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Three Insights from Uncaged

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In this blog entry, Ben Davidow, author of “Uncaged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Farm Animal Advocacy” shares three key insights from his book. His piece touches on the importance of making modest requests while focusing on the highest-impact foods, ensuring a two-way conversation during outreach, and taking a data-driven approach to ensure the most effective farmed animal advocacy.



Heat Stress: A Major Contributor to Poor Animal Welfare Associated with Long-Haul Live Export Voyages

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Australia is the world's largest exporter of sheep and cattle, exporting millions of animals to Asia and the Middle East each year, during which the animals are frequently subjected to severe heat stress. While the live export industry has generated a computer model that purports to assess the risk of heat stress, details of this model are not available for independent scientific scrutiny. This paper, authored by veterinarians, discusses ways of measuring heat stress and suggests that the industry model may not adequately protect animals from poor welfare.

Size Matters: Animal Size, Contributory Causation, and Ethical Vegetarianism

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Animals used for food differ substantially in their size and as such a greater number of smaller animals (e.g., chickens) are slaughtered for food than larger animals (e.g., cows). This article makes the case for why animal size is an important consideration in moral evaluations of killing animals for food, particularly from a utilitarian perspective.




HRC’s Readability Study in Use in the Movement

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HRC’s readability study uncovered that key vegan advocacy materials are written at a reading level beyond what the average U.S. adult can comprehend. In response, HRC recommended that vegan literature targeted toward the general population be written at a 7th or 8th grade level. Following this recommendation, the Animal Rights Coalition redesigned their speciesism brochure to ensure its important message was easily understood.



Animal Welfare: An Animal Science Approach

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This paper reviews farmed animal welfare issues from a scientific perspective and considers ways in which they can be addressed, based on findings from existing research.






Health Professionals’ Roles in Animal Agriculture, Climate Change, and Human Health

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This paper discusses the environmental and human health impacts of the global increase in consumption of animal products and the associated intensification of livestock farming practices. The paper is authored by four physicians and highlights the role that healthcare professionals can play in promoting healthier diets and reversing the trend towards greater livestock production.



Public Views of the Benefits and Barriers to the Consumption of a Plant-Based Diet

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The perceived benefits and barriers to the adoption of a plant-based diet (characterized by a high prevalence of fresh/minimally processed plant foods and a decreased consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy) were explored in this study. The results showed the main barrier was a lack of information about the diet, while the main benefit was health-related. The authors also found demographic differences in the perception of the pros and cons of consuming such a diet.


The Ghosts In Our Machine as a Tool for Advocacy

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The Ghosts In Our Machine is a film constructed around photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, whose work captures the human-made dilemma in which animals find themselves. The documentary follows Jo-Anne in her work as a photojournalist as well as in the process of putting together her first book. This review examines the qualities that might make this film a useful tool for animal advocacy.



Nutrient Profiles of Vegetarian and Nonvegetarian Dietary Patterns

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Differences in nutrient intake between nonvegetarians and vegetarians (semi-vegetarians, pesco vegetarians, lacto-ovo vegetarians, and strict vegetarians) were examined in this study using a food frequency questionnaire. The results showed that nutrient intake varied noticeably among the dietary patterns in a variety of ways (intake of beta carotene, fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, and plant proteins, as well as energy intake and BMI).



Meat Alternatives - US - June 2013

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Consumer market research group Mintel conducted a study on the use of meat alternatives in the U.S. in 2013. Topics covered include: market size and growth, motives for consumption, leading brands and types of alternatives, consumption patterns, and demographics. Advocates will find a wealth of information in this report that may be useful in tailoring materials to both prospective vegetarians and meat reducers.



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