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International Respect for Chickens Day May 4th 2018

Taken from United Poultry Concerns, INC, P.O. Box 150, Machipongo, VA 23405-0150, www.upc-online.org

Please do a Helpful Action for Chickens in May!

 

 

 

International Respect For Chickens Day, May 4, is an annual project launched by United Poultry Concerns in 2005 to celebrate chickens though out the world and protest the bleakness of their lives in farming operations. The entire month of May is International Respect for Chickens Month!

Please do a Helpful Action for chickens on or around May 4th. Ideas include leafleting on a busy street corner, holding an office party or classroom celebration, writing a letter to the editor, doing a radio call-in, tabling at your local church, school or shopping mall, hosting a vegan open house, or simply talking to family, friends or strangers about the plight-and delight- of chickens and how people can help them.

Order posters & brochures at www.upc-online.org/merchandise/ or send check or money order to: United Poultry Concerns, P.O. Box 150, Machipongo, VA 23405, 757-678-7875, info@upc-online.org

Thank you for making every day Respect for Chickens Day!

 

The following by Jean Furs:

These poor suffering animals raised in factory farms suffer every single day with abuse and neglect until slaughter and even then not a swift slaughter.

 

 

 

Stop Dangerous Animal Legislation Farm Bill H.R. 4829 – Call Your Representatives ASAP

Stop disastrous legislation that would gut animal protection laws

Update 4/18/18: The House Agriculture Committee passed its 2018 Farm Bill out of committee. Rep. King’s dangerous legislation (H.R. 4879) was included as an amendment. The Farm Bill will go to the House floor for a vote soon, so it’s critical you urge your U.S. Representative to reject King’s Amendment!

Back in 2012-14, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King pushed a harmful measure that could have gutted anti-cruelty laws across the country and stripped the authority of states to protect animals from abuse and consumers from unsafe food. The efforts of thousands of animal advocates and others ultimately defeated the measure. Now, Rep. King is back with his disastrous legislation.

Rep. King’s amendment could undercut the will of the people and force states and localities to allow the sale of dangerous and inhumanely-produced products. It is the single largest threat to animals in the United States.

The King amendment poses a very real threat to animals all over the nation:

  • California could be forced to allow the sale of foie gras, a notoriously cruel “delicacy” produced by jamming a pipe down the throats of ducks and force-feeding them until their livers become enlarged and diseased, despite a state law banning its sale.
  • Georgia and other states could be compelled to allow the sale of dog meat.
  • Illinois and other states could have their bans on the sale of horse meat overturned.
  • Rules in Louisiana and other states preventing the sale of abused and sick dogs from puppy mills could be wiped out.
  • Massachusetts could be forced to allow the sale of eggs from hens locked in cramped battery cages, despite an overwhelming public vote to prohibit the sale of these products. Battery cages are so small that the birds kept inside can barely move and eggs from battery cage facilities have higher rates of salmonella.

Congress shouldn’t undermine the ability of states to protect their constituents and animals. Please raise your voice and speak out today against the King amendment (HR 4879).

TAKE ACTION
Please take a moment to contact your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators today. Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say, “As your constituent, I urge you to vocally oppose Rep. Steve King’s HR 4879, which was included as an amendment to the House Agriculture Committee’s 2018 Farm Bill, and any similar attacks on state and local measures protecting animals and consumers that may arise in the House or Senate.”

After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a follow-up message. We encourage you to add your own thoughts or comments in the editable portion so your representative knows how important this issue is to you.

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As your constituent, I respectfully urge you to vocally oppose Rep. Steve King’s “Protect Interstate Commerce Act” (HR 4879), which was included as an amendment to the House Agriculture Committee’s 2018 Farm Bill, as well as any similar attacks on duly-enacted state and local measures protecting animals and consumers that may arise in the House or Senate.

This dangerous and very controversial legislation could undermine hundreds of state and local laws covering everything from food safety to child labor to animal welfare. It presents a major threat to people and animals nationwide.

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Connecticut Residents & Others Please Reject (H.R.4879) 2018 Farm Bill Amendment

Humane Society Legislative Fund
Yesterday the House Agriculture Committee passed the 2018 Farm Bill. Despite our best efforts that included thousands of you contacting your legislators the committee included Rep. Steve King of Iowa’s dangerous legislation (H.R. 4879) that he offered as an amendment in the bill.

The Farm Bill will go to the House floor for a vote soon so we need you to contact your representative today and tell them to reject King’s disastrous amendment!

Take Action!

Rep. King’s amendment could undercut the will of the people and force states and localities to allow the sale of dangerous and inhumanely-produced products. It is the single largest threat to animals in the United States and we must stop it.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to Rep. John Larson at (202) 225-2265 . You can simply say, “As your constituent, I urge you to vocally oppose Rep. Steve King’s HR 4879, which was included as an amendment to the House Agriculture Committee’s 2018 Farm Bill, and any similar attacks on state and local measures protecting animals and consumers.”

Once you’re done, please send a follow-up message.

We’ve stopped King before; we can do it again.

Thank you,

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Help World Animal Protection Help Factory Farmed Pigs From Abuse

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Hi friend,

We’re so grateful to count you as a member in the fight for farm animals. Now, we’re asking you to help factory-farmed pigs.

As you read this, millions of pigs are imprisoned in despicably cruel conditions. Mother pigs are confined in small steel cages the size of a household fridge. They can’t turn around. They’re trapped for most of their lives.

These unspeakable factory-farm conditions cause pigs skin lesions, digestive problems and other diseases. 

But it’s not just physical pain they endure. Pigs are as intelligent as a three-year-old toddler. On factory farms, they’re desperately bored and frustrated, so they bite their cages – and even each other. 

Supermarkets have the power to change pigs’ lives. They have a responsibility to source pork form producers that raise pigs right. 
Will you take the pledge for pigs, and demand supermarkets help end the suffering? 

 

 

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Sincerely,

Alesia Soltanpanah
US Executive Director
World Animal Protection

 

Mother’s Day Wishes At Farm Sanctuary – Help An Animal

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Thanks Mom!
Are you looking for the perfect way to say “Thanks, Mom” this Mother’s Day?

For a one-time donation of $30 each, you can symbolically adopt one (or all!) of these beloved Farm Sanctuary moms, and their babies who were born free:

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When Julie’s “owner” left his sheep out in the bitter cold without proper food or shelter, the situation was dire — until rescue arrived. Julie received the lifesaving care she needed at Farm Sanctuary, giving birth to Erin a few months later. This playful, curious boy is growing up fast, but still has plenty of time for his doting mom.
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Adopt Nancy and Charlie - AAFA

Nancy was saved from a cruelty case. In a dark, filthy barn, cattle were wasting away, and nine calves perished. This could have been her baby’s fate — but instead, Charlie was born at Farm Sanctuary, where he’s growing into a healthy, confident young steer!

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Olive was one of nearly 200 animals rescued from a horrific backyard butcher case in New York’s Hudson Valley. The animals were terrified and clinging to life, but Olive — who was pregnant at the time — stayed strong for her family. Two months later, she gave birth toMaggie in safety, and the pair remains inseparable to this day.
With your one-time Mother’s Day sponsorship, you support compassionate change that lasts a lifetime. In gratitude for your support, you’ll receive a special shareable Mother’s Day digital certificate featuring your chosen animal family — a perfect way to say thank you to a loved one, compassionate mom or mother figure in your life.

Looking for a unique way to treat every day like Mother’s Day? Farm Sanctuary also offers yearlong sponsorships through our Adopt a Farm Animal Program, and gift sponsorships are available! With your symbolic adoption, you’ll receive a printed certificate featuring your special animal, a color photo, an Adopt a Farm Animal decal, and the opportunity to meet your new friend in person. As a proud farm animal “parent,” you’ll help more animal families stay together forever and support all of Farm Sanctuary’s work rescuing farm animals in need and educating and advocating on their behalf.

Thank you for being an important part of our family!

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Veg Week April 16 – 22, 2018 Help Animals Live

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Compassion Over Killing proudly presents our 10th annual VegWeek campaign! With 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one meat-free?

VegWeek 2018 kicks off on April 16, and you don’t need to wait to join the fun. Take the VegPledge now to unlock your deals, a chance for prizes & more!

VegWeek 2018 runs from April 16-22, coinciding with Earth Day (April 22), to spotlight the powerful, positive environmental impact each one of us can have simply by choosing plant-based foods.

Whether you pledge for the planet, your health, or animals (or all of the above), you’ll unlock free recipes & deals from our Sponsors and Partners, AND be in star-studded company:

Pledge now to “walk the VegWeek green carpet” with Alexandra PaulGreyDaisy Fuentes,Torre WashingtonJillian Rose Reed, and more celebrity Endorsers to be announced soon!

Already vegetarian? Challenge yourself to go vegan. Already vegan? Challenge yourself to recruit friends and family to take the 7-Day VegPledge, and share the fun!

Thank you so much for exploring compassionate eating!


Sincerely,

Erica Meier

Executive Director

Compassion Over Killing

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Compassion Over Killing – Join Meat Out Day On March 20, 2018

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Meatout = March 20 and we’re already celebrating!
There are so many ways to join the fun today.
Join Compassion Over Killing (COK) in celebrating Meatout by empowering people around the world to stand up for animals every time they sit down to eat! 

The inspiring Meatout campaign, first launched by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) 33 years ago and now part of COK, helps mobilize others to “turn over a new leaf” by exploring the many benefits and flavors of choosing vegan food — and be a force for compassionate change wherever they live!


Call to action: Here’s how to bring Meatout to your community!

... and so much more! To get started, visit Meatout.org today.

Celebrate Meatout: Join the fun!
Thank you! Together we’re making a world of difference for animals.
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Erica Meier
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National Justice For Animals Week Feb. 25 – March 3rd, 2018

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National Justice for Animals Week

National Justice for Animals Week

Next week (Feb. 25 – March 3) is National Justice for Animals Week. Join us in raising public awareness of animal abuse and celebrating the prosecutors, law enforcement officials, lawmakers, and others who champion the cause of animal crime victims.

 
Protecting Our Wild Horses

Protecting Our Wild Horses

Wild horses across the country are under attack – but we’re fighting back in the courtroom to defend wild horses from cruel roundups and slaughter.

Animal Welfare Blackout

Animal Welfare Blackout

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal welfare blackout continues. Get the latest update.

Become a Partner in Protection

Become a Partner in Protection

Ensure that Animal Legal Defense Fund attorneys are able to bring animal abusers to justice across the country by becoming a Partner in Protection. Simply sign up to make a monthly tax-deductible donation of any amount.

For the animals,

Stephen Wells, Executive Director
Stephen Wells
Executive Director
Animal Legal Defense Fund

Help Animal Legal Defense Fund Save The Wild Horses From Slaughter

Give Now to Protect Wild Horses

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

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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?