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RARE: A Look Inside a Transport Truck

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Posted December 19, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

“They came for us at night. Beat us. We cried out in the darkness, with no food, no water, and barely air to breathe. Little by little, the cries died out. Only our eyes remained wide open with terror. But even if the smell of death starts to suffocate us, we will never give up hope.”

“Life” for an animal bound to end up on a plate is misery from start to finish. Not only do billions of chickens, cows, turkeys, pigs, and other animals endure pure hell on factory farms, their transport process to the slaughterhouse—where they will end up struggling for their life—is terrifying, grueling, and cruel. It is a process very few ever get to see.

Recently, a PETA staffer got a glimpse into what it’s like for animals who are transported to their death while stopped at a grocery store in Maryland. Hearing the animals’ crying and stomping, she peered inside. This is what, and who, she saw:

Yep, that is urine and feces covering the ground. Can you imagine what happens when this truck is going 70 miles an hour on a freeway?

Cows can’t speak a language that we can understand—but we should understand fear. We should understand the look in their eyes and the struggle that they put up as they are poked and prodded to slaughter. We should understand that they, like us, do not want to die—not for a steak, a burger, or because you want to drink their milk.

Lend your voice to the countless cows who will be mutilated, tortured, confined, and killed—go vegan and urge your friends and family to do the same.

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  • 1754 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It is a pity that people are not aware of or interested in where their food comes from and the whole process of the animal’s life is geared to one purpose. That purpose is to transport the animal, and bring them to the slaughter house where everything ends for them. Maybe, the death is better than believing that their life will go on. Unfortunately, afterwards, they are shot with red food coloring and plastic wrap, making everything look so sanitary.

  • 1786 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    How is this “Rare”? Like Maybe its because i live out in the country, but I see these trucks ALL the time

  • 1786 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    HOW HORRIBLE! THIS HUMAN RACE TAKES PLEASURE IN ACTS OF CRUELTY.

  • 1794 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As delicious as cheeseburgers are, I think I could go without if it meant ending the suffering of these poor animals. Dairy on the other hand, I don’t think I could live without. But dairy cows don’t have to suffer! The dairy industry could be reformed and made cruelty free! The meat industry could be significantly less cruel if more sensitivity was shown towards the animal’s wellbeing and if they were actually killed instantly and painlessly before slaughter, which of course isn’t the case.

    • 1793 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Jacob – how do you suggest the dairy industry could be made “cruelty-free”? How do you separate a newborn calf from his or her mother without cruelty? How do you dispose of those unwanted calves without cruelty? How do you impregnate a cow and force her to give birth so she lactates, then steal her baby from her and kill it, every single year for the rest of her very much shortened life, then send her off to the slaughterhouse when she can’t keep producing the ridiculous amount of milk demanded from her, WITHOUT CRUELTY?

      You can NOT consume dairy without cruelty, unless you keep every calf that’s ever born (from natural conception not forced impregnation), allow them to suckle for the normal and natural amount of time (many months) and take a little bit of the milk for yourself.

  • 1794 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    very sad.

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s a lot worse for the cattle and sheep on live export from here in Australia when they are packed on animal ships in their thousands. It’s hell and many die on each voyage – a voyage to some Muslim country where they will get beaten, tortured and have their throats cut while still alive.

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i am deeply saddened to see these animals suffering like this,this is wrong and inhumane.

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    V E G A N

    is the solution

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    so sad…people need to stop having babies so they can stop breeding and killing innocent animals to feed their fat appetites..

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve seen the chicken ones a few rimes driving past, and it horrifys me each time *shudder*

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Animal slaughter is bad enough, but to see the terror on the animals’ faces as they ride the roads to “Death Row” is beyond description. You have to wonder about the people who work in the meat/slaughter/animal transport industries. Don’t they have any compassion? Don’t they have ears to hear, eyes to see what they are doing?

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It is a “Rare” thing to see:
    I used to work for a chicken company in the live haul aspect. I would see trucks coming across my scales with cages that would house a countless number of chickens in them. Me being an animal lover although I knew their death was coming soon, for me it was still important to go and check the cages and the condition of the chickens. The drivers thought I was nuts!! It was not above me to call quality control if I saw one that had a broken leg or broken wing knowing it had been swept up literally thrown in the cages, got injured and would be suffering for hours until it was their time. As much as I loved my job the hardest part was knowing the animals fate. I left my job there, after a few short months and never had a desire to do that type of work again. My love for animals supersedes the thought of their pain and agony working that type of job again. being a Peta member is the proudest thing I could have ever done for myself and they have 100% of my support.

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    These poor creatures, what a terrible way to end your life. The way they are treated makes me fume. If only we all cared instead of a percentage of people, who really love and care about animals. They should be in the fresh air and have a normal life. Wake up everyone.

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    horrible, pauvres bêtes

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Totally disgusting! People, stop eating animals PLEASE!

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is modern day slavery, the only difference is they will be killed as soon they arrive at the destination, horrible, horrible

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It´s so sad. Here in my country transport trucks for animals don´t have any ceiling, so cows have to suffer for hours of extremelly sun exposure, heat, rain,etc. I´ve seen how the truck driver gave them electrical shocks with a bar when they lie down, maybe because they´re so exhausted. I think that´s so unfair…

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    FOR A VEGAN WORLD! LOVE AND LIBERTY FOR NON HUMAN ANIMALS!!!

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sad truth is that we will never get everyone to change. Not everyone cares for the person next to them so why an animal. I believe this is so wrong along with the million other things humans do to animals. I can’t even get people to look at post because it saddens them, yet they still will eat animals.

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    When I go by these trucks, I honk, glare at the driver and flip him the bird as if to say “you’re a disgrace!”

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Im so angry I can scream but Im at work.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,People wake the f up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Anyone that ignores this is Sub_Human.

  • 1795 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    animals suffer the horrors of overcrowding or loneliness, they are denied adequate rest, food and water, injury, fatigue, infirmity, poor health, distress, very young or old age and impending birth. all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty.this is domestic and international terrorism being carried out on these our fellow beings for profit. It is time for our government’s to wake up or stand aside. we have convinced ourselves that we are equipped to cope with suffering and that thinking leads to new sources of suffering. it leads to myth-making , self-destructive behaviour which has its roots in the sense of shame/guilt and for some to destroy life wilfully all because we gave consent, withdraw your consent. self-destructive behaviour is more common than successful suicide. The distinction, life associated with self-destructive behaviour there can only be lose with a survival instinct to live and so we become smart enough to work the machine and charged to never own it and pleading with self to cope.
    knowledge is not power its empowering, lets be empowered to change….life has value beyond measure
    Peace and Love

  • 1816 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    As dangerous as this sounds, half the time I close my eyes while passing these trucks on the freeway. I’m not trying to turn the other cheek, I know what is happening in those trailers. But if I catch a glimpse at those precious animals through those holes I will bawl my eyes out.

  • 1817 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i see these a lot 🙁 it makes me want to cry, sometimes i do

  • 1818 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    “They came for us at night. Beat us. We cried out in the darkness, with no food, no water, and barely air to breathe. Little by little, the cries died out. Only our eyes remained wide open with terror. But even if the smell of death starts to suffocate us, we will never give up hope.”

    Isn’t that from the Holocaust?

  • 1818 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I see trucks like those sometimes from where I live 🙁 makes me sad…

    • 1818 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Ohhh that must be terrible :(. I never saw one, but I half want to so my dad will have to face the truth about factory farms/slaughterhouses.

      • 1815 days ago

        VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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        I completely agree with you. My dad is ALWAYS on my case about my diet. He says he understands not eating meat, but he thinks my dairy aversion is stupid because “cows aren’t really treated like that. Factory/dairy farms aren’t cruel at all…” BS, dad!

        • 1795 days ago

          VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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          Chloe, check out my recent article in the Voice for the Innocent section of the http://www.bearsunlimitedinc.org site. It pertains to dairy farms and the “happy cows” that are advertised in commercials and ads, which is all b.s. I hope your dad will read it as well.

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