Monday, November 19, 2007

Iowa State Vet, Paul Armbrecht, Supports Hanging Pigs

Is there really a humane way of slaughtering farm animals? NO. I consider that a contradiction by itself. And, are they slaughtered with needless agony and pain with no consideration that they are, like us, sentient animals? More times than not.
Consider the case against Dr. Paul Armbrecht, a paid expert for the defense of Wiles Hog Farm in Creston, Ohio, accused of animal cruelty. His testimony at the trial of the owners and employees of the pig farm appeared to have violated the Iowa Veterinary Practice Act, which prohibits "knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue, or fraudulent representation in the practice of the profession." The Humane Farming Association (HFA), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Welfare Institute, the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, and The Humane Society of the United States, together with PETA have sent a letter to the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, urging them to investigate Dr. Paul Armbrecht's conduct who testified under oath that strangling pigs to death does not constitute cruelty to animals.
According to PETA, " During an undercover investigation conducted by the HFA at Wiles Hog Farm in Creston, Ohio, employees were documented killing sows by fastening a chain around their necks and then attaching the chain to a front-end loader. The loader was then lifted as the sows struggled and were slowly strangled to death over a period of four to five minutes. "
Dr. Armbrecht testified that ( hold on to your seat now) :

(1) Hanging is an acceptable method of killing downed and disabled sows, despite the fact that the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and the National Pork Board don't list hanging as a humane method of "euthanasia" in their guidelines.
(2) Wiles Hog Farm's practice of dragging, kicking, and dropping sows off a 4-foot ledge was an acceptable means of transporting sows to their deaths.
(3) Killing methods that cause animals to take up to 10 minutes to die are acceptable.
(4) Dr. Armbrecht had observed at least one similar strangulation elsewhere in recent months but failed to report it.
Take Action at : http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/iowa_pig_hangings
Viewing the video of a pig hanging is your option.
Credit for above photos : PETA

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