Caring About Animals AND People

Injustices to animals are also injustices to humans:

From Farm Animal Rights Movement:

“In his March/April 2011 VegNews article, “Injustice for All,” Mark Hawthorne writes about the men and women who work in the meat and farming industries. He illustrates the many horrors of working in a slaughterhouse, as well as the serious suffering and exploitation these workers, as well as field farm workers endure. Slaughterhouse employees are subject to the most dangerous factory conditions in the U.S. and the industry has an extraordinarily high turnover rate. These individuals face extremely high rates of serious physical injury, abuse, mental/psychological stress, and death. They too are victims of an abusive and exploitative, profit-driven industry.”

Deconstructing the Myth of "Happy Cows"


“In order to maintain uninterrupted milk production, cows are forced year after year to go through an endless cycle of pregnancy and birth, only to have their calves immediately taken from them. Cows and calves cry out for each other as they are separated.

All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina. The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a “rape rack.”

Half of all calves born are male. Of no use in milk production, they are sent to veal-producing operations or directly to auctions where they are sold and slaughtered when they are just a few days old. Male calves used for veal production suffer a crude castration process and are killed after 4 months spent in small crates or pens.

After just 4 to 6 years, dairy cows are “spent” from being forced to continuously produce milk. Often weak and ill, they endure transport to auction and slaughter, both of which are traumatic for these gentle animals. If allowed to exist free of exploitation and slaughter, cows can live 25 years or more.”

Global Water Shortages Worsened by Diets of Animal Products

In honor of World Water Week

From Farm Animal Rights Movement:

“Every year the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) hosts World Water Week to focus on the world’s water issues. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security. To start off the conference, researcher Malik Falenmark and his colleagues from SIWI released a study that warns meat consumption is currently draining the world’s water supplies at an alarming rate.

“There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” Malik Falkenmark said. Diets that rely on animal products consume 5 to 10 times more water than a vegetarian or vegan diet.”

Consumers: A Right To Know Where Your Food Comes From

From Farm Animal Rights Movement:

“Consumers have the right to know where their food comes from and the 10 Billion Lives Tour will expose people to the harsh reality of animal agriculture,” said FARM’s Program Director, Michael Weber. “Viewers often tear up or become angry after watching the video, and turn that passion into action by making food choices that are consistent with their values.”

Chicken Care: Importance of Heating & Cooling Apparatuses

Chicken Care: Heating & Cooling Recommendations Noted by National Organization Farm Sanctuary –

“If you have freezing winters in your area, provide a heat source that is safe to use around straw, such as a ceramic-element brooder lamp. When temperatures are extremely hot, provide fans. Chickens can die of heat strokes in areas where the temperatures are in the nineties, so they must have an area where they can stay cool.”

Clean, fresh water must be available at all times. The use of a poultry fountain is recommended to avoid spillage and to keep water as clean as possible. In warmer weather, check water often throughout the day.

For colder weather, the use of a water heater pallet is recommended if you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures.”

Humaneness: Necessity, Not Option

Humane programming in all aspects and outcomes is not an option – it is a necessity. It is also a responsibility and obligation when programming stems from tax payer purchased and supported facilities such as Wagner Farm in Glenview, IL.

Dozens of animals should not and needed not to have been victims of programming that stems from public property and ends in any inhumane outcomes. 12 more lambs, 10 more pigs were from this year’s Wagner Farm / Glenview Clovers 4H programming just in itself.