Woman facing charges for giving water to thirsty pigs gets global support

Last month we told you about Anita Krajnc, a Toronto woman who faces criminal charges for giving water to thirsty pigs awaiting slaughter on a sweltering hot summer day. The global outpouring of support for Anita has been incredible, sparking international headlines and the viral hashtag #CompassionIsNotACrime. People around the world are outraged that Anita is being prosecuted for a final act of kindness toward animals, yet cruelty to animals is often unprosecuted.
Meanwhile, Animal Justice is speaking up on Anita’s behalf. Read more in this blog post by our director of farmed animal advocacy, Anna Pippus.

Hunter Mistakes Car For Wild Boar And Kills Driver

A short-sighted hunter who shot a car driver dead and wounded his passenger after bizarrely mistaking them for wild pigs is facing 5 years in jail.

Zbigniew Kowalski, 60, from the town of Leczyca in central Poland, had been out hunting in a nearby forest when he spotted the car containing victims Lukasz Nowakowski, 21, who survived, and Josef Kuchar, 23, who later died.

Mistaking the car for a wild boar he had let off a volley of shots, hitting Kuchar in the neck and Nowakowski in the chest.

Prosecutor Krzystof Kopania said: “The two men were wounded, but the driver Josef Kuchar, who later died, managed to drive them both to his home where his parents immediately called an ambulance.

“But by the time he got to hospital it was too late.

“We identified the hunter, he was immediately detained and he confirmed that he had mistakenly shot at the car. He realised his mistake when the ‘wild boar’ started its engine and drove off, but because whoever had driven off had clearly been alive he assumed he had missed the vehicle.”

Kowalsk later said he had not called police as a result and had carried on hunting. It was only when police cars turned up that and he was questioned by officers did he realise he had indeed hit somebody in the car.

Police confirmed that he will now be charged with manslaughter.


NY bans hunting of invasive pig

Ashley Hupfl, Albany Bureau 2:54 p.m. EDT April 28, 2014


ALBANY – A statewide ban on the hunting or trapping of free-ranging Eurasian boars has been officially adopted, the state Department of Environmental Conversation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Monday.

The boars first arrived in this country a few hundred years ago… [To clarify, the poor boars didn’t choose to immigrate or invade this country. They were brought here to serve as targets for canned hunting. Some escaped the fences, and now we have this “invasive species Problem.”]  …and now have large populations in the southern U.S. Recently, the boars have been seen in more northern states.

At least six New York counties — Tioga, Cortland, Onondaga, Clinton, Sullivan, and Delaware — have confirmed sightings of the boars, the state said. To date, more than 150 boars have been captured and destroyed by the DEC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.

“Hunters have offered to assist our efforts by hunting for boars wherever they occur, but experience has shown this to be counter-productive,” Martens said in a statement. “As long as swine may be pursued by hunters, there is a potential conflict with our eradication efforts.”

When hunters shoot and kill a Eurasian boar, especially near a baited trap established by the DEC, their shots will make a group, or “sounder,” of boars scatter and the boars rarely return once scared off. The baited traps are usually useless afterward and counterproductive to eradication efforts, Martens said.

The ban includes exceptions for state and federal wildlife agencies, law enforcement agencies and others authorized by the DEC to kill a Eurasian boar in situations of property damage or threats to public health or welfare.

In October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that prohibited the importation, breeding or introduction into the wild of any Eurasian boars. Hunting wild boars at hunting preserves will be allowed until 2015.

“Eurasian boars are a great threat to natural resources, agricultural interests, and private property and public safety wherever they occur and the DEC will continue to work to protect these resources and remove wild boars from the state,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Anyone who sees a Eurasian boar in the wild should report it to their regional DEC wildlife office or email fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us and include “Eurasian boar” in the subject line.

Residents are asked to report the number, date and exact location of the wild boars seen. Photographs can be included, too.



Recreational hog hunting popularity soaring

LINDSEY SHELTO, Associated Press

Saturday, April 5, 2014

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A quick tap on the roof of the electric hunting cart and the pop of two rifle shots and Jody Greene and Jeff Goeggle have taken down their first hog of the night.

It’s one of hundreds they will kill this year; they bagged 420 last year.

Goeggle’s tap on the roof of the cart signals he has spotted a hog, and he and Greene both shoot to ensure one of them hits the animal. It’s a routine they’ll repeat during approximately 200 hunts in 2014.


Bill Maher to Hunters: ‘There’s Something Wrong With You’



March 27, 2014/

By Bill Maher

[By the way, the wild boars are escapees from canned hunting compounds, like the kind that raises deer and elk for fenced-in hunting that I posed on earlier.]

New Rule: If you’re delighted to take a life, there’s something wrong with you. This photo has gone viral on the Internet because, well, just look at the size of the wild boar Jett Webb bagged in the woods of North Carolina. That’s some specimen of a pig. And the boar’s pretty big too.

It’s an 8-foot, 500-pound beauty that just moments ago was roaming proudly in the wild, and now it’s dead and I’m holding up my gun and pressing my cock against it! “This might be the best day ever!”

Now, I don’t want to blame this guy too much, because I think, if you’re from rural North Carolina and you have a name like “Jett Webb,” you’d be hard pressed not to end up in a photo like this. Plus, it’s pointed out in the article that wild pigs are an invasive species and that North Carolina is being overrun by boars – just like “Fox and Friends.”

And I get the argument that “a man’s gotta eat” and that sometimes you have to take a life to feed yourself and your family – but shouldn’t it be more of a solemn occasion?

We kill people too, when we carry out executions, but afterwards the warden and guards don’t high-five and pose with the corpse. That’s what bothers me: the trophy aspect, the absolute glee, the beaming with pride. Get over yourself. You pointed at something, pushed a button, and it died.


The first comment to his blog, from Dominique Osh, is also worth reading:

You know, Hunters are sociopathic killers, simple as that..you match criminal profilers analyze of sociopathic murders of life. There is no need to kill anything to survive these days. There is education available to even the most rural residents that humans do not need meat to survive, not only do they not need to eat meat, we are designed not to. There are many, many alternatives, most vegetables have more calcium and protein than fat laddened flesh, that science has proven to be harmful to human health, if that’s all you care about. And if you think that organic meat from your kills is better, there are many prions in meat that are eating your brains..haha, go figure, huh..no, really, CDC keeps quiet, because the Industrial Meat market does not want you to know these things, when some old man in AK has worms in his brains from eating pigs, or “Mad Cow” & Bird Flu disease isn’t transferable to humans..right..wink, wink..It is gross abomination to eat the flesh of any animal, humans are animals too, It’s cannibalism, a serious crime against nature that we will suffer from. EVOLVE!



Morrissey Writes Another Scathing Letter About the Royal Family’s Hunting Habits


Morrissey Writes Another Scathing Letter About the Royal Family’s Hunting Habits

“… We can only pray to God that their hunting guns backfire in their faces.”

By Evan Minsker on February 9, 2014

Once again, Morrissey has written a letter about the Royal Family, once again focusing on their hunting habits. Appropriately titled “The story is old, I know, but it goes on”, he criticizes Prince William’s speech about protecting endangered species, as it came one day before he went hunting in Spain with Prince Harry. “We can only pray to God that their hunting guns backfire in their faces,” writes Morrissey. Read the entire thing here:…

One day prior to giving a public plea on behalf of animal welfare (!), Prince William is to be found in Spain (with Prince Harry) shooting and killing as many deer and boar as they possibly can! Although William’s speech (no doubt written by his publicity aides at Clarence House) will concentrate on endangered species, William is too thickwit to realize that animals such as tigers and rhino are only driven to near extinction because people who are precisely like himself and his brother have shot them off the map – all in the name of sport and slaughter. Whenever you shoot an animal in the head the outcome is usually the same: death. Just why William kills innocent and defenseless deer does not matter – the fact is, he does it, and we must go on and on asking why any form of violence is acceptable to the British establishment. It is easy for privileged people to assume jealousy to be the reason why anyone would wish to condemn them, but the British Boil Family never fails to be a colossal embarrassment to the United Kingdom. The Spanish trip is more than likely unwillingly funded by the British taxpayer, and we know very well that the British press is duty-bound to always defend and cleanse the bad behavior of the Boil Family – no matter how abysmal and hypocritical their actions. But the rationalists amongst us – who are never allowed to speak, are intelligent enough to realize that endangered species are dying out only because of people like William and Harry, and, for this we can only pray to God that their hunting guns backfire in their faces.


Prince William Flies off to Shoot Spanish Boar

[Not only does this make him a hypocrite, but somehow when someone who has it all chooses to do evil it makes it all that much despicable.]

Prince William flies off to shoot wild boar in Spain… days before launching a campaign to combat illegal hunting

Next week the prince is helping to lead conference on illegal wildlife trade …

By Rebecca English

7 February 2014

Prince William has flown off on a hunting trip days before taking part in a high-profile campaign to highlight poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.

Accompanied by his brother, Prince Harry, the second in line to the throne flew out to Spain on Thursday to shoot wild boar and stag at an estate in rural Cordoba owned by one of the wealthiest men in Britain, the Duke of Westminster.

The princes are frequent visitors to Finca La Garganta, which is one of the largest and most exclusive hunting estates in western Europe.

Prince William has been shooting boar on a private estate in Cordoba, Spain. Here he is engaging in the pastime at Sandringham in December 2005

Prince William has been shooting boar on a private estate in Cordoba, Spain. Here he is engaging in the pastime at Sandringham in December 2005

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Hunter Accidentally Kills Son After Mistaking Him For A Boar In France

The Huffington Post


hunter kills son

A French hunter accidentally killed his son in a tragic hunting accident Thursday. (Photo via Getty)
A hunting expedition in France’s Ardèche region ended in tragedy Thursday after a hunter accidentally killed his son.

According to daily newspaper Ouest-France, the 61-year-old saw a shadow pass and fired his weapon. However, the figure was not a wild boar, as the hunter expected, but his 35-year-old son.

Though resuscitation efforts were attempted, the man died at the scene. His father collapsed shortly after and has since been hospitalized while prosecutors investigate the circumstances of the fatal shooting.

The accidental shooting follows another hunting incident earlier this week that led to the death of a 6-year-old in northern France. The young boy died in a hospital Wednesday, succumbing to injuries he sustained Sunday when a hunter’s gun was accidentally discharged.

Earlier this year, France’s National Office for Hunting and Wildlife reported that there were 179 hunting accidents in the last hunting season, which lasted from June 2012 to May 2013, 21 of which were fatal.

Fort Worth teen seriously wounded in hunting accident

Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 By Domingo Ramirez Jr.

FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth teen who was out hunting feral hogs in Hill County was seriously wounded over the weekend when another teen placed a rifle down on the backseat of a truck and the weapon discharged, authorities said Sunday.

The 13-year-old, whom authorities did not immediately identify, was taken by helicopter ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth where he underwent surgery. His condition early Sunday was listed as serious.

A friend of the family says the boy is an eighth-grader at Prairie Vistas Middle School in Fort Worth; the school is in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district.

Investigators with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office believe it was an accidental shooting and no criminal investigation is under way, said Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Wilson with the Hill County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday in a rural area a few miles south of Whitney. Whitney is about 70 miles south of Fort Worth.

The teen, another young boy and the father of one of the boys were out hunting hogs, Wilson said Sunday. One of the boys laid the rifle on a backseat and the weapon fired just as the victim was walking by the truck, Wilson said.

Authorities confiscated the rifle.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/09/22/5184240/fort-worth-teen-seriously-wounded.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Factory Farm Legacy: Animal Torture, Water and Air Pollution and Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

From: Organic Consumers Association, September 18, 2013

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Factory Farming page and our Food Safety page.

The days of the small farmer raising his cattle, hogs and hens on green pastures are long gone. Today America’s farming landscape resembles a windowless, animal gulag system filled with metal sheds, wire cages, gestation crates and confinement systems.

Factory farms aren’t about feeding the hungry or harvesting healthy food. They’re about maximizing profits for a handful of the world’s largest agribusiness corporations, and the biotech and pesticide companies that fuel their factories and feed their animals.

Today, nearly 65 billion animals worldwide, including cows, chickens and pigs, are crammed into CAFOs and slaughtered annually. These animals are literally imprisoned and tortured in unhealthy, unsanitary and unconscionably cruel conditions.

Factory farms produce unhealthy animals. And unhealthy people. About 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on factory farms, either to prevent disease or stimulate growth. Meanwhile, about 70,000 Americans die each year from “superbugs” that have developed a resistance to antibiotics.

Animal Torture Chambers

Over 300 million: The number of laying hens in the United States; of these, some 95 percent are kept in wire battery cages.

67: The average number of square inches of space allowed in each hen’s wire battery cage – less than the size of a standard sheet of paper.

72: The number of square inches of space a hen needs to be able to stand up straight.

303: The number of square inches a hen needs to be able to spread and flap her wings.

2 ft: The width of a factory farm sow cage – too small for them even to turn around or lie down comfortably.

2 ft.: The width of a factory farm cage for calves who are raised for veal.

None: The time provided to chickens and hogs raised in factory farms to spend outdoors, breathe fresh air or experience natural light.

None: The time provided to dairy and beef cattle to graze in a pasture where they could express their natural behavior (and ideal diet).

80: The percentage of antibiotics used in the United States that are given to farm animals, as a preventative measure or to stimulate growth. Growth stimulants are prohibited in Europe, but not here.

23 million: The number of pounds of antibiotics added to animal feed every year, to make the animals grow faster.

875 million: The number of U.S. animals, or 8.6%, who died lingering deaths from disease, injury, starvation, suffocation, maceration, or other atrocities of animal farming and transport.

Endangering Human Health

220 billion: The number of gallons of animal waste dumped by factory farms onto farmland and into our waterways every year.

73,000: The number of E. coli and salmonella outbreaks in 2007.

70,000: The number of Americans that die every year because of force-feeding animals antibiotics that helps breed antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

5,000: The number of deaths per year from food borne illnesses in the U.S.

4.5 million: The approximate number of Americans exposed to dangerously high nitrate levels in their drinking water. Agricultural Waste is the number-one form of well-water contaminants in the U.S.

14: The percentage of factory farm chickens that tested positive for
68: The percentage of chickens with salmonella that showed resistance to one or more antibiotics.

40: The percentage of cows in industrial dairies that are injected with genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to increase their milk yields.

70: The percentage of chicken producers that used the toxin roxarsone in their feed additives between 1995 and 2000.

3: The number of cases of mad cow disease identified in cattle in the U.S. — in December 2003, June 2005, and March 2006.

Over 90: The percentage the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scaled back testing for mad cow disease starting in the fall 2006, claiming that testing was expensive and detection of infected cows was rare.

Nearly 43: The percentage of large-scale dairies (over 500 head) that used rBGH on their cows in 2007, compared to 30 percent of mid-sized dairies, and nine percent of small dairies.

Antibiotics are widely used by U.S. meat industry, Consumer Reports
Report: Bacteria in chicken too high, Consumer Reports
10 Reasons to Fear Your Food Supply, Takepart.com
Factory-Farmed Chickens: Their Difficult Lives and Deaths, Britannica Advocacy for Animals
CAFO’s Uncovered, Union of Concerned Scientists

Zack Kaldveer, Assistant Media Director for the Organic Consumers Association, compiled these statistics.


And From the UK Guardian:

Mad cow, bird flu, pink slime? The bigger threat is antibiotics in our meat

23,000 people die each year in the US from overuse of antibiotics. We should regulate antibiotic use in agriculture


  •  Wednesday 18 September 2013
                                          Beef carcasses at a wholesale meat market in Paris
Beef carcasses at a wholesale meat market. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Remember pink slime – that Dayglo-bright mash of ground up meat scraps and cow connective tissues larded with industrial strength ammonia that was being served up in school lunch programs in the United States last year?

More ominously, there was mad cow disease, which has killed scores of people in Britain and elsewhere. Bird-flue outbreaks originating in poultry farms  in China and Southeast Asia have also led to periodic scares. And did I mention salmonella?

But these food-related scourges pale in comparison with another threat, which was the subject of a report released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control: the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria. In its first estimate of the scope of the problem, the CDC says that 23,000 people – and possibly many more than that – die in the US each year from infection by microorganisms that can no longer be controlled by our current array of antibiotics.

We’ve known for a long time that our chronic overuse of antibiotics is helping to create these dangerous new strains of bacteria. Public health officials worry that doctors are routinely overprescribing powerful broad-spectrum antibiotics for everything from stomach aches to common colds. The CDC report says that 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not actually necessary.

But antibiotics are not just overused in medical care; we’re also feeding them indiscriminately to cows, pigs and chickens. Fully 80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are administered to farm animals in their water and feed. The use of these drugs in agriculture is virtually unregulated, according to Keeve Nachman, the director of the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University.

Nachman told me that we don’t know exactly what antibiotics are being used in meat production, or how large the doses that are administered are. Even more critically, we don’t know how much of these antibiotics remains in the meat that we eat. There is no requirement to routinely test for this. Eating meat, even with low doses of antibiotics, he warns, may lead to the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in our own guts, if the meat is mishandled or undercooked.

There is also ample evidence that the overuse of antibiotics has created resistant bacteria in the external environment. Studies have shown them in water downstream from livestock farms, as well as in the air and soil near facilities where antibiotics are used. Nachman himself published a study yesterday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine that shows that people living near swine production sites are more likely to be infected with the superbug MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

In light of these risks, the CDC report says pointblank:

The use of antibiotics for growth is not necessary, and the practice should be phased out.

Most antibiotics currently used on farms are not for the treatment of sick animals, or even the prevention of disease, but to promote the growth and weight of livestock. Until recently scientists didn’t know how antibiotics stimulated growth. However, a study published in the journal Nature last year helped to clear up this mystery.

New York University researchers found that antibiotics have a big impact on what is called the microbiome, the teeming ecosystem of billions of diverse bacteria that live within the gut. Not only do they kill off many valuable microorganisms, but they also apparently alter the ability of some gut bacteria to metabolize carbohydrates. With the result that mice that the scientists fed antibiotics fattened up, just as as livestock do.

So if animals typically put on weight when they take antibiotics, what about humans? A study published in the Journal of Obesity found a strong correlation between exposure to antibiotics in childhood and later obesity. But that may not be the worst of it. Evidence is also mounting that low microbial diversity in the gut is associated with a whole range of inflammatory illnesses including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

With all of these dangers deriving from our overuse of antibiotics, Keeve Nachman argues that the time has come to get serious about regulating them. He says:

The FDA has proposed a voluntary program in which the pharmaceutical companies are asked to give up their drug approvals for purposes of growth promotion and to relist them for purposes of disease prevention.

But Nachman calls this “essentially a shell game” which will change how the drugs are labelled, but not the way they are actually used in animals.

To solve the problem, he says, we’ll have to ban antibiotics except in actual cases of illness. Farmers should be required to get a prescription from a veterinarian, much as you and I need a prescription from their physician before we can use the drugs.

There are already several European countries that have banned the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in meat production. But so far neither Congress nor regulators in the US have been willing to stand up to the livestock lobby and protect the public’s health.