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New Hampshire, Wyoming and Nebraska are the latest states to introduce ALEC backed Ag-Gag laws aimed at preventing employees, journalists or activists from exposing illegal or unethical practices on factory farms. Lawmakers in 10 other states introduced similar bills in 2011-2012.  The laws passed in three of those states: Missouri, Iowa and Utah.  But consumer and animal-welfare activists prevented the laws from passing in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Tennessee.

In all, six states now have Ag-Gag laws, including North Dakota, Montana and Kansas, all of which passed the laws in 1990-1991, before the term “Ag-Gag” was coined.

Wyoming’s HB 0126 is the perfect example of a direct link between an undercover investigation of a factory farm and the introduction of an Ag-Gag law. The bill was introduced after nine factory workers were charged with animal cruelty following an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS activists videotaped workers kicking live piglets, swinging them by their hind legs and beating and kicking mother pigs. State Rep. Sue Wallis and Senator Ogden Driskill introduced the bill which would make it a criminal act to carry out investigations that exposed the cruelty at Wyoming Premium Farms.

The idea behind the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act is to make it illegal to “enter an animal or research facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera, or other or other means with the intent to commit criminal activities or defame the facility or its owner.”

(Source: action4animals, via angryvegan)

ProPublica reporter Dave Philipps investigated why the Bureau of Land Management has sold so many horses to Tom Davis. The program is meant to maintain a sustainable balance among the herds. Like all buyers in the program, Davis signs a contract promising the 700 - 1,400 lb animals will not be slaughtered and insists he finds them good homes. But Davis is a longtime advocate of horse slaughter, and he refuses to disclose where the horses end up. Animal welfare advocates fear the horses he buys are being sent to Mexico for slaughter then shipped to Europe for food.

More; According to the BLM Davis accounted for 70% of their entire sale program. AND each horse ends up costing him $10. If the government shipped him 30 horses he would pay $300 DELIVERED but shipping a horse costs $5,000 taxpayer dollars. So let’s say that the government’s total expense is $35,000. He pays $300. Davis has enjoyed “a long business relationship” with the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar including trying to enlist the help of his brother, our state Department of Agriculture chief, to start his own horse slaughter plant next to his ranch in San Luis Valley, Colorado. 

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jotter-journal:

Nature’s amazing :)

jotter-journal:

Nature’s amazing :)

interesting-fact:
Wind turbines can kill bats without impact, they die because their lungs explode from a drop in air pressure. - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14593-wind-turbines-make-bat-lungs-explode.html?feedId=online-news_rss20
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Wind turbines can kill bats without impact, they die because their lungs explode from a drop in air pressure. - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14593-wind-turbines-make-bat-lungs-explode.html?feedId=online-news_rss20

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"Veganism is not elitist, what is elitist is the thought that your palate pleasure and convenience justify the suffering and death of another sentient being."

Gary L Francione is the Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy at Rutgers School of Law-Newark.[1]

His work has focused on three issues: the property status of animals, the differences between animal rights and animal welfare, and a theory of animal rights based on sentience alone, rather than on any other cognitive characteristics.

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In organized cockfights, razor-sharp knives are often attached to the limbs of the fighting birds. In this gambling fight Jose Luis Ochoa, 35, was declared dead in Tulare County, central California some two hours after being injured.

Imagine that… a dude was killed by birds equipped to kill each other. WILD.

Now Louisiana, the last US state, has banned cockfighting. Truly remarkable. 

ihatemarina:

In case you don’t want to re-blog the post with the actual crush pictures….
ihatemarina:

**EXPLICIT ANIMAL CRUSH PHOTOS REMOVED BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE THEM HERE: http://www.chinahush.com/2010/11/22/uncover-secrets-behind-the-rabbit-killing-girl/ ****
Please continue to SIGN AND SHARE this petition far and wide: http://www.change.org/petitions/u-k-parliament-outlaw-animal-crush-video-by-enacting-legislation-with-severe-penalties 
There are NO upsetting images at the petition source!
Don’t forget to to click the share on Facebook and Twitter links when you have signed.
***UPDATE*** Message from the Stop Crush team (http://www.stopcrush.org/)
“We would greatly appreciate it if certain individuals in the United Kingdom would refrain from telling people that laws are already in place against animal crush video. There is no specific law against animal crush video, let alone one that places the depictions in severe crime category, where they belong. United Kingdom laws governing basic obscenity are not sufficient enough against animal crush video. These videos should be categorized in the same bracket as child pornography. In 2002 the U.K. recorded its first crush video case. A man and 3 women from the Stoke-on-Trent area pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and conspiracy to publish obscene material. Craig Chapman, 27, Christine Besford, 25, Sarah Cooke, 21, and Theraza Smallwood, 22, pleaded guilty to crushing a kitten, a guinea pig and a several mice. They essentially got a slap on the wrist under the basic obscenity law. It was a relatively small fine and under a year in prison. In contrast, under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, these 4 perpetrators would have received up to 7 years each in prison and a very hefty fine.”
Please continue to sign and share this petition far and wide: http://www.change.org/petitions/u-k-parliament-outlaw-animal-crush-video-by-enacting-legislation-with-severe-penalties

ihatemarina:

In case you don’t want to re-blog the post with the actual crush pictures….

ihatemarina:

**EXPLICIT ANIMAL CRUSH PHOTOS REMOVED BUT YOU CAN STILL SEE THEM HERE: http://www.chinahush.com/2010/11/22/uncover-secrets-behind-the-rabbit-killing-girl/ ****

Please continue to SIGN AND SHARE this petition far and wide: http://www.change.org/petitions/u-k-parliament-outlaw-animal-crush-video-by-enacting-legislation-with-severe-penalties 

There are NO upsetting images at the petition source!

Don’t forget to to click the share on Facebook and Twitter links when you have signed.

***UPDATE*** Message from the Stop Crush team (http://www.stopcrush.org/)

We would greatly appreciate it if certain individuals in the United Kingdom would refrain from telling people that laws are already in place against animal crush video. There is no specific law against animal crush video, let alone one that places the depictions in severe crime category, where they belong. United Kingdom laws governing basic obscenity are not sufficient enough against animal crush video. These videos should be categorized in the same bracket as child pornography. In 2002 the U.K. recorded its first crush video case. A man and 3 women from the Stoke-on-Trent area pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and conspiracy to publish obscene material. Craig Chapman, 27, Christine Besford, 25, Sarah Cooke, 21, and Theraza Smallwood, 22, pleaded guilty to crushing a kitten, a guinea pig and a several mice. They essentially got a slap on the wrist under the basic obscenity law. It was a relatively small fine and under a year in prison. In contrast, under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, these 4 perpetrators would have received up to 7 years each in prison and a very hefty fine.

Please continue to sign and share this petition far and wide: http://www.change.org/petitions/u-k-parliament-outlaw-animal-crush-video-by-enacting-legislation-with-severe-penalties

thisisnotokgroup:

400 pregnant cattle en route to Russia from the U.S. have died due to poor malfunctioning ventilation systems and unbearable conditions on the ship that was transporting them. These deaths may have been prevented if a proper backup ventilation system was in place. Urge the USDA to investigate the matter and revise its current regulations.
These voyages lasting around 2 weeks are often very stressful for the cattle who are subjected to poor ventilation systems, motion sickness from the ship, and extreme heat. These conditions cause the animals to end up sick, injured, or in some instances, dead. In the case of the Pearl of Para, accounts have claimed that the poor ventilation lacked a backup system. This, combined with the breakdown of manure, caused an increase in ammonia fumes, which led to the suffocation of 400 of these poor animals.
Further action needs to be taken to encourage the USDA to revise the current regulations that dictate an animal’s “fitness for survival” in cases like these.  Compassion in World Farming, as well as the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), are two groups that are advocating for a change in policy. Show your support by signing this petition, asking the USDA to conduct an immediate investigation into this case in order to prevent a similar outcome from occurring in the future.

thisisnotokgroup:

400 pregnant cattle en route to Russia from the U.S. have died due to poor malfunctioning ventilation systems and unbearable conditions on the ship that was transporting them. These deaths may have been prevented if a proper backup ventilation system was in place. Urge the USDA to investigate the matter and revise its current regulations.

These voyages lasting around 2 weeks are often very stressful for the cattle who are subjected to poor ventilation systems, motion sickness from the ship, and extreme heat. These conditions cause the animals to end up sick, injured, or in some instances, dead. In the case of the Pearl of Para, accounts have claimed that the poor ventilation lacked a backup system. This, combined with the breakdown of manure, caused an increase in ammonia fumes, which led to the suffocation of 400 of these poor animals.

Further action needs to be taken to encourage the USDA to revise the current regulations that dictate an animal’s “fitness for survival” in cases like these.  Compassion in World Farming, as well as the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), are two groups that are advocating for a change in policy. Show your support by signing this petition, asking the USDA to conduct an immediate investigation into this case in order to prevent a similar outcome from occurring in the future.

(Source: animalcruelty-notok, via fuckyeahcompassion)

star-bellied-boy:

“A picture speaks a thousand words”

star-bellied-boy:

A picture speaks a thousand words”

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"Dear non-vegans, 99% of vegans grew up eating and using animals. We know all of your arguments (excuses) for why it’s your “right” to continue participating in their exploitation and murder. We explored all of those arguments and still decided that we could no longer participate in their violence. No argument about God wanting animals to be enslaved, plants having feelings, we’ve done it for thousands of years so it must be right, or that we’re going to die from lack of cholesterol, protein and fat is going to sway us. Aren’t you a little curious as to why we broke away from a culture that feeds itself off the pain and suffering of others? I know that I was. Go vegan."

Gary Smith (via ratgrrrl)

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"We once had a chimp who could sort photographs of apes and human beings into two piles. Apes on one pile, humans on the other. The only trouble was, every time she got to her own picture, she put it on the pile with the human beings."

Dr. Geoffrey H. Bourne, Yerkes Primate Research Center. Bartlett’s Unfamiliar Quotations by Leonard Levinson, 1971. (via ingridrichter)

(via from-meat-to-bean)

Walmart cruelty information…
If you are like me, and don’t need to see something to believe its happening, don’t watch this video. Otherwise, its disturbing, be warned. Good info at the end though.

Walmart cruelty information…

If you are like me, and don’t need to see something to believe its happening, don’t watch this video. Otherwise, its disturbing, be warned. Good info at the end though.

(Source: myvegansoul, via fuckyeahcompassion)

Animal Liberation Front Empties Fox Farm in Virginia

noneofthismatters:

On Saturday night, the ALF emptied a small fur farm approximately two hours from Washington DC. All 13 foxes on the farm were released. According to the communique posted by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, the ALF also damaged equipment at the farm. The farm bordered Shenandoah National Park, where the foxes returned to their natural habitat.

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(Source: animalliberationfrontline.com, via fuckyeahcompassion)

A Minneapolis park employee found a dead cat that had been burned and staked to a tree stump with an American flag with an Obama/Biden 2012 lawn sign planted next to it. No arrests have been made yet, but the Secret Service and FBI are investigating the matter. This is at least the second time someone has used violence against cats to send a political message this year. In January, an Arkansas Democratic campaign manager found his child’s cat murdered and “LIBERAL” scrawled on the dead body.

(Source: sarahlee310, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

jotter-journal:

Fish suffer greatly when caught, farmed and killed for their flesh. While fisheries would like you to believe otherwise, numerous studies have found conclusive evidence that fish do feel pain. From the water to the cutting table, fish are tortured – suffocated, skinned and dismembered, all…

(Source: facebook.com)