Day: October 11, 2021

USA: PeTA Exposé Reveals Sick, Injured, Stressed Greyhounds Imprisoned and Bled Repeatedly at Hemopet.

Exposé Reveals Sick, Injured, Stressed Greyhounds Imprisoned and Bled Repeatedly at Hemopet (

A PETA eyewitness investigation of Hemopet—a canine blood “bank” in Garden Grove, California—found that this so-called “rescue” warehouses approximately 200 greyhounds bred for and discarded by the racing industry in tiny crates and barren kennels for about 23 hours out of every day—even when they were sick or injured in fights with stressed kennelmates—and boasts that it sells their blood to over 2,000 veterinary clinics in North America and Asia.

Barren Enclosures, No Space to Move Around

Hemopet kept many of the greyhounds in barren, rusty kennels. Others were locked in crates so small that they could barely turn around or even stand up or stretch, and could hardly even see any other dogs.

These greyhounds—who, like all dogs, were eager to run and play and longed for companionship—were taken out of their cages only to be bled, walked briefly, or put into barren concrete-floored pens for a few minutes. Dr. Emma Milne, a veterinarian who reviewed the footage, said, “The length of time they are spending in the cages is completely unacceptable, especially given the size and nature of the cages. Dogs are social animals with complex behavioural and social needs. These welfare needs are not being met at all in this environment” [emphasis in original].

Tails Severed and ‘Dangling by a Little Nerve’

If you’ve ever donated blood, you probably sat on a cushioned chair and enjoyed some orange juice before heading home. But at Hemopet, greyhounds—who are intelligent, gentle, active dogs—were confined for about 23 hours a day, every day, on hard surfaces for months or even years. This perpetual imprisonment caused them to suffer from hair loss, calluses, and pockets of accumulated fluid under the skin.

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Spain becomes the main pork producer in the European Union.

Germany used to be the largest pork producer in the EU, but has lost China as a customer after the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars.

Germany is one of the largest meat exporters in the world.
So far, 56% of EU pig product sales have gone to China, making the country the largest export customer, according to data from the European Commission.

The EU shipped 3.3 billion kilograms of pork to China last year, almost three times as much as in 2018.

China’s desire for imported pork rose after its own ASF outbreak that killed more than 100 million pigs.

“The fact that China has been affected by African swine fever in recent years has made demand soar, “said Ramon Soler Ciurana, export manager at Faccsa-Prolongo, a Spanish pork producer in Málaga.

Spain produced 2.6 billion kilograms of pork in the first half of 2021, 4.1% more than in the same period last year, according to the European Commission.

German slaughterhouse in Spain

Since there are less strict animal welfare regulations in Spain than in Germany, Tönnies, Germany’s largest slaughterhouse, is building a pig slaughterhouse and a meat packaging plant in Calamocha in Spain.

According to Tönnies, the stricter animal welfare and environmental regulations in Germany have contributed to the decline in pig farming (!!!).

“Even if German farmers want to invest in new pigsties, they often do not get a building permit from the local authorities,” said Andre Vielstädte, a spokesman for Tönnies.

The new Tönnies slaughterhouse is scheduled to go into operation in Spain in 2023 and kill 10,000 pigs a day.
“The Spanish pig market is attractive, and the political framework conditions are positive,” said Andre Vielstädte

“Our new Spanish plant will be exclusively intended for export to markets such as pork ribs to North America, pork bellies to Japan and other products such as pork feet and ears to China and other Asian countries,” said Vielstädte.

He described the German animal welfare regulations as “one-sided” because other European countries do not demand the same from farmers, so that it is cheaper and easier to invest in pig farming in Spain than in Germany.

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