Animal rights folks will be at the Mass. State House Wednesday advocating for farm animals. They’re hoping legislators pass laws that make the lives of Mass. farm animals less agonizing by: keeping veal calves, birthing hogs and hen-laying chickens in cages/compartments that allow them to (at the very least) turn around, bend their knees, lie down, etc. For instance, a hen-laying chickens is crammed into a compartment the size of a piece of typing paper. The way things are now, farms = torture chambers for farm animals. Please call your state reps/senators and tell them to vote compassionately. Maybe head down to Boston to lend your voice, if you have the time.
Also, on Wednesday folks are fighting to retain Mass. laws that ban cruel, steel-toothed leg traps and body traps, re: wild life. Foxes, coyotes, etc will chew their legs off in an attempt to free themselves from leg traps … they die long, agonizing deaths. Please be aware, please stand up for animals.
– Rosalie Tirella
By Jennifer O’Connor
The state and county fair season is in full swing, and the times they are a-changin’. Segway rides are replacing tired old pony rides, hands-on clean power demonstrations have taken over petting zoos and people are waiting to ride a vegetable oil–powered car instead of an elephant. Cruel animal displays are making way for fresh and innovative exhibits that appeal to a generation that cares about animals and our planet.
Mobile solar panels, hybrid water heating systems and wind-powered generators are drawing tens of thousands of fair visitors who leave entertained, informed and empowered. This year’s Green Long Beach Festival showcased an art project with 23,000 water bottles representing the wild dolphins who are killed for food in Japan each year. The Spring Green Expo in downtown Los Angeles featured student-designed sustainability projects and panels on organic gardening. Similar “green” fairs are sprouting up all over the country.
Yet some fair organizers—refusing to accept that times and sensibilities have evolved—continue to fall back on stale old midway displays such as tiger cub photo booths, pig races and goldfish ping-pong games. And for these ill, exhausted and dispirited animals, the shift to the 21st century can’t come quickly enough. Continue reading Not your grandmother’s state fair
By Ingrid E. Newkirk
Last week, I addressed a “green” conference on economic sustainability in Mumbai, India. The talk, other than the argument about whether we could survive in a room without air conditioning, was mostly about how much shucking and jiving the U.S. had done in Copenhagen, all in an effort not to commit to anything terribly serious regarding changes that nations must make to combat climate change. The Indians felt pretty good about their nation’s commitments, particularly to cut emissions and to fund energy projects such as those using biofuel from plants. Activists returning from Denmark, with precious little to show from the conference except truncheon bruises, were united in the idea that if people want to make change happen, we have to do it ourselves and pass on what we know to others.
It shouldn’t be news anymore that the most important thing that we can do for the planet is not to use less holiday gift wrap — it is to go vegan. That’s because it is impossible to be a meat-eating, milk-drinking environmentalist. Meat and milk are not “green,” which makes it all the more shocking that our government Continue reading Saving the planet one meal at a time
By Ingrid E. Newkirk
I could write 100 essays about the evils of factory farming and not convey the agony and terror that these animals endure as powerfully as can just a few seconds of video obtained by PETA’s undercover investigators. The heartbreaking images of cruelty they obtain help shock people out of their ignorance and complacency.
Through dozens of investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses, PETA has done more than any other organization to expose the hideous abuses inflicted on animals who are bred, confined, and killed for their milk and flesh. By unflinchingly confronting the horrors that are inflicted on these animals behind closed doors, our investigators force corporate giants and the public to face them as well. Continue reading Help stop factory farming today!
By Dan Paden
With so many high-profile stories in the news lately—the passing of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, the Gov. Sanford scandal, post-election protests in Iran—you may not have heard about the historic victories for animals that are taking place in American courtrooms. It’s worth noting that two of PETA’s undercover investigations of factory farms have just resulted in groundbreaking animal abuse convictions—convictions that are both highly significant and long overdue. All too often, the abuse of animals in the meat industry is shrugged off as just the cost of doing business.
In a landmark case, two former Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., workers were convicted of cruelty to animals after they were indicted on charges stemming from PETA’s fall 2008 undercover investigation of the company’s West Virginia turkey farms. PETA’s investigator caught workers at the farms punching birds, mimicking the rape of a hen and more. Following our investigation, a grand jury indicted three workers on cruelty-to-animals charges, most of which were felony offenses—marking the first time in U.S. history that former factory-farm workers faced felony charges for abusing birds. Continue reading Giving farmed-animal abusers their due