28 September 2017
On April 28 2012, in Montichiari Italy, at 16: 15, in broad daylight, amidst a crowd of over 1,000 protestors, animal activists broke into the compound of Green Hill laboratory animal breeders and liberated 27 beagles. It was a bold, brazen, defiant, and iconic act of defiance, resistance, and liberation. Soon after, the Green Hill compound was closed and hundreds of beagles were adopted to loving homes.
"Stop Green Hill" is the story of a dream. Of a strategy. Of overcoming limits and of individuals. It's also about a multinational, that over two years, has lost its revenues based on the suffering of animals bred for laboratories: 250 dogs sent each month to research centres throughout Europe. The departure was from Green Hill in Montichiari, Brescia province, the destination was Paradise. After years of silence on "animal experiments" a debate has ensued in Italy regarding the legality and ethical justification of a practice that has become commonplace in the whole of Europe. For the activists it has been the success of a campaign led with creativity, determination and with the awareness that even the most just actions may have consequences which must be paid, if the limit of legality happens to be on the wrong side. This is why, after the success of the Stop Green Hill campaign, the job could not be considered completed: a being suffers regardless of whether it is a man, a dog or a mouse.
27 September 2017
Animal Equality have undertaken an intensive investigation into slaughterhouses and the dog meat markets in the Leizhou peninsula and the rest of the province of Guangdong in China. Dogs raised for the meat markets are often taken from the street or stolen from families. These animals are kept almost their entire lives confined in wire cages where they suffer terribly both physically and psychologically. Whilst in the cramped cages, they are scared. They suffer from hunger, extreme temperatures, and a lack of food and water. Their deaths are horrific: various blows to the head leave the animals in a semi-conscious state before being stabbed to death. The dogs are bled out and die after agonising minutes whilst struggling in a desperate bid to stay alive.