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Iowa Vet Defends Hanging

Written by PETA | October 22, 2007

Veterinarian Paul Armbrecht during testimony in which he asserted thathanging animals from a forklift does not constitute cruelty
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If you live in Iowa, make sure you don’t take your animals to a guy named Dr. Paul Armbrecht for a checkup. With a straight face and a full wallet (the good doctor was paid for histroubles), Dr. Armbrecht recently testified under oath that strangling pigs to death by hanging does not constitute cruelty to animals. In part due to this “expert” testimony from Dr. A., three hog farmers who were accused in a high-profile case of torturing pigs were let off with a slap on the wrist.

During an undercover investigation conducted by the Humane Farming Association at Wiles Hog Farm in Creston, Ohio, employees were caught killing sows by fastening a chain around their necks and attaching it to a front-end loader, which was hoisted into the air, strangling the animals to death over a period of four to five minutes. In addition to testifying that this was a reasonable form of “euthanasia,” the doctor opined that Wiles Farm’s practice of dragging, kicking, and dropping sows off a 4-foot ledge was an acceptable method of transporting the animals to their deaths.

Along with five other major animal protection organizations, we have asked the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association to immediately investigate this pathetic excuse for a veterinarian. The Iowa Veterinary Practice Act explicitly prohibits “knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representation in the practice of the profession,” and if his testimony is shown to have violated this clause, we’re asking them to immediately revoke his vet’s license.

As PETA VP Bruce Friedrich puts it, “Dr. Armbrecht’s testimony directly contradicts industry guidelines, which provide only the bare minimum of protection for animals. Giving the okay to a killing method that causes animals to slowly strangle to death makes Dr. Armbrecht a disgrace to the veterinary profession, and it opens the door for even more widespread abuse of animals.”

It’s a little tough to watch, but here’s some video footage of the practices that Dr. Armbrecht recently defended as being “humane.”

Please click here to contact the Iowa Vet Board about this issue now.

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  • Miranda says:

    Maybe these people should be treated just like they treat these poor innocent animals and then lets see if they would classsify that as being cruel. Ignorant people like these people deserve to die the same ways these pigs died. A long horrible painful death There doing it to these animals why can’t we do it to them!

  • Judi says:

    Hitler thought it was humane to kill million of jews. Has he been resurected to live in Iowa and hang pigs and change his name to Dr.Paul Armbrecht.

  • phil says:

    hey if you would all bring ur attention to how where gonna hang them stupid farmers i suggest u look up at canadian farmers and slaughter houses where me and a friend played these video clips and they all cried. but up here they use injection electricution and gun shot to head. ive seen first hand a .22 cal gun at 2 feet can kill instantly and painlessly when aimed between the eyes. Hanging unless the neck snaps is not quick or painless for any creature.

  • Paola Selwyn says:

    This is very sad! that we do this to animals is insensitive humiliating inhuman is a disgrace for the human who reads this will do to the planet these people are less sick people … nothing!!!As they can kill an animal they can killl to a human being and They start with small creatures animals … after kidnap your kids to your sister your neighbor to stop this has zero tolerance for violence should not be permitted. Life is so valuable to a quiet creature as a person

  • Shelby Painter says:

    I commend anyone who is corageous and slick enogh to get dirty and expose these sadists for all they are. The ne with the skinned dogs? I vomited. This? I coul hardly get past the poor piglet…My God. This needs to be out there. People need to know AND see what THEY are eating and how they came to GET that ham. I will do anything i can to help…Barbaric humans..we have a choice..

  • nikki says:

    evil man his lic should be revoked what a monster … i can’t believe we allow them to et away with this i would love to to see him go to jail for even thinking like them

  • nikki says:

    evil man his lic should be revoked what a monster … i can’t believe we allow them to et away with this i would love to throw him in a ditch..

  • Maria says:

    I’M SPEECHLESS! THIS GOES TO SHOW MONEY TRULY DOES TALK WHILE BULLSHIT WALKS!!!!!THE JUDGE AND THIS SO CALLED “POS” SORRY EXCUSE FOR A VETERINARIAN AND ALL IN INVOLVED WITH LETTING THESE ASSHOLES OFF ARE JUST AS GUILTY!!! THEY DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ANYONE OR ANY OTHER LIVING BREATHING BEING BUT THEIR FAT GREEDY SELVES..THEY’RE ALL BEING PAID OFF I GUARANTEE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES!!! KARMA IS TRULY A BITCH!!! I BET IF THEY WERE BEING HANGED KICKED BEATEN AND ABUSED FOR JUST 10 SECONDS OF WHAT THESE POOR ANIMALS GO THROUGH THEY WOULD CHANGE THEIR GUTLESS BRAINLESS MINDS REAL FUING FAST!!!! MAY THEIR ROTTEN KARMA STRIKE BACK AT THEM AVENGE 7FOLD!!!!!!!!!!! IF THE LAW KEEPS DEFENDED PUS’S LIKE THIS SOONER OR LATER I BET THEY WILL ESCALATE TO PEOPLE…I BET IT’S ALREADY HAPPENED..I GUARANTEE THEY’RE ALREADY ABUSIVE!!!!! STOP THIS INSANITY NOW…DISGUSTING..EVERYBODY DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT ANYTHING UNTIL IT COMES BACK TO HARM THEM!!!!!!!!JUST REMEMBER YOU SOW BAD SEEDS YOU WILL GET NOTHING BUT ROTTEN HARVEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!CURSE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN DOCTOR AND ANYONE OF THE LIKE!!!!!!!!

  • jeannie says:

    and here my friends is the perfect example of why I am not only a vegan but a staunch supporter of Peta and other animal welfare groups. That people actually can be convinced that this isn’t cruel to the animals makes me ashamed to be part of the human race. And this so called “vet ” is one of the sorriest excuses for a human being that I have ever seen. I am beyond naueseated.

  • JP says:

    Stop the blogging and take action people. I’ve emailed or called every member on the Iowa Vet Board and expressed my outrage you can do the same. Only our actions of writing calling and financially supporting the cause to end animal suffering will move us forward. We all need to focus our anger and outrage and do something to encourage change at policy legal and enforcement levels!

  • nadine says:

    How could people do this and sleep at night? how could people who care help and make sure that this barbaric way of dealing WITH SOMETHING THAT’S ALIVE AND FEELS PAIN. I will be passing this email to all whom i know. This will not be tolerated!!

  • Jackie Bochnowski says:

    These acts are totaly BARBARIC and just plain CRUEL!!!!!!!! He needs to be jailed and never allowed to have any thing to do with animals! What a sick and unhumane sicko! I have decided to become vegetarian! This was the last straw for me in making that decision.

  • MARCIA HANNA says:

    I WANT THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE EVIL VET?????!!!!

  • Christine says:

    Very eye opening it’s a real shame that we tolerate in this day and age this type of slaughter. I respect people’s choice to eat meat or not but there has to guidelines. We aren’t barbaric humans this video shows me we’ve stepped back ages. Horrible.

  • jude says:

    he will see his judgement day.

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