Written by Michelle Kretzer
if a life of suffering on a factory farm that ends with a terrifying death in a
slaughterhouse weren't enough, pigs killed for Smithfield Foods, Inc.'s, ham
and bacon also face being injured or killed in a traffic accident on
their way to slaughter. The latest wreck makes
at least the 11th by pork industry drivers since 2004 in southeastern Virginia
alone—many of them en route to Smithfield's slaughterhouse.
April 19, David Earl Lambert was hauling 184 pigs from the Goldsboro Milling
Co. factory farm to slaughter when he flipped the truck, sending pigs hurtling
through the air. Fifty-five pigs died either on impact or in pain in the hours
that followed, as a result of their injuries. The survivors were hauled the rest
of the way to slaughter. After many crashes, pigs are dragged or electro-shocked to force them to their
has a deplorable driving record, which includes charges for speeding, operating
a vehicle without insurance, reckless driving, and attempting to evade federal
motor carrier safety regulations. And his latest accident occurred on a dry
road on a clear day. By putting known-dangerous drivers behind the wheel, some
meat industry giants show that they have no regard for the safety of animals or
other drivers on the road.
is asking Goldsboro Milling Co. to use common sense and hire only safe drivers,
just as we called on
Smithfield to do when one of its drivers flipped a truck carrying pigs just three months after he had crashed while
hauling cattle. And of course, the
safest and most responsible thing that all of us can do to protect animals and our own health is to go vegan.
envisioning horses crammed inside two shallow levels of a double-decker trailer
intended for cattle, it's easy to see how these tall animals would be cramped,
uncomfortable, and terrified.
But forcing horses to squeeze into these confined spaces is more than
uncomfortable—it can cause falls, injuries, trampling, and even
U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill that would ban transporting horses in
double-deckers, but one congressmember
has proposed a last-minute amendment that would strike that provision from the
bill. Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado is asking Congress to approve his amendment
to the American Energy and
Infrastructure Jobs Act because he feels the
ban on double-decker trailers targets Western states and rodeos.
U.S. Department of Agriculture has already acknowledged that these trailers are
unsafe and inhumane for horses and has banned transporters from taking horses to slaughter
it is not illegal to transport horses in double-deckers for any other purpose—but it should be. Ask your representative to support
the humane treatment of horses and oppose Gardner's amendment that strips away
As it turns out, people are genuinely taken by
surprise when they find out where sausage meat comes from, as evidenced by this amusing Portuguese video showing what happens when a fake butcher pretends to make sausage
a bit of justice for the most
abused animal on the planet. The Canadian Food
Inspection Agency (CFIA) charged Canada's largest chicken producer, Maple Lodge Farms, with 60 violations of federal
animal health laws after it let thousands of chickens freeze to death during
CFIA cites multiple occasions on which Maple Lodge crammed crates full of chickens into unheated trucks
and drove them to slaughter
in temperatures well
below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. CFIA inspectors even found snow and ice inside the
crates of some chickens who were stacked near the truck's freezing-cold metal
floor and walls.
Our neighbors to the
north seem to assert that chickens at least shouldn't be frozen to death,
unlike in the U.S., where birds have no federal legal protection from cruelty whatsoever while being transported
to slaughter. The best protection that chickens currently receive in both the
States and Canada is from people who say "No" to supporting torture
and "Yes" to cruelty-free mock meats.
Written by PETA
one move, two grocery store chains may have spared thousands of pigs from a good
deal of suffering. Foodland Super Market and
Times Supermarkets on Oahu have announced that they will no longer sell meat from pigs
who were shipped live to Hawaii from the
mainland. In addition to the pain of having their throats cut and being scalded during slaughter, pigs
who are transported across the ocean alive spend days aboard ships in cramped,
filthy conditions and stifling temperatures. Many become sick and die during the arduous voyage.
The grocers' decision could spell the end for Oahu's only slaughterhouse certified
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and could end all
live transport to Oahu. Slaughtering pigs shipped from the mainland is the bulk
of business for Hawaii Livestock Cooperative's slaughterhouse. The facility has
been struggling financially for a decade and surviving only with help from the
government. The president of the slaughterhouse cooperative, Calvin Wong, said
he isn't sure that it can sustain the latest loss of business, calling it "another nail
in the coffin."
to add another nail to that coffin? Stop eating pigs.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, Secretariat star James Cromwell has written to The Jockey Club urging it to adopt PETA's proposed Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Retirement Fund. The plan would require owners and breeders to pay a $360 retirement fee for each new foal they register. The money generated from the fees would be put into a fund to provide care for the 10,000 former racehorses currently sent to slaughter each year.
"These magnificent animals should not end up on a meat hook after a terrifying journey to a terrifying death," writes Cromwell in his letter. "I urge the Jockey Club, as the only official body that deals with every thoroughbred owner in every racing state, to implement PETA's Thoroughbred 360 Lifecycle Retirement Fund without delay."
Join James Cromwell in asking The Jockey Club to give racehorses the dignified retirement that they deserve.
A controversial new bill in Hawaii may have taxpayers footing the bill to bail out a financially troubled slaughterhouse, no matter how they may feel about its harm to the environment and animals or how unprofitable it is.
Senate Bill 249, which would make Hawaii the first state to own a slaughterhouse, allocates $1.6 million in taxpayer money for the purchase of the Hawaii Livestock Cooperative slaughterhouse in Kapolei. The slaughterhouse has already received millions of dollars in loans and grants from the government, although Hawaii currently has a billion-dollar deficit. The plant is also in an environmentally sensitive area close to the ocean, where waste runoff could damage coral reefs and kill fish.
Please take a moment to send an e-mail to Hawaii's representatives and urge them to vote against purchasing this slaughterhouse and for preserving Hawaii's environment and protecting animals from abuse.
The Cove opened eyes and filled them with tears. Tonight, the sad saga continues with Blood Dolphins—a three-part miniseries based on the Oscar-winning documentary's exposé of Japan's gruesome dolphin trade and slaughter.
Blood Dolphins premieres tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern time on Animal Planet.
Also, if you haven't seen The Cove yet Animal Planet will be airing it this Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Please tell everyone you know to tune in to both. The official "killing season" will begin September 1 in Taiji, Japan ("The Cove"). Together we can change the tide. Please contact your local Japanese embassy and demand that Japan stop this bloody business.
Written by Amy Elizabeth
As a writer, I've never really liked the adage "a picture is worth a thousand words." But even I had to admit its truth after looking at these jaw-dropping images of animals' last moments inside slaughterhouses. The photos are the work of Italian photographer Tommaso Ausili and are part of a series titled "The Hidden Death," for which Ausili won the prestigious L'Iris D'Or/Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year award. The series explores the fact that "Neatly packaged meat in supermarkets is often completely detached in consumers' minds from the process of its production." I could say more, but the photos are so powerful that I will give my keyboard a rest and let the images speak for themselves.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
Last fall, a jury found Sholom Rubashkin, former Agriprocessors CEO, guilty on 86 federal financial fraud charges. Now, a judge in the case has announced that Rubashkin will be sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $31 million in restitution!
This is the culmination of a long, sordid history of financial crimes at the plant as well as violations against humans and animals dating back to PETA's original undercover investigation in 2004.
This undercover investigation exposed that Agriprocessors was hacking out the tracheas and esophagi of cattle immediately after the kosher slaughter cut, when the animals were still conscious and able to feel pain. Many animals remained conscious for prolonged periods, some even struggling to their feet in agony three minutes after their throats were cut, their organs dangling from their necks.
Dr. Temple Grandin, the world's leading slaughterhouse expert, called this "the most disgusting thing [she'd] ever seen." The USDA agreed with PETA and cited Agriprocessors for "engaging in acts of inhumane slaughter." Sholom Rubashkin tried to defend these egregious methods, but PETA undercover investigations in both 2007 and 2008 caught his facilities again performing dressing procedures on conscious animals. Dr. Grandin said, "The undercover video clearly showed that when they think nobody is looking, they do bad things in this plant."
At least Sholom Rubashkin will not have the opportunity to harm any more animals for the next 27 years.
Written by Shawna Flavell
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