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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.

  • Melanie Joy Presentation: Speaking Truth to Power
    In April of 2012, 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 Change.org 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       

  • Meat Logic: The Book that Examines Our Rationalizations for Eating Animals
    While much animal advocacy justifiably focuses on our emotional connections to animals, Meat Logic: Why We Eat Animals by author Charles Horn, reveals that many rationalizations for eating animal products are actually based on appeals to reason or logic and therefore may not be effectively addressed with emotional appeals alone. This includes the many (...more)
    22 Apr 2014 at 2:16pm       

  • Can Animal Foods Be Produced Sustainably? Part 1: Loco for Local
    To commemorate Earth Day, we are pleased to publish an important article by Dave Simon, author of the highly-acclaimed book Meatonomics. According to Simon, It takes up to one hundred times more water, eleven times more fossil fuels, and five times more land to produce animal protein than equal amounts of plant protein. Further, animal food production (...more)
    21 Apr 2014 at 6:56pm       

  • 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. Continue reading → (...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 … Continue reading → (...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. Continue reading → (...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 … Continue reading → (...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 … Continue reading → (...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       



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