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Bearing Witness

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Writing | 1 comment

  Did you know that pigs are highly intelligent? Scientific studies have shown that they have better memory and cognitive problem solving skills than a 3-year-old human. Pigs also feel remorse, empathy, and affection; they are playful and often show a silly sense of humor. Most people are unaware that during transport to slaughterhouses, pigs are crammed into trucks. In warmer months they suffer extreme distress from overheating and dehydration – in the winter, they arrive at the slaughterhouses with frostbite. Most of these pigs are only 4-6 months old – they are confused, frightened and in pain. This September, 2014, I am dedicating 50% of all sales of The Chain to help Toronto Pig Save – a dedicated, grassroots organization that seeks to put “glass walls” on Toronto are slaughterhouses. They have inspired an international Save Movement to...

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Undercover Investigators: The Real Heroes

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

There are real life Jude Brannocks in the world. In this video an undercover investigator with The Humane Society of the United States snatches a few secretive moments to give an injured sow perhaps the only kindness she has ever known.     In preparation for The Chain, I was fortunate to speak with two other investigators. Having done undercover work as a private investigator myself, I know how difficult it can be to maintain your role in the face of unpredictable events. But for these animal welfare investigators, they must not only maintain their cover, but do it when the emotional cost runs unbearably high – as witnesses every day to the pain and fear of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. No one at the end of the day to offer comfort. Just get some sleep and...

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