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Do you lie awake wondering what to do with your hens when they quit laying eggs? You can sleep sound tonight because we just found out about the British Hen Welfare Trust.
That's where old hens go to scratch out their days under the protection of Jane Howorth, who founded the Trust nine years ago and which has adopted out more than 400,000 hens.
And don't get any ideas about adopting a few of these hens to become the main course at your summer barbeque. The hens aren't just handed out to adoptive parents like prizes at a county fair, there's a screening process. However, Howorth admits the growing number of birds up for adoption means she's had to drop the home-visits with applicants. Whew!
A proposed GMO-labeling law in California "caters to a scare campaign that is not based on solid evidence." Those aren't our words – they're from the editorial board of The Los Angeles Times. We've been saying the science doesn't support mandatory labeling, and now the nation's fourth largest newspaper by circulation (653,000) agrees. "The scientific evidence on genetically engineered food, which has been around for two decades, indicates that it is as safe for human consumption as any other food." Labeling laws, The Times says, "should be based on facts, not fear."
Two Australian ships loaded with 32,000 Angus steers are on a 23-day voyage to the Black Sea. It's a $40 million cargo, and the export manager for Livestock Shipping Services (LLS) says the company is in negotiations for future contracts. The current shipment is the first of feeder cattle to Europe under the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), which makes the exporter responsible for animal welfare up to and including the point of slaughter. The Australians say 50,000 to 100,000 Aussie cattle could be shipped to Russia this year.
Why are cows awesome? Lindsey Robertson from BuzzFeed counts the ways – in photos.
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