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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Cruel treatment brings pork to our tables in Hawaii
by Larry Geller
Hawaii has not dealt with charges that it permits cruel treatment of animals shipped here for food, and then covers it up by sticking “Island Produced” labels on the packages.
The cruelty was revealed in a video produced by the Handle with Care coalition and highlighted again in an August, 2008 story in Honolulu Magazine. But the cruelty continues today.
The Handle with Care coalition was formed in 2007 by a number of ten charities and animal advocacy organizations to lobby for change in the way animals are transported. HWC members filmed the cruelty in Hawaii and posted their video, which seems to have been effective. Shipments of live pigs from Canada to Hawaii ended last year:
Here is HWC’s YouTube video:
Maybe Oshiro hasn’t seen the video, which included inspection reports. They didn’t stop the Canadian shipments. Shipping from Montana is probably quite similar. The video showed clear mistreatment on the Hawaii end.
Thanks to Honolulu Magazine for re-opening this issue.
Have you watched the video? Will you do something to change the deceptive labeling and end animal cruelty?
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