Please read this and think about whether or not you want your money to go to people like this. I don’t know about you but I sure don’t feel like buying these guys a beer after work….
From Mercy For Animals:
The Humane Society of the United States has released gruesome undercover footage shot inside a gestation-crate facility that supplies to Tyson – one of the world’s largest meat processors.
The shocking investigation reveals:
Mother pigs confined in tiny metal gestation crates, uable to turn around for nearly their entire lives;
Workers punching and kicking mother pigs and piglets, and whipping piglets around by their hind legs, smashing them into concrete floors, and throwing them high into the air;
Employees throwing piglets’ testicles at each other and feeding them back to the mother pigs for “fun”;
Pregnant pigs suffering from severe rectal and uterine prolapses without proper veterinary treatment;
Dead and decaying piglets – including some who were mummified – littering the facility, including in piles next to mother pigs in crates; and
Dead pigs left to rot in their gestation crates for days. One dead pig was half-buried in grain from an automatic feeder.
Rep Jim Sacia of Illinois filed a motion to table an Evil Ag Gag bill (like the one Iowa just passed)
Send Jim some love!
50 Douglas St, Suite 1001
Freeport, IL 61032
“Several animal protection organizations praised the Illinois Judiciary Law Committee for tabling H.B. 5143, a bill aimed at criminalizing whistleblowers who expose animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, environmental destruction and other illegal and unethical activities on farms.
The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA®, Mercy For Animals and Farm Sanctuary strongly supported a motion filed on Tuesday by Rep. Jim Sacia, R-Ill., to table the bill after concerns were raised over threats to First Amendment rights, food safety, animal welfare and workers’ rights. Tabling the bill essentially removes it from consideration. “
So we have this evil law in Iowa that helps large corporations abuse farm animals and it needs to be rescinded, but what to do? It’s great to say “Boycott Iowa!” but what does that mean? Cancel your long awaited Iowa vacation? I don’t think many of us were planning on vacationing in Iowa. So what can we do? Well, we can stop buying products that are produced in Iowa, and we can let the companies that produce these products know that we aren’t going to be contributing to the torture of farm animals and the Iowa government’s attempts to hide it.
So what are these products? Surprisingly there are many well known brands that are easy to avoid buying:
Big G cereals
Chex Snack Mix
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Crunch ‘n Munch
David Sunflower Seeds
General Mills – Cereal- Cheerios, chex, toal, cocoa puffs ets.
Gulden’s – Mustard
Heinz Tomato Ketchup
Herb-ox Bouillon Packets
House of Tsang
Jiffy Pop Popcorn
Knack & Back
Knott’s Berry Farm
Kretschmer Wheat Germ
Mother’s Oat Bran
Old El Paso
Pam Cooking Spray
Peloponnese Kalamata Olives
PEMMICAN BEEF JERKY
Peter Pan Peanut Butter
Polaner All Fruit
Quaker – Quaker Oats
Raisin Nut Bran
Rice A Roni Pasta Roni
Suddenly Pasta Salad
Total Whole Grain
Totino’s / Jeno’s
Wesson Corn Oil
Monsanto is also based in Iowa and here are some products that use Monsanto seeds:
(Monsanto is evil enough on it’s own without the Iowa connection, watch this if you don’t know:
Delicious brand cookies
Power Bar Brand
Procter and Gamble
Prego Pasta Sauce
I am going to miss the Bisquick!!! So here is more info from Wikipedia on Iowa based companies and industries.
And don’t forget to sign the petitions:
So there you go! Easy enough right?
Think about it like this, if someone offered to give you one of these products – or all of them – for free, if you let them beat a pig to death with a cane, would you take any of them? If not, why are you buying them?
In the world today YOU ARE WHAT YOU BUY
to torture animals before we eat them?
I have recently become all too aware of what happens to the animals on factory farms. 97% of animal cruelty occurs in the production of meat – think about that. We have all heard stories of animal abuse in the news, dog fighting, cruelty to cats – well that is only 3% – the rest of it happens on these factory farms. Chickens, pigs and cows are really suffering and we need to help them.
I know it seems like an overwhelming problem and a lot of people think that the only thing they can do is to become a vegetarian, but there are other things you can do that will really help!
Factory farms are businesses – if we stop buying from them they will change or go out of business! Look for Certified Humane Raised & Handled® labels
This guarantees that:
- Animals are allowed to engage in their natural behaviors.
- Animals are raised with sufficient space, shelter and gentle handling to limit stress.
- Animals have access to ample fresh water and a healthy diet without added antibiotics or hormones.
- Animals are sufficiently protected from the weather.
- Managers and caretakers are thoroughly trained, skilled and competent in animal husbandry and welfare, and have good working knowledge of their system and the livestock in their care.
The ASPCA is one of my favorite organizations and they have some things listed on their website, which I am reposting here:
That really isn’t too much to ask is it? Here are some links to companies that treat their animals humanely:
Here is another great article on how to find humanely raised food – it’s easy!!
And don’t forget to sign the petition asking the president to end factory farming!
Think about it please – it’s just not right, and we can stop it.