Category: Animal Rights

Of Insects and Men

EVAGGELOS VALLIANATOS—The 2019 review rightly identifies “intensive farming” and its deleterious pesticides as one of the main “drivers” of insect decline and extinction.But what is intensive farming? It’s the violent metamorphosis of peasant farming to a factory armed with chemicals and  giant mechanical implements. It entails the growing of genetically engineered crops requiring, usually, the heavy and repeated application of synthetic fertilizers and weed killers, the removal of hedgerows and trees and, otherwise, the landscaping of large flat fields to accommodate irrigation, drainage, and large machines.

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Air Force pollution forces New Mexico dairy to euthanize 4,000 cows

ANNA LISA LACA—“This has poisoned everything I’ve worked for and everything I care about,” Schaap told New Mexico Political Report. “I can’t sell the milk. I can’t sell beef. I can’t sell the cows. I can’t sell crops or my property. The Air Force knew they had contamination. What I really wonder is, why didn’t they say something?”The Department of Defense has disclosed 121 installations where groundwater has been impacted by PFAS.PFAS are used in fire-retardant foam to smother flames from mock airplanes set on fire by trainees. The chemicals make the foam resistant to grease, water, dirt and heat, which make it useful in extinguishing jet fuel fires.“It’s potentially been in the groundwater the whole time I’ve owned the dairy,” Schaap said.

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Court Rules Iowa Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional in Major Victory for Free Speech and Animal Protection

For more than a century, the public has relied on undercover investigations to expose illegal and cruel practices on factory farms and slaughterhouses. No federal laws govern the condition in which farmed animals are raised, and laws addressing slaughter and transport are laxly enforced. Undercover investigations are the primary avenue through which the public receives information about animal agriculture operations. Iowa is the biggest producer of pigs raised for meat and hens raised for eggs in the United States, making it critically important that investigations there are not suppressed.

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