Animal Products = Paying Others to Be Violent

No shocker here, expect for everyone with their heads in the sand.

Or blinders on.

Is that you? I hope not.

If it is, have a good honest open look at what our dollars pay for when we choose to eat eggs, dairy, or meat products.

Indeed, Friends. THIS is why we must protect the absolutely necessity of whistle blowers and watch dog organizations, such as The Humane Society of the United States, to document how animals are treated and fight, defeat, repeal, and crush all Ag-Gag legislation and statutes in the United States and anywhere else they pop up. The purpose of Ag-Gag laws is to incite fear in those who would otherwise speak up against criminal acts and safety concerns and prevent law-abiding individuals such as myself from exposing the reality that animals face in modern food production.

Undercover investigation reveals abusive handling and inhumane slaughter

Shrewsbury, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture reacted strongly to a complaint filed by The Humane Society of the United States, ordering Catelli Bros. of Shrewsbury to suspend its operations on Friday for egregious inhumane handling of calves in violation of federal law. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service withdrew its federal inspectors, which are required for slaughter operations. The HSUS commended the agency for its enforcement action, and called on USDA to close a loophole in federal policy that allows the slaughter of “downed” veal calves—those too sick or injured to walk on their own—and does not give calves the same protections as adult cattle.

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The enforcement action comes after federal officials reviewed a legal complaint and video footage provided by The HSUS showing serious and systematic violations of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The investigation included compelling evidence of:

  • Still-conscious calves struggling while hanging upside down on a conveyor belt;
  • Calves being shot numerous times before reaching unconsciousness;
  • A truck driver dragging a downed calf with a chain around his neck;
  • Plant managers twisting downed calves’ ears and tails when they were too exhausted or weak to stand, lifting the entire weight of some calves by their tails, and telling employees never to do the same when USDA inspectors are watching; and
  • Employees shocking, hitting, and spraying calves with water.

“Downed calves are still suffering the sort of appalling abuses that we exposed in 2009 at another calf slaughter plant in Vermont,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS. Continue reading

GOP = Nobody Be Liking You Right Now Cuz You Turned Off Our GOV

George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls.

Who ever gets to see Mr. Gallup? Who takes George’s picture? And posts it “all up on they page?” I do (though, I did not snap this candid of Horace, admittedly): George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

Says Gallup:

As the government shutdown continues, the GOP’s favorable rating is now 28%, the lowest Gallup has measured for either party in its trend since 1992. The Democratic Party’s favorability of 43% is down slightly from last month.

george bush's dumbass head on a string

“W” Photo credit: arimoore.

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Anne Frank was a Stupid Jew. The Franks, Judas, Faggots. Part I.

The other night I dreamt repeatedly (or ongoing – in various states of consciousness) about Anne Frank and her family. I know why she was on my mind. I have been thinking about her and what it must have been … Continue reading

Goin’ in for the Kill – whose tantrum is it? I’ll tell you.

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President Obama is calling it as it is: crap, frankly. Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born August 4, 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009). Photo credit: Wikipedia.

Republican Tantrum continues?

Seriously?

Yes, U.S. Government 101, friends. This is the Republican Party that has shut us down. President Obama on Congress’ [Republican] Unprofessional & Unacceptable Government Shutdown: Continue reading

Here’s the reality about the government shutdown.

Reality Check, America.

 

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President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform. Obamacare isn’t perfect, but it’s a start and it’s what we have left from Congress after Congress attacked the plan. To not have universal healthcare is a pity. It’s a shameful reality in the U.S. coming hopefully to a close. Now, as of today’s posting date, we have no government functions in most federal areas – why? Not because of health care. It’s irrelevant to the shut down. Due to ideological stupidity put in front of real persons with real health care needs. Everyone deserves health care. And it makes fiscal sense to provide it rather than deal with ALL of myriad results of NOT having it. How’s THAT for a damned caption? Photo credit: Wikipedia.

 

I’ve found myself pointing all of this out for days and I’m saddened by the low or complete lack of understanding that most people have about what the “government shut down” is spurred by; what it affects; what it actually meant, means, and will mean; and how absolutely unnecessary it all was and is.

 

I’ve got some things to say. I always do. If you knew, dear reader, just how many draft posts I have not put out there on my website you would see JUST HOW MUCH I have to say. But, I tend to write and then read it later and decide not to go there. I’ll be going there with this one.

 

And I’ll also be going there with this one.

 

On September 30th the White House sent this out:

 

If the United States government shuts down tonight and our economy takes a hit, it will be because House Republicans let it happen.

Right now, there’s a bill sitting in the House that funds the government for a few more weeks. It doesn’t demand the repeal or delay of the health care law, or deny women access to birth control, or include any other failed, partisan proposals. It funds the government. That’s it. And if Republican leadership allowed a simple yes or no vote on this bill — like the Senate has — it would get enough support from members of both parties to pass.

Instead, the government that these Republicans were elected to fund will close down and that will hurt our economy. Americans across the country won’t be allowed to show up for work. Paychecks could be delayed, meaning some folks will have to cut back on groceries or maybe even not pay a few bills. Businesses will have fewer customers. Veterans won’t get services they rely on — and it will put benefits for seniors at risk.

Even though they’ve already voted over 40 times to defund or delay the health care law, this group of Republicans in Congress is so obsessed with the idea of sabotaging Obamacare that they’re willing to take the economy hostage to do it.

Take a look at how this shutdown will affect millions of Americans — and then make sure you share it so other folks know, too.

President Obama has said time and time again that he’s willing to work with folks on both sides of the aisle to grow our economy and even improve the health care law. But using the threat of government shutdown or defaulting on the bills our country owes is reckless and irresponsible.

In fact, shutting down the government won’t stop Obamacare. The Health Insurance Marketplace will still open for business starting tomorrow, without delay.

Washington needs to stop manufacturing crises and focus on the issues that matter: creating jobs and building a strong middle class. Taking our economy over the cliff just to score political points isn’t fair to the millions of Americans who show up every day to work and do their jobs. It’s time for Congress to do its job.

Make sure you know exactly who this shutdown is directly affecting and then pass it on.

Thanks,

David

David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
@Simas44

P.S. — You’ll still be able to sign up for affordable health insurance on HealthCare.gov starting tomorrow, shutdown or no shutdown.

 

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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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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