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Butterball Abuse

Less than a year after a Mercy for Animals (MFA) undercover investigation into a Butterball turkey facility that led to five workers being charged with criminal cruelty to animals, a new investigation shows that animal abuse continues to run rampant at Butterball factory farms. MFA documented the abuse at several Butterball operations in North Carolina last month. It shows workers kicking and stomping on birds and dragging them by their fragile wings and necks.

These birds suffer from serious, untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, and broken bones. Butterball has launched an internal investigation, and has already suspended some employees, since the recent allegations came to light.

To view the investigative video, click here.

New Food and Water Water Watch Report Explains Why Fracking for Oil and Gas will not Deliver U.S. Energy, Security, and Independence

A new report by the national consumer advocacy organization, Food & Water Watch, provides argumentative evidence against the industrial oil and gas claim, that fracking and drilling for natural gas and tight oil will deliver U.S. energy security. The report reveals that the Department of Energy has received 19 proposals to export liquefied natural gas, projects which, if approved, would allow the oil and gas industry to sell huge amounts of natural gas overseas, and as pointed out by Food & Water Watch Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter, “The gas will go wherever it can fetch the highest price—and right now that’s not the United States.”

According to the report, the industry is also misrepresenting U.S. natural gas and tight oil supplies. Its claims rely on uncertain estimates of shale gas resources and on allowing the oil and gas industry to drill not just throughout the Marcellus Shale and other shale plays, but also all along the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts. As for tight oil, Food & Water Watch argues that no amount of conceivable production will lower the prices American consumers are paying at the pump, because the price of oil is set on a global market.

Reduced oil consumption is the only way to protect the American economy from the consequences of increased global demand for oil, as conventional supplies decline.

To read the full report, click here.

About Bhavani Jaroff

Bhavani Jaroff is a Natural Foods Chef, Educator, Radio Host, and Food Activist. She has over thirty years experience cooking healthy, fresh organic food. Read More


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