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I Would Rather “Smell Like a Pig” Than Buy From Tyson Foods!

I am in an activist mood today, and have been looking at ways that I can help those in need – whether it be people, animals, or the environment.  I came across a really good site – Take Part – that highlights different issues a day which need to be addressed.  So far, I’ve signed a few petitions, donated a few bucks, and have bookmarked the site so I can keep up-to-date with ways to take action.

However, one issue both really grabbed my attention and disgusted the hell out of me.  It’s an issue regarding Tyson Foods.  Apparently, Tyson, a U.S. pig supplier, has admitted to buying pigs from suppliers who use gestation crates, which are tiny cage like “pens” where the pigs are unable to even turn around, and barely sit down.  However, while this was troubling, the thing that disgusted me the most was watching undercover investigation footage taken by the Michigan Humane Society of one of Tyson’s supplier’s pig breeding facilities in Wyoming.

I am providing you all with the video, however I will admit that I couldn’t even watch it more than a minute in.  I will warn you, like the video states at the beginning, that it is GRAPHIC.  For those of you who want to skip watching the video (which I don’t blame you for) it does show the facility’s employees mistreating the pigs in VERY inhumane ways.  One man full out sucker punches a pig with his closed fist.  An extremely overweight woman sits on a mother pig’s injured leg to get the sow to move.  And as this is all going on, the pigs are all living in deplorable conditions.  And this is just less than a minute into the video!  

But here it is anyway, because I do believe we need to educate ourselves of what is going on under our noses.

The abuse shown in the video is highly disturbing.  Did you know that pigs are smarter than dogs?  They can feel every punch given to them, can understand that they do NOT deserve this abuse, but unfortunately are unable to do anything about it.

After seeing this, I signed the petition instantly.  I was fuming inside as my heart raced frantically and my fingers typed the only 2 words I wanted to say to Tyson Foods (I’ll give you a hint: the first word started with F, the second ended in U).  Of course I erased those hateful words because well, this is a petition, but you better believe it that I will be typing my own hate letter in my own time!

I did state in my petition message though that I would NOT be buying Tyson brands (I am a vegetarian, but shhh…they don’t need to know that!), and I made it clear that I would be urging my family, friends, and others I knew to boycott them as well.  So here I am!

I ask you to please sign the petition to convince Tyson Foods to STOP using gestation crates and to STOP buying from suppliers who abuse the animals as if the animals were objects instead of beings.

Here’s the link to the petition, and after you sign it, please let us know in the comment section below.  Let’s see how many people we can get to try to change Tyson Food’s mind about the way they treat their pigs!

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 *Note: Check out the links above for more information and for my sources.  The video above was taken from YouTube.  The words, thoughts, and opinions of this article are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2012.*

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Speak Up Against Dog Fighting NOW

I’m watching Animal Cops: Houston and there’s an episode where they raid one of the biggest dog fighting operations.  63 pit bulls, yes SIXTY-THREE, were found tied up, their bodies scarred, some bleeding and one was jumping and standing on a twisted broken foot.  It was so sad to see and it just absolutely ANGERS me.  There were even 3 week old puppies huddled in a corner of a dingy shed.  

After the whole Michael Vick fiasco, dog fighting was brought to the public attention.  While most human beings are against it and try to stop it, there are still those whom continue one of the biggest acts of animal cruelty.

I’m sorry for this image but people need to SEE in order to KNOW what is happening.

This should not be happening.  Not only is it cruel and sick, but the pit bull breed has gotten a bad reputation all because humans exploit their power and strength.

Did you know that the American Pit Bull Terrier was the most popular family dog in the 20th century?

Did you know that the horror stories you hear about pit bulls are 99% the fault of a neglectful owner or a STUPID human?

Did you know that American Pit Bull Terriers passed the aggression test – which is given to breeds by The American Temperament Test Society – at a rate of 85.3%?  This is higher than Collies, Golden Retrievers and other “family friendly” dogs!

What can YOU do to stop this horrid “sport”?

While many of us are fortunate to have never experienced or known someone who participates in dog fighting, that does not mean it’s not occurring.  Dog fighting is a secret “sport” and one that is not aired to the public.  We, as animal rights activists and animal lovers, must educate the world about the cruelty and sickness of dog fighting.

We need to educate the young generation, especially those growing up in a troubled household or neighborhood.  We need to educate those who are prone to gambling or those whom are in need of money.  We need to educate every last person, whether they like animals or not, that dog fighting is not only a crime but also deadly.

Just seeing that episode made me so mad and disappointed in people.  It makes me realize that while we have so much advanced technology, while our world is so much more intelligent than it was 20 years ago, there are still those who don’t care about inflicting pain on other’s and whom are stupid enough to think they can get away with it without paying some sort of price.

Even though people say that animals “don’t have souls” or that animals were “put on this earth for people’s use”, those who say that, are literally STUPID.  They are ignorant, dumb and just plain STUPID.  It’s impossible not to notice a soul, feelings and love when looking into an animal’s eye.  They feel pain, their blood flows, they have a brain.

ANIMALS HAVE RIGHTS TOO AND BECAUSE THEY CAN’T SPEAK UP FOR THOSE RIGHTS, WE MUST SPEAK UP FOR THEM.

*Note:  To learn more and to check out my sources, click on the above links.  The images were taken from Google Images.  The thoughts and words of this article are mine.  © Kalie Lyn, 2011.*