Dairy Carrie – She’s Rather Scary

(The above video was released today following a Mercy For Animals undercover investigation into a Wisconsin dairy facility.)

Robert Grillo, founder and director of Free From Harm (an excellent blog that I highly recommend) emailed me today to share a blog post by “DairyCarrie,” a small dairy farmer.

Of course, I know what a “family farm”can mean as do many of my kind readers. My background is marketing and I know very well how important that little term is for yanking cloth over the public’s eyes. Folks – it means a family owns the company. That’s it. That’s all it means.

A family farm is still a company and animals are still left in the dust (be they so lucky) when it comes to animal welfare.

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Cows Beaten, Stabbed & Dragged at DiGiorno Pizza Cheese Supplier

Every DiGiorno pizza comes with a slice of cruelty.

A breaking Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals sadistic animal abuse at Wiese Brothers Farms in Wisconsin—a major dairy supplier to DiGiorno.

MFA’s hidden camera captured the following horrific abuses:

  • Workers viciously kicking, beating and violently whipping cows in the face and body
  • Cows suffering from open wounds, infections and injuries left to languish without proper veterinary care
  • Workers dragging cows by their fragile legs and necks using chains attached to a tractor
  • Filthy conditions, including feces-covered floors that caused cows to regularly slip, fall and injure themselves
  • Baby calves being dragged away from their mothers immediately after birth and having their tails docked without any painkillers

News of MFA’s latest investigation broke this morning on NBC National News. Continue reading

Agribiz Abuse Industries Exposed by Forbes

A Forbes article exposing the inherently cruel and violent existence of pigs used and killed by the pork industry caught my attention today. No matter how you slice it, pork is nasty business. Ecologically, ethically, and in terms of human health, it’s … 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.

 

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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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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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.

New Day

“New Day. NEW DAY!” – The Cure

Entreat

Entreat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Never, ever, think outside the box

It’s been a long journey to get the various web presence/sites up that I’ve been working toward while also working on some special projects and looking for regular employment. Many props to the Continue reading