– A loaded cattle trailer traveling from Iowa to a Wisconsin butcher rolled over Tuesday night closing Highway 151.
The crash happened west of Mount Horeb, near County Highway E, when the load shifted causing the semitrailer to rollover, according to a release. Deputies on scene said wind could have been a factor. They also said the double-decker trailer may have been more prone to tipping.
Authorities closed both lanes of Highway 151 for several hours. Traffic was diverted at Highway 78 just outside of Mount Horeb.
Officials said the driver of the semitrailer is injured but the extent of the injuries is unknown. Authorities believed the driver would be okay.
The double-decker cattle trailer was transporting around 32 head, and the two levels made it more difficult to unload. With the top level sitting on its side, some cattle appeared stuck in the trailer. Area farmers continued to pitch in throughout the night to help haul the cattle off the road.
Authorities also say some cattle may have escaped when it first happened, though, so far there have been no reports of seeing any missing livestock.
According to the release, several of the cattle died at the scene. At least a couple had to be shot at the scene. A company from Marshall was called to take the carcasses away for rendering, which will then be used for products like pet food.
Local farmers assisted at the scene.
An animal rights group whose mission is to end the use of animals for human food has planned a protest Sunday at the Cargill Meat Solutions slaughterhouse in Milwaukee.
The Farm Animal Rights Movement says it will be a peaceful demonstration that’s coordinated with hundreds of similar events to observe World Day for Farmed Animals.
But an email sent to the Journal Sentinel by a public relations firm used by the group sounded a bit more menacing.
“Here’s something that should strike fear into the heart of farmers everywhere: Beginning this weekend, animal rights activists will participate in a coordinated, targeted series of demonstrations at slaughterhouses and other agribiz facilities around the world,” the email said.
Animal rights groups have targeted Wisconsin in the past, and some have taken actions such as vandalizing mink farms and releasing those animals into the wild.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest farm group, has butted heads with the Humane Society of the United States and has said that organization is more radical in its animal rights agenda than most people realize.
Farm Animal Rights Movement, based in Bethesda, Md., says it has a “pragmatic abolitionist” approach to promoting veganism, which advocates a diet without any animal products including milk and eggs.
The group strongly objects to the slaughter of animals for food.
“We believe that all animals are equal, and there’s no ethical difference between eating a chicken or a pig and a dog or a cat,” said Michael Webermann, the group’s executive director.
It also doesn’t endorse the consumption of eggs, even from cage-free hens, because it perpetuates the use of animals for food.
“We especially feel that, in a modern society, anyone who has access to a grocery store and a refrigerator doesn’t have a biological need for animal products. It’s an act of pleasure to eat animals rather than a necessity,” Webermann said.
No threat to farmers
The group says no threat to farmers was implied in the email.
“But animal agriculture groups have reason to fear because the number of animals killed for food has been dropping almost every year for the past 10 years. We are seeing a decrease in the amount of meat being eaten per person. I think there are a handful of big players in the industry who should be worried that what they’re doing is going out of vogue and is not going to last much longer,” Webermann said.
A local animal rights group is running the Cargill plant protest for the Farm Animal Rights Movement.
The local group doesn’t plan to block the plant’s entrances or do anything else disruptive, said Ryan Olson, protest coordinator.
The group will try to get the attention of motorists passing the plant on 1915 W. Canal St.
“Instead of doing something like trying to shut down the slaughterhouse, we are just trying to get people to lessen or eliminate their meat, dairy and egg consumption,” Olson said.
Cargill says its slaughter facilities have been designed by cattle expert Temple Grandin, from Colorado State University, to minimize the stress and suffering of animals before they’re killed.
Grandin struggled growing up with autism and says the condition helped her create more humane ways to slaughter livestock. Her designs are used in facilities worldwide.
“It’s our belief that animals raised for food need to live a dignified life, and they need to be harvested in dignity as well,” said Cargill spokesman Mike Martin.
Protesting at noon
The protest will be from noon to about 1:30 p.m.
“We try to tailor our events to the community, and we know that Wisconsin and Milwaukee are not the rowdiest of the U.S. cities, so we don’t want to overdo it,” Webermann said.
But if vegans had their way, there wouldn’t be any farm animals or the hundreds of products made from them, said Emily Metz Meredith, communications director for the Animal Agriculture Alliance, an organization that represents farmers, ranchers and other livestock-industry interests.
“A lot of people don’t know that animals provide countless other products (besides meat) that we would have to find alternatives for, including materials used to make tires on airplanes, shoes, clothes and crayons,” Meredith said.
“If the vegan dream was realized, all these animals could run free. There would be cows all over the road and chickens running loose everywhere,” she added.
Land for feed, grazing
A lot of land is only suitable for growing animal feed or grazing animals.
Modern farming practices allow 2% of the world’s population to feed the rest of the world, according to the Animal Agriculture Alliance.
“Well-cared-for, healthy livestock and poultry is the key to this efficiency, resulting in the highest quality and most affordable food in the history of the world,” the group says.
Animals are not baseball cards to be traded. The animals at this (or any) swap meet are treated as objects rather than the sentient beings that they are. Animals enjoy the security of a familiar place and they establish relationships with other animals just as humans do. They value their lives.
Please write a letter to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune voicing your thoughts about such inhumane “swap meets.” http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/ic/forms/editor.shtml?refresh=1
One woman selling goats admitted to having a camel and a water buffalo at home. These exotic animals do not belong in Wisconsin and should not be held captive for the entertainment of bored humans.
Animal manipulators, animal producers, animal hoarders, yes. But animal lovers. No way.
GRANT — For 47 years, Dale Carlson has been holding annual swap meets to find homes for the small animals he supplies to petting zoos.
Tri-City Riding Club Dale Carlson Small Animal Swap Meet, which started in the front yard of his home, is held the first Saturday after Labor Day. A second swap meet takes place in the spring. It has outgrown Carlson’s front yard, moving to the Tri-City Riding Club in the Portage County town of Grant and attracting about 1,000 people each time he holds the one-day event.
The animals at the swap meet Saturday included pigeons, guinea hens, peacocks and dwarf goats. A sign on Carlson’s van offered a llama for sale.
Fred Hoerter, of Plover, had an assortment of pigeons for sale on Saturday. The Jacobin pigeons displayed large plumes around their heads. Next to the Jacobins were the parlor tumbler pigeons.
“You put them on the ground, and they will roll and roll,” Hoerter said pointing at the parlor tumblers. “They can’t fly.” Read full article here:
A recent Associated Press article about Washington farmer John Bartheld, who breeds miniature and full-sized cows, ended with Bartheld saying since he doesn’t have kids “these things are kind of like my children,” referring to his cows.
I often hear livestock farmers say similar things about the animals they breed, raise and even sell for slaughter. There is nothing remotely family-like about raising an animal, no matter how much affection one has for it during the process, then shipping it off to be slaughtered for food.
Many people are becoming more aware of the suffering behind the production of meat and dairy products and are embracing a vegan lifestyle.
Not only is it better for the animals, it has a positive impact on one’s health and our environment. Visit madisonvegan.com for local restaurants that offer delicious and healthful vegan options. Give one of them a try.
— Lynn Pauly, Madison, co-executive director, Alliance for Animals and the Environment
Cruel, barbaric, inhumane, ridiculous. That is what we think of pig wrestling, Wisconsin’s choice of entertainment at several local fairs this summer. Just look at the face of the pig being treated with pure disrespect by the three contestants in the picture. We at Alliance For Animals and the Environment have attended such an event to see first-hand how the pigs are treated. We found the cheers from those in attendance – adults and children – were almost as disturbing as the act of pig wrestling. Please do not attend these events.
This is pure animal abuse. Visit our website at nopigwrestling.org to learn more.
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The “Hog-Catching Hustlers” of Lodi try to carry the pig to the barrel Thursday during the Catch-a-Pig contest at the Columbia County Fair in Portage. Twenty-four teams of three competed for prizes for fastest time — within a maximum 45 seconds — to place the pig on top of a barrel while each team member keeps at least a hand on the
pig. The fastest women’s and fastest men’s teams win $100. Teams also compete for a $50 prize for “best-dressed” costumes
Way to go Global Conservation Group!
An animal rights group that sees pig wrestling as inhumane is urging people to boycott the event at the annual Stoughton Junior Fair later this week.
But a representative of the committee that organizes the fair disputes the claim that pig wrestling is cruel.
“We do everything in our power to make sure that the animals are taken care of prior to and after the competition,” said Steve Wethal, vice-president of the Fair Board. “We put animal safety first.”
He added, “It’s been a successful event and people seem to enjoy it.”
An organization called Global Conservation Group sees the event in a different light.
In a news release, the group asks people to boycott the pig wrestling event “because pigs being punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket is not acceptable and is common practice during pig wrestling contests in Wisconsin.”
Pig wrestling, or “wrasslin,” is an event where contestants chase pigs around a fenced-off mud pit to attempt to place the pig on a barrel in a limited period of time, either 30 or 45 seconds, Wethal explained.
“I don’t think the pigs are traumatized,” he said. “It’s a very short window; a timed event. And if you don’t get your pig in the time allotted, then you’re done.”
Wethal explained that the event has been held at the fair for only the past four or five years. He said it’s done to attract more people to the fair.
“We are a free fair, so we don’t charge to get on the grounds and we don’t charge for parking, like other fairs do,” Wethal said. “We were looking for ways to put on a relatively inexpensive show. Pig wrestling is done at other county fairs. So we looked at that aspect. It’s inexpensive for us and draws a crowd. That’s pretty much the whole reason behind it.”
He disputed the Global Conservation Group’s assertion that “using pigs in this form of entertainment is inhumane.”
“We have to remember that just as humans, pigs also have the same ability to feel pain, emotions, and the desire to live,” the group wrote in its news release.
The group also alleges that conducting pig wrestling or even viewing the event is illegal under Wisconsin law.
“Spectators could be subject to prosecution for a misdemeanor offense for attending a pig wrestling event under section 951.18(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes,” the group claims.
Wethal said the Fair Board did receive some complaints about the event a few years ago. He said the committee discussed and decided to continue it.
“We’ve had threats of protestors coming,” he acknowledged. “We always discuss it, but it’s the relatively inexpensive show to put on and keeps us a free fair.”
“In my opinion,” he added, “I don’t feel we are damaging the pigs in any way. They walk off the trailer and back on the trailer under their own power.”
Dear Editor: Regarding Rick Bogle and Zorba Paster’s Opinion and Commentary on the Dalai Lama, I would like to point out that meditation has another prominent spokesperson as well. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and author who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr., is best known for teaching mindfulness meditation. An ethical vegan, Hanh has said, “Buddhist practitioners have practiced vegetarianism over the last 2,000 years with the intention to nourish our compassion towards the animals. Compassion is our most important practice. Understanding brings compassion. Understanding the suffering that living beings undergo helps liberate the energy of compassion. And with that energy you know what to do.”
The concept and practice of nonviolence are central to Buddhism, and mean not causing pain to any being by thoughts, words or actions. Perfection is neither possible nor the point. The essential practice of nonviolence is veganism, minimizing harm to the environment and to all beings affected by humans’ choices. This includes the millions of animals who are hurting, suffering and dying needlessly.
As a longtime meditator, I try to practice nonviolence: I am determined not to support any act of killing in the world. As for the Dalai Lama, I hope that eventually, like Thich Nhat Hanh, he will “know what to do,” and find the understanding to take the basic Buddhist precept of compassion off his meditation cushion and onto his dinner plate.