Emergency rescue: Abused mother gives birth just 8 hours after rescue

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“This post is as I received it via email on the 10th, sorry my PC is still misbehaving!”

Urgent Report from National Shelter Director Susie Coston

Dear Julie,

Donate now to help.Just days ago, our Emergency Rescue Team was called to the scene of a factory pig farm where we were alerted to the horrifying abuse of a pregnant breeding pig.

What happened to this expecting mother would make your blood run cold.

As the factory farm workers tried to move her from a tiny gestation crate to a cramped farrowing pen to give birth, she was brutally kicked, beaten, and burned with an electrified cattle prod across the entire length of her body.

After the poor animal finally collapsed, workers dragged her by her ears into the crate.

Mother sow in factory farm.This suffering pig – now named “Julia” – is safe at Farm Sanctuary, but she desperately needs your help. Donate now to support our Emergency Rescue Fund because, sadly, I’ve only begun to tell you about this sow’s harrowing tale.  

When we arrived on the scene and opened Julia’s crate, she reluctantly got to her feet. But her eyes stayed fixed on us — looking from face to face as if she expected to be hit or kicked at any moment. The abusive worker referred to her as “feisty,” but all I saw was deep fear — and I was terribly worried for her.

Yet, I had no idea how urgent her situation really was.

Just eight hours after Julia arrived at our New York Shelter, this terrified, abused sow gave birth to 16 premature piglets. 

Now we are caring for our rescued mother and her 16 preemies. It is touch-and-go for all of them — we have the entire staff at our national headquarters helping to provide medical care, feedings, fluids, and necessary medications 24 hours a day. “So is the person/s who did this going to be charged with animal abuse? he should be! What’s the farms name? they should also pay for the keep of this sow & her piglets, why should the get off scott free? If they are abusing pigs in this way, they need investigating.”

To help provide around-the-clock care during this critical time, a dedicated Farm Sanctuary supporter has offered to match dollar-for-dollar any contribution you make to our Emergency Rescue Fund. Your matched donation will be worth twice as much and will support this rescue and future rescues, as well as the ongoing and lifelong care of these animals and others like them.

JuliaDonate now to have your gift go twice as far during this urgent time.

Due to the physical and emotional stress of the abuse — followed immediately by labor — Julia’s condition is extremely fragile. We are watching her closely for any signs of change and are ready to respond.

Additionally, many of the piglets were born weighing barely 2 pounds. They are frail, hungry, and susceptible to many illnesses and ailments. One or more of these babies will need critical care — it is not a question of if but when — and expenses are already mounting quickly.

Just knowing that one of our Farm Sanctuary supporters cares enough to match contributions received through this email gives me hope — and I hope it inspires you to be as generous as possible. Together, we can save this family and others like them and give them the freedom to live their lives as the happy, intelligent animals that you and I know pigs to be — the freedom that the factory farm industry so cruelly denies.

BabiesI’ll never forget the terror in Julia’s eyes as she slowly stepped up the ramp to our transport trailer. After being kicked, shocked, dragged by her ears, and forced into a crate just days before, how could she trust us? In these initial days, we’ve shown her the friendship and love she probably has never known — and she already responds to us with the sweet gentleness of a trusted companion. But she desperately needs one more friend … you. 

Please help Farm Sanctuary save this special pig and her babies, and others like them in need of care by rushing a lifesaving contribution to our Emergency Rescue Fund.

Donations made through this email will be matched by an anonymous supporter up to $39,000. Thank you for helping during this urgent rescue!

Sincerely,

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Genetically Modified Pigs to Be Killed; Animal Group Pleads for Mercy

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – May 16, 2012 –Farm Sanctuary wants to give “Enviropigs” a happy retirement

On Tuesday, Farm Sanctuary, North America’s leading farm animal protection organization, reached out to scientists at the University of Guelph on behalf of their more than 250,000 constituents to ask that they work with the group to place the sixteen “Enviropigs” in loving homes. The pigs were poised to become the world’s first genetically modified animals approved for human consumption, but now could face an untimely end, as Ontario Pork, key backers of Canada’s “Enviropig” project, have withdrawn their support for the controversial engineered animal.

Farm Sanctuary runs three farm animal sanctuaries in the United States, and works with a network of concerned and compassionate people all over North America to provide care for abused and abandoned farm animals.

“Pigs are interesting individuals who have the same behavioral needs, capacities for cognition and emotion, and range of personalities that we all know to exist in dogs and cats,” says Bruce Friedrich, senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary. “For the same reason they wouldn’t kill 16 healthy dogs at the end of a research project, we’re asking the University of Guelph to take responsibility for the lives of these poor animals they brought into the world and instead of killing them, give them a chance to live out their final years basking in sunshine, taking mud baths, and simply being pigs.”

Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for more than 1,000 rescued farm animals. For more information, please visit farmsanctuary.org

News Link:-http://www.farmsanctuary.org/mediacenter/2012/pr_enviropigs.html

Animal Groups Sue USDA for Ignoring Poultry Products Inspection Act

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Right now, the USDA is allowing diseased bird organs to be sold for food, in violation of federal law. Because USDA won’t enforce the law, thousands of animals are suffering miserably, and the consumers of these diseased products are at a higher risk for a variety of ailments, including type II diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s why today, along with pro bono attorneys from Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, the Animal Legal Defense FundCompassion Over Killing, the Animal Protection & Rescue League, and my organization — Farm Sanctuary — filed a lawsuit against the USDA for allowing adulterated poultry — foie gras — into the food supply, in violation of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA).

Foie gras is the diseased liver of a duck or goose who has been force-fed (twice-per day, every day) for three weeks, causing the animal’s liver to become diseased and to enlarge to ten times its normal size. Production of the product is so horribly cruel that it’s been banned in a dozen states, and both production and sale will be illegal in California later this year.

 

“This is chronic animal abuse, would this type of feeding be allowed to happen on horses or cow’s…NO…because it is what it is ANIMAL TORTURE & ABUSE.  Anyone that eats foie gras should be bloody ashamed, I want to say so much more about this heinous assault on ducks, & the morons that eat it, but value my status on here, so will leave it at that!!”

Click here to read the rest:-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-friedrich/foie-gras-lawsuit_b_1455293.html

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