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What Is the Difference between a Dog Farm and a Hog Farm?

The only difference

If you ever have attended a western-style barbecue you will most certainly have seen a pig being roasted over a fire. And if you have traveled through some parts of Asia you might have come across a dog on a spike being roasted over a fire pit.

If you go shopping through almost any super market in the western hemisphere you will come across rows and rows of products made from animals such as pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, turkeys, and maybe some rabbits, too. They will hardly ever still be recognizable as coming from any of these beings, because how would you cook a whole cow? Even a rabbit still wearing her fur coat seems to be unappealing to the appetite of someone who would most happily chew on a part of her. There also might be different varieties of animals from the sea, some fish will be lying on ice, others have been cut into smaller pieces so that you no longer know who was chopped up into easily cookable portions. And you might see tanks with live animals like lobsters and other sea creatures.

In many Asian markets and food stores, you will see a different variety of foods, including different animals displayed either in bits and pieces or as a whole for human consumption. If you have ever walked over a farmer’s market in different parts of the world you will certainly have come across whole chickens hanging – either still alive or having been killed recently – from wooden beams. There will be goats and sheep cut open, their intestines removed, but otherwise still easily recognizable as the animals that would have walked to the market with the farmer. There will be cages with chickens, birds, and, depending where in the world you are, maybe with monkeys, maybe with dogs.

More and more stories have come up recently showing us pictures of dog farms in Korea. And of these farms being raided by animal rights organizations, taking the dogs and rescuing them from being slaughtered for human consumption. What would a farmer in Iowa, North Carolina, Germany, China, or Russia say, if a group of people would rescue their pigs and cows from the slaughterhouse? If this group of people would say that the way they have been treating these animals in their care is inhumane and therefore these beings need to be rescued? If these people would say that it is inhumane to eat such a being because it is a sentient being?

Humane education is one of the most important parts in raising awareness, in leading a path away from inhumane traditions, in bringing insight into the plight of millions of animals. Pointing with fingers at those who do something differently will probably not lead to a change of thinking. But giving someone the possibility to look at the picture from another angle, and giving someone the chance to decide on their own how to change their ways will most likely lead to a willful readiness in change. And this will not only save those  sentient beings stuck in that cage in this moment but to less cages in the future.

More information can be found here:

https://www.change.org/p/boycott-hyundai-kia-samsung-lg-until-s-korea-bans-the-dog-and-cat-torture-and-consumption/u/15449406?tk=J1dzEIa0oMxu1lb0sGS1DvpeBQQHl2gjFw9VgpRFmg8&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

http://www.mercyforanimals.org/the-problem

http://koreandogs.org

https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/factory-farms

http://humaneeducation.org

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How Is a Chicken Turned into Meat? By Torture

Mercy for Animals

Mercy for Animals

Many people love to eat chicken. But would they enjoy seeing what the chickens had to go through before landing on their plate? Probably not. As long as there are meat eaters there will be factories processing live animals. But do these animals need to suffer before being killed? No. But the animals need help to protect them from all the cruelty.

“In the last few weeks, both The New York Times (http://bit.ly/GFSNYTKristof) and USA Today (http://bit.ly/GFSUSAToday), two of the largest newspapers in the country, have slammed the horrific cruelty to chickens our undercover video exposed at a Gordon Food Service supplier. USA Today has even stated that “there’s a big space between what’s legal and what’s right” and that “none of this is necessary.” Over 100,000 of you who signed this petition agree!

Could you take a minute today to call Gordon Food Service’s headquarters? Please call Gordon Food Service at 800-968-4164 and demand that the company stop torturing chickens, ask for CEO Jim Gordon, and leave a polite voice mail telling him that you want chickens to suffer less and Gordon Food Service to implement a meaningful animal welfare policy. You can also email jim.gordon@gfs.com and info@gfs.com

Please help by making a phone call, sharing the information, spreading the word.

https://www.change.org/p/gordon-food-service-help-pamela-anderson-end-horrific-animal-abuse?tk=_lhXCxHAK4PZ-XAxM75eG4rpP6TM9cZEymw8xJYIhSo&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

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Think of All the Farm Animals Today

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Photo:Day For Farm Animals

October 2nd is World Farm Animals Day

 

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Special Serving Available: Pizza with a Bit of Cruelty for Crunch

Photo: Mercy for Animals

Photo: Mercy for Animals

Home after a long day at work? Ready for some food, but too tired to cook? There is always some pizza delivery available, right? Think again:

“A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals appalling animal abuse at a Leprino Foods dairy supplier. Leprino Foods is the world’s largest mozzarella cheese producer and a supplier to virtually all of the major pizza chains in the country, including Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Domino’s.”

Please read more and sign the petition here

https://www.change.org/p/james-leprino-stop-sickening-animal-abuse-at-world-s-largest-pizza-cheese-supplier?alert_id=kUlchcguJR_orlcAoBrF4qzaQy5IvwLVzS6NVAPI9OEf6TXBVomEO0%3D&utm_campaign=145475&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

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Nestlé Moving Towards Animal Awareness?

In a recent article in the New York Times, Nestlé is described as moving forward towards building pressure on their suppliers for more humane treatments of animals.

For some of us, this might still be a far way to animal welfare, but Nestlé, being one of the global players in the food industry, turning at least some of their attention towards the plight of animals can be seen as the success of all of those speaking up for animals.

Nestlé sells many brands using milk, so changing their attitude might make a big difference to many lives in the milk producing hellish machinery.

Please read the article here

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/business/nestle-moves-toward-humane-treatment-of-animals-at-its-suppliers.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3As%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A8%22%7D&_r=0

 

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Pigs Would Support Punjab´s Decision

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Photo:HSI

Is Punjab going to lead the way in preventing cruelty toward pigs? If only other countries would follow in the footsteps of this country´s grand decision:

“Back in June we posted on Facebook about shutting down India’s only gestation crate facility, a swine farm seeking to introduce this intensive confinement practice into the country. Sows confined in gestation crates aren’t able to turn around and often can’t lie down comfortably for months at a time. Such extreme confinement causes physical and mental suffering for these intelligent, sociable animals.

Closing the facility was a good start, but we also wanted to win broader and long-lasting protection for pigs, and we have good news to report!With further encouragement, the Government of Punjab has now issued an official direction making this type of intensive confinement an offense under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Officials in the government confirmed with us this week that their focus is now on alternatives.”

Please read more here

 

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Chinchillas Are Waiting For New Homes

Photo: RSPCA

Photo: RSPCA

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Photo:PeTA

There are many chinchillas being kept as pets. Subjectively, I believe most of them are in homes unsuited for these rodents whose looks make them more “likable” than for example rats. Since chinchillas can live for up to twenty years chances are they will not be kept by the same people their whole lives. These little animals come from the Andes mountain range, do not like heat nor high humidity. But more often than not, they have to live in surroundings totally unsuitable for them. And then there is their beautiful fur. Some people would rather wear their chinchilla as coat than take care of the live animal.

“Valley View Chinchilla Ranch masqueraded as a breeder of “pets,” despite slaughtering, skinning, and selling the pelts of any chinchillas who supposedly did not “work out” as companions and even going so far as to hide its involvement in the fur industry—including a freezer containing pelts—from the public. The facility owner admitted to denying chinchillas veterinary care, performing painful medical procedures—including limb amputations—herself without pain relief, and using a method of painful electrocution deemed “unacceptable” by the American Veterinary Medical Association.”

You can read more about the chinchilla rescue here

http://investigations.peta.org/chinchilla-farm-rescue/?utm_campaign=Chinchilla%20Investigation&utm_source=PETA%20Email&utm_medium=Alert

You can learn more about chinchillas here

http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/rodents/chinchillas

 

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Slaughtering of Sick Animals

 

Foto: Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.

Foto: Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.

As long as people do not know what is going on behind the walls of slaughterhouses they can pretend that life is good for farm animals. Articles like this one can change this.

Please read this article and forward it as often as possible:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/08/14/usda-sick-animal-ban-column/13569101/

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Milk With a Dose of Feces

Photo: PeTA

Photo: PeTA

Photo: PeTA

Photo: PeTA

The milk industry continues to be a booming business. The margins, though, are small, so to make more money the industry simply makes life for those beings who produce the milk industries’ gold even more miserable than it was in the first place.

“After a disturbing tip about cruel and grotesque conditions on a North Carolina dairy farm that supplies milk to supermarket chain Harris Teeter, we took a look ourselves.
What we found was shocking.

Emaciated, lame cows whose bones protrude sharply are forced to eat, sleep, and trudge through a deep pool of their own corrosive, bacteria-laden waste while flies swarm about them. The constant contact of the feces and urine with their sensitive skin and feet has resulted in painful foot injuries and ulcers and can also contaminate the milk.”

Read more here

http://investigations.peta.org/north-carolina-dairy-farm/?utm_campaign=Dairy%20Investigation&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

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