Target: Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania
Goal: Urge lawmakers protect farmed animals with anti-cruelty laws
A recent undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals revealed widespread cruelty at a pig farm in Pennsylvania. The workers were witnessed removing piglets’ tails with pliers and ripping out the animals’ testes with bare hands. Steel rods were fired into the pigs’ heads as many as four times before successfully killing the animal. Managers trained employees to throw the animals by their ears or hind legs across the room into transport carts.
Unfortunately, all of these abuses are perfectly legal. This is because agricultural animals are not afforded the same protections under the law as other domestic animals. Lawmakers must be convinced to close the loopholes in animal cruelty laws that exempt animals raised for agricultural purposes from protections.
Abuses like those uncovered by Mercy For Animals are commonplace at pig farms throughout the country. Other types of livestock face similar or worse cruelties. Unfortunately, most states, including Pennsylvania, exempt animals raised for agricultural purposes from protections by anti-cruelty laws. This gives unconscionable factory farms like Country View Family Farms, in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania, free reign to abuse animals without consequences. Since government lobbyists have stopped animal welfare laws from being applied to farmed animals at the federal level, it is important that we use state legislation to protect these animals.
If existing animal cruelty laws were applied to agricultural animals, those responsible for the cruel and barbaric acts witnessed by Mercy For Animals could be punished. Big business should not be allowed to strip animals of these protections to increase their profits. We must urge our state officials to take action to close the exemptions that prevent farm animals from receiving the same protections that other domestic animals receive.
Dear Governor Corbett:
Animals raised for agricultural purposes in Pennsylvania are subjected to enormous cruelty. An undercover investigation by Mercy For Animals revealed managers training workers to throw pigs into transport containers using their ears or hind legs. Castrations were routinely performed by ripping out the testes with bare hands without anesthesia, and tails were removed with dull pliers. These acts of cruelty are unacceptable, and we must change the law in Pennsylvania to stop them from happening.
If the loopholes in existing state laws that exempted agricultural animals from protections could be closed, these barbaric acts could be stopped. I urge you to promote legislation in Pennsylvania which would give farm animals the same protections from cruelty as other animals.
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