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Factory Farms Too Hazardous for Politicians?

Written by PETA | October 28, 2009
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Well, we tried—but our permit to set up a factory farm display on the steps of the U.S. Capitol has been denied. Apparently, the Capitol Police thought that such a display posed “significant public health concerns about the possible spread of the H1N1 virus.”

Hmm. That just might have been our point.

So, it’s not safe to allow members of congress and lobbyists to be exposed to factory farms, but it looks like tough luck for the millions of Americans in rural areas who have to live amidst the poisonous waste of factory farms. And although the president has declared swine flu a national emergency, the government continues to prop up the industry that caused the crisis (to the tune of $62.6 million in one year alone—with the possibility of $250 million more in the coming fiscal year).

What do you think?

If factory farms are banned from the U.S. Capitol, should they be banned everywhere?(polls)


Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • carla says:

    Human beings need to wake the f…K up seriously… we do not own this damn earth!!!!

  • lili says:

    Right on Analiese! These people who do not care about animals declaring that only humans have feelings emotions can suffer? Well guess what the supporting of the industries that cause the most disgusting kinds of pain imaginable to innocent creatures have just backfired that’s right humans are now dying by the hundreds because of what we have done for all of these years! Karma’s a real BITCH!

  • Becky Moyano says:

    The vaccine is risky to take anyway one doctor went on the news and said that he would not be giving it to his children. I am involved in the “Green our Vaccines” campaign in the autism communitynobody who has a family member that suffered vaccine injury feels that the vaccine is worth the risk of lifelong nuerological impairment. There are so many problems that would just go away like the swine flu if the government “greened up” all the cruel wasteful disease producing industries!

  • Saucy says:

    The Greedy will DEVOUR themselves. ……………….The Bible And Godspeed!

  • carla says:

    Our Governments are a bunch of idiots. I will never eat meat or support these pathetic and discusting slaughterhouses…. EVER!!!!!

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Actually in the past there were slaughterhouses in major United States cities New York and Chicago to name two. The novel “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair which is about the abysmal conditions of a major slaughterhouse for both the animals and the workers caused a major outcry in the United States early in the 20th century.

  • Megan says:

    I don’t personally agree with the methods used in certain farms today. I think that killing can be more humane. However we are humans with the ability to digest both meat and vegetables. Other animals that are carnivores eat only meat and since we are omnivores we eat meat and vegetables. Just like you peta people choose not to eat meat don’t criticize those that do. Swine flu is a problem just like many other viruses out there infecting humans. No matter what happens different strands are going to arise becasue the advances in medicine cause these organisms to find ways around them through evolution. I’ve never seen a site with more radical views on ethically treating animals. Humans are the most intelligent creatures on the planet and have every right to use the resources as we so choose fit. I agree that many people have chosen inhumane ways of dealing with animals and many changes can be made to improve this but not by ruling it out altogether. It makes me so angry to see so much criticism without thought of a solution that doesn’t involve letting all of the animals roam free with no human intervention. I’m sure that would work very well.

  • DEB says:

    My husband and I are not going to get the H1N1 . I dont believe it. If our goverment would take a good look at what our Farm Animals are being care for . I was reading were framer said you dont make pets of farm animals ok then dose this givethe right to abuse the amimals and send the sick animals to slaughterhouse are not clean as they should be the used the and the govermemt is leting people from other country coming here to live that are sick and passing on here in the state and all over to other country and take a good look at the foods that are coming from other country to . I think we should go back to the old ways of framing and stop the abuse of farm animal . If a cow dose get up on it own there a problem with the cow that it just might be to sick to get up on it own and have a vet check it out and fine out why But dont abuse it and try to make it get up and keep the sick animals a way from the other untill it well enough .

  • Pete says:

    Humans deserve whatever diseases we get. The swine flu NOT H1N1! is karma. And yet people still continue to reiterate that eating the flesh of dead pigs won’t give you swine flu directly… even though it’s supporting the very system that causes the flu in the first place. Sick disgusting barbaric selfish people.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    AS for as I know Dennis Kucinich is the only vegan and bona fide animal activist in the United States Congress. The AfricanAmerican Chaplain of The US Senate is a Seventh Day Adventist vegetarian.

  • Chris says:

    You should mail them a copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals. It goes into detail about the abuses suffered by animals on farms and the impact to people’s health and the environment. Yes it even talks a little about the H1N1 virus

  • Kelley says:

    Forget having a factory farm in downtown DCwhat about a working slaughterhouse in a major city. Let everyday people try to ignore THAT. I bet you’d get quite a few converts if more people were forced to meet their meat.

  • Lauren Holt says:

    YES YES YES!! Apparently in Britain or the EU battery farming will be banned in 2012. Hmm. Who here wants to place bets on how soon the government backs out and puts it to 2015… then 2020… then 2030….

  • Kristina says:

    Just like individuals don’t want to see the true problem…so does governments. Obviously our government does not want to admit the real cause of the swine flu.

  • Susan T says:

    As usual Dear Comrades this stunt was BRILLIANT! Too bad you couldn’t actually pull it off but I know you’ll use the oppposition to it very cleverly as you always do! Thank you!

  • Aneliese says:

    I think it’s ridiculous. I’m not getting the H1N1 vaccine not supporting animal experimentation.