Pigeon shoot video appalls cattle industry magazine columnist

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

 READING,  Pennsylvania–Video from a September 30,  2012 pigeon shoot at the Wing Pointe hunt club near the Pennsylvania state capital in Harrisburg taken by Showing Animals Respect & Kindness founder Steve Hindi and investigator Stu Chaifetz did not persuade a Berks County judge to issue an injunction against further shoots on October 24,  2012.  But the judge “did relay that he would soon be issuing some sort of rules or guidelines that Wing Pointe would have to obey,”  SHARK said in a media release. Read more

Biggest foie gras farm stopped

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.) 

 

BEIJING,  LONDON–A plan to build the world’s largest waterfowl farm and foie gras factory in Jiangxi province,  China,  appears to have been scuttled by global cooperation among animal advocates.  “China’s Central People’s Broadcasting Station,  quoting a local official,  confirmed an end to the planned project,”  Humane Society International China policy specialist Peter Li told ANIMAL PEOPLE on October 5,  2012.  The Chinese state radio network report affirmed months of rumors that a project suspension announced in April 2012 would be made permanent. Read more

"Pigs Will Fly": Australian anti factory farming campaign

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

 

Photo [redacted] caption: Animals Australia on October 22,  2012 released “Pigs WILL fly,”  an anti-factory farming video produced for both television and cinema showing.  The video features a pig in a factory-type barn, singing “Somewhere,”  from the 1957 Broadway musical “West Side Story,”  with a backup chorus of other pigs,  battery-caged hens, and other poultry,  all daring to dream of freedom: www.animalsaustralia.org/appeal/make-it-possible/countdown.php

Mercy for Animals exposes California slaughterhouse

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

HANFORD, Calif.–The Central Valley Meat Company in Hanford, California, specializing in slaughtering “retired” dairy cows, reopened on August 27, 2012, just seven days after it was closed by the USDA Office of Inspector General, in response to abuses documented in June 2012 by a Mercy for Animals undercover operative. Read more

Former Pennsylvania dog law chief sues vocal critics

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Jessie L. Smith, who headed Pennsylvania dog law enforcement 2005-2011, on August 15, 2012 filed a defamation case in Dauphin County Court against Main Line Animal Rescue founder William Smith, of Chester Springs, North Penn Puppy Mill Watch founder Jenny Stephens, of Lansdale, and blogger Teresita Delgado, of Lancaster. Read more

EDITORIAL: Pit bulls & political recklessness

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

Editorial feature: Pit bulls & political recklessness

A well-funded and aggressively promoted ballot measure meant to repeal the 23-year-old Miami-Dade County pit bull ban went down to an upset landslide defeat on August 14, 2012, attracting just 37% support–the most lopsided failure of a ballot measure endorsed by major national humane organizations in at least a couple of decades. Read more

Bullfights back on Spanish state TV

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

MADRID--Live bullfights returned to the Spanish state TV network, Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española (RTVE) on September 5, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., the traditional time slot since RTVE debuted by airing a bullfight in 1948.

TVE ended a six-year suspension of live bullfight broadcasts just 18 months after the 2011 updated edition of the corporate stylebook advised in a chapter titled “Violence against animals” that it stopped broadcasting live bullfights in 2007 to avoid upsetting children. Read more

Who is helping to fight bullfighters?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2012:

Why are none of the major international animal advocacy
organizations currently campaigning against bullfighting?
This should be priority #1. Bullfighting is nothing more
than a traditional spectacle of sadism. It keeps the floor of animal
welfare at a low level. For example, how can one criticize brutal
treatment of animals in slaughterhouses when bulls are allowed to be
tortured to death in public? There is no place on earth where people
have not seen pictures of bleeding bulls and “brave” matadors and
cheering crowds, and such representations have a desensitizing
effect on children everywhere. Bullfighters have tried to stage
bullfights in such places as China, where there is no tradition of
it, trying to whet the appetite for sadistic spectacles.

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EDITORIAL: Agribusiness, green politics, & the art of compromise

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2012:

Editorial feature: Agribusiness, green politics, & the art of compromise

KFC sells dead chickens from 17,000 sales outlets in 105 nations. Part of the $66.5-billion-a-year PepsiCo. empire, KFC boasts revenue in the U.S. alone of $4.6 billion.

Founded by honorary Colonel Harlan Sanders in 1952 as Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC would not appear to need much help defending itself in any defensible cause. Even a 10-year-old PETA “Kentucky Fried Cruelty” campaign, attacking abuses in the KFC supply chain that were captured on video camera, appears to have accomplished relatively little against KFC corporate intransigence. Nonetheless, the far-right advocacy front Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity on June 11, 2012 appealed to supporters and media to “Help Fight The Attack On The Colonel!” Read more

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