Daniel Hauff, 33, said he tried to quell a dispute between two men on the train when one of them, joined by two other riders, began yelling gay slurs and other taunts at him.The incident happened around 3 a.m. He "was released from a hospital around 6 a.m. He said his face, chest, back, knee and foot were in pain, but nothing was broken."
Hauff said he pressed the emergency intercom, and the conductor came. But the conductor soon left, Hauff said, and the train started moving again.
Hauff said the men beat him while the train was between the Wilson and Argyle stops. "And I never once threw a punch," Hauff said. "It's just not in my nature."
Dann, whom I've met, is the director of investigations for Chicago-based Mercy For Animals. In April I quoted him in a blog post about MFA's undercover video, which showed rotting chicken corpses in a facility run by New England's largest egg producer.
Like me, I'm sure most people in the animal-rights community are going to think of Nathan Runkle when they read about Dann's assault.
Nathan is the executive director for Mercy For Animals, the organization he founded in 1999 in Ohio. He was the victim of an assault around this time a year ago (December 2008). It occurred at a gay night club in Dayton, Ohio.
He suffered "two facial fractures, a broken nose, deviated septum, and severe facial bruising" and had to have several surgeries.
It's sad and ironic that two men who work to end violence against living beings have found themselves the victims of violence.
MFA has long worked to bridge the gap between the common prejudices which lead to oppression and abuses faced by both animals and minorities. In recent years MFA has joined gay advocates in gay pride marches by forming human rainbows preceded by banners declaring, "No one is free when others are oppressed." The organization has also been a lead opponent of gay rodeo events, citing the community's obligation to protect animals from needless violence.It's all connected. When people view others as lesser beings simply because they are different, they feel justified in mistreating them.
Please help stop violence in our society -- against both human and nonhuman animals. One simple and effective way is by eliminating animal products from your diet. Visit ChooseVeg.com for more information.
(In this April 2009 photo by Angela Rowlings via BostonHerald.com, Dann Hauff tells reporters about the suffering Mercy For Animals uncovered at a New England egg-laying facility.)