USA: Pigs To The Slaughter – What Man Will Do To Intelligent, Sentient Beings.

The owners, however, have come out of the COVID supply chain crisis intact. Though livestock producers have been getting squeezed for decades by an evermore consolidated meatpacking industry, and the pandemic made it worse than ever, the government came to the aid of the producers who had exterminated their animals due to the slowdowns and closures of slaughterhouses. The USDA’s Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program compensates pig, chicken, and turkey growers for 80% of their economic loss. Dr. Heath has calculated that the farm that carried out the converted trailer experiment likely received between $23 million and $34 million from the government for roasting its pigs alive.

And the giant meatpackers are doing better than ever before. Prices for meat are skyrocketing, with the lion’s share going to the packers. In fact, profits for meatpackers are so high that the Biden administration has accused the industry of “pandemic profiteering.”

But activists like Johnson remain a threat, so the meat industry is doing everything it can to destroy DxE. In June of 2020, local police and a private investigator for Iowa Select Farms identified Lucas Walker as DxE’s source. In a meeting that Iowa Select’s COO drove him to, the FBI tried to recruit Walker as an undercover informant against the activist group. An agent who interrogated Walker asked him if he knew if DxE sold drugs or guns to finance their activism, and asked Walker if he would be willing to sell drugs, too, in his role as an FBI spy. He asked him if he’d be willing to covertly record calls with Matt Johnson to help the FBI amass evidence against him. Walker turned him down.

In January, Johnson will be tried in Iowa for felony burglary, electronic eavesdropping, and “agricultural trespass.” (The last of those is part of the new ag gag law that was championed by the state senator whose hog farm Johnson infiltrated and filmed.) He says he looks forward to the trial, which he sees as an opportunity to further expose VSD to the light of day.

Walker’s only regret is that the company was able to spin the story as some shady act of sabotage carried out by some anonymous troublemaker, when in fact it was a respected senior employee of the company who had blown the whistle, as a matter of principle.

“When all is said and done,” Walker told me, “I wish I had been even more public about it.”

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4 thoughts on “USA: Pigs To The Slaughter – What Man Will Do To Intelligent, Sentient Beings.”

  1. Thank you so much as always, Mark. (Why is it that the cruelest people – anag farmers and execs – are also the MOST cowardly and whiny? Who’s the victim?)

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  2. Thanks Mark. I failed to read Matt Johnsons and DXE FB page until now, having myself relocated to Ireland with new device and cant login to FB! Will forward this post to other social media, this cannot be let go under the radar else it will become the casual “norm” for any event eg.no ammo for bolt gun, lost keys! In the report the torturous deaths are being described as a Depopulation and this really does smack of Auschwitz. I cry in despair at the cold calculations. Please run an update on Matt Johnsons trial and where he is being held so that we may write letters of support to him. Thanks Di Donnelly

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    1. And I just received this email with more detail, it references the following link, with a message from Matt:

      https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSewmlouYweqeszzTywfv2sqoH6s9_3Fy2Uw97wjRu_-PyqTDw/viewform

      “I’m heading to Iowa later this week to visit my family for possibly the last time in a while. Later this month, I start a felony trial where I’m facing up to 8 years in prison for investigating Iowa’s largest “pork” producer and rescuing a sick piglet named Gilly.

      It happened in the spring of last year amid widespread COVID outbreaks at slaughterhouses nationwide. An employee whistleblower tipped us off about Iowa Select Farms — unable to send pigs to slaughter — using a gruesome mass kill method called “ventilation shutdown” or VSD. Thousands of pigs were loaded into a shed, the vents were sealed off, and heat and steam were pumped inside to kill them in an agonizing, slow death. With a team of investigators, I helped capture the horrific process on camera and sent it to the media.

      The exposé garnered support from millions of people, but the authorities in Iowa decided to prosecute me instead of the animal-abusing company. And Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stood by the factory farms too. Less than 2 weeks after the investigation was publicized, Governor Reynolds signed Iowa’s third ag-gag law, creating a new crime called “food operation trespass” which I was later charged under.

      But you know what? I consider it a blessing in disguise.

      My trial now has the opportunity to challenge the constitutionality of ag-gag laws and establish a precedent for a new wave of anti-ag-gag legislation. Imagine if instead of covering up animal cruelty, our laws gave ordinary people the right to see inside these places, and even the right to rescue sick and suffering animals. That’s what is at stake in this trial. And that’s why I want to ask you…
      Will you join me in Iowa for this groundbreaking trial? Sign up here to register for court support during my trial and get important updates about the event.
      Whether you’re supporting in person or online, stay tuned for more updates and ways you can help.

      Thank you for your support.

      Matt”

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  3. Hi, Di, I received this email from DxE a few days ago, it indicates Matt’s trial will be in a few weeks, I hope this is helpful; visiting DxE might also provide information as the trial date nears:

    “The odds were stacked thoroughly against Gilly, literally from the day she was born. As tragic as the life of a typical pig in a factory farm is, it was considerably worse in the spring of 2020.

    As society came to grips with the new reality of a global pandemic, the brutal, profit-driven engine that is animal agriculture chugged ever forward. Slaughterhouse outbreaks spread like wildfire in unsanitary, close-quarter working environments. Infected workers were swiftly replaced by others, until eventually, there simply weren’t enough people healthy and desperate enough to maintain business-as-usual.

    They had nowhere to send the pigs.

    By now, you’ve probably heard about the brutal reality of “ventilation shutdown” faced by hundreds of thousands of “market-ready” pigs across the country. What you may not be aware of is how the supply chain disruptions impacted the smallest of victims. Under normal circumstances, piglets with a certain severity of illness or injuries are routinely killed, their market value not justifying the cost of their care. In May 2020, with the toll of COVID-19 peaking, the situation was even more grim. At Iowa Select Farms, piglets who were not “perfect” – showing any indication of a minor infection, injured leg, or really any ailment at all – were to be killed with a zephyr gun that would send a bolt to their head.

    When DxE investigators Linda Cridge and Matt Johnson found Gilly, she had a fever, wounds on her legs, and a facial infection later determined to be Streptococcus bacteria.

    She would have never stood a chance. So we rescued her.

    Courageous DxE investigators, supported by thousands of people like you, carried her out of that hellhole, got her to the vet, and brought her to her forever sanctuary home. For a few weeks it looked like she might not make it, but she pulled through and is doing well today.

    In return, Matt and Linda were charged with felony burglary.

    With Matt’s trial less than three weeks away, Gilly stands as an ambassador of both the barbaric reality of the world as it is, and a ray of hope for what it can become. The people of Iowa will soon decide if rescuing animals is a crime, or simply the right thing to do. And as we prepare for our first trial of 2022, I am grateful that you are there with us along the way.

    Thank you,
    Almira”

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