Dennis Kucinich at the Animal Rights National Conference!

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has been confirmed as a speaker at the Animal Rights 2010 National Conference. He will be presenting on the morning of Friday, July 16th about activist repression and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Presenters aside from Dennis Kucinich include members of the Sea Shepherd crew and animal rights veterans such as Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals, Lorri Houston of Animal Acres, and dozens more.

In addition to speakers, the conference includes premieres of the movies Bold Native and Skin Trade, networking receptions, free exhibits, vegan food, and much more! Check it out at

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United Nations Report Urges Global Shift to Plant-Based Diets

Over the last few years, report after report has surfaced, conclusively linking animal agriculture to global warming, air and water pollution, and land degradation. The most prominent of these reports, the UN FAO’s Livestock’s Long Shadow, famously credited 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions to animal agriculture, and blamed the sector for a myriad of other environmental troubles. The report stopped short, however, of actually recommending a change in diet, and instead called for improved agriculture practices.

A new United Nations report entitled Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production is the first of its stature to actually stress the necessity of moving away from meat and dairy. Specifically, the paper says that “impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth [and] increasing consumption of animal products [...] A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”

View the Executive Summary and the Findings and Conclusions (PDFs).

The report goes into detail about the consequences we can expect if business continues as usual. Increases in population and wealth have historically resulted in increased consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs, which they blame for the bulk of agriculture’s environmental impact. Agriculture is said to be responsible 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

It is now undeniable that we need to substantially reduce our use of animal products in order to prevent global catastrophe. The simplest way to do this is to adopt a vegan diet, which, in addition to avoiding all of animal agriculture’s ecological impacts, also spares the lives of dozens of animals each year- amounting to thousands over one’s lifetime. The American Dietetic Association calls a well planned vegan diet “healthful and nutritionally adequate […] for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes” and adds that it “may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”

Ready to consider the switch? Visit for a free Vegan Starter Guide!

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MFA Investigation Reveals Horrifying Abuse- Take Action!

By now, you have probably seen the most recent Mercy for Animals undercover investigation, documenting horrific cruelties in an Ohio dairy operation. If you have not yet seen the video, please watch it, and read on to find out how you can get active to help dairy cows and calves. Animal science professor Dr. Bernard Rollin called the video “probably the most gratuitous, sustained, sadistic animal abuse I have ever seen.”

I agree with Rollins. The footage may not be the most graphic that has been published, but the abuses documented are so disturbing because they are not even done under the guise of “increased productivity” or “delivering low-cost food.” As Rollins goes on to say, “the video depicts calculated, deliberate cruelty, based not on momentary rage but on taking pleasure through causing pain to cows and calves who are defenseless.”

We must use the public outcry about this cruelty to the advantage of dairy cows across the country. The incidences may seem isolated, but the fact that this took place on a relatively small “family farm” actually emphasize an important point: family farms often ARE factory farms, and even on supposed family, organic, or free-range operations, we NEVER know what cruelties are going on behind closed doors to bring people milk, eggs, and meat. The only way to end animal abuse is to end animal use!

Free Handouts to Spread the Word!

Help us put a stop to this abuse, and similar offenses across the globe: share the investigation video via email, Facebook, and Twitter, and spread the word about cow and chicken treatment with our free Dark Side of Dairy and Eggs handout. This dramatic card explains the inherent cruelties to those industries and calls upon caring consumers to ditch dairy and eggs. Fill out our handout request form to create awareness about alternatives to cruel milk products.

Need some ideas? How about leafleting at a concert or festival (especially near the food stand!), or asking a health food store to display the cards. Email us, comment below, or call us at 888-FARMUSA if you need more than 100 handouts, if you’d like additional outreach materials (including posters or stickers), or if you have other ideas about how to get active on this important issue.

Thank you for taking a stand!

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