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A Note From PETA

For years, PETA’s investigators have been uncovering the disease-ridden conditions on factory farms. We’ve exposed stressed animals crammed by the thousands into filthy sheds, a perfect breeding ground for new strains of dangerous bacteria and viruses. 

Factory farms are not just a major public health threat—they are also the single greatest source of animal suffering in the world. Thanks to the brave work of PETA’s undercover investigators, more people than ever are saying “No!” to the inherent cruelty of factory farming. 

But PETA is only able to conduct these investigations because of caring people like you who help fund this vital work. Today, I hope that you will help provide the resources that we need to sustain our investigations.

PETA’s staff members take huge risks to get inside these filthy and often dangerous places, and they leave with irrefutable evidence of animal abuse. Our investigators have been threatened, chased, and even assaulted. As hard as the physical and emotional toll is on them, they know it’s nothing compared to what animals endure. Make no mistake: Once we go public with a PETA undercover investigation, we get results, as we did in the following cases:

At Aviagen factory farms in West Virginia, PETA investigators uncovered workers stomping, kicking, and killing turkeys in unimaginably cruel ways. In a precedent-setting move, a grand jury has since issued 19 indictments—11 of them on felony charges—against three former employees of Aviagen Turkeys for cruelty to animals. This marks the first time in U.S. history that factory-farm employees have faced felony cruelty-to-animals charges for abusing birds, and the indictments come as a direct result of our investigation. 

At a pig factory farm that supplies piglets who are raised and killed for Hormel products, our investigator witnessed a supervisor shoving a cane into a sow’s vagina, multiple pigs who were beaten with metal gate rods, and many other abuses. As a result of our investigation, an Iowa sheriff filed 22 charges of livestock neglect and abuse against six former employees of the factory farm. One of Hormel’s own executives has referred to PETA’s investigation as “an industry-changing event.” 

At AgriProcessors, the world’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, a PETA investigation documented workers sawing gaping cuts in the necks of living, breathing cows. As a result of the cruelty we exposed at the Postville, Iowa, slaughterhouse, AgriProcessors was caught violating the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and has since been forced into bankruptcy!

By exposing these hideous acts, we are changing consumer behavior, rewriting corporate policies, receiving justice from the courts, and reducing the suffering in countless animals’ lives! 

Undercover investigations are one of the cornerstones of PETA’s work to protect animals—they are a proven and powerful tool in reducing suffering. And no one else can do them as well as PETA can. But please remember that our investigators can’t work without your support. Your generous gift to PETA today can help us stop animal suffering on factory farms and in slaughterhouses around the world.

Thank you for answering the call of animals. 

Very truly yours, 

Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk

P.S. Many of the precedent-setting victories that PETA has won in our factory-farming campaigns—including reforms from industry giants like Safeway and Smithfield Foods—began with our investigative team’s work to uncover the misery hidden behind the doors of factory farms and slaughterhouses. With your support, we can fundamentally change how both companies and consumers treat animals. 

May 28, 2009 - Posted by | Animal Protection | , , , , ,

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