VIDEO: Shocking Undercover Investigation Exposes Buried-Alive Chickens at Nation’s Second-Largest Producer


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VIDEO: Shocking Undercover Investigation Exposes Buried-Alive Chickens at Nation’s Second-Largest Producer http://youtu.be/BEy6Sr_YxzM

EcoWatch [1] / By Brandon Baker [2]chicken_31

June 27, 2014 |

After watching Pilgrim’s Shame: Chickens Buried Alive, it’s tough to decide which is more disturbing—the combination of physical abuse and inhumane killing of chickens [3] or the murderous mentality of the animal farmers who were secretly taped earlier this year.

The brief video and accompanying report on CNN’s [4]Erin Burnett Out Front [4] actually makes a case for the latter. Hearing an animal farmer laugh about creating a “gravy that is simmering and squirming” from the buried-alive chickens he had just finished abusing is about as chilling as anything uncovered by an animal rights activist in recent years.

The video was produced by Washington DC-based Compassion Over Killing [5] (COK), which had an investigator pose as a wide-eyed intern to get access to the atrocities at Prince Poultry, a North Carolina chicken factory. That factory supplies Pilgrim’s Corp., the second-largest chicken producer in the country. Aside from its own line, Pilgrim’s supplies chicken to huge companies like Walmart, Kroger, Costco, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Burger King, Publix and others.

Though COK says that more than 8 billion chickens are raised and killed for meat in the U.S. each year, the organization says more die in the shocking fashion exposed in its video. So naturally, agricultural lobbyists are pushing legislation that would outlaw similar undercover investigations and videos. According to CNN, three states—Idaho, Missouri and Utah—have passed “ag-gag” laws, while another 14 have considered them.

When later confronted by CNN and shown the undercover video, Prince Poultry owner Tim Prince said the faux intern “took just the very minute, little things that we’ve done wrong.” Pilgrim’s, in a statement, told CNN that it has “retrained the grower in question and his employees.”

COK Executive Director Erica Meier is hoping for a bit more than additional training, though.

“What we documented is how he is operating his facility, and it’s unfortunate that what we documented is so egregious that we hope that state authorities will get involved and prosecute this case for burying birds alive,” she said.

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Warum Fleischkonsum für Millionen Tote verantwortlich ist


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Um es ganz kurz zu machen: Lebensmittel werden an Tiere verfüttert, Nahrungs-mittelknappheit steigt, Weltmarktpreis für Lebensmittel steigt, Menschen verhungern, Tiere werden getötet. Wie das alles mit unserem Fleischkonsum zusammen hängt werde ich in diesem Artikel erläutern.

Anzahl der Tiere die für ihr Fleisch getötet werden

Dass durch den Fleischkonsum Tiere sterben müssen, muss wohl nicht erklärt werden. Hier aber mal in Zahlen wie viele Tiere im Leben eines Durchschnittdeutschen für ihr Fleisch getötet werden

  • 4 Schafe
  • 4 Rinder und Kälber
  • 12 Gänse
  • 37 Enten
  • 46 Truthähne
  • 46 Schweine
  • 945 Hühner
  • + unzählige Fische und andere Meerestiere

Das macht für gesamt Deutschland mit einer Bevölkerungszahl von 81,857 Mio. bei gleichbleibender Bevölkerungszahl:

  • 327.428.000 Schafe
  • 327.428.000 Rinder und Kälber
  • 982.281.000 Enten
  • 3.765.422.000 Truthähne
  • 3.765.422.000 Schweine
  • 77.354.865.000 Hühner
  • + unzählige Fische und andere Meerestiere

Nicht zu vergessen, all die Kaninchen, die wegen der Lust auf Fleisch sowie den „Bedarf“ an Fell, geschlachtet werden.

Futtermittelimporte…

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NO MERCY THERE: PREGNANCY AT SLAUGHTERHOUSE: What Happens to the Calves?


Pregnancy at Slaughter:
What Happens to the Calves?

Pregnancy at Slaughter: What Happens to the Calves? [See Part 3 For Video]

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By Stephanie Ernst on AnimalRights.Change.org

Part 1

What happens when a cow is pregnant at the time of slaughter? I almost wish I didn’t know. From the calves experiencing their mother’s death from inside her, while they too suffer or die their own terrible death, to live calves being cut from their dead mother’s womb, so that their blood can be drained for science while they’re still alive–it’s all horrific, and none of it is ever talked about, even though it’s a part of the dairy and beef industries and a part of how people get their „finest“ leather.

By accident a few months ago, I ended up watching a video of a pregnant cow already stunned and hung upside down–and the video showed an apparently almost-full-term calf struggling inside and against the mother’s body, kicking in desperation, dying a horrible death inside the womb. Later came the image of that young calf’s presumably dead body tossed into a bin (though it seems still live calves are often tossed as well).

This is one particular horror I’d previously failed to consider. Dairy cows especially (more than beef cows, that is, given that dairy cows are kept perpetually pregnant) may go to slaughter while pregnant if they become unprofitable before giving birth or if the producers decide to kill a bunch of cows even more prematurely than usual to save money when demand is down. And so while workers stun them, hang them upside down, cut open their throats to let the blood from their body drain out, cut off their legs, and pull off their skin, all that time, there is a calf inside them, fighting and dying a horrifying death. How soon in the process the calf inside dies likely varies according to how developed he or she was and how fast the slaughter process moves. In an „efficient“ slaughterhouse, the calf could still be dying–dying but still living, still suffering terribly–at the time of her mother’s dismemberment and disembowelment.

A UK survey in the 1990s at one slaughterhouse found that, „of the slaughtered cows, 23.5 per cent were pregnant and 26.9 per cent of these were in the third trimester.“ 23 percent were pregnant. That’s a lot. One percent–or even 1 calf–would be too many.

But it gets worse. In addition to the trauma of still being alive inside their mothers during the latter’s death, fetal calves may also be cut from their mother’s womb while still alive–so that their blood can be drained for use in science, without anesthesia.

Part 2

Two questions: (1) Do you know where leather, especially „high-quality“ leather, comes from? and (2) Do you know what fetal bovine serum or fetal calf serum is and what its connection to dairy, „meat,“ and leather is? For most, the answer to both–especially to number 2–is no. So here are the answers.

When pregnant cows go to slaughter, in addition to the trauma of still being alive inside their mothers during the latter’s death, fetal calves may also be cut from their mother’s womb while still alive–so that their hearts can be punctured and their blood drained for use in science, without anesthesia. From the Australian Association for Humane Research:

After slaughter and bleeding of the cow at an abattoir, the mother’s uterus containing the calf fetus is removed during the evisceration process (removal of the mother’s internal organs) and transferred to the blood collection room. A needle is then inserted between the fetus’s ribs directly into its heart and the blood is vacuumed into a sterile collection bag. This process is aimed at minimizing the risk of contamination of the serum with micro-organisms from the fetus and its environment. Only fetuses over the age of three months are used otherwise the heart is considered too small to puncture.

The previous source was hesitant to say definitively whether (or how often) the calves are still alive during this process. But according to the following account (PDF), whether the calf is alive is not so questionable (emphasis mine):

The heart of the bovine fetus is functioning during the bleeding process via cardiac puncture. . . . The fetal heart must be beating in order to obtain an adequate harvest of fetalbovine serum production by means of cardiac puncture. Blood coagulates immediately upon death [17, 18]. . . .

It might be thought that the fetus dies at approximately the same time as its mother due to lack of oxygen supply to the placenta. However, since long it is known that the neonates and fetuses of animals are (very) resistant to hypoxia/ anoxia (lack of oxygen). . . .

The fact that the fetal heart is functioning during the cardiac puncture, indicates the fetus is still alive at the moment of the cardiac puncture – and therefore may experience pain because of the needle inserted into its heart, and because of terminal bleeding. As the fetus is never anaesthetised or stunned prior to the performance of a cardiac puncture for FBS harvest, it can be stated that FBS harvest by means of the method described above, represents an ethical problem which needs close consideration (→ 5, 6).

The author of this same thesis elsewhere quotes a former inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Gene Erickson, as confirming this: „For all practical purposes, a fetal calf’s heart must be beating to obtain an adequate harvest for fetal calf serum production.“ And I don’t understand why we would hesitate for a second to assume they suffer–if they’re alive, why wouldn’t this cause suffering? Think about it in human terms (because we are similar in all the ways that matter here). A woman who is 8 months pregnant dies. As she is dying or just after she dies, you cut the fetus out of her. You lay the baby on a cart, jab a needle into her heart, and start draining her blood out. Do we really need to debate whether that would cause the baby pain and suffering?

This is all pretty terrible, right? But anyone who is still eating animals, consuming dairy, and purchasing leather is funding these nightmarish practices. The dairy industry is cruel. Leather is cruel. They are as cruel as, if not more cruel than, the „meat“ industry.

In fact, though no leather is free of attachments to cruelty, suffering, and death, the skin of these unborn calves who died these atrocious deaths is considered to make especially soft and „luxurious“ leather and is valued for glove-making, for example. And of course, the unborn calves aren’t the only calves skinned for human fashion. The calves killed after birth by the dairy industry–veal calves–are skinned for the same purpose. The skins peeled off the bodies of both tortured veal calves and tortured unborn calves fetch a high price precisely because the babies‘ skin is so soft and unblemished–that is, precisely because it is the skin of newborns. Calfskin is just what it says it is.

Vegetarian and meat-eating readers, I hope that after reading this post and the previous one, you’re rethinking your resistance to giving up not only flesh and eggs but dairy too. Every time we think we know about all the cruelties involved, we learn about another dark and horrible aspect to animal agriculture. Who wants to be a part of–who wants to financially support–what happens to these calves? How do we justify it when we are merely choosing to be a part of it, when we can so easily choose not to be a part of it? (If you’ve not been convinced by words alone, see this graphic image gallery at Viva!. I can’t imagine anyone seeing it and not being profoundly affected.)

And in addition to getting cruelty out of your diet, the next time you’re eyeing a pair of leather gloves or shoes or a leather bag or a leather wallet, you might ask yourself how much suffering, how much torture, how many lives, rather than how many dollars. Maybe you’ll picture these dead calves rather than yourself in the accessories made from their suffering, from their skins. And perhaps you’ll walk away rather than to the checkout counter.

Part 3

I didn’t intend for there to be a third part to the posts I wrote a couple months ago about what happens to pregnant dairy cows–and the calves they’re carrying–when the industry is done with them, but then in recent days, this video surfaced

. And of all the horrible,

horrifying videos I have seen over the years, this has to be one of the absolute worst.

Notice in the background that the mother cow is still periodically kicking while bleeding out, as the calf who was brutally cut from her womb and laid out on the floor just feet away struggles and cries out for his mother. Notice how their blood–so much blood–pools together after his throat is slit too, as they die horrific deaths together, both mother and baby helpless witness to the other’s suffering and violent death. For dairy.

It doesn’t matter if this particular video wasn’t shot in your own country of residence. The unspeakable cruelties such as these do not know borders. They happen everywhere.

This (and this and this) is dairy milk. And milk chocolate. And dairy cheese. And dairy ice cream. This horror, my friends, is dairy.

WARNING! Ohio dairy farm worker charged with animal cruelty WARNING!


Ohio dairy farm worker charged with animal cruelty

This item updates item ‚Cow Abuse at Conklin Dairy Farm – Full Video – Graphic

Update to jola500’s post. This is the full vid released by Mercy for Animals…Hidden camera video secretly shot by an investigator with Mercy For Animals at an Ohio dairy farm reveals shocking, malicious cruelty to calves and cows. The video, recorded between April and May, 2010, shows dairy farm workers beating cows in the face with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks, breaking their tails, and phttp://www.liveleak.com/view?i=63e_1274914564unching, throwing, and kicking calves
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CLEVELAND — A dairy farm worker was charged Wednesday with 12 counts of cruelty to animals after a welfare group released a video it says shows him and others beating cows with crowbars and poking them with pitchforks.
The video was recorded in an undercover investigation at Conklin Dairy Farms Inc., said Mercy For Animals, a not-for-profit group that publicizes what it calls cruel practices in the dairy, meat and egg industries and promotes a vegan diet.
The video shows workers holding down newborn calves and stomping on their heads. It shows one worker wiring a cow’s nose to a metal bar near the ground and repeatedly beating it with another bar while it bleeds.
The charged worker, Billy Joe Gregg Jr., 25, was jailed in Mechanicsburg and was to be arraigned Thursday, Marysville prosecutor Tim Aslaner said. The Delaware, Ohio, resident didn’t have a lawyer, the Marysville Municipal Court said. A telephone number listed under his name was disconnected.
Each cruelty to animals count he faces has a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.
Conklin Dairy Farms, a fourth-generation family operation based in Plain City, condemned the video footage and said Gregg was fired on Wednesday. It said it was cooperating with authorities.
„We will not condone animal abuse on our farm,“ the dairy said in a statement released Wednesday. „We have launched our own internal investigation into this matter and will be conducting interviews with everyone on our farm who works with our animals.“
The sheriff’s office said the investigation was ongoing and may result in further charges.
Investigators are reviewing about 20 hours of raw video footage the animal welfare group says it secretly recorded at the farm between April 28 and Sunday.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the dairy to provide security while Gregg was fired. When deputies asked why Gregg was being fired, they learned about the video, which had been presented to the Marysville prosecutor’s office on Monday.
„We hadn’t even seen the YouTube video,“ Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said.
Morgan said there are three to four people featured in the video. He said the footage shows Gregg punching and striking cattle in the face and various parts of their bodies with metal pipes and pitchforks.
„We’ve got a lot of video that has to be reviewed,“ he said. „And we have to identify who all is involved.“
Last year, Mercy For Animals, which is based in Chicago, released a video showing workers at an Iowa egg hatchery tossing male chicks into a grinder. Industry groups said such instantaneous euthanasia was a common practice because male chicks can’t lay eggs or be raised quickly enough to be sold for meat.

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EARTHLINGS don´t miss to watch this video


 

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Visit Earthlings to purchase or Go Here to view online or download this extraordinary film. Producer Shaun Monson and his production company, Nation Earth, have now made this movie available for free. We invite you to visit their site and purchase a copy to support their amazing work for animals. The film is now available in 10 languages and will soon be available in 20 languages.

With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession. EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting. EARTHLINGS cries to be seen. Highly recommended!

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Pigs at illegal Florida slaughterhouse were stabbed, beaten, gutted and boiled alive: state


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Pigs at illegal Florida slaughterhouse were stabbed, beaten, gutted and boiled alive: state

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A five-month undercover investigation at a Miami-Dade facility exposed the extreme slaughter and torture of animals in graphic video footage taken by the Animal Recovery Mission late last year.

BY Nina Golgowski /

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS /  THANK YOU FOR THIS IMPORTANT REPORT!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:54 PM
At an illegal slaughterhouse in West Miami-Dade, pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers and gutted and boiled while alive, authorities said Wednesday. ARM Investigations via YouTubeAt an illegal slaughterhouse in West Miami-Dade, pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers and gutted and boiled while alive, authorities said Wednesday.

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At an illegal slaughterhouse in West Miami-Dade, pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers and gutted and boiled while alive, authorities said Wednesday.
ARM Investigations via YouTube

At an illegal slaughterhouse in West Miami-Dade, pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers and gutted and boiled while alive, authorities said Wednesday.

An illegal slaughterhouse where pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers, gutted and boiled all while alive has been closed in Florida, authorities announced Wednesday.

A five-month undercover investigation at the Miami-Dade facility exposed the extreme torture of animals in graphic video footage taken by the Animal Recovery Mission late last year.

In graphic video taken from an illegal slaughterhouse in West Miami-Dade, a pig is seen being beaten with a sledgehammer by this man who’s seen here raising the hammer in the air.
ARM Investigations via YouTube

In graphic video taken from an illegal slaughterhouse in West Miami-Dade, a pig is seen being beaten with a sledgehammer by this man who’s seen here raising the hammer in the air.

On Wednesday the facility’s alleged ring leader, Raul (Freaky) Fernandez, 53, was charged with seven felony counts of animal cruelty.

After beating the pig the man is seen stomping on it in a pool of blood. Sadly, the abuse seen here was not the only incident at the facility.
ARM Investigations via YouTube

After beating the pig the man is seen stomping on it in a pool of blood. Sadly, the abuse seen here was not the only incident at the facility.

Among some of the abuse recorded, animals are seen being shot at, dragged and hook-mouthed through the jaw at distances of 150 feet all while still alive, according to the arrest warrant.

Raul (Freaky) Fernandez, 53, was charged Wednesday with seven felony counts of animal cruelty.
Miami-Dade Sheriff’s Office

Raul (Freaky) Fernandez, 53, was charged Wednesday with seven felony counts of animal cruelty.

Another video obtained allegedly shows a pig being repeatedly bludgeoned with a sledgehammer before stabbed and gutted alive.

A man is seen shooting a pig inside an enclosure. After its shot, it’s still alive before being butchered, according to state authorities.
A man is seen shooting a pig inside an enclosure. After its shot, it’s still alive before being butchered, according to state authorities.
A gravely injured animal is seen being dragged by two men outside the slaughterhouse.

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ARM Investigations via YouTube

As if the allegations couldn’t get more disturbing, authorities reported witnessing a pig being hammered and stabbed before thrown into a boiling vat of water while still alive.

„The pig then continues to demonstrate signs of life while being boiled, whereupon an unknown subject forcibly holds the pig under water with a shovel, indicating the cause of death to be drowning,“ a detective stated.

The bust, dubbed „operation Noche Buena“ because of its timing around Christmas, was just one of several carried out by the Animal Recovery Mission in recent months.

One practice in the area they regularly report investigating is the illegal sacrificing of horses and even dogs for Santeria.

ngolgowski@nydailynews.com

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Data Highlights – 25: Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling | EPI


Data Highlights – 25: Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling | EPI.

Data Highlights

 

March 07, 2012
Peak Meat: U.S. Meat Consumption Falling
Janet Larsen

U.S. meat consumption has peaked. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that meat eating across the country fell from the 2004 high point of 184 pounds (83 kilograms) per person to 171 pounds in 2011. Early estimates for 2012 project a further reduction in American meat eating to 166 pounds, making for a 10 percent drop over the eight-year period. For a society that lives high on the food chain, this new trend could signal the end of meat’s mealtime dominance.

U.S. Meat Consumption per Person, 1909-2012

Total U.S. meat consumption peaked in 2007 at 55 billion pounds and has fallen each year since. In 2012, consumption is expected to drop to 52 billion pounds, the lowest level in more than a decade.

U.S. Meat Consumption, 1909-2012

After years of increasing consumption, Americans began cutting back on beef in the 1970s as health and cost concerns about red meat pushed people toward poultry. Falling from the 1976 peak of 91 pounds, beef eating per person is projected to sink to 52 pounds in 2012, a 43-percent drop off the high. The national beef cattle herd is now smaller than it has been in any year since 1962. The record heat and drought that desiccated grazing lands and curtailed hay production in the Southern Plains in 2011 has led to further culling of herds as well as a mass movement of cattle from drought-ridden Texas to Nebraska.

U.S. Beef Cattle Inventory

Poultry, once a rarity on American dinner tables, made a meteoric rise after World War II as industrial production systems took over from small farm flocks. Until 1940, Americans consumed less than a pound of poultry per person each month. By 1990, they were eating more than a pound each week. Intake of poultry first surpassed beef in the mid-1990s and then surged ahead, only recently beginning to falter. If 2012 forecasts play out, consumption will be down to 70 pounds per person, more than 5 percent below the 2006 peak.

U.S. pork consumption has varied less dramatically across the decades, but it, too, has recently trended downward. Annual pork intake per person hit its all-time high of 54 pounds per person in 1944; 2012 consumption is projected at 44 pounds, 19 percent lower.

U.S. Meat Consumption per Person by Type, 1909-2012

Higher prices combined with a weak economy have led people to put less meat in their grocery carts. Corn, the primary livestock feed, has been in high demand by fuel ethanol producers (spurred by government usage mandates), and stocks have been tight. As corn prices have increased, so has the cost of producing meat, milk, and eggs.

Cultural factors have come into play as well; attitudes about meat are changing. Rather than considering meat requisite at every dinner or an indication of wealth, many people are deliberately choosing to eat less meat than before, often citing concerns about health, the environment, and the ethics of industrial meat production. Given livestock’s large climate and resource footprints, “peak meat” is good news.

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