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We, the undersigned, write to demand immediate action to rectify the abuses of the factory farming industry around the world, and protect whistleblowers who expose this misconduct and help the suffering animals.

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Rescuing Gilly from Iowa Select Farms

In May 2020, DxE investigators exposed Iowa Select Farms roasting pigs alive. It’s a process the industry calls “ventilation shutdown” (VSD). It was used to kill thousands of healthy pigs in response to slaughterhouse shutdowns caused by COVID-19.

Using hidden cameras, DxE captured pigs shrieking in agony at temperatures of over 140ºF in these gruesome mass killings. Two to three hours into the process, workers with bolt guns were seen shooting any pigs that appeared to still be alive.

DxE activists rescued one piglet, named her Gilly, and brought her to sanctuary to live out her life in peace. DxE investigator Matt Johnson was facing felony burglary, wiretapping, and an "ag-gag" charge because of the investigation and rescue.

Matt’s trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 20, 2022, but the day before, all charges against him were dropped. This is a victory, but it is not the end. We are calling on Iowa county attorneys to prosecute Iowa Select Farms for animal cruelty and asking Governor Reynolds to end "ag-gag" laws that criminalize whistleblowing.

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Wright County, IowaJan. 19, 2022
VICTORY! Just one day before trial was set to begin, all charges against DxE investigator Matt Johnson were DROPPED. International media outlets had requested coverage and people from around the country were planning to attend the trial to support the right to rescue. Could it be that the industry got scared of the public attention? We were going to expose Iowa Select Farms’ gruesome cruelty in court, but instead of going away, we are now using this victory as an opportunity to keep fighting "ag-gag" laws and defending the Right to Rescue.

Transylvania County, North CarolinaDec. 6, 2021
GUILTY: The jury found Wayne guilty on both counts: felony breaking or entering and felony larceny. The Judge issued a suspended sentence. Wayne will have to do two years of supervised probation and pay $250 in restitution, but no jail time. He plans to appeal.

Sanpete County, UtahNov. 24, 2021
Case dismissed! The felony case against Wayne Hsiung and Paul Darwin Picklesimer for rescuing turkeys from a Utah farm in 2017 was just dismissed because the company and prosecutor agreed that "the criminalization of this nonviolent investigation and rescue is unnecessary." This is a step toward the #RightToRescue! Please share this important news on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

Dane County, WisconsinAug. 18, 2021
We got a new case! Eva Hamer, Paul Darwin Picklesimer, and Wayne Hsiung were charged for rescuing three beagles from Ridglan Farms, a massive breeding and research facility that raises beagles for horrific experiments like force-feeding them laundry detergent until they vomit blood and die. The defendants believe the public will support their actions in saving these dogs.

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