Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about nonprofit organizations and their impact

Thanks to the good people in the animal welfare movement, pigs are being liberated from gestation crates and laying hens are being freed from cages. These animals will suffer less because people care about them, and don’t want them to be harmed; governments and corporations have responded. Why, then, after a nearly a decade of declining …

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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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Anyone who believes that people who work in the nonprofit sector are ipso facto morally superior to the rest of us might want to consider the story of The New York Blood Center and the 60 or so chimpanzees that it abandoned last year in Liberia. The NYBC, as it’s known, is a nonprofit that generated nearly …

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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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Assume, for a moment, that we want to prevent the suffering of the 9 billion animals raised every year for meat in the US. What should we do? Seek government legislation or regulations to protect farm animals from cruel treatment? Bring pressure on meat companies, brands and retailers to improve animal welfare? Or try to …

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