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Tuesday, 21-Jun-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
What PETA is trying to prevent through euthanasia

"Shelter" in Ahoskie before PETA came to help
Windsor, NC "shelter" before PETA stepped in
Injured dog PETA helped to end the suffering of
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Most of you coming here have already read the blog post, but you haven't seen the pictures. Well, here are some of the picture - just some! - of the kind of suffering they are trying to prevent. Sure some animals could be saved, if only there were enough caring people and money to go around, but sadly, there aren't. So, this is the result. At least these animals won't have to suffer anymore.

All of the pictures featured here are from PETA.

Here is their official statement:

Thank you for contacting PETA about the euthanization of dogs and cats in North Carolina.

It is against PETA’s policy to put the bodies of animals in dumpsters, and we are appalled that a member of our staff apparently did that. There is no excuse for that and, despite the fact that she is a caring soul, we have suspended her from work.

PETA has always supported and spoken openly about euthanasia. It is easy to throw stones at those doing the dirty work for society, but euthanasia is a necessary evil until the massive animal overpopulation problem can be solved. We invite anyone who can offer a home to any animal, pay for one or a hundred spay/neuter surgeries, or persuade others not to go to a pet shop or breeder, to please join us in doing these things. In the last year, we have spayed/neutered more than 7,600 dogs and cats, including feral animals, many free of charge and all others at well below our own costs. Support for this program is much needed.

To clarify, we do not run an adoption facility, although we do place animals, approximately 360 in the last year, despite having run out of friends and family members to approach. We are a “shelter of last resort,” taking in and giving a painless death in loving arms to animals who would otherwise have been shot with a .22 or gassed in a windowless metal box, which is what happened in North Carolina before PETA offered free euthanasia services to agencies there. North Carolina has the second highest rate per capita of euthanasia in the country—35 animals killed annually for every 1,000 residents—and most do not die a humane death. Sadly, the shelters we work with have no adoption programs or hours set aside for adoption. At the Bertie County dog shelter, residents were throwing unwanted dogs over an 8-foot-high fence, where they became infected or injured by other sick or aggressive dogs from whom they could not escape. Bertie County also had no facility for cats and used to let them go to breed in the woods and fend for themselves until PETA built a shelter for them this year. PETA has begged for years, through formal proposals and numerous meetings, to have the county allow PETA to implement an adoption program as part of a larger picture of sheltering that would also include a spay/neuter program, a humane education program, 24/7 emergency services, and rabies clinics. For more information on our efforts, please visit

We try never to take in adoptable animals unless we know we have a home for them—only those who are mange-covered, have parvovirus, are injured, old, unsocialized from life on a chain, or unwanted and for whom there are no good homes available. We also work at the roots, spending more than $240,000 in one North Carolina county alone, to provide shelter in winter for animals left out in the cold, to spay/neuter, to get vet care for animals in dire straits, to send Bertie County’s one animal control officer to professional training, to pay a cleaner to maintain two shelters, and much more.

We have always outspokenly advocated fixing the problems of overpopulation through practical methods. Sadly, those stories don’t get coverage in the media.

We urge you to look closer and do your part to help us help these animals. For information and resources on how to do that, visit


The PETA Staff

Saturday, 18-Jun-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
In Memory of Beau

Annie and Beau
Not much to say here, as it has all been said on the blog post today. Just that we are sad and missing Beau very much, as is Annie. Oh, and by the way, these pictures do not reflect the changes we have made to enhance their living space, such as the bigger waterer, logs to sit and perch on, a bigger and better house, etc. This was the first day and was thrown together in an emergency and the pics taken just to get them up quickly.

And, something I forgot to mention on the blog post was that the reason we didn't take Beau to the vet is that he indicated very strongly that he did not want to be messed with, just basically left alone, other than accepting the wter offered. The three of us discussed it and decided that the trauma alone would have been enough to kill him, so we simply did what we could, hoping for the best, but mostly just making sure he was comfortable and his passing as easy as possible. At least he knew he was loved, even until the very end, not only by us, but also by Annie.

Wednesday, 8-Jun-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The roosters are in their new yard - FINALLY!!!!!!!

Moving the first rooster
He put up a bit of a fight, but I caught him without hurting him
Moving the second rooster
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This post here will be short, as I intend to go into more detail in the blog post about all of this. but I wanted to let you know that, although we now got the yard finished to the point that we could finally move them in there, it is not finished. The windows in the house, directly across from each other to allow for good cross-circulation to combat the heat, will have not only actual windows on hinges in them, but also overhangs over them to prevent rain blowing in when they are open.

The door in the yard where they enter the house I left large on purpose for now. It will also be made smaller before the cooler weather sets in and have an overhang over it if needed, though there
is already an overhang over it from the overhang on the roof. We will just have to see what is needed.

We also intend to add more amenities to the yard and house for them that we haven't gotten to yet, as we were just trying our best to get them into a comfortable yard and house ASAP. As you can see from that one picture showing me catching one of them, where they were was anything but ideal (in fact it actually made us feel pretty guilty about it, to tell you the truth), but it was all we had for them in an emergency situation, and certainly better than leaving them on the side of the road.

You can notice that we left a small ironwood tree growing right in the middle of their yard. That will stay. We also gave them some half-rotten logs to perch/roost/sit on, besides the ones that ring
the yard to keep out predators, that they have been tearing apart to get at the bugs inside them. Before long we will probably have nothing but piles of wood chips in there! Ha ha ha! We will add
some low perches that they can get their big ol' selves on and that are the right circumference(s) to accommodate their feet and exercise their foot muscles. We also intend to build and attach a feeding trough to the house that will be covered by an overhang and will be able to be filled by a chute from outside the yard (a piece of leftover gutter) for the times when we are away because Laura's mother is so terrified of them that she will NOT go into that yard. Same with the water. We will figure out a way for her to be able to refill their water without having to open that door and actually (Eeeek! !) go into the yard. They have settled down a bit now that they have more room and we don't have to squat down to their level to feed and water them, but they still do attack us at times. They did so the day we put them in there, but did not the 2nd and 3rd days when most of the good pics were taken.

Every bit of the building materials, except for the wire and nails, was scavenged, and we reused old lumber (pretty obvious, though, huh?). Even the tin wasn't new and had to be gooed very well to
prevent any leaks. But we managed to get it done. FINALLY!

Our next project (at least as far as the chickens go) now that everyone has temporary facilities that they are comfortable in is to build the huge facility down at the garden. The design we have in
mind will be such a MAJOR improvement over what we have right now for everyone and will allow for a much more natural free-roaming lifestyle. But that is going to take a lot of time and money we
don't have right now. I will explain all of that better later.

Anyway, I know that many of you have been wanting to know about the roosters, as I have been receiving emails from quite a few of you, asking for updates, so now you all know that they are happy and enjoying their new environment. I can hear them crowing right now as I type this.

Oh and before I sign off, Annie and Beau are doing beautifully. We built them a new, bigger house yesterday, filled it with fresh straw, and moved them down by Laura's mother's flower garden, where the worst of the ticks are. There is a lot of fresh greenery there, too. They will be moved just a few feet every day to keep progressing along, covering new ground, and eating up the ticks.
They are quite happy, too. Annie has even started laying eggs now.

Oh, and before I forget, we want the members of the groups to help us come up with names for these roosters. We purposely have not done so (using Laura's mother's word for them when referring to them - "the monsters" !), always intending to let the members of the groups decide on names as a fun and interactive exercise. If you are a member of the Care2 group, you can add your suggestion there, and if not, just email it to me. Then we will have a vote in both groups as to what to name them. When you consider what to name them, though, consider the fact
that they really have spirit! Sometimes even fighting spirit. Laura's mother suggested Attila for one, and I can't remember what for the other.

For those who have not joined our sister group and would like to do so to discuss this, here is the link again:

Saturday, 28-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tortured by Tyson

This appears to be a one-legger mutilated in the killing machine
Same thing - mutilated thigh
And another
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You may have read about this in other places by now, but in case you haven't here is a brief description to go along with the photos I am posting today. This information came from a new site, properly named, "Tortured by Tyson."

From December 2004 through February 2005, a PETA undercover investigator worked on the slaughter line of a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant in Heflin, Alabama. Using a hidden camera, he documented the treatment of the more than 100,000 chickens killed every day in the plant. Anyone would be horrified by what he saw: live birds who had their heads torn off by hand because workers couldn't be bothered to kill them by slitting their throats; birds who had their bodies mutilated by throat-cutting machines that didn't work properly, including one bird who had the skin torn entirely off her chest; workers who threw chickens around and were cruel to them just for fun; and chickens who went through the "scald bath" (a tank of scalding-hot water used to remove their feathers) while still conscious and able to feel pain. Watch the video and see for yourself the agony of these animals' last moments.

Animal-welfare experts agree that this sort of treatment is unacceptable. Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University wrote, "This is a total FAILURE on animal welfare," and Dr. Mohan Raj of the University of Bristol wrote that "due to the lack of appropriate legislation to protect the welfare of birds at slaughter people seem to get away with [these] cruel and unethical practices." Indeed, chickens are not afforded any protection under any federal animal welfare legislation. The Humane Methods of Slaughter Act leaves chickens and turkeys out entirely. Read statements from these and other animal welfare experts.

As hard as it is to stomach, this sort of treatment is entirely too common in modern chicken slaughterhouses. Previous undercover investigations have turned up injured and dying birds left unattended during workers' lunch breaks and workers who ripped animals limb from limb, threw live chickens against walls, and stomped up and down on them on the ground.

Sadly, all these abuses were entirely preventable. In 2003, PETA first contacted Tyson about a new chicken slaughter technology known as controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), a process that replaces oxygen in the air with an inert gas such as nitrogen—which already makes up 78 percent of the air we breathe—masking the lack of oxygen and putting the birds to sleep quickly and painlessly. CAK would have eliminated all the cruelty that took place in all these investigations, from mutilation by the cutting machine to live scalding, because the birds would have been killed much earlier in the slaughter process and would not have been handled by the workers until they were dead.

You can help. Please ask Tyson to adopt CAK immediately:
John Tyson, Chair and CEO
Tyson Foods, Inc.
2210 W. Oaklawn Dr.
Springdale, AR 72762-6999
479-290-4061 (fax)

And just because their spokesman has been an arrogant pain in the butt since I came forward, infiltrating my group with the userid ederdn2 and being generally arrogant and insulting, as well as spreading lies abut me and events that happen at Tyson (just how any nights has he really stood there on that kill floor I want to know? Hmmm????? Has he even gotten one drop of blood on him, much less pulled clots of it out of his eyes like I did? I don't think so!) I think we should all include him in this campaign to show Tyson that even those who don't eat meat do not want the animals to be tortured first. So, you can also send a copy to ol' Ed Nicholson, Tyson's public relations manager, at 479-290-4591 and/or through his email at

You can also sign a petition started by a group member at

These photos, although quite graphic, are representative of what happens every single second of every single minute of every single hour of every single day in those hellholes we call slaughterhouses. I saw this regularly and have described it quite a bit in my writings and in my talks. And the only reason these poor birds suffer this way is so that people like the Tyson family can line their pockets and enrich themselves above and beyond what would be considered reasonable, even by the SEC,
who decided that the perks Don Tyson received were striking even in an era of lavish executive compensation.

They included $464,132 for personal use by him and his family and friends of company-owned homes in the English countryside and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, $20,000 for oriental rugs, $18,000 of antiques, $84,000 in lawn maintenance at five homes where he and his family and friends lived, an $8,000 horse, and other jewelry, artwork, vacations and theater tickets. The company also paid Mr. Tyson $1.1 million to cover his personal income-tax liability associated with all these benefits.

The Arkansas magnate, who received $1.1 million in additional perks, some of which were improperly or not disclosed after he retired in 2001, had the company pick up the tab for numerous services used by his wife, daughters and three girlfriends, according to people familiar with the matter. While senior chairman, Mr. Tyson spent $46,110 to maintain nine automobiles, $15,000 on Christmas gift certificates and $203,675 on housekeeping services at five homes owned by Mr. Tyson, his family and three friends "with whom he had close personal relationships," the SEC said.

Don't tell me that they can't afford to implement CAK!

Look at these photos, along with the others I have posted before and tell me that if they wanted to do better then they could. These poor hens are considered an acceptable level of collateral damage. To me though, they are innocent sentient individuals who feel pain, fear, and suffering the same as we do. They certainly deserve better than this!

You will be hearing more on this. That's a promise. I haven't even written the blog post to go with this yet, though I did post about it in both of my Activist Against Factory Farming Groups.

Tuesday, 26-Apr-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
More to go with the Lurch memorial post

Lurch's "glove"
Happier days
Their first day at Billye's
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Well, it took a bit longer than I had thought to get the post written because of poor Chirpy. She hasn't been doing well, and lots of time has had to be spent with her. But now she is starting to perk up a little bit more, so we are hopeful. Any positive thoughts, healing energy, prayers, or whatever you have in your heart to send for Chirpy, would be greatly appreciated. She really is a sweet bird who obviously cared deeply about Lurch, too. You can plainly see the difference in her, too, from when she first arrived and how she feels now that he is gone.

Lurch will definitely be missed....

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