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·         AWI Joins Veterinarians in Urging AVMA to Stop Endorsing Inhumane Killing Methods [Jan 2022]

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is supporting thousands of veterinary professionals in their recent request to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that the association revise its guidelines to no longer permit killing animals by inducing heat stroke, a method known as ventilation shutdown plus (VSD+) …

 

·         Animal activist group secretly tapes euthanization of pigs, alleges they were 'roasted alive' [May 2020]

A national swine veterinarians group says shutting down a confinement's ventilation is an acceptable form of euthanasia in “constrained circumstances” such as the COVID-19 meatpacking disruption.

 

 

AWI Joins Veterinarians in Urging AVMA to Stop Endorsing Inhumane Killing Methods

 

Source: Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)

January 6, 2022

 

Washington, DC—The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is supporting thousands of veterinary professionals in their recent request to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that the association revise its guidelines to no longer permit killing animals by inducing heat stroke, a method known as ventilation shutdown plus (VSD+).

 

This method has been used during the COVID-19 pandemic to kill at least a quarter of a million healthy pigs who could not be sent to slaughterhouses that had temporarily closed due to staffing shortages. In VSD+, operators seal the barn, turn off the airflow, and add heat and sometimes steam to raise the temperature as high as 170°F. The process can take hours and cause extreme distress. AWI has maintained that all forms of ventilation shutdown are likely to result in prolonged and severe suffering and should be reclassified by the AVMA as “not recommended” for killing animals.

 

AWI and other animal protection organizations have released an open letter to the AVMA, adding their voices to the more than 3,500 veterinary professionals, including 1,561 veterinarians, who have signed a petition created by Veterinarians Against Ventilation Shutdown that calls on the AVMA to revise its guidelines.

 

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Marjorie Fishman, Animal Welfare Institute

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Animal activist group secretly tapes euthanization of pigs, alleges they were 'roasted alive'

A national swine veterinarians group says shutting down a confinement's ventilation is an acceptable form of euthanasia in “constrained circumstances” such as the COVID-19 meatpacking disruption.

 

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register (IA)

May 29, 2020

 

A California animal rights group says an Iowa pork producer “roasted pigs alive” when it euthanized thousands of hogs it was unable to send to Midwest meatpacking plants that had slowed or halted production as workers fell ill with COVID-19.

 

Direct Action Everywhere describes the pigs as "shrieking in agony" after Iowa Select Farms, a large pork producer, shut down the ventilation in a rural confinement facility near Aplington in Grundy County to euthanize them.

 

Jeff Hansen, the company's CEO, said it "exhausted every possible option," from finding more barn space to donating pork to food banks and employees, before deciding to euthanize the animals.

 

Employees are in "tremendous pain knowing that this awful decision had to be made," Hansen said.

 

Direct Action Everywhere said it worked with Iowa Select whistleblowers to secretly film company employees destroying the animals.

 

The company confirmed the video was taken at the Grundy Center facility where Iowa Select pigs were taken to be destroyed.

 

"This group illegally infiltrated our facility and installed cameras to record video of the euthanasia process and our team members," Hansen said in a statement, adding that the group's actions "only reinforce the hurt" felt by employees.

 

The video, which the group said was taken with a hidden camera last week, opens with a shot of pigs milling in a large, enclosed space. In another scene shot through a fog that the group says was steam, the barely visible pigs can be heard squealing. In a third scene, two men carrying what the group says are bolt guns walk among the apparently dead pigs, nudging them with their feet. In a final scene, a front-end loader scoops up the carcasses.

 

The state estimates that 600,000 pigs in Iowa could be destroyed as they back up on farms and cannot be processed into food. Iowa, the nation’s largest pork producer, raises about 50 million pigs a year...

 

... The American Association of Swine Veterinarians says shutting down a confinement's ventilation — which raises the herd's temperature and causes animals to die of hyperthermia — is an acceptable form of euthanasia in “constrained circumstances."

 

The group's board this month identified the COVID-19 meatpacking disruption as one of those situations. But the board said priority should be given to eight other preferred methods, including shooting, electrocution, gassing with carbon dioxide and manual blunt force, which is used primarily on small pigs...

 

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