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Pork Council Busted For Killing Puppy Mill Bill

Pork Council Busted For Killing Puppy Mill Bill

A bill to regulate puppy mills in North Carolina was recently killed—not just by dog breeders, but by hog breeders who opposed the legislation simply because it was backed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). According to a N.C. Pork Council lobbyist, the pork producers were worried about HSUS gaining ground in the state and pressured officials to deep-six the bill.

As an ensuing News Observer editorial pointed out, it isn’t all that likely that a state that “still hasn’t shaken off the smelly, pollution-prone lagoon and sprayfield system of dealing with industrial-scale hog waste” would suddenly enact tough pork production rules just because a bill to give puppies a modicum of protection passed. But the pork industry obviously recognizes—and fears—the power of animal rights organizations—and the growing public shift away from practices that harm animals.

But by helping to kill Senate Bill 460, the Pork Council not only killed puppies’ chances for some meager protection, it also killed its own PR claims to care about animal welfare. How does the pork board expect people to believe that it’s serious about improving the animal welfare standards in its own industry when it kills attempts to improve the welfare standards in another? 

For years, pork producers have been promising to phase out gestation crates and  improve transport and slaughter methods, but despite their encouraging-sounding assurances, conditions on most pig farms are as pitiful as ever. Officials even filed cruelty-to-animals charges against workers at a North Carolina pig-breeding facility owned by Murphy Family Ventures—a company that supplies pigs to Smithfield Foods, the largest pig-killing corporation in the world—after a PETA investigator went undercover at the facility.

Most pig farmers detest PETA even more than they hate the HSUS. I suppose PETA should now expect the Pork Council to try to squelch its efforts to regulate dog meat farms in China simply out of spite and fear. After all, the pork industry has proven that it’s incapable of compassion for hogs or dogs, or for anyone who tries to help them. At least one positive thing has come from the N.C. Pork Council’s heartless action—and the ensuing News Observer exposé and editorial: More people’s eyes were opened and a number of them wrote letters to the paper to express their outrage and disgust with the pork industry. Those who said they planned to stop eating pig flesh particularly had the right idea!

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8:02AM PST on Feb 16, 2011

I don't understand what the world is doeing !

1:58AM PDT on Aug 27, 2010

I don't understand the ways of this world.. profit out of cruelty to animals ?? ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

1:35PM PDT on Aug 1, 2010

The bill to regulate puppy mills was:

Our Position:
Support
Bill Number:
NC S.B. 460 & H.B. 733
Bill Sponsor:
Sen. Don Davis (D, 5) & Rep. Pat McElraft (R, 13)
Bill Status:
Died
Found the information on the Humane Society website

9:55PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

why am i not shocked they now how the system works and its making them shit in there pants bunch a babys

7:54PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

Before I eat pork, they can eat themselves .Despicable.

4:05PM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

To CathyP,Sumicko K , LindaG,MarieWatson,KanaK,MaryC,
RobM,Cheryl H,Steve R, Lou P and all the other wonderful animal conscience posters out there Your comments were wonderful. I think we should all send letters to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and Let the Man know how we feel about all this and maybe he can make some changes. Baby Seals are being killed why? Whales are being killed why? cubs are left starving why? the beautiful Stallions being shot why? chickens shoved in tiny coops, cattle left to graze on weeds, pigs tortured, young calves slaughtered for veal, What the hell is going on here in our country. I know we have to eat, but my God do we hav to torture and maim the animals and starve them or inject them with steroids? Everyone that posted today should sit down and write a letter and talk about all that is bothering you, not only job loss, home loss and the rest of the bad things, we have to fight for these animals too, WE ARE THEIR VOICE! They live and breathe and hurt and feel pain and hunger, don't those damn fools in office care?? Well WE DO!! lets try to change some of these practices, make laws that stick, fine and jail or remove the animals if improperly cared for.
Hit them where it hurts and maybe they will wake up. You mess with my dog, or cats and your a$$ is mine. I care for them feed them and keep them in my home.Don't mess with them. I will also keep fighting to get better food made for them. They charge enough for it. I do love animals & they love us

1:16PM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

Where do these industries get off that they can get away with this type of behavior? What the hell do our elected officials think they are doing,we elect them to do the right thing and they let this go on?Election time is coming, lets find some people that care about animal rights instead of greed and put them in office. This is so sad. God Bless those poor animals.

1:45AM PDT on Jul 27, 2010

greedy humans do not care. animals are dumb, we must speak up for them against GREEDY HUMANS!

10:13PM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

Does anyone know what the bill number was? Trying to search for pigs in the senate is not easy D

10:01PM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

Perhaps people should just quit meat altogether, then these people would have no power at all. Those poor puppies...never mind, no one who cares about animals will give up until more animal right laws are passed and animals start gaining more and more legal protection.

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