Gun-toting pig-farmer arrested trying to enter Congressional office building
You're not in South Carolina anymore, Toto:
U.S. Capitol police arrested a 59-year-old Camden, S.C., man Wednesday as he tried to enter a congressional office building with a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun in his bag. Officers discovered the weapon as they stopped Ronald William Prestage at about 9:20 a.m. as part of a routine search of visitors at the Rotunda entrance of the Cannon building
He was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and taken to the Central Cell Block, a facility of Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department. The State newspaper, a McClatchy publication in Columbia, S.C., reported that Prestage is a veterinarian, hog farmer, and president of Prestage Farms in Camden.
Well, that's one approach to lobbying reform. But it's kind of hard to write legislation when you've got a Ruger stuck in your ear. Prestage is also (big surprise) a deep-pocketed GOP donor, which earned him a seat on North Carolina State University's Board of Trustees:
Dr. Ronald W. Prestage, Camden, SC (2013-2017)
President, Prestage Farms. Serves on the board of directors of National Pork Producers Council, the SC Chamber of Commerce, and the Black River Electric Cooperative. Former chair of the SC Poultry Federation Board of Directors, the National Turkey Federation, and the US Poultry and Egg Association. B.S in Animal Science from NC State, DVM from Auburn University, and completed equine Surgery internship at UC-Davis.
I understand the agricultural industry is in the business of feeding people, but I find it hard to accept calling someone a "veterinarian" when that person slaughters millions of animals every year. And develops processes that are unnecessarily cruel while those animals are still living:
HSUS sent an undercover investigator into one of Prestage's hog farms—the company raises both pigs and turkeys—in Oklahoma to document conditions there. The investigator documented "suffering," "cramped" conditions and illnesses and injuries that weren't immediately treated.
The report centers on Prestage's use of gestation crates, in which sows are kept on some industrial farms during their four-month pregnancies. The crates are constructed of metal bars, like a jail cell door, and set in rows. Each open-air crate contains one sow and shares a metal-barred wall with the stall next to it. The sows cannot walk or turn around.
The cages are not illegal, but since sows can't move, they can develop abscesses and lameness. Once a sow reaches breeding age, about one year old, she will spend the rest of her life in a gestation crate, save the few weeks between pregnancies when she weans a litter.
When they are no longer considered productive, sows are then slaughtered for people to eat.
But that's just me being a "bleeding-heart" Liberal, I guess.