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Breaking! Help ‘Free From Harm’ Stop The Cruel Treatment Of 6-Week-Old Chicks At Aden Poultry Slaughterhouse In Chicago

Photos from Free from Harm’s undercover investigation 

Last week, Free from Harm documented the misery and neglect of six-week-old chicks at Aden Poultry Slaughterhouse in Chicago. The Founder of Free from Harm, Robert Grillo, witnessed the harrowing situation first-hand during an undercover investigation when the innocent chicks were delivered.

“The truckers worked fast, slamming the crates of birds down onto the pavement, and without any regard for the welfare of the birds,” Grillo noted, further explaining that the young chickens were transported by a Middlebury truck into a detached, two-car garage, about 50ft. from the main facility. “The truckers stacked several crates of birds on top of one another, each crate packed tightly with approximately 50 or more birds.”

The heartbreaking investigation at the Chicago slaughterhouse also uncovered that the birds showed clear signs of suffering, some with splayed legs forced to squat in their own waste, while others flapped their wings continuously in a desperate attempt to be ambulatory. Still, according to Grillo, many of the chicks were responsive and peered meekly out at him as the putrid smell of waste hit him from more than 200 feet away.

The investigation documented that no members of the Aden Poultry Slaughterhouse staff were present during the delivery of the birds, who were “presumably housed in this garage overnight, which does not comply with food code rules.”

Free from Harm is urging people to help stop the unlawful practice of this slaughterhouse, which violates multiple city health department rules, by calling Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady at (312) 747-9870. Please leave a message about the appalling situation at Aden Poultry Slaughterhouse which should be permanently shut down. Emails can also be sent to allison.arwady@cityofchicago.org. 

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WAN Exclusive Update With Beirut For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) About Pets Affected By The Devastating Explosion In Lebanon

Photos from Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA)

Following the massive explosion that devastated the Capitol of Lebanon earlier this month, Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA), the first no-kill shelter in the country, remains on the ground caring for animals impacted by the catastrophic event. SPCA International has committed to a $20,000 grant to support BETA’s work in the aftermath of the crisis.

WAN talked with BETA representatives today to get an update about the dire situation. Tragically, the number of injured animals found in the aftermath of the explosion continues to grow.

As per data from Dr. Ihab Chaaban, Head of the Lebanese Syndicate of Veterinarians, one week after the explosions, it was estimated that 123 injured dogs and cats have been found and are currently being treated for their injuries. Many experienced trauma from the blast being hit by shattered glass. Others tragically passed away near ground zero. This does not include animals who were taken outside of the city for veterinary care.

Currently, BETA’s dog and cat shelters are at full capacity. They are now caring for more than 1,000 animals, including: 850 dogs, 200 cats, three horses, one donkey, and one monkey.

As noted in an earlier statement sent to WAN, BETA is also continuing to care for approximately 80 dogs that remain in the region of the port; providing them with food and water, as well as treatments to remove and protect the animals from fleas and worms. They are also starting a campaign to spay and neuter homeless and displaced neighborhood dogs.

“SPCA International is sending an emergency disaster relief grant of $20,000 to BETA Lebanon. The staff and volunteers at BETA are looking after the animals left at the port, as well as those who have lost their homes in the wake of the August 4th disaster,” Meredith Ayan, SPCAI’s Executive Director told WAN. “We are proud to support their vital work as Beirut recovers from the devastating explosion at the port.”

Many people have and continue to request help from BETA to treat their pets, as well as to help those who cannot afford to feed their animals. BETA is expecting the requests to drastically increase as the shock is over.

Please help Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) save and treat more animals affected by the explosion in Lebanon by donating HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Tiny Beads Cause a Revolution in Cancer Treatment in Cats

Cat getting an exam by a veterinarian

Tiny beads are changing the way some veterinarians deal with cancer. These beads are effective, cheap and have few side-effects. Are they too good to be true?

Around 2008, I came across a new option to complement cancer surgery. Results have been impressive. Until then, chemotherapy and radiation therapy were the two main solutions offered after removal of cancerous tumors, just like in people. Both treatments may cause side-effects, and they can cost thousands of dollars.

About the chemo beads
Chemo beads cost a fraction of any other option. Veterinarians are now able to place tiny cisplatin-impregnated beads around the tumor site. Cisplatin is then slowly released from the beads, which are reabsorbed by the body over 4-6 weeks. Cisplatin is a common chemo drug, normally used with an IV in our canine cancer patients.

Unfortunately, cisplatin can be deadly in cats, but by including a minuscule dose in the beads, veterinarians are now able to eliminate the former side-effects.

The beads measure 3 mm in diameter, or about 1 tenth of an inch.

The limitations of the chemo beads
Although cisplatin beads are often effective at preventing or slowing the cancer from coming back, they do not prevent spreading (metastasis), e.g. to the lungs. Fortunately, some of these tumors do not spread readily to begin with.

When are the beads placed?
The best time to place the beads is at the time of surgery, when we know exactly where the tumor was and where cancer-free edges (margins) are questionable. Implanting beads after the surgery (e.g. after the biopsy report reveals imperfect edges) has 3 drawbacks:

  • It is difficult to know where margins were
  • It requires another surgery under anesthesia
  • There are additional costs

The number of beads varies with the size of the tumor. They are typically placed every 1-2 cm. However, to decrease the risks, 6 beads are usually the most used in cats. This means that the tumor can’t be too big, if the patient is to be a good candidate.

Side-effects of chemo beads
Side-effects are rare and typically local. They occasionally include swelling, irritation and skin drainage.  Although IV cisplatin is deadly in cats, I have not observed or heard of general side-effects after bead placement.

Chemo bead safety for people
Ironically, chemo drugs can cause cancer. Therefore, the pet parent should not touch any drainage with bare hands. Should the incision drain, it is important to wear disposable, single-use gloves to clean the fluid.

Licking the incision must be prevented. Cats who receive chemo beads should wear an E collar 24/7, if it was recommended, and should be separated from other pets.

FDA on chemo beads
Cisplatin beads have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in cats.  However, there are almost no FDA chemotherapy drugs that are approved for pets! Most often, what veterinarians must use are actual human drugs.

Which cancers might chemo beads be used for?
Cisplatin beads do not work on all tumors. Your veterinarian, or a veterinary surgeon, is in the best position to decide if they are appropriate. Indications for cisplatin beads include tumors removed with “thin margins” such as:

  • Soft tissue sarcomas (fibrosarcoma)
  • Melanoma (in the skin or the mouth)
  • Some carcinomas (squamous cell carcinoma, salivary gland carcinoma, thyroid carcinoma)

I have used chemo beads in cats with a variety of cancerous tumors, including:

  • A malignant melanoma of the lower eyelid
  • Fibrosarcomas in the skin
  • Cancerous tumors (carcinoma) in the salivary glands

My view of chemo beads
So what’s my take? The beads are keeping their promise: they are effective, they are cheaper than all other options, and they have minimal to no side-effects. Remarkably, we can use beads in cats despite the fact that IV cisplatin is deadly.

From personal experience, the beads have been remarkably well tolerated. Other surgeons who have used the cisplatin beads have been equally impressed. Still, it is a relatively new treatment that few surgeons have heard about. Hopefully, as more colleagues learn about them, more cats will benefit from them.

Next, check out: “Tiny Beads Cause a Revolution in Cancer Treatment in Dogs” >

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

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