Farm Animals

Help Animal Legal Defense Fund Save The Wild Horses From Slaughter

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Wild horses need your help.

In Louisiana, the Army is currently planning to remove roughly 700 wild horses from the state’s historic Fort Polk and Kisatchie National Forest areas. And in California, ranchers are suing to have hundreds of wild horses removed from Devil’s Garden, an area of Modoc National Forest. In both cases we’re concerned that the horses’ “removal” will ultimately end in their slaughter — and we need your help to stop it.

Make a gift to the Animal Legal Defense Fund today and together we can fight for animals like these in court.

Both of these situations require the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s animal law expertise to be successful. We have filed a motion to intervene in the California lawsuit and we are assisting attorneys who are fighting for the horses in Louisiana.

Because of the difficulty of re-homing horses who have been wild for generations, our fear is that the animals who cannot be successfully re-homed will simply be killed.

Give Now to Protect Wild Horses

We must stand up for animals like these when those in power decide they are no longer convenient. Support the Animal Legal Defense Fund with a special gift today and you can help defend all animals.

For the animals,

Stephen Wells, Executive Director

Stephen Wells
Executive Director

Animal Investigations & Advocacy Exposed – Animals’ Angels Support

The Tale of Raul Benavides 

     February 2018

OUT OF SIGHT, BUT NOT OUT OF MIND

There was a time when there was just one place in the small border town of Eagle Pass, TX where kill buyers could bring their slaughter horses for export to Mexico. Those pens, operated by the Texas Department of Agriculture, stayed busy, accepting 6-8 loads of slaughter horses from all across the country each day.
However, rejects, horses too sick or too injured to pass the Mexican veterinary inspection, soon became a problem. The export pens refused to keep them and the truck drivers were often reluctant to take these weakened animals all the way back to the kill buyer; too much could go wrong in transit.
So, the kill buyer community soon found the perfect solution for the problem – namely, the Chula Vista Racetrack property, owned by local entrepreneur Raul Benavides. This location had everything the kill buyers needed: an extensive pen area, a loading ramp, an office building, enough space, and sufficient access roads to accommodate large trucks.
Most importantly, the location offered complete privacy and protection from potential prying eyes. The property backs up to an almost impenetrable swamp with multiple water channels and expansive underbrush. To the front, there is a mile-long driveway before the loading ramp and pen area is reached. Exposure by animal advocates such as Animals’ Angels had become a problem and this was the perfect location to dump all the sick and injured horses until they were ready for another export attempt or died – all without being seen.
horses at chula vista pens
There was one more benefit for the kill buyers shipping to this privately owned location: since there is no oversight by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), they could remain in the shadows. No longer would they need to unload at the Texas of Agriculture pens or have their activities monitored. Benavides offers a very convenient service to the kill buyers.
For instance, a kill buyer unloads at the Chula Vista Pens. Any sick, injured or dead horses are taken off the load. Benavides then uses his truck to deliver the kill buyer’s “clean load” to the official pen leaving the kill buyer to return home without ever having been seen at the TDA pens.
B & B transport truck at chula vista pens
However, it wasn’t long until AA investigators discovered this arrangement and exposed the location as the new collection station.  We started documenting trucks and the condition of the horses at Chula Vista. In 2012, our investigators flagged down one of Benavides trucks on the way to the TDA pens, since a horse that was just loaded had already collapsed inside the trailer and was being trampled. This incident resulted in the first face-to-face meeting between AA and Benavides, who confronted them at the TDA pens, stating “You can’t stop my trucks in the middle of the road…”
incident with downer horse on B & B transport truck
Animal advocates exposing their operations was not the only issue the Chula Vista pens sought to resolve. Competition among the kill buyers had become fierce and the main slaughter buyers were trying to gain dominance in the business. For a while, Texas kill buyer Mike McBarron gained control over the Chula Vista pens by leasing them from Benavides. However, this partnership was short lived.
In August 2015, the official TDA pens in Eagle Pass closed permanently. Perhaps not surprisingly, also in 2015, Benavides managed to become a fully functioning export facility just like the private pens in Presidio, TX, offering veterinary inspection and any other services as needed.
horses at chula vista pens
This development was of great concern – with another private export pen shipping horses to Mexico, official control by US authorities was diminished even further. Additionally, shipment paperwork, which used to be readily available for review when the pens where operated by TDA, was now hidden in the endless FOIA request backup at USDA/APHIS.
Ever since, Benavides’ part in the slaughter horse industry has been steadily growing. Recently, Benavides has started to acquire hundreds of horses and donkeys a month from all across the country. He has a broad-reaching network of small horse traders and bottom-feeders like Jacob Thompson from the Double S Kill Pen who supply him with horses.
chula vista pens
However, one of his favorite places to buy is also no surprise to us. Jason Bailey, owner of the notorious Knoxville Horse Auction, has been selling load after load to Benavides.
And who has been supplying horses to Bailey? Not the poverty-ridden, small town family forced to give up their beloved pet. No. The evidence suggests that the majority of these horses come from the same longstanding horse traders Animals’ Angels has been monitoring for years. Namely, Willie Rudd, Wilson Horse and Mule, Amy Rose, Jason Sexton, David Merrell, Holladay Livestock, and Jason Bailey himself.
Animals’ Angels has been actively investigating this situation for some time and rest assured, we will continue to do so. Although we cannot share all of the details with you now, we will release our findings to the public once all possible enforcement avenues have been exhausted.

YOU CAN HELP US TAKE ACTION
At Animals’ Angels, with you as our partner, we are making a positive difference in the lives of animals every single day.  The investigations we conduct, like this one into Raul Benavides’ operations, help to uncover the atrocities that are being perpetrated on farm animals and slaughter-bound horses throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
Thanks to kind-hearted people like you, our reports have been shared throughout the world, exposing the cruel and inhumane practices that seem to run rampant in the animal industry. Working together we are making a real difference and furthering the much-needed changes and improvements these animals so deserve. Your thoughtful contribution will ensure that our work continues, people are informed, and animals are saved.

“We are there with the animals” – only YOU can make it possible. Won’t you please donate today?

International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta-Subject: Chickens

PETITION UPDATE

TODAY: Join our tweetstorm to Tyson during major poultry industry expo!

Compassion Over Killing

FEB 1, 2018 — Tweet @TysonFoods TODAY! As thousands converge in Atlanta for the “world’s largest annual poultry, feed, and meat technology exposition,” urge Tyson to be an industry leader and end crippling rapid growth once and for all. (Use our sample tweet below or click here: https://ctt.ec/z43ic)

This morning, major poultry industry players are meeting at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) to discuss the welfare of the billions of birds raised and killed for their products. But while thousands of concerned consumers have convinced major chains like Burger King, Sonic, and Panera to announce standards to reduce suffering in their supply chains, the poultry industry itself is still dragging its feet on implementing real change.

As Compassion Over Killing’s recent investigation revealed, birds in Tyson’s supply chain are bred to grow so unnaturally large, so quickly that their legs often collapse under the weight of their own morbidly obese bodies. As the largest poultry producer in the nation, Tyson has the responsibility to become a real food leader and end this crippling rapid growth once and for all!

Today, help make change for chickens a reality: Tweet @TysonFoods using the IPPE hashtag! Use our sample below or click here: https://ctt.ec/z43ic

SAMPLE TWEET: Birds are bred by @TysonFoods to grow so large, so quickly that their legs often collapse under their obese bodies. Become a true industry leader, Tyson. End crippling rapid growth & keep shifting to food’s real future: plant protein! #IPPE bit.ly/TysonExposedAgain via @TryVeg


Support Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act?

ACTION ALERT

How does shooting a pig in the face with a pistol, then with an assault rifle, and again with a shotgun prepare soldiers for the trauma of the battlefield? It doesn’t.

Animals abused in military training drills need help. Please help them. Animals don’t deserve this type of senseless abuse. 

The good news is that John B. Larson is considering supporting a bill to help them.

Will you please take 60 seconds to send a polite e-mail TODAY urging John B. Larson to cosponsor the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act?

 

Act Now

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Your note could make a difference and help us end trainings that mutilate living, feeling beings.

Thank you for all that you’re doing to help animals.

Sincerely,

Kathy Guillermo
Senior Vice President
Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Stronger Laws For Animals – No Tolerance For Abuse and Torture!

Introduction By Jean Furs: 

Why do some people abuse animals? In my opinion they abuse animals because of their flawed character; their belief that animals are not feeling creatures and simply because they can. Who’s to stop them? Some people I’ve met think that animals don’t feel anything. They don’t understand animals, and don’t realize that they have basic needs just like us humans do.

Maybe this type of person was abused themselves therefore they think it’s normal to hurt something like they were hurt. ITS WRONG, IT WILL NEVER BE GOOD, IT WILL NEVER BE RIGHT, IT’S JUST WRONG. Hurting an innocent animal that is possibly kinder and nicer than it’s perpetrator {a person who carries out a harmful, illegal, or immoral act} is unacceptable and must be stopped. 

People like this should be pitied for their inability to empathize with another living breathing soul.  Yes we all have souls and the eyes are windows of those souls. To the normal feeling loving human being it is quite unthinkable to abuse, hurt, torture or allow this behavior to continue. To the human with HEART it’s an unbelievable nightmare that these things go on day in and day out with no accountability, no punishment. We good people the ones that care about animals must gather together and create laws that stop the unkind immoral deeds of others. 

Shouldn’t we all be deeply concerned about the cruelty within the factory farming industry in these United States for example? Farm animals are feeling living breathing beings, not commodities to be exploited for profit. Being raised in a family that doesn’t realize these things doesn’t help make our laws stronger, it subtracts from the numbers of children that grow up to be informed adults who could otherwise be helping. 

For those of you who are reading this now, take a moment to understand where your roast beef and lamp chops are coming from. I’m not asking you to re-frame from your daily diet; rather just to think about the suffering of an animal that isn’t being slaughtered humanely but instead tortured to dead. Speak up for your roast beef and lamp chops. We need an uprising against this establishment and how these facilities choose to slaughter these feeling animals. Can’t we at least demand it be done humanely? Can’t we all help these poor souls that are deprived of their basic needs before slaughter, and when their end comes it’s in a slow and agonizing death instead of swiftly and humanely.  

Thank you for listening with your HEART and not your stomach.

Taken from Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 150, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-0150 [607]583-2225 farmsanctuary.org

The past administration had taken some steps toward ending abuses within the massive factory farming industry, including closing the unconscionable loophole that allowed downed cattle to be slaughtered and put in the human food supply, but there is so much more that must be done.  Too many facilities are violating the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act [HMSA], and we want your this administration to respond to Rulemaking Petition 15-01 by adopting a zero tolerance policy to stop the untold cruelty on so many pigs, chickens, sheep, and other farm animals.

Can this administration demonstrate your commitment to ending cruel conditions and abusive practices in America’s factory farming industry.  Your action will help millions of farm animals and protect consumers as well.

 

 

 

Madeline the Chicken

MADELINE’S STORY                                                            

The Chicken Who Was Left Behind

If you take a drive through the countryside, you will likely pass several chicken farms – although you might not realize that’s what you’re looking at. The typical chicken factory farm is composed of several long, low-slung, windowless metal sheds. At first glance, you might assume they’re warehouses of some kind that are used to store farm equipment or hay. Surely they don’t keep living beings in such places?

Oh, but they do.

Madeline was one of those living beings. Two PETA fieldworkers were on their way to a call in rural North Carolina when they spotted a flash of white in the field next to an empty Perdue chicken barn. Was it a stray plastic bag or a discarded Styrofoam container? It went by in a flash as they drove down the highway, but they could have sworn it was a chicken.

The fieldworkers turned around and returned to the farm, pulling their van into the driveway. There she was, a very small chicken, wandering all alone in the field, just a few feet away from speeding cars. Madeline was only a few weeks old, still a baby, just like all “broiler” chickens when they are sent to slaughter. The average age of slaughtered “broilers” is just 6 or 7 weeks, younger than a weaned kitten. They are killed before they ever get a chance to live.

She likely had been left behind when the rest of the birds in the barn were rounded up for the trip to the slaughterhouse. Perhaps Madeline had fled the scary people who grabbed the other chickens by the wings, legs, or neck and slammed them into transport cages as they shrieked in terror and pain. Maybe she had simply been overlooked in the confusion or had been purposely left behind because she was undersized.

Madeline may have seemed like the luckiest chicken in the world, but her reprieve was only temporary. There was no way she was going to survive by herself: She had no food or water, she couldn’t fly, and her white feathers stood out like a beacon, making her extremely vulnerable to predators. She was all alone. Forgotten. Discarded like a piece of trash along the highway.

There was a man standing next to the barn, smoking a cigarette, seemingly oblivious to the little bird walking nearby. The fieldworkers approached the man and asked if they could take the chicken, knowing the man was unlikely to make any effort to care for her. Farmers accept some “losses” as the cost of doing business. When you cram tens of thousands of birds into a single shed and force them to live amid their own waste and inhale ammonia fumes from their own urine, some chickens inevitably get sick, as diseases spread like wildfire in such horrendous conditions. Or the birds’ legs become crippled when their genetically manipulated bodies grow too fast, and they starve or die of dehydration when they can’t reach food or water troughs. Or they die of heat exhaustion when the electricity goes out and the big fans grind to a halt.

This was just one little bird out of the thousands of farmer had just shipped out. A cog in the machine. The man shrugged his shoulders with infinite boredom. Whatever you want to do, crazy ladies.

The fieldworkers gently scooped Madeline up and put her in one of the cat carriers that they always have in the van. Perhaps she realized that she was safe, because she started gently cooing and murmuring to herself. Chickens have at least 24 different cries, chirps, and squawks to warn other birds about a predator, announce when they have laid an egg, or just say “good morning.” Madeline kept up a constant stream of chatter all the way back to PETA’s headquarters.

She spent the night there, charming everyone she met with her curiosity and friendliness, surprising for a bird who had been through what she had and had every reason to fear and flee from humans.

The next day, two staffers drove Madeline to a sanctuary, where she was placed in the infirmary for a few days to give her a chance to recover before she was transferred to a spacious barn and pasture, where the other rescued chickens lived.

It didn’t take the intrepid little hen long to settle in at her new home. Chickens are extremely social animals, and Madeline quickly befriended the other birds – and the humans, too. She was once a small, forlorn bundle of dirty feathers, but she blossomed after she was rescued.

Madeline’s rescuers can’t fathom how people can justify killing and eating such smart, social, personable birds. The average American is responsible for the deaths of approximately 2,500 chickens over his or her lifetime – billions of chickens are slaughtered for food in the U.S. alone every year. When you consider the sheer volume- the number of lives involved and the enormous suffering and pain that each bird endures- chickens may well be the most abused animals on the planet.

Chickens aren’t vegetables or walking entrees – they are living, breathing feeling individuals who have distinct personalities and interests. Just ask Madeline – she’ll tell you.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI

 

Taken from Peta 35, Love for Animals Large and Small by: Ingrid Newkirk forward by Bob Barker

Stop Plans to Build A Slaughterhouse on Colorado State University

Stop The Slaughterhouse on CSU’s Campus

Colorado State University may want to consider changing their name to “Cruelty State University.”

As a freshman at Colorado State University and a member of the Rams Organizing For Animals Rights student club, I was outraged to learn that our school has accepted money from a meatpacking company to build a slaughterhouse in the middle of campus. Construction could begin as early as this summer. CSU needs to cancel plans to build the slaughterhouse now.

It’s already hard enough to concentrate on our studies. Now we’ll be facing the stench and screams of innocent animals in agony every time we walk to class. An on-campus slaughterhouse will mean that living, breathing animals come into the heart of campus and never make it out alive. It will mean that the animals’ organs, hides, and hooves will be transported off campus in trucks, potentially spilling blood, guts and fecal matter onto campus grounds.

Slaughterhouses are not only cruel to animals, but to humans, too. Workers are subject to intense psychological trauma and severe physical injuries such as amputations.

One of the main reasons that I chose to attend CSU is because of the school’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Animal agriculture is a major contributor of greenhouse gases — opening a slaughterhouse on campus is a blatant violation of the university’s core commitment to work towards carbon neutrality.

If this slaughterhouse is built, I along with hundreds of students, have pledged to transfer to another school.  Many incoming students are changing their decision to attend Cruelty State U, too. There is no room for cruelty on CSU’s campus  — in fact, no college campus anywhere should allow an industry that is so violent to animals, harmful to the environment, and dangerous to humans.

If you care about the students of CSU and want this harmful construction to stop, please sign this petition at change.org and encourage Colorado State University’s President, Tony Frank, to immediately cancel all plans for building a slaughterhouse of horrors on campus.

*for any inquiries (business/news/personal), please do not hesitate to contact me at becca.bleil@gmail.com*

 

This petition will be delivered to:

  • President of CSU
    Tony Frank
  • Colorado State University

FARM WORLD IN THE NEWS- TAX PAYER MONEY

Taken from The Humane Farming Association – Campaign Against Factory Farming-Spring 2017

Stop Taxpayer-Funded Payments to Producers Who Neglect Animals

Just over a year ago, Winter Storm Goliath ripped through the southwestern United States and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of dairy cattle, calves, and other farm animals in western Texas and eastern New Mexico.  With 18 inches of snow on the ground, drifts as high as 14 feet, and wind pushing animals into fenced corners where they were literally buried alive in drifts, an estimated 40,000 cows and calves perished.

Animals who live on dry lots year round without adequate shelter were subjected to 80 mph wind gusts and were buried under snow for days, suffocating, many freezing to death, and still others suffering from frostbite only to die in subsequent days and weeks.

Instead of providing the shelter needed to protect vulnerable farm animals, producers merely chalked up the number of those who perished and then were rewarded with a government check. 

The Humane Farming Association [HFA] is known throughout the nation and, indeed, throughout the world for leading successful campaigns against factory farming.  Our work, however, extends far beyond the cramped quarters of intensive confinement facilities.

HFA is committed to preventing animal cruelty whenever-and wherever-it occurs. Each year, millions of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, and other farm animals in the United States are provided little to no shelter from severe weather.  As a result, tens of thousands of neglected animals suffer and die needlessly from exposure to the elements.

Presently, the USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program provides payments to livestock producers whose animals suffer weather-related deaths.  These wasteful and gratuitous taxpayer-funded payments serve as a disincentive for producers to take the steps needed to protect their animals from harsh, and often lethal, weather.  That’s why HFA is taking action.

The Humane Farming Association has filed a formal petition with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging him to stop ththese government payments to livestock producers who do not protect their animals.  If compensation is made available al all, the USDA should only provide it to those who have put protections in place to shelter the animals in their care.

With a new administration hoping to demonstrate that it is committed to reducing government waste- HFA is now making the case that ending these wasteful and unethical federal handouts to the livestock industry is the appropriate place to start.

Documents uncovered by HFA under the Freedome of Information Act have revealed that, in the last three years, the USDA issued payments of well over $134 million dollars to farmers and ranchers for animal deaths due to severe weather.  Total animal deaths included a staggering 202,445 hoofed animals and 2,461,443 poultry.

If not for this compensation, livestock producers would be compelled to provide the necessary care for their animals. Instead, massive numbers of neglected farm animals are dying painfully and needlessly – while taxpayers are footing the bill.

As we go to press, HFA is releasing new videos exposing this issue [which you can see only at HFA.org] You can take action on line by signing our petition demanding an end to this cruel and wasteful federal program.

We have a very real opportunity to make significant advances on behalf of farm animals.  Please support our work by making the most generous contribution you can today – so that farm animals receive the protection they so desperately need and deserve. Thank you!

Sincerely, 

Bradley Miller/National Director

READ ON

IN THE NEWS – FARM WORLD 

Humane Farming Association Calls for End to Livestock Indemnity Payments, By Michele E. Mihaljevich

Washington D.C. The Humane Farming Association [HFA] is petitioning the USDA to stop indemnity payments to producers who don’t protect their livestock from severe weather.

In its petition the organization asks USDA to halt livestock indemnity program [LIP] benefits to farmers and ranchers for livestock deaths caused by adverse weather – including blizzards, hurricanes, hail, extreme heat, and extreme cold- when adequate protections are not put into place.

“We beleve that if compensation is made available, the Farm Service Agency [FSA] should only provide it to those who have put protections in place to shelter the animals in their care, “the petition states.

The FSA oversees LIP payments. The program provides benefits to producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, according to the USDA. Payments are calculated by multiplying the national payment rate for each livestock category by the numbers of eligible livestock in each category, the agency explained.

The USDA’s [initial] response was written by Alexis M. Taylor, deputy undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. “The significant financial consequences to farmers and ranchers that can result from livestock losses due to sudden weather events exceeds the financial assistance available from USDA programs such as LIP,” she said in the letter.

“For example, LIP is limited to 75 percent of the market value of the livestock.  Such economic losses are a strong incentive for agricultural producers to provide appropriate shelter or protection for livestock or poultry during adverse weather conditions,”said Taylor.

That response sidesteps the issues raised by HFA, said Bradley Miller, the organization’s national director.

“This is a real slap in the face to taxpayers,” he noted.  “[Taylor] failed to address any of the important issues raised, including the concern that livestock producers are receiving millions of taxpayer dollars when not providing adequate shelter for their animals.

“We now intent to up the pressue on USDA by initiating a grassroots letter-writing campaign, releasing a video expose on the issue, and working with Congress on this critical issue.  HFA stands firm in its belief that farmers and ranchers shuld not be compensated for animal deaths from inclement weather unless producers have done everything possible to protect the animals in their care.”

In its petition, HFA cited the example of a winter storm that hit the southwestern United States in late December 2015. More than thirty thousand 30,000 dairy cows were killed in Texas and New Mexico, according to media reports. The storm produced strong winds and drifts as high as 14 feet.  Many of the animals were buried alive, HFA said in the petition.  HFA argued that, if natural landscape doesn’t provide protection from severe weather, facilities such as run-in sheds, windbreaks, or other barriers must be installed. Compensating for dead livestock without adequate shelter is a disincentive to producers to take steps to protect animals from severe weather, the organization said.

 

 

 

 

Horses on Parade in Connecticut Saturday April 15, 2017

Taken from Waterbury Republican American Newspaper Thursday April 13, 2017 issue

The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines of Connecticut will hold a spring horse parade on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm in Washington, Connecticut.

The parade is an opportunity for folks interested in adopting, leasing, sponsoring or volunteering to meet the horses, ages 5 to 26, from mini to draft, with many available for the advanced beginner to experienced rider.

HORSE is at 43 Wilbur Road. For details, call 860-868-1960 or email: horsectinfo@gmail.com