Alliance Renovates Website
November 13, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance announces the completion of extensive renovations to its website at www.animalagalliance.org and invites members and the public to visit and check out the new look and features. These exciting updates include new sections featuring Hot Topics and Recent News, and improved organization by topic to enhance site navigation, easing visitors' ability to access information. Full site navigation from the top tool bars is another new feature enhancing visitors’ ability to access information about key issues. More.
Crushing Defeat for Animals, Farmers and Consumers
November 5, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance lamented California's passage of Proposition 2, the Standards for Confining Animals Initiative that will result in worse animal welfare, shutting of farms, and less safe, more expensive food for Californians. More.
Vote NO on California Proposition 2
October 28, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance urges California voters to Vote NO on California Proposition 2, the standards for Confining Animals Initiative that is up for a vote on the November 4 California state ballot. The Alliance indicated its belief that Prop 2 would have possible negative consequences to animal welfare that will be hard to correct. The Alliance also cited among its reasons for opposing the measure higher rates of death in non-cage systems, increased rates of smothering, increased incidences of aggression and much more. More.
Alliance Updates YouTube Video
October 20, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently updated a video it launched in July on YouTube, a popular video sharing website demonstrating great impact on today's social culture. The Alliance responded to a concern over a tractor riding scene in the video, deleting that scene in order to promote farm safety. "Tractors are a leading cause of accidental deaths on farms," said Kay Johnson, Executive Vice President of the Alliance. "We thank the staff at North Carolina State University for bringing this matter to our attention and urge people working around tractors to visit the university's agricultural machinery safety web page (click here)." More.
Statement of Animal Agriculture Alliance on Iowa
Hog Farm Abuse Video
All national organizations representing animal farmers and ranchers have developed animal care guidelines to ensure the overall health and well-being of their specific animals. The mistreatment shown in the recent video purportedly taken by an undercover employee of an animal rights group on an Iowa farm is abhorrent and in no way reflects the guidelines, nor the actions and commitment to care demonstrated daily by the overwhelming majority of American farmers and ranchers. More.
Misguided Anti-Horse Transportation Bill Moves Forward
September 24, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has learned that yesterday, the horribly misguided and misleadingly named Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598), a bill which would criminalize the sale and transportation of horses for the purposes of slaughter, was approved and recommended to the House of Representatives by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill passed by a voice vote. The Committee is finalizing its report for submission to the Rules Committee. More.
Misguided Anti-Horse Transportation Bill Up For Vote Tomorrow
September 9, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance has learned that the egregiously misguided and inappropriately named Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598), a bill which would criminalize the sale and transportation of horses for the purposes of slaughter, will be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, September 10. The bill was introduced by Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN). More.
Animal Agriculture a Top Target at National Animal Rights Meeting
September 4, 2008 - Animal agriculture was a top target at Animal Rights 2008, the oldest animal rights conference in the nation, when it has only received cursory attention for the past few years. The disdain the activists have for animal agriculture was evident as many cringed at the very mention of the term. More.
Animal Rights Group's Reward Offer Disingenuous
August 8, 2008 - In response to the recent animal rights-related fire bombings and acts of domestic terrorism focused on researchers at University of California-Santa Cruz, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offered a $2,500 reward for information related to the attacks, one of which police classified as attempted murder. Since HSUS has over $200 million in assets, this peace offering appears to be but a token, belated and of questionable intent. More.
Animal Rights Leader Admits Movement Is Still Not Mainstream
July 28, 2008 - The pictures, videos and stories of abuse kept emotions high at the fourth annual Taking Action for Animals Conference, organized by the vegan-driven Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). California Proposition 2, which would devastate egg farming in California was high on the list of legislative and legal maneuvers intended to attack animal agriculture. Other items high on the animal rights group's list included a number of bills proposed on Capitol Hill as well. More.
Use Helmsley Funds for Welfare Not Rights
July 8, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) learned that the nation's two leading animal rights groups, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are attempting to lay claim to the huge estate of Leona Helmsley, valued at $5 to $8 billion, simply because the billionaire left instructions - outside her will - that the estate be spent on the care and welfare of dogs. Since trusts typically distribute 5% of total assets, the amount donated to animal groups could be as much as $400 million a year. More.
Alliance Launches YouTube Videos
July 1, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance launched two videos on YouTube, a popular website demonstrating great impact on today's social culture, where almost anyone can share videos. The first Alliance video focuses on the importance of moderation and balance in making dietary choices. It suggests talking to a dietitian or nutritionist about a balanced diet and warns against adopting diets based on political causes or trends. The second video points out that over 90% of America's farms and ranches are family-owned. It also explains farmers and ranchers commitment to their animals, their land and their community. More.
Statement Regarding HSUS Investigation of Mistreatment of Animals at Livestock Auctions
June 25, 2008 - An animal rights activist group released video depicting a few non-ambulatory animals at a cattle auction in Portales, New Mexico and called for an extension of the downer ban to all non-ambulatory animals at auctions, markets and stockyards. The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) does not condone any animal abuse and is disappointed at the apparent improper handling of cattle but considers the call to extend the ban an undue extension of unnecessary regulation. More.
Chicago City Council Repeals Foie Gras Ban
May 15, 2008 - Yesterday, the Chicago City Council repealed its misguided ban on foie gras. The Council voted 37-6 to repeal the two-year-old ban which many said made the city a national laughingstock. More.
Statement Regarding Pew Commission Recommendations for Animal Agriculture
April 30, 2008 - The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production has released six broad recommendations resulting from their two year study of the U.S. animal agriculture industry. After reviewing the recommendations, we feel important clarifications are in order. More.
Former Congressman Questions Unintended Consequences of Legislation
April 10, 2008 - Former Congressman Charlie Stenholm, now a policy advisor with Olsson Frank Weeda, examined the unintended consequences of legislation, specifically for immigration, energy, and horse processing at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's (Alliance) seventh industry-wide Stakeholders Summit, held April 8 in Arlington, VA. He observed that ending horse slaughter in the USA took away valid options for horse owners to the detriment of both people and animals. Stenholm pointed out that some current proposals to "fix" the problem are more likely to result in increased problems. More.
The Time to Address Consumer Anxiety about Food is Now, Says Industry Veteran
April 9, 2008 - "Come out of your silo and begin a dialog with your customers and suppliers," urged consultant Kevin Murphy of Food-Chain Communications, LLC at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's (Alliance) seventh industry-wide Stakeholders Summit, held April 8 in Arlington, VA. "The time to address consumer anxiety about food is now." More.
How to Defuse Inflammatory Rhetoric Session Featured at Stakeholders Summit
April 9, 2008 - "Don't be defensive or use intense language when addressing extremists concerns," advised nationally-recognized risk communication expert Monique Mitchell-Turner, PhD, Director of the Center for Risk Communication Research at the University of Maryland. Dr. Turner's presentation on how to defuse inflammatory rhetoric was a much anticipated presentation at the at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's (Alliance) seventh industry-wide Stakeholders Summit, held April 8 in Arlington, VA. More.
Charitable Donations to AR Groups Increase 5%
March 18, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance indicated that charitable donations to animal-rights groups rose 5% in 2006, the latest period available. And donations to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the extreme animal-rights group, increased by 17%. Additionally, donations to PETA's so-called Foundation to Support Animal Protection (FSAP) also posted a double-digit increase, jumping 18%. More.
Stakeholders Summit Registration and Hotel Early Discount Deadline Fast Approaching
March 6, 2008 - The early registration and hotel discount deadlines for the Animal Agriculture Alliance's seventh industry-wide Stakeholders Summit are just around the corner. The day and a half conference will be held April 8-9 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More.
Stakeholders Summit Approved for ARPAS CEUs
February 27, 2008 - 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: Building Bridges Across the Food Chain." The meeting, to be held April 8-9, at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, will also offer a special rate for those involved in government or academia. More.
Alliance Statement on Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. Recall
February 19, 2008 - Recently, the San Bernardino District Attorney filed felony animal cruelty charges against two employees who were terminated by Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company. Assuming that what is on the videotape is actually what happened, the actions depicted are a deplorable treatment of animals, a clear violation of federal law and the Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) supports the district attorney's actions. More.
Animal Welfare: Building Bridges Across the Food Chain
February 13, 2008 - The animal rights movement has declared war on animal agriculture—on everyone who is involved in providing Americans with meat, milk and eggs. Worse yet, the animal rights groups are garnering over $400 million a year to fund their campaigns. Are you worried about their potential to impact your business? More.
Stakeholders Summit: Building Bridges Across the Food Chain
January 17, 2008 - The Animal Agriculture Alliance (Alliance) announced plans to host its seventh industry-wide Stakeholders Summit. This day and a half conference, 'Animal Welfare: Building Bridges Across the Food Chain,' is scheduled for April 8-9, 2008 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More.
Tsunami of Horse Abuse Cases Sweeps Nation
January 15, 2008 - An undeniable tsunami of horse abuse cases has swept across the USA since the de facto ban on horse processing - pushed by vegan driven animal rights groups - went into effect in early 2007. In the past few months alone, major media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Coeur D'Alene Press, Portland Oregonian, Austin American Statesman, Seattle Times, UPI, Washington Post, Rockford Register Star, Associated Press, and The Wall Street Journal chronicled cases of horse abuse and neglect from all across the nation including Illinois, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Colorado, Virginia, Alabama and Florida. More.
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