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Pig Cruelty Investigation

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Dear ARAN Members & Supporters,

I am writing to bring you up to date with our recent expose of cruelty to pigs at an Irish pig breeding facility based in Co, Cavan. The investigation came about when an employee at the facility contacted ARAN to report pigs been violently killed with sledgehammers and that other adult pigs where found dying-often for two days in a row, on top of other baby piglets that were discarded in the back of trucks at the facility. Footage inside the facility also documented pigs eating other dead pigs and many grown adult pigs confined to what are currently legal farrowing crates, these are basically cages so small that the adult pig can barely even move whilst she nurses her newly born piglets. All of the pigs that were violently killed were considered 'useless' to slaughterhouses.

Prior to when Animal Rights Action Network released this footage, we worked quietly behind the scenes with the employee where we began capturing the cruelty on video. Thankfully we managed to get tons of cruelty obtained through a camera phone. Once we had enough cruelty documented, we immediately began contacting the Department of Agriculture and local Gardai with details of the cruelty and laws that were broken. On May 25th ARAN went public with the footage and released it to national press with immediate pick up. Shortly after, we had all national newspapers wanting to do exclusive's of the story, however we choose not to give any exclusive's, but, instead requested all newspapers to cover the story in general. The Irish Sun went ahead with a cover story and double page spread that documented the severe cruelty-although the newspaper did go on to say that it was them who lifted the lid on the cruelty and literally their investigation- which was completely inaccurate, but it does not surprise us, we were glad the issue got coverage full stop. Other outlets such as the Irish Star, Independent, Irish Mirror and Examiner and more covered our story in good decent and fair detail. TV3 News also spoke about the pig cruelty during a newspaper review the night before. Shortly after that, radio stations across the country including 2fm, Today fm, Dublin's 98fm, Newstalk, Highland Radio, Tipperary FM, I Radio and many more began contacting ARAN for interviews, we immediately took this opportunity to speak about the killing, but, also to speak about why these animals are been killed in the first place, and, why pigs and other animals should have rights. Many stations also gave ARAN time to speak about our work for animal rights and other campaigns we are working on. Local press in Co Cavan has also been fantastic, with the main newspapers each doing cover stories on the case including the Anglo Celt and Cavan Echo. After all of the news surrounding this case and our release of the cruelty, we then went about setting up a cruelty hotline for people that work in circuses, laboratories, slaughterhouses and more could call and report cruelty. Our work on this hotline has gone out to every single radio station and newspaper across the country in the hopes it may stop others from doing the same to animals. National pick up has been fantastic on this also.

Right now, Animal Rights Action Network is happy to confirm that the facility in which we exposed is now under supervision and surveillance and that the Gardai are preparing a file for the Department of Public Prosecutions. Animal Rights Action Network is working on ensuring that this story and the pigs plight gets as much press attention as is possible, we need to shine light on the killing of animals for their flesh and the cruelty and violence that's associated with killing animals. ARAN is against the killing of all animals and does not believe that there is a humane way of killing animals in order to eat them-The only true way of ending the cruelty is not to eat any animals and have a clear conscience.

ARAN is working hard to ensure that those responsible for killing these animals are fined and jailed. We do genuinely believe that our work has at least highlighted the plight of animals killed for the slaughterhouse and highlighted the need for people to go vegetarian and vegan. Of course it now also makes others in the killing industry think twice about killing animals in such a viscous and cruel manner. We also believe that thanks to the huge press attention we generated for this situation that many more people out there will choose to go vegetarian-we will never know how many hearts and minds we've touched.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our call for help. When we broke news of this cruelty, countless offers of support, emails and phone calls came in from across Ireland and even as far as the UK and USA. Again, Animal Rights Action Network thanks everyone that gets involved in our work to stop cruelty to animals, and, indeed anything you may do by yourself. I would also like to thank the many unsung hero's that worked on this particular case including, Stephan Wymore, Rita-Marie Lawlor, Gerard Bistoke, Joanne Blackwell, Donal Scully and our 'whistleblower', their hard work and advice proved invaluable. In the mean time please take time out to check out Earthlings - an award winning documentary narrated by Hollywood actor Joaquin Phoenix-the link is posted below, it's a must see.

Thank you for supporting ARAN and speaking out for those with no voice but yours.

John Carmody

John Carmody | Campaigns Director | Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)

Tel: 087-2391646 | Intl' +353-87-2391646 | Email:


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