Peter Singer has written an opinion piece for the New York Daily News. He cites a victory for cage birds, one he has been fighting for at least forty years! Here is a snippet of that piece with a link to read the full article…
” The hens that produce our eggs are surely the most closely confined, overcrowded and generally miserable animals in America. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 93% of them are kept in cages. The standard cages are so small that even if just one bird were alone in a cage, she could not fully stretch her wings.
But these cages don’t hold just one bird. They frequently hold four, five or six birds.
For a year or 18 months, the hens never get out of their cages, and when they do, it is only to be killed. By that time, most of their feathers may have been rubbed off against the wire, leaving their skin red and raw.
The weaker hens are unable to escape more aggressive birds, who would peck them to death, except for the fact that producers routinely cut off the point of all the birds’ beaks with a hot blade, a procedure that causes acute pain.
This is the world we created for other sentient beings, and it is a world that we have a responsibility to change.
Forty years ago, I described the way we keep chickens — empathic and remarkably intelligent creatures — as one of the worst ways in which we ruthlessly exploit animals in order to buy their products for a few cents less. Since then, animal welfare organizations around the world with millions of dedicated supporters have been campaigning against the cages.
A few years ago, they had an important victory when the entire European Union — 28 countries, from Germany to Greece and from Spain to Poland — prohibited the standard cages still used in the United States. This year, despite fierce lobbying and court challenges by the egg industry, California required that hens have more space.
On Tuesday came what might be the biggest victory yet: McDonald’s announced that it will stop using eggs from caged hens in the U.S. and Canada.”
Science Inspires Art: Biodiversity/Extinction’ will be the 17th international juried art-sci exhibition organised by ASCI, and will be held in New York from 10 October 2015 – 28 February 2016. People are beginning to understand the importance of the conservation of Earth’s biodiversity for more than its innate beauty, capacity to inspire art and its ability to lift our spirits.
Scientists around the world recognise biodiversity as the key indicator of the health of our planet’s ecosystems. This exhibition aims to demonstrate the wide diversity of visual tropes that today’s artists are employing to reflect upon the crisis of biodiversity loss and species extinction, and is calling for images of original art executed in any media.
Ag-gag laws are designed to deter activists and journalists from documenting the suffering of animals on factory farms. In June 2015, a Senate Committee recommended that WA Senator Chris Back’s Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill be passed with a minor change. If passed, it means that investigators of animal cruelty will be made criminals while the perpetrators of that cruelty will be protected. It will obscure consumers’ understanding of where their food comes from. Join us to learn more about ag-gag and oppose this backward Bill. A short Q&A session will follow the speeches.
Saturday, August 8
at 11:00am – 12:30pm
Sydney Town Hall
483 George St, Sydney, Australia 2000
1. Emmanuel Giuffre, Voiceless Legal Counsel
2. Michael Walsh, member of Animal Justice Party
3. Dr Mehreen Faruqi, NSW Greens MP and Animal Welfare spokesperson
Deadline submission of full papers and short papers: July 31, 2015
Notification: September 30, 2015
Conference date: November 16, 2015
While traditionally animal technology has been the concern of other disciplines, more recently the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) community has begun to take an interest in computer interactions involving animals,particularly in the context of human-animal interactions, concomitantly with a growing market of various types of digital technologies aimed at animals and humans. For example, the commercial relevance of the emerging area can be seen in the many technologies marketed to canine owners, which consist of devices for training animals, taking care of them, as well as surveillance of them.
An increasing body of work originating from within the HCI community is shaping an emerging discipline, which – by analogy with HCI – has been dubbed Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) and comprises: studying the interaction between animals, technology and humans in naturalistic settings; developing user-centered technology that supports animals and interspecies relationships; informing user-centered approaches to the design of technology intended for animals.