This 5 April 2016 video shows a pied wild boar piglet, near Vierhouten village in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands. Some wild boar piglets have unusual colours. Usually, as they grow up, they get the ‘normal’ wild boar colour.
Fortunately, this piglet does not have to fear being killed by Sarah Palin; she being busy killing wild boar thousands of miles away in Wisconsin, USA.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Hormel: USDA-Approved High Speed Slaughter Hell
A Compassion Over Killing investigator worked inside Quality Pork Processors, a USDA-inspected slaughterhouse in Minnesota that exclusively supplies to Hormel, the makers of SPAM. This shocking footage offers a disturbing, close-up view of the suffering endured by pigs as they are pushed, prodded and dragged to their death.
It looks like in Minnesota in 2015, many things are like the abuses in Chicago slaughterhouses in 1906, described by Upton Sinclair in his famous book The Jungle.
By Matt Ferner in the USA:
Undercover Video Appears To Show Pigs Conscious, Shaking In Pain As They Face Slaughterhouse Death
11/11/2015 06:37 PM EST
Pigs that appear covered with feces and sores are headed for processing in the video at one of the largest U.S. pork producers.
Undercover video recorded by an animal rights activist at one of the largest U.S. pork producers appears to show pigs being beaten and dragged across the slaughterhouse floor as workers cheer and throw blood-soaked towels at one another.
An edited version of the video, posted to YouTube on Wednesday, shows pigs covered in feces and riddled with puss-filled sores headed for the production line. It also shows numerous pigs that appear to be conscious and shaking in pain as they are being slaughtered. Federal law requires livestock to be stunned before they are killed.
Racists sometimes use animal welfare words to cover up their racism. Like Swiss anti-Semites, as Swiss Jewish author Charles Lewinsky pointed out, start with banning Jewish shechita slaughter. Like French National Front supporter Brigitte Bardot attacks both Jewish and Muslim ritual slaughter. Supposedly, Jews and Muslims are so much worse than industrial animal killers, ‘as animals are not stunned’. Now, it turns turns out that non-Muslim, non-Jewish Big Meat Business does not stun the animals either. Will anti-Semites and Islamophobes now attack Big Meat Business like they attack Jews and Muslims? Don’t bet on it.
“That one was definitely alive,” one male employee, whose face is intentionally blurred in the video, shouts as pig carcasses move down a conveyor belt. “If USDA is around, they could shut us down,” a man who appears to be the same employee says later, referring to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates meat processors.
The video was taken inside Quality Pork Processors, in Austin, Minnesota. by an investigator for animal rights nonprofit Compassion Over Killing some time this year. QPP supplies more than half of the “fresh pork raw material needs” for Hormel, the maker of Spam and other processed meat products, according to QPP’s website.
The animal rights group has given “many hours” of raw video to the USDA and local authorities, and has met with federal investigators to assist in the investigation, Erica Meier, executive director of Compassion Over Killing, told HuffPost.
“The actions depicted in the video under review are completely unacceptable, and if we can verify the video’s authenticity, we will aggressively investigate the case and take appropriate action,” USDA spokesman Adam Tarr said.
Tarr said federal inspectors were on duty at the plant, but the video was likely taken out of their view. “Had these actions been observed by the inspectors, they would have resulted in immediate regulatory action against the plant,” Tarr added.
Nate Jansen, QPP’s vice president of human resources and quality services, told HuffPost that the company’s own video monitoring system had already been “flagged” for something appearing on the Compassion Over Killing footage, and an employee was disciplined for an unspecified violation of company policy. A second employee also was disciplined with a written warning and order to undergo retraining, according to The Associated Press. …
Compassion Over Killing’s Meier rejected the criticism that video editing distorted the YouTube version.
“Our video speaks for itself,” Meier said. “We documented excessive beating, shocking, improper stunning, and dragging of animals.”
Meier said the group’s investigator applied for a job at QPP and worked there for several months. The investigator only worked with live animals during the last three weeks of employment, Meier said.
QPP is one of five pork processors that participate in a federal pilot program called Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point-Based Inspection Models Project, or HIMP. Launched by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service in the 1990s, HIMP is designed to produce a “flexible, more efficient, fully integrated” meat and poultry inspection system that allows a plant like QPP’s to take more responsibility for carcass inspection, which used to be overseen by government employees.
The idea is to allow USDA inspectors to focus more on food safety and other consumer protections, according to the Food Safety and Information Service. USDA says the process is effective.
But animal rights groups, including Compassion Over Killing, say the program reduces government oversight and allows for high-speed slaughter, which the group says kills about 1,300 pigs per hour.
“That means this facility operates at faster line speeds than almost any other facility in the U.S.,” Compassion Over Killing said in a statement describing the video. “The excessive slaughter line speed forces workers to take inhumane shortcuts that lead to extreme suffering for millions of pigs. It also jeopardizes food safety for consumers.”
According to the federal Humane Slaughter Act, livestock must be completely sedated and “rendered insensible to pain” before slaughter.
This video says about itself:
6 May 2014
Biologist Timothy Mousseau has been studying the lasting effects of radiation on the flora and fauna of Chernobyl, Ukraine.
Translated from Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad, 16 October 2015:
What was the case? The man had eaten the night before meat of a wild boar from the Bohemian Forest. Many of the pigs in the park are still contaminated with radioactivity from the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in 1986.
This video about Britain says about itself:
22 September 2015
It includes the claim that Britain’s conservative Prime Minister “put a private part of his anatomy into a dead pig’s mouth” during an initiation ritual at the Piers Gaveston Society sometime before 1988.
The source of the claim, himself a member of the British Parliament, allegedly first publicly mentioned the debauchery during a business dinner in June 2014, and then repeated the accusation twice since then.
Lord Ashcroft writes in the book that perhaps the story is indeed a case of mistaken identity, but he continues, “… It is an elaborate story for an otherwise credible figure to invent.”
These are not the first stories that have been printed regarding David Cameron‘s active social life during his time as a student at Oxford, where he joined the famous — or infamous — Bullingdon Club, whose members were rather devoted to the consumption of alcohol.
The overall image that emerges from “Call Me Dave” is that of a spoiled rich kid enjoying the high life at Oxford, a kid who apparently did not imagine himself becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom some day.
James Delingpole, an Oxford friend of Mr. Cameron, also claims he and the future PM smoked marijuana as part of a cannabis appreciation Oxford group called the “Flan Club.” Mr. Cameron reportedly enjoyed getting high with Delingpole while listening to the rock band Supertramp.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Tory pig race trotting on after cancellation furore
Wednesday 23rd September 2015
A LOCAL Conservative party group promised yesterday that a fundraising pig race event will go ahead, despite reports it had been cancelled amid swilling allegations about David Cameron’s student days.
Dewsbury County Conservative Association (DCCA), in West Yorkshire, had planned a pig race fundraising evening next month but Facebook users yesterday received a message claiming it had been cancelled.
The group later took to Twitter to reassure people that the “exciting and unpredictable evening” would go ahead as planned.
DCCA’s initial cancellation followed the publication of extracts from a new book by billionaire businessman and former Conservative Party treasurer Lord Ashcroft, in which he alleged that Mr Cameron placed “a private part of his anatomy” in the mouth of a dead pig as part of a bizarre student initiation ritual.
But Dewsbury Tories later refuted the rumours, which had been spammed all over social media, by Tweeting: “The event is still going ahead — someone was a bit premature with Facebook.”
Racegoers will be provided with pulled pork sandwiches as part of the £7.50 entry fee.
The poem Severed Pig’s Head is here.
Another poem on this is here.
This video from Britain says about itself:
Twitter reacts to Lord Ashcroft’s Cameron biography excerpts
21 September 2015
Lord Ashcroft‘s biography on PM David Cameron have caused a stir after portions were printed in the Daily Mail today. One particular allegation has caught the imagination of Twitter users, causing a small meltdown overnight.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Tuesday 22 September 2015
David Cameron’s actions over Libya have been condemned by a former Tory chairman as “doing an Iraq” while his decisions on both Syria and Libya left the White House feeling “f****ed over”, according to revelations made in a new book.
Former Tory chairman Michael Ancram made the comparison between Mr Cameron’s actions in Libya and Tony Blair’s in Iraq, in a new unofficial biography of the Prime Minister entitled Call Me Dave and written by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft. The book is being serialised in the Daily Mail, where the claims have been published.
Mr Ancram tells the authors – Lord Ashcroft and journalist Isabel Oakeshott – that Mr Cameron’s decisions over Libya have left the country “ungovernable… with vast amounts of weapons from Gaddafi’s arsenal moved south of the border, arming Boko Haram.”
A senior American government insider allegedly said the White House felt “f****ed over” by Mr Cameron on both Libya and Syria, while General Sir David Richards allegedly told the Prime Minister that being in the Combined Cadet Force at Eton did not make him qualified enough to make decisions over complex military operations and the tactics employed in them.
One White House insider is quoted as saying: “It was one of those astonishing displays of incompetence that sort of leaves you wondering about how, you know, have we all got this far?”
The revelation of Mr Cameron’s apparently poor handling of Syria and Libya follows Lord Ashcroft’s extraordinary allegations that the Prime Minister reportedly “inserted a private part of his anatomy” into the mouth of a dead pig and that he smoked cannabis while studying at Oxford University.
In an unauthorised biography of the Prime Minister entitled ‘Call Me Dave’ and serialised in the Daily Mail it is alleged that an anonymous MP knew of a photograph of the incident with the pig’s head, which is claimed to have taken place during a notorious Piers Gaveston Society event although the anonymous MP adds that it could have been a case of mistaken identity and that he had not seen any evidence himself.
The book has been written by ex-Conservative party treasurer Lord Ashcroft, who has donated millions to the party in the past.
It is also alleged that Mr Cameron knew in 2009 of Lord Ashcroft’s “non dom” status – a year earlier than the Prime Minister had previously said to have known. The revelation that Lord Ashcroft did not pay UK tax on his overseas earnings was made in March 2010. At the time the Prime Minister said he had only known of the situation for a month.
The Prime Minister and the Tory peer fell out after the general election when Lord Ashcroft failed to be given a top position in the Coalition government in 2010, though he claims the work is “not about settling scores”.
The book has been co-written by journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who also denied the book was written out of revenge. She told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One: “If this was just a revenge job, Lord Ashcroft and I could have published it ahead of the election.”
British politicians are obsessed with bombing the Middle East, says Afghanistan veteran MP. Clive Lewis says launching airstrikes in Syria is a ‘knee-jerk reaction’: here.
“Today, nearly 2.4 million Libyans need humanitarian aid”: here.