Another police officer kills another family dog  »

Payton, above, was shot in the head for no real reason, and the police wouldn’t even allow the family to have the body.

An Ohio county deputy sheriff was fired for using a “garden tool” in an alleged attempt to kill and bury a dog that had been injured in a car accident. The dog was later “found wandering near the road.” A Texas family has hired an attorney after a police officer responded to their home invasion call by shooting their Saint Bernard in the head.

Dude, what is it with police murdering dogs? Hug it out instead, guys! Once again, contact your local police department, and ask that they start training cops in effective, nonviolent ways to deal with animals so that this same sad story stops happening.


The meat industry is terrifying, and it knows it!  »

According to Gene Baur’s blog,* some of the most-read articles of 2010 on are the following:

"Bomb found in employee locker at Hormel plant"
"Man dies after fall at Cargill beef plant"
"Worker killed at Wis. beef plant"
"Worker loses legs in meat grinder accident"

The violence, you guys, the violence! Obviously the meat industry is violence, but the workers are subjected to horrific conditions and are any of them even unionized? Not from what I can tell. Obviously we’re socialist lunatics over here and believe very strongly in the power of unions and The Worker, but for real, if you want safer meat, omnivores, you want the people in charge of the animals you’re eating—as in, from kill to cuts—to be physically able to follow Food Safety and Inspection Services guidelines. But of course, unionized workers have to be paid a decent wage and provided with safe working conditions, both of which items cost money, and how are you gonna get your $5 Meat Lover’s pizza if the people working the sausage grinders aren’t at risk of losing their limbs?

The most infuriating part is that the white-collar workers in the meat industry knows this; they write about these issues themselves and apparently read all about it—but they refuse to do anything about it. Lobbyists fight against safety regulations, corporations refuse to spend any money to care for their workers beyond the bare minimum; we’ve read our generation’s The Jungle and ignored its warnings. Everyone has. And now look what we’ve got: the industry knows it’s corrupt and disgusting, and it apparently doesn’t care.

*We’d link to them, but there’s a ridiculously involved registration process to access hardly anything on Meating Place, and your Vegansaurus neither wanted to invent an elaborate false identity, nor share so many personal details with “an online meat industry site,” so we’re trusting our hero Gene Baur on this.

[photo by Lachlan Hardy]

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