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Don't Shoot the Messenger: Undercover Investigator Cited With Animal Abuse

In a classic case of attempting to “shoot the messenger,” a woman who worked for a Colorado cattle company and filmed dairy calves being dragged, kicked, thrown, and punched has been cited with animal cruelty.

Taylor Radig, a “contractor” for Compassion Over Killing secretly filmed the calf abuse at Quanah Cattle Company in Kersey, Colo., for several months this year. 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 terminated – both great moves in the direction of showing farms that this sort of animal abuse is unacceptable.

Then, however, things got complicated. Radig, the woman who filmed the abuse for Compassion Over Killing, was cited with a Class 1 Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty herself by the Weld County Sherrif’s Office. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office contends 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.”

According to the statement issued by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, “Additional investigation is anticipated.”

Compassion Over Killing then issued a statement, claiming the charge is “outrageous” and is simply “political motivation fueled by an agribusiness industry that is once again lashing out in desperation to stop undercover investigators from exposing the truth.” The statement defends Radig, asserting that “[COK’s] investigator merely witnessed others committing abuse.”

The charge is seemingly part of the “Ag Gag” movement, a push in which agricultural companies have sought to make undercover investigations of farm animal abuse illegal.

Perhaps these companies should spend time actually monitoring their treatment of animals instead of waiting until they’re caught red-handed.

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11 comments on “WTF? Undercover Animal Rights Investigator Accused of Animal Abuse”

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Cathy Carbonelli
4 Years Ago


Ellen Kessler
4 Years Ago

It's pretty simple. The sheriff who pressed the charges is running for the senate in 2014.

Deena Young
4 Years Ago

Seriously, what is wrong with people? WTF

Kathie Taylor Mudge
4 Years Ago

A petition needs to be started

Tieste Williams
26 Nov 2013

Start one!

LA Reilly
26 Nov 2013

Somebody start one on Change.org to get the word TRUTH out....

Carolyn Theisen
4 Years Ago

WAY ridiculous!

Melanie Schrader Ertman
4 Years Ago

This is just so wrong in so many ways!!!

Mark Ochsner
4 Years Ago

Just another way of trying to keep the truth from the people :(

Char Annen
4 Years Ago

Maybe because they "got their story" instead of calling 911?

Jesse Mazmanian Taylor
4 Years Ago



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