Category Archives: Government Corruption
Thousands of live animals are shot, stabbed, dismembered, and burned every year in cruel and crude U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) trauma training exercises, even though the military already relies on the use of lifelike simulators and other effective non-animal training methods and DoD regulations require that alternatives to animals be used when available.
The U.S. Army’s own Rascon School of Combat Medicine at Fort Campbell does not use animals in its training program and has even publicly stated that “[t]raining on [simulators] is more realistic to providing care for a person than training on animals.” The Air Force’s Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills and the Navy Trauma Training Center also do not use animals to train soldiers.
Unlike mutilating and killing animals, training on simulators allows medics and soldiers to practice on accurate anatomical models and repeat vital procedures until all trainees are confident and proficient. Studies show that medical care providers who learn trauma treatment using simulators are better prepared to treat injured patients than those who are trained using animals. Read the rest of this entry
Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.
This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile, 36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.
This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.
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PETA pal and superhero-for-animals Bob Barker cites PETA’s vital work exposing animal mistreatment and neglect on factory farms in his letters urging Missouri state senators to oppose an “ag gag” bill—Senate Bill (S.B.) 695—requiring that abuse documented on farms be reported within 24 hours, effectively preventing investigators and whistleblowers from exposing routine cruelty to animals.
Don’t ‘Gag’ Investigators
The horrors revealed by PETA’s latest factory farm investigationshow how important it is that organizations and individuals not lose the ability to uncover cruelty to animals, especially when it’s carefully hidden from public view. These sorts of exposés require months of scrutiny to document how the abuse is habitual and systematic, rather than being mere isolated incidents, so the requirements of S.B. 695 would make investigators’ work virtually impossible.
As Bob—whose alma mater is Drury University in Springfield, Missouri—stated in his letter to state legislators, “Missouri lawmakers must realize that consumers are demanding better treatment of animals used for food, not for the agriculture industry to cover up illegal acts and penalize those who try to expose routine cruelty. Please show consumers that Missouri has nothing to hide by opposing S.B. 695.”
PETA is grateful to celebrities like Bob, Cloris Leachman, and Katherine Heigl for making the public aware of the dangers of “ag gag” legislation because the wealthy industrial-agriculture interests pushing these bills appear to be ensuring that they’ll wield influence behind the scenes by making large donations to lawmakers, as seen recently in Iowa and Utah.
How You Can Help Animals on Factory Farms
If you’re a Missouri resident, please join Bob Barker in asking your state senatorsto vote against this bill and to continue to allow people to expose blatant cruelty to animals.
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Farmer forced to shoot his own baby piglets in cold blood
“I think this is an unconstitutional order, these actions of the DNR are way out of bounds,” attorney Joseph O’Leary told NaturalNews in an interview today. He is representing one of the farmers who was targeted in these raids. “To take what was six months ago an entirely legal activity, and suddenly people are felons over it. They’re not growing drugs, running guns or killing anybody, they’re raising animals pursuant to USDA regulations and state of Michigan regulations. They haven’t done anything wrong here, and the DNR is treating them like they are hardened criminals.”
In anticipation of the DNR arriving on the scene, one farmer engaged in what can only be described as a heart-wrenching task of shooting his own pigs, one by one, including baby piglets before the DNR arrived. This was to avoid being arrested as a felon. His livelihood is now completely destroyed, as the state of Michigan has put him out of business. Even after this farmer informed the DNR that he had destroyed his entire herd of pigs, the DNR continued to illegally acquire a search warrant by providing false information to a court Judge, then conducting an armed raid on his ranch to verify that the entire herd of pigs had indeed already been shot to death. That this took place satisfied the DNR, which is now showing itself to be engaged in the mob-style destruction of targeted farming businesses through its mass-murder agenda of Michigan’s small-scale farm pigs. Read the rest of this entry
Clueless police seem to like intimidating the public by shooting the dogs belonging to the innocent citizens they’re supposed to be protecting. In Tennessee, it took a federal jury to force the Tennessee Highway Patrol, kicking and screaming, to admit wrongdoing (the Cookeville, Tennessee police had already settled for $75,000) when a family’s dog was shot “by mistake.”
In the latest intimidation installment, “officer” (how he demeans the term) Thomas Griffin shot Michael Paxton’s dog on Good Friday after Griffin trespassed on Mr. Paxton’s property “by mistake,” pulled a gun on Mr. Paxton, and then shot and killed Mr. Paxton’s dog, Cisco. Read the rest of this entry