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In November 2013, Taylor Radig, an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing, filmed dairy calves being dragged, kicked, thrown, and punched at Quanah Cattle Company in Kersey, Colo., for several months. As a result of the video, 15 criminal charges were filed against three Quanah workers on charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty, and all three men were fired.

However, Radig herself was also charged with animal cruelty – a Class 1 Misdemeanor. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office stated that Radig “may have been criminally negligent for failing to turn over the videotapes to law enforcement in a timely manner, under Colorado Revised Statutes 18-9-201 and 18-9-202.”

Outrage against the charges brought against Radig were fierce. Compassion Over Killing vehemently supported Radig’s work and the importance of protecting whistleblowers. A Change.org petition on her behalf gathered close to 200,000 signatures. Such a prosecution was nearly unheard of and demonstrated a new level of intensity of some “ag-gag” related measures being taken.

Now we are ecstatic to report that the charges against Radig have been dropped!

According to the Greely Tribune, “The DA’s office decided after further review that ‘the charges can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,’ according to a Friday afternoon news release.'”

What is so important about undercover investigations is that they allow the world to see what’s happening to the animals involved in factory farming. Their work is heart-wrenching and otherwise almost unimaginable, and such work has led to the prosecution of many true animal abusers.

In Radig’s own words on what this difficult process taught us all, “We told the world that animal suffering matters, and that their pain should never be kept secret. The motive behind my charges spoke to how effective Compassion Over Killing’s undercover investigations are, and how important it is that we keep the cameras rolling. This situation also showed just how strong and ever-growing the movement toward ending animal suffering really is. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support, and I’m truly indebted to you all.”

Image Source: Jo-Anne McArthur/WeAnimals.org

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10 comments on “Charges Dropped Against Animal Rights Investigator Accused of Animal Cruelty”

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Starlan Hoke
4 Years Ago

That why some bad is going in this earth read the book of Gen about animals sickest people run wild

Patrice Lenhoff Anita
4 Years Ago


Dawn Lindsey
4 Years Ago

Oh good!

Mieka Wenner
4 Years Ago

I have so much respect for those who are able to do the undercover missions, I never would be able to control my impulses long enough to blend in and get footage! Glad they dropped her charges!

Kaleigh Wyrick
4 Years Ago

I know her, and it's such a relief that charges that never should have been filed were dropped.

Safeyia Casillo Hamimed
4 Years Ago

what about charges against the others that worked there???

Shirley Furgoch
4 Years Ago

Very happy vegan.

LA Reilly
4 Years Ago

but..have charges been filed for the abuse onto the INNOCENT VOICELESS animals???

Donna Towne
4 Years Ago

Happy Vegan
4 Years Ago

They had to drop the charges amid pressure from people everywhere who stand up for freedom, for animals. We all can do our part to help stop animal cruelty. I recently stopped eating meat/dairy as I can no longer partake in the killing/abuse of animals for any reason. I am on a mission to spread the word. I hope you will join me and like my page about being vegan to save animals.


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