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.

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Animals Australia: Save Babe campaign

Monday, April 30th, 2007

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From: Animals Australia – enquiries [at]
Date: Apr 30, 2007 1:31 AM
Subject: E-ALERT – Pigs sentenced to another 10 years of cruelty…

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On April 20th, nine Australian politicians charged with the responsibility of reviewing cruel pig industry practices voted to allow the use of inhumane sow stalls to continue unabated for another decade.
These politicians ignored community views, pre-eminent science, international precedents and their ethical responsibilities to provide millions of Australian animals with fair and just governance.

All is not lost. Recently the world’s largest pig producer—US-based Smithfield Foods—announced a voluntary phase out of sow stalls over the next decade. The following week Canada’s largest pig producer followed suit.

These decisions were not forced by governments; they were forced by community concern. In the US Burger King (Hungry Jacks in Australia) and major supermarkets have listened to consumers and have committed to sourcing free-range products—their purchasing power is underpinning the decisions by pig producers to end cruel practices.

Change for Australian pigs will be brought about when these powerful companies are made aware that civilised societies will no longer tolerate industrialised animal cruelty.

It is time to make uncaring politicians irrelevant.

Please take a moment to send this important message. Tell McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s and Subway that whilst Australian politicians don’t care about animal cruelty—you do.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Hong Kong’s Brutal Purge of 40,000+ Pigs

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Apr 23, 2007 8:11 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Hong Kong’s Brutal Purge of 40,000+ Pigs

(Please do not delete identity/disclaimer information)

4/23/07: Hong Kong’s Brutal Purge of 40,000+ Pigs


Hong Kong Government Brutally Killing 40,000 Pigs

Hong Kong Government Contact Info:
Hong Kong’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules


Kinship Circle - 2007-04-23 - Hong Kong's Brutal Purge of 40,000+ Pigs


PETITON: Government Brutally Killing 40,000 Pigs


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Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 03/23/07

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Mar 23, 2007 3:29 PM
Subject: Farm Sanctuary’s E-News & Action Alert 03/23/07

The Time is Ripe for Change!

Animal advocates have been instrumental in achieving the precedent-setting humane transformation of chefs across the nation and high-profile chef Wolfgang Puck who have taken foie gras off their menus. The time is now ripe for monumental change! Other celebrity chefs, such as Emeril and Todd English, continue to promote this cruel and unnecessary “delicacy.” Contacting chefs and distributing educational literature are simple ways to help ban foie gras cruelty forever!

Related Links:

Cold, Wet and Abandoned: Piglet Finds New Start and Cozy Barn at Farm Sanctuary

He was found by a kind woman, abandoned, sopping wet and shivering in a western New York yard. A recent thaw had apparently washed J.D. downstream and onto the woman’s property. A phone call to Farm Sanctuary swept the little piglet away again, delivering him into a new life, full of love, caring and health at our New York Shelter. Read more and watch J.D. in action!

Volunteer Work Parties Now In Session!

Spend a day with other friends of farm animals and pitch in with farm chores at our California or New York Shelters. Work parties are held every month and include a sanctuary tour and a staff-led discussion session with complimentary refreshments. Farm chores are assigned according to our greatest needs and range from cleaning barns to stuffing envelopes. If you’d like to make a big difference for farm animals, sign up for our April 14 work party today!

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By joining our Monthly Pledge Program, you help ensure crucial funding for our rescue, education and advocacy efforts. As an added benefit, this convenient program simplifies the donation process for you by automatically deducting a specified amount from your checking or savings account or charging that amount to your credit card every month. For more information, please contact us at 607-583-2225 ext. 225 or mailto:croseman [at]

In the News

Gloria Steinem to speak out against Foie Gras at the Benefit for Compassion on April 7. Purchase your tickets today!

Puck says it’s time to hold the foie gras
Los Angeles Times – March 22, 2007

Foie gras, crated meats off chef Wolfgang Puck’s menus
Reuters – March 23, 2007

More coverage about Wolfgang Puck and this precedent-setting victory!

In the Store

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Humane Education DVD narrated by Casey Affleck

About Farm Sanctuary

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Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, we have worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and legislative actions, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Our shelters in Watkins Glen, NY and Orland, CA provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. For more information about Farm Sanctuary or our programs, please visit or call 607-583-2225. To become a Farm Sanctuary member or to make a donation today using our secure online form, For updates on previous action alerts,

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Farm Sanctuary: Another Corporate Farm Backflips

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Jan 31, 2007 12:18 PM
Subject: Another Corporate Farm Backflips

Last week, Smithfield, the world s largest pig farming operation, announced plans to phase out gestation crates. This week, Marcho Farms, one of the largest U.S. veal companies announced plans to phase out veal crates. In 2002, Farm Sanctuary investigated and exposed conditions at Marcho Farms, and pressured the company to make changes.

It is significant that Smithfield and Marcho Farms have now changed course. Previously, they were both strong proponents of keeping animals in narrow crates. The industry’s back flip on these confinement issues begs the question: what else are pigs, calves and other farm animals rightfully entitled to?

These changes show that as citizens, restaurants and other businesses become aware of agribusiness s cruelties, they will demand reforms. This was apparent last November when citizens in the state of Arizona voted overwhelming on Proposition 204 to ban veal and gestation crates.

These recent announcements demonstrate that we are making progress. Cruelty to animals violates basic humane principals, and industrial farming operators are now being forced to recognize this.

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DawnWatch: Wash Post on fight to save pet pig 1/29/07

Monday, January 29th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jan 29, 2007 5:36 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Wash Post on fight to save pet pig 1/29/07

There is a charming story in the Monday, January 29 Metro Section about a woman fighting for the right to keep her pet pig. The piece, by Bill Turque, is headed, “Home Is Where Her Hog Is” and subheaded, “A couple of years ago, a petrified little pig escaped the butcher, thanks to its new owner. Now the Herndon woman is fighting a zoning law to keep her 140-pound pet at her house.”

We read:

“Last summer was the fat time for Bacon, a 3-year-old Vietnamese potbellied pig who moved into a house along a Herndon cul-de-sac with her owner, Bridgette Suder. Neighbors lined up to get a look at the sweet-natured 140-pounder with a bristly white coat and enormous pink-and-black snout that is the texture of ‘one big lip,’ according to Suder, who smooches it regularly. Kids came by to visit as Bacon cooled herself in the toddler wading pool that Suder set up in the back yard.

“‘We had a house full of people petting Bacon,’ said Suder, 23, a former kindergarten teacher who works for her father’s educational consulting firm.

“Then someone squealed. That started the lean times.

“In early October, Suder received a letter from the town. It said that two inspectors ‘determined that you are keeping livestock, to wit: a Pot Belly Pig on the Property.’ They told Suder that swine are not allowed within the town limits.

“She appealed to the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals, and while the matter is pending, Suder and her neighbors have mobilized to save their Bacon.

“Suder was encouraged when she looked at Virginia law, which indicates that if Bacon is not destined to be bacon, or otherwise sold for profit, she qualifies as a ‘companion animal.’

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DawnWatch: Smithfield to phase out sow gestation crates — Wall Street Journal 1/25/07

Friday, January 26th, 2007

UPDATE, 1/28/07: PETA also wrote about the Smithfields (semi-) victory. They urge readers to:

Please send a kind note thanking Smithfield officials for making the right choice for animals, and encourage them to keep working with PETA and other animal protection advocates to make improvements in how they treat animals:

Dennis Treacy, Vice President of Environmental and Corporate Affairs
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
200 Commerce St.
Smithfield, VA 23430
information [at]

For more information, see Farm Sanctuary’s gestation crate campaign here.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jan 25, 2007 3:25 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Smithfield to phase out sow gestation crates — Wall Street Journal 1/25/07

The Thursday, January 25 Wall Street Journal includes an article by Lauren Etter headed, “Smithfield to Phase Out Crates. Big Pork Producer Yields To Activists, Customers, On Animal-Welfare Issue.” (pg 14)

The article opens:

“Smithfield Foods Inc., the nation’s largest pork producer, plans to announce today that it will phase out “gestation crates” at all of its company-owned sow farms over the next decade.

“The company has come under fire by animal-rights activists in recent years over the crates, where some female pigs can spend most of their lives. The issue also played a role in last year’s midterm elections.

“Smithfield is the first major pork producer to move to ban the crates, but the company’s efforts may not be fast enough for critics. ‘It’s a big step,’ says Bernard Rollin, a professor of philosophy at Colorado State University and animal-rights researcher. But ‘it’s not quick enough.'”

Rollins says about the crates: “If you see one you’ll never forget it.”

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DawnWatch: WKYC hog farm follow-up — shocking footage. Please send thanks. 1/17/07

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

NOTE: The original DawnWatch alert, “DawnWatch: WKYC airs shocking hog farm story and follow-up. Please thank the station — 11/30/06”, is available here.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Jan 18, 2007 11:28 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: WKYC hog farm follow-up — shocking footage. Please send thanks. 1/17/07

In late November, WKYC in Ohio aired a story they headed, “Special Prosecutor investigates handling of pigs on northeast Ohio Hog Farm.”

They aired a follow-up the following evening, the anchor holding a big stack of emails received from viewers in response to the first story.

Yesterday, January 17, the station aired a piece about the prosecutor’s choice to move forward. The anchors mentioned that the case had generated interest not just across the viewing area but on the internet around the world. I send a huge thank you to all who wrote!
Signing off last night’s story, reporter Bill Safos said, “We will follow the story because there has been much interest in this…”

You can watch the January 17 follow-up story on line here.

It includes horrifying footage of a conscious sow being hung, strangling slowly.

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DawnWatch: Terrific pig farm article, and photos, in Rolling Stone — 12/14/06

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Dec 6, 2006 9:25 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Terrific pig farm article, and photos, in Rolling Stone — 12/14/06

The current, December 14, edition of Rolling Stone magazine includes a lengthy piece, by contributor Jeff Tietz, about Smithfield pork producers. It covers the conditions the animals are kept in, and the environmental impact. The article is headed, “BossHog” and sub-headed, “America’s top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat.” (pg 89.)

The lead photo is of a huge pile of pig carcasses, with the caption, “Pork producers generate millions of tons of hog waste each year including millions of dead pigs.”

The article opens:

“Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pig processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year.”

It tells us that hogs produce three times more excrement than humans do, and that “The best estimates put Smithfield total waste discharge at 26 million tons a year.” We read, “So prodigious is its fecal waste, however, that if the company treated its effluvia as big-city governments do — even if it came close to the same standard — it would lose money.”

It explains that the “pig shit” is so toxic because of the concentrated conditions the pigs are kept in:

“Smithfield’s pigs live by the hundreds or thousands in warehouselike barns, in rows of wall-to-wall pens. Sows are artificially inseminated and fed and delivered of their piglets in cages so small they cannot turn around. Forty full grown 250-pound male hogs often occupy a pen the size of a tiny apartment. They trample each other to death. There is no sunlight, straw, fresh air or earth. The floors are slatted to allow excrement to fall into a catchment pit under the pens….

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DawnWatch: WKYC airs shocking hog farm story and follow-up. Please thank the station — 11/30/06

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Dec 1, 2006 2:35 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: WKYC airs shocking hog farm story and follow-up. Please thank the station — 11/30/06

On Wednesday, November 29, WKYC in Ohio aired a story they headed, “Special Prosecutor investigates handling of pigs on northeast Ohio Hog Farm.” If you to you’ll find the print version of the story and a photo of a huge pig being lifted off the ground by a rope around his neck.

The station aired a follow-up story last night, Thursday, November 30, headed “Congressman reacts to pig farm story,” which you can watch on line here OR

It includes some of the footage from Wednesday’s story, taken by a Humane Farming Association undercover investigator, though the report tells us that the station isn’t airing the worst of it.

A message repeated many times throughout the coverage is that according to what the news team has been able to find out so far, the horrifying treatment is legal — a good thing for viewers to learn about the meat industry.

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DawnWatch: ABC’s nightline to cover pig welfare — Tuesday 11/14/06

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Nov 14, 2006 11:38 AM
Subject: DawnWatch: ABC’s nightline to cover pig welfare — Tuesday 11/14/06

On Monday, ABC gave us the following promo for the Tuesday, November 14 edition of Nightline:

“Tomorrow on ‘Nightline’ – hog heaven. Welcome to a new kind of farm where they raise pigs the old-fashioned way. Not keeping them in troughs and pumping them full of antibiotics, but naturally.

“REPORTER: So, these pigs actually have a life before they go to market?

“PIG OWNER: Just look at them. You know, they run and play. They have bedding. They socialize with their friends. They visit from family to family. Yes, happy pigs.”


For years pigs have been living in unconscionable conditions on factory farms (Check out with no media attention. The Nightline coverage is one of many signs that things could be starting to change.

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Farm Sanctuary: Victory for Farm Animals in Arizona

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Nov 8, 2006 9:16 AM
Subject: Victory for Farm Animals in Arizona

Historic Arizona Vote Bans Cruel Crates for Veal Calves and Pregnant Pigs!

The ballot tally of Arizona voters on Election Day, November 7, 2006, proved that most citizens are opposed to the standard agriculture practices in modern factory farms which disallow adequate space and movement for male calves raised for veal and pregnant pigs. An overwhelming 61 percent of voters said Yes to Proposition 204 which will allow these animals enough room to turn around and stretch their limbs.

The passing of this precedent-setting humane proposition makes Arizona the first state in the nation to enact such a measure to ban veal crates and the second state to ban gestation crates for pregnant pigs. The gestation crate for breeding pigs was outlawed through a citizen initiative in Florida in 2002. (See No and Farm Sanctuary News.)

Arizonans for Humane Farms, a coalition of animal advocacy groups including Farm Sanctuary, launched this statewide ballot campaign in September, 2005. The November 7 vote is a triumph for farm animals everywhere and the individuals who advocate on their behalf.

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DawnWatch: NY Times on hog hunting — 10/29/06

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Oct 29, 2006 4:17 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times on hog hunting — 10/29/06

The Sunday, October 29, New York Times includes a story, by Tim Eaton headed, “With Hands and Hounds, Stalking Feral Hogs in Texas.” (A16.)

It describes the capture of a wild hog as follows:

“Four of his short-haired scent hounds, which had been released earlier, began to bark from the darkness. Mr. Richardson jumped out of the truck and freed a black pit bull from a cage on the truck’s flatbed. He chased after his pit bull into the darkness toward the barking hounds.

“He tripped in a wet ditch but kept running through the milo stalks. When he got to the baying dogs, the light on his miner’s hat revealed that the pit bull, trained for just this purpose, had clamped onto the face of a feral hog.

“As he had done thousands of times before, Mr. Richardson, 58, pounced on the snorting beast and tied its feet together, immobilizing it. Within minutes, he had loaded the animal barehanded into a cage.”

On the website we can see a close-up photo of Richardson loading a terrified struggling hog into his truck. That photo is not included in the hard copy of the paper.

We read:

“A lot of people in rural Texas catch wild hogs, which can grow to several hundred pounds, and Mr. Richardson traps them like most others. But there is sometimes a twist to Mr. Richardson’s hunts — he spends a few nights a week cruising the dirt roads of Stonewall County, a place with more hogs than people, to run down the wild animals using only his dogs and his bare hands.

“‘It’s for fun,’ he said.”

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DawnWatch: NY Times editorial condemns pig industry consolidation — 9/23/06

Friday, September 29th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Sep 25, 2006 8:11 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times editorial condemns pig industry consolidation 9/23/06

The Saturday, September 23, New York Times, included an editorial (the paper’s official editorial opinion) headed “The Ultimate Agricultural Efficiency.”

It opens:

“Any American history of pork — the meat, that is — shows a steady concentration of more and more hogs in the hands of fewer and fewer producers. That is what modern agricultural “efficiency” looks like. It’s good for the bottom line of the big industrial players, but bad for farmers, hogs, the environment and, ultimately, consumers. That history took another step in the wrong direction when Smithfield Foods — the biggest pork packer — agreed to buy the second biggest pork packer, Premium Standard Farms.”

The piece explains that as pig farming operations are increasingly consolidated, small farms are dying out, and pig farmers are becoming “janitors in confinement barns across rural America where the packers’ huge herds of pigs are crammed in stalls to live out their short lives.”

The reference to pigs being crammed into stalls points to the cruelty of factory farming, but the piece doesn’t focus on it, which is why letters to the editor can help. Since it was photographs of pigs living in individual in stalls so small that they cannot even turn around that first piqued my interest in animal rights, I urge anybody who has not seen those photos to check out the photo gallery at .

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Dawnwatch: NBC in LA covers caging cruelty case against Corcpork — 9/20/06

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Sep 22, 2006 7:40 PM
Subject: Dawnwatch: NBC in LA covers caging cruelty case against Corcpork 9/20/06

This week, on Wednesday September 20, NBC 4 in Los Angeles covered Farm Sanctuary’s lawsuit against CorcPork, one of the largest pig farmers in California.

The piece included footage taken at Corcpork. Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Bauston commented:

“California has a law requiring animals to have space to exercise, and these animals in these crates clearly cannot exercise.”

Cannot exercise? The footage shows the animals in individual crates so small they cannot even turn around or lie down with their legs outstretched. Unfortunately that caging for sows is standard agricultural practice, and anti-cruelty laws generally make exceptions for standard agricultural practice. How ironic that the prevalence of a problem is cited as an argument against efforts to ease it. But Farm Sanctuary is making the attempt.

You can find out more about the lawsuit here.

You can watch the NBC story on line here.

Please thank the station for the coverage, and share your opinion of the crating of pigs. Positive feedback for coverage of animal issues will encourage follow-ups and similar stories in the future.

The station takes feedback at comments [at]

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at To unsubscribe, go to
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Kinship Circle: Reprieve For Pig Who Escaped Slaughter

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at]
Date: Sep 20, 2006 7:04 PM
Subject: Kinship Circle OFF-LINE 9/21 – 9/26 * Reprieve For Pig Who Escaped Slaughter

Kinship Circle will be off-line from:
Thursday, September 21 – Tuesday, September 26

* I will not be able to respond to email from SEPT. 21 – SEPT. 26
* There will be no new campaigns from SEPT. 21 – SEPT. 26
* Send general inquiries to Janet Enoch, Kinship Circle’s vice president: janetelinstar [at]

If possible, please hold personal messages/requests from 9/21 – 9/26. I will do my best to respond when I return, but thank you for understanding I will have many emails to answer…

Take care,
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle
Letter Library:

A Kinship Circle Member Asked Us To Get The Word Out About…

From: PJ – PJ [at]
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006
Subject: Request for help

Reprieve For Pig Who Escaped Slaughterhouse

If you have questions, contact:
Valary Bremier at valary [at] or 415-461-9300
Kinship Circle is off-line from 9/21-9/26

Ask the pig’s “owner” to not send the animal back to slaughter:
Nila Robinson: 920-986-3472, defense [at]

Contact MSNBC, which ran the story below:
Letters to the MSNBC Web site: letters [at]
Letters to MSNBC TV: viewerservices [at]
MSNBC on the Internet
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

Contact Greenbay Press Gazette, which also ran the story: Letters To The Editor.

Contact, which also ran the story, here.
CLICK ON “OPINIONS,” second word from left, at top inside navy blue bar just
above the SEARCH window. You have to register, in order to leave feedback.

Pig withstands Tasers to escape slaughter
150-pound porker finally succumbs to tranquilizers but avoids butcher

On the Washington Post
On the Green Bay Press Gazette

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A pig on the lam from a trip to the butcher withstood Taser shots from police officers and eluded authorities for more than an hour after wandering onto Green Bay’s major highway Wednesday night.

The 150-pound pig was spotted by a passing driver on U.S. 41 at 6 p.m. Wednesday night, Green Bay Police Lt. Todd LePine said. The animal reportedly went into traffic several times, creating a hazard, he said.

Officers located the pig about 7 p.m. and made two attempts to subdue it with a stun gun, he said, but it fled both times after pulling out the Taser probes. A passerby who described himself as a former pig farmer tried to wrestle the animal, but the animal pulled away from him as well, LePine said.

Three tranquilizer darts were finally used to bring the pig under control, and it was placed in blanket and lifted into an animal control van, LePine said. The animal was taken to the Bay Area Humane Shelter that evening. Police said a local attorney planned to claim the pig Thursday.

Appleton attorney Nila Robinson, who raises pigs on her farm, told the Green Bay Press-Gazette the pig was hers. The animal escaped somewhere between an Appleton Starbucks and Maplewood Meats near Green Bay.


I called a TV station – and they say the story has gone national – so we may be able to get a lot of support for him. I got the owner’s name and phone number. She’s a lawyer in Shiocton, WI. Nila Robinson: 920-986-3472

I left a short message on her answering machine. Do you think you could put a notice on your email list asking everyone to make a call or maybe someone can get an email address for the newspaper so that we can get a reprieve for this pig before she sends him back to slaughter.

Thank you, PJ Bremier
PJ [at]

If you have questions, contact:
Valary Bremier: valary [at] or 415-461-9300
Kinship Circle is off-line from 9/21-9/26


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Nonprofit working in animal protection/cruelty + animal disaster relief campaigns
Brenda Shoss, president * Janet Enoch, vice-president
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We are grateful for your support!

DawnWatch: Pig slaughter screened on UK food show — 8/9/06

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at]
Date: Aug 9, 2006 1:56 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Pig slaughter screened on UK food show 8/9/06

London’s “Independent” has an interesting piece today, Wednesday August 9, headed, “Ramsay reduced to tears as pigs go under knife.” ( Pg. 14)

It opens:

“Gordon Ramsay’s reputation as the tough guy of British cuisine will be severely dented tonight, following Channel 4’s decision to screen footage of his pet pigs being taken to the abattoir.

“Viewers of The F-Word will see Ramsay moved almost to tears, as he watches the Berkshire sows, Trinny and Susannah, go under the slaughterman’s knife.

“Looking pale and shaken, the Glaswegian chef sees the 24-month-old pigs stunned by an electric shock to the brain, before being shackled by the hind legs and hoisted to the ceiling. Their throats are then unceremoniously slit.

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Farm Sanctuary: Your Help Needed – Emergency Piglet Rescue!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

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From: Farm Sanctuary – info [at]
Date: Jun 28, 2006 11:42 AM

Farm Sanctuary recently came to the rescue of six piglets who were being used for “practice surgeries” at a university veterinary hospital.

As young as eight weeks old, the piglets had undergone hernia operations, and then, no longer useful to the university, they were scheduled to be sent to auction, where they would have been sold for slaughter. Sadly, this is a fate that countless farm animals used in university teaching experiments face each year. At some veterinary schools, animals used for experiments are bred specifically for student use, and at other schools, “test” animals are obtained from local farmers and returned once students are done with them.

But, thankfully, our California Shelter has just welcomed these six babies, each with fresh surgical wounds on their bellies, and they are now safe from harm forever.

The piglets arrived extremely weak, sickly and coughing badly. The group was quickly placed in hospital pens so that their surgical wounds can heal, and they can be treated for severe respiratory and eye infections.

Rescue costs are estimated to total $22,500, including transport, spay surgeries, vaccinations, parasite treatments, antibiotics, eye ointment, and other medications, veterinary care, bedding, and feed. In addition, one piglet, Cesak, is already experiencing a complication from his hernia surgery, and is not healing properly. In order to survive, he now needs an additional surgery to correct this problem.


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