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Whole Foods Pulls Plainville Farms Turkey Products From Shelves After Investigation Reveals Animal Abuse

Plainville Farms, one of the largest producers of turkey-based products, has recently had their humane certification suspended due to an undercover investigation conducted by PETA into their operations. Using a hidden camera, a PETA investigator visited 11 turkey and pig farms and discovered first-hand evidence of animal-cruelty. 

Each of the 11 farms were certified as humane by Global Animal Partnership (G.A.P.), who claims to hold standards which prevent abuse. G.A.P. is a nonprofit created to promote and oversee the welfare of farmed animals. To receive certification, farms must complete a 5-step process. To date, G.A.P. reportedly oversees 290 million farm animals across many of America’s well-known brands. 

Undercover footage of Plainville Farms’ operations reveal the shameful and abusive way workers treat turkeys. The laundry list of maltreatment includes kicking and stomping sick and injured turkeys, grabbing turkeys — which on average weigh 40lbs — by the neck and throwing them across the barn, and even attempting to break their necks by holding the turkey’s body between their legs and pulling. To add to the torturous hodgepodge, the investigator even witnessed some workers simulate sexual acts with turkeys. Despite the evidence, Plainville Farms’ still regards PETA’s remarks as allegations. 

In response to the “allegations,” Plainville Farms’ has issued a statement, which can be read in full on their website’s homepage. In the statement they pledge to fully cooperate with law enforcement in addressing PETA’s accusations. In doing so, all live operations team members will be required to wear body cams. However, PETA doesn’t consider body-cams an appropriate response unless they’re live-streamed to allow public review of the practices. The surveillance footage is reported to be routinely monitored internally and by third-party animal welfare experts, although the third-parties have not been listed. As of today, the individuals featured in the undercover footage have been terminated.

While a police investigation is on-going, Plainville Farms’ products have been pulled from Whole Foods, yet continue to be available at most food retailers and still retains the label “humanely raised.”

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Taiwan Just Imposed Asia’s First Ban On Eating Dogs Or Cats

Pet lovers and animal cruelty advocates around the world are rejoicing over this landmark legislation.

Earlier today, the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan passed a series of amendments to the island’s Animal Protection Act. According to the China Post, these amendments include punishments for the sale, purchase, or consumption of dog or cat meat. Fines given to those caught can be as high as two million New Taiwan dollars, or over $65,000 US dollars (USD). Violators of the law will also be prohibited from registering pets or applying to adopt a pet.

Other amendments passed include increased punishments for intentional animal cruelty, with up to two years of imprisonment and two million New Taiwan dollars in fines for first time offenders and up to five years of jail time and five million New Taiwan dollars (around $163,000 USD) for repeat lawbreakers.

The amendments just have to be signed by the Cabinet and President of Taiwan before going into effect, which could happen as early as the end of this month.

Kuomintang legislator Wang Yu-min, the sponsor of the new laws, said the amendments came in response to some horrific acts of animal cruelty that occurred in Taiwan within the past year. These acts generated a growing need for legislation banning dog and cat meat consumption. Some local areas had such bans, but Taiwan had no overarching law preventing this consumption from taking place.

Across Asia, dog and cat consumption has drawn some harsh criticisms, with the Yulin meat festival in China being one of the most grotesque examples. To date, no national laws that outright ban such atrocities exist in Asia.

Hopefully, these amendments are just the beginning of a continent-wide wave of legislation that keeps such horrific acts of killing and eating cats and dogs from continuing.

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Spring Breakers Commit Animal Cruelty For The Sake Of Getting Drunk

Earlier this week, TotalFratMove and Munchies shared some Instagram videos of spring breakers trying to party hard, while causally incorporating living and (presumably) dead sea animals in their binge-drinking festivities.

Witnessing the act of our soon-to-be future leaders behave in a manner seemingly scripted for a society with a Trump-obliterated Environmental Protection Agency is frightening and upsetting, yet so insignificant to the participants of these obnoxious activities, who otherwise seem to be having a blast.

The shark shotgun. @tfmspringbreak

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In addition to the obscene act of desecrating a helpless animal, drinking Michelob Ultra on the beach during spring break is literally the weakest way to party. Have some respect for yourself.

Michelob Ultra is only 4.3 percent alcohol. And he spilled half of it trying to figure out how to shotgun a beer. Talk about amateur hour.

It’s now safe to say the Internet lost its shit after seeing these overgrown children showcase their cruel stupidity by using a beached shark as a can opener, using a starfish as a luge, and eating a jellyfish for some unknown goddamn reason, amongst other kinds of stupidity they did.

Look at this floating d-bag. I hope you get crabs. Whatever kind you’re thinking of.

The starfish luge.

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Clearly, this is the reality of an entitled millennial generation, having zero respect for the environment or themselves. Who decides that taking advantage of harmless animals and using them to consume alcohol is a good idea?

There’s a video that involves some dude drinking a jellyfish. WTF?

The jelly fish shotgun.

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Within days of surfacing, dozens of people were calling for the TFM audience to report these obvious acts of animal cruelty. And rightfully so, this shouldn’t be acceptable behavior.

While this moronic behavior might not result in a penalty, at least it will live in infamy across the internet for the world to see. Good job, bros, you’ve officially, “crossed the line” at spring break — something that was considered impossible by mankind. But, hey, be sure to thank mommy and daddy for buying you such a life changing experience.

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Seafood Company Convicted Of Animal Cruelty For Improperly Killing Lobsters

I know that there’s no true “humane” way to kill a lobster. But the way this company was killing lobsters was shocking, to say the least.

Australian-based Nicholas Seafoods was caught killing lobsters in an illegal manner as part of the production process, according to the Washington Post. The company was found guilty of violating local animal cruelty laws in the New South Wales Area and punished with a $1500 fine.

What did they do, exactly? They were using a bandsaw to cut off the tails of the lobsters while they were still alive. Yikes.

The company was the first to be fined under the region’s lobster cruelty laws, and it’s possible that this incident is one of the first occurrences of a business being charged with a lobster-related cruelty crime in the world.

This may be because laws that protect lobsters don’t really exist globally. The United States, for example, doesn’t protect fish or crustaceans — including lobster — under its animal cruelty laws.

If you’re wondering how a lobster is “humanely” killed, some suggestions include electrically stunning or chilling the lobster before quickly ending its life with a single strike through the center of the lobster’s head and chest area with a knife.

Boiling a live lobster whole is NOT considered humane, so if you’re doing that, you may be the next one to be charged for lobster cruelty.


PETA Wants Historic English Pub YE OLD FIGHTING COCKS To Change Its Name


PETA is none too pleased with this English Pub, believed to be one of the oldest in England. The name Ye Olde Fighting Cocks doesn’t really gel with the group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, as they have urged the establishment to consider another name, NPR reports.

In a release, PETA stated that this request comes from society’s growing compassion animals. This includes intelligent, sensitive chickens. They suggest the name Ye Old Clever Cocks be used instead.

However, the owners of the pub have refused to change the name. With roots from the eigth century, the pub has become a part of the country’s history. While celebrating the fact that cock fighting has been banned for more than 150 years, the pub said that national identity and local history is still important to them.

Photo: Fighting Cocks Facebook