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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.

  • Why Did This Video of a Pig Eating Salad Get 350,000 Views?
    With his pointy pink head, roving nose disk, and impeccable table manners, this little pig eating a salad has won the hearts of hundreds of thousands of viewers. Followed by a video of piglet "processing" on a small farm, this juxtaposition offers a glimpse into the difference between sharing a meal with a pig, and turning a pig into a meal. Continue (...more)
    15 Oct 2014 at 2:39am       

  • The Christian Basis for Veganism
    Despite general acceptance of the ethos of domination within Western Christianity, the fact remains that when all scriptural passages pertaining to animal welfare are viewed within the larger context of the Christian message of grace, atonement, and mercy developed throughout the Bible, there exists an even stronger argument that promotes the humane (...more)
    1 Oct 2014 at 4:16pm       

  • Dog Branding Shines Light on Bigger Picture of Animal Cruelty
    The recent news story of a dog in Kentucky named Felicity, who was found tied to a post and branded with a profanity, sparked an outpouring of empathy as well as outrage and indignation for the perpetrators. The local Humane Society in Lexington has raised money from many donors in honor of her rescue, and a vet even volunteered to perform plastic surgery (...more)
    24 Sep 2014 at 11:45am       

  • Vegan Eggs: Incredible Vegan Versions of Every Egg Dish
    From fluffy omelets to sunny side ups, from savory quiche to crème brûlée, our guide to "vegan eggs" showcases incredible recipe creations that prove it's easy and delicious to veganize your favorite egg dishes. Amazing photos, plus vegan baking tips! Continue reading → (...more)
    17 Sep 2014 at 12:34pm       

  • 17 Chicken Facts the Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
    Our well-researched fact sheet on chickens bred for meat is intended as a snapshot of the most common conditions and practices in modern poultry farming. It serves as an ideal introduction to those who have little prior knowledge of the subject as well as a go-to page for animal advocates who need a concise educational resource for use with the general (...more)
    28 Aug 2014 at 9:02pm       

  • The Vegan Bacon That Meat-Loving Foodies Can't Get Enough Of: Recipe Included!
    I used to be every vegan's worst nightmare: a bacon-obsessed foodie. Now I'm still a bacon-obsessed foodie, but I'm also a vegan. And while I would have been willing and able to forego the taste of bacon, that doesn't mean I wouldn't have missed it. Fortunately, thanks to this genius vegan bacon recipe, I can have my bacon and keep my values. Continue (...more)
    25 Aug 2014 at 10:52am       

  • Animal Slavery and Other Comparisons: Who Should Be Offended?
    Some people seem to cringe at calling framed animals slaves, And even though animal slavery is different than human slavery in a number of ways, how is animal slavery not a form of slavery? Are not animals legal property — literally? Are not animals literally bought and sold? Is not farmed and captive animal reproduction forcefully controlled through (...more)
    23 Aug 2014 at 2:46am       

  • Killing Animals: Justified By Imaginary Solutions to Suffering?
    The following is a response to the recent NY Times opinion piece by Rhys Southan, “The Enigma of Animal Suffering,” in which he concludes: “Exploitation is harmful only when the exploited are able to notice it and resent it.” Some … Continue reading → (...more)
    20 Aug 2014 at 1:26pm       

  • Pasture Raised Eggs: the Humane, Sustainable Fiction
    In a recent article in Civil Eats by author Brie Mazurek, a pasture-based chicken farmer named Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm in Dixon, California gets a chance to puff up his more humane vision for egg farming. His solution? For one thing, in response to his customers' frequent concerns over the killing of male chicks at the hatcheries which supply nearly (...more)
    13 Aug 2014 at 8:47pm       

  • Just Because You've Had Enough Doesn't Mean You Wanted Too Much
    What would the world be like if everyone looked inside a slaughterhouse truck for 2 minutes? See and share these remarkable acts of bearing witness. Continue reading → (...more)
    10 Aug 2014 at 6:31pm       

  • The Secret Life of Poultry Products
    In this gripping account of the lives of chickens raised for meat, Karen Davis connects the appalling physical environments in which these birds are raised and the pathogens that contaminate their bodies (that become food for human consumption) with the emotional and spiritual qualities that we fill ourselves with when we consume those bodies. Continue (...more)
    7 Aug 2014 at 9:50pm       

  • Animal Agriculture
    Of all the non human animals exploited by humans, 99.7% are animals are the "resources" used by animal agriculture. The remaining .3% consists of all of the others, according to Animal Charity Navigators research. This page is a gateway into exploring the business of animal agriculture, its norms and practices, and its use and treatment of farmed animals. (...more)
    31 Jul 2014 at 7:00am       

  • 10 Dairy Facts the Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
    Our dairy fact sheet is intended as a well-researched snapshot of the dairy industry, highlighting little-known, shocking and abusive standards of animal handling and use that even the vast majority of so-called "high welfare" and "humane" farms practice. If you are an animal advocate, consider this your go-to page for introducing the public to the (...more)
    30 Jul 2014 at 8:25pm       

  • 12 Egg Facts the Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
    Our fact sheet is intended as a well-researched "snapshot" of the egg industry, highlighting little-known, shocking and abusive standards of animal handling and use that even the vast majority of so-called "high welfare" and "humane" farms practices as well. If you are an animal advocate, consider this your "go-to" page for introducing the public to (...more)
    29 Jul 2014 at 6:56pm       

  • Melanie Joy Presentation: Speaking Truth to Power
    In April of 2013, Free from Harm helped organize what would be remembered as a very special, unforgettable event, featuring social psychologist and author Melanie Joy, who spoke to a group of 75 people in Chicago on the subject of social justice activism. In this eloquent talk, Joy introduces the Quaker expression, "Speaking Truth to Power" as a metaphor (...more)
    24 Jul 2014 at 7:13am       

  • Why Organic Meat, Dairy and Eggs Are Not Sustainable
    We must treat as highly suspect the claim that organic animal agriculture is sustainable. Organic methods are an environmentally-mixed bag—sometimes slightly better, sometimes a little worse, and often the same as inorganic. But since animal protein takes many times the energy, water, and land to produce as plant protein, any modest gains from raising (...more)
    15 Jul 2014 at 12:51am       

  • On the Claim That “Humane Meat” Leads to Veganism
    If someone tells me that he buys all of his flesh from a "humane" butcher and all of his lacteal secretions from a "humane" dairy farmer, this tells me that he is the sort of person who cares about animal suffering and wants to do what he can to reduce it. He has, however, been misled into thinking that what he is purchasing is the product of merciful (...more)
    8 Jul 2014 at 9:12am       

  • Small Town Grocer Issues Restraining Order Against Animal Advocate
    We recently learned from one of our subscribers that a local natural grocery store that also owns a yoga and holistic healing center in a small town in New Hampshire is planning a chicken slaughter demonstration on June 28th. Since then we launched a petition urging the owners to cancel the demo and thousands have signed on. Please consider (...more)
    24 Jun 2014 at 6:41am       

  • Vegan Doctor Weighs in on Paleo Diet Claims
    Today's Paleo Diet promotes eating grass-fed animals, but it's important to remember that the animals our Paleolithic ancestors ate have been hunted to extinction or have vanished due to climate change. Today's grass-fed animals are domesticated, and genetic manipulation is the norm. The Paleo Diet also encourages seafood consumption. At present, (...more)
    17 Jun 2014 at 11:19am       

  • What Vegans Could Learn from the Apple Brand
    In a recent talk on how popular culture shapes our food choices, I introduced myself to the audience by admitting that, over the course of my 20 years working in branding, I had become an outspoken critic of the industry for its distortion of truth and lack of transparency and for promoting ideas and practices that are destructive to animals, the environment (...more)
    13 Jun 2014 at 7:50am       

  • After Learning These Parts of A Chicken, You May Never Want to Eat One Again
    The parts of a chicken most people tend to know are the ones that end up on their plates: “cuts of meat” from a depersonalized carcass that involve creepy descriptors like “boneless,” “skinless” and “split breast.” But the parts of a chicken extend far beyond the degrading diagram of a butcher's cuts. The will to live, the wish to be loved for (...more)
    9 Jun 2014 at 11:31am       

  • Baby Turkeys Ground Up Alive? It's Normal Farming Practice
    At hatcheries, baby turkeys are treated like unfeeling plastic toys rather than living animals who experience fear and pain. As part of standard processing, they endure excruciating mutilations without painkiller or anesthesia. Baby turkeys who are injured, sick, or deemed too small are considered waste and are ground up alive in a machine called a (...more)
    3 Jun 2014 at 11:52pm       

  • 15 Souls: Why the Chickens at Urban Adamah Matter
    There were fifteen beautiful hens living in Berkeley, California at Urban Adamah, a Jewish community center and farm. The hens had been “giving” their eggs to the community for three years but in recent months, their egg production had begun to decline. Instead of retiring the hens, the community center condemned them to be ritually killed. Urban Adamah (...more)
    31 May 2014 at 11:58am       

  • Amy: The Face of So-called Humane Meat
    The story of Amy the turkey depicts a miraculous rescue and recovery in the face of great odds and exposes the truth behind so-called humane meat. Sandra Higgins, the director of Eden Farm Animal Sanctuary and Amy's rescuer and caretaker, provides us with an intimate glimpse into her work and life's passion as well as Continue reading → (...more)
    27 May 2014 at 5:15am       

  • Animal Law 101: What Is “Necessary” Animal Suffering?
    In her new TED Talk, animal rights attorney Lesli Bisgould delivers a terrific overview of the problems with our legal system in protecting animals from the institutions that exploit them with impunity. She begins her talk with what we all tend to agree on, that harming animals unnecessarily is wrong, particularly in cases of individual animal victims (...more)
    20 May 2014 at 4:25pm       

  • The Official Free From Harm T-Shirt Is Here!
    Free from Harm's official logo t-shirt prominently features the full color Free from Harm logo and web address on the front and the evocative quote from author Leo Tolstoy on the back, “As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields.” Our t-shirts are made from a heavyweight 5.3oz cotton in a natural color and are available in small, (...more)
    15 May 2014 at 5:12pm       

  • Backyard Chickens: Expanding Our Understanding of ‘Harm'
    Backyard chicken keepers often describe their relationship with their chickens as “symbiotic.” They provide them with a great life and in return their chickens provide them with eggs. There are at least two problems with this position. First, it ignores the fact their eggs exist only because of the systematic testing, manipulation and re-engineering (...more)
    11 May 2014 at 7:50pm       

  • 7 Ways Eating Meat, Dairy and Eggs Destroys Motherhood
    Farmed animals care about their babies, and include some of the most devoted mothers in the animal kingdom. Yet animal farming is fundamentally built on the destruction of motherhood. Every year, billions of farmed animals are forcibly bred into existence for the sole purpose of being exploited and killed for their flesh and secretions. Female reproduction (...more)
    9 May 2014 at 12:40pm       

  • CO2 Stunning of Pigs, Called “More Humane,” Horrifies in New Footage
    CO2 stunning of pigs, also referred to as Controlled Atmosphere Stunning, is often touted as the most humane method of rendering pigs unconscious before slitting their throats at the slaughterhouse. But in newly released footage obtained by animal rights group Aussie Farms, pigs consistently respond to the gas with panic, thrashing and violently jumping (...more)
    4 May 2014 at 9:57pm       

  • Does Evolution Have a Gun to Our Head to Eat Animals?
    We've published an excerpt from the book, Meat Logic: Why We Eat Animals by author Charles Horn, with his permission. The book takes an in depth look at the many rationalizations people use for eating animal products. One very popular class of rationalizations assumes that evolution dictates our consumption of animal products, therefore rendering the (...more)
    30 Apr 2014 at 4:31pm       

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