LLC
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Activist Arrested for Liberating Chickens; Hundreds of Others Found Dead

October 8, 2014
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Source Their Turn
By Donny Moss

Kaporos, the annual chicken-swinging ritual that takes place before Yom Kippur, doesn’t start until Tuesday night, but, already, an activist has been arrested, and hundreds of chickens stacked in crates on the street have died.

Wearing a Mercy For Animals t-shirt, an activist from New Jersey was arrested on Monday for allegedly stealing chickens from a “Kaporos Center” in Brooklyn. Authorities found the liberated chickens in his vehicle. Sadly, these animals, who had a brief taste of freedom in the back of a van, will most likely be used in the Kaporos ritual and then slaughtered.

In a separate incident, Brooklyn resident Rina Deych, a founding member of the advocacy group working to end the chicken-swinging ritual, made the grisly discovery of hundreds of dead chickens stacked in crates, and she took footage with the hope that authorities would charge the perpetrators with animal cruelty.

Ms. Deych suspects that the chickens, who are deprived of food and water for several days, died of dehydration: “We just witnessed hundreds, possibly thousands of chickens dead in crates in Brooklyn. We called the police, but they would not take our report. NYPD is supposed to respond to animal cruelty and neglect cases.”

Ms. Deych’s video documentation of dead and dying chickens:

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What Vegans Eat In A Day featuring Gary Yourofsky & Vegan Black Metal Chef

October 6, 2014
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Ever wonder what vegans eat in a day? This past Monday evening I spent time with my friend and mentor, vegan activist Gary Yourofsky and the one and only Vegan Black Metal Chef to record the interview with Gary for the bite size vegan youtube channel. And we of course went out for some good vegan eatin’!

Come along with us to Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Orlando, Florida, for some delicious vegan dining and stay tuned for the upcoming interview series with Gary!

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