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Letter: Public needs to see animal cruelty among industry practices

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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 1:12 pm

An undercover investigator for Mercy for Animals notes that nothing could prepare him for what he saw during a ten-week undercover investigation in a pig factory farm.

Pregnant pigs were confined to filthy metal crates barely larger than their own bodies; piglets had their testicles and tails removed without painkillers; pigs with raw wounds and crippling deformities were left to suffer; and piglets were being slammed against concrete floors. The filth, the smell, the screams — all unimaginable.

To the pork industry, these are all standard practices — or deeds that occur under the blind eye of management. The public must be made aware of the animal abuse that occurs in factory farms when the doors are locked tight and abusers don’t think they are being watched. Exposing this truth is the only hope to create real, meaningful change for animals, including veal calves, dairy cows, laying hens. Since male chicks cannot lay eggs, they are a mere byproduct of the industry. Millions a day are ground alive into chicken feed.

It is up to us to make changes to factory farms. Contact your legislator (or favorite factory farm) and ask that this form of animal cruelty be investigated and stopped. Also, remember to cast your very personal “vote” by refusing to purchase meat from factory farms — or provide personal dietary changes toward vegetarianism to support your health and longevity.

Animal cruelty needs to stop, one meal at a time. Please consider “Meatless Mondays.”

Kimberly Miller

Fountain Hills

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