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Originally Posted: 24 Jan 2009
Stop the Long Distance Transport of Pigs for Slaughter
Sign this petition from WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals).
Pigs raised in the U.S. and Canada are shipped under horrific conditions to be slaughtered in the Hawaiian Islands.
(The information below can be found by clicking on the petition link above.)
Hawaii Food Products and Wong’s Meat Market are the importers of all pigs to Oahu. Misleading labels like “Island Pork,” “Island Produced” and “Made in Hawaii” are often placed on meat and meat products made from the pigs, even though the animals were born and raised in the mainland U.S.
Nearly all consumers and many sellers of pork on Oahu are unaware that most pork sold on the island comes from animals shipped thousands of miles under inhumane conditions. They don’t realize that their purchasing decisions are contributing to animal suffering.
Please contact Hawaii Foods Products, importer of the pigs and wholesaler of pork products on Oahu, and politely request that they stop importing pigs and misleading consumers about the origins of their meat products.
- The imported pigs must endure a 5 to 6 day journey confined to crowded, unsanitary shipping containers, without once being allowed to rest on the ground.
- During transport by ship, the pigs suffer from fatigue and motion sickness, and overcrowding can result in fighting and even animals being crushed to death.
- No U.S. laws currently address the treatment and care of live animals shipped from mainland U.S. to Hawaii by sea.
- Imported pigs are kept in crowded, stressful conditions at the Oahu slaughterhouse for up to 2 weeks before being slaughtered.
- Transporting and holding animals for extended periods increases the probability that they will be exposed to disease that could contaminate the meat.
- Chilled and frozen pork from the mainland is readily available, comparable in cost and quality, and it is far more humane.
- The public has a right to know the origins of the products it’s buying and should not be misled by labels that claim meat from imported animals is “Island Produced.”
- In a recent public opinion poll, 75% of Hawaii residents said they are opposed to the practice of using the “Island Produced” label on pork from pigs shipped in the mainland.
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