February 28, 2014 |
Listen up loners: A new study says having friends can make you smarter, at least if you're a baby cow. Researchers from the University of British Columbia found that young calves that live alone performed worse on tests of cognitive skill than calves that live with a buddy. On most dairy farms, calves are removed from their mothers soon after they are born and put in a pen or a hutch where they live alone for eight to 10 weeks while they wean. The practice developed to keep disease from spreading among susceptible baby cows.
February 19, 2014 |
An Idaho dairy responded Wednesday to an animal rights group's latest video showing the abuse of cows, saying the renewed attention is likely to spur more threats to its staff. "We are the ones who will pay for what happens to our animals," family-owned Bettencourt Dairies said in a statement. "Yet the things in this world that take place every day, who will stop that, the bullying of our child when he steps foot in the public school, he had nothing to do with this. " Mercy for Animals on Tuesday released a clip from 2012 of a worker, who was eventually sentenced to jail, sexually abusing a cow. The video is being used to help fight legislation in Idaho that would punish people who go undercover to film at farms.
February 18, 2014 |
Striking back at a proposed Idaho law that would ban undercover filming at farms, an animal rights group released video Tuesday of a dairy worker sexually abusing a cow. The graphic scene, recorded in 2012, was not initially released when Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals pushed authorities to investigate animal abuse at Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho. The original video showed about two minutes of lashings, beatings and stompings suffered by cows. The dairy quickly fired five people after that video was released and installed surveillance cameras throughout its facility.
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October 24, 2013 |
STEVINSON, Calif. - A leggy bridesmaid smoothed her Grecian-pleated dress and stuffed lipstick and two cigars into her cowboy boots. Over by the horses, the best man slipped a flask out of his vest and offered a mare a sip. The preacher was late, but everything else was on schedule for the sunset wedding at the Double T. The cows had been herded from the pasture to make room for cars, and the barn was hung with white lights and Mason jars....
October 24, 2013 |
Farms are having a moment. Which, if you've gone to any weddings recently, is not news to you. For many a bride, her big day takes place in a rustic barn with a “farmhouse chic” decor that includes mint juleps served in mason jars. The ambitious bride even sticks her bridesmaids in cowboy boots. “I never thought I'd see the day when … people would want country instead of country club for their wedding,” says Tony Azevedo, who turned his Central Valley farm into a wedding destination . Turns out, the trend-seeking urbanites are providing enough supplemental income to rescue dairy farmers from financial collapse.
October 13, 2013 |
We Americans like to think of ourselves as animal lovers. But is this claim true? One way to answer this question is to follow the money. According to government, industry and interest group stats, we spend about $50 billion on our pets annually and donate another $6 billion to animal-related and environmental charities. This sounds like a lot until you compare it to the amount we collectively devote to killing members of other species: $72 billion on hunting and fishing, $60 billion on animal research and $240 billion on meat, poultry and seafood.