are not unique to the human species. Among the many residents at Mindy’s sanctuary is arescued duck named Wuddles and his bestfriend Onyx, a chicken. Since the ﬁrst day Wuddles and Onyx met they have been abonded pair. Spending nearly every momenttogether, Wuddles and Onyx sleep, eat, drink,play, and enjoy their afternoons and eveningsside-by-side. Where you see Wuddles, Onyx isnot far behind. Though it might be an inconvenient truth,all animals — not just those society views ascompanions, cute, or intriguing — experiencethe joys and pains of life. Great or small,endangered or abundant, purebreds or “mutts,”useful or “nuisances” — no matter how similaror different from us they might be — eachanimal deserves to live his or her life free of cruelty and exploitation. Through the barrier-breaking work of animal behaviorists and ethologists such as Jane Goodall, Marc Beckoff, and JonathanBalcombe, we are only now beginning to gaina more meaningful view of the world throughthe eyes of our fellow earthlings. And as oursocietal understanding and respect for animalsgrows, so too does our moral responsibility toprotect them. We must begin to bring our daily actions into line with the nearly universal values we all share, such as the Golden Rule — treatothers as you’d like to be treated. As Harriet Beecher Stowe once proclaimed,“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best peoplehave always done.” Choosing to honor andrespect animals by embracing a vegetarianlifestyle is not only a powerful boycott of crueland exploitive industries, but also a statement of ethics, justice, and liberation for the oppressed. Thankfully, recent years have yieldedunprecedented growth in the vegetarian market — yet another sign of society’s evolutiontoward a more peaceful and enlightened time.Industries that proﬁt from the blood and fearof animals are running on borrowed time. Asa growing number of Americans awaken to thecruel truth lurking behind every burger, hotdog, nugget, and omelet, we stride closer andcloser to the day when all beings are treated with the respect and dignity they so rightly deserve.Nathan RunkleExecutive Director
Not only do consumers have to be concerned with thepossibility that all those chickens and turkeys they eatmight be contaminated, but also if poultry are spreading an antibiotic-resistant
strain to workers.U.S. poultry workers are 32 times more likely to carry
bacteria resistant to the commonly used antibiotic,gentamicin, than others outside the poultry industry,according to a recent study conducted by researchers atthe Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Researchers note that as food animal production shiftedfrom the independent farmer to large-scale, industrializedoperations, the use of antimicrobials in feeds intendedto stimulate growth has increased. Currently 16 differentantimicrobial drugs are approved for use in U.S. poultry production with gentamicin reported to be the most widely used. While drug-resistant bacteria, such as
, are commonin the industrial broiler chicken environment, this is theﬁrst U.S. research to show exposure occurring at a highlevel among industrial poultry workers.
You Don’t Want to Get to the Headof this ClassWhich Came First? The Chicken orthe Infected Poultry Worker?
C o m p a s s i o n a t e L i v i n g
Derek CoonsMaureen JacobSangeeta KumarAmy MacKenzieBrooke MaysNathan RunklePriya ShankerAnya Todd R.D.Freeman Wicklund
Mercy For Animals (MFA) isa 501(c)(3) non-proﬁt animaladvocacy organization thatbelieves non-human animals areirreplaceable individuals who havemorally signiﬁcant interests andhence rights, including the right tolive free of unnecessary suffering.MFA is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of allanimals.Given that over 97% of animalcruelty occurs in the production of meat, dairy, and eggs, MFA’s mainfunction is promoting a vegetariandiet. MFA works to be a voice foranimals through public educationand advertisement campaigns,research and investigations, working with news media, and grassrootsactivism.MFA relies on the generous supportof compassionate individuals tocarry on our life-saving work. Tobecome a member, simply send acontribution of $15 to:Mercy For Animals3712 N. Broadway, Ste. 560Chicago, IL 606131-866-632-6446Info@MercyForAnimals.org Thank you for your commitment tomaking the world a kinder and morecompassionate place for all beings.
This issue of
isﬁlled with uplifting, inspiring, and downrightenjoyable cruelty-free lifestyle tips and thought-provoking info. These pages are packed withrecipes for tantalizing treats, an inspiring interview with
Striking at the Roots
author Mark Hawthorn, and answers to your vegan healthquestions by resident dietitian Anya Todd.In our cover story, you will join a Mercy For Animals undercover investigator as he goesdown the cage aisles of one of the nation’slargest egg producers. Through his daily diary entries and images taken with hidden camera,you will get an eye-opening tour of an egg megafarm — where the true cost of producing cheap eggs becomes painfully clear. As this story yet again illustrates, each time we send investigators into factory farms orslaughterhouses they emerge with heartbreaking evidence of egregious cruelty. Far from being the bad apples of the industry, such appalling conditions are standard practice. Currentfarming systems view and treat animals as merecogs in an out-of-control industrial machine,driven by the bottom line of increasing proﬁts. When corporate representatives from thenation’s agribusiness industries look at cows,pigs, and chickens they see preprocessedproducts - mere meat, egg and dairy producing machines. When we look into the eyes of animals wesee individuals with their own personalities,needs, interests, stories, families, and desires.Quite simply, “modern” farmers’ outdated,callous, and convenience-motivated view of animals — which enables such abuse to occur — is simply out of step with those held by themajority of Americans.Mindy Mallet, a life-long animal protector andfounder of Sunrise Sanctuary, a safe haven forabused and abandoned farmed animals, knowsall too well that lifelong bonds and friendships
More Tofu Please!
According to a recent investigation there’s a new subclass emerging inthe Carolinas: a disturbing subclass of Latino workers with few, if any,rights. A team of reporters and editors from
The Charlotte Observer
spent22 months interviewing more than 200 poultry workers throughoutthe Southeast and analyzing industry documents. Their investigationsoon led them to focus on one of the largest Carolinas-based poultry producers, House of Raeford. According to the investigative series titled
The Cruelest Cuts: TheHuman Cost of Bringing Poultry to Your Table,
journalists focusedlargely on workplace conditions at the House of Raeford and foundits plants have been cited for 130 serious workplace violations since2000. Slaughterhouse workers’ requests for medical care for seriousinjuries such as broken bones and carpal tunnel syndrome were oftendismissed by the plant because it would cost the company money.Illegal immigrants often take the least desirable jobs, earning low wages, because those jobs lift them and their families from the poverty they left behind in their homelands. As a group, they are forced by circumstances to be compliant, ever-conscious that one complaintcould lead to their ﬁring, arrest, or deportation.
Want Some Chicken With that Arsenic?
That’s one of the new food products being offeredunder a major overhaul of the Women, Infants andChildren program. But primarily, the AgricultureDepartment wants more fruits, vegetables and wholegrains on the plates of poor women and children, andless milk, cheese, and eggs. The Department calls the change the ﬁrst majorrevision of the program in 30 years. The programserves about eight million people.Products such as tofu, soy beverages, tortillasand brown rice are being offered as alternativesto meet the demands of more culturally diversepopulations. Anti-hunger advocates praised the changes. Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and ActionCenter, said the increased number of vegan foodoptions will reduce obesity and “help nutritionally vulnerable children form healthy eating habitsfrom an early age.” A chicken feed additive containing arsenic and usedto produce pinker, bigger-breasted birds could causehuman disease, according to a study headed by aDuquesne University researcher. The study is the ﬁrst to link a human health risk tothe feed additive that has been widely used since the1960s by commercial chicken producers.Dr. Partha Basu, the study’s lead author, saidlaboratory analysis revealed that the antibiotic arseniccompound roxarsone, which promotes the growth of blood vessels in chickens to produce pinkermeat, does the same in human cell lines
a critical ﬁrststep in many human diseases, including cancer. Although the effect of roxarsone on those who eat chickenis still undetermined, Dr. Basu said, chicken-farm workersare likely at risk because they could inhale dust containing arsenic from feed and waste. About 70% of the 9 billionchickens raised annually nationwide eat feed containing theadditive, which also is used in turkey and pig feed.Chronic exposure to inorganic arsenic has been linkedto cancer, heart disease, diabetes and declines in brainfunctions.