Before I die… It’s good to be here.

Before I die

I love Candy Chang‘s work.

Candy Chang is “an artist who explores the intersection of public spaces and personal well-being.” She’s also a TED fellow. And she’s been creating waves with her creativity exploring important themes for years.

Let’s put it this way: Ms. Chang is kick-ass.

Following the death of a friend she put together Before I die… wondering if the gratitude, the pain, and clarity she felt (all at different stages) following the passing of a close friend was something others endured – or how exactly do others feel or what they might share …

This interactive experience began in her New Orleans neighborhood. With chalkboard paint she gathered up friends and painted the sides of an abandoned house creating a large space to share. The walls read “Before I die I want to _______.”

Anyone was then welcome to reflect and share in a public forum and space. Candy describes the experience: Continue reading

Chelsea Deserves Our Support.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. After years of suffering under bigoted laws, now the government wishes to be further assholes? No, U.S. Gov. Fix what you’ve done and be the “bigger person” (but recognize you’ve not been bigger by just doing what’s right to do – supporting Chelsea Manning). Thank you. Photo credit: Umpqua.

Hey U.S. Government!

Look what happens when you deny rights and then actually slam someone who has been holding YOU accountable. Now you get to pay for the medical treatment that you are trying to squirm out of. Shame on the U.S. Military for this one.

Get it right. Stand behind Chelsea and be the “bigger man.” ha. Guess you’re hiding behind fear again. Let’s see …

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Check.

Marriage Equality?

Errrrm. No.

Trans Concerns?

Big Fat Zero = Failed.

Please rework your policies and bring them by my office in the next few days. Thanks.

Cheese on Your Pizza

During my time overseeing the undercover investigations at Mercy For Animals (MFA) we documented horrific animal abuse. Much of it so shocking it was featured on national and international news media. This photo being featured by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on its Facebook page is from our (MFA’s) case at Willet Dairy in New York state. The photo shows a painful procedure called “disbudding.” This was one of our earlier employment-based cases (earlier = 2009, so hardly long ago).

At Willet Dairy we documented "disbudding," which is the painful removal of horns shown here without any pain relief or medical care.

At Willet Dairy we documented “disbudding,” which is the painful removal of horns shown here without any pain relief or medical care.

This is the Dairy Industry.

It doesn’t want you to know the truth.

Using a cautering device, this worker digs and burns the horn out of calf after calf. According to dairy experts who reviewed the footage, these calves were all far too old for the procedure not that it’s any less cruel or painful at a younger age.

Ag Gag laws are there to keep you from knowing the truth. You deserve to know the truth and these animals don’t deserve to suffer for absolutely no reason.

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Ag Gag Laws Encourage Animal Abuse

Global Captive Breeders abused countless animals. We'll never truly know the extent, but thanks to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, this cruelty has been exposed.

Global Captive Breeders abused countless animals. We’ll never truly know the extent, but thanks to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, this cruelty has been exposed.

If Ag Gag laws were in effect when this case occurred, those who exposed it would be the criminals and those who did it would never have been documented and held accountable.

And that’s a bunch of crap.

Let’s cut the crap.

I am now a plaintiff.

Today in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed an historic lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of “ag gag” laws. Given my years overseeing some of the most important undercover investigations for farmed animals in U.S. history, I am a plaintiff in the case.

Ag-Gag laws are unconstitutional.

What better way to show how much animal agribusinesses have to hide than for them to push for laws that violate our constitutional rights and target a specific demographic of “rabble-rousers?” Some of my biggest heroes are the people who wire up with hidden cameras and pull back the curtain on the meat, egg, and dairy industries. They show us exactly what would happen on any other day.

We legally expose and educate the public on all of the gruesome violations of basic human decency to those who are incapable of fighting back – nonhuman animals – and I ask that you stand with us in this fight.

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Mercy For Animals’ Unethical Behavior

Former Mercy For Animals [sic] (MFA) US Director of Investigations Daniel Hauff speaking to reporters at a Boston news conference following the Quality Egg of New England investigation, a Maine Contract Farming facility owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster of the salmonella outbreak.

Former Mercy For Animals [sic] (MFA) US Director of Investigations Daniel Hauff speaking to reporters at a Boston news conference following the Quality Egg of New England investigation, a Maine Contract Farming facility owned by Austin “Jack” DeCoster of the salmonella outbreak.

MFA could be stronger if they do the right thing.

I suppose I should share the letter I wrote to Mercy For Animals‘ Executive Director Nathan Runkle about his and the organization’s unethical behavior. You can write to Nathan directly at NathanR@MercyForAnimals.org.

For your convenience, here’s the letter:

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I will not hire gays.

Amerika

Amerika  Photo credit: ConvenienceStoreGourmet

 

Thankfully, Rachel Maddow is monitoring the world.

 

[Tried really hard to get her video to embed. No luck.]

 

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NOT a civil union

English: A woman makes her support of her marr...

A woman makes her support of her marriage, and not civil unions, known outside the Mormon temple at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Photographer’s blog post about this photo and the protest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NOT a civil union

“No, we can’t call it a civil union.” Amen, Jessica!

Dear Opponents of Marriage Equality: It’s Not a Slippery Slope

YOU’RE invited to the RECEPTION, BAYBEE!

Wonder what I’m doin’ whenever I’m not bloggin’ here on DanielHauff.com? (I know, I haven’t been doing it all that long, but she [me] does throw some good stuff at ya’, right? Am I right?)

What do I do in order to get back into health after throwing out my back (only the third time in fifteen years, which ain’t so bad, right?)? I mean, what do I DO since I stopped overseeing the despicable abuses inherent in the dairy, egg, and meat industries? Really want to knowContinue reading

Pleasure in Violence

I’ll say it until I’m dead:  Neither pleasure nor convenience are acceptable reasons to pay someone else to be violent on your behalf [period].

Thank you, Ed, for pointing out a lame bogus excuse when you see one.

Not sure about my statement? Totally confused? Not sure why? Here’s why. It’s 12 short minutes of your life and if you eat eggs, dairy products, or meat (or things with those items in them, kids), then you owe it to the animals to spend 12 short minutes understanding only the basics of what you are paying others to do for you.