AWI Quarterly » 2009 Winter

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While many people are familiar with the inhumane nature of puppy mills - dog breeding operations where animals are overbred, overcrowded and often poorly cared for - most are unaware of mass-breeding bird facilities.
Coyotes and humans have shared the same environment since long before European settlers arrived in North America.
In response to the Hallmark-Westland slaughter plant exposé, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG ) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assessed what had transpired at Hallmark, if it could have been prevented, and whether similar problems exist at other plants. OIG evaluated 10 slaughter facilities which, like Hallmark, kill cull cows (dairy animals who are no longer viewed as productive). Cull animals are oftentimes in a weakened physical condition, and are therefore more susceptible to becoming downed (non-ambulatory).
Serbia, at the heart of former Yugoslavia and the Balkans, is one of the few places left in Europe where brown bears continue to be cruelly abused for profit and human amusement.