Dozens of entire school districts across the country launched meatless days in 2015, including some of the nation's largest-like Dallas and Fort Worth schools. And giant food service companies, like Compass Group, the world's largest food service company, launched a plant-based dining station for its education and business accounts. Whether out of concern for health, animals, or like the Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, the drought, more and more people are putting more plant-based meals on their plates.
At The Humane Society of the United States, we advocate for compassionate eating - or the three Rs: "reducing" or "replacing" consumption of animal products, and "refining" our diets by choosing products from sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards.
4) Ding dong, the ag-gag bills are dead
The HSUS, with the help of a coalition of other organizations, led the defeat of legislation designed to hide the activities of factory farms and keep the public in the dark about the welfare of animals raised for food. These and other bad bills for farm animals failed to pass in Missouri, Washington, Colorado, Arizona, Kentucky, Montana and Arkansas. In Arizona, the governor issued his first-ever veto (on any topic), quashing the bill which would have removed farm animals from the state's animal cruelty code and prevented investigators from exposing food safety issues and animal abuses on factory farms. The undercover investigations that these efforts try to criminalize are important vehicles to help protect farm animals. Whistleblowing employees and undercover investigations have repeatedly exposed unsafe working conditions, animal abuse, environmental problems, and food safety risks at factory farms. Yet rather than clean up its act, agribusiness instead has sought to pass bills to punish those who seek to expose the abuses.