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How Mercy for Animals rates Canada businesses on welfare

Companies evaluated for pledges to source broilers according to Better Chicken Commitment, cage-free eggs and crate-free pork

Animal rights group Mercy for Animals recently released its Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard, rating major companies in Canada for their commitments to broilers, laying hens and pigs.


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Is DxE animal rights activist exploiting media bias?

Same man who fooled one network into thinking he was the CEO of Smithfield Foods tricks another into thinking he is the CEO of Tyson Foods

For the second time, Matt Johnson, an animal rights activist with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), has tricked a television news crew into believing he is the CEO of a major animal protein producer.


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Global Animal Partnership suspends Plainville Farms

Decision made after Global Animal Partnership conducts preliminary investigation into allegations that turkeys raised for Plainville Farms were abused

Global Animal Partnership (GAP) has suspended Plainville Farms from its programs, following a preliminary investigation into allegations that turkeys raised for the Plainville Farms were abused.


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Litter management strategies to enhance poultry housing

Improving litter management processes and enhancing poultry performance through ammonia and humidity control. Sponsored by Jones-Hamilton.
Improving litter management processes and enhancing poultry performance through ammonia and humidity control. Sponsored by Jones-Hamilton.
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Plainville Farms investigating turkey abuse claims

Video circulated by PETA shows turkeys being mistreated in a variety of ways
Plainville Farms says it is investigating a situation in which a video, circulated by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shows turkeys being mistreated.
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Panera, Shake Shack align with Better Chicken Commitment

The broiler welfare standard sets stocking density and enrichment guidelines.
Seven foodservice and retail companies – Aramark, Compass Group, Nestlé USA, Panera Bread, Shake Shack, Sodexo and Target – have formed the U.S. Working Group for Broiler Welfare. The working group will support a transition to the broiler welfare standards set by the Better Chicken Commitment.
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Proposition 12 appeal from National Pork Producers rejected

The appeal challenged the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative that required all eggs produced or sold in California to come from cage-free laying systems by the end of 2021.
On July 28th, 2021, California’s Proposition 12 law was tested in a federal courts appeal by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
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