Animal rights group contacts accused chicken killer

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SALISBURY — A national animal rights organization has sent a letter asking the Delmar man accused of killing almost 70,000 chickens to become a vegetarian as “penance” for his alleged actions.

The group, Mercy for Animals, also sent a Vegetarian Starter Kit with tips and recipes to Joshua D. Shelton, 21, using the Wicomico County Department of Corrections address. The letter is dated Aug. 30.

Shelton allegedly turned off the power to farmer Mark Shockley’s Delmar chickenhouses, which killed nearly 70,000 chickens that became deprived of food, water and cooling fans, according to charging documents. He faces burglary, malicious destruction of property, trespassing and animal cruelty charges.

Shockley, who estimated his total loss at about $25,000, said he doesn’t feel becoming a vegetarian is the solution for Shelton.

“I think, first of all, he should give his life to God, and I’m not a real religious person, but I do believe in God,” Shockley said.

He also said an incident like this shows how going too far with alcohol affects innocent people.

The boy should pay for this,” Shockley said. “He should have time to sit and think about what he did. And that’s what jail is for.

Mercy for Animals, which is headquartered in California, found out about the incident through the media, according to Matt Rice, its director of investigations.

Rice said the organization had read that Shelton did feel some remorse about the incident.

“This is the perfect opportunity for Mr. Shelton to prove he means what he says,” Rice said.

Much of the letter goes into what the lives of billions of factory-farmed chickens in the U.S. are like.

Mail sent to inmates is normally from family, friends or attorneys, said WCDC Director George Kaloroumakis.

“This is a first that I’m aware of,” Kaloroumakis said. “But I’m sure it’s not the first time someone who’s incarcerated has received a letter from an organization.”

Kaloroumakis described having a news release sent about the letter sent to an inmate as “something out of the norm.

As for the incident itself, Shockley said, “It’s been a very bizarre, hard-to-believe, devastating thing for us.”

News Link:-http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20120917/WIC/309170012

To read the letter sent to Joshua Shelton by Mercy for Animals, visitwww.MercyForAnimals.org/MDChickenLetter.pdf

Breaking News: Illegal Slaughter Operator Pleads Guilty to Felony Animal Cruelty, Sentenced to Jail

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After Mercy For Animals obtained shocking hidden-camera video footage of his illegal slaughter operation in Los Angeles County, Roberto Celedon has pleaded guilty to felony cruelty to animals and been sentenced to ninety days in jail and five years probation. Celedon was also ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in fines, penalties, and restitution, to complete 48 animal cruelty classes, not to own, possess, maintain or harbor any animals, not to operate a meat-producing facility, not to attend auctions where animals are sold, and not to sell any meat products.

The hidden-camera video footage, which led to Celedon’s arrest and conviction, shows animals being violently pinned down, having their throats crudely sawed open, and slowly bleeding to death.

During a raid of Celedon’s illegal slaughter facility, Los Angeles County Animal Control officers seized dozens of sick, injured, and emaciated animals. These animals are now being rehabilitated at The Gentle Barn, a sanctuary for farmed animals in California.

This case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane, and illegal abuses that farmed animals are all too often subjected to in California and across the nation. While MFA works to expose and end cruelty to farmed animals, compassionate consumers can help prevent the needless suffering of animals at the hands of the meat, egg, and dairy industries by adopting a compassionate vegetarian diet.

News Link:http://www.mfablog.org/2012/06/breaking-news-illegal-slaughter-operator-pleads-guilty-to-felony-animal-cruelty-sentenced-to-jail.html

Cruel Cuts – Illegal Slaughter Exposed in Los Angeles

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Published on 13 Apr 2012 by 

Hidden-camera footage obtained by Mercy For Animals has led to the arrest of Roberto Celedon for three felony and 10 misdemeanor criminal charges related to his illegalslaughter operation in Los Angeles County, California. The shocking video evidence showsanimals being violently pinned down, having their throats crudely sawed open, and slowlybleeding to death.

After reviewing the hidden-camera footage, Dr. Armaiti May, a practicing veterinarian and farmedanimal welfare expert in Santa Monica, stated: “The blatant cruelty towards the goat and sheep atthis facility is nothing short of horrifying and must be punished to the full extent of the law. Myoverall impression is that the facility where this footage was taken shows extreme disregard for thebasic welfare of the animals in its practices as well as lack of appropriate hygiene.”

Roberto Celedon was arrested and charged with a felony under California Penal Code 597(b)which states that every person who “tortures, torments,” “cruelly kills any animal” or “subjects anyanimal to needless suffering” is guilty of a crime punishable by a fine of not more than $20,000and/or imprisonment in excess of one year.

Celedon was also cited for numerous violations of the California Food and Agriculture Code foroperating without a license. He not only subjected animals to needless cruelty and suffering, butalso failed to meet building and sanitation standards required by California law.

During a raid of the facility, Los Angeles County Animal Control officers seized dozens sick,injured and emaciated animals. These animals are now being rehabilitated at The Gentle Barn, asanctuary for farmed animals in California. MFA praises law enforcement for its swift and decisiveaction in pursuing justice in this important case.

This case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and illegal abuses that farmed animals areall too often subjected to in California and across the nation. In a civilized society, it is our moralobligation to protect all animals, including animals raised and killed for food, from needlesscruelty and suffering.

While MFA works to expose and end cruelty to farmed animals, compassionate consumers canhelp prevent the needless suffering of animals at the hands of the meat, egg and dairy industries byadopting a compassionate vegetarian diet.

http://www.mercyforanimals.org

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