Animal Rights Groups Press Forward with Misguided Initiative in California
October 17, 2007 - Despite the national average price for "cage-free" eggs jumping 56 cents a dozen in the third quarter of 2007 and now costing 84% more than regular eggs, animal rights groups in California are pushing forward with a ballot initiative to illegalize regular production of eggs in California. The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) believes that the groups pushing this extreme initiative, led by the vegan-driven Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), will endanger animals and eliminate a cost-effective source of protein for many people. More.
To Make an Activist, Play on Feelings of Inferiority and Inability
September 18, 2007 - Despite touting their successes and celebrating a resurgence in attendance at the Animal Rights 2007 conference, a leading conference for those dedicated to "total animal liberation" and achievement of a vegan society, feelings of vulnerability still were evident in animal rights leaders. This was especially evident when Alex Hershaft, President of Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM) and a leader in the movement to repeal the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), emphasized in a presentation titled 'The Making of an Activist' that inferiority and inability are the two tools that activists can always rely on to manipulate prospective activists. Hershaft emphasized the vegan movement's need for more activists in order to be more effective. More.
Alliance on the Move
July 12, 2007 - As of Monday, July 16, 2007, the Animal Agriculture Alliance will have moved its offices to 2101 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 916B, Arlington, VA 22201. The Alliance post office address will remain the same at: PO Box 9522, Arlington, VA 22209. More.
Major Animal Rights Bill in Nation's Capital
July 10, 2007 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has learned that a major animal rights bill has been proposed in the District of Columbia. More.
Cliff Becker Assumes Leadership Post at Animal Agriculture Alliance
June 26, 2007 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) Board of Directors recently named Cliff Becker, Vice President and Publishing Director at Vance Publishing's Food360°, to Chair the non-profit organization. Becker, who also operates a small cow herd, has served on the Alliance board since 2004. More.
Microsoft Funds Animal Rights Behemoth
June 12, 2007 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has learned that Microsoft, the software giant, plans to make a $100,000 donation to animal rights behemoth Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and is partnering with the vegan-led group on a pilot program called the 'i'm Initiative.' Through the new program, whenever a Windows Live Messenger user has a conversation using i'm, Microsoft will give a portion of the program's advertising revenue to one of ten organizations selected by the user. HSUS is one of the choices, and there is no limit to the amount of money that can be donated. More.
Crushing Blow Delivered to Animal Rights Fanatics
June 8, 2007 - In a crushing blow to animal rights fanatics who believe that animals are not ours to eat, own or use, Glenn Esbenshade, a law-abiding, tax-paying, job-providing farmer in Pennsylvania, and a manager on his farm, were found not guilty of animal cruelty in a case instigated by a Washington, DC-based animal rights group. More.
Animal Welfare Should be Based on Reason, Science and Experience
April 16, 2007 - Speaking to the North American Agricultural Journalists meeting today, Kay Johnson, Executive Vice President of the Animal Agriculture Alliance said that improvements in animal welfare should be based on reason, science and experience, not on the opinions of activists who have absolutely no vested interest in farm animals or those who believe it is wrong to raise animals for food. More.
Vegan-Driven Activist Groups Cause National Animal Welfare Crisis
March 30, 2007 - In mid-March an Associated Press report indicated that thousands of horses in Kentucky and other parts of the country were starving due to the results of activist groups opposing horse slaughter. The AP article quoted one man saying he had to choose between feeding his horse and feeding himself. The thousands of starving horses were the direct result of the anti horse slaughter initiatives led by activist groups. More.
Puck Falls Prey to Misdirection from Activist Groups
March 29, 2007 - Late last week, succumbing to three years of protests from the extremist group Farm Sanctuary, well-known chef Wolfgang Puck announced that his company will stop serving foie gras at his restaurants. He also announced that he had teamed with the vegan-driven Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to adopt its proposed farm animal care agenda. This change will stop his company from serving meat, eggs and other products from animals that aren't raised to standards approved by animal rights groups—groups that believe we shouldn't eat any animal products at all. More.
New Summit Breakouts a Hit
March 28, 2007 - Nearly 90% of those participating in the new breakout sessions at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's sixth annual Stakeholders Summit indicated that they felt they were very worthwhile. Comments from participants included "the sessions give us the opportunity to get involved", "the sessions allowed great interaction" and "too bad I couldn't be in two sessions at the same time." The Summit was held March 19-21, 2007 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More.
Antimicrobials are Integral to Food Production says Leading Scientist
March 28, 2007 - "Antimicrobials are integral to food production and manufacturing, providing for good physical condition of crops, good health of food animals, and maintaining sanitation during food processing," said Michael Doyle, PhD, at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit held March 19-21 in Arlington, Virginia. "Antimicrobials are important to reduce and control foodborne pathogens in food animals and in their further processing." More.
Big Isn't Necessarily Bad Says Leading Animal Welfare Expert
March 21, 2007 - "The size of a farm and its business configuration is not necessarily related to the quality of animal care," said well-known animal welfare expert, Janice Swanson, PhD, at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit held March 19-21 in Arlington, Virginia. "Big isn't necessarily bad. Each type of housing system comes with benefits and pitfalls that farmers, ranchers and concerned consumers must consider." More.
AETA Sends a Clear Signal Says Leading Prosecutor
March 21, 2007 - "The fact of the matter is that there are extremist individuals and groups that will go through great lengths to put you out of business," said Ricardo Solano, Jr., in his keynote address at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit held March 19-21 in Arlington, Virginia. "The recent passage of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) sends a clear signal to animal rights extremists that if their activities cross the line, the federal government will not stand idly by." More.
Leading Prosecutor to Keynote Stakeholders Summit
March 12, 2007 - Ricardo Solano, Jr., will deliver the keynote address at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit to be held March 19-21 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Solano, serving in the Terrorism Unit at the U.S. Attorney's office, successfully tried one of the first prosecutions under the Animal Enterprise Protection Act -- United States v. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty Inc., et al. -- which charged an animal rights extremist group and six of its leaders with terrorizing an animal testing laboratory as well as several pharmaceutical, financial, and insurance companies that did business with it. More.
Stakeholders Summit Registration and Hotel Early Discount Deadline Fast Approaching
February 23, 2007 - The early registration and hotel discount deadlines for the Animal Agriculture Alliance's sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit are just around the corner. The day and a half conference will be held March 19-21 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More.
Stakeholders Summit Approved for ARPAS CEUs
February 20, 2007 - The American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) has approved the Animal Agriculture Alliance's (Alliance) sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit for up to 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards meeting ARPAS certification requirements. This year's theme for the day and a half Stakeholders Summit is, 'Animal Welfare: Roadmaps to Successful Solutions.' The meeting, to be held March 19 - 21, at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, will also offer a special rate for those involved in government or academia. More.
Statement on Smithfield Phasing Out Gestation Stalls
January 25, 2007 - Today, Smithfield Foods announced that it will begin a transition to group housing for gestating sows. The company announced this change is a business decision based on customer requests. More.
Farm Animal Welfare Guidelines Brochure Released
January 16, 2007 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) announces its release of a new brochure highlighting producer-driven animal welfare programs. The brochure, sponsored in part by the United Soybean Board, highlights programs developed by 11 agriculture and food associations and emphasizes the often-overlooked fact that animal welfare is a high priority of America's farmers and ranchers. More.
Stakeholders Summit to Focus on Solutions for Critical Issues
January 11, 2007 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) will host its sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit, 'Animal Welfare: Roadmaps to Successful Solutions,' a day and a half conference scheduled for March 19 - 21, 2007 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More.
Animal Agriculture Alliance
P.O. Box 9522
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: (703) 562-5160
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