Largest Duck Farm Raided After Investigation

Chickens and turkeys aren’t the only animals who are factory farmed in the United States. A new Mercy For Animals investigation at one of the nation’s largest duck factory farms exposes sickening cruelty and criminal neglect of ducks.

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The investigation documents:

• Baby ducklings having the tips of their beaks burned with red-hot metal
• Ducks suffering from illness and injuries without proper veterinary care
• Birds trapped in or under the wire cage flooring left to slowly suffer and die
• Ducks having their throats cut while still conscious and able to feel pain

For Whom Does Taco Bell Toll

• Taco Bell was recently called out for their lack of beef in the “beef” they sell. From the MFA blog:

TacoBellBeefTacoBlog.jpgThere has been a lot of media attention this week over the recent lawsuit against Taco Bell, alleging the company’s “meat mixture” contains only 36 percent meat instead of the 40 percent required to fit the definition of beef. But Mercy For Animals has a solution to Taco Bell’s problem that could be a win-win for everyone, especially the animals who are cruelly slaughtered for meat.

MFA took on the issue in an open letter, recently. Click here to read the complete letter.

A Pig Named Bob Harper & Veal’s Enemy Bob Barker

• When Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, was alerted on Monday to a one-month-old male piglet who had fallen off a transport truck — the third transport rescue by the organization this summer — they named him after their national 2010 Walk for Farm Animals spokesperson, celebrity trainer Bob Harper from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Little Bob Harper piglet, once destined for a life of misery before being slaughtered at just 6 months of age, arrived at the nonprofit’s New York Shelter in Watkins Glen. A twist of fate had made his life count. Read the full story.

• Mercy For Animals release yet another undercover investigation of cruelty on a veal farm, and released this video narrated by animal advocate Bob Barker. The covert footage was recorded at Buckeye Veal Farm in Apple Creek, Ohio, and reveals baby calves chained inside 2-feet wide wooden stalls – so narrow they cannot turn around, walk, run, play, socialize with other animals, or engage in other basic natural behaviors. In such tight confinement, the animals are unable to lie down comfortably, breathe fresh air, see sunlight, clean themselves or bond with their mothers:

While veal production represents one of the most abusive forms of animal agriculture, animal suffering is also widespread throughout the meat, dairy, and egg industries. Undercover investigations by MFA at dairy farms, pig farms, egg farms, hatcheries, and slaughterhouses have all exposed cruelty and violence to farmed animals.

Ohio’s Dairy Farms Set New Low

Mercy For Animals releases yet another recent and horrifying undercover investigation into inexplicable and sadistic abuse of dairy cows and calves in Ohio. As more and more investigations like this continue to make their way into the light, we must ask ourselves how commonplace treatment like this really is. If undercover investigators are able to capture this much gratuitous abuse, what must go unseen?  When living, feeling, emotional and intelligent animals are forced to endure a reality like this, there is no sufficient excuse.

The perpetrator clearly takes pleasure in inflicting blows with a hammer to the head of a baby cow, attacking cows with a crowbar and a pitchfork. These animals spend their entire, miserable lives confined to filthy stalls where they are constantly impregnated only to have their newborns torn away so humans can instead drink their milk in addition to eating their babies as veal. We take everything from them. Cows often bellow for hours or days when their babies are taken away, but the milk they would drink would mean lost profits. They are spared nothing; they are shown no mercy. The very least we can do is ensure they are not tortured beyond what is already withstood to spend their lives as cogs in a milk-making machine. Federal and state laws must be implemented and strengthened to prevent egregious cruelty to farmed animals.  If you needed motivation to give up dairy, here it is.

Numerous MFA undercover investigations at dairy farms, pig farms, egg farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses have revealed that violence and abuse to farmed animals – whether malicious or institutionalized – runs rampant nationwide.

Dairy’s Dark Side

Yet another undercover investigation headed up by Mercy for Animals is causing waves within media and politics. This time, it’s on my own home turn of New York State. The largest dairy factory farm in New York State – Willet Dairy in Locke was documented in early 2009 when an MFA undercover investigator worked at the mega-dairy, secretly documenting egregious acts of animal cruelty, including neglect, with a hidden camera. READ THE FULL STORY and find out why you should ditch milk and dairy products.

Thankfully, compassionate consumers can choose to withdraw their support of these abusive industries by adopting a vegan diet. Each time we eat we can choose kindness over cruelty.