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Farmed Animal Watch
With at $25,000 grant, the Foundation assisted in the creation of an electronic newsletter that selects, summarizes and links significant articles from a wide variety of sources and publications -- including industry, science, academia, the popular press -- on the topic of farmed animals. A companion website,, archives the newsletter and provides an online resource center. Farmed Animal Watch is a project of Animal Place, a sanctuary and education center for farmed animals in California.

E, The Environmental Magazine
Strong growth in meat production and consumption continues in new millennium America, despite mounting evidence that meat-based diets are unhealthy and that many aspects of meat production -- from loss of cropland and open space to animal grazing, to the inefficiencies of feeding vast quantities of water and grain in a hungry world, to pollution from factory farms -- is an environmental disaster with wide and sometime catastrophic consequences. A special issue of E Magazine entitled "So You're an Environmentalist... Why Are You Still Eating Meat" argues for a more sustainable diet while offering a strategic vision for American vegetarianism. A grant of $50,000 form the Foundation allowed this issue of E Magazine to be distributed to members of congress as well as the animal protection, vegetarian and environmental community.

Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine
Ninety percent of the animals used by humans are raised and killed for food production. United States Department of Agriculture figures show that American slaughterhouses kill more than one million animals every hour. While some laws exist to protect animals from cruelty, almost all exempt farmed animals. One law intended to cover farmed animals -- the Humane Slaughter Act -- is sorely inadequate and poorly enforced. One result of high speed, mechanized and un-policed slaugterlines, argues the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is the increased presence of salmonella, E. coli and other fecal contaminants. The Foundation assisted PCRM with a $100,000 grant in mounting a legal challenge to an industry that is cruel to animals and dangerous to humans.

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