Guizhentang Pharmaceutical, the country’s largest producer of bear bile extract, apparently overlooked one important factor before submitting its application to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange: China’s increasingly audacious animal rights movement. More…
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Monday announced he would veto controversial legislation that would have made it harder to expose animal abuse. “Our office has spent a great deal of time considering this legislation,” he said in a statement. “We’ve had a lot of input from people on all sides of the issue. After careful consideration, I am going to veto the legislation. Some vetoes are made solely on policy grounds. Other vetoes may be the result of wanting the General Assembly to reconsider the legislation for a number of reasons. My veto here is more along the lines of the latter. I have a number of concerns.”
So gut-wrenching are the images — cows being shocked, turkeys being stomped, horses being burned with chemicals, piglets kicked like soccer balls — that the videos recorded by animal rights organizations at factory farms are almost impossible to watch. That, though, has helped make them effective tools in the fight against illegal and cruel treatment of farm animals. It’s alarming that a number of states have bowed to pressure from agribusiness and enacted laws to criminalize this useful undercover work.
A video released by investigators of Animal Equality, an activits group for animal rights, exposed the horrors of a slaughterhouse in China wherein an estimated 30,000 canines are killed everyday for meat trade. The video, which was recorded surreptitiously, showed dogs being clubbed and drained off their blood while still in an conscious state. The shocking images released by the group exposed the cruelty in China’s meat trade industry.