Written by Michelle Kretzer
the first few years of her life, Pippy the Vietnamese potbellied pig was as
happy as … well, a pig in mud. She had a home with an older couple and the run
of a large yard and was well cared for.
as her guardians' health began to decline, so did their care for Pippy, and
soon she was spending her days confined to a screened porch with no access to
the grass that she loved to roll and play in. Her hooves and teeth were overgrown,
making it hard for her to walk and eat, and she wasn't getting the
companionship that she craved.
of a PETA employee who lived in the area noticed that Pippy never left the
porch and seemed despondent. She let PETA know, and when one of our Community Animal Project staffers visited Pippy's guardians, the couple said that they had been looking
for a better home for the pig and were happy to have our help.
wonderful member with a farm in nearby Suffolk, Virginia, gladly took in sweet Pippy,
who fit right in with the farm's other rescued pigs, Sherlock and Barb. Pippy loves her new companions and her new home, where she has room
to explore, plenty of mud puddles, and all the delicious oranges that she can
Pippy and Sherlock's daily adventures will inspire a great novel … or at least
inspire some folks to stop
When a surprised Suffolk, Virginia,
resident spotted a piglet trotting down a rural road alone, he caught the
tiny pig and took him to an animal shelter. The piglet, later named Sherlock, had
been castrated, and his tail had been docked, which indicated that he most
likely fell off a truck bound for a farm where he would have been fattened for slaughter. Like his crime-solving British namesake, Sherlock's adventure made headlines.
A PETA employee who read about Sherlock
set out to find him a home, and faster than you can say, "221B Baker St.,"
Sherlock was placed at a small farm sanctuary with other rescued pigs, chickens, and turkeys.
This precocious pig, once destined to
wind up as a centerpiece, now spends his days cracking such cases as "Who
is available to pet me right now?" and "Where is the sunniest spot to
And as for deducing that pigs are meant
to be friends, not food? Elementary, my dear Watson.
Last year, PETA and other animal
advocates successfully defeated "ag gag" bills in Florida, New York,
Minnesota, and Iowa. Now, another "ag gag" bill
that would make it illegal
to shoot video on a factory farm
has just passed in the House of Representatives in Utah. And once again, we're
fighting back against this unconstitutional measure.
Flush from her success in her home state of Iowa, Raising Hope star and longtime animal advocate Cloris Leachman penned a letter to Utah lawmakers on PETA's
behalf urging them not to block people from gathering the evidence needed to
prosecute animal abusers
I hope that Utah legislators recognize that with
consumer demand for better treatment of animals, they must work to enforce and
strengthen laws, not penalize those trying to expose cruel and illegal
practices. Citizens' right to document cruelty to animals—wherever it occurs—is
crucial in helping local, state, and federal officials enforce
PETA undercover investigation of factory farms has yielded evidence that workers
were abusing animals. We recorded workers who sexually assaulted a pig with a cane,
stomped on a turkey's head
until her skull exploded,
and spit tobacco into
chickens' eyes and mouth.
This indisputable proof of abuse is key to securing historic charges against and
convictions of such abusers on cruelty-to-animals charges.
residents, please ask your senators to vote against this bill and to continue
to allow people to expose blatant cruelty to animals.
off a stint asking politicians to "cut the pork" out of the federal
budget, PETA's plucky "pig" asked attendees of Iowa's Blue Ribbon
Bacon Festival not to cut the pork off
the "pig" implored, "I am not bacon," the
fans of fried fat stopped to listen and take our leaflets. I guess all that
bacon grease hasn't ruined
their hearts yet.
Written by PETA
When PETA went public with the findings of an undercover
investigation at a pig-breeding farm that supplies Hormel in Iowa, we called on
the company to ban gestation crates—pens so small
that the pregnant sows who are confined to them can't turn around or even lie
down comfortably—and then introduced a shareholder resolution
to that effect. Less than two years later, the meat giant has announced that it
will phase out gestation crates, which
cause so much suffering, by
Among other atrocities at the Hormel supplier, PETA's investigators
saw a supervisor shove a cane into a pig's vagina and a worker slam newborn
piglets' heads against a concrete floor, leaving them squirming
in agony. Referring to a sow, one supervisor remarked to an investigator, "You gotta
beat on the bitch. Make her cry."
As a direct result of PETA's investigation, six former employees of the Hormel
charges of livestock
neglect and abuse.
How You Can Help Pigs
Anyone who brings home the bacon—or the sausage, pork chops,
or ham—is unwittingly supporting this atrocious abuse. So when PETA suggests
that the best way to help stop the suffering of pigs
and other animals raised and killed for food is to go vegan, it's no bull.
Order your free vegetarian/vegan
Written by Joe Taskel
disturbing new undercover investigation inside two pig farms in Goodwell,
Oklahoma, one owned by Seaboard Foods, shows injured piglets with their legs
duct-taped to their bodies as well as pigs suffering from abscesses, torn body
parts, and bacterial infections without being given veterinary care.
are seen chopping off pigs' tails and testicles with no painkillers and hitting
pigs in the genitals in order to force them to move from one gestation crate to
another. Many of the gestation
crates—small metal enclosures in which sows spend
most of their lives while they are impregnated again and again—were full of feces and urine. The video shows sows
desperately chewing the metal bars of their cages and struggling to stand up.
Some are bleeding, and some lie dead.
is the country's third-largest pork producer and a supplier to Wal-Mart.
Prestage is the fifth-largest producer. Both were investigated.
Did Seaboard know that there was abuse on its
farms? Well, 10 years ago, in 2001, a PETA investigation at a Seaboard facility outside Guymon, Oklahoma,
led one of its managers to plead guilty to three counts of felony cruelty to
animals. Video footage taken by our undercover investigator showed that employees
beat pigs with metal gate rods and slammed pigs head-first into the floor in a crude
attempt to kill them. Sick and injured pigs were left to die without access to
food, water, or veterinary care. Different time, different people, same company,
same sort of abuse.
Not an Isolated Incident
of animals is par for the course on pig farms
and all other factory
Pigs have the same capacity for suffering as dogs and cats do yet are abused in
ways that would be illegal if these animals were the victims.
How You Can Help
only way to protect animals from this abuse is to stop eating them.
Written by Jeff Mackey
Less than two weeks after receiving appeals from PETA and
PETA Germany, RWTH Aachen University, a top German college, has announced that
it will no longer perform invasive and deadly training exercises on live pigs
in its advanced surgical course, effective immediately!
Earlier this month, PETA and PETA Germany sent university
officials and the German state veterinary authority a detailed dossier outlining
humane and superior
surgical training methods that—unlike the cruel procedures then used by RWTH
Aachen—wouldn't risk violating German laws requiring the use of non-animal
teaching methods when available.
The outreach to RWTH Aachen followed PETA Germany's
discovery that as part of the "Advanced Skill Course" at the school's
surgical clinic, students were cutting open pigs' chests, inserting tubes, and
surgically removing their organs before finally killing the animals.
While RWTH Aachen and the University of Ulm
in Germany have both recently scrapped the crude and archaic use of pigs in labs
in favor of training surgeons on modern and sophisticated 21st century
technology, some U.S. facilities—including
the University of Michigan—continue
to cut holes into pigs' limbs, throats, and chests and stab needles into their
bones and hearts for trauma training exercises even though superior simulation
Please tell officials at the University of Michigan to cut
out cruel trauma training on pigs and start using humane, contemporary methods
of instruction instead.
a brave pig who can crash a barbecue hosted by a group of hunters. But that's
exactly what two PETA "pigs" did at a campaign stop for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina. The
"pigs" were protesting taxpayer subsidies of cruel factory farms.
they were quickly shown the door, the precocious "pigs" made the most
of it, with a grand exit atop a convertible with flags waving and country music
blasting while photographers snapped away.
played Words With Friends, but what
about lights with pigs? A new app called "Pig Chase" puts players
finger-to-snout with real pigs on farms.
player moves a ball of light on the screen, and the light is displayed on a
large touch-sensitive panel in the pig's pen. The human player can see the pig's
snout as it touches the screen. The human player must use his or her fingers to
keep the ball of light near the pig's snout in order to help the pig move the ball of light into a
goal triangle with his or her
snout. When successful, the pig is treated to a bright, colorful light
Chase was designed to help satisfy a European Union directive requiring farmers
to provide pigs with entertainment to lessen the stress
that causes pigs to attack each other in cramped factory-farm conditions.
a game can't change the intensive confinement, multiple mutilations, and filthy
conditions to which pigs are subjected on factory farms, perhaps it will help
people start to see pigs for the bright, inquisitive animals they are and help pigs
pass the time. People may start to realize that if we wouldn't eat the dog we
play fetch with, we shouldn't eat the pig we play chase with. And that will make a big difference for pigs
Written by Paula Moore
Earlier this week,
a federal appeals court ruled to uphold a Texas law that requires doctors to describe ultrasounds and play audio of the fetal
heartbeat to women seeking abortions.
No matter where you
stand on abortion, we hope you'll appreciate the billboard that we'll be
erecting in Austin, Texas.
After all, the meat
industry is responsible for immense suffering—from
castration without painkillers to animals who are shackled and have their throat slit, sometimes while fully conscious—and billions of deaths,
which is about as anti-life as it gets. In contrast, a vegan saves 100 lives a year in addition to reducing his or her risk of
dying prematurely from many of our nation's top killers, including heart disease and cancer. Now that's
pro-life by any definition!
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