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By JEAN HOPFENSPERGER, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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The full-page ads started appearing in major newspapers several months ago. "Shouldn't we expect better from the 'Humane Society'?"

The ads go on to say that only a fraction of the nearly $100 million budget of the Humane Society of the United States funds local animal shelters, and urges readers to check out a new website, Humanewatch.org.

Janelle Dixon is watching -- but not for the reasons the ad promoters want. Dixon, president of the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, Minn., is also the president of the Federation of Humane Societies across the country. And she's upset.

The media campaign comes from the Center for Consumer Freedom, a Washington-based nonprofit representing the food and beverage industries. It charges that donors to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) deserve to know that little of their money helps pets back home.

But Dixon said...

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Spokane Spokesman-Review
Clean up without being cleaned out
Rich Landers
June 10, 2010
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One way or another, we will all pay for the Deepwater Horizon oil-well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

But heartbreaking images of suffering wildlife assure that others will step up to pay more than their share through donations of time and money.

The sticky question: To whom do we donate?

Anyone involved with wildlife causes is receiving solicitations to fund oil disaster relief. It's easy to click on a link or send a text message to make a donation. It's much more difficult to determine where the money will do the most good.

Some groups are repulsive opportunists, capitalizing on a disaster as a fundraiser.

Other groups are rolling up their sleeves.

The most effective nonprofits may be those focused on coastal habitat.

For example, the effort by groups such as Tri-State Bird Rescue...

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An editorial column from the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation

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YouTube ‘Protecting’ Our Youth

By Denny Banister

When I heard one of our Farm Bureau members created a video for YouTube showing their hog operation, I hurried online to watch it.  In spite of the ‘secretly taped videos of livestock abuse’ we see on television, I know the vast majority of farmers do not abuse their animals and I was anxious to see a positive story on livestock production.

So I went to YouTube and entered the title of the video, “Truth about Modern Pork Production,” and bingo – there it was ready to be clicked on to watch, but when I clicked on it instead of opening the video it made me verify I...

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DENVER, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With some states having already eliminated the use of so-called "battery cages" for commercial egg production, the American Humane Association's farm animal welfare certification program, American Humane® Certified, announced today that it will now accept enriched colony housing systems as a humane practice for the housing of laying hens.

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The significant decision by the nation's oldest and largest farm animal welfare standards program effectively gives egg producers a second option in addition to cage-free housing as an alternative to conventional confinement cages — a widely used, but increasingly controversial, method that has been banned in California and Michigan. American Humane Certified will not certify conventional cages, but has determined that enhanced colony housing is scientifically acceptable, in...

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Ohio livestock industry is preparing itself for another challenge from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Last year the livestock industry in Ohio responded to an informal challenge from HSUS by creating the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

The purpose of the new board is to re-invent the partnership farmers have with consumers and provide transparency, validation, and credibility of standards set for livestock production, according to Jack Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio voters last year approved the livestock care board by a vote of 64 percent to 36 percent and since then one farmer, two veterinarians, a food safety specialist, a member of a local Humane Society, two consumers, two representatives of state farm organizations, and one college administrator were selected to serve on the board.

“The (livestock care) board is a good cross-section of Ohio,” said Fisher...

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