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Protest Farmer John on World Farmed Animals Day

On behalf of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), animal advocates are invited to participate in a peaceful demonstration at Farmer John--the largest pig slaughterhouse on the West Coast. If you have seen this facility, you have seen Farmer John's hypocritical and deceptive murals depicting 'happy' pigs frolicking freely in a nature setting.

FARM's outreach celebrates World Farmed Animals Day and Gandhi's birthday on October 2nd in order to let the media and the public know what lies behind the doors of this slaughterhouse and how animal advocates honor the complex lives of pigs by condemning the ruthless slaughter they are forced to face.

Alex Hershaft, Holocaust survivor and founder of FARM, will attend the outreach. He states, "The bucolic murals depicting pigs cavorting in verdant fields that mask the brutal slaughter of millions of innocents behind those Farmer John walls are just as devious and cynical as the inscription 'Work makes you free' upon entering the Auschwitz death camp."

Media attention is expected, and FARM will provide signs for all activists in attendance. The event announcement discourages bringing your own materials or signs, so you may want to contact them if you would like to bring your own.

<<I would like to make a personal statement as I post this announcement: I hope that all animal advocates who attend this outreach will also consider the exploitation of the slaughterhouse workers, who are recruited from among people who generally have few other job options than to work in the slaughter/packing industry, which routinely violates labor rights and human rights, and is the industry with the most employee injuries, in addition to traumatizing workers by forcing them to harm and kill animals. I hope that you will focus your outrage on Farmer John's management and shareholders, who extract their profits from animal and human suffering.>>






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  • sandra b.

    These sneering "humans" who slaughter 6,000 terrified pigs every day are not forced to do it. They can walk away whenever they want. They are perpetrating horrific atrocities against the helpless and innocent by the thousands every day. In Nazi Germany the enablers were "just following orders" -- NO EXCUSE.

    October 4, 2012

  • sandra b.

    I was pleased to see over a hundred of us there at 11:30 a.m. on a weekday. We learned that there had been a small cadre of protesters blocking the gate that receives the trucks of live piggies in the early morning. Two women stayed in place and were arrested -- bless their hearts -- there was coverage on KABC channel 7 news. Channels 4, 5 and Fox Spanish were there for the later demo. Farmer John is in a hideous industrial area and the smell of death is all around. The slaughterers are an unconscious lot with cold, empty eyes, smirks and sneers. They wear plastic hair covers under their hats -- probably to keep the pig blood off. One grossly obese killer walked past us into the gate -- seemed like a completely different species than us -- no humanity or compassion in his dead eyes. I am heartbroken for the animals, proud of our dedicated activists, and grateful to the organizers of the protest and Alex Hershaft of FARM for coming out here from Maryland to support us.

    October 4, 2012

  • Robb

    So happy to see the personal statement added to this announcement -- yes, we must keep the human toll in mind!

    September 29, 2012

    • Zoe M.

      Thanks! Best wishes for a great outreach!!

      October 1, 2012

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