What if Christmas ham were advertised truthfully?

What if Christmas ham were advertised truthfully?

Hidden cameras filmed inside a ‘humane’ gas chamber. Hours of uninterrupted footage show crate after crate of pigs who thrash and scream as they gasp for air.

As I write this, three young pigs are being herded into a gas chamber in an Australian slaughterhouse. What happens next is called ‘humane’ by the meat industry. Except it’s not. We showed the reality to people in the street, and they were horrified. See for yourself.

EXPOSE THE TRUTH
These slaughterhouses are supplying the biggest pig meat brands in the country. Their products line the shelves of every major supermarket.

As someone who cares about animals, I know this will not be easy to read. I can assure you I don’t take lightly sharing something so distressing. But I’m sure you will agree that everybody — particularly those who eat pork, bacon or ham, and especially in the lead-up to Christmas — has the right to know the truth, so that they can make considered decisions about what they choose to support.

Ultimately the power to create change for animals rests with informed consumers. And with 1 in 3 Aussies already eating more plant-based meals, there’s a huge wave of compassion building for animals.

For those three young pigs who just now spent their last moments inside this terrifying chamber, please make the next 5 minutes count. Please help expose the truth, take a stand against cruelty, and save animals from fear and suffering.

Lyn White AM
Investigations Director

Animals Australis

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Yulin Dog Meat Festival

The Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, which serves up 15,000 dogs and cats, will start as planned on the Summer Solstice, undeterred by an alleged local, temporary ban on dog meat sales, which Chinese officials and dog meat vendors have disavowed.

The festival was started in 2010 as an economic strategy to boost the dog meat trade. It is a 10-day celebration of cruelty, with dogs and cats bludgeoned, often skinned alive, and roasted (alive) over a fire—while the crowd cheers. Some of the dogs are stolen pets, with their collars still in place.

While slow, progress has been made by humane organizations and activists: the size of the Yulin festival has declined, and there is increasing outrage and pressure both within China and internationally. This year a petition garnered 11M signatures calling for the end of the festival.

The path forward is likely to be protracted. Earlier this year China passed a “Foreign NGOs Law” which scrutinizes and requires official approval of the work of foreign activist organizations in that country. Until organizations like Humane Society International, a forerunner working to end the suffering of animals in Asia’s dog meat trade, receive permission from the Chinese government to continue their work, activities will be led by Chinese partners and activists.

In a country where eating cats and dogs is a long-standing practice in certain areas (as it is in some other Asian countries) a mindset shift to compassion—or at least to less cruel practices—likely will require continual, multi-tiered efforts to legislate change internally, to bring awareness and gently educate, and to provide viable alternatives. A substantive transformation in behavior and norms likely comes from cultural influences (we humans are, after all, communal animals) and a resultant internal shift in us that arises from considering things in a different way than we have before. Ultimately, hope lies in our ability to see animals as sentient beings.

In the meantime, consider signing this petition: Yulin petition

Click here for information on adopting dog meat trade dogs: Dog meat trade dog adoption

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39958179

http://www.hsi.org/issues/dog_meat/facts/stopping-yulin-festival.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/china-yulin-dog-meat-festival-sales-bans-animals/

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/yulin-dog-eating-festival-to-begin.php

 

Can You Join Us in Lobbying PA State Lawmakers, April 24th, About Pending Humane-Related Laws?

One of 2017’s biggest days for animals and animal loving constituents in Pennsylvania is coming up – Humane Lobby Day!  This year’s event is Monday, April 24th from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, East Wing, Room 1, followed by a Humane PA happy hour and lunch!  Participants meet with lawmakers to inform them about pending humane laws and to ask for their vote. Please consider joining us. You’ll have an impact (lawmakers care about their constituents’ opinions) and be treated to a lunch/happy hour afterwards with like-minded people.

To register, please go to: Register for Humane Day PA

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Libre Law photo by Jennifer MacNeill