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Why aren't occurences like this such big news? Because people don't like to hear the truth.... it's better that something can be criticised.<br><br>
"....anyone who holds a mirror up to society risks offending a lot of people, who may not like what they see." (In Defence Of Animals).<br><br>
And that's what PETA do.<br><br><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.peta-online.org/liv/animaltimes/ATspring03/veg1.html" target="_blank">http://www.peta-online.org/liv/anima...ng03/veg1.html</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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No Greater Outrage<br><br><br><br>
With 5,000 chickens from a slaughterhouse truck accident scattered across the highway, it was a nightmare situation for both the victims and their would-be rescuers...<br><br>
By Robyn Wesley<br><br><br><br>
We heard about the accident on the radio. A truck carrying chickens to slaughter had overturned, and hundreds of yellow plastic crates containing nearly 5,000 birds were scattered about the highway. DJs made jokes about chickens "crossing the road." I and other PETA staffers headed to the scene.<br><br><br><br>
The owner of the trucking company was demanding that the birds be loaded back onto the truck and shipped to slaughter. We reminded law-enforcement officials that although the law is routinely flouted, it is illegal to transport injured animals to slaughter and that all the birds would have to be examined. The officers agreed, and a veterinarian went about examining the birds.<br><br><br><br>
Some had been impaled on shards of broken crates or were bleeding where their combs had been ripped. Intestines trailed from living birds. Many were still in intact crates but nevertheless had broken wings and legs from being roughly grabbed and shoved into the crates back at the farm. Some cried out pathetic little wails that sounded exactly like infants' cries.<br><br><br><br>
Uninjured birds were placed back on the truck. Soon it became apparent that examining several thousand birds would take all night, and eventually, the truck driver got tired of waiting and left with some of the victims. Having come so close to sparing the birds from slaughter, it was heartbreaking to watch some of them being driven off into the darkness.<br><br><br><br>
We would spend the rest of the night putting the injured and dying birds out of their misery.<br><br><br><br>
We had to work quickly in teams to get the birds out of the crates, hold them gently and let the humane officers inject them with sodium pentobarbital.<br><br><br><br>
I can still see the goose-pimpled pink flesh of their necks. It looked delicate, and yet the needle would resist going in, then suddenly puncture the skin. It made me cringe every time, but the chickens never flinched; it was nothing compared to what they'd been through.<br><br><br><br>
Long before the accident, most of the dead chickens we pulled out of those crates had withered away after an injury or illness had made them lame and unable to get to food and water.<br><br><br><br>
I'd never touched a chicken before that night even though I'd grown up in Maryland's "chicken country" and was familiar with the barns where chickens were raised. My sister dated a chicken farmer's son in high school and he described walking through the barn to pick up the chickens who'd died each day overnight. Birds don't just die unless their living conditions are horrendous.<br><br><br><br>
The truck carrying these birds was bound from North Carolina to a New Jersey slaughterhouse. It was a hot, humid day, with crates stacked 10 high and many rows deep. The chickens in the outside crates were whipped by the wind, but those in the interior must have had it so much worse. I doubt fresh air even made it to them. They must have been suffocating from the stench of waste-covered birds around them and gasping for breath in the unforgiving heat. All this with no water, their cramped joints aching, and no understanding of what was happening to them.<br><br><br><br>
We were able to end the suffering of thousands of birds that night. After the initial shock subsided, we all went to work, almost in a trance, but here and there, you'd hear someone scream out when they found a chicken with grotesque deformities or injuries that happened mostly on the farm. Toes so curled that they looked like pretzels. One chicken's toes had gotten slammed in a crate. The ends were still plump, but the middle parts were flattened. Oozing sores, gouged-out eyes and missing toes. Not one looked like a normal chickenthey were all filthy and missing feathers.<br><br><br><br>
Just after midnight, with hundreds of birds still awaiting help, we decided we needed reinforcements and somebody went off to roust the interns from their beds. Many of them started to cry when they arrived. When a bird was clearly dying, Ingrid would instruct us, "Hold them while they go," which always caused the tears to well up.<br><br><br><br>
At dawn, some chickens started crowing. I was struck by this, thinking, this is the first time any of these birds have seen the sun rise, how did they know to announce it?<br><br><br><br>
As I opened the final crate, I wanted to remember that these birds were individuals, not just flesh and feathers. The chicken inside stood up very tall, stretching his legs. He was so friendly and cooperative, with bright, golden eyes. A stately gentleman I knew for a brief moment. I picked him up, held him close, and really looked at him. I watched his face the whole time as he was injected; his eyes blinked, and then his head slowly fell onto my arm.<br><br><br><br>
We looked like zombies when we returned to the PETA office, exhausted and numb. Our clothes were covered in feces, blood and filth; beyond saving, they had to be thrown away.<br><br><br><br>
I still cry at the memory of that night and all the birds who died unnoticed and unmourned by all but the few of us who witnessed their passing. Plutarch summed it up well: "But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." The only reason these birds lived was so someone could eat their broken bodies, and I think there is no greater outrage.<br></div>
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Well, I wish their campaigns against KFC and the like got more attention. Stuff like that that they do I wholeheartedly applaud. Although I always make arguments for why I don't like them overall, they definitely do some campaigns that are inoffensive and effective.
 

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They KFC campaign will get a lot more coverage once the more outrageous elements of their plan start going into effect.
 

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I recieved an action alert from PETA today about KFC. You can find updated info here<br><br><a href="http://www.kfccruelty.com/" target="_blank">http://www.kfccruelty.com/</a>
 

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we should all keep events like this in our minds when we watch news and current affairs...<br><br><br><br>
what we don;t see is more important than what we do see...<br><br><br><br>
what they choose to ignore or edit out... THAT is what is really going on... THAT is reality... a truth that isn't subject to manipulation through presentation...<br><br><br><br>
yet it is not the truth that most of us live by because we don't see it!<br><br><br><br>
such is life...<br><br><br><br>
although i find PETA very full on at times, this action and compassion can only be applauded...<br><br><br><br>
i'm so happy that these people exist!
 

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this is the first good thing i have heard peta to do. i am 100% for what they did. if only these kinda things made the news instead of the stupid pointless things they do.
 

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"this is the first good thing i have heard peta to do"<br><br><br><br>
You want to visit their site. It's packed full of the excellent work which they are doing.
 

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There is nothing that KFC has done that implies anything good. Their cruel treatment of animals, not to mention the mere fact that they serve up flesh, is enough for me.
 

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<a href="http://home.iprimus.com.au/ia1hp/kfc1.gif" target="_blank">http://home.iprimus.com.au/ia1hp/kfc1.gif</a><br><br><br><br>
(Apologies if I've posted this elsewhere)
 

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PETA is like any other group. You probably won't agree with them 100%. My biggest concern is that PETA is run by well, crazy people. I don't think their brass is very in tune with reality, and if you read that New Yorker article about Newkirk you will note that consulting with the membership is not something PETA does. Basically they are after money to fuel ideas from their execs. Some of their ideas (like trying to change Hamburg to Veggieburg) are just stupid, and I'd rather my money wasn't wasted on them.<br><br><br><br>
I like a lot of PETA campaigns and ideas though, just not all of them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yeah, I don't agree with everything PETA does either. But I have such respect for Ingrid, as a person, that I pretty much trust her judgement and don't have a problem with the way she's running things. If I was running PETA, I wouldn't have done the Holocaust On Your Plate series or the Got Beer? series, and I probably wouldn't have had the nerve to do the We'd Rather Go Naked series either. I'm not very good at whoring the media.
 

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Some of the things they do like trying to change the name of a town are done mostly to generate publicity which then gets people to take notice of the fantastic and important other work they do.<br><br><br><br>
It's not their fault that the media only reports the sillier stuff.
 
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