On July 6th a landmark legal precedent was set and a victory achieved
for the rights of factory farmed animals. For the very first time, pig
farmers were indicted by a grand jury for felony animal abuse. Three
workers, two of them managers, at the Belcross pig-breeding facility in
North Carolina were charged after a three month undercover investigation
by PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Acts of incredible
cruelty were captured on videotape including beatings with metal rods,
skinning live pigs and sawing off the legs of a conscious animal.
The staff of Animal Rights Online applauds PETA for
their work in bringing these facts to light and being instrumental in
having charges brought against these workers. Pigs are very intelligent
and sensitive animals who are routinely treated in the most horrible
ways at factory farms. Hopefully, this legal case will give pig farmers
something to think about and will decrease the most blatant abuses.
It may also cause many people to become aware of how
much suffering is
involved to put bacon on their breakfast tables.
For the full story of PETA's investigation of the
Belcross pig farm, go to
Pig Cruelty Exposed
We must warn you, the acts of cruelty are so excessive
that the story is hard to read. We also suggest that you think twice
before you download the video available.
We do recommend that you check out the link to the page
"What you can do" Pig Cruelty Exposed: What You Can Do http://www.meatstinks.com/pigcasewycd.html
and write letters or emails to the names they list.
Especially our "environmentalist" Vice President, Al Gore, who recently
announced $50 million in "emergency aid" to an industry that treats
animals cruelly, pollutes our nation's waterways and whose products are
linked to our country's top killers: heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Go on to The Death of
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