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TrustHouse foodservice provider joins gestation-stall ban

On Thursday, another food company added its name to the growing list of those committing to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply. TrustHouse Services Group, based in Charlotte, N.C., made the announcement in a joint forum with the Humane Society of the United States. FULL STORY »

HSUS and SumOfUs join to take on Tyson and gestation stalls

On Wednesday, the consumer advocacy organization SumOfUs joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to pressure Tyson Foods to eliminate the use of gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply chain. The effort included a petition involving 250,000 messages. FULL STORY »

Christensen Farms responds to MFA video

Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. released a statement on Wednesday regarding an undercover video shot on one of its production sites by Mercy for Animals (MFA). “The Company is committed to utilizing best practices supported by scientific research to promote good individual animal health,” it said. FULL STORY »

Kmart added to gestation crate list

Sears Holdings announced today that the company will begin informing suppliers of a new policy statement regarding the use of gestation-sow stalls. The company did not include a timeline, but the growing target from other food companies is 2022. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins head south

Pork producer profit margins for farrow-to-finish systems averaged $27.68 per head for the week ending July 13. That’s down $7.74 per head from the previous week, but $7.10 per head higher than for the same period in 2011. FULL STORY »

MPPA supports Christensen Farms

“Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) and our members take seriously the ethical responsibility to provide pigs with proper care.” said Executive Director David Preisler, in response to an undercover video taken at a Christensen Farms' site. FULL STORY »

Animal Care Panel reviews MFA undercover video

The Animal Care Review Panel, a panel of animal well-being experts, created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has completed a review of a 4:14-minute video clip posted on the Internet on July 16. Here's their assessment. FULL STORY »

Gestation crate pressure builds; Costco buckles

The pork sector was abuzz late on Tuesday with hints of a Mercy for Animals (MFA) undercover video focusing on pork production, along with a campaign to pressure two major retailers to abandon pork suppliers that could be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Heinz embraces gestation-stall-free pork

H.J. Heinz Company, best known for ketchup but which has a variety of food products, is the latest company to announce that it will focus on doing business with pork suppliers who are not associated with gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

House farm bill addresses animal housing laws

Amidst the late-night wrangling that took place during the House Agriculture Committee’s final vote on its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, was an amendment presented by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, regarding interstate commerce and farm-animal housing standards. FULL STORY »

Missouri governor signs undercover video bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed SB: 631, which among other things included a provision to penalize individuals who take undercover videos showing animal abuse and fail to turn it over to authorities within 24 hours. FULL STORY »

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