Written by Michelle Kretzer
if a life of suffering on a factory farm that ends with a terrifying death in a
slaughterhouse weren't enough, pigs killed for Smithfield Foods, Inc.'s, ham
and bacon also face being injured or killed in a traffic accident on
their way to slaughter. The latest wreck makes
at least the 11th by pork industry drivers since 2004 in southeastern Virginia
alone—many of them en route to Smithfield's slaughterhouse.
April 19, David Earl Lambert was hauling 184 pigs from the Goldsboro Milling
Co. factory farm to slaughter when he flipped the truck, sending pigs hurtling
through the air. Fifty-five pigs died either on impact or in pain in the hours
that followed, as a result of their injuries. The survivors were hauled the rest
of the way to slaughter. After many crashes, pigs are dragged or electro-shocked to force them to their
has a deplorable driving record, which includes charges for speeding, operating
a vehicle without insurance, reckless driving, and attempting to evade federal
motor carrier safety regulations. And his latest accident occurred on a dry
road on a clear day. By putting known-dangerous drivers behind the wheel, some
meat industry giants show that they have no regard for the safety of animals or
other drivers on the road.
is asking Goldsboro Milling Co. to use common sense and hire only safe drivers,
just as we called on
Smithfield to do when one of its drivers flipped a truck carrying pigs just three months after he had crashed while
hauling cattle. And of course, the
safest and most responsible thing that all of us can do to protect animals and our own health is to go vegan.
Christ's chief lesson to his followers
was that they should "love one another" (John 13:34). And in Philadelphia, "the city of brotherly love,"
citizens are encouraged
to embrace that sentiment. So as Philly prepares to
kick off its huge annual Easter parade, PETA has asked permission to add some
food for thought to the day, with a mobile billboard.
We're hopeful that our billboard will
encourage everyone to start showing kindness to pigs, who don't want to suffer and die to become an "Easter
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." Pigs, who are as sociable and intelligent as dogs, are abused in ways that would be illegal if dogs or cats
were the victims—so surely they are among the least powerful beings in our
We hope all Christians will act
on Christ's teachings of love and empathy, and we have a wealth of vegan recipes for Easter
to help them.
We know that there weren't any pigs on your table this Christmas, but were there pigs at it? At a festive Christmas party in Goa, India, not only were pigs at the table, they were also the guests of honor.
The Panjim Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) had intercepted a group of people who were illegally transporting about 100 pigs and who intended to slaughter and sell them for holiday meals. But PAWS rescued all the pigs and took them to safety at its shelter. So, since the pigs were no longer becoming the feast, PAWS and PETA India decided to throw them one instead.
The gleeful pigs happily munched on corn, spinach, strawberries, grapes, and other treats, while their proud rescuers doted on them. And as news cameras caught the pigs' mirthful antics, they also captured the not-so-subtle message that PETA India had prominently displayed at the table: a sign that implored, "Give Pigs the Gift of Life: Go Vegan."
Written by Jeff Mackey
O, Canada! We're always busy, busy, busy during this festive
season, but we haven't forgotten our pals in the Great White North—y compris nos amis francophones. Yanks and Canucks have so much in common, and yet there are distinctive differences.
example, while the yuletide finds a disturbing number of friendly, intelligent pigs
on this side of the 49th
parallel killed for ham, it's the saddest day of the year for abused factory-farmed turkeys in Canada. So PETA is encouraging Canadian kids (since
kids haven't yet been taught to suppress their natural compassion for animals)
to consider what—and who—they're
eating. PETA has placed the attention-grabbing holiday billboard seen below on
a highway leading into Victoria, British Columbia.
PETA's also giving U.S. kids something to chew on other than
cruelly produced ham with this billboard, just
outside Reno, Nevada.
Of course, companion animals need
our help, too—and it's not just children who need to reconsider their attitudes.
So PETA is also looking to put up a brand-new billboard—promoting spaying and neutering to effectively curb animal
overpopulation—in the hope of reaching those kind people for whom this season is more about revering
Mary than reveling merrily.
We'd like to thank all the donors whose support of PETA makes
it possible to place these billboards, which foster awareness of animal rights.
What You Can Do
To give a holiday gift that keeps on giving to animals
year-round, become a PETA
member. And please remember to shop
PETA for everyone on your list—each purchase funds vital efforts to improve and save
We're delighted to report PETA's latest victory for animals used for experimentation—and this time, our "happy dance" is a Charleston, in honor of the hometown of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Following a vigorous PETA campaign, MUSC has confirmed that the school has not used any pigs for crude trauma training exercises in more than a year and that it has no future plans to do so.
After learning that participants in cruel, archaic training exercises were cutting holes into the throats and chests of live pigs—even though the university used superior state-of-the-art simulators to teach the same skills in other courses—PETA embarked on a three-year campaign to urge MUSC to modernize its curriculum.
Thanks are due not only to MUSC but also to everyone who supported PETA's efforts, which included protests near campus; involvement from local law students; an online campaign in which tens of thousands of people contacted the school via e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter; and complaints to authorities that prompted citations for violations of federal animal welfare law.
Pigs in South Carolina can rest a bit easier now, but a few schools still torture and kill animals instead of using modern and superior non-animal training methods. Please urge the University of Michigan to follow MUSC's smart and compassionate example by ending the use of animals for its trauma training courses in favor of the simulators that it already owns.
Cyrus' fans have watched her grow into a gorgeous young woman with a kind and
compassionate heart, so to celebrate her 20th birthday on November 23, PETA is
surprising Miley with something that she really wants.
During a recent appearance on Ellen,
about how much she loves pigs, so PETA sponsored a very special pig in her
honor. Nora, whom PETA helped rescue, is a resident at Kindred Spirits Sanctuary, a picturesque farm in Ocala, Florida,
that gives refuge to animals who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned,
including pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, horses, and donkeys.
Miley proved her affection for pigs when
she retweeted a PETA
action alert to her 10 million followers asking them to urge Walmart to ban its suppliers from cruelly confining pigs to tiny metal-barred gestation crates for months at a time.
And the singer's compassion for animals
doesn't stop there. She lavishes
love on her rescued dogs and consistently encourages people always to adopt and never buy. And she's striving to rid
her diet of dairy products.
Miley's fans are awesome animal
advocates, too. They've set up a special fundraising page where people can donate to PETA's lifesaving work for animals in honor of the
compassionate birthday girl.
Happy birthday, Miley! We love you!
we planned a demonstration involving people lying on what appeared to be bloody
meat trays outside a slaughterhouse, we knew that it would be a poignant
display. But even we had no idea just how intense it would turn out to be.
smell of freshly butchered flesh that permeated the air around the John Morrell & Co.
slaughterhouse was nauseating on that
sweltering day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But that wasn't the worst part.
The slaughterhouse was directly across the street from a stockyard, and we could hear the pigs screaming. Their
unceasing cries shook us to the core.
townspeople who drove by us certainly got the message—they were faced with the
gruesome image that accompanied the smells and screams that they always tried
to ignore as they passed. One slaughterhouse worker even came out to ask, "Are
you all vegetarian?" When we answered that we were, he said, "I don't
wherever you are, please be the message that people can't ignore.
animals are not silent.
We must not be, either.
PETA wants to give parties on both sides of the debate over Arizona's new
law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy some other food for thought as we
get set to display a new billboard in the Phoenix area. We think that everyone
should be able to agree about death on factory farms and beyond:
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Billions of chickens are killed for food every year in the U.S. when they are only 6 to 7 weeks old,
and most of the pigs and turkeys killed for food are less than 1 year old. Animals killed for food feel
pain when they are stunned, have their throats cut, or are scalded to death or
dismembered while they're still conscious.
Pro-life? You can save lives by eating vegan foods. Pro-choice? Choose meals that are better for animals, your health, and our environment. Makes sense!
When pig abuser
Hormel's notorious nonfood Spam turned 75, the company decided to
celebrate its saturated fat, cholesterol, and pig abuse in a tin with a party.
Never ones to let an opportunity to share animals' side of things pass us by,
PETA sent brave "piggies" into Hormel territory.
people lured by free food and music arrived, the PETA pigs were there to greet
them and tell them why they should cease being Spammers.
eagerly pored over the food for thought provided by the pigs: vegetarian/vegan starter kits, Paul McCartney's slaughterhouse exposé "Glass Walls," and the kicker—PETA's "Think Before You Eat"
leaflets. We're betting that at
least a few folks skipped the mystery meat and headed for the crudités.
sure to check out our commemorative Spam T-shirt, available now. And help stop Spamming.
Tell Hormel to end the egregious acts of blatant
cruelty to animals—such as the beating, kicking, and sexual abuse of pigs—that
PETA documented on a Hormel supplier's farm.
This is what Olivia looked like when she was found:
The little piglet, who had sustained a fractured pelvis,
cuts, and scrapes, was found on the side of the road after apparently falling
off a transport truck. The Good Samaritan who found her called PETA for help,
and PETA's Emergency Response Team called a wonderful activist to take Olivia to
the Animal Rescue League
of Iowa (ARL), where she is safe and sound! ARL is working with a doctor to treat the porcine
princess, who will never find out what a gestation crate is.
Olivia is well on the road to recovery and even going
through physical therapy using an underwater treadmill (you have to watch the video).
As one news story about Olivia's stroke of luck put it, "How nice that some people see her
as more than sausage and bacon."
Ready to give meat the heave-ho—for Olivia's sake? Order PETA's
starter kit today.
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.