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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.

  • 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Throughout history, many traditions that were once considered natural and normal for generations were eventually deemed outdated, cruel, or simply no longer necessary.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 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 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       



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