I learnt something new today.
--> Our headline-grabbing demonstrations, events, and celebrity endorsements are keeping media and consumer attention focused on the animals we're working to help. And we're confronting the meat industry head-on. We recently mobilised thousands of supporters to help get plans rejected for a massive farm in Rugby that would have sent thousands of pigs to slaughter annually
Imagine for a moment the absolute terror of being torn away from your family as a child, mutilated, and imprisoned in a dark, crowded shed with other children for months – no doubt you wouldn't wish that suffering on anyone. Yet that's exactly what happens to the smart, sensitive pigs who are born on massive industrialised farms.
Pigs can live for 10 to 12 years in nature, but on factory farms, few will ever see their first birthday. When piglets are just weeks old, their tails are chopped off, their teeth are ground down, and males are castrated, all without any painkillers. The animals' lives are spent in a filthy warehouse prison until they're about 5 months old. That's when they are dragged out, thrown onto a lorry, and driven off to the abattoir, where they're stunned with electric tongs, suffocated with carbon dioxide, and hoisted upside down by their back legs so workers can cut their throats. Many remain conscious throughout the horrifying process.
PETA and our international affiliates expose the misery pigs endure from birth until the moment they are violently killed at the abattoir, and in doing so, we help change people's eating habits, bring about reforms that reduce suffering, and get abusers locked up. Investigators have documented workers kicking mother sows, beating them with metal gate rods, and poking them in the eyes. Footage from one hideous facility shows a worker slamming piglets considered "runts" against the ground head first to kill them.
It's essential that PETA and our affiliates release dramatic video such as this to make a difference for animals: this case resulted in the state of Iowa's first-ever felony cruelty convictions of factory-farm workers. Tens of thousands of advocates took action after PETA Germany revealed the suffering of pigs on a farm owned by three German MPs. The poor animals could barely walk, suffered from eye infections and bloody tails, and were covered with faeces and crammed together on cold, damp concrete floors.
PETA is defending the public's right to know about this cruelty and pushing for reforms that improve animals' lives. An eyewitness on a UK farm discovered pigs with open wounds and injuries, used syringes and bottles of antibiotics strewn about, and piles of young, dead piglets simply left to rot. But as we've seen, conditions such as these are common at many of the world's abattoirs and farms, and that's why PETA works with caring local people to challenge plans to build them as soon as they threaten to spring up.
Help us spread compassion for pigs and other animals who are being exploited, abused, and killed by the millions at this very moment. The best way to spare pigs, cows, and other animals immense suffering in the food industry is to go vegan, and every day, we're persuading thousands of people to shun animal "products". Our work is making it far, far easier for compassionate people to choose vegan foods – with resources such as free vegan starter kit, mouth-watering recipes, and more. We're also collaborating with top restaurant chains such as Pizza Express and JD Wetherspoon to help them develop more vegan options.
Our headline-grabbing demonstrations, events, and celebrity endorsements are keeping media and consumer attention focused on the animals we're working to help. And we're confronting the meat industry head-on. We recently mobilised thousands of supporters to help get plans rejected for a massive farm in Rugby that would have sent thousands of pigs to slaughter annually. With your help today, we'll be able to reach more people, distribute more vegan starter kits, release more cruelty exposés that prompt consumers to make compassionate food choices, and launch more hard-hitting campaigns that improve animals' lives.
The above information is PETA's great article and work - this is the link to support them. I do every month because we have to help each other as well as the animals I reckon!