Encore: Mercy for Animals to US GOV: Stop Cruel Farmed Animal Transport!

December 26, 2022
Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Tell the USDA to Update Archaic Animal Transport Regulations! SIGN NOW: It takes a second: https://act.mercyforanimals.org/page/tell-usda-update-archaic-animal-transport-regulations/petition You’ve likely seen trucks on the highway packed with pigs, chickens, or other farmed animals. In crowded trailers or stacked crates, animals suffer long, grueling journeys with no food or water. These animals are usually on their way to slaughter, meaning their final hours or days are some of their most harrowing. And transport trucks are not designed to protect animals from harsh weather. In winter, farmed animals endure below-freezing conditions and are exposed to snow, rain, and frigid winds. Many die of hypothermia. Some even freeze to the floors or sides of trailers. In summer, temperatures inside trucks rise to well over 100°F. Many animals suffer heat stress, asphyxiation, and heart attacks. This is unacceptable suffering, and U.S. laws are nowhere near sufficient to protect these animals. Many animals suffer agonizing deaths from dehydration, suffocation, and severe injuries due to overcrowding. Animal transport regulations in the United States are downright disgraceful. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Transportation have the authority to draft regulations for and enforce laws related to animal transport. Please join Mercy For Animals in calling on the USDA and Department of Transportation to modernize U.S. animal transport laws by providing species-appropriate space, rest time, food, water, and protection from extreme temperatures.


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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of JaneUnChained.com, a digital news network focusing on animal rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. Jane has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named her Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, Jane was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA's 35th anniversary. In 2017, she received Last Chance for Animals’ Sam Simon Award and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Woodstock Warrior award.

For six years, Jane hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Before that, she reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities, and was also a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft. Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.

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