Target: United States Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Goal: Protect pigs from deadly outbreak by eliminating inhumane and dangerous factory farms
The United States has been experiencing a horrible pig epidemic that is killing pigs across the country. The media would like to blame this deadly virus on weather conditions, but the cruel practice of factory farming is really to blame. The pork industry forces pigs to live in insanely close conditions, making it impossible to prevent the spread of disease. We need to eliminate factory farms once and for all.
This fatal pig disease has now affected 22 states across the United States. Thousands of pigs have contracted the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), which leads to vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and death. According to Fox News, “Frigid temperatures across a large swath of the United States this week followed by warmer conditions could aid the spread of [the] fatal pig disease.” While the weather may not be helping the situation, if pigs were kept in suitable living conditions, the outbreak would be much easier to contain.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), “Impeccably clean by nature, pigs on factory farms are forced to live amid their own feces and vomit—and sometimes even amid the corpses of other pigs. Extreme crowding, poor ventilation, and filth cause rampant disease.” PEDv is spread through feces making it incredibly difficult to stop other pigs from being infected, seeing as how “many pigs on factory farms are forced to live on slatted floors above giant manure pits.”
The media’s coverage of this deadly outbreak is limited to one angle, the fact that bacon prices may be on the rise. We need to take this opportunity to change the story and force the despicable topic of factory farming into the headlines.
By signing the petition below, you will encourage Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to eliminate the cruel and hazardous practice of factory farming.
Dear Tom Vilsack,
I was shocked to learn that there is a deadly pig virus affecting animals in 22 states across the U.S. The media is portraying the outbreak as being caused by weather, but factory farming is more likely to blame.
According to PETA, “Pigs on factory farms are forced to live amid their own feces and vomit—and sometimes even amid the corpses of other pigs. Extreme crowding, poor ventilation, and filth cause rampant disease.” The deadly virus that is currently killing pigs is spread through feces, making it very difficult to eliminate in current factory farming conditions.
Thousands of pigs have been affected by this outbreak, which could impact the health of countless Americans. Please take this opportunity to eliminate the factory farming of pigs once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
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