ARA PSA of the Day: Let Meat Live!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

OK, so these ads for The Coup Vegetarian Restaurant aren’t technically public service announcements, but I get a kick out of ’em nonetheless. Plus, even though they’re meant to market a business, they do so by promoting vegetarianism and a compassionate diet. “Let Meat Live!,” indeed.

The Coup Vegetarian Restaurant - Sheep

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Kinship Circle: Update/Act: Penalize Pig Abusers

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 5:59 PM
Subject: Update/Act: Penalize Pig Abusers

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY, http://www.KinshipCircle.org

PLEASE SUPPORT KINSHIP CIRCLE:
ONLINE: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/
BY MAIL: Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130

10/26/08: Penalize Pig Torturers At Iowa Farm
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UPDATE: PIG TORTURERS FACE 22 COUNTS OF ANIMAL ABUSE

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ORIGINAL ALERT & PHOTOS FROM UNDERCOVER VIDEO:
9/17/08: Hormel’s Pigs: Slammed, Cut, Spray-Painted
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new.asp?LetterID=1759&seriesfirst=true

We asked food giant Hormel to terminate employees implicated in abuse and install video surveillance cameras at its contracted hog farms…after PETA’s undercover tapes exposed an Iowa farm battering pigs with metal rods, crushing piglets, and more. Since then, Greene County officials have charged some abusers seen in PETA’s video. EVERY TIME charges are filed in “livestock” abuse, this is a mini-victory in itself — since these animals are seen as commodities, not living creatures. Please thank officials for their action and urge them to follow through with arrest and prosecution.

THOSE CHARGED ARE (Source – Green County Sheriff’s Office):

— Jordan M. Anderson, 26, of Audubon, a former on-site manager: aiding and abetting livestock abuse-two counts, aggravated misdemeanor; and Livestock Neglect, one count, simple misdemeanor.

— Greg W. Hackler, 18, of Jefferson, a former employee: Livestock abuse, two counts, aggravated misdemeanor.

— Shawn M. Lyons, 35, of Bayard, still employed: Livestock neglect, one count, simple misdemeanor.

— Shelly A. Mauch, 34, of Scranton, still employed: Livestock neglect, one count, simple misdemeanor.

— Richard M. Ralston, 27, of Bayard, a former employee: Livestock abuse, five counts, aggravated misdemeanor.

— Alan B. Rettig, 60, of Scranton, a former employee: Livestock abuse, five counts, aggravated misdemeanor

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Kinship Circle: Piglets Of The Flood – Iowa Rescues Give Birth

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 2:01 PM
Subject: Piglets Of The Flood – Iowa Rescues Give Birth

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10/14/08: UPDATE: Piglets Of The Flood – Iowa Rescues Give Birth

DATE: 7/28/08…9/9/08
SOURCE: Midwest Flood Pig Rescue Blog, http://floodrescue2008.blogspot.com/
Images From A Flood, http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/relief/08-07-03.html

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF FARM SANCTUARY, http://www.farmsanctuary.org

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE

When Iowa floods saturated nearly 80% of the state this summer, Iowa’s Veterinary Response Coordinator enlisted Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network to staff staging areas at Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City and Lee County Fairgrounds in Donnellson, Iowa. By June 14, 2008 we were in daily conference calls with the state EOC (Emergency Operations Center). We contacted Best Friends Rapid Response Team and asked Iowa officials to form an agreement with them (MOU) for water rescue in Louisa, Des Moines, Lee, Johnson or Linn counties…. Over June and July, Kinship Circle volunteers traveled to Iowa for emergency pet sheltering, transport and rescue operations.

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PHOTO: Molly Wald, Best Friends, http://www.bestfriends.org

IN THE MEANTIME, PIGS WERE EVERYWHERE…Adrift from flooded hog farms, some still encased in crates. While 40,000 were pre-evacuated, an estimated 4,000 (or more) pigs died. Some who’d scrambled atop levees were shot dead by officials concerned they’d ruin sandbags. Many more drowned. Kinship Circle contacted Farm Sanctuary to ask their Emergency Rescue Team to come to Iowa. KC volunteers Cheri Deatsch, Bob Rude, David Halperin and Craig Hill assisted Farm Sanctuary in initial pig rescues. Eventually “Operation Pig” grew so large, a coalition of Farm Sanctuary, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), American Humane Association (AHA), and Animal Rescue League of Boston recovered pigs from levee systems and treated many for severe sunburn, dehydration, etc. at a triage site in Iowa.

IOWA FLOOD RESCUE PHOTOS & TALES:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/relief/08-07-03.html

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Hormel’s Pigs: Slammed, Cut, Spray-painted

Friday, September 19th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 8:20 PM
Subject: ACT/ Hormel’s Pigs: Slammed, Cut, Spray-painted

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Dear Kinship Circle Primary,

In case you missed our first note… We apologize again for the lack of advocacy alerts during hurricane season. After returning from New Orleans to assist with animal evacuations in Hurricane Gustav, Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network continues to manage volunteers for MuttShack Animal Rescue, to aid animals affected in Hurricane Ike. Thank you for your patience. Kinship Circle

9/17/08: Hormel’s Pigs: Slammed, Cut, Spray-painted

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A sow with an open sore on her nose from an apparent beating with a metal gate rod.

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An employee sprayed paint — for over 30 seconds — into the nostrils of a nursing sow.

http://www.peta.org/actioncenter/iowa_pigfarm_gallery.asp

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Everyday Activism / Truth in Advertising

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Animals Australia - Recipe, 1

I’m been a bad, busy blogger lately, and for that I apologize. Between the DNC, the RNC, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the hovering hurricane Gustav (and Hannah and Ike and Josephine), and the seemingly neverending rise in police repression and brutality, I am burnt. out. So I went on a bit of a staycation last week, and took in some local sights that I’ve been wanting to for awhile (staycation photos galore!).

Anyway, I thought I’d share this awesome ad campaign from Animals Australia. The series depicts photos of “mouth-watering” (*gag*) meat dishes along with their recipes. Instead of twelve ounces of pork and a cup of red wine vinegar, however, AA’s recipes call for gestation crates and animal cruelty.

I love the juxtaposition of beautiful gourmet food photography and graphic descriptions of factory farming practices. At first glance, the layout looks as though it might be straight out of a meat-worshipping cookbook a la Anthony Bourdain. But once the reader leans in closer, wham! Truth in advertising, baby. Genius.

As an added bonus, the ads are perfect for some stealth activism. Simply print out a few (hundred?) copies and insert them in the animal-unfriendly cookbooks in your local Barnes & Noble store. Or, heck, a friend or relative’s own cookbook collection, if you want to be doubly snarky.

The rest of the series is after the jump. (Click through to each pic’s Flickr page to read the full text.)

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“Family Values”

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

This is how Anthony Pagor, Dale Meyer, Brandon Meyer and Justin Williams of Eldorado, Wisconsin like to spend their weekends:

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That’s right, torturing pigs. Fucking awesome, isn’t it, the way her eyes bulge out of her sockets and her tongue lolls out of her mouth as you squeeze every last bit of air out of her porcine lungs, isn’t it? What can be cooler than inflicting some unnecessary hurt on a “lower” life form, eh? Bet it makes y’all feel like quite the menz. Tomorrow you can haul her off to the slaughterhouse and come back with a freezer full of pork chops. You know, a MANLY MEAT!!!!! “Real food for real guys,” indeed.

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Kinship Circle: Army Shoots Pigs To Teach Lifesaving Skills

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

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Date: Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 4:06 PM
Subject: Army Shoots Pigs To Teach Lifesaving Skills

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7/23/08: Army Shoots Pigs To Teach Lifesaving Skills

A pig at rest; photo via JB/John

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Farm Sanctuary: Iowa Pigs Still Need Help

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Iowa Pigs Still Need Help

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I know that we recently reached out to you for help, but we are still in urgent need of funding to continue the mission to save pigs from the Midwest flood disaster.

This emergency rescue is historic, both in its mission and scope, and is expected to be one of the most expensive rescue operations Farm Sanctuary has ever undertaken. But we couldn’t turn our backs on farm animals in need; we couldn’t leave any pigs behind.

Farm Sanctuary’s emergency rescue team is continuing to work day and night on the ground in Iowa to save the pigs. The urgency of the situation is only growing, as we have now rescued 69 pigs, most of whom are in very poor condition and a number of whom are pregnant.

We need your help right now to provide emergency onsite care to the pigs and transport them out of the disaster zone, as we have secured all survivors on the Iowa levee. Given the condition, number and size of these animals, this endeavor is massive.

Right now, Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director Susie Coston is onsite in Iowa providing triage care at a temporary holding facility. Here, the pigs are receiving care for third degree burns and treatment for abscesses and wounds.

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Kinship Circle: FLOOD: Last Images + Pigs Need Homes!

Friday, July 4th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 2:49 PM
Subject: FLOOD: Last Images + Pigs Need Homes!

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / MIDWEST FLOODS OF 2008

7/3/08: Images From A Flood + Rescued Pigs Need Homes
As rescue and emergency sheltering operations head toward maintenance, we share a last glimpse of the flood that covered over 80% of Iowa…and some of the animals who survived.

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Photo courtesy of Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society.
http://www.bestfriends.org

IN THIS ALERT:

1. Iowa Floods: Pigs, Pups & Kittens
2. Red Rover, Red Rover…Send Piggy Right Over!
3. Homes Urgently Needed For Rescued Pigs
4. Tessa’s Reunion

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Farm Sanctuary: Midwest Pigs Urgently in Need of Placement

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 11:33 AM
Subject: Midwest Pigs Urgently in Need of Placement

HOMES URGENTLY NEEDED FOR RESCUED PIGS – WE IMMEDIATELY NEED ADOPTIVE HOMES FOR PIGS IN ORDER TO SAVE AS MANY ANIMALS AS POSSIBLE FROM THE MIDWEST FLOOD DISASTER.

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As we reported to you last week, Farm Sanctuary’s emergency rescue team is currently on the ground in Oakville, Iowa saving pigs stranded in the Mississippi River floods and providing them with emergency care and temporary shelter.

Thankfully, our efforts are proving successful as we now have 28 pigs in our custody. Many are in critical condition (suffering from injuries, pneumonia and third degree sunburns) and are receiving urgent care.

Now, as rescue efforts continue, we must quickly secure a large number of adoptive homes for pigs: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/rescue/adoption.html

We continue to find more and more pigs still alive, surviving against all odds in fields, on levees, anywhere they can find refuge. Pigs are extremely resourceful, intelligent animals they are fighters; they are survivors. After this tremendous demonstration of their will to live and all that they have endured, they deserve peace and comfort in their lives, as well as a chance to know that there is kindness in the world. PLEASE HELP by providing an adoptive home for as many pigs as you can.

Among those we have rescued is a brave, strong mother pig who gave birth to seven piglets within the past couple of days amidst the floods. She and her babies have survived the ordeal but this mother now needs a safe place to call home and nurture and raise her piglets.

Our need for homes is extremely urgent, as Farm Sanctuary already provides lifelong care to more than 50 pigs. We are continuing to rescue as many as we can, but our efforts can only continue with your participation in this extraordinary rescue.

Many of the rescued pigs swam for their lives to escape deadly flood waters. They were stranded without food or water, injured, sick, frightened, and confused. These pigs need you to give them hope for the future and keep them safe from harm forever.

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Kinship Circle: The Lucky Ones, Iowa Flood Pigs

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 12:05 PM
Subject: The Lucky Ones, Iowa Flood Pigs

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY
6/26/08: The Lucky Ones… Iowa Flood Pigs

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Photos courtesy of Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society.
http://www.bestfriends.org
http://flickr.com/photos/mollywald/sets/72157605698148806/

When Kinship Circle began working with Iowa Dept. of Agriculture/Veterinary Response to coordinate volunteers for Iowa animal flood victims — we soon learned about the pig tragedy. Hog farms had filled with water, with pigs trapped in crates and others adrift over a wide swath of southeast Iowa. As many as 40,000 pigs were evacuated. An estimated 4,000 pigs died. Still others swam for their lives in rapid waters. Some managed to hoist their bodies atop levees, only to be shot dead by officials concerned they’d destroy sandbags. Residents and officials herded some on to barges, to ferry them back to owners. Many carcasses remain as waters recede.

But pigs are smart. And some escaped to dry ground. Reports came in daily: Pigs spotted by churches, in homes, near levees, on rooftops. Early during this operation, Kinship Circle called Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, to ask if their Emergency Rescue Team could come to Iowa. Within 24 hours, they were on the road from Watkins Glen, New York to Oakville, Iowa.

On conference call with state officials, we learned that pigs currently stranded, when found, could be taken to a temporary holding area… And once in Farm Sanctuary’s custody, receive immediate care and transport to sanctuary. That’s right: sanctuary.

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network volunteers have assisted Farm Sanctuary rescuers. See below, to donate to FS Emergency Rescue Fund.

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Farm Sanctuary: Disaster strikes for farm animals; Stranded Pigs Need Urgent Help

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at] farmsanctuary.org
Date: Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 12:56 PM
Subject: Disaster strikes for farm animals: Stranded Pigs Need Urgent Help

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EMERGENCY RESCUE FUND
Stranded Pigs Need Urgent Help!

Flood waters have ravaged the Midwest, and farm animals need immediate rescue! The recent flooding has hit largely agricultural areas, leaving pigs, cattle and other animals stranded.

Hundreds of factory farm pigs have been left trapped and drowning in crates, or freed only to be swept away by rapid currents … trying desperately to survive on area levees.

Farm Sanctuary dispatched a rescue team with our large animal rescue trailer last week and we are currently on the ground in Iowa and Illinois to save drowning and stranded pigs.

Please, give to the Emergency Rescue Fund right now to help our lifesaving efforts and rescue these stranded, suffering animals:

https://secure2.vegsource.com/farmsanc/fs/donate_erf_pigs08_alert.html

This rescue is urgent and every moment counts. We, and the pigs, need your help right now.

Many pigs swam for their lives to the closest land or levee. Many are stranded without food or water. They are desperately clinging to life and waiting for rescuers to arrive.

Farm Sanctuary is working with other organizations to transport surviving pigs to a temporary holding area, and once pigs are in our custody, Farm Sanctuary will be ensuring their immediate care and transport to sanctuary.

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Kinship Circle: Emergency Sheltering Volunteers Needed In Iowa

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55 PM
Subject: Emergency Sheltering Volunteers Needed In Iowa

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
Communicating during disasters to mobilize volunteers, supplies, and other resources for animal victims. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

6/24: Emergency Sheltering Volunteers Needed In Iowa

Kinship Circle has been asked to continue staffing two surge shelters for Iowa flood victims for the remainder of this week and next week.

County coordinators at both Lee County Fairgrounds and Johnson County Fairgrounds need VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH EMERGENCY SHELTERING DUTIES.

1. IF YOU CAN GO TO IOWA THIS WEEK OR NEXT WEEK, NOTIFY US NOW.

2. SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO:

kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net -OR- pawsitivedirections [at] yahoo.com (DON’T SEND TO BOTH)

* YOUR NAME:
* PHONE NUMBER (cell you’ll have with you):
* FULL PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
* BRIEF INFO RE: YOUR ANIMAL DISASTER AID EXPERIENCE:
* ARRIVE/DEPART DATES IN IOWA
* TYPE: IOWA VOLUNTEER in subject line of email

This info is needed for the Iowa flood disaster. It’s also filed for future disasters in which we’re asked to send qualified independent volunteers. THANK YOU all for your concern for animal flood victims in Iowa. We deeply appreciate your experience, professionalism and devotion to animals in disasters. Kinship Circle

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Stabbing Pigs To Teach Human Surgery?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Sat, May 3, 2008 at 5:26 PM
Subject: ACT/ Stabbing Pigs To Teach Human Surgery?

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5/3/08: Stabbing Pigs To Teach Human Surgery?

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Pigs used in laboratory research. This photo is NOT from Hartford Hospital.

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ End Pig Labs At John Hopkins Medical School

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

You know, I just started reading The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history by John Barry (2005) – in no small part because the 1918 pandemic is heavily discussed in Michael Greger’s Bird Flu, which I highly recommend – and really found it quite ironical that John Hopkins was, at the turn of the century, considered the pioneer of secular, reason-based science. Now they’re one of the last holdouts on animal testing. Innovative, not so much.

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 6:17 PM
Subject: ACT/ End Pig Labs At John Hopkins Medical School

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WORLD WEEK FOR ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES: April 20-26, 2008
http://www.WWAIL.org

Be counted. Send a letter.

4/8/08: End Pig Labs At John Hopkins Medical School
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

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…and have a compassionate Christmas, too!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

PCRM eCard [cropped]

Because I highly doubt that Jesus would approve of factory farming. Just sayin’.

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Hanging Pigs: "That’s Not Torture"

Monday, November 19th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Nov 16, 2007 5:02 PM
Subject: ACT/ Hanging Pigs: “That’s Not Torture”

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11/16/07: Hanging Pigs: “That’s Not Torture”
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

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PHOTOS: Excerpts from Humane Farming Association’s undercover video at Wiles Farm in Wayne County, Ohio. VIEW HFA VIDEO:
http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/iowa_pig_hangings

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Urge Iowa Vet Board to Take Action Against Vet Who Defended Cruel Pig Hanging!
http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/iowa_pig_hangings

Cruelty Charges Filed Against Ohio Hog Factory
https://hfa.org/campaigns/wiles.html

NEWS VIDEO, aired upon completion of Wiles Farm trial
http://www.wkyc.com/video/player.aspx?aid=37585&bw=

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Pigs Aren’t People. Stop Live Labs.

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

See also: IDA: Protest Hartford Hospital’s Live Pig Trauma Lab.

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: May 26, 2007 3:48 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Pigs Aren’t People. Stop Live Labs.

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5/26/07: Hartford Hospital: Pigs Aren’t People. Stop Live Labs.
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Justin Goodman, justin_goodman [at] sbcglobal.net

Detailed info about Hartford Hospital campaign: http://www.uchckillsmonkeys.com/harthosp

Pigs As `Patients’ Draws Protest / Animal Rights Activists Decry Surgical Training Program

Advanced Trauma Operative Management
http://www.harthosp.org/ATOM/index.asp

Surgery trainees/practitioners manage 14 traumatic injuries in live pigs (right column, page 472)
http://www.uchckillsmonkeys.com/jacobs_atom_2003.pdf

U.S. Department of Agriculture documents (see page 5)
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/downloads/7023/2005/2005Connecticut.pdf

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IDA: Protest Hartford Hospital’s Live Pig Trauma Lab

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Via In Defense of Animals:

Protest Hartford Hospital’s Live Pig Trauma Lab

We recently learned that Hartford Hospital , in concert with the UConn School of Medicine, administers a monthly program called the Advanced Trauma Operative Management course (ATOM). ATOM includes a 3-hour lab session during which surgery trainees and practitioners manage 14 different traumatic injuries (see right column of page 472) that are intentionally inflicted in live adult pigs. The animals must suffer through penetrating injuries such as stab wounds to numerous organs in the abdomen and chest, including the kidney, stomach, spleen and heart.

Please “take action” to protest Hartford Hospital’s live pig trauma lab.

Also, be sure to check out this article in the Hartford Courant, and vote in the poll which asks “Should hospitals and medical schools have trainees and students operate on living animals?” (it’s on the right-hand side of the page).

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WSPA: Needless suffering of Taiwan’s pigs

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Needless suffering of Taiwan’s pigs

WSPA recently released shocking undercover video footage showing incredibly cruel – and illegal – slaughter practices at pig slaughterhouses in Taiwan. The footage was gathered by WSPA member society the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) and depicts horrific cruelty including pigs being slaughtered while fully conscious.

Previous investigations by EAST in 2000 had prompted the Taiwanese government to create Codes of Practice to improve conditions at slaughterhouses. However, when EAST returned in 2006, they found that conditions had once again deteriorated and many slaughterhouses had reverted to using inhumane methods.

WSPA is calling upon the government of Taiwan to enforce their existing laws to protect animals in slaughterhouses. We are also asking supporters to take action by sending letters of protest to the Taiwanese government.

Read more and take action >>

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