Pig Business on Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., March 9th 2011

capitolhillpaneldiscussion

Pig Business and the Center for Food Safety co-hosted a first U.S. screening and panel discussion in collaboration with Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) at the Capitol Visitors Center, Washington D.C., 9th March 2011.

The goal of this screening and platform for debate was to raise awareness about harms caused to human health, animals, livelihoods, and the environment due to practices of industrial pig farming, including highlighting the global linkages of the pig industry. We also aimed to strengthen existing and future campaigns and new legislation aimed at ending Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

Presentations and Panel Discussion Video Footage


Event Resources

Details

  • Location: Washington D.C., USA
    U.S. Capitol Building
    Washington D.C. 20515
  • Date: Wednesday March 9th, 2011
  • Time: 6-8:30pm
  • Venue: Capitol Visitor Center, North Orientation Theater

Program:

  1. Welcome and Introduction to the Film
  2. Introductory Remarks, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  3. Film Screening
  4. Q&A about the film
  5. Panel discussion:
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Moderator)
    Kathy Ozer (National Family Farm Coalition)
    Michael Greger (Humane Society of the United States)
    Andrew Kimbrell (Center for Food Safety)
    Bev Eggleston (Virginia Pig Farmer, EcoFriendly Foods)

Speakers:

Robert Kennedy, Jr., has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands.

Kathy Ozer, has worked on farm, rural, and fair trade policy for the past 20 years for the National Family Farm Coalition. Since 1999, Kathy has been part of the farmer delegations at the WTO in Seattle and Cancun and at the United Nations. Her current work addresses the credit and global food crisis; implementation of the 2008 farm bill; and efforts to address the dairy farmer crisis.

Dr. Michael Greger, is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Andrew Kimbrell, attorney, author of Your Right to Know and The Human Body Shop, director and founder of the Center for Food Safety, and expert on genetic engineering and its implications for the livestock industry.

Bev Eggleston,  founder of EcoFriendly Foods, is a protégé of Joel Salatin, a renowned agricultural lecturer, advocate and pioneer of small ethical family farming and raising pasture-fed animals. For many years, Bev and Joel worked together farming and spreading the word about the benefits of returning to healthy farming and providing products crafted from these methods. Working for the family farmers, they invested large amounts of time lobbying for national and local legislation to open a venue for farmers who utilize a “holistic” approach to raise, harvest and market their products.

Petition (ended on 9th March 2011):

667 people signed – Thank you!

This petition at change.org can be read here.



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