Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about nonprofit organizations and their impact

The Humane League is on quite a roll. Last fall, THL, an advocacy group that aims to reduce animal suffering, pressured foodservice giant Aramark to agree to improve its treatment of broiler chickens, a important victory as the animal welfare movement turns its attention to the chickens we eat, along with egg-laying hens. The nonprofit Animal …

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  I’m enjoying a month-long break from writing and blogging (with the exception of this post) and spending much of that time reading books. The other day, I spent a couple of hours curled up with a book during the afternoon. What a treat! Looking back at 2016, I wish I’d spent more time reading words between …

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  I skipped the turkey this year at Thanksgiving. It was purely a symbolic gesture; we served turkey at my house, so my decision not to eat it didn’t mean much. Still, over the last year or so, I have radically reduced my meat consumption, largely because of the time I’ve spent with people in …

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s often the only time each year–not counting graduations or weddings–when our entire family gets together; the rituals and menu have been firmly established. One of our traditions is to ask each person in turn to give thanks for the blessings in his or her life. This year, we will …

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  The animal-welfare movement is on the verge of ending confinement practices that keep pigs in gestation crates and hens in tight cages. What comes next? “Broilers or bust,” declares Matt Prescott, senior food policy director for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Other activists agree: Their top priority is alleviating the suffering of …

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Coal plants, fracking, pipelines, gas-guzzling SUVs, plastic bags, coffee pods—all are targets of environmentalists. Why not meat? Eating less meat — chicken, pork and especially beef — may well be the most important thing an individual can do to reduce climate change. Yet, even as animal-welfare groups like the Humane Society of the US, PETA, …

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The animal welfare movement is making remarkable progress, which is surprising in a way, because (1) it’s quite small and (2) not much is known about which strategies and tactics are the best ways to reduce the suffering of farm animals. As I wrote last fall, it’s unclear whether lobbying governments, pressuring companies, persuading consumers …

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