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Investigation Reveals Tyson Chickens Cruelly Crushed, Bludgeoned and Impaled

Tyson, the largest poultry producer in the United States, has been exposed for torture of chickens yet again. New footage of a Tyson supplier captured by an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing (COK) reveals workers impaling live chicks with nails attached to pipes, throwing birds around, running over and killing birds with a forklift, and throwing sick birds into buckets of dead ones to painfully die themselves. The video also shows leg deformities suffered by many of the birds, who are morbidly obese due to genetic engineering that makes them grow to full size within 45 days of...

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Instagram Launches New Alert System to Stop Cruel Wildlife Selfies

Instagram has created a pop-up screen with a warning for those who search for hashtags associated with wild animal selfies: “Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts are not allowed on Instagram.” If users want to learn more, they can follow a link to the World Animal Protection (WAP) “Wildlife Selfie Code” site, which provides information on why wild animal selfies are not okay. “With its community of over 800 million users, Instagram has the platform to change the conversation around the use of animals as photo props,” said Cassandra Koenen, head of wildlife campaigns at WAP. “We are encouraged...

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Tax Bill Set to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Development

The GOP-backed tax bill inching closer to becoming law contains a provision that would open up an environmentally sensitive part of the Alaskan tundra for oil drilling. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) spans more than 19 million acres and is one of the last untouched ecosystems in the United States. It is home to over 200 varieties of migratory birds, 30 species of land mammals, and 40 species of fish, and is the only U.S. refuge where polar bears live. Other notable residents include walruses, beluga whales and snowy owls. The land is also the main calving grounds for North America’s largest caribou...

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Revelry and Revelation at Circle V Music and Food Fest

Let there be no doubt: vegans know how to party. And party they did at the 2nd annual Circle V, held Saturday at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. Musicians Moby and Tony Kanal teamed up with Spaceland Presents and Mercy for Animals to produce the compassion-minded festival, which melded music and ideology into one joyous event. Any good party starts with great food, of course, and the plant-based vittles here were pure delight. Savory eats from local favorites like (Moby’s own) Little Pine, Mama’s International Tamales, Señoreata, Veganics, Alpha Foods and Pizzanista accompanied the sweetest treats from Madame Shugah, Donut...

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Keystone Pipeline Leaks Biggest Oil Spill in South Dakota’s History

Early Thursday morning, an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota. It was the largest spill in the state’s history and ranks in the top twenty oil spills in the United States since 2010. The oil leak happened close to the North Dakota border, about 30 miles from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Lake Traverse Indian Reservation. The environmental impacts of the spill are still under investigation, but its magnitude has caused dire concern with the local Native American community. A South Dakota environmental official played down the leak, claiming it was not substantial and that since...

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Monkey Trapped Between Two Buildings for 25 Years Finally Living the Life He Deserves

In April of 2016, Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand rescued a monkey in Bangkok who had been trapped in a filthy cage between two buildings for 25 years. The macaque, named Joe, was kept among trash, feces, and rats, and had such severe muscle atrophy that he was barely able to move. “We were surprised that Joe managed to survive for 25 years in such hideous conditions,” Tom Taylor, manager of WWFT, told Lady Freethinker. “He was underweight and his ability to climb was not great, due to his movement being restricted to the small cage he was locked in,...

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Horrifying Undercover Video Shows Sloth Felled From 100-Foot-Tree and Sold for Selfies

He may look like he’s smiling, but don’t let his natural face markings fool you into thinking he’s in any way happy. In a video captured by World Animal Protection, illegal loggers in the Amazon can be seen cutting down a 100-foot tree. At the top is a confused, terrified sloth clinging for life — whom they’ll later sell into captivity for just $13. After miraculously surviving the fall, the sloth is bagged up and taken to be sold for tourist entertainment in the Belén market, a shantytown notorious for selling exotic items and wildlife, just outside of Iquitos,...

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Bias Against Girls Begins as Young as 4th Grade, Says New Survey

On October 11 of this year, the world celebrated the international Day of the Girl. This holiday was officially declared on October 11, 2011, when the United Nations launched its mission to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Throughout history, girls and women have experienced oppression and inequality, and although in recent decades significant improvements have been made in how we perceive and receive the concept of independent womanhood, the stereotypical expectations of the female continue in the minds of youth and...

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