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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.

when you embed a video, please also provide the youtube link so people can go to the appropriate youtube page.

in friendship,

prad

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Thank God for mercy for animals and those Brave souls who go under cover.

I salute all of them.

My donations will continue to this organization who are very effective and productive.

Take Care,

Here is a post I made on walmarts facebook page

Using the links from this page.

http://www.walmartcruelty.com/

The steps are easy and the plan is brilliant.

(my post put on the Walmart page.)

Please phase out cruel gestation crates for pigs. Thanks.
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Walmart Hello - We will not tolerate animal mistreatment by our suppliers. As soon as we were made aware of the video, we immediately reached out to our suppliers who source from this farm. If we determine that there was mistreatment, we will take action.
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(me) Thanks I appreciate this. It is nice to know that your company will not tolerate any abuse. As a customer I appreciate and feel good knowing that your company will not tolerate such abuse. The video to me is proof of incredible acts of cruelty and should not be supported.
2 minutes ago · Like

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Feel free to post on this thread on walmarts facebook page lets add some pressure here and let the know we are watching them.

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Peas be with you,

Take Care,

USDA closes California slaughterhouse after COK investigation


The E-Newsletter of Compassion Over Killing August 22, 2012

Last night, ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer aired an exclusive story on COK's new undercover investigation inside a California slaughterhouse that reveals rampant abuses endured by "spent" dairy cows. This facility, Central Valley Meat, is a major supplier to the USDA's National School Lunch Program and other federal food initiatives. As ABC reports, COK's investigation prompted the USDA to shut down the facility, citing "egregious inhumane handling and treatment of livestock," and In-N-Out Burger immediately severed ties with this facility, too.

In addition to ABC's national coverage, media outlets across the country - including the Associated Press, Reuters, Los Angeles Times, and more, are reporting the story, sharing the horrors forced upon farm animals with millions of Americans.

Sadly, such abuses are not isolated incidents. Numerous undercover investigations inside slaughterhouses throughout the U.S. reveal that animal cruelty is standard practice in the meat industry. Nine billion land animals - birds, pigs, and cows - are raised and killed for food each year in the U.S. The most effective way each of us can help end these abuses is to simply leave animals off our plates.

(direct link to abc news story)

in friendship,

prad

on this topic, also see borneo monkey's thread:

I'm not understand how can people still eating after seeing this

in friendship,

prad

investigation fallout! several companies cut ties with central valley meat.

in friendship,

prad

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Last week, we told you about COK's new undercover investigative video inside Central Valley Meat, which prompted the USDA to shut down the facility for a full week, citing "egregious inhumane handling and treatment of livestock."

The news doesnÂ’t stop there: in the wake of COK's investigation, several major food companies have severed ties with this facility, including McDonaldÂ’s, In-N-Out Burger, and Costco.

In less than one week since its release, COK's investigation made headlines in over 1,500 television, online, and print news stories, including ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Associated Press, CNN, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, UK's Daily Mail, and more. In addition to extensive media coverage, our 4-minute online video has been viewed half a million times!

The fallout from COK's investigation is not only shining a bright light on the cruelties kept hidden behind the closed doors of the meat and dairy industries, it's changing people's minds - and their diets. Every day, we're saving lives, and this is all made possible thanks to the generosity of members like you.

This is not the first time Compassion Over Killing has investigated and exposed the ugly reality of animal agribusiness - and, with your help, it won't be the last.

Butterball Worker Pleads Guilty to Felony Cruelty to Animals

thx to mfa (www.mercyforanimals.org) investigation:

http://www.mfablog.org/2012/08/breaking-news-butterball-worker-plea...

the punishment is a pittance, but at least these oppressors have been taken out.

in friendship,

prad

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August 28, 2012

Breaking News: Butterball Worker Pleads Guilty to Felony Cruelty to Animals

ButterballGuiltyBlog.jpgHidden-camera videosecretly shot at a North Carolina Butterball factory farm by an undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals has led to a criminal prosecution of a worker at the facility. Earlier today, Brian Douglas pled guilty to felonious cruelty to animals--a class H felony in North Carolina. Douglas, along with several other Butterball employees, was documented violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their wings and necks, forcefully throwing turkeys, and bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars.
Douglas will serve a sentence of 30 days imprisonment, followed by 6 months intensive probation and 36 months of supervised probation. Douglas was also ordered to pay $550 in fees and fines, and provide a DNA sample to the state, and will be subject to warrantless searches. Four other Butterball employees were also charged with cruelty to animals. Their cases are still pending.
The conviction and additional charges stem from an MFA undercover investigation at a Butterball turkey semen collection facility in Shannon, North Carolina, between November and December of 2011. The shocking undercover footage reveals:
  • Workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, dragging them by their fragile wings and necks, and maliciously throwing turkeys onto the ground or into transport trucks in full view of company management;
  • Employees bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, leaving many to slowly suffer and die from their injuries;
  • Turkeys covered in flies, living in their own waste, unable to access food or water and suffering from severe feather loss and necrotic (dead) muscles and skin;
  • Birds suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including open sores, infections, rotting eyes, and broken bones; and
  • Severely injured turkeys, unable to stand up or walk, left to die without any veterinary care, because treating sick or injured birds was too costly and time-consuming, as the farm manager explained to MFA's investigator.
Mercy For Animals' undercover video shows that the lives of turkeys in Butterball's factory farms are brutal and filled with fear, violence and prolonged suffering. Butterball's turkeys have been selectively bred to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them suffer from painful bone defects, hip joint lesions, crippling foot and leg deformities, and fatal heart attacks. Due to the company's lack of meaningful animal welfare policies, training or procedures, Butterball subjects countless turkeys to immeasurable cruelty and neglect each year.
"Butterball allowed a culture of cruelty and abuse to fester at its company-owned factory farms. This case graphically illustrates that the secret ingredient in Butterball turkey is criminal animal abuse," said MFA's Executive Director Nathan Runkle. "Before ending up in restaurants and grocery stores, turkeys killed for Butterball are routinely crowded into filthy warehouses, neglected to die from infected, bloody wounds, and thrown, kicked, and beaten by factory farm workers."
The best thing consumers can do to reject cruelty to farmed animals is to ditch Butterball turkey, and all animal products, by adopting a healthy and compassionate vegan diet.

here is mfa (www.mercyforanimals.org) investigation at bettencourt dairies. text copied below.

in friendship,

prad

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A breaking Mercy For Animals investigation reveals sadistic animal torture at Bettencourt Dairies—a Burger King dairy supplier in Idaho.

The investigation has already led to three workers, including a manager of the dairy, being charged with criminal cruelty to animals.

MFA’s hidden camera captured:

  • Workers and management viciously beating and shocking cows and violently twisting their tails in order to deliberately inflict pain
  • Workers and management repeatedly shocking a downed cow and then dragging her by her neck using a chain attached to a tractor
  • Extremely unsafe and unsanitary conditions, including feces-covered floors that cause cows to regularly slip, fall, and injure themselves
  • Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, broken bones, and infected udders left to suffer without veterinary care

Far from leading the carefree lives portrayed in the dairy industry's “happy cow” commercials, cows exploited and killed for Burger King endure lives of near constant misery and deprivation.

Treated as mere milk-producing machines, these 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.

MFA is urging Burger King to immediately implement meaningful animal protection guidelines for all dairy suppliers, including zero tolerance for animal abuse, care for “downers,” and an end to mutilations without painkillers. Burger King has the power and the moral responsibility to help end some of the worst forms of animal abuse in the dairy industry.

Click here to sign the petition telling Burger King to take a stand against blatant animal abuse. Then share the undercover investigation video with friends, and encourage them to take action, too.

After urging Burger King to make this important animal protection policy change, consider making a few changes of your own. The most powerful choice that compassionate people can make to help cows is to ditch dairy in favor of healthy and humane vegan alternatives to milk, cheese, and ice cream.

 

      

fallout from this investigation.

in friendship,

prad

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Dear Friend,

A breaking Mercy For Animals investigation of Bettencourt Dairies - a cheese supplier to Burger King - was shown on news outlets across the country and overseas yesterday, exposing millions to the harsh reality of abuse inflicted upon animals imprisoned by the dairy industry.

Our hidden cameras revealed workers viciously beating cows, and repeatedly shocking a downed cow and dragging her by her neck, and sick and injured cows suffering from open wounds, broken bones, and infected udders left to suffer without proper veterinary care.

As a result of our video, three workers—including a manager of the dairy—have been charged with criminal cruelty to animals.

But that is not all.

The corporations buying products from Bettencourt have taken notice! Our investigation has prompted Kraft to ban the cruel and unnecessary practice of tail docking from its supply chain.

This is historic news.

Kraft now stands as the first major corporation to require a mandatory phase-out of this abhorrent practice that causes immeasurable and lifelong suffering to dairy cows.

And, in a statement issued yesterday, Wendy’s announced that it intends to sever all ties with Bettencourt Dairies after being “appalled by the images depicted in the video.”

At MFA, we believe that all animals deserve to live lives free from harm and suffering. So we continue to take on multibillion-dollar industries that profit off the abuse of animals—and we win.

With your help MFA will continue to seek justice for those who suffer in silence behind the locked doors of factory farms.

Your contributions allow MFA to continue to send our brave undercover investigators into America's factory farms and capture on hidden camera the despicable truths that animal abuse industries work so diligently to hide. Our work in corporate outreach and legal advocacy builds on our investigations and wages wars against cruel factory farms that result in critical and groundbreaking change for farmed animals.

Please lend your support and be a voice for innocent, suffering, sentient beings like the dairy cows of Bettencourt Dairies, who rely on MFA’s lifesaving work.

Please make a tax-deductible donation today to help fund MFA’s vital efforts on behalf of farmed animals. Thank you for standing with us as we strive towards a future in which all animals receive the respect and compassion they so rightly deserve.

With gratitude,

Nathan Runkle
Executive Director

this sent by sarah (www.cfawr.org):

The most powerful and compassionate demonstration I have ever seen PLEASE
share Thank you.

'Animals Are Not Ours' Demonstration, October 2012

100 silent demonstrators holding corpses of animals that had died via exploitation.

in friendship,

prad

The Hidden Face of Pork
sent by activist dr olivier berreville about the CETFA investigation.


A new CETFA investigation reveals the truth about Ontario's pig industry.

In 2011 and 2012, CETFA investigators returned to the same Ontario pig barn for 7 months and documented a shocking pattern of cruelty and neglect.

Footage taken at the pig barn reveals:

Severely injured pigs, unable to stand up or walk, left to languish and slowly die without veterinary care;
Pigs suffering from serious untreated illnesses and injuries, including eye infections, severely swollen joints, and large, open pus-filled abscesses;
Dead pigs left in pens with live pigs who were scavenged upon;
Pens so overcrowded pigs had to climb over one another to move; and
One pig removed by investigators who had abscesses so advanced he had to be euthanized.

The findings of CETFA's newest investigation are consistent with those documented at pig farms across Canada in recent years - illustrating that animal abuse and neglect are the pork industry norm, not the exception.

As consumers, we can choose compassion over cruelty at every meal. Adopting a compassionate, meat-free diet is the most powerful action we can take to put an end to needless animal suffering and the conditions documented during this investigation.

in friendship,
prad

Thanks Prad,

Olivier is really doing such great work and knowing him personally is a very good guy to boot.

Another shining star in the filthy lies.

Take Care,

mfa canada has wasted no time getting to work since moving in a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.mercyforanimals.ca/pigcruelty/

in friendship,

prad

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A groundbreaking Mercy For Animals Canada undercover investigation provides a shocking look into blatant animal abuse at one of the nation's largest pork producers—Puratone—in Arborg, Manitoba.

At this pork supplier for some of Canada's largest grocery chains, including Sobeys, Superstore/ Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart, pregnant pigs and their piglets are forced to suffer brutal abuse and lives of unrelenting confinement and misery.

In late 2012, an MFA Canada investigator documented:

  • Thousands of pregnant pigs confined to filthy, metal gestation crates so small they were unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives
  • Pigs suffering from large, open wounds and pressure sores from rubbing against the bars of their tiny cages or lying on the hard concrete flooring
  • Pregnant pigs—physically taxed from constant birthing—suffering from distended, inflamed, and bleeding prolapses
  • Pigs too sick to stand being kicked, slapped, and pulled by their ears to force them to walk
  • Pigs having metal bolts fired into their skulls, leaving many still conscious and blinking
  • Workers slamming piglets into the ground and leaving them to slowly suffer and die
  • Workers cutting out testicles and slicing off the tails of fully conscious piglets without the use of any painkillers.

Upon reviewing the undercover footage, Dr. Ian Duncan, professor emeritus at the University of Guelph, and holder of the oldest university chair in animal welfare in North America, stated: “It is the worst cruelty inflicted on an animal that I have witnessed in many years” and “[T]hese awful conditions are leading to terrible and unnecessary suffering for hundreds of animals.”

Dr. Temple Grandin, the world's leading expert on farmed animal welfare, also admonished this pig factory farm, stating: "The farm is poorly managed and it is obvious that the employees have not been trained in proper procedures.” Dr. Grandin previously condemned the use of gestation crates by the pork industry, asserting: “[G]estation crates for pigs are a real problem. ... Basically, you're asking a sow to live in an airline seat. ... I think it's something that needs to be phased out.”

While many of the standard industry practices uncovered at this pig factory farm are needlessly cruel, subjecting animals to a lifetime of confinement in crates so small they are virtually immobilized is perhaps the worst form of institutionalized animal abuse in existence. A growing number of animal welfare experts opposes the use of gestation crates, concluding what common sense should have told us all along: animals with legs should have room to move.

Major food providers have also recognized the inherent cruelty of gestation crates. Costco, Safeway, McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and over 30 other major retailers in Canada and the United States have started demanding that their suppliers do away with them.

Sadly, grocery giants Sobeys, Superstore/Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart condone confining animals in crates barely larger than their bodies by selling pork from producers who use gestation crates—including Puratone. These corporations have both the power and ethical responsibility to reject this abusive factory farming practice by immediately adopting policies that require suppliers to phase out their use of gestation crates.

As MFA Canada works to expose and end the exploitation of animals at the hands of the meat, egg, and dairy industries, consumers still hold the greatest power of all to prevent needless suffering of farmed animals by adopting a healthy and humane, vegetarian diet.

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