Written by PETA
The meat industry thrives on the abuse of animals,
so it comes as no surprise that former pig factory-farm workers are alleging
that the management of Murphy-Brown—a subsidiary of the
world's largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods—turned a blind eye to sexual
harassment of female employees.
In a case that went before a federal jury this week,
one woman claims that female staff were groped by male coworkers, were spied on
in the shower via peepholes, and had their underwear stolen from their lockers.
The harassment allegedly went on for years despite complaints to supervisors. It is worth
noting that the men accused of the harassment—said to include putting what is
suspected to be semen on women's underwear—worked at a breeding farm where sows
were artificially inseminated, which is typically done by men armed with bags
of boar semen and tubes that they shove into pigs' reproductive tracts.
Unfortunately, PETA investigations show that failure
to discipline workers for sexual abuse seems to be standard policy at many factory farms, particularly when the
victims are animals.
Our investigators have recorded many
incidents of sexual abuse of animals, including a Hormel Foods Corp. supplier's
farm supervisor who rammed a cane into a pig's vagina; an Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.,
employee who pinned a female turkey to the ground and mimicked raping her; and a
Butterball employee who repeatedly shoved a finger into a turkey's cloaca. After
the footage was released, six of the Hormel supplier's workers
admitted guilt to charges of livestock abuse and neglect, and three Aviagen employees
were convicted after facing the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to
farmed birds by factory-farm workers in the U.S.
You can avoid supporting the sexual abuse of both
animals and humans by choosing a vegan
diet—and urging everyone you know to do the same.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
Is it selfish to eat shellfish? The
results of several studies in the Netherlands seem to indicate so. Three
professors at two universities have determined that meat-eaters are more selfish and distant and less
than vegetarians are.
Of course, it shouldn't come as any
surprise that sentencing
an animal (or several) to death
for the fleeting taste of a turkey sandwich or bacon cheeseburger shows a certain lack of empathy,
decency, and altruism. But the researchers studying the psychological impact of
meat-eating concluded that carnivores are insecure people who feel the need to
dominate others and be "the boss." They eat animals as a way to feel
superior. Vegetarians, on the other hand, are less selfish and less lonely—and
Could this mean that happiness is
waiting at the end of the produce
I'm pretty sure that leafy greens are a lot cheaper than therapy.
by Michelle Sherrow
Justice has been served for the victims of Warren Jeffs—the polygamist sect leader who was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two underage girls. This is good news, but for countless other young victims of sexual abuse, there is no justice. To make this point, PETA plans to place this billboard in San Angelo, Texas:
In 30 years of investigating factory farms and slaughterhouses, PETA has repeatedly caught workers taking their issues out on animals by violently beating them, screaming at them, and, yes, sexually assaulting them.
At a Hormel supplier's farm in Iowa, for example, PETA's investigation revealed that a supervisor rammed a cane into a pig's vagina and boasted that he had thrust gate rods into pigs' anuses. A worker urged PETA's investigator to beat a pig as if she had scared away a "voluptuous little f---ing girl." The employee was also caught on video shouting to a supervisor to beat pigs and to expose his genitals to get them to move.
At a Butterball slaughterhouse, a PETA investigator saw—in addition to other horrific cruelty—a worker shove his finger into a turkey's vagina. Another worker mimed raping a bird whose legs and head he'd shackled.
At Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., in West Virginia, the "world's leading poultry breeding company," a worker was indicted for cruelty to animals after being caught on video pinning a turkey to the ground and mimicking raping her. He reportedly later told police that he'd done this to dozens of other turkeys.
We can easily shake our heads in disgust at Warren Jeffs' crimes, but if we eat meat, we may be supporting similar acts of sexual violence. Please take a stand against all sexual abuse and exploitation by ordering a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit today.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
It's the time of year for giving thanks and sharing. And by "sharing," I mean "throwing" virtual pies at Butterball on Twitter.
Help us give this turkey-tormenting corporation a tasty surprise by tweeting some tart-tongued treats at them. Click on one (or all) of these scrumptious holiday flavors, and a tweet with a virtual pie in it will be posted:
Ready, aim...fire away! After you've completed this virtual pie-throwing task, your next mission is to bake the real deal for a dee-lish vegan Thanksgiving feast. That's a direct order from your taste buds.
Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
During our investigations, undercover workers document some seriously sick and disturbing events—including the sexual abuse of animals, from pigs to turkeys. Unfortunately, sexual violence against farmed animals is not an unusual occurrence.
I have to warn you—what you're about to see and read is not for the faint of heart.
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Our undercover investigation at an Iowa pig factory farm revealed that a supervisor rammed a cane into a pig's vagina. That same supervisor said that he thrust gate rods into the anuses of pigs who frustrated him.
At a Butterball slaughterhouse, a PETA investigator saw—in addition to other horrific cruelty—a worker insert his finger into a turkey's cloaca (vagina). Another worker mimed raping a bird whose legs and head he'd shackled.
At Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., in West Virginia, the "world's leading poultry breeding company," a worker was indicted for cruelty to animals after being caught on video pinning a female turkey to the ground and mimicking raping her. When interviewed by police, he reportedly admitted to having done this to dozens of other turkeys.
When writer Jim Mason worked for a day as a turkey breeder, he discovered that since turkeys have been genetically manipulated to grow so large that they can no longer breed naturally, workers must manually extract semen from males and manually inseminate females. On dairy farms, a female cow will often be forcibly restrained so that she can't get away when an insemination instrument is shoved into her vagina. Pig factory farm workers confine boars to tiny "carts" and parade them in front of sows so that other workers can look at and touch sows' genitals in order to determine the best time to insert a tube of pig semen into them.
Cruel, twisted, perverted, and sadistic—and this kind of sexual violence happens every day on factory farms. The meat and dairy industries even consider some of it "standard practice." This is why we're hoping to have this billboard placed very soon, but until then, we're continuing to urge everyone to go vegan. Help end the horrific abuse of animals on factory farms forever!
Written by Shawna Flavell
MTV Denmark host and FHM cover model Anne Lindfjeld stripped down to her trademark tattoos for PETA's first Scandinavian "Ink, Not Mink" ad, which was unveiled just before the start of the Kopenhagen Fur auction in Denmark, the country that produces the most mink furs.
Lindfjeld joins a long list of tattooed celebrities—including Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, the SuicideGirls, and NBA star Dennis Rodman—who've bared their skin to save animals' skins. Go, Anne!
Written by Heather Moore
The USDA just completed an investigation of a Butterball turkey slaughterhouse in Arkansas that confirmed PETA's findings of intentional cruelty to animals, including punching, kicking, and tormenting turkeys destined for slaughter. So what happens next? Well, not much, as far as the law’s concerned: Because there simply aren’t any federal legal protections for chickens and turkeys. None. The only thing that can be done is to take matters into our own hands and put pressure on places like Butterball to make changes that will benefit the animals they profit from. And, more importantly, boycott these companies by going vegetarian. Here’s the video of the Butterball supplier’s abuses:
Hey, I had to use that subject line at some point. Cut me some slack here. The reference is to a fantastic piece by Bill Maher that appeared in yesterday’s Huffington Post, asking George Bush to pardon all the turkeys. Here’s an excerpt:
"I ask you to do what I'm going to do and pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving. It's not hard. Just eat something else (ideas here and here). Not someone else, because it doesn't seem fair to spare a turkey and roast a hunk of pig or cow instead. If we can bow our heads in gratitude for our families, our friends and our big screen TVs, and then carve into a creature who lived a miserable life and died a horrible death, then our ethics are about as sensible as Britney's parenting skills."
You can read the full post here, and be sure to leave a comment telling Bill Maher he’s a badass. Or something more eloquent. In making the case for a vegetarian Thanksgiving, Bill’s piece refers to our investigation into a Butterball factory farm that was a central theme of the recent HBO documentary about PETA, as well as a brand-new PETA investigation into a standard American turkey slaughterhouse, which is required viewing for anyone who is still thinking about cooking a turkey for dinner this Thanksgiving:
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