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Free From Harm is a great resource for anyone curious about or already committed to animal rights. They write on lesser known news items, humane education, animal rights, and bring attention to the myths of "humane meat.

  • B12: A Magic Pill, or Veganism's Achilles Heel?
    In supplemental vitamin B12, we have something very like a magic pill against the unspeakable suffering and unnecessary execution of billions of animals every year. Yet because B12 is not produced by plants, it is often argued that vegan diets are “unnatural” and that ethical appeals to veganism are therefore unsound. ... READ ON (...more)
    11 Apr 2014 at 11:53am       

  • Eating Animals: Addressing Our Most Common Justifications
    We’ve heard them all before — the justifications people give for continuing to consume animal products even when faced with an abundance of plant-based food options. Here are some of the most common justifications for eating animals that vegans encounter … ... READ ON (...more)
    27 Mar 2014 at 5:17pm       

  • Ezra The Rooster: The Little Chicken Who Could!
    Everyone has been asking about Ezra the rooster! It's been more than two months since Ezra's life-saving rescue and emergency medical treatment at Niles Animal Hospital. As some of you know who have been following his story, Ezra the rooster lost his feet and a portion of one of his legs to gangrene and frostbite. For those of you who aren't familiar (...more)
    21 Mar 2014 at 5:16am       

  • Contamination and Cruelty in the Chicken Industry
    The National Chicken Council, which represents the U.S. chicken industry, has released its 2014 update of the NCC Animal Welfare Guidelines for the humane treatment of the nine billion chickens raised for meat each year in the United States. Rather than advancing animal welfare, these guidelines, first formulated in 1999, outline industry practices (...more)
    19 Mar 2014 at 3:07pm       

  • Farm Animals Take Center Stage in Zoe Weil's New TED Talk
    When we learned that humane education visionary Zoe Weil had recorded a new TED talk on farm animals, we couldn't wait to learn more about it. Watch her TED talk on farm animals here and then check out what she had to say to us about it. ... READ ON (...more)
    12 Mar 2014 at 7:25pm       

  • This Piglet's Miracle Rescue Story Will Make You Cry: Must See Video
    On February 20, Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania got a call about a piglet in need of a home. A week earlier, a humane police officer had responded to a citizen complaint about a situation of extreme animal neglect: two emaciated piglets who were being raised for "backyard meat" had been languishing for months in an uninsulated, (...more)
    11 Mar 2014 at 1:24pm       

  • Patrik Baboumian, World Record Strongman: My Strength Is My Compassion
    "Strength must build up, not destroy. It should outdo itself, not others who are weaker. Used without responsibility, it causes nothing but harm and death. I can lift the heaviest weights, but I can not take the responsibility off my shoulders. Because the way we use our strength defines our fate. What traces will I leave on my path into the future? (...more)
    7 Mar 2014 at 8:56pm       

  • Factory Farming vs. Alternative Farming: The Humane Hoax
    “Animal agriculture is a business making money on the bodies of other sentient beings. This can never be free of a fundamental insensitivity towards the victims of the industry's profits and a deep betrayal to the animals who depend on humans for care. In the same way that one cannot own humans and traffic their bodies for profit in a humane way, (...more)
    6 Mar 2014 at 5:50pm       

  • Fish Exploited for Food Suffer Like Mammals and Birds
    “The scientific literature is quite clear. Anatomically, physiologically and biologically, the pain system in fish is virtually the same as in birds and mammals…” — Dr Donald Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University Fish: the Most Misunderstood Animals in Our … ... READ ON (...more)
    3 Mar 2014 at 4:47pm       

  • Why Vegan? The Top Reasons
    Why Vegan? For the Animals 98% of our harm to animals can be attributed to our food choices. Yet, humans have no biological need to consume animal products; science confirms this. Therefore, when we have access to nutritious plant-based foods, … ... READ ON (...more)
    28 Feb 2014 at 8:34am       

  • Funny Animal Videos: Why Balancing Goats and Jazz Loving Cows Go Viral
    It seems we can't get enough of funny animal videos. Indeed, it would be difficult to calculate the collective hours of our lives lost to (enriched by?) footage of cats in boxes, parrots dancing, crows sledding, and dogs, well, dogs being dogs. We are endlessly fascinated by animals at play. But an unusual thing happens within the genre of funny animal (...more)
    25 Feb 2014 at 5:56am       

  • Chicken Rescue Alert: Give to Lucinda in Her Time of Need
    Please help us raise $750 for our Chicken Rescue Fund to cover Lucinda's medical care. Lucinda was the fragile little hen we rescued in the Summer of 2012 from the brink of starvation — with a severe beak deformity and infested with biting lice — who miraculously bounced back to health over the course of the months to follow and has been enjoying a (...more)
    18 Feb 2014 at 5:22pm       

  • Eggs: What Are You Really Eating?
    Why Do Hens Lay Unfertilized Eggs? Hens ovulate for the same reason female humans do: to reproduce. In chickens, the ovary is a cluster of developing ova, or yolks. Female human ovaries also contain developing eggs. In women, a mature … ... READ ON (...more)
    12 Feb 2014 at 1:18pm       

  • Chicken Behavior: An Overview of Recent Science
    A Revolution in Our Understanding of Chicken Behavior What we've learned about the avian brain and behavior in just the last 15 years contradicts hundreds of years of misinformed views about chickens and other birds. Much of what was previously … ... READ ON (...more)
    7 Feb 2014 at 6:09pm       

  • Vegan Activist Put To Shame By World's Happiest Cow
    This is a cow called Fiete. He was rescued from slaughter and lives on a sanctuary in Germany. Hearing him, I am ashamed because he says better in 30 seconds what I have been trying to say for over a decade as a vegan activist. How beautifully and how irrefutably he answers the question: "Why vegan?" But I have another question once you have listened (...more)
    28 Jan 2014 at 12:15pm       

  • Vegan Diets: Sorting Through the Nutritional Myths
    With investigations of cruel conditions on factory farms making headlines, and a growing body of research on the benefits of plant foods, vegan diets are looking good to many people. But, for most, it’s an unusual way of eating that … ... READ ON (...more)
    23 Jan 2014 at 10:50pm       

  • A Vegan Doctor Addresses Soy Myths and Misinformation
    Soy has long been recognized as a nutrient-dense food and as an excellent source of protein by respected dietitians and clinical nutritionists. The soybean contains all of the essential amino acids, as well as an impressive list of vitamins and minerals. Yet despite the powerful health benefits of whole soy foods, myths and misinformation regarding (...more)
    14 Jan 2014 at 12:56pm       

  • Ezra, the Chicken Who Survived the Most Unbelievable Odds, Needs You!
    Ezra is a strikingly handsome black rooster who was found in a cemetery by police after an eyewitness discovered him half-buried in the snow in front of a headstone. His legs were tightly bound with rope, to which had also been tied a small doll, ribbons, and a piece of fatty, raw meat. Ezra was likely the victim of a ritual sacrifice. ... READ ON (...more)
    10 Jan 2014 at 11:22am       

  • Then I Will Hold You In My Arms: A Must See Tribute to Animal Victims
    Mourning is a way of making connections, of establishing kinship, and of recognizing the vulnerability and finitude of the other. The protocols that refuse to recognize our mourning refuse all sorts of tangible, social intelligibility. Mourning is stitched to questions of what and who gets to count... ... READ ON (...more)
    6 Jan 2014 at 5:55am       

  • Esperanza: Story of a Rescued Broiler Chicken
    This 2-minute video features our latest rescue, Esperanza. Esperanza is a Cornish Rock hen raised for her flesh. We believe she escaped or fell of a transport truck on her way to the slaughterhouse and found herself stranded in a forest preserve where she was discovered, being chased and tormented by a cat on a cold winter day. Since we later learned (...more)
    3 Jan 2014 at 8:06am       

  • Empathy Does Not Discriminate
    At the heart of our friendship was empathy. Empathy is what allows us to cross boundaries, whether between “self' and “other” or “us” and “them.” Empathy is about understanding how the world looks from another living being's point of view, imagining how another is feeling, and wanting to alleviate another's distress or share in his or (...more)
    27 Dec 2013 at 1:24pm       

  • The Female Animal: Beyond What We Can Produce
    Farm animals were my friends. I shared secrets with them, told playful stories and felt a special bond with them. When I heard phrases like ‘spent hen' it meant their reproductive systems could no longer be exploited for eggs. They were worthless. Off with their heads. When cows were unable to have calves they became hamburger. They had been ‘milked (...more)
    26 Dec 2013 at 9:04pm       

  • Bacon: A Day In The Life
    Many people have by now seen the horrifying footage from Tyson Pork that Mercy for Animals released earlier this year. And while it's certainly the case that farms exist where pigs are not maliciously beaten, body-slammed, and burned, the truth is that virtually all pigs raised for meat are subjected to excruciating mutilations without anesthesia (...more)
    18 Dec 2013 at 4:49am       

  • 10 Reasons To Say NO To Animal Gifting Hunger Relief Organizations
    During the holiday gift-giving season, a popular choice for gift-donations are programs that send live farm animals as "gifts" to help alleviate hunger and poverty in low-income countries. A Well Fed World examine the flaws in concept and practice with animal-gifting groups in general, and with Heifer International in particular (since they are the (...more)
    10 Dec 2013 at 2:07pm       

  • Help Us Hire Writer/Editor and Social Media Coordinator Ashley Capps!
    We'd like to take a moment to zero in on the most powerful way you can help us grow in 2014: help us hire Ashley Capps as our full-time writer, researcher, editor and social media coordinator. Ashley's recent work for Free from Harm has brought a record volume of traffic to our website, resulting in more than one million additional visitors in the last (...more)
    6 Dec 2013 at 4:12pm       

  • Farmed Fish: 9 Things Everyone Should Know
    The aquaculture industry is like a whale on steroids, growing faster than any other animal agriculture segment and now accounting for half the fish eaten in the U.S. As commercial fishing operations continue to strip the world's oceans of life, with one-third of fishing stocks collapsed and the rest headed there by mid-century, fish farming is (...more)
    4 Dec 2013 at 1:33pm       

  • Burning Pig Effigy Protests Factory Farm on Former Nazi Camp
    November 17th in Prague, an effigy of a burning pig was paraded down the street to protest a pig factory farm in Lety on the site of a former Nazi concentration camp. The occasion was the Czech state holiday called the Slave of Race (Otrokem Rasy). The spectacle suggests that the pigs are viewed — not as innocent victims of another atrocity — but, callously, (...more)
    25 Nov 2013 at 5:12pm       

  • Bikini Turkeys and Prostitute Chickens: The Sexualized Death Wish
    This short video piece featuring Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, provides a very powerful snapshot of how chickens and turkeys are sexualized by popular culture, linking the oppression of women and animals, and exposing the cultural myth that animals want to be consumed in the same manner that women want to be exploited and used (...more)
    21 Nov 2013 at 5:27pm       

  • The Chicken Who Lays Bottles of Beer
    Using animals in advertising today is still pervasive. The more outrageous, the better the ratings. Animals are typically humiliated, denigrated and made a laughing stock. This one from Andes Wines, uses a female hen who magically lays bottles of beer much to everyone's surprise. ... READ ON (...more)
    19 Nov 2013 at 7:30am       

  • NBA Star John Salley on Turkey Free Thanksgiving And Why He's a Vegan
    4 Time NBA Champion John Salley originally went vegetarian for health reasons. Now a committed vegan and animal rights activist, here he dishes on vegan Thanksgiving, why eating animals "isn't sexy," and why he thinks everyone should be vegan. ... READ ON (...more)
    17 Nov 2013 at 7:14pm       

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