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Nearly 60 animals seized at 'death trap' in rural San Diego County
December 2, 2011 | 4:51 pm
Fifty-eight animals in the rural community of Campo were seized Friday by San Diego County sheriff's deputies and animal services officers in a raid on a small ranch that one animal services officer called a "death trap."
The animals included goats, sheep, llamas, cattle and horses. Many of the animals were sick, were on the verge of starvation and had overgrown hooves, investigators said.
On Nov. 9, animal control officers had found nine dead goats and a dead llama on the same property. Necropsies determined that the animals had probably died of starvation.
The owners were given a warning about the remaining animals but apparently were not following through on their promises to provide better feed and care, according to Lt. Dan DeSousa of the county Department of Animal Services.
"We were not going to allow these animals to remain and suffer the same fate as the others," DeSousa said.
The animals were taken to a county-run facility in Bonita. Investigators are gathering evidence and will present a report to the district attorney about possible animal cruelty charges against the property owners, DeSousa said.
Deputies and investigators allowed several dogs, several chickens and a pig to remain. "But we'll be monitoring to see how they are doing," DeSousa said.
Campo is an hour east of downtown San Diego. The owners were not home at the time of the raid.
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Undercover Investigation Released Today Reveals Barbaric Animal Trapping Practices Born Free USA announces horrific details of investigation, including unprecedented video and photographs showing brutality and illegal practices by U.S. trappers
Published: Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 5:00 AM ET
WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, announced today the results of a groundbreaking undercover investigation inside the world of recreational and professional wildlife trapping. This is the first known undercover investigation of trapping in the U.S. (www.bornfreeusa.org/victimsofvanity).
The investigation, which took place in and around wooded areas and farms in Pennsylvania, reveals shocking cruelty and brutality including: the prolonged drowning of a raccoon by a trapper with a stick; the chest-crushing suffocating of foxes; the capture and killing of non-target animals such as a domestic cat; and the use of illegal snare traps.
To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undercover-investigation-released-today-reveals-barbaric-animal-trapping-practices-117548923.html
According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President, Born Free USA, "Born Free USA launched this investigation to shed light on a horrific, highly unregulated, inhumane and dangerous industry. Commercial fur trapping dates back to the early 1600's and has hardly changed. It remains barbaric and many people are not even aware that this is going on in most of the U.S." "More than 80 countries have banned the leghold trap, which is still legal here.
Our aim is to educate the public, policy makers, and the fashion industry, and put pressure on state agencies for more regulations. In most states wild animals are allowed to be trapped for commercialized fur use and recreation. People value wildlife and the humane treatment of animals and will be sickened to see them suffering mercilessly in body crushing traps or strangulation snares, or under the weight of a trapper's boot," Roberts explains.
The trapping industry and U.S. fish and game departments maintain that this is a humane and regulated industry. Born Free USA's new footage reveals the inhumane treatment of wild furbearers by American trappers and the lack of regulation of the industry.
"Methods used to kill trapped animals would violate anti-cruelty laws in most states if inflicted intentionally upon domestic cats or dogs," says wildlife biologist Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate, Born Free USA. "This investigation demonstrates that despite years of research, there are no significant advances in reducing collateral damage -- the non-target animals captured in traps set for other species." Most states do not require trappers to report non-target animals who are trapped or killed. Born Free USA estimates that one in three victims trapped are non-target animals -- often family cats and dogs. The organization receives numerous calls from families who have seen their pet suffer in the jaws of a trap in their neighborhood. The organization has an online database of non-target incidents at. www.bornfreeusa.org/database.
The investigation also reveals conversations among trappers caught on camera discussing illegal trapping methods and selling their pelts including talk of the link from catch to commercial fur auctions. Video was shot in "Fur Sheds" where animals are fleshed; and fur auctions where trappers sell their "goods." Born Free USA works to expose the truth and eliminate cruel traps by encouraging policymakers to enact stronger laws; ensuring state agencies are enforcing existing protections; and championing humane alternatives of mitigating conflicts with wildlife.
Highlights of undercover video footage and photographs: Legal and illegal snares being used to trap animals.
Live raccoon in a leghold water trap and brutal drowning by a trapper.
Live red foxes in illegal cable snares -- then brutally killed.
Dead mink in leghold water trap -- out of trapping season.
Non-target animals caught in traps: a domestic cat, a rabbit.
Live bobcats in leghold traps -- then strangled to death.
Live coyote in a leghold trap.
Inside a trapper's Fur Shed, including skinning a fox, hanging pelts, and traps.
A PA fur auction.
Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free's Primate Sanctuary in Texas is home to more than 500 primates rescued from laboratories, roadside zoos, and private possession.
Born Free USA undertook this investigation in partnership with the organization Respect for Animals.Undercover Investigation Released Today Reveals Barbaric Animal Trapping Practices... more
For over 60 years, the public has been prevented from seeing the terrible way dogs are treated at Tucson Greyhound Park. Last summer, our team of professional investigators finally got into the kennel compound to learn the truth.
This groundbreaking investigation was covered last night by KOLD-TV Channel 13 TV News. Click here to see the story:
Last year, GREY2K USA released a report documenting that a dog was injured every 3 to 4 days at Tucson Greyhound Park in 2008. Greyhounds suffered broken legs, fractured skulls, dislocations, and muscle tears. Now, our investigators have proven that dogs at Tucson Greyhound Park also endure lives of terrible confinement.
* The kennel compound consists of a series of warehouses surrounded by a barbed wire fence and blocked by a guard shack.
* Greyhounds are kept inside these warehouse-style kennels in small, stacked cages which are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around.
* Greyhounds at Tucson racing kennels are kept in complete darkness.
* Greyhounds at Tucson racing kennels are fed raw, untreated 4-D meat.
* The majority of dogs our investigators observed were muzzled right inside their cages.
This is no way to treat a dog!From: Grey2K.................
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Humane Society accuses top turkey hatchery of abuse
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
November 24, 2010 10:40 p.m. EST
The Humane Society says birds at the Willmar Poultry hatchery are subjected to inhumane treatment.
* Humane Society investigator shoots undercover video at a turkery hatchery
* Video purports to show live birds tossed in grinder, injured poults left on ground to suffer
* Willmar Poultry head says firm is committed "to meeting or exceeding" industry standards
* Richard VanderSpek says some employees' actions violate company's policies
(CNN) -- Undercover video shot at one of the nation's largest turkey producers shows what an animal rights group calls cruel and inhumane treatment of birds.
The Humane Society of the United States released its findings this week from an 11-day undercover operation in October at the Willmar Poultry Company in Willmar, Minnesota. The hatchery, described on the company's website as the nation's largest, produces more than 30 million poults, or young turkeys, each year and delivers more than 600,000 a week to customers nationwide.
A Humane Society investigator worked at the hatchery and shot video that appears to show employees cutting the toes off poults before tossing them down a chute to a bloody conveyor belt. The video, which is posted on the group's website, also shows an employee scooping up a handful of poults and tossing them into a bin, dropping some on the floor and leaving them there. The video also purports to show an employee pulling a cart of injured animals over to a grinder and throwing them in.
"Our latest investigation exposes a callous disregard for animal welfare in the turkey industry, including practices such as grinding alive sick, injured and even healthy but unwanted turkeys," said Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States president and CEO. "It's unacceptable for workers to leave injured and nonambulatory animals to suffer on the floor for hours on end, only to then send them to their deaths in a grinder."
Willmar Poultry Company President Richard VanderSpek defended the company's animal welfare practices and policies and said in a statement that the video depicted "the actions of some employees that violate the company's animal welfare policies."
"We condemn any mistreatment of the animals in our care and will take swift action to investigate and address these issues. Willmar Poultry will also review its policies, procedures, employee training and site monitoring to help ensure that our employees understand and follow company animal welfare policies and procedures," VanderSpek said in a statement.
VanderSpek said the company was committed "to meeting or exceeding" industry standards for animal welfare practices and policies, including the National Turkey Federation's Animal Care Guidelines.
"The No. 1 priority for our turkey industry is to provide the safest, highest quality products possible. Therefore, it is essential for the industry to ensure the well-being of the turkeys it raises. Whether it is on the farm or in the processing facility, the turkey industry acts responsibly in the raising, breeding, transporting and processing of all turkeys," he said.Humane Society accuses top turkey hatchery of abuse
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The Beings We Eat
Worldwide, more than 80 billion land animals, of many kinds, are raised and killed each year as food for one particular group called Homo sapiens. Similar numbers of animals are taken from the water, so humans eat around 160 billion animals each year. In comparison, just about 100 billion humans have walked this planet in our known history.
We present these facts not to make ourselves or our readers feel overwhelmed. No one wants to feel bad. We can, however, feel responsible. Think of it as the power to change things, beginning today. Because we can, by becoming vegan.
Here is an overview of the realities of animal farming. Goats, sheep, and other animals not covered here are also respected by vegan values. These beings are just a few of the many conscious beings humans have dominated and now use daily. This domination and use is not inevitable, so you need not accept the objection that vegans are idealists and the world won’t go vegan overnight. The world of one person changes with each individual who does opt out of animal use, and that’s just what a movement means.
The Chickens and the Eggs
Of the 80 billion land animals killed each year, well over half are chickens. In the United States, nine billion out of the ten billion land animals killed each year are chickens raised for their flesh, their ability to reproduce, and their eggs.
The chickens bred and confined to lay eggs are commonly referred to as battery hens. Most are kept in small, wire cages; a small number are kept in crowded sheds, and a tiny fraction of the overall number have some access to the outdoors. Nearly all of them have much of their beaks seared off (to prevent pecking), and are quickly exhausted from the egg-laying, and at that point slaughtered for their flesh. Osteoporosis and frequent bone breaks are the norm for their bodies, purpose-bred to lay egg after egg.
Male chicks are not wanted in this business. They may be suffocated or ground alive to be used as fertilizer or feed. Egg production is a deadly business for birds.
Some feminists -- including Priscilla Feral, Lee Hall, and Richard Twine -- have pointed out the commodification of the female reproductive system in the egg industry, as well as in the dairy industry, is, and should be treated as, an issue of exploitation every bit as oppressive as the production of flesh.
The idea behind eggs marketed as “cage-free” is to switch from keeping hens in a wire cage to keeping them in a shed or on the stacked floors (known as tiers) more common in Europe. Then the customer feels that the conditions were improved. Some proprietors keep birds in both sheds and cages to take advantage of both markets.
The conditions found in cage-free operations are virtually identical to the conditions endured by chickens raised for their flesh. These “broiler” chickens spend their days in one big cage, often with many thousands of other birds, the air heavy with dust and ammonia from their waste.
So “cage-free” is no bargain for the chickens, and removing these purpose-bred animals from cages can actually increase bone breaks, stress, and competition for food. Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral visited a company considered a pioneer in this market, and asked the tour facilitator to please pick up some of the dead birds whose bodies the crowded birds had to walk around and over, and the facilitator did so, without any sign of surprise at the dead birds. Priscilla noted that these birds too had much of their beaks taken off. The males were mostly missing. Priscilla remembers this as an appalling scene. “And they all get slaughtered at the end.”
“We have no need for eggs,” continues Priscilla. “So the vegan thing to do is to advocate peaceful and respectful alternatives. I urge everyone who is thinking about vegan living to learn how to cook and bake wonderful foods, including egg-free desserts, from Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine.”
The Beings We Eat
Worldwide, more than 80 billion land animals, of... more
Chilling undercover footage recorded during a new Mercy For Animals investigation exposes dairy farm workers sadistically abusing cows and young calves.
Captured on hidden camera, the shocking scenes of abuse reveal a culture of cruelty at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio.
During a four-week investigation between April and May, MFA's (Mercy for Animals) investigator documented farm workers:
* Violently punching young calves in the face, body slamming them to the ground, and pulling and throwing them by their ears
* Routinely using pitchforks to stab cows in the face, legs and stomach
* Kicking "downed" cows (those too injured to stand) in the face and neck – abuse carried out and encouraged by the farm's owner
* Maliciously beating restrained cows in the face with crowbars – some attacks involving over 40 blows to the head
* Twisting cows' tails until the bones snapped
* Punching cows' udders
* Bragging about stabbing, dragging, shooting, breaking bones, and beating cows and calves to death
After viewing the footage, Dr. Bernard Rollin, distinguished professor of animal science at Colorado State University, stated: "This is probably the most gratuitous, sustained, sadistic animal abuse I have ever seen. The video depicts calculated, deliberate cruelty, based not on momentary rage but on taking pleasure through causing pain to cows and calves who are defenseless."
Immediately upon completion of the investigation, Mercy For Animals contacted the City Prosecutor's Office of Marysville regarding the ongoing pattern of abuse at Conklin Dairy Farms. MFA is pushing for employees of the facility to be criminally prosecuted for violating Ohio's animal cruelty laws.
The deplorable conditions uncovered at Conklin Dairy Farms highlight the reality that animal agriculture is incapable of self-regulation and that meaningful federal and state laws must be implemented and strengthened to prevent egregious cruelty to farmed animals.
Although many of the abuses documented at Conklin Dairy Farms are sadistic in nature, numerous MFA undercover investigations at dairy farms, pig farms, egg farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses have revealed that violence and abuse to farmed animals – whether malicious or institutionalized – runs rampant nationwide.
Compassionate consumers can end their direct financial support of farmed animal abuse by rejecting dairy, and other animal products, and adopting a vegan diet.Chilling undercover footage recorded during a new Mercy For Animals investigation... more
May 27, 2010
by Gary Yourofsky
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE THIS WIDELY, TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!! THE TIME FOR A MONUMENTAL ACTION IS NOW!!!!
From pacifist to extremist, let’s all come together at the Conklin Dairy Concentration Camp in Plain City, Ohio!
As most of you know, I have been on a vegan education tour since 2002. I have shunned nearly all media outlets, avoided protests and civil disobedience, and even direct action. Even though education is the most effective form of activism, hence my lecture tour for the last eight years, there comes a time when speeches and Q&A sessions aren’t enough, and the perfect opportunity for direct action arises! It’s been a long long time since I engaged in and organized something like this.
The unjust legal system that controls the lives of animals is NOT worthy enough to dole out proper punishment to Conklin and his psychotic cohorts. Each person that has been or will be charged with animal cruelty will face a whopping 90 days in jail for each count. Even if the system follows through with cruelty charges and convicts every reprobate who punched, kicked, used metal bars and pitchforks to stab cows and calves, we cannot let that slave-owner Gary Conklin operate his dairy imprisonment camp with impunity any longer. He – and every other torturer and murderer of animals – needs to know that we – as a movement – are fed up with passively ASKING people to stop torturing, enslaving and murdering animals. THE TIME IS NOW!!!
So, in honor of every imprisoned cow and calf at Conklin’s camp, for each innocent being who was punched and kicked repeatedly, and for every other imprisoned animal on this planet, we need to gather on MEMORIAL DAY, this Monday May 31 at noon, for a massive demonstration at the Conklin Concentration Camp located at 12939 US Hwy. Route 42 North in Plain City, Ohio.
I am asking everyone who cares about justice and injustice to join me. Even as a pacifist, you CAN do this. Dr. King and Gandhi were RADICAL LAW-BREAKERS who CONSTANTLY BROKE UNJUST LAWS. I am not asking you to harm anyone if it is NOT in you to harm someone… Also, you might want to be prepared to use the device you bring to protect yourself (SELF-DEFENSE) from Conklin, his violent cohorts and the police department. Whatever you are comfortable with.
If you want to peacefully march with a sign (bring your own) and chant outside the farm, please do so. If you want to take it up a notch, then please do so. But we need people willing to do a little bit of everything. I, personally, will be going INTO the farm to confront Conklin and the workers and – if possible – OPENLY liberate at least ONE calf. I hope others will do the same. If you have a van, bring it. Maybe we will take a cow, too. If you know how to operate a semi trailer, and you can get a hold of one to liberate dozens of cows, please come on down. The Conklin camp is HELL. THIS is a CONCENTRATION CAMP! Anywhere else we can take the animals is better. I don’t care if we drop them off in an obscure field somewhere in Ohio. Again, anywhere else is heaven!
PUBLIC SENTIMENT is on our side in this situation. Opportunities like this don’t come often. In fact, in my 15 years of activism, the only other case where the public was sort of on our side was the Michael Vick dogfighting case. But that wasn’t the perfect time for drastic retaliation because the majority of blacks thought the system was picking on Vick because of his skin color. Of course, that wasn’t the case. Vick is a sick, twisted asshole like Conklin and everyone else at the dairy camp. But I digress.
If you’ve had enough of animal abuse, as I have. If you truly care about animals, and want their suffering to end and be massively exposed across the world, let’s fucking do this NOW! Don’t be afraid.
To quote, paraphrase and edit the eloquent words of V, from the movie V for Vendetta: “There is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty, injustice, intolerance and oppression. Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others and they will be held accountable. But, again, truth be told, if you are looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”
Why should violent meat and dairy industries be allowed to continuously operate with PURE violence and impunity. Remember, our response is IN RESPONSE to their evil actions. I know why most of you will balk at this attempt to truly make a stand. I know you are afraid. Who wouldn’t be? The repercussions of our government … being labeled a terrorist or an extremist.
There are a myriad of problems which conspire to corrupt your reason, like the misguided preachings of Gary Francione who does not even accurately present pacifism in its proper context (Dr. King and Gnadhi were radical law-breakers and would surely join us in destroying this concentration camp). Or the cowardly law-abiding dictums from Wayne Pacelle and HSUS. They rob you of your common sense. Fear gets the best of you. And in your panic you turn to letter-writing campaigns and petitions as the only form of protest. But the aforesaid alone cannot produce freedom. There comes a time when love does NOT conquer hate.
When reason does not conquer stupidity, ignorance and evil. When violent thugs deserve a taste of their own medicine. Francione, HSUS and others promise you progress via legislation. Progress via op-ed pieces. Progress via law and order. And all they demand in return is your silent, obedient consent. This Memorial Day, we need to end that silent obedience to remind this world of what it has forgotten. To remind this world that fairness, justice and freedom are more than words. They are perspectives.
So if you’ve seen nothing wrong. If the crimes of Conklin and every other animal abuser and murderer remain unknown to you, then I would suggest that you allow this Memorial Day to pass unmarked.
But if you see what I see. If you feel as I feel. And if you would seek as I seek. Then I ask you to stand beside me on MEMORIAL DAY, this Monday May 31, outside the Conklin Concentration Camp located at 12939 US Hwy. Route 42 North in Plain City, Ohio, at 12 noon!!!
Call me if you need to. Please respond if you can attend. If you have video cameras, bring them for documentation. Do NOT respond or call if you seek to stop this gathering. It would be nice if at least 100 people came out for this event.May 27, 2010
by Gary Yourofsky
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Undercover Investigation Reveals Neglect, Cruelty, and Filth at Another Pet Trade Supplier
Another PETCO and PetSmart Supplier Caught on Video Mistreating Animals
A PETA investigator went undercover at Sun Pet Ltd., an Atlanta-based wholesale animal dealer that supplies animals to numerous PETCO and PetSmart locations, among other retailers across the U.S. Video footage and photos taken by PETA's investigator show the widespread suffering of hundreds of birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, and rats in Sun Pet's enormous warehouses. On April 22, 2010, Georgia Department of Agriculture representatives descended on Sun Pet, which was, unfortunately, tipped off well in advance and apparently took the opportunity to clean up its act. PETA has requested an investigation into the leak that prepped Sun Pet for the Department of Agriculture's visit, but so far, no one has been held accountable for it.
In addition to the misery of confinement to extremely crowded containers, forcing animals to eat, sleep, urinate, and defecate all in the same space, PETA's investigator recorded the violent killing and abusive handling of hundreds of animals.
One worker put live hamsters into a bag and then bashed the bag against a table in an attempt to kill them—one of the animals was seen suffering and panting heavily minutes later. Other animals whom Sun Pet could not sell were gassed in a crude, filth-encrusted tank. Animals who got loose in the company's warehouse suffered horribly after ingesting the poison that Sun Pet sets out to kill them.
A supervisor trained PETA's investigator to determine animals' genders by forcefully squeezing their abdomens "like a … PlayStation controller handle" to make their genitals "come out." "You could throw them against the wall and they'll stand back up again and keep on running," Sun Pet's supervisor said to PETA's investigator when ordering him to pack and handle animals more quickly. In more than three months of employment, not once did PETA's investigator see anyone from PETCO's or PetSmart's corporate offices inspecting Sun Pet's facility.
Sun Pet also purchased animals from U.S. Global Exotics, the filthy Texas warehouse from which more than 26,000 animals were seized last December following another PETA undercover investigation. Sun Pet also purchased thousands of animals from unlicensed vendors, in apparent violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act, despite previous warnings by the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding such practices.
PETA's investigator documented that PETCO and PetSmart stores returned animals suffering from illnesses and injuries, sometimes without food or water, to Sun Pet instead of providing them with veterinary care or basic necessities or even putting them out of their misery. The animals were hauled around in cardboard boxes in the backs of trucks traveling hundreds of miles and many hours from store to store until they finally got back to Sun Pet, and many died as a result. View photos taken by PETA's undercover investigator.
You can help secure justice for the hamsters and thousands of sensitive individual animals peddled for profit by Sun Pet. PETA has received information indicating that Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. has instructed his office to halt its investigation of animal suffering at Sun Pet. Please complete the form below to urge Mr. Howard to investigate and file suitable cruelty-to-animals charges against the worker caught bashing hamsters against a table and also to file charges against other appropriate parties. Ask Mr. Howard what he thinks constitutes cruelty to animals if it's not bagging them up and bashing them against a table and then leaving them to suffer and slowly die of their injuries.
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ALBANY, N.Y. — An animal-rights group released a video Tuesday showing an upstate New York farm worker lopping off a calf's tail and burning off its budding horns as the animal moans and struggles frantically to escape, prompting a state lawmaker to propose that New York follow California's lead in banning tail-docking for dairy cows.
The video was recorded in an undercover investigation at one of New York's largest dairy farms, according to Chicago-based Mercy For Animals, a not-for-profit group that publicizes what it calls cruel practices in the dairy, meat and egg industries and promotes a vegan diet.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/27/cow-torture-video-willet-_n_438403.htmlALBANY, N.Y. — An animal-rights group released a video Tuesday showing an... more
Cockfighting Bust: Over 600 Chickens Seized In Raid
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YUCAIPA, Calif. — Sheriff's deputies have seized more than 600 chickens that authorities believe were being trained for cockfighting from a Southern California property.
Authorities say deputies seized about 400 roosters and 200 hens Tuesday morning at the residence in Yucaipa in San Bernardino County. The property owners were not there at the time.
Investigators believe the birds were going to be sold in Mexico to compete in cockfighting derbies. Humane Society of the United States law enforcement specialist Eric Sakach says the operation had been written about in a cockfighting magazine.
Deputies and animal control officers were acting on a tip from the Humane Society. Sheriff Rod Hoops says his Rural Crimes Task Force "will not allow this blood sport to flourish."Cockfighting Bust: Over 600 Chickens Seized In Raid
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