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Old 08-11-2003, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Toyota's Killing Kittens at KY Plant

“I was advised … that ‘if it [were a choice] between 1 minute of down time for the assembly line and the kitten, the kitten would lose.’” —Eyewitness

PETA’s Domestic Animal Issues & Abuse Department has received documentation of what is alleged to have been a June 2, 2003, incident, during which Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), employees deliberately caused the mutilation and death of two kittens whose location posed an inconvenience to production. We are told that the employees present—a maintenance team member and the maintenance team leader—were made aware that at least one kitten was trapped inside a trailer in the process of receiving heavy cargo. Employees are said to have refused outright to manually unload the trailer in order to spare the kitten. When the cargo was finally unloaded, two kittens had been mangled in the machinery. Click here to view images.

While authorities consider an investigation, we need your help to break the silence at TMMK.

Local authorities have decided not to file criminal charges in this case, reportedly because they do not believe that there was “intent.” However, § 525.130 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes states, “A person is guilty of cruelty to animals in the second degree when except as authorized by law he intentionally or wantonly: (a) Subjects any animal to or causes cruel or injurious mistreatment through abandonment, … mutilation, beating, … tormenting, failing to provide adequate food, drink, space, or health care, or by any other means” (emphasis added). The statute defines “wantonly” as follows: “A person acts wantonly with respect to a result or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense when he is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur or that the circumstance exists” (emphasis added).

Please urge authorities to take these allegations seriously, conduct a thorough criminal investigation, and file appropriate charges against anyone who deliberately hurt and killed kittens at this plant. Politely remind them that individuals who demonstrate a blatant disregard for the lives and suffering of animals likely also pose a definitive risk to the community at large (see http://www.peta.org/mc/facts/fsc24.html):

Chief Bernard Palmer
Georgetown Police Department
550 Bourbon St.
Georgetown, KY 40324
Fax: 502-867-6991

The Honorable Clay McKnight
Scott County Attorney
Justice Bldg., 119 N. Hamilton
Georgetown, KY 40324
Fax: 502-863-7871

To read PETA’s letters to the above parties, click on the following links:

http://www.peta.org/alert/03/Toyotafinaland proofed.pdf

http://www.peta.org/alert/03/Toyotap...dCAproofed.pdf



http://www.peta.org/alert/automation...tem.asp?id=791
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jesus fucking christ! I hope this is a joke. If not, who gives a crap if a couple of little kittens were killed?
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sadness - but then again, WTF were kittens doing in a manufacturing plant? - their loss.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sucks to be the kittens, but seriously - stop manufacturing for however long it takes them to get the kittens out of an area that they clearly should not have been, or let them get killed?

Stopping work costs the company a lot of money, as then they end up paying employees to stand around and talk while the kitten gets rescued.

It sounds to me very fishy, sort of like PETA has a grudge against Toyota and "planted" the kittens and waited to see what would happen.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This is retarded. I must say I have a thing for PETA. They are a wonderful group.



































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ANyways, the pics didn't show up...where are they?
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Old 08-11-2003, 07:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hahaha not as bad as a cat getting cut in half by a air compressor v belt....now that is a mess!
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Old 08-12-2003, 01:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That is Sooo.... sad.

They say that every time you wank, God kills a kitten



I personaly resolve to redress this terrible tragedy by foregoing 2 of my wanks

I'm sure that many other TFPers will do the same, so while 2 kitens are dead, collectively the kitten population comes out ahead

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Old 08-12-2003, 12:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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lol Mike. It is really weird that the kittens were just around there in a manufacturing plant. Wouldn't it take just as much time later to clean out the machinery of dead kitten guts?
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Old 08-12-2003, 03:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The extra time it would have taken to save the kitties would be better than all the bad publicity........ They would have been "Hero's" instead of "Kitten Murderers" Now they have a bunch of Hippy Peta freaks after their heads.....
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Old 08-12-2003, 04:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Every time you buy a car, God kills *2* kittens!
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Old 08-12-2003, 04:57 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Halx, I think I'm going to quote you on that one from now on.
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thats farking terrible.

Pretty bad that the lives of two living creatures stand in the way of an hour or so of machine plant time.

When did people become so inhumane?
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:15 PM   #13 (permalink)
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As much as I hate cats, it is terrible that anybody would think that saving a few dollars would justify the killing of innocent animals. What exactly is a life worth these days? But then again, Americans don't mind killing innocent people for the priviledge of driving. Look at what we are doing in Iraq just so we can drive our precious SUVs.
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Old 08-13-2003, 08:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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If they were rats, would anyone care? PETA might, but I doubt it would have gotten any press coverage.
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Old 08-13-2003, 09:05 PM   #15 (permalink)
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If they were rats, would anyone care? PETA might, but I doubt it would have gotten any press coverage.
extremely good point
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Old 08-15-2003, 01:00 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Animal cruelty is worse than human cruelty. Poor kittens. RIP.. lol
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Old 08-15-2003, 05:33 AM   #17 (permalink)
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those were some lazy people.

"them's be some kittens in that there truck cletus,reckon we ouught to get em?"

"naw, i aint. cause emma gon'wanem and we already gots 18 cats and 11 dogs"

"lets stomp them with this here forign car."
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Old 08-15-2003, 08:33 AM   #18 (permalink)
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So that explains that meowing sound I hear under the hood of my tacoma whenever I punch it up to 4K rpm.
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Old 08-21-2003, 09:50 PM   #19 (permalink)
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::bows head:: God Bless the kittens....can we fucking eat now ??
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Old 08-21-2003, 10:33 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I would have taken the time to save the kittens, but I don't care that they didn't.
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Old 08-22-2003, 04:55 AM   #21 (permalink)
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with the cost of unloading that trailer you could buy a pet store and get a bushel full of kittens
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Old 08-23-2003, 09:13 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Oh please. What a joke. Two kittens, whose death would make any soul weep ever so slightly, are not the imperative of a company.
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