A four-month long investigation by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals documented serious cruelty and neglect of pigs at one of Wal-Mart’s biggest pork suppliers.Read More:Wal-Mart Under Fire for ‘Horrific’ Animal Cruelty
Iowa Legislature approved a bill last week making it the first state to criminalize clandestine or undercover activity used to collect footage of animal abuse occurring on factory farms. The decision has led to an outcry of concern from animal welfare groups, some of which have successfully aided in the criminal prosecution of abusers caught on tape acquired covertly.Read More:Iowa Makes It Illegal to Videotape Illegal Animal Abuse… Really?
Efforts by Florida’s secretive animal agriculture industry seeking to make it a criminal act for any individual or animal protection groups to obtain photos or videos of animal cruelty inside Florida factory farms or slaughterhouses were shot down earlier this week.Read More:Florida’s ‘Ag Gag’ Bill Rejected, Animal Abuse Caught on Tape Not A Crime
Earlier this week, the animal protection organization, Mercy For Animals, released undercover video footage of serious animal abuse at a Texas factory farm.Read More:Texas Factory Farm Workers Caught on Video Beating Calves with Pickaxes
A Florida bill passed late last month making any photos obtained from illegal entry to a factory farm a misdemeanor crime. The proposed felony targeted trespassers, typically animal rights advocates capturing abusive and neglectful conditions, but the Florida Senate Committee downgraded the violation.Read More:Secretive Factory Farms Push for Felony Penalties of Investigators
Sir Paul McCartney summed it up when he said that if “slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” Cultural norms have long justified inhumane conditions towards animals raised for food, to both suffer and die in. Animal rights organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Mercy for Animals have caught truly unbelievable “standard industry practices” and shocking cases of cruelty in undercover videos.Read More:Not All Humane Animal Standards Created Equal