Broken Promises


Our sow stall campaign is having an effect on Manitoba’s pig industry. In a recent letter to the editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, Karl Kynoch, Chairman of Manitoba Pork, attempted to falsely reassure the public by claiming all Manitoba Pork producers follow the recommended codes for the care and handling of pigs (in fact, the code specifically allows sow stalls and painful practices without pain relief), and are active participants in an „Animal Care Assessment Program“ (the program is completely voluntary). In an attempt to further confuse the public he stated that 95% of pigs in Manitoba are raised in groups. We quickly submitted a rebuttal to the paper but it was unfortunately not printed. We share it with you below. 318,000 sows are forced to exist in sow stalls in Manitoba. Please help us keep the focus on their plight and get them out of these small, cruel and unnecessary stalls once and for all. Thank you for standing with us in defending Canada’s farm animals. Twyla Francois Dear Editor, Re Adhering to code printed on October 21, Karl Kynoch again churns out the misleading rhetoric of Manitoba’s industrial pig producers following the recommended code of practice for the care and handling of pigs. What he fails to mention is that the code condones the use of sow stalls – tiny, barren metal and concrete crates, and allows for invasive, painful surgeries like castration without pain relief. Further, there are no third-party inspection or enforcement programs in place. In fact, our inspectors have conducted numerous investigations of Manitoba’s industrial pig barns and have uncovered disturbing patterns of neglect and cruelty. The cruelty can be divided into two categories – market weight pigs and breeding pigs. Breeding pigs are confined for life. So tightly they can’t turn around. In an attempt to minimize our argument that sow stalls are cruel, Mr. Kynoch states that “over 95 per cent of pigs raised in Manitoba are housed in groups for their entire life”. The 95 per cent he is referring to are market-weight pigs. It’s a clever re-framing of the argument but it too fails to describe the true picture of a market-weight pig’s life. While market-weight pigs are housed in groups, pens are overcrowded and living conditions are barren and filthy. The campaign Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals, the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals and the Winnipeg Humane Society are focused on refers to the latter – sows – the mother pigs intensively confined to barren, concrete and metal crates measuring 2′ x 7′ that are often so restrictive even changing positions is difficult for the sow. Rather than wasting time attempting to divert attention from the issue of confining sow stalls, Manitoba Pork should follow the example of many countries and U.S. states and map out how it intends to help producers make the switch from sow crates to group housing. TWYLA FRANCOIS Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals

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Uni Ulm zieht OP-Kurs an Schweinen zurück!


 

Mehr als 3000 Menschen haben e-mails an die Uni Ulm geschickt und diese aufgefordert, die OP-Kurse an lebenden Schweinen zu unterlassen.

Danke allen, die hier mitgemacht und dadurch vielen Schweinen Leid erspart haben.

 

Rotting pigs give cops many clues


Rotting pigs give cops many clues.

Nine animals shot in August; three left above ground and six buried to examine their decomposition 

 

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 The rotting corpse, oozing fluids and flesh-hungry bugs aren’t so bad – it’s the stench that will get you.

At least, that was Nick Cercone’s impression the first time he dug up his decomposing, bullet-wounded pigs.

The unappetizing work is part of his University of Windsor study on forensic science and ballistics, also a partnership with the Centre for Forensic Science and Windsor police. It’s the first time such a project has been undertaken in Windsor. The work may be uncommon and cutting edge, but that doesn’t mean it’s glamorous.

„The best way I can describe it is ’stinky,‘ “ said Cercone, 20, in his fourth year of university’s forensic science program. „It smelled awful. I played football all through high school so I don’t have a problem getting dirty.

But the odour was a little bit too much to handle at times.“

The project began over the summer when researchers received nine dead pigs from a local farmer. They shot the carcasses, left three above ground and buried six on Aug. 18 behind the police training centre. Then they waited as the bodies decomposed over the hot summer months.

S herah VanLaerhoven, chair of forensic science programs and associate professor of biological sciences, said the project has three objectives.

The first is to look at whether investigators can recover the „distance to target information“ from a bullet wound after decomposition, based partly on the gunshot residue sprayed on the victim.

„Depending on how far the target is from the muzzle of the gun, it changes that pattern,“ said VanLaerhoven. „What we’re looking at is trying to get those residues.“

They will run visual and chemical tests next week to see how decomposition affects the residue.

„When a body decomposes, the body fluids and everything are going to move,“ said VanLaerhoven.

The second objective is to build U of W’s database of insects that are found in „clandestine and above ground graves.“

VanLaerhoven, who teaches the recovery of human remains course at the Ontario Police College, said the third objective is training for Windsor police forensic investigators.

Sgt. Doug Cowper, with the Windsor police forensic branch, said the training is important because they don’t get as much on the job practice as investigators in more violent jurisdictions – Windsor has had no homicides for the past two years.

„In order to keep your skills up, it’s important for us to do that collaborative effort with the university and do these training exercises,“ he said. „That way, when we do run across a real crime scene, we’re better equipped to deal with it and make sure evidence doesn’t get destroyed.“

P reserving evidence, in mother nature’s unpredictable realm, isn’t always as easy as it sounds. It requires delicate implements, such as tweezers, Popsicle sticks and brushes, along with a lot of patience.

„This is extremely meticulous,“ said Cowper.

„We’re not using shovels. We’re using little hand-held things to scrape the ground. This is just a tidbit of what you’d find if it was a real human body. You’d have a much larger area roped off for crime scene. You’d have to take your time much more in scraping the soil. That’s why we use the brush on the edges. That way you don’t disturb any evidence the body might be telling us before we bring it out of the ground.“

VanLaerhoven said they dug up the first three pigs last month and found „all kinds“ of insects in the grave from the surface right down to the body. The kinds of insects and their levels of maturity can tell investigators when the victim died, she said.

That was the day Cercone suffered the olfactory overload. VanLaerhoven said it’s hard to blame him.

„It was pretty much at the height of the worst of the decomposition,“ she said. „So if you’re going to get a lot of smell, that would be right when you’d get it.“

Researchers said the smell wasn’t so bad Thursday when they dug up the final three pigs. But the stench still hung heavy in the air as group members picked at rotting flesh while the veteran VanLaerhoven ordered sandwiches for lunch.

Of course VanLaerhoven, who has worked with police since 1995, is at the point now where she hardly thinks about the grisly sights and smells.

„You notice the smell but you don’t necessarily pay attention to it,“ she said.

„But there is one thing that you absolutely don’t want to do. There’s that myth that you put Vicks (VapoRub) under your nose. It just opens your nose and you smell it that much more.“

Maaseudun Tulevaisuus – Schweinehaltung in Finnland


Maaseudun Tulevaisuus – Finnland | Montag, 17. Oktober 2011

Wohlbefinden finnischer Schweine kostet Einer internationalen Untersuchung zufolge geht es Schweinen in finnischen Schweinefarmen besser als ihren Artgenossen in Großbritannien, Spanien und Frankreich.

Damit das so bleibt, sollte die Schweinezucht wieder rentabler werden, meint die liberale Tageszeitung Maaseudun Tulevaisuus: „Die Schweinefarmen produzieren zurzeit die Schinken für die Weihnachtssaison. Die finnischen Verbraucher können darauf vertrauen, mit der Wahl von finnischem Fleisch zum Wohlbefinden der Tiere beizutragen. Die finnischen Hersteller legen bei ihrer Produktion Wert auf Qualität und auf die Lebensbedingungen der Tiere. Doch der Markt lässt auch den Fleischimport aus Ländern zu, in denen nicht die gleichen Anforderungen gestellt werden.

Dem finnischen Schwein geht es ziemlich gut. Schade nur, dass es sich immer weniger Züchter leisten können, qualitativ hochwertiges Schweinefleisch zu produzieren. Die Produktion kann in Zukunft nur gesichert werden, wenn sich das Wohlbefinden des Schweins auch im Preis niederschlägt.“

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Piglets &; Sows in Danmark


50 kroner (1997), obverse
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–Ved du, at din økonomi, dit helbred og vores fællesmiljø er alvorligt truet?

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– at 12.000 danske landmænd skylder 400 milliarder kroner væk, og at dette er mere end halvdelen af Danmarks statsbudget?

– at ifølge forskningscenteret CEEH, er ammoniak skyld i op mod 40% af helbredsskaderne fra den danske luftforurening, og at disse skader årligt beløber sig til 3 milliarder kroner.

 

 

Massenware Fleisch – Willkommen im Schweineland


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Heute Abend haben wir folgendes Thema für Sie:

Odysso – Das will ich wissen!

MASSENWARE FLEISCH

Willkommen im Schweineland. Klare Nummer Eins beim deutschen Verbraucher ist und bleibt Schweinefleisch gefolgt von Hühnchen und Puten. Überhaupt essen wir viel Fleisch: 60,5 kg pro Kopf und Jahr. Zu viel, denn unser Verlangen nach Fleisch verursacht gelinde gesagt – Probleme. Von den vielen Betrügereien und Fleischskandalen mal ganz abgesehen: Trotz vieler Vorschriften bedeutet Massentierhaltung noch immer zu oft Leiden. Wie lässt sich das ändern? Auf einem Forschungsgut bei Hannover suchen Wissenschaftler nach tierfreundlicheren Lösungen. Odysso hat den größten Hühnchenproduzenten besucht. Lassen sich wirtschaftliche Interessen und Tierschutz wirklich verbinden?

Landwirt darf Maststall nicht bauen


Interessant ist, mit welcher Begründung die Richter am Verwaltungsgericht dem Grütlohner Landwirt diese Ausnahmeregelung verweigerten. Die Richter gehen davon aus, dass der geplante Maststall nicht unmittelbar einem landwirtschaftlichen Betrieb dienen würde. Der Begriff Landwirtschaft sei an eine „unmittelbare Bodenertragsnutzung“ geknüpft. Ackerbau, Weidewirtschaft, Obstbau und Weinanbau seien demnach eindeutig der Landwirtschaft zuzuordnen. Tierhaltung gehöre nur dann zur Landwirtschaft, wenn die Tiere überwiegend durch Futter ernährt werden, das auf den Flächen des Landwirtes erzeugt werden kann. Fehlt es ihm dazu an Fläche, gelte der Betrieb als gewerblich.
 

tung.de/lokales/kreis_borken/borken/1708628_Landwirt_darf_Maststall_nicht_bauen.html Interessant ist, mit welcher Begründung die Richter am Verwaltungsgericht dem Grütlohner Landwirt diese Ausnahmeregelung verweigerten. Die Richter gehen davon aus, dass der geplante Maststall nicht unmittelbar einem landwirtschaftlichen Betrieb dienen würde. Der Begriff Landwirtschaft sei an eine „unmittelbare Bodenertragsnutzung“ geknüpft. Ackerbau, Weidewirtschaft, Obstbau und Weinanbau seien demnach eindeutig der Landwirtschaft zuzuordnen. Tierhaltung gehöre nur dann zur Landwirtschaft, wenn die Tiere überwiegend durch Futter ernährt werden, das auf den Flächen des Landwirtes erzeugt werden kann. Fehlt es ihm dazu an Fläche, gelte der Betrieb als gewerblich.