A Veterinarian Fights to End Massive Cruel Extermination of Pigs!

January 24, 2022
Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell

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Shock and outrage as undercover footage shows the horrors of pigs at an Iowa pork plant dying slow, agonizing deaths, many shrieking for long periods, in a horrific process where they are slowly roasted to death called Ventilation Shutdown. Matt Johnson, the undercover investigator for the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, was about to face trial for his role in documenting the violence against these animals, when charges were abruptly dropped in the midst of a media frenzy over the scandal. Meanwhile, for almost 2 years, Dr. Crystal Heath,. a veterinarian, has been working to raise awareness about the atrocity of ventilation shutdown, a mass extermination where where animals are essentially slowly roasted to death. She's been pleading with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to reclassify it as a completely and utterly unacceptable form of depopulation. Dr. Heath says Ventilation Shutdown exposes the brutality of our food system and the need to stop the expansion of animal agriculture and reverse course with a sense of urgency. Some critics estimate that a quarter of a million pigs were exterminated in this brutal way during the COVID crisis in 2020, while it was being falsely portrayed as euthanasia.


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Jane Velez-Mitchell

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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