England: Official Statement from Juliet at Viva! Re Hogwood Closure.

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that, following our third investigation into Hogwood Farm, Tesco and Red Tractor have finally responded to the cruelty we found there.

The hidden camera footage we obtained of workers abusing pigs at Hogwood Farm has led to Tesco dropping Hogwood as a supplier and Red Tractor suspending their certification.

This is a HUGE victory! We can’t express just how much this decision meant to us, all our amazing supporters, and the thousands of pigs trapped inside Hogwood Farm.

Mark – our work is not over. We’re in production for our groundbreaking documentary – Hogwood: a modern horror story – telling the story of Hogwood and UK factory farming in a way it’s never been told before

Our team installed five hidden cameras across three sheds for a week-long investigation. We released this footage to The Daily Mail and, in response, Tesco and Red Tractor finally withdrew their support from the farm.

The hidden camera footage that we obtained showed horrific abuse by workers at Hogwood – with pigs being routinely beaten and kicked, as well as whacked with doors and cages.

Although we congratulate Tesco and Red Tractor on finally making the right decision, I can’t help but question why it is routinely left to vegan campaigning groups like Viva! to expose the abuse taking place on farms. And why it took three years of investigations for Tesco to act.

Factory farming is an inherently cruel business and we hope that this exposé shows that assurance schemes like Red Tractor cannot be trusted.

We’re not going to stop. Hogwood is huge but it’s just one farm – we’re going to keep campaigning to end this cruelty.

Our investigations were splashed across national newspapers and shared across the world. Yet Tesco, the government, National Pig Association, Trading Standards and Red Tractor repeatedly leaped to Hogwood’s defence.

Since our first investigation, the owners of Hogwood Farm invested thousands of pounds in security – rather than improving conditions for these poor animals. With such priorities, the animals will need us more than ever.

Our undercover investigations shine a light on the inherent cruelty hidden behind these closed doors. Let’s continue the momentum and help others choose compassion over cruelty.

Hogwood Documentary – we’re going to tell their story. Our groundbreaking documentary, Hogwood: a modern horror story, is currently in production and we need your help to fund its production and distribution – so we can get it out to millions of people.

Support the campaign:

https://www.viva.org.uk/hogwood/donate?campaign=193EM2+DON&utm_source=Viva%21+Vegan+Charity+-+Email+List&utm_campaign=2f61b37610-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_28_10_51_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc176d21d2-2f61b37610-50196206&mc_cid=2f61b37610&mc_eid=26c03356b8

Yours for the animals

Juliet Gellatley
Founder & Director, Viva!.

 

 

 

Our recent post on this victory:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/19/england-breaking-news-viva-win-against-hogwood-after-years-of-showing-pig-animal-abuse-tesco-stores-ban-meat-from-supplier-after-expose-of-conditions-and-animal-abuse/

 

In memory of Tyke…

 

Tyke was a female Elephant born 1974 and died August 20, 1994 after being shoot by the police 87 times.

It took nearly 2 hours for her to die there on the street in terrible pain, lonely and afraid…

 

 

Tyke was trapped and taken away from her family when she was a baby. She was shipped to the circus. There, she was confined to a concrete room and beaten over and over, to break her spirit. Circus trainers hit her repeatedly with a sharp metal “bullhook,” which made her cry out in pain. They struck her in her most sensitive areas: behind her ears, on top of her toes, in back of her knees, and around her anus. They wanted to hurt her and frighten her so she would be obedient.

She spent most of her time in chains, doing nothing. Her bones ached from no exercise. Her diet was monotonous. She stood in filth and excrement. She was deprived of every aspect of normal elephant life.

The day she died she was as usual performing for Hawthorne circus which have a long record of animal cruelty violations. In 1988, according to USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) documents, Tyke was beaten in public to the point where she was “screaming and bending down on three legs to avoid being hit.” The trainer said he was “disciplining” her…

By April of 1993, she had enough. She tried to escape during a circus performance. She didn’t make it. In July she tried to escape again; she was unsuccessful. Hawthorn should have retired her right then and there, as she was an obvious threat to the public. But they didn’t.

Only God knows what punishment she received when brought back to the Circus.

For the next year she performed in the circus and lived in a barren concrete barn, chained, between shows. The bullhook beatings continued. She vacillated between terror and boredom.

In August of 1994 Tyke reached a breaking point. She had been in the circus nearly 20 years. She was tired of being beaten, whipped, and kicked. She could no longer take the pain and the confinement. She was angry and wanted to be free. At an afternoon performance at the Neal Blaidsell Center in Honolulu, it all came to a head.

At some point during the show, she veered from the script. Circus staff tried to beat her back, but no bullhook or whip could stop the rage that had been building inside her for two decades. She crushed her trainer, Allen Campbell. She attacked two other people. She panicked the crowd.

She ran into the streets. It was rush hour. She was disoriented and no idea where she was. She charged at bystanders and smashed cars as she made her way through several city blocks. Onlookers screamed. The police were called out and started shooting at Tyke with rifles.

She slowly fell over, then awkwardly stood back up. The police kept firing. Her head swayed, and her legs buckled. She got up again. The spray of bullets continued.

She rocked her head violently from side to side.

Her legs gave way once more. She was on her knees and could not right herself. Her eyes were fully open and confused. The shooting went on for several more seconds.

Finally, she fell, very slowly, onto her side.

This was Tyke’s final performance. The price of freedom from the circus was steep. She was shot 87 times!!!

…This is the two-class justice that protects the fascist law of the stronger, the ruler, the offender.
We respect animal rights only if they use our rights, that is, only if we remain the victors in the end.

We will not forget Tyke.
And we will continue to fight so that animals no longer have to serve as slaves the circus business.

Best regards to all, Venus

 

Don’t Believe In Dairy Tales – See the Reality for Yourself.

Don’t Believe In Dairy Tales

 

Don’t Believe In Dairy Tales – See the Reality Yourself; Here.

 

The undercover investigator and author Rich Hardy-an interview

 

 

Rich Hardy has been an undercover investigator and ‘visual evidence gatherer’ in the animal protection movement for 20 years. His upcoming book, ‘Not As Nature Intended’, follows his journey, telling the stories of the animals he’s met, and the people behind their suffering.

We spoke to him about the power of story-telling, the importance of visual recording, and what it’s like to be close enough to see everything, but just far enough away not to be noticed.

 

You call yourself a “visual evidence gatherer” rather than a photographer. Can you describe the nature of your work?

Rich Hardy: I learnt to use cameras as a way of gathering evidence for animal protection groups in my role as an undercover investigator. I think a ‘visual evidence gatherer’ is a more honest appraisal of what I’ve done.

The focus of my assignments has been to document systemic problems, law-breaking and to show what animals have to endure when farmed for food, bred for fashion, trapped for science or held captive for entertainment. Capturing images has been a big part of it, but it was also about gathering insider information to bolster campaigns. The resulting documentation has been used as evidence to create new laws, to support prosecutions, or has been released as part of media exposés to the press.

For nearly two decades I committed myself to go undercover for animals. The work varied, depending on the assignment. A project could be trailing live animal transport trucks across Europe for several days, or a week of surveillance at a circus, filming from the boundary of a hedgerow.

But my main specialisation was infiltration and getting close enough to the people and industries who are responsible for the cruelty animals endure that they would share their secrets with me.

Image, Rich Hardy: Left to die. A factory farm in Italy.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?

RH: There’s not much to like during the projects. At times I felt pretty powerless swallowed up in situations of immense suffering.

During these moments, I just had to put those feelings aside, and focus on the task that had been asked of me. The natural instinct is to want to intervene when you see an animal suffering, but on investigations, particularly those that put you in direct contact with the people that own them, you have to take a step back.

I guess in some ways it’s a bit like theatre. You’re watching the cast perform, and you’re sitting in the front row of the audience. You’re out of the spotlights, but only just. Close enough to see everything, far enough away to not be noticed.

 

Image, Rich Hardy: Out of the cage but always a prisoner.

 

I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed any of this work. I never expected to do it for so long either. I never set a timeline for how long I was going to do it, so perhaps that’s why it’s gone on so long.

I just kept answering the call when it came, and putting regular life on hold.

 

For more…at: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/20/the-undercover-investigator-and-author-rich-hardy-an-interview/  and…

https://weanimalsmedia.org/2019/03/01/interview-with-undercover-investigator-and-author-rich-hardy

 

Does anyone need a comment about it?
No! We sincerely thank Rich Hardy for his courageous and well-planned investigative work that brings to light the suffering of the animals and the unscrupulous animal industry that produces it.

 

My best regards to all, Venus