Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.
Dallas-based Brinker International has joined a growing list of restaurants that have pledged to improve conditions for pigs in their supply chain. The group owns Chili's, which is responsible for 1,500 casual restaurants known for their baby back ribs. The new policy also applies to Maggiano's and ... More >>
An article in Audubon Magazine regarding truth in labeling has me a little flustered. It points out that the labels that pepper our groceries with messages of good tidings and well being are mostly bullshit. It also implies that specific terms such as cruelty free, cage free and environmentally fri ... More >>
Confining sows in small gestation crates has come under great scrutiny lately. Major companies like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and most recently the nation's second largest grocery chain, Safeway, have announced a phase-out of pork supplied by farms that use gestation crates. However, recent ... More >>
Last November we reported that Smithfield, the world's top pork producer, had recommitted to phasing out gestation-crate confinement at all of its facilities by 2017. Soon they could have incentive phase the questionable practice out more quickly. McDonald's announced yesterday a new initiat ... More >>
With the city overrun with strays, Dallas' animal rescuers want to save dogs from cruelty and neglect. But some need to be saved from themselves.
The Humane Society of the United StatesA few weeks back we told you (reminded you, really) about the evils of McDonald's pork supplier, Smithfield Foods. The Humane Society was roasting the commercial pig factory for its use of gestation crates, noted for their impossibly small size and gener ... More >>
Be nice to her before you fry her delicious parts.McDonald's is closing out its second week of McRib season, giving the Atlantic a hook to ponder the evils of its pork supplier, Smithfield Foods. The article points out that in the midst of Smithfield's increased welfare practices intended to ... More >>
Mark GrahamLieutenant Scott Walton, interim division manager at Dallas Animal ServicesThe myriad issues with the Dallas Animal Services have been well chronicled, especially in our January cover story on the shelter, which described the conflicting mindsets there thusly: "The old dog catcher ment ... More >>
From our slideshow hereOn Friday, Assistant City Manager Forest Turner -- to whom I spoke for last week's cover story about cruelty, cronyism and incompetence at Dallas Animal Services -- sent out a memo to city council members updating them on progress made at DAS with regard to the Humane Socie ... More >>
Late Saturday, the Dallas Police Department sent word that, along with the Humane Society of the United States, it broke up an enormous cockfighting operation in Southeast Dallas. As it turns out, The Texas Tribune's cameras accompanied DPD during the bust, which resulted in only a few arrests -- ... More >>
Via, a patent for "non-lethal cockfighting"The Dallas Police Department sends word this evening: The Humane Society of the United States shot some undercover video of what sounds like a mammoth cockfighting operation in Southeast Dallas -- where, the release says, "cruel cockfights were reportedl ... More >>
Photos by Andrea GrimesThe newly banded wrists of a few DAS employees: "Compassion" is the new name of the game.I stopped by Dallas Animal Services over on Westmoreland Road this afternoon to check out the facilities in anticipation of the long-awaited and long-delayed Humane Society of the Unite ... More >>
Patrick FaricyThis week's feature story, Down on the Farm chronicles an increasingly heated national battle over "factory-farmed" food. On one side: a phalanx of corporation- and family-owned farms across the country. On the other: the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States.C ... More >>
Courtesy the SPCA of TexasTwo of the 350 dogs rescued from an Arkansas puppy mill this week; they will be up for adoption in coming days.Yesterday, the SPCA of Texas began transferring to McKinney 150 dogs seized from a Paris, Arkansas, puppy mill. In all, some 400 animals -- including miniature pon ... More >>
Tomorrow up in Plano, animal-rights activists are scheduled to bark at Petland, which is being accused of selling dogs bred in puppy mills. The exact location's 340 Coit Road near the Bush Turnpike, if you're in the area and wondering about the barking. (No word about plans for the Preston Forest lo ... More >>
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