Factory Farm 360

http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/mdi-factory-farm-360.html

FROM

Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
February 2015

The first interactive, 360-degree video of animal life on factory farms. Brought to you by LCA’s Sam Simon Special Investigations Unit.

WATCH THE TRUTH about Pig Farms

CLICK AND DRAG ON THE VIDEO TO LOOK AROUND

  • On a factory farm, a breeding pig spends most of her life in a gestation crate too small for her to turn around in. The confinement is maddening; pigs bite on the bars until their mouths are sore and bloody.
  • After about four months, the mother is moved to a small, filthy maternity crate, where she will give birth and nurse her babies.
  • The piglets’ back teeth are cut with pliers, and their tails are clipped. The males are castrated with no anesthetic, so the meat tastes more pleasing to consumers.
  • Many piglets die of infection, or are crushed to death by their mother because her movement is so restricted. Dead piglets are gutted, and their intestines fed to mother pigs in an effort to immunize them from disease. After just weeks, the surviving piglets will be taken away and the mother re-impregnated.
  • These facilities are breeding grounds for harmful bacteria like salmonella, so pigs are given steady doses of antibiotics, spawning antibiotic-resistant germs.
  • Workers deface the pigs’ bodies with spray paint to mark their status, like whether they’re pregnant or that it’s time for them to die. Some workers have spray-painted “kill” or “die” right on animals’ backs.
  • Nearly all pork at grocery stores and restaurants in the U.S. – including bacon, ham and pork sausage – comes from these farms, where the pigs endure excruciating suffering every day of their lives.
  • You can help end this torture by choosing cruelty-free meatless options instead of pork.

WATCH THE TRUTH about Free-Range Egg Farms

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  • This is a “free range” egg farm, but these hens are far from free. They know only concrete and metal, and beneath the grating under their feet sits piles of urine and manure.
  •  Dead hens rot among the living, spreading their disease.
  • All of these hens’ brothers were killed the day they were born, because to the egg industry, they are worthless.
  • In the U.S., no government-regulated standards exist for “free range” farms. Hens may go outside for just minutes a day. Some birds never even get outdoors, because access is blocked by the crowds.
  • The crowding and filth create a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites, making both birds and humans sick.
  • This is cruel, and it’s happening right now to hens all over the world. Help end their suffering by choosing plant-based alternatives to eggs and other animal products. Together, we can stop farm cruelty.

WATCH THE TRUTH about “Broiler” Chicken Farms

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  • You are in a room of thousands of other “broiler” chickens, where you will spend your entire life never seeing sunlight.
  • Beneath you is a sludge of litter, urine and manure; it has so much ammonia, it’s burning your feathers off, so your chest is sore and bald.
  • You’ve been bred for constant hunger, and the lights are on all night to keep you awake and eating.
  • You’re so obese, you cannot stand (If you were a 10-year-old child, you’d weigh 500 pounds by now).
  • You probably have salmonella or another sickening bacteria, spawned from the overcrowding and filth.
  • Sound like torture? It is. And it’s reality for chickens found at nearly all stores and restaurants in the U.S.
Rescued Chicken--Pigs' Pease Sanctuary

Rescued Chicken–Pigs’ Pease Sanctuary

Tell Costco to stop selling factory farmed eggs

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The egg industry forces birds on factory farms to spend their entire lives cramped in cruel, filthy, and unsustainable battery cages. There are better ways to raise birds, and that’s why California passed two groundbreaking animal protection laws, Prop 2 and AB1437, that together require all shell eggs sold in the state to be produced by farm animals that have adequate space for natural behaviors by January 2015. The problem is Costco refuses to work with The Humane League to assure they will follow this law that gave retailers years to phase in. Please sign our petition asking Costco to stop selling factory farmed eggs.

Unfortunately, a few retailers are ignoring the intention of these animal cruelty laws by planning to sell eggs from hens trapped in modified cages. They have had six years to make adjustments to follow the law, but they feel there is a loophole that allows birds to remain confined in warehouses of tiny, filthy cages stacked upon each other. We can show Costco that consumers demand trustworthy, ethical business practices from this retail giant.

Costco, the large chain of warehouse stores founded in California, is now presented with the opportunity to stand with the voters of California and pledge to be 100% cage-free in the state or turn its back on the efforts of voters who do not want to contribute to inhumane animal agriculture practices.
Please, sign our petition and ask Costco to take a stand against animal cruelty in California and make plans to extend this policy nationally. It’s time for Costco to do the right thing and end its support of farms that still use cage systems.

Sign the Petition: https://mail.google.com/mail/#inbox/14a6db80fdd5788c

59 Billion Farmed Animals Serve an Insatiable Human World

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There are 59 billion animals alive at any one time, farmed for their meat. The world’s domestic cattle weigh 16 times as much as all the wild animals on the planet put together. 60% of the globe’s agricultural land is used for beef production, from growing grain to raising cows. Since the early-20th century, industrial farming and global capitalism have worked hand-in-hand to provide meat at an ever cheaper price. And our appetites, so tempted, have led us to consume more and more animals. In the US, each citizen eats on average 120kg of meat per year. And that’s not even the number one spot. Our insatiable desire for meat has defined how we use our planet. But cheap meat comes at a price. Planet Carnivore gets under the skin of the health problems that over-consumption brings; of modern farming’s destructive use of resources; and of the stretched and strained farms and abattoirs that lead to horsemeat in beef burgers and challenging moral questions about our relationship with our food. Alex Renton’s brilliantly researched, utterly compelling Guardian Short serves up the grisly stories, and also looks at how we are beginning to try and pay the cheap meat bill, from innovative twists on current techniques to cutting edge scientific breakthroughs. – See more at: http://guardianshorts.co.uk/planetcarnivore/#sthash.oURzZciG.dpuf

Adult Onset Hedonism

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Practically everywhere you look lately are signs of a growing backlash against the progressive vegan movement. It seems people, many who’ve never tried going a day without eating animal products, are tired of being told vegetarian is healthier than flesh-eating and veganism is better still—its carbon footprint being only a fraction of the gargantuan impact of the standard American diet. Plus, vegans have the benefit of a clearer conscience than a person who contributes to animal suffering on a daily basis (assuming said person cares at all about animals). But many are comfortable with their meat addiction and don’t see any reason to ever change. And though they’re still the vast majority and therefore have nothing to fear from the efforts of outnumbered do-gooders, they see it as an attack on their right to be as hedonistic as they so desire and have begun a collective counterattack, just to show ‘em.

A prime example is the subject of a December 4, 2014, article in UT-San Diego. The piece by Michele Parente, cleverly entitled, “Meat trend has some seeing red,”

As in other major cities across the country, San Diego’s current mania for all things meat defies that other growing trend of eating only plant-based food. “I ordered double sausage out of spite,” one diner posted on Facebook, along with a photo of people eating at sidewalk tables, inches away from picketers. “For every animal you don’t eat, I’m going to eat three,” posted another.

Parente started the article out (glibly),

Meat is all the rage in San Diego right now and that’s got some people broiling.

A proliferation of pork-centric places has sprung up all over the county, along with eateries serving up all manner of beef, game, organ and exotic meats. Hungry for a meatier experience? How about a pre-dinner demonstration on how to butcher a whole animal or even the opportunity to slaughter your entrée yourself? And while the current carnivore craze is sating foodies…

What?! Wait a minute. Slow down there and let us un-hipsters catch up; just what the hell is a “foodie,” anyway? It sounds like some kind of baby talk to me. Well, I looked it up and as it turns out that’s not far off. According the Urban Dictionary’s first two definitions, a “foodie” is,

  1. Foodie: A douchebag who likes food.

Douchebag – “I’m a big foodie.”

Non-doucher – “Really? I like food too, but I’m not a tool.” 

  1. Foodie: A dumbed-down term used by corporate marketing forces to infantilize and increase consumerism in an increasingly simple-minded American magazine reading audience. The addition of the long “e” sound on the end of a common word is used to create the sensation of being part of a group in isolationist urban society, while also feminizing the term to subconsciously foster submission to ever-present market sources.

Though the terms “gastronome” and “epicure” define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure, these words are perceived by the modern American consumer as elitist due to their Latin root forms and polysyllabic pronunciation

If you’ve ever heard the postpartum cries of a newborn unwillingly evicted from the warmth of a watery womb, or witnessed the incessant tantrum of a terrible two-year old, you know that babies can be a bit self-centered. They don’t really seem to care about others around them; they just want whatever they don’t have, and you’d better figure out what that is—and fast. Meanwhile, in a similarly self-absorbed manner, “foodies” believe they are entitled to make the art of stuffing their gullet an “adventure,” eating whatever they want—or whomever they want—the rights or interests of the victims of their carnivorous quests be damned.

Popular pulp among narcissistic “locavores” is new book touting the alleged virtues of “adult onset hunting.” At the height of hedonism, these nouveau-savage self-actualizers not only find fulfillment in consuming wild animals but also in all forms of related carnage, including (but not limited to) stalking, shooting, snuffing out, dismembering and butchering them first.

Parente’s article continues,

…a small group of animal-rights activists holding “Meat is Murder” signs has been picketing S&M Sausage & Meat each week since it opened in Hillcrest about a month ago.

A recent DIY butchery event, provocatively called Death For Food, was canceled after an online campaign launched by lawyer and seal defender Bryan Pease attracted about 2,500 protesters and threats of a potential boycott against Suzie’s Farm, where the farm-to-guillotine-to-table dinner was scheduled to be held. 

The restaurant, whose logo is a hog on its back, feet in the air and apple in the mouth, is an unabashed haven for adventurous meat eaters, offering everything from kangaroo hotlinks to alligator-antelope Andouille sausage and fried pig ears. “Anything we can find that used to be breathing… Its customers are equally unapologetic.

 “The audience is quite frankly demanding and wants to be part of the experience,” Freeman said. “They want the thrill and adventure of dining they get with whole-animal (butchery).” “…it gives you an experience.”

The otherwise nauseating article does include a good quote from Stephanie Shaw, a PETA spokeswoman, that sums up the vegan message in a nutshell.

“Any restaurant that serves meat, whether it’s farm to table, whole-animal butchers or McDonald’s … is supporting the violent and untimely or unnecessary death of an animal that wanted to live,” Shaw said. “With every meal, we have the opportunity to choose cruelty or kindness.”

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The ‘Cost of Doing Business?’

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It’s taken nine months for him to get to this moment. He’s bewildered, weak, and — like many newborns, completely vulnerable. The industry he was born into considers him a ‘waste product’, and soon he will be discarded. He is one of hundreds of thousands of dairy calves born every year to keep their mothers producing milk. They’re taken from their mums, and within days, will be on a truck on the way to slaughter. This is considered to be the ‘cost of doing business’ when it comes to the production of milk, cheese and yoghurt — but is that cost too high? Check out the Sydney Morning Herald’s article ‘The Downside of Dairy’ at www.bit.ly/1sLmZA5 — and discover how you can help calves today at www.AnimalsAustralia.org/dairy.

Comment from a friend off Facebook, where this originated: “I have met day-old calves at the (small, “family”) dairy farm less than five miles from my house. I fantasize about driving a semi in there and rescuing them ALL in the middle of the night. If they were women and their children, I’d be a HERO. However, since they are “only” animals (keeping in mind that of course humans are animals too) I’d be arrested for theft of “property”. :'(“

 

Special Seattle Cowspiracy screening Wednesday, Nov 5

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If you missed the Seattle screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, here’s another chance. They need to secure 55 more tickets to confirm the screening at the SIFF Film Center.
Please buy (secure) your ticket and one for a friend today! If we each bring someone who hasn’t seen it (or two someones), not only will the show go on, but we’ll educate more people around us to the suffering of the planet and how to help stop it.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

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Directors: Kip Andersen, Keegan Kuhn
Starring: Michael Pollan, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Will Tuttle, Howard Lyman, Will Potter

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.
Hosting a screening or wanting to know more? Access the promoter resources here!

10/8 – Austin, TX – tugg.com/events/11087
10/9 – Murrieta, CA – tugg.com/events/11016
10/9 – Eugene, OR – bit.ly/CowTugg
10/11 – San Francisco – bit.ly/10D0As2
10/12 – San Francisco – bit.ly/10D0As2
10/12 – Johannesburg, South Africa – on.fb.me/XYHMCa
10/13 – London, UK – bit.ly/1qlJ6p1
10/13 – Yonkers, NY – tugg.com/events/11062
10/14 – Berlin, Germany – bit.ly/1tRFVeP
10/14 – Arlington, TX – tugg.com/events/11144
10/14 – Columbia, SC – tugg.com/events/11165
10/15 – Drayton, Queensland, Australia – on.fb.me/1v9PPaf
10/15 – Spokane, WA – tugg.com/events/11080
10/15 – Erie, PA – bit.ly/CowTugg
10/15 – Orange, CA – tugg.com/events/11304
10/16 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – bit.ly/1nWh1up
10/16 – Atlanta, GA – *sold out*
10/16 – Metairie, LA – tugg.com/events/11259
10/16 – Hendersonville, TN – tugg.com/events/11053
10/16 – Minneapolis, MN – *sold out*
10/16 – Westminster, CO – tugg.com/events/11234
10/16 – Sausalito, CA – tugg.com/events/11241
10/16 – Pasadena, CA – tugg.com/events/11325
10/16 – Fargo, ND – tugg.com/events/11180
10/18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands (Haarlem)- bit.ly/1uikhOp
10/20 – Dallas, TX – tugg.com/events/11374
10/20 – North Fort Myers, FL – bit.ly/CowTugg
10/20 – Royal Palm Beach, FL – tugg.com/events/11289
10/21 – Berkeley, CA – tugg.com/events/11309
10/21 – Orange Beach, AL – tugg.com/events/11176
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – tugg.com/events/11204
10/22 – Shererville, IN – tugg.com/events/11157
10/22 – Hamilton, NJ – tugg.com/events/11308
10/23 – Greensboro, NC – tugg.com/events/11296
10/23 – Deltona, FL – tugg.com/events/11353
10/23 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – tugg.com/events/11347
10/23 – Rockville Centre, NY – *free* -tugg.com/events/11123
10/23 – Spokane, WA – tugg.com/events/11124
10/23 – Millbury, MA – tugg.com/events/11379
10/23 – Middletown, DE – tugg.com/events/11102
10/23 – Ithaca, NY – tugg.com/events/11373
10/27 – Carlsbad, CA – bit.ly/1txaz9m
10/28 – Santa Ana, CA – tugg.com/events/11356
10/28 – Bethesda, MD – tugg.com/events/11422
10/28 – Royal Oak, MI – tugg.com/events/11163
10/28 – Pensacola, FL – tugg.com/events/11178
10/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – tugg.com/events/11143
10/29 – Medford, OR – tugg.com/events/11378
10/29 – West Covina, CA – tugg.com/events/11251
10/30 – San Antonio, TX – .tugg.com/events/11360
10/30 – Boulder, CO – tugg.com/events/11187
11/1 – Charleston, SC – tugg.com/events/11455
11/5 – Medford, OR – tugg.com/events/11378
11/5 – Seattle, WA – tugg.com/events/11319
11/5 – Tacoma, WA – tugg.com/events/11415
11/6 – San Francisco – cowspiracysf.brownpapertickets.com/
11/6 – Sioux Falls, SD – tugg.com/events/11008
11/6 – Santa Cruz, CA – tugg.com/events/11340
11/6 – Santa Rosa, CA – tugg.com/events/11192
11/6 – West Covina, CA – tugg.com/events/11251
11/6 – Alexandria, VA – tugg.com/events/11363
11/6 – Davie, FL – tugg.com/events/11451
11/8 – Dorset, UK – bit.ly/1srdNR4
11/10 – Irvine, CA – tugg.com/events/11274
11/11 – Lanesboro, MA – tugg.com/events/11376
11/13 – Athens, GA – tugg.com/events/11441
11/13 – Jacksonville, FL – tugg.com/events/11527
11/19 – Des Peres, MO – tugg.com/events/11354
11/19 – Las Vegas – tugg.com/events/11365
11/20 – Kailua Kona, HI – tugg.com/events/11183
12/4 – Bainbridge Island, WA – tugg.com/events/11300

If you organized a screening and it’s not listed here, let us know and we’ll add it to the calendar.

If you’d like to see Cowspiracy in a theater near you, it’s easy (and free) to make it happen: tugg.com/titles/cowspiracy.

To purchase a license to host your own screening (anywhere in the world), visit http://cowspiracy.bigcartel.com/product/community-screening-with-admission.

“Get To Hoofin It”: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

“Get To Hoofin It”: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States

www.gettohoofinit.com/home/tickets

By Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

Probably everyone reading this knows the feeling of going to the computer each day, clicking on email, and experiencing that knot of dread as the messages unfold with their sad and terrible stories about animals, the horrible and endlessly ingenious ways and reasons that our species has for making animals suffer and die, which includes stripping them of their dignity.

If it’s bad enough knowing what the institutions and entities that we expect to hurt animals are doing to them, there is added despair involved in knowing what is being done to animals by organizations calling themselves “humane,” “anticruelty” and the like. It is monstrous seeing our language of care and respect degraded into completely opposite meanings. A perfect example is this:

Get to Hoofin it: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

“We support farmers and ranchers who give proper care to their animals, and act in accordance with the basic ethic of compassion to sentient creatures.”
– The Humane Society of the United States

Most people know enough by now about the realities of animal farming, regardless of scale or label, to envision at least some of the details of what farmers and ranchers actually do to animals, versus verbalizations about “proper care” and “basic ethic of compassion.”

What these abstractions express and perpetuate in this context is alienation from actual animals. What they demonstrate is lack of respect for animals, indeed mockery of the very idea of “respecting” them. No one who truly respects animals, respects their dignity, feels with and for them, and wishes them joy in life supports “farming” them, because animal farming is about degrading animals meanly to the level of their genitals and their genes, mutilating their body parts, destroying their family life, controlling every aspect of their lives including culling (killing) them as one pleases when they are deemed not “productive” enough to keep feeding, and ultimately murdering them.

How can anyone claiming to respect animals promote a view of them as “dinner”?

Will a call to “Respect Your Dinner” advance your empathy and respect for animals as they lie slaughtered on your plate in barbecue sauce? Maybe the code word here is “basic.” Basic ethic of compassion = lowest possible level. In any case, compassion has nothing to do with the business and consumption of animal products. Its purpose is to gain customers and subvert consciences, to the extent that a conscience exists toward animals made into meals and blessed over in this condition even by their, uh, advocates. Like “humane,” the word compassion in this context is a mockery of both the animals and the meaning of words, including the word advocacy. It is the final gut punch to those we’re supposed to be advocating for.

Click on each animal photograph in this link for more information:
www.gettohoofinit.com

For more commentary, see pattrice jones here:
blog.bravebirds.org

Peaceful Prairie here:
www.peacefulprairie.org

James McWilliams here:
www.all-creatures.org

Hen being slaughtered Basic ethic of compassion in action.