Today, more people are learning about the harsh realities factory farm animals face on a daily basis for their whole lives. Mercy For Animals has been a major group making a difference in the fight for compassion towards animals. The video they captured working with an investigator to expose severe animal cruelty made a huge impact.
Not long ago extremely shocking images made headlines country wide. Workers at Idaho’s largest dairy factory farm were found committing unthinkable inhumane acts to animals. According to Matt Rice of Mercy For Animals they were found doing everything from beating cows with canes, jumping on their backs as they moaned in distress, kicking them the face, and even dragging sick and injured animals across concrete flooring with chains around their necks. It’s one thing to read about it, but to hear it and see it in that cold environment that makes up the animals living nightmare is another thing. Do you blame the workers? What could possibly provoke them to commit such horrific acts? People love to just say “they are just bad people” but that really solves nothing and most things learned. What was their upbringing like to shape a mindset that holds so much anger and lack of compassion? Can it be changed?
This information is never shared to make anyone feel bad. It’s shared because we know that people have compassion and with awareness their is a better chance for change. Sometimes you have to stare the hard reality in the face and accept it or make changes. But ignoring it and hiding your eyes like a baby playing peak-a-boo will not make it go away.
The investigation that took place was done by an investigator working with Mercy For Animals and the use of a hidden camera. Criminal charges were brought against several workers which included the manager of that facility. Naturally, consumers were shocked and outraged so they called for greater oversight and better laws to be put in place which protect the animals. A bigger hit was taken when major food retailers such as Wendy’s and Kraft Food immediately cut ties with the facility.
Unfortunately, it gets worse. The response from the Idaho dairy industry and State Legislature was not what you might expect. They did not do anything to protect the animals form unwarranted cruelty and violence. The new law they all agreed on was the “ag-gag” law which basically states that it is now a crime, punishable by imprisonment, to take pictures or video of any animal abuse or unethical activity taking place on a farm. They are saying that it’s OK for those things to happen. They are protecting the criminals committing the crimes and stating that anyone who tries to expose such terrible activities is the criminal. What drives this type of action? Money? What happened to human values? The animals take the brunt of this living nightmare for no good reason other than our demand for the luxury of milk.
Matt Rice states “Many of the lawmakers behind Idaho’s ag-gag law received massive campaign contributions from the dairy industry. As documented by the nonprofit National Institute on Money in State Politics in 2012, Idaho’s agricultural lobby paid more than half a million dollars to political powers in the state.”
This type of activity goes on all the time, day in and day out all around the world. It’s kept quiet and most people do not want to know. There is no real oversight for animal welfare and workers who witness such things tend to fear violent retaliation or loss of their job if they report it.
You can help by being brave enough to learn where you food comes from and helping to spread the word about the realities of factory farming. Meatless Monday’s is a popular choice for many to start consuming less meat. This contributes to better health, animal well-being and the protection of our environment. More than
As long as there is demand and money, there will be factory farming.