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Dab a little Sex Panther cologne on your collar, and these kittens will come running. 60% of the time, it works every time. If you're thinking of adopting an animal in the bay area, please check out The Milo Foundation, who introduced me to my new friends here.
26 Oct 2009
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Thrown, dropped, mutilated, and ground-up alive. This is the disturbing reality faced by hundreds of thousands of chicks each day at the world's largest egg-laying breed hatchery Hy-Line International in Spencer, Iowa. New hidden camera footage obtained at this facility during a *******www.MercyForAnimals**** undercover investigation gives a disturbing glimpse into the cruel and industrialized reality of modern hatcheries. The warm, comforting, and protective wings of these newly hatched chicks' mothers have been replaced with massive machines, quickly moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and distressing noise. These young animals are sorted, discarded, and handled like mere cogs in a machine. For the nearly 150,000 male chicks who hatch every 24 hours at this Hy-Line facility, their lives begin and end the same day. Grabbed by their fragile wings by workers known as "sexers," who separate males from females, these young animals are callously thrown into chutes and hauled away to their deaths. They are destined to die on day one because they cannot produce eggs and do not grow large or fast enough to be raised profitably for meat. Their lives are cut short when they are dropped into a grinding machine tossed around by a spinning auger before being torn to pieces by a high-pressure macerator. Over 21 million male chicks meet their fate this way each year at this facility. For the surviving females, this is the beginning of a life of cruelty and confinement at the hands of the egg industry. Before even leaving the hatchery they will be snapped by their heads into a spinning debeaker a portion of their sensitive beaks removed by a laser. Workers toss and rummage through them before they are placed 100 per crowded box and shipped across the country. The callous disregard for animal welfare at this facility is not isolated. In fact, the conditions documented during this investigation are completely standard and acceptable within the commercial egg industry. Referred to by Hy-Line corporate leaders as mere "genetic products," these chicks are treated just as they are viewed as inanimate objects, rather than the sentient creatures they are. Driven by consumer demand, the egg industry will continue to exploit, abuse, and kill day-old animals as long as doing so remains profitable. Empowered consumers can put their ethics on the table by choosing kindness over cruelty at each meal by adopting an animal-friendly vegan diet.
22 Sep 2009
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- Located at 650 RL Thornton Frwy, Dallas, TX 75203. A bronze giraffe measuring 67½ feet greets guests as they enter the Dallas Zoo. Come nose to nose with a chimpanzee and watch tigers swim at this new and improved zoo that features three major attractions: Wilds of Africa, Zoo North and Children's Zoo. It also has Reptile Collection, Reptile Discovery Center, and a Walk-Thru Rain Forest Aviary. Take advantage of their Picnic Areas, Gift Shop, and Adopt-An-Animal Program, which is all conveniently located at the zoo. The facility in total houses approximately 8,000 animals representing some 380 different species. The hours of operations are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. $8.75 Adults (age 12-64), $5.75 Children (age 3-11), $5.00 Seniors (age 65 up).
7 Jul 2008
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