Thursday, March 1, 2012

March 1 - National Pig Day

Three facts provided by PETA:

• Studies have identified that pigs use more than 20 oinks for different situations and that mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.
• Pigs enjoy music and playing games such as soccer and are big fans of belly rubs.
• When trained, pigs can learn their own names and sit for treats like dogs.

I learned about the smart, social and inquisitive nature of pigs through my research and I absolutely think they deserve recognition for their abilities and personalities. If you think cats and dogs should not be abused, slaughtered and eaten, perhaps you may want to consider giving intelligent farm animals a chance to live a life free of suffering as well. Cows and poultry have their own intelligence and social characteristics too, just look it up!

9 Fur Facts

PETA just came out with 9 fur facts that will make you think twice about the fur in a boutique, in your closet or on someone's body. Sometimes heartbreaking pictures are not good enough, because they don't break everyone's hearts. Hopefully, solid data on the cruel life-to-death fur industry practices will speak to your conscience. If so, please share this information with anyone you know that has purchased any kinds of fur. Let them know fur is not the least bit classy and that ignorance is not the way to go!

All facts below are from: Nine Shocking Fur Facts

Fur Fact 1: Electrocuting fur-bearing animals anally and genitally is an agonizing slaughter method used frequently to limit damage to fur. New York is the only state in which this inhumane method is illegal.

Fur Fact 2: Eighty-five percent of the fur industry's skins come from animals who were captive on fur factory farms, where they are crammed into severely crowded, filthy wire cages and later skinned alive. 

Fur Fact 3: There are no penalties for people who abuse animals on fur farms in China, which is the world's largest fur exporter, supplying more than half of the finished garments in the United States.

Fur Fact 4: One billion rabbits are killed each year so that their fur can be used in clothing or for lures in fly-fishing or trim on craft items. 

Fur Fact 5: In China, more than 2 million cats and hundreds of thousands of dogs are bludgeoned, hanged, bled to death, and often skinned alive for their fur.

Fur Fact 6: Fur farms harm the environment. One million pounds of feces are produced annually by U.S. mink farms alone. One dangerous component of this waste is nearly 1,000 tons of phosphorus, which pollutes nearby rivers and streams.

Fur Fact 7: Fur farms in the U.S. are the only sector of animal agriculture unregulated by the federal government. 

Fur Fact 8: After an animal has been slaughtered, his or her skin is treated with toxic chemicals to keep it from rotting and decomposing in the buyer's closet.

Fur Fact 9: One-third of all fur sold in the U.S. comes from animals killed in steel-jaw traps, which are legal in 43 states. These traps slam shut on an animal's limb, which causes excruciating pain and leaves the animal stuck and starving, sometimes for days. The conibear trap crushes an animal's neck by applying 90 pounds of pressure per square inch, leaving the animal to suffer for another three to eight minutes while he or she slowly suffocates.

For more information, please see my other posts on fur here.