Pack Line Headlines: Factory farming, greyhound racing, Texas wild burro slaughter

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Was NC turkey farm forewarned of raid?: ABC News is reporting that officials at a Butterball Turkey farm might have been tipped off that a recent raid on its facility was forthcoming.

The raid on the farm came in response to a A Mercy for Animals undercover video showing turkeys being abused and severely neglected.

The Hoke County D.A.’s office is alleging someone at the N.C. Department of Agriculture contacted a veterinarian employed by Butterball and “informed him she had heard there was an investigation into a Butterball farm in Hoke County.”

The ABC News piece includes this quote –

“It is deeply troubling,” said Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, “that a governmental agency that is entrusted with monitoring and overseeing agriculture and food production is so corrupt that it’s in bed with the very corporate interests that were documented abusing and neglecting animals. The fox apparently is guarding the henhouse.”

Two bills in Florida might hold key to ending greyhound suffering in the state: SB 382 and HB 641 are ever so slowly meandering through the maze of the Florida state legislature. If the bills pass in both Houses and the measure is signed by the governor, the state requirement for greyhound tracks to hold a minimum number of races (currently a high number) each year will be dropped.

At least a percentage of the tracks in Florida (and hopefully all of them) will likely drop dog racing altogether. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting Sen. Maria Sachs (D-Delray Beach) and Rep. Dana Young (R-Tampa) are pushing for passage of the bills. The article reports the two officials called dog racing inhumane and a dying business.

The Palm Beach Post Post on Politics blog quoted Sachs as saying “It’s just not where we’re at as a people anymore.”

Petitions to be delivered to Texas Governor’ office by herd of burros: I received a press release this morning from Change.org, reporting a herd of burros, led by local residents, burro advocates and members of Red Horse Nation, will hand-deliver (or hoof deliver in this case) on Wednesday more than 100,000 Change.org petition signatures. The petition demands that the Gov. Rick Perry’s administration stop the wild burro slaughter in Big Bend Ranch State Park.

The slate for Wednesday’s event:

What: “Ride for Life” Burro Petition Delivery to Governor Perry and Lt. Governor Dewhurst. The petition signatures will be delivered Wednesday in a small wagon pulled by a donkey named Miss Abby.
Who: Marjorie Farabee of Wild Burro Protection League, Rod Rondeaux and 9-year-old daughter Cheyenne of Red Horse Nation, and local residents and supporters.
Where: Ride starts at Rosewood Oaks Day Care Center (1507 Lavaca St, Austin TX); Rally and petition delivery will take place on south side steps of Capitol building on Congress Ave.
When: 12:00 p.m. Ride for Life Departs Rosewood Oaks Day Care Center
12:40 p.m. Remarks by Red Horse Nation representatives and Alpine residents, the Rondeaux family, and Marjorie Farabee of Wild Burro Protection League
1:00 p.m. Petition Delivery to the Office of Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst

“We need to be more responsible land stewards; no one should have the right to wipe out an entire species,” said Farabee of the Wild Burro Protection League in the release. “Nor should they have the right to destroy an ecosystem. I don’t care who they are, they don’t have that right.”

For more information about the group, go to Facebook.com/Wild.Burro.Protection.League.