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Another day, another appalling undercover investigation from the Humane Society of the United States: The animal advocacy group has released evidence -- and video footage -- of pig abuse at a factory farm that allegedly is a supplier to Tyson Foods.

Video shot in April at the Wyoming Premium Farms facility in Wheatland shows workers kicking living piglets like soccer balls; swinging sick piglets in circles by their hind legs; striking mother pigs with their fists; and repeatedly and forcefully kicking them as they resisted leaving their young.

A Tyson Foods spokesman denies the company buys directly from the farm:

Tyson Foods does not buy any of the hogs raised on this farm for our pork processing plants. ... A company that we own has purchased hogs from the farm. We will not purchase from this farm until we've had a chance to investigate.

(Heads up -- video contains graphic images of animal abuse.)

[bi]

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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Their existence was widely reported last August, but the demand for pills made from dead human babies apparently hasn't let up: South Korean customs officials revealed today that they have confiscated more than 17,000 of the pills from smugglers over the past nine months.

Hospitals and abortion clinics in China have continued to sell dead babies to medical companies that dry them out, grind them up, and sell them in pill form as alternative remedies to increase stamina. The dead babies are "mostly abortions or stillbirths" and are being used with the mothers' consent.

Health authorities in Asia worry that if the powdered fetus trade continues, the capsules will find their way online, where the sick and gullible will be susceptible to super-bacteria and other harmful ingredients found in the human flesh capsules.

[dailymail]

This is All Kinds of Wrong Cop Punching of the Day

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A 77-year-old Holocaust survivor is claiming that a New York City officer punched him in the face for running a red light. Miklos Muller, the survivor, is filing a lawsuit for this attack that stems from a November 2011 incident.

[dailyintel]

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Daniel Chong, an innocent UC San Diego student, spent five days in a holding cell without food, water, or human contact after he was wrongfully detained during a raid of a friend's house by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The 23-year-old wasn't charged with a crime, but officers forgot to release him. He kicked, screamed, and cried, but no one came to his aid: "They never came back, ignored all my cries and I still don't know what happened. I'm not sure how they could forget me."

Chong was forced to drink his own urine for hydration and he carved the words "Sorry Mom" into his arm with glass in a fit of psychosis. "I had to do what I had to do to survive," he said. "I was completely insane."

On Chong's fifth day in the small, windowless room, officers finally heard his pleas for help. Upon his release, he was incoherent and had to be hospitalized. He was found to have eaten glass and treated for a perforated lung.

Chong is considering filing a lawsuit against the DEA, which has apologized to him and promised a review of the incident.

[huffpo]

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On March 14, Bob and Nancy Strait were the victims of a brutal home invasion; Bob, 90, was shot in the face and brutally beaten, and remains in serious condition. His wife, Nancy, 85, was battered and sexually assaulted, and died of her injuries.

The couple met on a blind date after Bob finished serving in World War II. They married a month later, and their romance lasted 65 years. "Dad never talked, and Mama never quit talking," their daughter Lanora said.

The Straits' attack has gotten little play in the mainstream media, but now comedy group RangerUpVideo is asking in a heartfelt video that Americans -- and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- help publicize the case, and make sure justice is served. Police have arrested 20-year-old Tyrone Dale David Woodfork on a first-degree murder charge, but police believe three or four other assailants were involved.

"This investigation is far from over," said Officer Jason Willingham, of the Tulsa police department. "We've still got a lot of questions that we still need answered."

[dailymail]

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Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a 23-year-old transgender woman, was walking in Minneapolis after midnight last June with a group of friends, all black and either queer or allied. As they passed the Schooner Tavern, the group was harassed by several older, white bar patrons, who called McDonald and her friends "faots," "niers," and "chicks with d*cks." Allegedly, the group even suggested that McDonald -- who is in transition from a man to a woman -- was "dressed as women" in order to "rape" Dean Schmitz, one of the harassers.

McDonald defended herself and her friends, saying they didn't tolerate hate speech. But when one of the bar patrons smashed a glass in McDonald's face, puncturing her cheek, a fight ensued, and Schmitz, 47, was fatally stabbed. McDonald now faces two charges of second-degree murder in his death; in a videotaped interview with police after the fight, she allegedly admitted that she took out a pair of scissors to scare Schmitz, and that Schmitz ran into them during the fight. McDonald says the stabbing was accidental, and that she acted in self-defense.

Supporters say the case is symptomatic of the bias against transgender people and African-Americans in the criminal justice system. More than 15,000 have signed an online petition asking the Hennepin County Attorney to drop the second-degree murder charges against McDonald.

"Amazingly, in the aftermath of this racist and transphobic attack, the only person facing charges is CeCe McDonald- the victim...We refuse to allow racism and transphobia, on Minneapolis streets or in Minneapolis courts. We support CeCe. We are waiting for County Attorney Michael Freeman to honor his commitment, in his words 'to serve all of our citizens with understanding, dignity, and respect' by dropping the charges against CeCe McDonald."

McDonald's trial begins Monday.

[startribune]

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Salecia Johnson might have thrown the mother of all temper tantrums at a Georgia elementary school last Friday: The 6-year-old allegedly pushed fellow students, threw items off a teacher's desk, tore material from the walls, tried to bite a doorknob, and tossed a small shelving unit (which struck the school's principal in the leg). But when a police officer tried to calm Salecia down, she "pulled away and actively began resisting and fighting with me," reported the cop -- so, naturally, he handcuffed her and tossed her in the back of his squad car.

Salecia has since been released to her family -- who, naturally, are pissed. The girl's aunt, Candace Ruff, picked her up at the police station, where Ruff said Salecia was in a holding cell and complained about the steel handcuffs. "She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists," Ruff said. "Call the police, is that the first step?"

Police defended the cuff-and-stuff, saying Salecia was "placed in handcuffs for her safety. When a person is put in handcuffs, it's for their safety, it's not a punishment."

[newser]