Ban backyard butchers and military, drug testing on animals
1. Ban Backyard Slaughter | Click HERE to submit automatic letter
Source: In Defense of Animals (IDA)
The dark world of “backyard butchers,” who slaughter and butcher animals on makeshift farms, is spreading across the U.S. every day. When backyard slaughter is tolerated, animals suffer immense cruelty, starvation, botched “live” slaughters, and are kept in disgusting and diseased yards. Humane slaughter laws, which require animals to be rendered senseless before slaughter, are not followed; instead animals are sloppily shot with handguns, and experience excruciating agony from mishandled, amateur, often live butchering.
No governmental inspection protects these animals or the sanitation of the yards. Overwhelmed by the upkeep of running slapdash farms, these butchers starve, mistreat, abuse, neglect, and harm animals to horrific and gruesome degrees. The yards pose immense risk to public health, safety, and well-being. Blood and animal byproducts are often illegally disposed of onsite, jeopardizing local groundwater. Without any kind of regulation, the meat is sold to the general public on the black market.
Recently, ALDF filed a lawsuit in Florida on behalf of Hillsborough County residents — who are alarmed by criminal violations of public health codes and animal slaughter and disposal laws, illegal sale of horse, cow, and pig meat, and horrifying cruelty to animals found in these yards. ALDF’s landmark case marks the first time Florida residents have sued to stop the unspeakable acts of cruelty committed by backyard butchers and the threat to public health and safety they pose.
Help ALDF and the animals by stopping the development of backyard slaughter in your neighborhood too. Visit our website to watch the video of our undercover investigation, and to notify your lawmakers about this disturbing practice.
2. Ask the Department of Defense to Investigate Animal Killings | Click HERE to submit petition
Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)& Change.org
Next week, PCRM and supporters will file a complaint with the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) asking it to investigate contract and animal care violations by an Army unit at Ford Meade in Maryland. Please sign this petition to the OIG asking that these violations be investigated.
In September 2011, the Army unit paid the company SIMMEC Training Solutions $132,160 to shoot more than 100 live animals so military personnel could practice emergency medical procedures. The animals were also likely burned and had multiple limbs amputated. Then they were killed. SIMMEC failed to provide a veterinarian for one of the training sessions—a violation of its contract and the DOD’s animal use policy. But the Army unit never reported the violation, which is itself a violation.
Retired Air Force Special Operations medic MSgt. Ben Rogers has started a petition on Change.org asking the OIG to investigate both the Army unit and SIMMEC for the violations. By holding both accountable, we can take one step closer to replacing the outdated and inhumane use of live animals in military combat trauma training.
Thank you for your help.
3. Dogs shouldn’t die so humans can get high | Click HERE to sign petition
Source: Unleashed Australia
The New Zealand Health Department is currently considering a plan that would see legal ‘party pills’ and synthetic cannabis tested on animals. Animal experimentation in that country is only “allowed if there is a proven benefit and if that benefit outweighs the cost to the animals.” Testing party drugs does not even come close to meeting that standard.
Before getting approval to sell their drugs, manufacturers will have to ensure that their use wouldn’t be harmful to humans. The NZ government has immediately turned to the out-dated and unnecessary option of animal testing to prove this. This is despite initial plans to test the drugs on willing people.
It is expected that the drugs would be tested on rodents and dogs, though testing on these animals is next to useless in predicting the psychoactive effect they would have on humans. As the national president of the NZ SPCA said of the plan, “There’s absolutely no justification for it, no matter which way you look at it.”
Let the NZ Health Department know that they must be high already if they think that testing party drugs on dogs and other animals is a good idea.
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