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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.

  • Jay Quigley's TED Talk on Overcoming Speciesism
    Jay Quigley's TED Talk provides a great primer on speciesism, a pervasive form of discrimination against animals that permeates all animal eating cultures, and shows how it fuels the socially accepted commodification and killing of billions of famed animals. He also provides hope and practical advice on how to end their suffering and bring our (...more)
    21 May 2015 at 3:32pm       

  • Ginger and Fred: Two Lucky Ducks!
    In the first week of May, Red Door Animal Shelter notified us that they had rescued two Pekin ducks, a bonded couple, who were now in need of a permanent home. Red Door found the pair as tiny little ducklings, wandering the city streets shortly after Easter. They spent about three weeks at the shelter and were examined by the avian vets at Midwest (...more)
    15 May 2015 at 10:59am       

  • The Fallen Nest
    As I was biking home the other day, I found a beautiful nest in the road. The next car that drove by could have easily flattened it. All the amazing work that went into building this beautiful and functional home would have been destroyed in an instant. So I picked it up and took it home with me. Continue reading → (...more)
    11 May 2015 at 4:10pm       

  • A Mother At Last
    In a natural environment, chicks would spend much of their first weeks of life peeping out from under their mother's wings, or exploring by her side, feeling nurtured and protected. But chicks raised for eggs and meat rarely know their mother's warmth, or experience the sense of security and belonging they instinctively seek. Instead, they (...more)
    9 May 2015 at 1:55am       

  • Cockfighting and Chicken Wings: Pleasure from Suffering
    This video consists of footage taken Saturday, November 29th at Club Gallistico De Puerto Rico, the most popular public cockfighting arena on the island. I along with my partner Alejandro Gomez-Meade and producer Rebeca Garcia Morales obtained permission from the arena managers to film for this one day. Continue reading → (...more)
    28 Apr 2015 at 8:27pm       

  • The Chicken Chronicles Part II: From Battery Cage to Sanctuary
    The poultry industry represents chickens bred for food as mentally vacuous, eviscerated organisms. Hens bred for commercial egg production are said to be suited to a caged environment, with no need for personal space or normal foraging and social activity. They are characterized as aggressive cannibals who, notwithstanding their otherwise mindless passivity (...more)
    8 Apr 2015 at 11:57am       

  • Six Challenges to “Humane” Animal Product Claims
    The movement to treat farm animals better is based on the idea that it is wrong to subject them to unnecessary harm; yet using and killing animals for their flesh and secretions when we have no need to eat them constitutes the ultimate act of unnecessary harm. Continue reading → (...more)
    19 Mar 2015 at 6:54am       

  • Six Ways Becoming Vegan Can Increase Your Self-Esteem
    As a psychotherapist, I am interested in understanding: Could there be a connection between self-esteem and choosing to live in a way that values all life? I turned to the work of Nathaniel Branden, an expert on self-esteem who believes that self-esteem is an on-going consequence of choices we make. Continue reading → (...more)
    2 Mar 2015 at 5:00am       

  • Horrifying Meat Animal Research Center No Worse Than Most Farms
    Before the recent damning investigative report on the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in the New York Times, few outside the beef, pork, and lamb industries had heard of the organization. Thanks to the front page expose by Michael Moss, however, that's no longer the case. Continue reading → (...more)
    23 Feb 2015 at 3:41pm       

  • Banning Animal Tattooing While Eating Animals for Pleasure?
    Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will generally prohibit the tattooing and piercing of one's companion animals, through an amendment to New York's Agriculture & Markets Law. Continue reading → (...more)
    12 Feb 2015 at 10:02am       

  • Comparing Animal Deaths in Production of Plant and Animal Foods
    In the last several years, a number of arguments have gained traction by claiming that if vegans factor in the amount of animals killed in the harvesting of plant crops, they would find that vegan diets result in a greater number of animals killed than diets based on pasture-raised animals. Continue reading → (...more)
    5 Feb 2015 at 12:56pm       

  • Sam: The Rooster Who Tried to Cross the Road
    On the afternoon of Saturday, January 17th, Nancy and her husband were busy doing errands and driving down a bustling four-lane Cicero Avenue in Chicago when Nancy spotted a chicken on the side of the road, looking as if he was trying to cross! Continue reading → (...more)
    28 Jan 2015 at 6:27am       

  • Breaking the Food Chain Myth
    Claiming to be at the top of the food chain is a popular justification for eating animal products and an affirmation of our ability to violently dominate everyone. Yet justifications for violence that draw on notions of power and supremacy are based on the philosophy that “Might makes right” — the principle behind the worst atrocities and crimes of (...more)
    26 Jan 2015 at 6:10am       

  • You Can't Be 100% Vegan
    When human slavery was the norm, one could have made a similar argument. Unless we were living outside of society, it would have been difficult to be 100% slave-free. Sure, we could have avoided owning slaves ourselves, but it would have been impossible to avoid all items that contained even a small degree of slave input. Continue reading → (...more)
    23 Jan 2015 at 6:21am       

  • Milk of the Poisonous Tree: Reconnecting with Our Food Choices
    There are many familiar claims through which we seek to deny personal responsibility for our food choices despite the fact that eating animal products means we pay someone else to dominate, exploit and violently kill healthy, infant or adolescent animals who want to live. Following are a few common examples: "You can still eat animals and love them;" (...more)
    19 Jan 2015 at 9:33pm       

  • Examining the Claim, Our Brains Evolved from Eating Animals
    It could be argued that our brains have also evolved to become addicted to smoking, gambling, video games, alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, and harmful fast food. But we would think it insane to try to justify any of these behaviors based on some pseudo-scientific claim about the biological development of our brains. Continue reading → (...more)
    19 Jan 2015 at 5:00am       

  • One Survivor's Story of Whole Foods Humane Hoax
    They named her Mei Hua (Beautiful Flower), the sweet little hen DxE rescued from near death inside of a living hell, a Whole Foods egg supplier. Check out this moving video about the investigation and rescue of Mei Hua and the photos we obtained showing her transformation and rehabilitation. She is now living peacefully on a sanctuary in California. (...more)
    15 Jan 2015 at 1:38pm       

  • Hunting for Wildlife Population Control and Ethical Eating?
    Hunters sometimes argue that if they were to stop hunting, the deer population would explode. This is a false argument, because if hunting were to stop, we would also stop the practices that increase the deer population. State wildlife management agencies artificially boost the deer population in order to increase recreational hunting opportunities (...more)
    14 Jan 2015 at 9:15am       

  • Animals Can't Reason, Don't Deserve Same Consideration
    Regarding the question of how we ought to treat nonhuman animals, philosopher Jeremy Bentham famously wrote, The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor “Can they talk?” but, “Can they suffer?” Indeed, the capacity for a being to experience pain and suffering is the only morally relevant criterion needed to determine that we should refrain from inflicting (...more)
    29 Dec 2014 at 5:00am       

  • Animals Eat Other Animals, So Why Shouldn't We?
    Many people insist that eating animals is “natural” — and therefore morally neutral — because other animals eat animals. But it's important to realize that, with a few exceptions, when humans kill other animals for food, we're not doing what animals do in nature. Humans have no biological need to consume meat or any animal products. Continue (...more)
    23 Dec 2014 at 1:41pm       

  • Interview with Robert Grillo, Founder and Director of Free from Harm
    This interview with Free from Harm founder and director Robert Grillo was recently published by the Eugene Veg Education Network and conducted by Lin Silvan, Executive Director of EVEN and is republished here under their permission. Continue reading → (...more)
    11 Dec 2014 at 6:57am       

  • Injured Chicken Found in Chicago Alley
    The circumstances surrounding our latest rescue, an injured chicken we named Peter, remain largely a mystery. What we do know is that he was found all alone and motionless in an alley in a Northwest Chicago neighborhood, about 10 blocks from a live poultry market / slaughterhouse at Devon and Western Avenues. We know he was a Red Ranger breed of chicken, (...more)
    24 Nov 2014 at 7:20pm       

  • Turkey Talk Between Bird and Human Will Blow Your Mind
    When it comes to advocating on behalf of farmed animals, activists are often urged to "be a voice for the voiceless." But farmed animals do have voices, and they can and do speak. This amazing video of a conversation between a human and a turkey demonstrates just how friendly and garrulous turkeys can be when they feel safe and loved. Continue reading (...more)
    21 Nov 2014 at 5:58am       

  • Dying Traditions: The Truth about Thanksgiving Turkey
    Throughout history, many traditions that were once considered natural and normal for generations were eventually deemed outdated, cruel, or simply no longer necessary. Some traditions are positive and make society stronger and more stable, but some have proven to weaken our character, damage our health and our spirit, and are cruel to others. Continue (...more)
    19 Nov 2014 at 4:14pm       

  • The Story of How a Turkey Became My Best Friend
    When I went to the kitchen to do dishes, he would stand intently by the sink and watch me do the dishes, he was so curious about my activity. He would get up on the sofa on cold or rainy days, and give the warning cry to me if he saw a hawk fly over. This bird that most people consider stupid would come if I called him by name, just like a dog. I cannot (...more)
    18 Nov 2014 at 3:20am       

  • Haunting Video of Two Loving Turkeys Who Escaped Slaughter
    The timing of my introduction to Jesse was particularly synchronous. The song Jesse sent me, Waiting for the Birds to Strike, arrived just after co-investigator Olivier Berreville and I returned from a Granny's Poultry turkey barn, where, contrary to company management assurances, we documented the same cruel and abusive loading of baby turkeys that (...more)
    14 Nov 2014 at 9:00am       

  • Chickens as Kaporos: A Story of Witnessing and Rescue
    The following is my interview with Lori Barrett about her harrowing experience witnessing and documenting chickens used as kaporos in her New York City neighborhood. In the process, she managed to rescue and rehome one lucky baby chicken named Isa. This is her true story which provides an in depth look at Kaporos from a legal and religious perspective, (...more)
    13 Nov 2014 at 6:16am       

  • Revolting Video of Turkey Breeding Looks Like Bestiality to Us
    Domestic turkeys have been bred to be so large, they cannot mate naturally, so hens are forcibly “inseminated” several times. Males are masturbated to get their semen. A “milker” at a turkey breeding facility in Missouri describes his job: “I have never done such hard, dirty, disgusting work in my life: 10 hours of pushing birds, grabbing birds, wrestling (...more)
    6 Nov 2014 at 11:45pm       

  • Former Meat and Dairy Farmers Who Became Vegan Activists
    Slaughterhouse journalist Upton Sinclair once wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” But while it may be difficult, it is not impossible. The following profiles are powerful proof that even those who stand to lose most by renouncing animal exploitation are frequently brave (...more)
    4 Nov 2014 at 4:12am       

  • Why Did This Video of a Pig Eating Salad Get 500,000 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       

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