Banning sale of downer pigs in California? YES PLEASE.  »

It could happen, folks. This case is going all the way to the Supreme Court and God and Asshole Lobbyists willing, the judges won’t be total dumbasses about it. Light a candle, people, because this is something we know we can’t count on. You see, there was a law passed banning the sale of downer pigs (yay!) and then the American Meat Association was all, “BUT BUT BUT WAHHHHH!!!” and then they did what they did best: threw tons of money at the problem! Brilliant! Why didn’t we think of that! Oh that’s right, there the only ones who aren’t FLAT BROKE. It pays to abuse animals! Anyway, as soon as the AMA raised a fuss, that shit was overturned in Fresno, Calif., and now the battle goes to the Supreme Court. breaks it down:

If the state law of California can hamper the pork production and profit making of the pork industry, other states might then be able to enact similar laws, further cutting into industry profits. The meat packers want to overturn such a ban and the efforts of a very large state such as California to regulate slaughterhouse operations in a way they don’t like. If the the Supreme Court rules against the ban on using lame pigs for meat, then it may become the legal framework preventing any other states from ever enacting a similar ban, and therefore the meat packing industry wins the whole game. Also if the the meat packing plants can legally  simply shove all the lame and sick pigs into the grinder so to speak, there won’t be any evidence of animal disease, neglect or abuse remaining.

The Supreme Court will begin reviewing the case in October: National Meat Association vs. Harris, 10-224.

An aside: I love Herbivore’s BACON HAD A MOM t-shirt, and think they should add a: YOUR BACON WAS A PIG WHO COULDN’T WALK BECAUSE SHE’D BEEN ABUSED SO BADLY ENJOY YOUR BREAKFAST, ASSHOLE. You like?!


Plastic trash inside our albatrosses: “fun” on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!  »

[can’t see the video? watch it on]

Remember those shocking pictures of the dead baby albatrosses with the bellies full of plastic from last year? Well the problem hasn’t magically gone away (I hate when that happens!). Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, where those pictures were taken, released a video last month that’s pretty depressing. John Klavitter, who manages the refuge, says the whole plastic-in-the-belly thing, they see that every day. The first dead albatross he walks up to is full of bottle caps and other plastic crap.

Oy, I’m such a dick with my water bottles! OK, I’m going to start actually using my Sigg. You all heard it, let it be done.


The flood in Pakistan and how you can help  »

The Guardian is reporting that 20 million people have been affected by the flood in Pakistan. As the water recedes, people are returning home to find nothing left. Many people had mud houses that were completely destroyed. As always, when a disaster affects people, animals are suffering too. The information about the effects of the flood on the animals is limited but many farm animals are in danger of starvation if they don’t receive help soon. They need food, water and medical attention.

The animal-welfare sites only mention the farm animals so I’m kind of like, oh great, they can get healthy so that they can be killed for food. But not all the animals are going to be food, I’m sure some are “working” animals, and regardless, I don’t want them to die a slow, agonizing death from starvation. So I have collected a bunch of sites where you can donate money to help these animals:

The international Fund for Animals

The Brooke

WWF Pakistan

As much as I pretend I don’t, I actually do love people so I also recommend you donate either to Oxfam or you can also donate ten dollars to the UN refugee agency by texting “SWAT” to 50555. You know I love the text donations! Easy peasy.

Give what you can, guys! I know you jerks have some beer money your drunk asses could donate!

[picture from the Vets Care Club, it’s an interesting animal welfare organization]

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