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Farm Animal Welfare Coaltion
150 officers turn out near Plain City after activist calls for violence

Tuesday, June 1, 2010  02:51 AM

By Bill Bush


Anyone driving Rt. 42 between Plain City and Delaware yesterday afternoon might have thought they stumbled into a war zone.

About 150 law-enforcement officers, many dressed in SWAT gear and backed up by a helicopter and at least one armored vehicle, were scattered around a dairy farm that was the focus of a grisly animal-cruelty video that has gone viral on the Internet.

Police were trying to thwart an activist's call for people to come to the Conklin Dairy Farm with "bolt cutters, bats, crowbars, pitchforks, hammers and wrenches to help destroy every piece of equipment the farm has, and tear down the sheds."

Activist Gary Yourofsky's message also suggested that people bring weapons to defend themselves against farm workers and police. "I am not asking you to harm anyone if it is NOT in you to harm someone although those who...

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Ballot Access News
Thu May 27 2010
Byline: Richard

On May 13, the lawsuit Friedlander v Brunner, 2:10cv-378, was settled out of court. The lawsuit had been filed April 27, 2010, to challenge an Ohio ban on out-of-state circulators for initiative and referendum petitions, and also to challenge a requirement that the circulator's permanent address be entered on each petition sheet. The case had been filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

The state agreed that the two laws are unconstitutional, and promised not to enforce them. The case had been filed by an official of the Humane Society, and also by Citizens in Charge.

New panel wants to pre-empt ballot issue Tuesday,  May 25, 2010 2:53 AMBy Alan Johnson

The new Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is taking aim at reforms the Humane Society of the United States is pushing to get on the fall ballot.

Much as the General Assembly did two years ago, the 13-member, state-appointed board appears primed to pre-empt part of the Humane Society's agenda in Ohio.

Ohio Agriculture Director Robert Boggs said the board's first batch of regulations probably will deal with euthanizing farm animals and prohibiting sick or injured "downer" animals from entering the food system.

"We're doing what the people of Ohio asked us to do," Boggs said, referring to passage last fall of State Issue 2, the measure that created the farm board.

The reaction from Humane Society chief Wayne Pacelle: Go for it.

"We would love to have the livestock board handle all those issues and obviate the need for the ballot issue," Pacelle told The Dispatch. "We want to see reforms that...

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4:00 AM Wednesday May 26, 2010

DES MOINES - An animal rights group known for sending out scantily clad demonstrators and using other provocative stunts to protest against fur trading, has gained influence in boardrooms by buying company stock.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has shareholdings in at least 80 companies, including McDonald's and Kraft. It hopes to influence their animal welfare policies on such things as how chickens are slaughtered or buying pork from suppliers that keep pregnant sows in small crates.

By buying stock, Peta is able to present its ideas directly to officials and other shareholders, many of whom could otherwise pay little attention to the group.

Peta tries to negotiate agreements with companies behind closed doors, but if that fails, the group submits shareholder resolutions with its proposed changes at shareholder meetings.

Companies don't always change their policies, but Peta's Ashley Byrne said the effort had paid off. After...

Last Updated (Monday, 23 August 2010 02:24)

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Global manufacturer Sara Lee makes cage-free egg commitment

Eric Fortney on 5/25/2010 08:17:00 AM |

International consumer-goods company Sara Lee has announced plans to replace one million of its traditional battery cage produced egg supply each year with the more humane cage-free variety. The move is the result of a collaborative effort between the Downers Grove-based food manufacturer and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

"The Humane Society of the United States applauds Sara Lee for improving the lives of thousands of hens each year with its cage-free egg commitment," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS.

"Sara Lee understands that animal welfare is important to many consumers, which is why we're proud to switch more than a million of the eggs we use to cage-free,” explained CJ Fraleigh Sara Lee’s CEO of North America.

According to the HSUS, hens living in cage-free environments have three times more space than their battery cage...

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