2015 is coming to a close. It’s time to look back at all the strides made for animals, in addition to reflecting on the horrific suffering that was exposed. The following investigations ALL came out this year. They are difficult to watch but important to see. We can only create change by facing the truth:
Every year, an estimated 2 million cows in India are tied up, thrown onto trucks, and transported thousands of miles to Bangladesh to be killed for leather. A PETA video exposé reveals that many cows were emaciated, exhausted, and so malnourished that they couldn’t stand up by the time they arrived. Video footage shows that one cow was even skinned alive. Workers, including young kids, were documented performing hazardous tasks such as operating machinery, using knives to cut the hides, and soaking them in toxic chemicals.
Everywhere eyewitnesses from PETA and its affiliates go, they see the same disturbing behavior on sheep farms. A visit to a massive sheep farm in Australia revealed cruelty to sheep similar to that documented in the last couple of years at dozens of other farms and shearing sheds across the U.S., Australia, and Argentina. Shearers were rough, careless, and violent, hurling sheep several feet off the shearing platform, slamming them to the floor, kicking them, twisting and standing on their necks, and more.
PETA visited angora farms in China deemed “humane” by third-party auditors and discovered rampant suffering, neglect, and cruelty beyond imagination. The group visited five farms in different regions of mainland China. Without exception, the members of the group confirmed with their own eyes what PETA Asia’s investigation had previously revealed—that live rabbits’ fur is ripped out of their skin and they are forced to live under filthy, cramped conditions, despite assurances to the contrary.
Daisy Farms claims to have “the cleanest housing, best health care, healthiest diets, and best socialization programs for our cows” and refers to them as “princesses,” “queens,” “our babies,” and “our pets,” so you’d think this farm was something pretty special. You’d be wrong. Just like most factory farms, this farm sees animals as money-making machines, not living, sensitive beings. Cows—even those who were in labor or had just given birth—were kicked, whipped, or jabbed with pens or a knife. Workers twisted their tails—which can cause severe pain and even break the bones inside. “You gotta do what you gotta do,” shrugged one worker.
PETA’s investigation reveals that workers violently handled monkeys—terrorizing them—and cruelly neglected them at Primate Products, Inc., in Hendry County, Florida, a notorious primate dealer that imports, warehouses, and sells monkeys destined for experiments to labs all around the country. Workers with no formal veterinary training shoved monkeys’ internal tissues, which protruded from their anuses—possibly as a result of stress—back into their bodies.
Sweet Stem Farm, LLC, supplies some of Whole Foods’ misleadingly named “humane meat.” Whole Foods’ campaign to convince people that its meat is “humanely” produced includes what it calls “5-StepTM” standards. Sweet Stem is a “Step 2” pig farm—which means that by Whole Foods’ claims, the pigs should have a spacious and “enriched” environment (although, of course, all these pigs will still be slaughtered eventually). Meat counter employees regularly mislead customers about the practices at supplier farms, too, even though PETA has already documented that this happens and shared it with Whole Foods. Whole Foods pledged to stop misleading customers, but it hasn’t.
PETA’s investigation shows shocking conditions for animals in Texas and Africa who are forced to suffer and die for “luxury” bags, belts, and watchbands. One investigator documented that workers crudely hacked into the necks of some alligators and tried to scramble their brains with metal rods—all in the name of “luxury.” Some animals were still conscious, kicking and flailing, even minutes after workers tried to kill them.
Thanks to all of YOU who spoke up for animals in 2015 by sharing these investigations. Together, we can expose the truth and end animal abuse. Keep up the good work in 2016. Happy New Year!