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Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection, suffering )

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Please contact your legislators today to raise awareness of these issues--and urge them to prevent backyard slaughter from spreading to your area.

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Cher C (1430)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 2:40 pm

An address to use to get to the petition, if needed....

123 Pacific Grove Rd


Cher C (1430)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 2:42 pm

A dark world of animal abuse is proliferating in Florida. Known as “backyard slaughter,” animals are illegally slaughtered and butchered on makeshift farms. The banned meat is then sold on the black market. Animals suffer immense cruelty, starvation, botched “live” slaughters, and are kept in disgusting and diseased yards. That is why ALDF filed a lawsuit in Florida’s 13th District Court in Tampa against Cuesta Farm (aka “Quality Cattle”) and Planchart Farm (aka “B.P. Screens”), whose gruesome violations of animal cruelty and nuisance laws are brought to light in shocking undercover video investigation captured by the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), Richard “Kudo” Couto’s nonprofit investigative organization.

As Florida law allows its citizens to bring forth “public nuisance” lawsuits, ALDF is representing residents of Hillsborough County in the lawsuit who are alarmed by criminal violations of public health codes and animal slaughter and disposal laws, illegal sale of horse, cow, and pig meat, and horrifying cruelty to animals found in these yards. ALDF’s landmark case marks the first time Florida residents have sued to stop the unspeakable acts of cruelty committed by backyard butchers and the threat to public health, safety, and quality of life they pose

ALDF’s lawsuit targets “backyard butchers” on farms where horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, and birds are slaughtered, butchered, and sold for public consumption without any governmental oversight. On both farms, animals are routinely dragged, bludgeoned, stabbed, and butchered while still alive. Florida’s humane slaughter laws and cruelty codes prohibit such malicious acts of animal abuse. Although hobbyists and illegal entrepreneurs alike seek to profit from illegally confining, breeding, and slaughtering animals, as ALDF’s investigation shows, the horror animals endure at makeshift farms is unconscionable.

Children are often present at both the slaughter and the butchering of animals. As shown in the video, the defendants gut a pig and drag him with a meat hook while still alive and struggling. Another segment shows a defendant and an unidentified young girl torturing a goat by butchering him alive. They stab him, make holes in each of his hind legs with a knife to hang him from meat hooks, slice the nerves in his neck, and beat him with a meat cleaver. Death takes three to four minutes.

In a Florida subdivision called Citrus Park, many residents participate in backyard slaughter. Richard Couto, the undercover investigator from ARM, describes the confinement of animals on these types of farms as “basically torture chambers.” As documented by ARM’s investigation, illegally slaughtered horsemeat is sold on the black market. Slaughter pigs are fed discarded horse carcasses to hide the evidence of criminal activity and animal abuse. ALDF is stepping in to ensure these acts of cruelty come to an end, the offenders are punished, the health of citizens protected, and the tortured, abused, and butchered animals receive justice.

Backyard slaughter is also a major public health and nuisance issue. In violation of Florida’s health and safety codes, unsellable “byproducts” are discarded on site, sometimes on protected wetlands, and blood is disposed of by polluting local ground water. Sick and starved animals are slaughtered and sold to the general public in the black market. Dead and rotting carcasses of slaughtered animals are tossed into open pits where live animals are kept with toxic waste, in criminal violation of Florida law. Located in populated suburban areas, these backyard slaughterhouses put neighbors at serious risk of disease and stress. Robert Palin, a Citrus Park resident and plaintiff represented in ALDF’s lawsuit, is a disabled veteran with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) for whom the constant sounds of gunshots

These “backyard butchers” are truly a danger to society. Two of the defendants have criminal records that demonstrate total disregard for the law. On farms like this, animals are tortured, whipped, confined in small spaces amongst reeking piles of garbage, shot and gutted while alive, starved, and then sold to the public in the black market. This is the price animals pay when backyard slaughter is allowed to proliferate.

ALDF’s lawsuit seeks to stop the ongoing, thoroughly documented animal abuse committed by defendants and to put an end to the public health threats these criminal butchers pose. In turn, we hope to set a legal precedent that would help concerned citizens shut down backyard slaughter nationwide.

Please contact your legislators today to raise awareness of these issues—and urge them to prevent backyard slaughter from spreading to your area.


Tamara H (185)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 4:59 pm
Absolutely signed, twittered, fb and google shared. The video was too horrifying for me to watch but nonetheless it is necessary in order to bring about awareness. It breaks my heart.

Yumana Yunes (197)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 6:05 pm

Eve L (57)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:01 pm
wtf....people are monsters.

Rock H (254)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 7:41 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks Cher!

Mike H (252)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 9:22 pm
They are gutter people

Harshita Sharma (137)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 9:51 pm

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 11:06 pm
Oh dear God, what monsters live on this planet - it is them who need to be slaughtered!

. (7)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 11:30 pm
This is really unbelievable, it has to be stopped. Signed

Gysele van Santen (213)
Tuesday December 4, 2012, 11:41 pm
i really wish i hadn't seen that photo. it's too much for me. signed.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:07 am
My God, Cher that picture is just terrible! Makes my stomach turn. Thanks for getting the word out. I definitely signed. Thank you!

Mike H (252)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:22 am
I would love to wipe the smile off that creeps face with a baseball bat. I'm dead serious.

Danuta W (1248)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:07 am

Julia R (296)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:22 am
Sent email to my congressmen about this heinous animal cruelty to make sure laws are passed making this horror illegal! I cannot grasp that people could be so low, cruel and so ignorant as to treat animals like this! What animals have to contend with because of so many people lacking in ethics and humanity is incredulous. God, how I hope that there will be a day when people realize that animals have as many feelings as they do and quite frankly, with many people committing such monstrous acts, it seems as if animals have more feelings and sensitivity!
"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.” - William Ralph Inge


Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:57 am

Giana P (398)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:08 am
Disgusting excuses for human beings!

Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:32 am
GGGRRR !!!!!





Donna Hamilton (159)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:04 am
Noted but unable to sign; I got the same message as Trish Topcat, 'No server'. Will try to sign again later. Thanks, Cher.

Anneke A (279)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:20 am
same here...

Joe R (190)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:48 am
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.

Joy W (103)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 4:18 am

Christeen A (376)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:08 am
Horrific. Signed.

penny C (85)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:26 am

Lisa N (206)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:37 am
Signed & shared also on FB, thanks!

Constance F (418)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 6:44 am
Thank you for posting ! Signed from home, and shared.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:11 am
Noted and signed.

Julie E (404)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 7:46 am
I so hope that picture is a dramatization:( Noted and signed.

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:58 am
Absolutely.......S-I-C-K....and....B-A-R-B-A-R-I-C.. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope these murderers rot in helll !!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you, signed

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:44 am
I could not send an email as i dont live in the USA but animal cruelty means the same anywhere This cruelty from backyard people is appalling and needs to be stopped They should have a law on it and have stiff penalties for people breaking the law Maybe people should be able to dob people in that do this Its horrific what the animals suffer Shame on the people that do this You dont realise how many barbaric people still live on this planet I hope they get whats coming to them and what goes round comes round I sincerely hope so I pray for the animals What a terrible death for them No compassionate human being would treat them so
Please the people that can do something about this please do it soon!!

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:50 am
m glad to signe, also noted. and iam here in florida where i know all the slauthers of the backyards!!!!!! its so disturbing!!!!! its cruel and , devastated me , becouse it happen every day, special in hialeah , hommestead , and all around . also the horsess are victims , people do not care!!!! i hope this killing of the animals i this backyards end for all!!!!!

Solitary Eagle (324)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:56 am
HOW can these people live with themselves? I get the cold chills.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:57 am
action taken now!!!!!!! thnx for the posting!!!!!! its so important expose this slautherbackyards!!!!!1

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:52 pm
S & N! Sick, Sick And More sickness!

Sue L (41)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 12:52 pm
I agree with Michael H.Yes a baseball bat, a butchers knife or a machine gun is in order for these animal murdering bastards.An eye for an eye.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:01 pm
All too common out here in hick cowboy ville idaho...........heartless stupid subhumans

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:35 pm
Noted and signed. Didn't see a video but wouldn't have been able to watch it anyway. Thanks so much, Cher.

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:08 pm

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:26 pm
Noted and signed.

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:48 pm
Its done.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 9:09 pm
noted and signed

Sara Williams (8)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:47 pm
Already signed. Thanks!

Marie W (67)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 10:57 pm
We are going backwards...

Patricia Madi (6)
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 11:13 pm
I don't find the petition site, but this toture has to stop, unfotunately its widespread in islamic countries, mostly inskilled people are killing their animals - in the name of god .... cruel and backward

Emma S (239)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:19 am
Done! Thanks, Cher.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 5:50 am
Noted and signed Cher :0Thnx

Sandi C (98)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 12:47 pm

iveta NoFwdsPls cer (41)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:11 pm
Horrible , sick people they make me sick !!! Poor animals :( !!!

Thursday December 6, 2012, 1:16 pm
Signed & Noted. Thanks Cher

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:32 pm

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday December 6, 2012, 2:32 pm

Yvonne F (181)
Friday December 7, 2012, 11:28 am
Outrageous!!! Signed! Thanks Cher ;-)

irene davis (74)
Friday December 7, 2012, 8:56 pm
notes USA only.

federico b (46)
Friday December 14, 2012, 12:41 pm
Notato e firmaqto. Grazie Cher.

Carol H (229)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:07 am
disturbing!! signed and noted for sure

Wendy F (62)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 3:17 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:48 pm
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