Spring weather was cold then. So, the piglets huddled together to keep warm.
This video is called Pigs Strung Up And SHOT To Train British Army Medics In Treating Gunshot Wounds.
From the Daily Mirror in Britain, with photos there:
EXCLUSIVE: Pigs strung up and SHOT to train British Army medics in treating gunshot wounds
Feb 18, 2014 00:00
By Chris Hughes, Andy Lines
Military surgeons are being sent to Denmark for the controversial training on live animals – even though the practice is illegal in the UK
Pigs are being shot so British Army medics can learn to treat battle wounds.
Military surgeons are sent to Denmark for the controversial training on live animals – even though the practice is illegal in the UK.
Animal rights group PETA has slammed the “cruel” practice.
A live pig dangles from a wooden frame as a soldier shoots it to inflict horrific injuries.
Military medics then operate on the animal’s traumatic gunshot wounds while it is still breathing.
The shocking photos taken in Denmark have put the country at the centre of another animal cruelty row after the controversial killing of a giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo.
Campaigners who are disgusted by the pig shootings are demanding an end to the brutal military training courses that are nicknamed Operation Danish Bacon.
This kind of training is banned in Britain – yet our Army medics are sent to Denmark to take part.
Mimi Bekhechi, associate director of animal rights group PETA UK, said: “The overwhelming majority of the UK’s Nato allies do not shoot, stab or dismember animals for their military training exercises.
“The Ministry of Defence’s decision to ship out members of the armed forces for these deadly and cruel exercises in Denmark – which would be illegal if conducted in the UK – is impossible to justify medically, ethically or educationally.”
The pigs are strung up then blasted with an AK-47 rifle or a 9mm handgun.
To give them experience of working on gun wounds, medics then operate on the animals. Even if the surgery is a success, the pigs are later killed.
The British Army sends surgeons to Jaegerspris Kaserne in Denmark twice a year to take part in the exercises.
During the training the pigs are “subjected to bullet and blast wounds”, the UK Government has confirmed. PETA has appealed to the Danish Minister of Defence to stop the country’s animal-based trauma training exercises.
Campaigners argue that hi-tech human simulators should be used instead, adding that they are more realistic than using live animals.
A PETA spokesman said: “Eighty per cent of Nato allies have already ended the cruel use of animals in archaic military medical training exercises. …
PETA has also filed a complaint with the European Commission against Denmark over the training courses.
An EU directive, as well as Denmark’s Animal Welfare Act, require that non-animal methods should be used to train the military whenever available.
A former US military medical worker – who is now with PETA – insisted that compared to operating on animals that have been stabbed or shot, the
lifelike human simulators are a far superior way of preparing doctors to treat injured humans.
Experts said the Caesar patient simulator, which “breathes” and “bleeds”, can be used anywhere.
It has been developed to give medics the best possible grounding in how to deal with casualties on the front line and in disaster zones.
The MoD has strongly defended sending its medical staff for the live animal training. …
These never-before-seen photographs of pigs being shot follow Denmark coming under heavy fire over its treatment of giraffes.
This month the zoo in Copenhagen killed a giraffe called Marius to avoid interbreeding – then his body was dissected and fed to the lions as young children watched.
Staff received death threats after the animal’s death.
Another zoo in Denmark then considered killing a giraffe, also called Marius, to avoid fights among males after the planned arrival of a female.
Marius won a reprieve because moves to introduce the female were shelved.
Genetic similarities between people and pigs
Pigs are genetically very close to humans.
The flesh of swine is so similar to our own that if you eat under-cooked pork you can get parasites that live equally as well in our own flesh.
In 2000 a heart doctor gave a patient a transfusion of pig’s blood following a number of attempts at animal-to-human organ transplants.
London surgeon Dr Dhaniram Baruah injected more than half a pint of the blood into a man suffering from severe anemia.
During an interview from his prison cell Germany’s infamous cannibal Armin Meiwes – who ate an estimated 20kg of his victim – said: “The flesh tastes like pork.
“It tastes a little bit more bitter, stronger. It tastes quite good.”
This video says about itself:
White-lipped Peccary in the Clay Lick of the Yasuni
1 Apr 2011
The white-lipped peccary is diurnal and lives in large herds of 50 to 300+ individuals, though there have been reported sightings of up to 2,000 individuals. It is an omnivorous animal, feeding on fruits, roots, tubers, palm nuts, grasses and invertebrates.
The white-lipped peccary is widely considered the most dangerous peccary; unlike the rather shy collared peccary, the white-lipped species will charge at any enemy if cornered, and when one of them is injured, the entire herd returns to defend it. There are reports of jaguars being killed by angered peccary herds and even some humans have been killed.
The white-lipped peccary is found in Central America and South America. It ranges from southeast Mexico, throughout eastern Central America, to northern Argentina. The white-lipped peccary was introduced to Cuba in 1930, but possibly is no longer found there. According to the IUCN it’s already extirpated in El Salvador and its range has been reduced in Mexico and Central America during the last 20 years
From Wildlife Extra:
WCS researchers stumble upon 4,000-10,000 year-old cave drawings
November 2013: Ancient cave drawings of animals made by hunter-gatherer societies thousands of years ago were a surprise find in Brazil for a team of scientists on the trail of white-lipped peccaries, herd-forming pig-like animals that travel long distances. The team from the Wildlife Conservation Society and a local partner NGO, Instituto Quinta do Sol were gathering environmental data in forests that link Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado biomes.
The peccaries are vulnerable to human activities, such as deforestation and hunting, and are disappearing from large swaths of their former range from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. While following signals from radio-collared white-lipped peccaries and the foraging trails of peccary herds, the team encountered a series of prominent sandstone formations with caves containing drawings of animals and geometric figures.
Keuroghlian contacted Aguiar, a regional specialist in cave drawings. [Aguiar] determined that the drawings were made between 4,000–10,000 years ago by hunter-gatherer societies that either occupied the caves, or used them specifically for their artistic activities. The style of some drawings, Aguiar noted, was consistent with what archeologists call the Planalto (central Brazilian plateau) tradition, while others, surprisingly, were more similar to Nordeste (northeastern Brazil) or Agreste (forest to arid-land transition in NE Brazil) style drawings. The drawings depict an assemblage of animals including armadillos, deer, large cats, birds, and reptiles, as well as human-like figures and geometric symbols. Oddly, the subject of the WCS surveys in the area—peccaries—are absent from the illustrations. Aguiar hopes to conduct cave floor excavations and geological dating at the sites in order to fully interpret the drawings.
“These discoveries of cave drawings emphasize the importance of protecting the Cerrado and Pantanal ecosystems, both for their cultural and natural heritage” said Dr. Julie Kunen, Director of WCS’s Latin America and Caribbean Program and an expert on Mayan archeology. “We hope to partner with local landowners to protect these cave sites, as well as the forests that surround them, so that the cultural heritage and wildlife depicted in the drawings are preserved for future generations.”
The drawings are the subject of a recently published study by archeologists Rodrigo Luis Simas de Aguiar and Keny Marques Lima in the journal Revista Clio Arqueológica (see link). The diversity of the renderings, according to the authors, adds significantly to our knowledge of rock art from the Cerrado plateau region that borders the Pantanal.
- Pig-Like Beast Leads the Way to Ancient Cave Drawings (livescience.com)
- Ancient Cave Drawings Dating 4,000-10,000 Years Old Discovered in Brazil (scienceworldreport.com)
- You never know what you’ll find (southofheaven.typepad.com)
- Piglike beasts lead the way to ancient cave drawings in Brazil (nbcnews.com)
- Endangered piccary leads to ancient cave art discovery (msamba.wordpress.com)
- Scientists Discover 10,000-Year-Old Cave Paintings in Brazil (sci-news.com)
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Acorns frustrate boar hunting
Monday 14 Oct 2013, 12:05 (Update: 14-10-13, 12:48)
Until the end of the hunting season over 1,300 pigs are supposed to be killed in the Veluwe. Normally the hunters gather near feeding areas. Hungry boars will come to feed, and then they will be shot.
But now that the whole forest is littered with acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts, the pigs have no need to come to the feeding areas. They roam the forests everywhere, there is plenty to eat and the hunters will have to chase the animals.
Wildlife organization Het Edelhert thinks that the hunters now will shoot only 70 percent of the required number of animals.
- Stop Hunting Wild Boars with Dogs (forcechange.com)
- Wild boars increasing in Fukushima, damaging more farmland (japandailypress.com)
- Blood lust (lyndafranklin.wordpress.com)
- Fukushima’s Latest Woe: Wild Boars (newser.com)
- Wild Boar Drinks 18 Beers, Attempts To Fight Cow, Then Passes Out Under Tree (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Boom in boars – Wild radioactive pigs over-run Fukushima Japan (news.3yen.com)
- Boars and Bears and Birds, oh my! (attendsquoi.wordpress.com)
- ScienceShot: Boar Mothers Control the Size of Their Piglets (news.sciencemag.org)
- Feral Pigs in the Adirondacks (essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Hot boars in Fukushima, August 3, 2013 (vernonradiationsafety.wordpress.com)
This video from the USA says about itself:
12 Dec 2012
When you watch the ads that big pharma runs on television, they give us the impression that they genuinely care about the well-being of consumers. But behind closed doors, they let their true opinions come out, and these are less than flattering. The latest example comes from pharmaceutical giant Merck [or: MSD], who we found out recently was actually mocking victims who had been injured by their products in internal emails. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio talks about this with Martha Rosenberg, author of the new book “Born With a Junk Food Deficiency.”
Translated from daily De Volkskrant in the Netherlands:
Pregnant women misled by pharmaceutical corporation
By: Jeroen Trommelen – 05/27/13, 05:18
Pregnant women in Brazil participating in the ‘Mothers for Mothers‘ [aka Merck for Mothers, or MSD for Mothers] program have been are misled for many years by the pharmaceutical company MSD and its predecessor Organon in the Netherlands.
The women were told that from the hormones in their urine a drug was made for women with pregnancy problems. However, Organon and MSD used the substance for the production of an agent for sows in the pig industry, to produce piglets faster.
This drug, PG600, is controversial because of animal rights issues and is taboo in organic pig farms because artificially fast pregnancies overtax sows. In the non-organic pig industry, its use is legal.
Manufacturer MSD admits that Brazilian women are not informed on the real use of the collected HCG hormones. “It is true that at the time donors were not informed,” says the MSD spokesman.
The ‘Mothers for Mothers’ program in Brazil has been running since 1986. It was set up after the Dutch campaign of that name had come into disrepute by the use of the collected hormones in the pig industry. Dutch women in 1985 threatened to stop participating in the campaign if it would not be targeted exclusively on the production of human medicines.
As becomes apparent now, Organon, which was later taken over by MSD, then for the production of its veterinary agent switched to hormones from the Brazilian campaign. Five years ago, the HCG program in Brazil had six thousand pregnant women as donors, who ceded a monthly 170 thousand liters of urine, supposedly to help other women with pregnancy problems. The participants were never told about its use for pigs.
In Brazil, the collection of urine for veterinary purposes was stopped a few years ago, “partly due to the fact that there was confusion about the use of the collected urine.” …
For the production of PG600 not only hormones of pregnant women are used, but also hormones from the blood of two thousand pregnant horses undergoing an experiment in the Netherlands.
The Dutch society for the prevention of cruelty to animals advocates a ban on the experiment. “In our view, this is not about bona fide animal research, but about a production method for increasing economic efficiency in the pig industry”.
This video from the USA, Iowa State University Extension, is called David Schmidt: Foaming Manure Pits.
From Mother Jones in the USA:
Mysterious Poop Foam Causes Explosions on Hog Farms
—By Tom Philpott
Wed May. 15, 2013 3:00 AM PDT
When you hear about foam in the context of food, you might think of molecular gastronomy, the culinary innovations of the Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, who’s famous for dishes like apple caviar with banana foam.
But this post is about a much less appetizing kind of foam. You see, starting in about 2009, in the pits that capture manure under factory-scale hog farms, a gray, bubbly substance began appearing at the surface of the fecal soup. The problem is menacing: As manure breaks down, it emits toxic gases like hydrogen sulfide and flammable ones like methane, and trapping these noxious fumes under a layer of foam can lead to sudden, disastrous releases and even explosions. According to a 2012 report from the University of Minnesota, by September 2011, the foam had “caused about a half-dozen explosions in the upper Midwest…one explosion destroyed a barn on a farm in northern Iowa, killing 1,500 pigs and severely burning the worker involved.”
And the foam grows to a thickness of up to four feet—check out these images, from a University of Minnesota document published by the Iowa Pork Producers, showing a vile-looking substance seeping up from between the slats that form the floor of a hog barn. Those slats are designed to allow hog waste to drop down into the below-ground pits; it is alarming to see it bubbling back up in the form of a substance the consistency of beaten egg whites.
And here’s the catch: Scientists can’t explain the phenomenon.
Check out this amazing 2011 video presentation [top of the post] on the matter by University of Minnesota researcher David Schmidt. He opens by describing a 2009 explosion that lifted a hog barn a “couple of feet off the ground” and blew the farm operator himself 20 feet from the building. (Thankfully, he wasn’t injured, and there were no animals in it.) And check out the footage, starting about 3:19 in, of the foam itself, which must be seen to be believed. At one point , a shovel dips into the mire and scoops up as sample—which jiggles and pulsates, alive, apparently, with microbial activity. Schmidt also does a great job of explaining just how manure foam can cause explosions.
Factory farms fed cows the mess from the bottom of chicken cages: here.
- The Latest in Job Safety Hazards: Poop Foam (lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com)
- New in Factory Farming: Exploding Poop Foam (newser.com)
- Latest Factory Farm Byproduct: Exploding Foamy Pigdoots (wonkette.com)
- Explosive Hog-Shit Foam (motherboard.vice.com)
- There’s a Mystery Foam on Some Hog Poop, and It Causes Explosions (geekosystem.com)
- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Responds to Hog Farm Protestors (5newsonline.com)
This video from Britain says about itself:
May 17, 2012
During 2004, two UK television documentaries were produced which investigated the past activities of the UK Government’s Biological Warfare facility at Porton Down, Wiltshire.
The programmes revealed that scientists from Porton Down had used the UK as a vast outdoor laboratory during the Cold War. From 1950 to 1975, Porton scientists had clandestinely sprayed massive amounts of live bacteria (Serratia marcescens, E. coli MRE162 and Bacillus subtilis) and several tons of chemical compounds (such as Zinc Cadmium sulphide) over large parts of the UK.
The first programme shows – how Royal Enfield workers in an underground factory at Westwood Quarry were repeatedly exposed to an opportunistic pathogen in the early 1950s; how members of the public travelling on a regular railway train on the Salisbury-Exeter line were sprayed with live bacteria by Porton scientists while travelling through a tunnel; how the city of Salisbury was ‘attacked’ during August of 1960 with large amounts of a cadmium compound: and how Porton sceintists conducted the large, and now infamous, series of experiments – known as the Lyme Bay Trials.
The latter experiments exposed millions of UK residents to massive aerosols of live bacteria (E.coli and Bacillus subtilis) during the years 1963-1975. The huge bacterial clouds were sprayed from an Admiralty ship – ETV ICEWHALE – and were carried onshore by the wind and sampled by Porton scientists up to 50 miles inland. Athough this research was meant to be of a defensive nature, the official Porton film of these experiments stated: “Whilst these trials were designed for specific research purposes, they demonstrated, in a striking way, the feasibility of small-scale biological warfare. An appreciable dose of viable bacteria was achieved over an area greater than 1,000 square miles, by the release of only 120 gallons of suspension”.
Rise in animal experiments at defence laboratory
Almost 10,000 experiments were conducted on animals, including monkeys and pigs, at the Porton Down military research base last year, it has been revealed.
By Telegraph reporters
3:35PM GMT 18 Dec 2012
The number of animal tests carried out at the top-secret facility in Wiltshire increased by 300 since 2010 and by more than 1,000 since 2009.
Currently 21 licensed animal procedures are under way at Porton Down Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).
Most of these fall into the “substantial” severity category which may cause “significant or prolonged animal suffering”.
Six of the projects cover work funded directly by US defence agencies.
The details were disclosed in a series of written answers from junior defence minister Philip Dunne.
He was responding to parliamentary questions tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock, the member for Portsmouth South.
Mr Hancock said he was shocked by the statistics which, until now, were never made generally public.
Last month the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection highlighted “disturbing and cruel” experiments at Porton Down, said to include live pigs being blasted with explosives and forced to inhale mustard gas, monkeys being infected with anthrax and guinea pigs being killed with nerve agent.
Mr Dunne, the minister responsible for defence science and technology, listed the number of animal procedures undertaken at DSTL Porton Down over the last three years.
The figure has risen from 8,452 in 2009 to 9,582 in 2010 and 9,882 last year, he revealed.
The animals involved were pigs, rabbits, monkeys and rodents.
All scientific experiments on animals, including those at Porton Down, have to be licensed by the Home Office under the proviso that suffering is minimised as much as possible.
Procedures are graded according to the severity of harm or suffering they inflict.
Of the 21 “active” projects at Porton Down, four are “unclassified”, three are “mild”, six are “moderate” and eight are categorised as “substantial”, said Mr Dunne.
A moderate procedure may cause animals a “noticeable degree of pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm”, according to the Home Office definition. Substantial severity “may cause a major departure from the animal’s usual state of health or well-being with significant or prolonged animal suffering”.
Mr Hancock said: “I was shocked to learn that almost 10,000 animal experiments are taking place at Porton Down every year, including ones inflicting substantial levels of suffering.
“The details were not included in the annual statistics published by the Home Office and many people will be totally unaware that this suffering is occurring.
“It is important that the Ministry of Defence routinely gives more information on its use of animals so the public can be fully informed.”
BUAV chief executive Michelle Thew said: “It is alarming that almost 10,000 animal experiments for military purposes took place in 2011 and that many animals were subjected to the most extreme suffering categorised by the Government.
“Some of the animal research conducted at Porton Down was even funded by the US defence agencies.
“The BUAV is calling for an end to the use of animals, including monkeys and pigs in these gruesome experiments. We need to ensure the safety of soldiers and civilians but the answer does not lay in blowing up or exposing animals to lethal chemical warfare and nerve agents.”
A REPORT published by the Ministry of Defence admitted that some trials of chemical agents on human volunteers at Porton Down from the 1940s to the 1970s involved “serious departures” from ethical standards: here.
- Claims of cruel animal experiments (walesonline.co.uk)
- Pigs blown up, guinea pigs poisoned and marmosets given anthrax: Campaigners expose ‘cruel’ secret military experiments at Porton Down (ccs-rochford.co.uk)
- Britain: ‘Cruel’ Secret Military Experiments At Porton Down Exposed (infiniteunknown.net)
- UK & World News: Claims of cruel animal experiments (journallive.co.uk)
- National News: Claims of cruel animal experiments (coventrytelegraph.net)
- Military Experiments Blew Explosives at Pigs and Infected Monkeys With Anthrax, Group Alleges (medicaldaily.com)
- Pigs blown up, guinea pigs poisoned and marmosets given anthrax: Campaigners expose ‘cruel’ secret military experiments at Porton Down (dailymail.co.uk)
- Live pigs ‘blasted with explosives and monkeys infected with anthrax during cruel experiments’ (independent.co.uk)
This video is called Cute mangalitza piglets.
By Tony Patey in Britain:
Charities slam MoD’s surgery on shot pigs
Monday 19 November 2012
Animal welfare groups attacked the Ministry of Defence today after it defended shooting live pigs to train army surgeons.
The pigs are shot by marksmen at a Nato training facility in Jaegerspris, Denmark, to replicate battlefield wounds and are then operated on by military medical staff.
Formerly known as Operation Danish Bacon, the practice has been described by animal rights groups as “impossible to justify medically, ethically and educationally.”
An MoD spokeswoman said: “This training provides invaluable experience, exposing our surgical teams to the specific challenges posed by the injuries of modern armed conflict.”
The MoD said although the practice would not be illegal in Britain, approval would have to be obtained on a case-by-case basis from the Home Office.
The government of the day suspended British participation in the surgical training exercises in summer 1998 after they were brought to the attention of ministers.
But the courses were re-instated after it was determined there was “no equally effective alternative” and that it was “entirely appropriate and, indeed, necessary” for military surgeons to carry out training on animals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals described the procedure as “invasive and deadly” and claimed it would be illegal in this country.
It called for life-like dolls that “breathe” and “bleed” to replace the use of live animals.
Associate director for Peta UK Mimi Bekhechi said: “The overwhelming majority of the UK’s Nato allies do not shoot, stab and dismember animals for their military training exercises.”
The RSPCA said it was “upsetting that pigs were shot for surgeon practice.
“Pigs are highly intelligent animals and many people will be very distressed to hear about this,” it said.
“It is yet another example where animals pay the price of man’s inhumanity to man.
“We implore the military to explore the viability of alternative methods, and where these are found lacking, to invest in their further development.”
From The Independent:
Eighteen pigs were used in the most recent tests earlier this month, the Mail on Sunday reported.
They had circles drawn on their underbellies before a three-man sniper team fired shots intended to damage organs but not kill, the paper said.
Surgeons then treated them as they would battle zone casualties, reportedly keeping the pigs alive for two hours before they were put down.
‘We’re going to damage a lot of pigs’ livers’: Horrific boast of battlefield doctors who shoot then operate on injured animals at Nato base: here.
- Facebook Orange for Animal-Cruelty-Awareness (spiritandanimal.wordpress.com)
- Five arrested over suspected cat hunts (guardian.co.uk)
- Your Guide to Deciphering Cruelty-Free Beauty (bellasugar.com)
- Arrests after wild animals ‘killed by hunting dogs’ (itv.com)
This video is called Cute mangalitza piglets.
Mangalitza pigs are a woolly domestic race from eastern Europe.
As their wool protects them, they are one of few animal species willing to eat stinging giant hogweed.
Now, Almere local authorities have brought in mangalitza pigs to eat the hogweed.
A video about that is here.
See also here.
- NATO accused of anti-animal cruelty (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Dutch police confuse beaver with burglar (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Favourite mushroom poll (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Website Launched to Battle Bugs, Other Invasive Pests in Arkansas (arkansasmatters.com)
- Giant human-wounding plant invades Canada (infocult.typepad.com)
- Plants defend themselves against pests with a sophisticated chemical arsenal. Pests, however, continually evolve mechanisms to tolerate or metabolize particular chemical components. (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- New endophyte deters insect pests from plant root (radionz.co.nz)
- Toxic Hogweed: State looking for giant poisonous plants (howardmeyerson.com)
- ALERT: Invasive giant hogweed plant can cause blisters, blindness (cbs6albany.com)
- Vinous-throated parrotbills nest in the Netherlands (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)