9 Face Cruelty Charges In Wyoming Pig Farm Investigation

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Platte County Attorney’s Office recently charged nine employees of a pig-breeding farm near Wheatland with multiple counts of animal cruelty uncovered in May.

The charges filed Dec. 3 stem from an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States last spring and a subsequent investigation by the Wyoming Livestock Board.

The charging document filed by Platte County Deputy Attorney Douglas Weaver includes affidavits filed by the undercover investigator who worked in Wyoming Premium Farms’ pig farrowing unit from March 30 to May 1. The Humane Society last summer released what it said was an undercover video, showing workers abusing pigs at the farm.

The investigator, whose name is blacked out in the documents, details incidents of alleged deliberate abuse and neglect, including lack of treatment for injured pigs and sows.

The defendants named include:

• Kyla Erin Adams (also spelled Kayla in some documents), two counts.

• Patrick D. Rukavina, three counts.

• Jarrod Barney Juarez, two counts.

• Edward Raymond “Jake” Pritekel, three counts.

• Steve Perry, three counts.

• Richard Pritekel, four counts.

• Kali E. Oseland, four counts.

• David Brian Bienz Jr., two counts.

• Former assistant manager Shawn Colson, six counts.

Upon conviction, each misdemeanor count carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both.

Those charged have been summoned for an initial appearance Jan. 18 in Platte County Circuit Court before Magistrate Scott Cole.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Department has been unable to locate some of the defendants in Platte County, according to the documents. Colson, the former assistant manager, now has an address in Rapid City, S.D.

Leana Stormont, investigative counsel for the Humane Society, said Wednesday that the organization is “very grateful to the Wyoming Livestock Board and Law Enforcement Administrator Jimmy Dean Siler for their diligent and thorough response to our cruelty complaint and to the Platte County sheriff and county attorney for ensuring that laws to protect animals are enforced and that defendants who abuse animals are punished.”

The investigation of the Wheatland pig farm disclosed standard abuses in the pork-raising industry in the tight confinement of the animals, Stormont said.

The animals at the Wheatland pig farm were kept in crates so small they were almost immobilized and helpless.

“That creates a culture of cruelty for the workers,” Stormont said.

She noted one particular instance of cruelty when workers cut off the testicles of piglets and fed them to their sow.

In another, a woman worker who weighed more than 200 pounds sat on a sow that couldn’t walk because of a broken leg and was screaming in agony, Stormont said.

An anonymous tip prompted the Humane Society undercover operation, she said.

Wyoming Premium Farms is under new management – AMVC Management Services, a livestock producing company based in Audubon, Iowa.

Jason Hocker, the veterinarian for AMVC, sent an email news release in response to a phone call from the Star-Tribune.

The release says that Wyoming Premium Farms retained AMVC to provide swine health and welfare management and oversight, as well as leadership and training of the employees at each farm.

“AMVC Management Services and WPF are committed to ensuring that swine health and welfare are adequately provided for every day. WPF fully supports accountability for anyone working with animals.

WPF and AMVC Management Services have implemented training programs in swine welfare and handling to ensure that all employees understand appropriate animal husbandry skills. Employee safety and the health and welfare of the pigs at each of WPF’s farms continue to be primary areas of focus and training,” the release stated.

Leanne Correll, director of the Wyoming Livestock Board, said the board receives very few complaints as large as those involved the pig-breeding operation near Wheatland.

The board does receive a lot of complaints against individuals claiming neglect of animals, she added.

Humane Society spokeswoman Anna West said the case was “hideous.”

“They were throwing piglets around as if they were balls,” she said of the workers.

The most egregious incident, she said, was a sow with a prolapsed uterus that was left to die slowly after a worker botched an attempt to pull her piglets from her uterus.

News Link:http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/face-cruelty-charges-in-wyoming-pig-farm-investigation/article_05a9f84e-505d-11e2-ae9e-001a4bcf887a.html

Warning Graphic Video Viewer Discretion Advised

Published on 8 May 2012

Warning: Contains Graphic Footage. Undercover video footage at “Wyoming Premium Farms” revealing egregious cruelty and filthy conditions at a Wyoming pig breeding facility owned by a supplier for Tyson Foods.

Related:- https://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/shocking-animal-cruelty-at-tyson-foods-supplier-video/

 

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Polar bear killed by HEATWAVE: Argentine animal dies after becoming ‘nervous and irritated’ amid scorching heat and noise

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The last remaining polar bear at Buenos Aires Zoo has died after overheating in soaring summer temperatures.

‘Winner,’ who was one of best loved attractions at the zoo, is believed to have been unable to control its body temperature in the extreme heat of the Argentinian summer and died of hyperthermia.

The animal, which was covered in heavy fur to cope with freezing conditions in its native Artic habitat, was also believed to have been frightened by the noise from fireworks let off to celebrate Christmas Eve

Tragedy: ‘Winner’ the last polar bear in Buenos Aires Zoo, Argentina, has died from hyperthermia in the soaring summer heat

The zoo is a popular visitor attraction in the Argentine capital and has a tradition of looking after polar bears.

The animals used to live in a pool but their cage was improved in 1993 when a 145,000-litre pool was built along with a site for birthing and three security rings.

The zoo said in a statement that it had been visited by experts and met all international regulations to house polar bears.

Heat: ‘Winner’ was a popular attraction for visitors to the Zoo (seen here swimming in his pool)

The polar bear is often regarded as a marine mammal because of the large amount of time it spends at sea.

Its preferred habitat is the annual sea ice covering the waters over the continental shelf in the Artic.

The animal is a very good swimmer with some spotted in the sea as far as 200 miles from land.

CAN BEARS FROM THE ARCTIC REALLY ADAPT TO WARMER WATERS?

Hardy: Polar bears often spend as much time in the sea as they do on land as they hunt for prey

Polar bears cannot simply acclimatise to hot climates. Even if a polar bear is born in a warm climate and lives there all of his life, he will still possess several physiological adaptations to life in the Arctic.

Even if he loses some fur and blubber, he will always have black skin that absorbs heat and hollow hairs which work as efficient solar collectors.

Polar bears do not have any physical means of staying cool; they rely on behaviour to do that.

They will try to take as much shade as possible during the warmest parts of the day and cool off in cold water when they overheat.

Zookeepers may try and balance their energy expenditure and food intake to regulate their body temperature and may be fed a vegetarian diet or simply very little during warmer times (eating meat and fat generates immediate heat energy).

The bottom line is that polar bears can be resilient but this does not mean that they are comfortable.

Polar bears are found in the Arctic Circle and on neighbouring land masses as far south as Newfoundland Island in Canada. Some sightings have even been reported in the far north of Norway.

The bears are rarer in the extreme north of the Arctic although the animal is believed to roam across right across the region.

They tend to favour hunting on sea ice and in the sea in search of prey such as seals. Polar bears often frequent areas where sea ice meets water – primarily around the edges of the ice pack, where more seals can be found.

The global polar bear population is believed to be between 20,000 and 25,000 with 19 recognized sub-populations.

The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore, with adult males weighing between 350 and 680 kg (770–1500 lbs) and measuring between 7.9 and 9.8 ft in length.

News Link:-: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253662/Buenos-Aires-Zoos-Polar-bear-Winner-killed-heatwave.html#ixzz2GHEXTzKe

 

THE CRUEL AMUR FALCON MASSACRE EACH YEAR IN NAGALAND INDIA

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Published on 26 Dec 2012

This is a documentation of the shocking massacre of tens of thousands of migratory Amur falcons (Falco amurensis) every year on October in the remote state of Nagaland in India‘s northeast.

We estimate that during the peak migration 12,000 — 14,000 birds are being hunted for consumption and commercial sale everyday.

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE WIDELY THESE 3 PETITIONS !!

►PET.1.https://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/please-stop-amur-falcon-massacre-in-na…
►PET.2.http://www.thepetitionsite.com/793/747/700/stop-the-slaughter-of-amur-falcons/
►PET.3.http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/jayanthi-natarajan-minister-for-environ…

FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO:►►http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=245581798905587&set=a.110440022419…

Caught on camera: Moment 33-ton aquarium bursts in shopping centre, showering crowds with LIVE SHARKS and shards of glass

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“I saw this in the news, so thought mum wouldn’t mind me posting it on her behalf!”

The tank was an attraction at the entrance to the Shanghai Orient shopping centre in China‘s second city when it shattered without warning on December 19.

Eight of those hurt were customers and the rest were shop assistants and security staff. They mostly suffered deep cuts and bruises from sheets of broken glass.

In the footage below, it is possible to see that the majority of the people were standing right near the aquarium when it exploded.

Shoppers fled in panic as shards of 15cm thick acrylic glass gave way, flooding the entrance of the shopping centre.

Before the accident

A police spokesman said: ‘There were lots of injuries caused by flying glass, some of them serious because the glass was so thick. We are investigating what caused this.’

Three lemon sharks and dozens of turtles and smaller fish, which were housed in the aquarium, were also victims of the accident that was caught on CCTV.

A rush of water and broken glass bursts out of the tank and heads towards the people looking at it

While no official reason has been given for the accident, customers said that they believe a sudden drop in temperature may have caused the burst, as the weather apparently grew much colder in Shanghai last week.

The aquarium was reportedly very popular when it first opened before the National Day holiday two years ago, but there have been problems with the tank before, as in June a ruptured water pipe led to the death of two sharks and the removal of several turtles.

Chen Yongping, an official with the shopping centre management, said that they are not going to ‘build an aquarium again in the future’.

News Link:– http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253406/Shocking-moment-33-ton-shark-tank-burst-shopping-centre-injuring-15-people-sent-shards-broken-glass-flying-crowd.html?ICO=most_read_module

Published on 26 Dec 2012

This is the shocking moment a 33-ton glass shark tank suddenly burst leaving 15 people injured by flying shards of broken glass and a torrent of water.

Please Help Save The NYC Carriage Horses This Christmas

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******ACTION ALERT – CROSS POST FAR AND WIDE: CONTACT THE ASPCA EVERY DAY (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450***********

Are you tired of seeing exploited, overworked NYC carriage horses hauling around callous tourists while dodging taxi cabs, buses and trucks?!

Are you tired of seeing the ASPCA counting their money while the NYC carriage horses continue to drop on the streets of Manhattan?! The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for the greedy and abusive carriage horse industry.

The ASPCA is supposed to monitor the carriage horses and ensure that the industry is following the city regulations. Where is the ASPCA? We have no idea.

Please contact them every day and ask them why they are not on the hack line monitoring the carriage horses who are being overworked during this busy holiday season.

Their phone number is (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450.

Please call them every day and ask them what they are doing to ban the carriage horse industry in NYC and remind them they need to be out there every day to monitor the horses and the drivers.

News Link:-https://www.facebook.com/CarriageHorseCruelty?ref=stream

NYC HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE CRUELTY

Published on 17 Aug 2012

Yesterday afternoon, a six-year-old carriage horse named Oreo was spooked by a horn, broke free from his carriage and tore through dangerous NYC traffic for four blocks before being tranquilized and collapsing in front of horrified onlookers. Thankfully, Oreo is now recovering in his stable with minor scratches.

Even though you don’t live in New York City, you can still make a difference for the horses by sending a letter to City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn. Fill out the info below and click SUBMIT to tell Speaker Quinn that as a NYC visitor, you want humane electric cars, not carriage horse abuse!http://www.nyclass.org/contactquinn

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Please watch the following, it’s the first time I have; it really gives a clear insight into this industry. It is very upsetting to all animal lovers, so I guess I must say view at own discretion. I am not as strong as my mum when it comes to watching videos where animals suffer; but I know she & other animal advocates do so to get the information out & educate people on the atrocities that occur, often right under our noses. Just watch as the people pass these noble steeds, as if they were nothing but ornamental decorations.

I have just come back from seeing to our 2 horses who live in luxury & want for nothing…so to see these beautiful horses, nose to tail with exhaust fumes, dodging traffic & idiotic humans is just heart-breaking! I have been to the horse sales with my mum & seen horses that are spent, from over breeding, horse racing, abusive owners & horses who are so lame from road founder, they can hardly stand! But I bet that’s nothing compared to the horse sales where NYC carriage horses end up. Those once noble beautiful horses, now reduced to pitiful sentient beings literally on their last legs…will have one last journey, to the slaughter house! Please say NO to this cruelty!

Just a few petitions to ban NYC Horse Carriages:-

ABSOLUTELY URGENT!!!! Please sign and share this BEFORE January 7th 2013.

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I’m posting this on behalf of my mum, Jules, who is still in hospital with another slipped disc. However, mum being mum, she won’t let that come between her passion to try & save the lives of innocent animals, anyway she can! The internet connection she gets from the hospital is virtually nil, therefore she can’t post herself; but she can still receive email via her phone, albeit slowly!!

Anyhow, mum received an email from a friend & fellow animal warrior, which, due to time constraints, mum wanted it posting asap…so here it is. My knowledge of Word press is very limited, I’ve seen mum post many stories but have never done it myself. However, I have step by step instructions from my mum,  I just hope I get it right; if I do, I got a feeling this won’t be the last I post on her behalf…just praying she will be home for Christmas.

On Jan.7, 2013 “artist” Abdel Abdessemedhat  wants to enchain a horse, a cow, a goat, a pig, a sheep and a fawn and then kill them with a hammer !!

This “performance” shall take place at Centre Pompidou, one of the most famous museums in Paris !

Translated text from petition site:-

 

Ladies, Mr. Abdel Abdessemed exposed until January 7, 2013 at Centre Pompidou. Program: a pig, a goat, a sheep, a calf, a cow and a horse being killed with a sledgehammer . The animal is constrained along a wall, the hammer hits, it falls.

And this again, again, and again, in a loop, with only the muffled sound of music metal skull fucks. We must stop the spread of this exhibition n ‘meaningless in the eyes of true artists and art lovers easy.

The Torture of animals is not art, it is cruel , it is not human to disseminate it. This exposure may offend the sensibilities of many people who are for animal protection and therefore does not endorse not everything is kind of special note to art.For this reason I ask that exposure Abdessemed be stopped immediately.

Please sign the following petition to stop this heinous atrocity:-

http://www.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Arreter_lexposiotion_Adel_Abdessemed_Je_suis_innocent/?tjEQoab

Apologies For The Lack Of Posts

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Apologies for the lack of posts, but my mother was rushed into hospital a week last Saturday with another ruptured disc;  they are still  unsure if they will operate as the risk of total paralyses is a real possibility. Anyhow she wanted me to let you know & she hopes to be back ASAP.

My mum sends Christmas Greetings to you all. She hopes to be able to send New Year Greetings herself.

Kind Regards

Jemma (mum’s daughter)

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