May 28, 2010
May 27, 2010
Captured on hidden camera, the shocking scenes of abuse reveal a culture of cruelty at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio.
During a four-week investigation between April and May, MFA's investigator documented farm workers:
Violently punching young calves in the face, body slamming them to the ground, and pulling and throwing them by their ears
Routinely using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach
Kicking "downed" cows (those too injured to stand) in the face and neck – abuse carried out and encouraged by the farm's owner
Maliciously beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars – some attacks involving over 40 blows to the head
Twisting cows' tails until the bones snapped
Punching cows' udders
Bragging about stabbing, dragging, shooting, breaking bones, and beating cows and calves to death
After viewing the footage, Dr. Bernard Rollin, distinguished professor of animal science at Colorado State University, stated: "This is probably the most gratuitous, sustained, sadistic animal abuse I have ever seen. The video depicts calculated, deliberate cruelty, based not on momentary rage but on taking pleasure through causing pain to cows and calves who are defenseless."
Immediately upon completion of the investigation, Mercy For Animals contacted the City Prosecutor's Office of Marysville regarding the ongoing pattern of abuse at Conklin Dairy Farms. MFA is pushing for employees of the facility to be criminally prosecuted for violating Ohio's animal cruelty laws.
The deplorable conditions uncovered at Conklin Dairy Farms highlight the reality that animal agriculture is incapable of self-regulation and that meaningful federal and state laws must be implemented and strengthened to prevent egregious cruelty to farmed animals.
Although many of the abuses documented at Conklin Dairy Farms are sadistic in nature, numerous MFA undercover investigations at dairy farms, pig farms, egg farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses have revealed that violence and abuse to farmed animals – whether malicious or institutionalized – runs rampant nationwide.
Compassionate consumers can end their direct financial support of farmed animal abuse by rejecting dairy, and other animal products, and adopting a vegan diet.
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May 14, 2010
Trainee vet students haven't changed much since I did it... at Massey there are plenty of time honoured traditions to mark the passing of the five years.... in my memory most were associated with eating and drinking, copiously!
The acknolwedgement of the half way point now involves a bonding trip away for the third year class... and for a number of years, fundraising for it has involved the production of a nude calendar... quite probably a success because the larger half of the class is now female, compared to the mainly male class when I was there. Anyway, this year, they are donating some fo the funds to Paw Justice
"Paw Justice is an organization that was formed to help deal with the problems of animal abuse and neglect, which has grown at an alarming rate which is stretching the resources of all animal welfare agencies. We have taken upon ourselves to fight for your animal's rights. We love and appreciate the work that is done by all animal shelters but even they could not forsee the rapid increase in animal abuse within our society.
This is why Paw Justice was created, as we believe that there is no excuse for this shocking behavior.
Paw justice is for YOUR pet, this is YOUR campaign to give YOUR pet a voice. "
You can pre order your tasteful nude black and white calendar for just $10 NZ ...
Want a preview? OK then....
I am quite sad my class didn't have this way tradtion way back then... when we were young enough to look ok doing it !
May 11, 2010
Today my thoughts are in France. A lovely dog, a Polish Lowland called Digby, has lost a valiant battle against an infection caught from a tick. He leaves a brother Wilf, and you can read about them at
Thoughts are with Angus and his wfe today.
You can read more about this problem:
We do not have the disease in New Zealand, for which I am so grateful, but I have felt the frustration of their battle, and felt so helpless. I wanted to see him win. My own dog, Saffy, was affected with Auto Immune Haemolytic Anaemia three years ago and underwent a similar battle to Digby, but his problem was worse. Saff survived inteneive care from our wonderful clinic - with blood transusions from the dogs of two friends, and endless drugs and i/v fluids and today she seems perfectly normal, despite strong drugs that suppress her immune system!
Anyway - I think many pet owners understimate the issues from ticks - and people visiting areas in Europe can be unaware of the disease (and it is in America). In some countries, including Autralia, there is also the tick paralysis -
RIP Digby xxx
May 5, 2010
A new "highly promising" vaccine therapy, derived from rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD), could offer hope for colorectal cancer sufferers, according to University of Otago researchers.
This therapy uses harmless viral shells derived from RCD, also known as rabbit haemorrhagic disease, to deliver immunising tumour proteins and the same approach could also be applied to a wide range of human cancers, researchers say.
Sarah Young, an immunologist in the university pathology department, one of the O-Zone group of award-winning young Otago University scholars, told the Otago Daily Times the cancer-related research, involving virus-like particles (VLP), was very promising.
"This therapy is like gold in our hands. It's worked as well if not better than any other therapy I've ever seen."
Mice with induced tumours usually lived no longer than 40 days, but 60 percent of them lived for 80 days or more after a single dose of the VLP vaccine, the researchers found.
I have a number of past students who chose to enter into working in research departments rather than clinical vet medicine. It is not an area that suits many of the graduates, but when I have been invited to tour the departments where it is occurring, I have been impressed with their professionalism and empathy to the animals.
Research with animals is an area that is strictly monitored under the NZ Animal Welfare Act; every plan, protocol and potential effect or outcome is documented and discussed before permission is granted to start , but the topic will always create emotion in the eyes of the public because the concept of animal testing can only conjure images of potential 'suffering".
Whenever I have attended any conferences where ethics and the use of animals is discussed, there will be protestors, bomb threats and
abuse. Even though our department does not perform any research on animals, we are regulated to ensure we comply with the law when we use them in any teaching capacity, so are well aware of the restrictions and codes of conduct demanded.
Occasionally I read about something that holds a lot of promise to the future health and survival of humans - and I am reminded of why research is performed on animals again.
What do you think?