Animal Writes
5 December 2001 Issue
Pigs Can't Fly, But You Can

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This January, come join me and other PETA staff and members from around the country who will all gather in Miami Beach to help farm animals! In Florida, a groundbreaking effort is now underway to outlaw the extreme confinement of pigs on intensive "factory farms." We need to gather 650,000 signatures to place this measure on the November 2002 ballot to ban "gestation crates" - barren metal enclosures where pregnant breeding sows are kept for the vast majority of their lives. These crates are just 2 feet wide, and the animals cannot take even two steps, lie down comfortably, or turn around-ever!

If passed, the Ban Cruel Farms Initiative will be the first initiative to prohibit a particular cruel factory farming practice. It would help us lobby in Congress for further reductions in cruelty to farm animals and could lead to similar humane campaigns in other states. Television ads explaining how cruel these crates are will run in the weeks leading up to the election. Millions of people will have to consider how their dietary choices contribute to animal cruelty.

Won't you help make history by taking part in this extraordinary and monumental effort for farm animals?

Take a break from the cold and come to sunny Miami this January 18-25. Come for the weekend or the entire week. Volunteers will stay at one hotel, convene for a party on Saturday night, and gather signatures during the days to help Florida's pigs. For more information or to sign up, contact Amy at Floridians for Humane Farms at 954-946-1691, or e-mail [email protected]. THE PIGS CAN'T FLY, BUT YOU CAN!

For the animals,
Bruce Friedrich
Vegan Campaign Coordinator

In Florida, animal advocates are tackling the cruelty of "gestation crates," tiny (2' x 7') stalls in which pregnant pigs are kept, row after row, on factory farms. Because these crates are so restrictive, the pigs are virtually locked in place, unable to turn around or even comfortably lie down for months at a time. Hoping to banish this cruel practice, Floridians for Humane Farms (FHF) is collecting citizens' signatures to place a measure on the November 2002 ballot making gestation crates illegal in Florida.

As part of the signature-gathering effort, FHF will be hosting a "Fly-In for the Pigs" event over Martin Luther King Weekend -- January 19-21. Activists from all over the country will be meeting at a Miami Beach hotel for a weekend of signature-gathering and socializing. If you would like to be a part of FHF's "Fly In for the Pigs" to help ban cruel farming practices, please contact FHF at: (954) 946-1691 or [email protected]

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