Undercover videos push Tyson into requiring farm animal welfare audits

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

ALTOONA––Goaded by repeated undercover video exposés of
rough handling and alleged neglect of livestock, Tyson Foods beef
supply chain manager Lora Wright on December 9, 2013 warned the Iowa
Cattlemen Association’s annual convention in Altoona that Tyson will
soon require beef and chicken suppliers to pass animal welfare audits.

“A third-party auditor will visit farms to ensure compliance,
assessing how workers handle animals, whether animals have access to
adequate food and water, and whether treatment is humane,”
summarized Donnelle Eller of the Des Moines Register. “The
requirements are driven by customers including McDonald’s and Whole
Foods.” These are among the biggest buyers from the Tyson Foods
group, which grossed $33.3 billion in sales in 2012.

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Videotaped Eid al Adha slaughter cruelty in Gaza shocks Australia

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

GAZA, CANBERRA––Amateur videos posted to social media by
witnesses to Eid al Adha slaughters in Gaza on October 15, 2013 appear
to have provided some of the most damning evidence yet of the failure of
the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System to protect Australian
livestock from abuse after arrival in foreign nations.
Collected by Animals Australia from social media, the Gaza
videos show tethered cattle being chased off a truck to fall heavily
upside down in the street, cattle being stabbed in the eyes, a bull
being “knee-capped” with an assault rifle, and being killed so
ineptly that one bull with a distinctive Australian ear-tag reportedly
suffered 102 separate cuts to his throat before bleeding to death,
remaining conscious all the while.

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Protests close beagle lab

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil–– The Instituto Royal in Sao Roque,
Sao Paulo state on November 6, 2013 announced that it would go out of
business.
Protesters on October 18, 2012 stormed the lab, seizing 178
beagles who had been used in pharmaceutical testing. About 500
activists allegedly including members of the Black Block anarchist group
fought police outside the lab the following day, torching a police car
and two cars belonging to a local TV station.
The Instituto Royal operating permit had been suspended by the
Sao Roque city government pending completion of an investigation of
alleged animal abuse.

Awards & honors

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  November/December 2013:

Luke Gamble,  founder of Worldwide Veterinary Service in 2003,  on December 11,  2013 received the Jeanne Marchig Animal Welfare Award in recognition of Mission Rabies,  a planned three-year drive to eradicate rabies of India.  Debuting in September 2013 with clinics in 10 cities that have had recent rabies outbreaks,  Mission Rabies vaccinated 61,000 dogs in 28 days.  Named for Marchig Trust founder Jeanne Marchig,  who died in May 2013,  the Marchig Award includes a grant of $20,000 in support of Mission Rabies.  Funding has also come from Dogs Trust,  with logistic support from the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations,  the Animal Birth Control progams of the Animal Welfare Board of India,  and Blue Cross of India. Read more

Longmont Humane Society convicted of possession of a dangerous dog

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

 

LONGMONT, Colorado––Longmont Humane Society executive
director Liz Smokowski on December 12, 2013 pleaded guilty on behalf of
the society to misdemeanor possession of a dangerous dog––a pit bull
with prior aggressive history––and paid $900.52 in restitution for
injuries the dog caused in a June 2013 attack after escaping from a
foster home.
The pit bull “attacked a leashed Weimaraner,” reported
Pierrette J. Shields of the Longmont Times-Call. “The man walking the
Weimaraner intervened, and the pit bull reportedly turned and bit him on
the hand. Animal control officers ticketed the humane society after
researching the dog’s history and finding that he had a documented
record of aggression with other dogs and people in Mesa County.”
The pit bull was surrendered to the Longmont Humane Society by
judicial order.

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Merchandising isn’t big money-maker

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2013:

How much are merchandising programs worth to major animal
charities?
Surprisingly little, ANIMAL PEOPLE learned from checking recent
IRS Form 990 filings and annual reports of seven of the U.S. and British
animal charities with the most visible merchandising programs during the
2013 holiday season. Of the six whose investment in merchandising
could be ascertained, only the Royal SPCA merchandising campaign netted
more than it cost to operate. The rates of return on investment for the
American SPCA and the Best Friends Animal Society would probably not
have covered the cost of hiring staff to fill orders, had they been
for-profit businesses, unable to use volunteers.

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Killing of cow protection activist ignites riots

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2013: (Actually published on October 8,  2013)

Vikrant Singh Yadav,  25,  a bank clerk in Khwaspur village,  Haryana state,  India,  was killed on August 25,  2013 while chasing a truck believed to be driven by cattle rustlers who were taking cows to be illegally slaughtered.

Police and the local cow protection society Gae Bachao Samiti had reportedly been tipped that the rustlers were hauling cattle.  Yadav trailed the alleged rustlers’ truck on a motorcycle,  with other Gae Bachao Samiti members following in a car.  After police waved the truck through a checkpoint but briefly detained Yadev,  he resumed the pursuit at high speed.  He apparently caught the truck,  but was then either run over or hacked to death with an unidentified weapon,  according to conflicting accounts.  The truck drivers escaped.   Read more

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