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Talking Pigs
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There are infinite sensory differences between a high-welfare pig farm and a factory pig farm. At a factory farm, smell is the most shocking. The pungent smell of biodegrading faeces is hard to appreciate until it actually invades your nostrils. The sight of a factory farm is a more obvious sensory experience, with the light-deprived… continue reading

News digest 01.07.16
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Second American patient found with superbug resistant to antibiotics of last resort A second American patient has been infected with a superbug that is highly resistant to antibiotics of last resort, scientists announced. China’s new dietary guidelines could lead to a 50% drop in meat consumption In recent years, more and more information has been… continue reading

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The recent spotlight on pigs as potential harvest for organs has got me thinking about the ways in which our curly tailed friends are similar to us. So here are 5 ways that pigs can be compared to humans and, hopefully, altogether reason not to subject them to the kind of maltreatment experienced in factory… continue reading

News digest 02.06.16
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Superbug resistant to ‘antibiotic of last resort’ found in US ‘It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics’ The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S. For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics… continue reading

News digest 17.05.16
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Leslie Ash talks about MRSA struggle Leslie Ash was the guest on Loose Women today. She was discussing her struggle to regain her health after contracting the MRSA superbug in hospital in 2004. Overuse of antibiotics in pig factory farming causing antibiotic resistant superbugs in humans, campaigners warn Research suggests pig factories may heavily use… continue reading

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I’ve just walked back in from tending our pastured pigs.  The complete process, including rotating them to new pasture, takes about 30 minutes.  During that time I’ve watched purple martins dip and roll through the sky.  Listened to red winged blackbirds and western meadowlarks sing, and  heard woodpeckers tap, tap, tapping their way through the… continue reading

News digest 17.04.16
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Ministers abandon plan to scrap farm animal welfare codes Defra confirms U-turn after outcry over move to repeal legislation and put industry in charge of guidance on chicken farming Plans to change animal welfare codes abandoned by government The government has abandoned a controversial plan to repeal animal welfare codes. Antibiotic resistance genes increasing Results… continue reading

News digest 05.04.16
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Petition: The repeal of the code on farming chickens for meat + farming should be debated The Government plans to scrap the code on farming chickens for meat and breeding. Animal welfare guidance to be scrapped by Conservative ministers Labour says move would ‘endanger Britain’s proud tradition as a country that stands up for animal… continue reading