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various organizations like peta (www.peta.com), hsus (www.hsus.org), shark (www.sharkonline.org) and mercy for animals (www.mercyforanimals.org) have been exposing animal cruelty for several years now via undercover videos.

this thread will provide a collection of these in one central thread.

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meet some of the mfa (www.mercyforanimals.org) investigators in this video.


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Some of the greatest champions for farmed animals are the brave individuals whose voices we never hear and faces we never see.

Today, we are proud to introduce you to some of our undercover investigators and offer a rare glimpse into the lives, hearts, and minds of the fearless and selfless individuals who go behind the locked doors of factory farms to speak for the animals inside.

Every single time MFA investigators go undercover at factory farms and slaughterhouses, they emerge with images that shock most consumers and are critical to effecting important change.

Our brave investigators have seen it all: ducks grabbed by their fragile wings and necks, metal force-feeding pipes shoved down their throats, piglets slammed into the ground and left to slowly suffer and die, turkeys kicked and stomped on, and the repeated shocking of a downed cow who was then dragged by her neck using a chain attached to a tractor.

Please watch our inspiring new video that shares the stories of MFA’s courageous hidden heroes, and then make a generous donation to fund their efforts. Thanks to an anonymous MFA donor, your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, now through July 31!

Undercover investigations are the most powerful tool we have to pursue legal justice for farmed animals. Our investigations have led to landmark cruelty convictions against factory farms, major corporate animal welfare reforms, and a steadily growing awareness among consumers of the powerful impact of their food choices. Because of our undercover investigators MFA has achieved many great things on behalf of farmed animals:

  • A ban by Costco Wholesale—the third-largest grocery retailer in the United States—on the sale of veal from calves cruelly chained by the neck in narrow wooden crates
  • First-ever civil conviction against a major egg factory farm for cruelty to animals
  • Felony and misdemeanor charges against seven workers at a calf factory farm in Texas—a first in Texas history
  • Numerous cruelty convictions against workers of Butterball, including the first-ever felony conviction for cruelty to factory farmed birds in US history

These are just a few examples of the change that happens when compassionate people stand together to fight for farmed animals. Please view our inspiring video highlighting the work of our compassionate, dedicated investigators and support their efforts to expose the unconscionable cruelties inherent in animal agriculture and to pursue justice against animal abusers.

Remember, an anonymous MFA donor is matching every gift made up to $100,000 during the month of July. This means your gift will go twice as far in supporting our crucial efforts to shine a light on the rampant cruelty and abuse hidden behind the locked doors of factory farms.

Make your gift today to support MFA’s investigative efforts, and give us the opportunity to seek justice for those who have no voice. Every dollar you give will be matched!

Please lend your support and be a voice for the ducks force-fed for foie gras, the pregnant pigs locked in narrow crates, the abused turkeys of Butterball, the beaten dairy cows, and the billions more animals who rely on MFA’s lifesaving work.

Your support saves lives. Their lives depend on us, and we depend on you. Thank you for continuing to stand by our side.


Nathan Runkle
Executive Director

P.S. Please, make your gift today to support our efforts to shine a light on farmed animal abuse. The fight to bring justice for the animals suffering inside factory farms begins with you.

here is peta's One Minute of Reality: Animal Testing video.

share it!

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this from sarah of www.cfawr.org

Nat Geo TV Goes Undercover with MFA on July 31 Please TWEET

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From: Mercy For Animals [mailto:info@mercyforanimals.org]
Sent: July-29-13 7:12 AM
To: swest3@telus.net
Subject: Nat Geo TV Goes Undercover with MFA on July 31





If only people knew how they suffered.

Locked in cages so small they can’t move. Mutilated without painkillers. Beaten by workers. We know this is the tortured life of an animal on a factory farm and we want others to see what we’ve seen.

You and I know that cruelty can’t stand the spotlight, and once people see the harsh realities farmed animals face, they’ll stand by our side and demand change.

I’m thrilled to announce that countless viewers around the globe will soon be exposed to the truth about factory farming, thanks to a groundbreaking Nat Geo TV program about Mercy For Animals’ brave undercover invest...

This Wednesday, July 31 at 10 p.m. EST, tune in to National Geographic Channel’s new series Inside: Secret America and follow award-winning journalists as they go undercover with MFA investigators into some of our country’s largest factory farms.

The powerful episode features MFA investigators “Pete,” who worked at a Burger King dairy supplier in Idaho, and “Jane,” who worked at a Butterball turkey factory farm in North Carolina. These landmark investigations exposed horrific abuse and resulted in multiple charges and convictions of workers for criminal cruelty to animals.

MFA’s heroic investigators aren’t just helping hold animal abusers accountable, they’re changing the way our society looks at meat, dairy, and eggs.

But our investigators, who risk their lives to expose the truth, need your help to continue their vital work.

A generous MFA supporter has pledged to match—dollar for dollar—all donations up to $100,000 by midnight on July 31. Donate today and your gift will go twice as far, helping twice as many animals.

With you standing by our side, we are changing the course of history for farmed animals, building a kinder and more just future. By exposing animal abusers, bringing them to justice, and pushing for meaningful change, we are having a real impact.

So please, tune in to Nat Geo TV on July 31 at 10 p.m. EST to watch MFA’s brave undercover investigators at work. And consider making a generous donation in their honor today. Your gift will be matched.

On behalf of the billions of abused farmed animals suffering in silence, I thank you for standing with us.


Nathan Runkle
Executive Director

P.S. Please support MFA’s heroic undercover investigators today by making a generous, tax-deductible donation. An anonymous supporter has pledged to match all gifts—up to $100,000—made before midnight on July 31.

from peta regarding lobster slaughter methods at LL Bean.

follow link to take action.

(text copied below with video)

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Undercover Exposé Reveals Live Lobsters, Crabs Torn Apart!

A shocking undercover investigation that first broke on CBSNews.com has exposed that live animals are being torn apart. They need your help.

At L.L. Bean heir Linda Bean's Maine Lobster in Rockland, Maine, workers are ripping live animals apart limb from limb. Some are dumped, still alive, into boiling water, while others are left in bins to die in agony.

Workers tear off live lobsters' claws and then use metal pipes to pry their heads from their bodies. Tails and claws are saved while the remaining parts of the lobsters' bodies are trashed, still alive and able to feel pain.

Crabs are suffering, too, as they are slammed against sharp metal spikes to break off their top shells, and then their exposed internal organs are violently scrubbed off with spinning brushes. Still alive, they are then slowly lowered into a vat of boiling water.

Watch the undercover video to see the shocking proof:


Lobsters and crabs feel pain. Because lobsters do not have a centralized nervous system—but instead have ganglia, or masses of nervous tissue, spread throughout their bodies—their deaths can be prolonged. A lobster's nervous system continues to function even after the animal is dismembered.

Lobsters are like us in many ways: They have a long childhood and an awkward adolescence, and just like us, they carry their young for nine months and can live to be more than 100 years old.

Around 2.3 million lobsters and countless crabs will be killed at this slaughterhouse this year alone. Don't let more animals suffer this fate.

Please urge Linda Bean to stop tearing apart live, conscious animals and switch to a less cruel slaughter method. Take action now!
And remember, the best thing that you can do for crustaceans is to refuse to eat them!

The organization Toronto Pig Save tried to help some thirsty animals during the summer heat wave.


thx for this video on the toronto pig save efforts, made!

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mfa canada exposes mcdonald's cruelty.

you can tell mcd that you're "hating it":


text copied below.

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A groundbreaking new undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals Canada reveals horrific and systematic animal abuse at a supplier to Burnbrae Farms - McDonald’s Canada’s exclusive egg provider.

Shocking hidden-camera footage from the investigation was released on primetime national television this weekend during CTV’s renowned "W5" investigative program.

Mercy For Animals Canada’s undercover investigator worked at two factory farms in Alberta and documented a culture of cruelty, including the following:

  • Thousands of egg-laying hens crammed inside tiny wire battery cages, each with less space than a single sheet of notebook paper to live her entire miserable life, unable to spread her wings, walk, perch, roost, build nests or engage in other natural behaviours
  • Workers smashing the heads of chicks and then throwing them still alive and conscious into plastic garbage bags to slowly suffocate
  • Chickens trapped in cage wire, mangled by factory machinery, and left to suffer from open wounds and torn beaks without proper veterinary care
  • Dead hens left in cages with live hens still laying eggs for human consumption

Chickens are intelligent, inquisitive and sensitive animals. Yet these hens are confined in tiny, barren cages for their entire lives. Their bones and muscles slowly deteriorate from lack of exercise and their short lives are filled with misery and deprivation.

Battery cages are inherently so cruel they have been banned by the entire European Union, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the states of California and Michigan.

Yet McDonald’s Canada condones this needless cruelty by buying eggs from factory farms that cram hens into battery cages.

Mercy For Animals Canada is urging fast-food giant McDonald’s Canada to publicly oppose this appalling industry practice and to immediately stop buying eggs from suppliers who use inherently cruel battery cages, something McDonald's in Europe has already done.

Please click here to sign the petition asking McDonald’s Canada to take a stand against egregious animal cruelty and to eliminate battery cages from its entire supply chain. Then, share the undercover investigation with friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to take action as well.

And after you have asked McDonald’s Canada to oppose this gruesomely unethical practice, please consider further helping hens, and all farmed animals, by exploring a diet free of eggs, dairy and meat.

For the animals,

Stephane Perrais
Director of Operations
Mercy For Animals Canada

PS. Want to support our vital work? Click here to make a donation.

walmart again ... and again ... and again ... till they are forced to stop blatant animal abuse.

text copied below.

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Walmart likes to tout its low prices, but the true cost of its cheap pork is blatant animal abuse.

New video footage secretly recorded by a Mercy For Animals investig... at a Pipestone System factory farm—a Walmart pork supplier—reveals the systematic torture of mother pigs and their piglets. This is the third time MFA has uncovered unconscionable animal cruelty at a factory farm supplying pork to Walmart.

MFA’s hidden-camera video exposes the following horrific abuses:

  • Thousands of mother pigs confined to filthy, metal gestation crates so small they are unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives
  • Workers beating, throwing, slapping, hitting and screaming obscenities at pigs
  • Workers slamming piglets into the ground and leaving them to suffer and slowly die
  • Workers ripping out the testicles and slicing off the tails of fully conscious piglets without the use of any painkillers

Randy Spronk, president of the National Pork Producers Council, owns the factory farm MFA investigated. If such appalling cruelty runs rampant at a facility owned by the pork industry’s leading figure, one can only imagine the horrors occurring behind the doors of other factory farms across the country.

Based on evidence gathered by MFA, local law enforcement has raided the factory farm and launched a criminal investigation into animal cruelty. The case is ongoing.

“The suffering experienced by the animals is gratuitous, unnecessary, abusive, and counterproductive,” world-renowned animal welfare expert Dr. Bernard Rollin said after viewing the footage. “[The use of gestation crates is] arguably the worst practice in confinement agriculture.”

Gestation crates are indeed considered so cruel they have been banned in nine U.S. states, as well as in the entire European Union. In the last year, Costco, Kmart, Safeway, McDonald’s, Burger King and virtually all other grocers and fast-food chains have committed to phasing out gestation crates from their pork supply chains. Even Walmart in Canada has required its suppliers to phase out these inherently cruel cages.

But not Walmart in the United States.

Walmart continues to support this blatant animal abuse by selling pork from suppliers who confine pigs in tiny crates.

Please join MFA as we call on Walmart to immediately adopt new animal welf... prohibiting its pork suppliers from confining pigs in crates so small they cannot even turn around.

And remember, the best way to help pigs and other farmed animals is simply to stop eating them and adopt a healthy vegan diet.

Nathan Runkle
Executive Director

P.S. Please consider supporting our MFA vital work on behalf of abuse farmed animals by making a tax-deductible donation today.



angora rabbit cruelty exposed:

The Truth Behind Angora Fur

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the video has been restricted by youtube, but ryan07 provided the actual peta link:


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latest investigation from mercyforanimals.org

horrific animal abuse at a major DiGiorno cheese supplier in Wisconsin:


mfa text copied below.

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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. Click here to read the story.

In a joint statement, animal welfare experts Dr. Bernard Rollin, Dr. Terry Engle and William Wailes of the University of Colorado concluded that the video footage showed “horrifying and nightmarish abuses of dairy cattle by workers” and that “these uncaring and sadistic individuals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by the law, and should be barred from ever working with animals again.”

Law enforcement is currently investigating.

Treated as mere milk-producing machines, cows exploited and abused for cheese used on DiGiorno pizzas endure lives of near constant misery and deprivation.

In order to keep a steady supply of milk, the cows are repeatedly impregnated. Several times a day, dairy cows are hooked by their udders to electric milking machines that can cause the cows to suffer painful lesions and mastitis.

These highly intelligent and social animals suffer almost unimaginable abuse from the time they are born and ripped from their mothers' sides until they are so physically worn out from repeated pregnancies and constant milk production that they are sold for slaughter.

Click here to sign MFA’s petition telling DiGiorno to take a stand against blatant animal abuse by immediately adopting meaningful animal welfare policies. Then share the hidden-camera video with friends and encourage them to take action too.

Although unconscionable cruelty and violence are standard practice for dairy companies nationwide, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of cows and other farmed animals by choosing vegan alternatives to milk, cheese and ice cream. Please visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.


Nathan Runkle
Executive Director

P.S. Please consider making a special tax-deductible donation to support the work of our brave undercover investigators who risk everything to expose the tragic truth about animal suffering on factory farms.

follow-up from the investigator copied below.

video to be found here:

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My name is Scott.

I’m the undercover investigator who recently exposed sickening cruelty to cows at a DiGiorno pizza cheese supplier.

By now you’ve probably seen my hidden-camera footage. It shows workers beating, kicking, stabbing, and dragging cows with tractors.

What I witnessed at that factory farm will haunt me for the rest of my life.

I want to share with you the story of Abby, one particular cow I grew to adore.

At the factory farm, Abby was known simply as #16207. But to me, this gentle giant was a sweet and loving friend worthy of a name. So I began to call her Abby—but only in private so I wouldn’t blow my cover. When I saw Abby I would scratch her head and she would lick my hand and nuzzle me with affection and curiosity.

One day I saw a co-worker whipping a cow in the face while yelling at her. I approached to see what was happening and noticed that the cow being beaten was stuck between two gate rods, unable to move.

As I got closer, I realized that the downed cow was Abby. The look of terror in her eyes broke my heart as the worker continued to strike Abby over and over again on her face and back.

I wanted to help her, so I grabbed other folks and we worked to get Abby unstuck.

Once she was free, Abby was able to stand up. But she was weak and had problems finding her footing on the dirty concrete flooring.

After that, every time I saw Abby she was cowering from people, trying to avoid abuse.

Now, even though the investigation is over, I can’t get Abby out of my mind.

But she is exactly why I do this difficult work.

Because of my investigation, there is now hope that Abby’s abusers will be brought to justice. And that meaningful policies will be enacted to prevent the type of cruelty she endured.

Mercy For Animals is working overtime right now to pursue criminal prosecution in this case and to make sure that the workers who abused Abby will be held accountable. MFA is also pushing for DiGiorno, the nation’s largest frozen pizza brand, to implement meaningful animal welfare policies that will reduce the suffering of millions of cows like Abby.

As long as there are animals like Abby, I’ll keep working to protect them.

But I can’t do this work alone. I need your help.

Please make a generous, tax-deductible donation today to support my work, and to help me and MFA fight to end cruelty to animals on factory farms.

There has never been a better time to give. A kindhearted MFA supporter has pledged to match—dollar for dollar—all donations made by December 31, to a total of $100,000.

This holiday season, please remember animals like Abby by making a special donation. Your support will bring hope to Abby, and the countless other animals suffering at this very moment on factory farms across America.

If we all band together, we can bring about a future in which all animals receive respect and compassion, including Abby.


MFA Undercover Investigator

P.S. Please help me protect Abby by making a generous, tax-deductible do.... Remember, all donations made by December 31 will be matched—dollar for dollar.



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