Written by Jeff Mackey
Update: Thanks to
all of you who responded to PETA's action alert, New Hampshire House Bill (H.B.)
110 has stalled in
committee, meaning that investigators can continue to uncover cruelty on factory farms in
the state. H.B. 110 is likely to come up again this fall, so please keep
checking back here to learn how you can help PETA continue to defeat this and other attempts to shield abusers from exposure!
Originally posted on January 31st, 2013:
How badly do corporate animal abusers want to keep the public from knowing what happens on factory farms and in slaughterhouses? Bad enough to enlist accomplices in government to try to stop any efforts to document their cruelty. But after a New Hampshire state legislator reportedly made a false allegation about PETA in support of his bill to block undercover investigations, we're more determined than ever to make sure that animal suffering can be documented and the abusers are held accountable.
PETA has written Rep. Robert Haefner, the sponsor of House Bill (H.B.) 110, New Hampshire's "ag gag" bill (which would require evidence of abuse to be turned over to authorities in 24 hours, shutting down long-term undercover investigations), asking him to retract a false statement that he reportedly made about our Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., investigation. PETA turned over evidence of animal abuse from its investigation of Aviagen's West Virginia turkey factory farms two business days after the end of the investigation—not 13 months, as Haefner allegedly claimed at a public hearing on the bill last week. Within three months of receiving the video footage, grand jurors issued the first-ever felony indictments for cruelty to turkeys on factory farms. All three former Aviagen workers were later convicted. At the hearing, Haefner used this false claim to justify to New Hampshire citizens his proposed bill to stop long-term undercover investigations on factory farms, according to witnesses.
Investigations conducted by PETA and other organizations on factory farms have been instrumental in opening people's eyes to the cruelty inherent in intensive animal agriculture and have led to successful prosecutions of the perpetrators, but Haefner's bill would make it practically impossible for whistleblowers and undercover investigators to secure sufficient evidence to show a pattern of cruelty, as preferred by police and prosecutors.
Written by Michelle Kretzer
It shouldn't happen to intelligent, sensitive cows, but it does: With holes cut into their sides, they are used as sideshow-like
attractions to lure children and prospective students to university events and
fundraisers. Distraught attendees at some of these recent events sent PETA
these disturbing photographs:
The cows are part of common experiments
that involve permanently removing a chunk of the animals' abdomens to expose
their stomachs. Experimenters feed the cows various foods and then reach into
the hole to take samples, even though there are modern non-animal methods for conducting these kinds of studies.
The "fistulated" cows are then
often put on display at events, with patrons invited to "touch a cow's
stomach" or "put your hand inside a cow." PETA often hears from upset
students and parents who have witnessed such a display. Unfortunately, the only
law that protects animals used in experiments, the Animal Welfare Act, does not
extend to animals used in agricultural experiments, meaning these cows have no
legal protection from cruelty.
Each time PETA hears about these hideous
mutilations, we contact the school (and the group that visited the display) to
ask them to stop the experiments and remind them that there are much more
humane ways to teach students about science and animals than having them gawk
at a mutilated cow. PETA also offers parents, teachers, and administrators
resources to help students at every educational level achieve scholastically
and compassionately. Visit TeachKind.org to download or order a wealth of free materials.
Written by PETA
The United Nations' foremost agriculture expert recently predicted that only rich people will be able to afford beef in 2050 because the production costs of raising cows will make it as costly as caviar.
Let's hope that it's not too late to save the environment by then.
Of course, since animals pay the biggest price when people eat meat, all caring people—wealthy or otherwise—should opt for mock meats and other vegan foods now and in the future!
Written by Heather Moore
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