Video Gallery: Cruelty Uncovered At Korean ‘Monkey School’

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“This is just disgusting & so very cruel! Using animals for entertainment should be banned all over the world; seeing this just breaks my heart. Please watch the videos below; then sign the petition!”

Updated: 14 February 2014

An investigation by ADI into a Korean “attraction” that forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows has revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes.
At the Monkey School, which is located in Gamgyori in South Korea, ADI found:

  • Monkeys kept in squalid and barren conditions, including mothers and their young babies
  • Traumatized animals exhibiting abnormal behaviour, such as constantly spinning around and biting themselves
  • Some monkeys isolated in tiny cages, others crammed together
  • Animals hit during training and dragged along the floor
  • Disgraceful contempt for a monkey as it tries to escape with its hands tied behind its back, falling onto its face, as workers laugh at its predicament and terror

These disturbing findings highlight a life of extreme neglect and cruelty for these intelligent and sensitive animals – an all too common occurrence for performing animals which ADI has revealed time and again, suffer terribly behind the scenes.

On seeing the footage, Sharon Shaw, Director of Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary in the UK said: “All aspects of life for primates at Monkey School are appalling, from the inadequate and atrocious housing conditions, the physical and psychological torture, to the lack of empathy and respect shown by the staff. The poor animals who are unlucky enough to live there endure a barbaric, unnatural life.”

During the public shows, monkeys are made to wear clothes, ride around on a motorbike, do handstands, jump through hoops and respond to commands as directed.

It is shameful that these intelligent, social and emotional primates are terrorized and forced to undertake such degrading tricks – especially in light of modern understanding of primates and their use of tools, language and self-awareness – abilities which, at one time, were considered to be unique to humans. This also sends the worst possible message to children about respect for the other intelligent species that share our planet and how we should treat, and protect, animals.

The terrible suffering of the animals at Monkey School – and establishments like them – must stop.

ADI is working with our campaign partner Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) to encourage the Government and people of Korea to reject the cruel and unnecessary use of animals in entertainment.

We are supporting new legislation, the ‘Zoo Act’, proposed by Congresswoman Chang which, if passed, would ban animal performances and set minimum welfare standards and inspections for places that exhibit captive animals.

Highlighting the need for the legislation, Congresswoman Hanna Chang: “As seen in the ADI footage, it is hard to imagine the pain that monkeys have to go through for humans every day. This clearly shows that it is now time to have regulations to monitor the welfare of animals in captivity in Korea.”

Congresswoman Chang’s proposal has strong support from animal protection organizations. ADI and KARA have joined over 80 national and international groups in sending a joint letter to the Government stating support for the draft law.

It is time to end the exploitation of, and brutality towards, animals used for entertainment.

Help us campaign to end animal shows in Korea, and around the world.

Take action! 

  • Sign our petition calling on the Environmental Committee of the Korean Government to support the Zoo Act
  • Make a donation to help fund our investigations and campaigns to help animals in entertainment around the world (make a £ donation here)

How do you get a monkey to walk like us?
What you don’t see when you visit an animal show. This little monkey is abused and derided during a training session to teach him to walk like a human.

How do you get a monkey to walk like us?

An investigation by ADI into the Korean Monkey School – which forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows – revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes and cruelty to the animals during training. This video shows the suffering you don’t see when you visit an animal show. 

Find out more and how you can get involved athttp://bit.ly/1c5IMbi.

Animals in entertainment. It’s no fun for the animals. 

Animal Defenders International
http://www.ad-international.org

That’s entertainment
The hidden cruelty that performing animals are subjected to. To provide a show for the public, these monkeys are subjected to a life of extreme neglect and cruelty.

Animal Suffering at Korean Monkey School

Animals in entertainment. It’s no fun for the animals. 
Animal Defenders International
http://www.ad-international.org

Harmless fun? You decide.
It may look like fun to the audience, but monkeys are exposed to shocking conditions behind the scenes and terrible abuse during training.

Harmless fun? You decide.

Find out more and how you can get involved athttp://bit.ly/1c5IMbi.

Animals in entertainment. It’s no fun for the animals. 

Animal Defenders International
http://www.ad-international.org

News Link:http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=3517&ssi=10

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Burger King Cruelty – Video Exposes Horrific Animal Abuse at a Burger King Dairy Supplier

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In August 2012, an undercover investigator with Mercy For Animals documented heartbreaking animal abuse at Bettencourt Dairies, a major Burger King dairy supplier, including:

  • Workers and management viciously beating, kicking, punching, and shocking cows and violently twisting their tails in order to deliberately inflict pain
  • Workers and management dragging a downed cow by her neck using a chain attached to a tractor
  • Extremely unsafe and unsanitary conditions, including feces-covered floors that cause cows to regularly slip, fall, and injure themselves
  • Sick or injured cows suffering from open wounds, broken bones, and infected udders left to suffer without proper veterinary care

Expert Opinions

After reviewing the undercover footage, Dr. Temple Grandin, the world’s leading expert in farmed-animal welfare, stated: “The atrocious treatment of cows at this dairy is an indicator of a total lack of management supervision.”

In a joint statement, Dr. Bernard Rollin, a distinguished professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, and William Wailes, a dairy specialist and head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, declared: “Of the dozens of such videos that we have watched, this one was the most horrific and the most upsetting. … Never have we seen such outright sadistic pleasure taken by workers in animal suffering.”

Ditch Dairy

Far from leading the carefree lives portrayed in the dairy industry’s “happy cow” commercials, cows exploited and killed for Burger King’s cheese endure lives of near constant misery and deprivation.

Treated as mere milk-producing machines, these intelligent and social animals suffer almost unimaginable abuse from the time they are born and ripped from their mothers’ sides until they are so physically worn out from repeated pregnancies and constant milk production that they are sold for slaughter.

Although horrific cruelty and violence are standard practice for Burger King’s cheese suppliers, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of cows and other farmed animals by choosing any number of healthy and humane plant-based alternatives to milk, cheese, and ice cream. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.

Are your Burger King purchases funding horrific animal abuse?

Published on 9 Oct 2012 by 

A Mercy For Animals investigation reveals sadistic animal torture at Bettencourt Dairies – a major Burger King cheese supplier in Idaho.

The investigation has already led to three workers, including a manager of the dairy, being charged with criminal cruelty to animals. 

Experts

Independent, nationally and world-renowned academic and professional experts in farmed animal welfare and veterinary medicine reviewed the video footage from MFA’s undercover investigation. Below are some of their statements:

Temple Grandin, PhD, PAS

Dr. Grandin is considered the world’s leading expert on farmed-animal welfare. She is an associate professor of livestock behaviour at Colorado State University and an animal welfare advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the meat industry. In response to this investigation, Dr. Grandin states:

I watched the dairy video and the abuse of the downed cow with electric prods and dragging with the tractor was horrific animal abuse. If this abusive treatment had occurred at a slaughter plant, the plant would have been shut down by the USDA. The employees were constantly beating and kicking animals as hard as they could. The atrocious treatment of cows at this dairy is an indicator of a total lack of management supervision.

Bernard E. Rollin, PhD

Dr. Rollin is a distinguished professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and is well known internationally for his over 30 years of work in animal welfare. He was a major architect of federal laws protecting laboratory animals, and has written two books on farmed-animal welfare. He serves on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production and is an expert witness on animal welfare issues in the United States and abroad.

William Wailes, BS

Mr. Wailes is an extension dairy specialist for the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. He is also an internationally renowned dairy expert, who has owned and been involved with dairy farms all of his life.

A joint statement by Dr. Rollin and Mr. Wailes states:

Never have we seen such outright sadistic pleasure taken by workers in animal suffering, including gratuitous shocking of the cows (quintessentially sweet and gentle creatures); dragging them with chains; and in what is arguably the worst sequence, one worker savagely beating the cows with a cane, while laughing and screaming maniacally.

The overall impression is of a Hieronymous Bosch vision of hell for cows. The physical conditions, flooded walkways and slick footing, completely replicate the uncaring attitude of owners and managers, as do the docked tails of the cows, a procedure now recognized as useless, painful, and stressful.

The only way to stop such outrageous behaviour is to serve notice that society will not tolerate it. This means…that not only sadistic workers must be prosecuted and serve jail time, but so too the owners and managers, since they clearly demonstrated that the normal human motivations of animal productivity and economic returns do not move them.

Debra Teachout, DVM, MVSc

Dr. Teachout is a practising veterinarian who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She also holds an advanced degree in veterinary clinical pathology from Western College of Veterinary Medicine and has completed additional coursework in farmed-animal welfare. Dr. Teachout states:

In this video the animal handling is so brutal and callous in its obvious intent to cause pain, fear and injury, that it is frankly astonishing and disturbing. The conduct of the workers toward the cows is deplorable.

The observed culture of cruelty at this farm has obviously been allowed to flourish for so long, brutality has become the norm. These cows are serving as targets of vicious intent to harm in a management system that is either absent or complicit in a facility culture that exudes violence and abuse. The cows on this farm are suffering from pain, injury and fear. Their welfare has not only been ignored, it has been threatened by abusive personnel and filthy unsafe living conditions. I have rarely seen such brutal treatment of farm animals, and this farm must be shut down immediately. Those responsible for the cruel treatment of these cows must be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. They should also never be allowed to be responsible for or work around animals again.

Armaiti May, DVM, CVA

Dr. May is a practising veterinarian with experience treating farmed animals, who received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. May states:

The level of disregard for animals shown and the dangerous conditions at this facility are outrageously appalling. My overall impression is that the facility where this footage was taken is that it lacks regard for basic welfare of animals in its care and does not have proper supervision of its workers. In addition, there are poor sanitation practices and unsafe working conditions which endanger both human and animal health and safety. I recommend that charges of animal cruelty be brought against the workers involved and that the farm be shut down for cruel treatment of animals and lack of proper oversight of its workers.

Jonathan Balcombe, PhD

Dr. Balcombe is an ethologist with bachelors and masters degrees in biology, and a doctorate in animal behaviour from the University of Tennessee. He is the author of four books on animal behaviour, as well as more than 40 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal papers. Dr. Balcombe states:

This footage shows grossly negligent and savagely cruel treatment of dairy cows by workers. The conditions are treacherously slippery, leading to injuries, downed cows, and workers who beat and torment the animals to try to get them to move. This is a concentration camp for miserable cows. It is totally unacceptable. The operation should be shut down immediately and the workers charged with animal cruelty.

Lee Schrader, DVM

Dr. Schrader is a practising veterinarian, who obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schrader has over 35 years of experience working with animals, particularly animals with serious, difficult-to-diagnose disorders. Dr. Schrader states:

The brutality and viciousness of the workers in this facility toward the cows is stunning. The animals are electrically shocked, beaten with canes, kicked and jumped on, and subjected to aggressive extension of their tails, resulting in signs of severe pain and fear in the cows. … The treatment of these cows is sadistic and unconscionable.

The treatment of these cows is brutally inhumane. The workers are cruel and obviously do not know how to handle cattle correctly. The filthy, wet barn results in severe stress and injuries to the cows. This facility should be closed immediately.

“And people wonder why I am vegetarian. I just can’t call myself vegan because I do eat free range eggs from my friends. But I don’t drink or eat anything else from an animal. I drink soya milk & cheese… I would be 2 faced if I ate meat, then posted horrific abuse like this, on here!

News Link:-http://www.burgerkingcruelty.com/ At http://www.mercyforanimals.org/menu.aspx

Please sign the petition, for the sake of the animals, they don’t deserve to live in these concentration camps & suffer horrific abuse!:http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/burger-king-stop-torturing-cows-for-cheese

Cane rat meat ‘sold to public’ in Ridley Road Market

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Published on 17 Sep 2012 by 

Cane rats and “shocking” quantities of illegal and “potentially unsafe” meat have been sold to the public in east London, BBC London has found.
Secret filming showed meat that broke food safety laws being prepared. 
BBC London’s Guy Lynn spoke to chartered environmental health consultant Dr Yunes Teinaz, environmental health officer Paul Povey and African Health Policy Network chief Francis Kaikumba.

Cane rats and “shocking” quantities of illegal and “potentially unsafe” meat have been sold to the public in east London, a BBC London undercover investigation has found.

Secret filming in one of the capital’s busiest food markets has revealed butchers and food stores prepared to sell large quantities of meat that break food safety laws.

West African and environmental health officer sources told the BBC the Ridley Road Market, in Dalston, was a known hotbed of illicit meat activity, including sales of illegal “smokies”, a delicacy made by charring sheep or goat with a blow torch.

Yet a Freedom of Information request to Hackney Council reveals the last enforcement visits to premises concerning illegal meat in the whole borough took place in 2009.

“This is shocking, I am just so shocked to see so much of it,” said Paul Povey, one of the UK’s leading experts in meat hygiene and inspections and a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, who examined the meat for the BBC.

It’s all illegal and hasn’t undergone health control, hasn’t been inspected and may well be contaminated.

“You’ve got to wonder about the contamination level of this meat that anyone’s bringing into their kitchens.”

Hackney Council said it had only received one complaint of illegal meat being sold since 2009 which was not proven.

The practice of creating “smokies” is outlawed under UK and European food laws amid fears about public safety and animal welfare.

It has also been linked to mafia-style gangs in Wales who steal sheep and goats, slaughtering them in unlicensed abattoirs.

Dr Yunes Teinaz, a chartered environmental health practitioner, said: “Behind the underground trade in smokies are criminals who don’t observe the law and are just after financial gain.

“It is disgusting and outrageous that the local authorities don’t take action and remove this meat from the human food chain.”

One Hackney butcher, who was secretly filmed selling a BBC researcher quantities of the illicit meat, said: “Don’t tell anyone, otherwise there will be trouble.”

Two African food stores have sold bush meat such as “grass cutter” or cane rats, which are described as having been imported from Ghana where they are a delicacy.

‘Collapsing a business’

The trade in bush meat is a persistent problem for the UK authorities with illegal meat products smuggled in by passengers in ferry terminals and airports.

The Food Standards Agency says there are worries that bush meat could be of serious risk to both those who eat it and to others from contamination.

There is no suggestion that every butcher and food shop on the Ridley Road Market is prepared to deal in illegal meat.

Confronted with BBC London’s evidence, Islam Halal Meat; Punjab Halal Meat and Fish and Dalston Butchers denied they were selling illegal meat.

The manager of Great Expectations, a food store which sold two Ghanaian rats to the undercover BBC researcher, said: “I don’t sell rats, I never sell rats, I don’t sell rats.

“I don’t have any rats, why you come to video me?”

The manager of Adom Trading, another shop that sold bush meat described as a Ghanaian “grass cutter” rat, also denied selling it.

“What you are saying is a lie, a 100% lie, I don’t sell rats.

You are collapsing a business, do you know how much it costs us to pay the business rates?”

Councillor Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Neighbourhoods, said: “Hackney Council’s team of Environmental Health Officers make regular visits and inspections of over 1,000 businesses across the borough, including those on Ridley Road.

Since 2009, we have only received a single complaint regarding the sale of illegal meat, which upon investigation was inconclusive.

“However, we take all complaints seriously and we will always investigate fully. Now that we have received some information from the BBC we will look into this and take the appropriate action.”

News Link:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19622903

 

Stop Big Ag’s Push to Hide Animal Abuse

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Don’t Let Lawmakers in Iowa make it Illegal to Document Cruelty In recent years, undercover investigators have successfully exposed horrific cruelty in the animal agriculture industry on video and in photos. Instead of improving conditions for animals and workers, big ag is trying to draw a curtain over their dirty operations. Iowa introduced a bill making it illegal to document, posses, or distribute any video or photographs of farm activity.  This so-called “ag-gag” bill is a violation of free speech rights and an attack on brave activists that risk their personal safety to expose the horrible cruelty of factory farms.

The bill has passed the Senate and House and is now sitting on the Govenor’s desk. Please help us ask him to veto this dangerous bill! HF 589 is being condemned by freedom of speech groups as unconstitutional and is designed to keep consumers and the public in the dark about what is really going on in factory farms.

The public has the right to know about illegal and unethical practices on farms such as food safety issues, environmental degradation, and blatant animal abuse.

TAKE ACTION: via Stop Big Ag’s Push to Hide Animal Abuse.

Debate intensifies over animal undercover filming | Seattle Times Newspaper

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Animal welfare groups reacted with outrage Wednesday after the Iowa Legislature made the state the first to approve a bill making it a crime to surreptitiously get into a farming operation to record video of animal abuse.

The groups have urged Gov. Terry Branstad to veto the measure that was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the Iowa House and Senate, arguing that the measure would prevent people from publicizing animal abuse.

“The intent behind the legislation is to put a chilling effect on whistleblowers on factory farms,” said Matthew Dominguez, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States. “It begs the question of, what exactly does animal agriculture have to hide?”

Legislatures in seven states – Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah- have considered laws that would enhance penalties against those who secretly record video of livestock, though the efforts have stalled in some states.

The Iowa measure would establish a new penalty for lying on a job application to get access to a farm facility, making it a serious misdemeanor. A second conviction would be an aggravated misdemeanor.

A serious misdemeanor carries a fine of up to $1,500 and imprisonment up to one year. An aggravated misdemeanor can be punished by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment of up to two years.

via Nation & World | Debate intensifies over animal undercover filming | Seattle Times Newspaper.

“Personally I think this is a real set back in the fight against animal abuse, it’s bloody ridiculous!. Animal abuse itsn’t done right in front of the public gaze, it’s done behind doors.   If I was a meat eater,  I would want know that the lamb I bought to eat, wasn’t abused; the slaughter process is bad enough without the animals suffering abuse before they get to the end of their lives!

The only real way of knowing if an establishment employs staff, who for whatever reason, take out their anger & frustration on the animals, is for undercover surveillance to be carried out. 

I have said for a long time that all establishments that deal with live animals, i.e. slaughter house should have CCTV at every stage of the slaughter…from coming off the trailer to being slaughtered…but it should be monitored by a third party!  Seriously, if people in the animal business don’t want it, I think they have something to hide!  

Hidden camera footage has proved beyond doubt that inappropriate abusive behaviour happens in many animal establishments.  Some undercover evidence has resulted in criminal charges against owners and workers, plants have been shut down, & slaughterhouses investigated!  Surely having whistle blowers is a step in the right direction against rampant animal abuse.

It doesn’t matter what line of business your in, if you know that there is going to be an inspection; steps are carried out to make sure everything is in order & ship shape!  Surely inspections should be carried out on the spot, no forward warning –  or else what’s the bloody point??

THEY HAVE MADE THIS LAW BECAUSE THEY ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…THEY JUST DON’T WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW!” Jules B.

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