"Researchers have discovered that free range hens experience just as much or more stress than hens raised in modern, conventional cages. This is contrary to allegations of animal rights activists saying that hens in modern cages live a horribly stressed life. Dr. Jeff Downing at the University of Sydney, conducted a recent study measuring corticosterone, a hormone produced in response to stress or fear, in eggs from free range and modern caged hens. In both types of eggs, levels of the hormone were similar."
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Question: In the
While you ponder your answer to the question, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your support for animal protection. Thanks to your care and concern, EBAA efforts have steadily grown over the past four years to advocate on behalf of millions of animals abused in
- The debut of our vivid magazine The Advocate
- Rescues of egg-laying hens from factory egg farms
- Prominent media spotlights from news services like CNN Money, Associated Press and East Bay Business Times
- Formal recognition from the Internal Revenue Service of our organization's tax-exempt status
- The creation of our organization's strategic plan with the guidance from acclaimed Compass Point Nonprofit Services
- Corporate partnerships with local retailers like Rainbow Grocery and Farmer Joe's Marketplace
- The launch of our Holiday Facts advertising campaign with The San Francisco Chronicle
For the New Year, we are gearing up for the release of new reports on animal food production and kind-hearted campaign antics to persuade Lunardi's Supermarket to end the sale of battery cage eggs. We are also supporting Californians for Humane Farms.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your commitment to protecting those in need. We invite you to explore www.SupportEBAA.org for a variety of ways to contribute to our advocacy work.
Before our year-end departure, we have a retort to the question asked earlier.
Answer: Clear water and feathers from live birds are the only contents that may be legally ejected from vehicles in
East Bay Animal Advocates promises to uphold our commitment to protect animals abused in
Written by the dynamic Mark Hawthorne, the new book, which spotlights our work, "brings together the most effective tactics for speaking out for animals and gives voice to activists from around the globe, who explain why their models of activism have been successful – and how you can get involved. Concise and full of practical examples and resources, this guide dispels the myths surrounding animal activism and will empower you to make the most of your skills."
Read an excerpt from the book and order a copy of it today. Don't forget to stay warm this winter too!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Saturday's Farm Agenda:
- Dust the chickens
- Build play structures for the rabbits
- Clean out the goat barn
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Currently, East Bay Animal Advocates along with The Humane Society of the
Marilyn Hall Patel, the federal judge presiding over the case, heard arguments for the lawsuit earlier this week in
Don’t forget to voice for your concern for poultry. Write a quick letter to the USDA today.
There’s a story behind the photograph featured in today's blog. Earlier this month, a hundred car collusion occurred along Highway 99 near
The journey to the slaughterhouse is a nightmare. Please educate yourself about the lives of turkeys in the meat industry.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Click here to read about
Click here to discover the free-range turkey myth.
Click here to learn about animal suffering in the
Throughout the 2007 holiday season, EBAA will be sponsoring an ad campaign with The San Francisco Chronicle. Our new online ad will be featured on the Chronicle's website to educate millions of
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The Contra Costa Times reports today:
"The state has agreed to issue a relocation permit for a family of beavers in Martinez, amid an outcry from children and nature lovers over a city conclusion that the creatures should be killed and their dam removed to prevent downtown flooding.
The beavers will be trapped by the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, which will evaluate their health, and they will be released later in an area approved by the state, said Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder and California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Steve Martarano.
'After a quick survey, I've gotten 150 e-mails, 100 percent of them say don't kill the beavers,' said Schroder, who approached the state Monday through labor leader Jim Kellogg, who is a member of the Fish and Game Commission."
If you have some free time this week, why don’t you join us for some outreach?
- Tonight will be gathering signatures and preparing a magazine mailing at
at 7pm. From 5 PM to 11 PM, Pizza Plaza will donate ten-percent of your bill to EBAA. Pizza Plaza
- Saturday is our monthly Work Day at Harvest Home. Then, we are rolling out to
’s Point Isabel for more signatures for the Humane California Campaign. Richmond
- We will be back at Point Isabel on Sunday for ballot initiative signings.
- On Monday, EBAA will present at
Menlo Collegeand in Atherton on the topics of animal welfare and egg production. Menlo School
Shoot us an email to participate: email@example.com
Monday, November 5, 2007
Although EBAA’s efforts are focused namely on the humane treatment of animals in agriculture, a very important wildlife matter is pending locally that we wanted to share with you. The City of
Please join EBAA in voicing opposition to this unnecessary plan. There are a variety of humane options city officials must consider. Please contact the Martinez City Council today. If you live in
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Shaken or stirred, the initial phase of the Humane California Campaign is a numbers game. In less than five months, 650,000 signatures need to be gathered in California to qualify the farm animal reform initiative for the November 2008 ballot.
Reaching the signature goal by the end of February may seem like an act of God. In reality, it’s the action of a solid network of committed volunteers that will move this campaign forward.
Please join us for weekly signature gathering sessions in the East Bay. Click here for the upcoming dates, times and locations. To sweeten the deal, EBAA will buy you a free t-shirt for volunteering.
How can you say NO to this proposition?
One-hour of your time will go a long-way to making this campaign a true mark of success.
Speaking of mark, check out this campaign article written by Mark Hawthorne, author of the soon-to-be-released Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Public comments are welcome regarding Tulare's slaughterhouse proposal. Share your concerns with the Tulare Planning Department by November 15, 2007:
Mark Kielty, ACIP
City of Tulare Planning Dept.
411 East Kern Ave.
Tulare, CA 93274
Tel: (559) 684-4217
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
"Perhaps the most contentious and emotional issue in livestock agriculture is that of farm animal welfare. Modern animal production practices are regularly criticized by animal rights groups, defended by livestock industries and studied by scientists.
The animal welfare debate is far more than a war of words. It has led to legislative action and is influencing consumer demand in a way that could profoundly affect agricultural markets.
Victories by animal rights groups are occurring at a rapid pace. For example, citizens in Arizona and Florida recently voted to ban the use of gestation crates, and similar referenda are being planned for other states."Learn more about the survey results online.
The confinement of thousands of newborn female calves in small crates is a growing feature of
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
EBAA is committed to providing a strong base of support throughout the 13-month campaign to enact the California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act into law. In fact, EBAA volunteers have signed on to collect at least 6,000 signatures before February 28, 2008. Our signature gathering efforts will be folded together with our public outreach for the Lunardi's Abuse Campaign. All signature gathering volunteers must be registered voters. To register, please click here.
The Associated Press and Capital Press ran news stories this week about the new campaign to ban battery cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in the Golden State. Read an excerpt from the news story from The Associated Press:
"Nineteen million chickens in California produce about five billion eggs a year — making them the nation's fifth-largest supplier of omelets and scrambled eggs. Now, animal welfare groups hope to change the way the hens live and lay. The groups are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to give the hens more room to roam. The measure would force farmers to change current practices that keep most egg-laying hens, veal calves and pregnant pigs in small cages or boxes for most of their lives. It would require that enclosures be big enough for the animals to fully extend their wings or legs, lie down, stand up and turn around."
Over the last several years, EBAA has examined the actual living conditions of animals in agriculture, especially egg-laying chickens, in the California's Central Valley. Watch our mini-documentary about California egg production.
To learn more about animal cruelty in California agriculture, visit our online hub.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Date: Friday, September 28th
Time: 7 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: 345 Haddon Road, Oakland
Don't miss this special event:
- Celebrate the debut of our vivid magazine, The Advocate
- Help raise funds for EBAA's provocative ad campaigns
- Munch on vegan desserts
- Down some good ol' wine
Piraro, a vegan, presents animal rights issues in a humorous wayin his comic strips. "Bizarro" is distributed internationally byKing Features Syndicate to more than 250 daily and Sunday newspapers. Piraro also reaches out to loyal readers and createsnew ones by bringing his own live comedy show, "The Bizarro Bologna Show."
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 14, 2007
We need your immediate help to put a measure on the 2008 ballot that would outlaw the cruel confinement of veal calves, egg-laying hens, and breeding pigs. This important measure will phase out the use of the gestation crate for pigs, the battery cage for egg-laying hens and prevent the use of the “veal crate” for male calves. We need your help to collect 650,000 signatures in five short months to qualify this initiative for the November 2008 ballot. Become a crucial member of the team of volunteers that will put this precedent-setting measure on the ballot! Come hear about the campaign and how YOU can get involved in this amazing effort for farm animals!
- Wayne Pacelle, CEO/President, The Humane Society of the
U.S. Gene Baur, Founder/President, Farm Sanctuary
Monday, October 1st
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Tuesday, October 2nd
7:00pm – 10:00pm
San Francisco SPCA
Wednesday, October 3rd
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Montecito Fire District Conference Room
Upper Montecito Village
595 San Ysidro Road
Montecito, CA 93108
Thursday, October 4th
7:00pm – 10:00pm
LA Animal Services –
Friday, October 5th
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Health Services Complex - Rosencrans
Longtime Bay Area animal advocates Erin Williams and Margo DeMello will discuss and sign copies of their new book, Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection. The book examines how people abuse animals, gives suggestions on how to take action--and connects animal protection, environmental and social justice issues. Free vegan food will be available, and you'll be able to meet the animals of Harvest Home.
What: Why Animals Matter book release party
Where: Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, 14741 Wing Levee Road, Stockton
When: Sunday, October 7, 1:00-4:00
What people are saying about the new book?
"A tough but fair-minded revelation of how mass production of animals for food and other purposes results in cruelty that usually remains hidden from sight." - Publishers Weekly
"A compelling resource that is certain to widen our circle of compassion." - VegNews
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Thursday, September 6, 2007
The San Francisco Chronicle published a feature this week about "raising poultry the new-old way", which features Marin Sun Farms and other small poultry farmers. Read an excerpt:
"As Karen Black, executive director of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association and an Oregon chicken rancher, put it: 'There's a reason Foster Farms isn't raising their poultry on pasture.' The new demand for pastured poultry is a reaction against the extremes of commercial chicken production - cages, crowding, breeding chicks for breasts so broad they can't walk and die of a heart attack."
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
"SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Dozens of people lent their signatures Tuesday to an effort to save a popular San Jose grocery store, NBC11's Daniel Garza reported. Shoppers said they began to hear by word of mouth about the closure just days before Lunardi's in the Evergreen Village Square would shut its doors at the end of the Tuesday business day."
View the video news report.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Unlike its main competitors, Andronico's Market and Whole Foods Market, Lunardi's thinks cramming chickens in cages for their entire lives is "proper animal treatment". Sadly, Lunardi's is out of step with reality and the concerns of its own shoppers.
Bay Area consumers and store employees agree that Lunardi's must ban the sale of battery-cage eggs (online http://www.cal-eggs.com/).
Join East Bay Animal Advocates for an eight-day advocacy campaign at the beginning of September's National Chicken Month. From September 4 to September 11, make an important phone call or fax a letter to a selected Lunardi's store location:
September 4: Danville Store
September 5: Walnut Creek Store
September 6: San Bruno Store
September 7: Los Gatos Store
September 8: Belmont Store
September 10: San Jose Store
September 11: Burlingame Store
Don't forget to join us for a letter-writing party on Tuesday, September 4 at 7 PM at Pizza Plaza (6211 Shattuck Avenue in Oakland). Plus, we will be holding a special public demonstration at Lunardi's Burlingame store (1825 El Camino Real) on Sunday, September 9 at 12:30 PM. To participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online at LunardisAbuse.com.
Monday, August 27, 2007
With September's National Chicken Month right around the corner, EBAA's efforts to persuade the Bay Area grocery chain to ban the sale of battery-cage eggs will continue to grow. On Thursday at 9 AM, logon to our MySpace page for important information on our Eight-Day Shopping Spree at Lunardi's (September 4 – September 11).
If you have free time today, give Lunardi’s General Manager, Tony Lucia, a friendly, persuasive phone call for the chickens at (650) 588-7507.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Join East Bay Animal Advocates this Sunday, August 26 at 4 PM to speak out against Lunardi's continued support of chicken cruelty. At the grocery chain's Walnut Creek store, EBAA will urge Lunardi's Supermarket to ban the sale of eggs from chickens confined to cages for their entire lives. The store address is 1600 Palos Verdes Mall in Walnut Creek. To participate, email email@example.com.
Online at LunardisAbuse.com
"According to a recent survey, animal welfare is one of the top three issues of concern to restaurant-goers, which may be a little unexpected for those of us who think of bacon as the fifth food group. Yet in a nation where two-thirds of the population has pets, it should be no surprise that Americans have a special place in their hearts for animals. With all of the recent media attention surrounding cage-free eggs and crate-free pork, it's clear that our consideration for animal welfare is expanding to those animals used on farms - a trend that should cause those of us in the food industry to take notice."
You can read the full article online by clicking here. Don't forget to express your opinions on this topic by writing a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"VALLEJO -- Several chickens fell off a truck today and on to Highway 37, leaving a mess of feathers for the California Highway Patrol officers who had to clean up the dead birds. The chickens fell off the truck around 8 a.m. somewhere between Sears Point and Mare Island, according to the CHP. Responding officers did not recover any live birds or the crate in which the birds were reportedly traveling. The truck apparently did not stop, and it's not clear whether the driver even knew he lost the chickens, a CHP officer said."
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
2. Mark your datebook: There will be a "Eight-Day Lunardi's Shopping Spree" in early Septembers in honor of National Chicken Month.
3. Easy activism tip: Add Lunardi's headquarter office phone number to your cell phone [650-588-7507]. Call, call and call again!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Today, EBAA called on Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Longs Drug Stores, a Fortune 500 drugstore chain on the West Coast, to stop selling eggs from chickens raised in cages. Recently, EBAA obtained footage of a battery-cage egg supplier to Longs Drug Stores. The California-based egg purveyor, which markets its eggs under the notorious "Foster Farms" label, houses chickens in intensive confinement. Read an excerpt from EBAA's letter to Longs CEO Warren F. Bryant:
"EBAA would be delighted to work on the implementation of an exclusive cage-free egg policy with Longs Drug Stores. By adopting a cage-free egg policy, your company would join a national network of cities, educational institutions, farmers, and retailers that have committed to higher poultry welfare standards for egg-laying hens."
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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Monday, July 16, 2007
Join EBAA at an upcoming event to protect animals!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Read EBAA's letter to Lunardi’s Supermarket:
Paul Lunardi and Tony Lucia
Lunardi's Supermarket, Inc.
432 North Canal Street, Suite 22
South San Francisco, Calif. 94080-4666
Dear Mr. Lunardi and Mr. Lucia:
On behalf of East Bay Animal Advocates, it is our pleasure to provide you with floral decorations for your lovely office.
As you know, concerned individuals across the USA have contacted Lunardi’s since October 2006, requesting that your company adopt an exclusively cage-free egg policy.
New information related to one of Lunardi’s cage egg-layer suppliers has surfaced. We would like to meet with you to discuss this important information and develop a timeline for the implementation of a new egg policy at your Bay Area stores.
We greatly look forward to opening a positive conversation with you both. Please feel free to contact us via email [Info@EastBayAnimalAdvocates.org] or at (925) 487-4419.
Christine Morrissey & Eileen Mello
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Date: Sunday, June 10th, 2007
Time: Noon - 1:30 pm
Location: Lunardi's, 1085 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont (Inside the Carlmont Village Shopping Center)
Join East Bay Animal Advocates for fun advocacy to encourage Lunardi's Supermarket to stop selling eggs from caged hens. A life-size battery cage-confining humans instead of chickens-will be on display at Lunardi's Belmont store!
Online at www.LunardisAbuse.com.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Monthly Funding Evenings at Pizza Plaza to Benefit EBAA
Enjoy delicious vegan pizza & support local animal protection efforts! Join East Bay Animal Advocates the first Tuesday of every month at Pizza Plaza, the Bay Area's only meat-free pizzeria. From 5 PM to closing, Pizza Plaza (online at www.veganplaza.com) will donate ten-percent of your bill to EBAA.
For dine-in or take-out orders:
Visit Pizza Plaza at 6211 Shattuck Avenue in Oakland
For delivery orders:
Call (510) 420-1433
Online at www.SupportEBAA.org.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
In honor of National Egg Month, East Bay Animal Advocates is calling on members of the public to contact Lunardi's Supermarket at (650) 588-7507 to urge the company to stop selling eggs from caged birds. Please call between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM PST this Monday.
Monday, May 7, 2007
On Saturday, May 19th, join East Bay Animal Advocates in urging Lunardi's Supermarket to stop selling eggs from caged chickens.
EBAA will host three activities:
Customer Outreach at Danville Store
Date: Saturday, May 19th
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Place: Lunardi's Supermarket, 345 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Customer Outreach at Walnut Creek Store
Date: Saturday, May 19th
Time: 12:30 - 1:30
Place: Lunardi's Supermarket, 1600 Palos Verdes Mall (Geary & Pleasant Hill Road), Walnut Creek
Letters to Lunardi's (Plus Free Pizza)
Date: Saturday, May 19th
Time: 4:00 - 5:00
Location: Pizza Plaza, 6211 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 30, 2007
To participate, please send an email to email@example.com. Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary was formed to aid homeless and abuseddomestic and farmed animals in the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Joaquin valley. Learn more at www.HarvestHomeAnimal.org.
*Upcoming Service Dates*
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Please wear comfortable clothes and plan on getting dirty. Snacks willbe provided for good workers!
See you at the farm :)
Friday, April 6, 2007
Foster Farms, with a solid record of animal neglect complaints, now "wants to be America's most trusted food company"! Read the full story: http://www.fosterfarms.com/docs/249979.pdf
Click here to ask Foster Farms to improve conditions for birds and stop misleading consumers.
April 04, 2007
We're less concerned about protecting chickens than questioning the scale of a proposed egg-producing operation near the 11,000-home River Islands development in Lathrop.
A 900,000-hen farm simply doesn't seem appropriate in a rapidly growing suburban area.
Agriculture remains San Joaquin County's No. 1 industry, and much of it needs to be protected from encroaching development.
However, a new operation of such magnitude should be located a lot farther from residential neighborhoods.
The Olivera Family Limited Partnership, which already owns a similar operation in nearby French Camp, has made significant adjustments since first proposing the egg ranch a year ago. Initial plans were larger and even closer to River Islands.
The 242,000-square-foot operation is still too big and too close.
The plan again has drawn strong and justifiable opposition from residents, developers and city officials in Lathrop.
Animal-rights activists also have protested. Their opposition is naive, predictable and overheated.
When county planners review this latest proposal, they must consider:
» Environmental impacts, including potential air-quality decline and the dangers should a flood occur.
» Foul odors from chicken waste.
» The agriculture-urban interface. Is this a compatible land use so close to Lathrop?
» The San Jose-based Olivera company's spotty record with codes and regulations in both San Joaquin and Santa Clara counties.
This isn't exactly a "Which came first? The chicken or the egg" proposition. It is, however, a reflection of San Joaquin County in transition.
Agriculture is healthy, but contracting. New housing is healthier, and expanding.
Online at http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070404/A_OPINION01/704040318/-1/A_OPINION06
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Tuesday, April 3, 2007
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