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Fellow Green Monsters, I’m truly shocked at the subject matter we’re going to cover today. We’re faced with mounting evidence of cruelty and abuse on factory farms that is almost unfathomable. Sadly, this is how we treat animals in industrial agriculture. 

In 2012, Mercy for Animals (MFA) filmed undercover footage that is just being released to the public. The footage was taken at Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho, the most recent state to introduce an ag-gag bill that would make such investigations illegal.

In the video, in addition to horrific physical abuse, workers are seen sexually abusing a female cow. We caution you that watching this footage is extremely disturbing and upsetting. It is nearly incomprehensible that such abuse like this is occurring on U.S. “farms.” This is not a farm, and this is not a reflection of a civilized society. This is wrong on a very deep level.

To make matters worse, lawmakers (and the owner of the aforementioned dairy) are working to pass ag-gag bill, SB 1337.

According to MFA, “If passed, SB 1337 would make it a crime to take photos or video at a factory farm without the owner’s permission.” The LA Times says that, “The dairy industry says the law is needed to protect dairies from animal rights advocates who lie about their backgrounds on job applications so they can gain access to sites for filming.”

Wait, let’s get this straight. Your employees are abusing animals on a daily basis and yet you need to protect yourself from a photograph? How about protecting your animals from abuse? How could taking a photograph of this abuse possibly be more criminal than performing the abusive act? In addition, the animal rights advocate would probably be a better worker since they would spend less time beating the crap out of your “livestock.”

We must come to understand that abuses like this are commonplace in industrial factory farming.

Just this morning, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released an undercover investigation filmed at the beginning of this year. The investigation took place at Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Owensboro, Kentucky where “sows confined in cramped cages known as gestation crates were fed ground up intestines from piglets who had recently succumbed to a highly contagious diarrheal disease.”

They fed dead baby piglets back to their mothers, and yet again, they think that the real problem here is undercover investigations? In addition, the fact that this practice is immoral, disgusting, and oh yeah, illegal, doesn’t seem to matter to those on factory farms.

These two examples are not isolated incidents, they serve to illustrate how the entire industrial agriculture industry treats animals. Organizations like Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing, and the HSUS have large amounts of undercover footage from every farming industry, be it one that produces dairy, pork, chicken, eggs, or more. The mere suggestion of an ag-gag bill demonstrates that these factory farms have something to hide. We can not let that happen.

MFA’s executive director, Nathan Runkle says, “Idaho has some of the weakest animal cruelty laws in the nation. Lawmakers should be focusing on strengthening these pathetic laws, not silencing whistleblowers in an attempt to protect corrupt corporations.”

Please, click here to sign the petition calling on Idaho governor Butch Otter to veto this dangerous bill. There are also ag-gag bills that have been introduced in Arizona and recently amended in Indiana. Animal Visuals provides and updated map of all undercover investigations, as well as ag-gag bill information to keep you informed. This is not how a society should be raising animals, period. In the face of all this cruelty, you should feel empowered that you have the choice to boycott this industry when you sit down to eat.

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110 comments on “Shocking New Factory Farm Investigations Show Why We Must Defeat Ag-Gag Bills”

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kevin smith
4 Years Ago

It's not just "Factory Farms", it's ALL animal farming!!! Take "Factory Farming" out of your language and replace it with "Animal Farming". When the language focuses on a certain type of farming it automatically implies that there must be a Merciful, Compassionate, or Humane way to raise and kill animals, when in fact, there is no way to raise and slit the throat of an individual that is anything close to respecting the rights of that individual. So when organizations or individuals overwhelmingly use the term "factory farming" it truly dilutes the core message. We know from our many years of speaking with all walks of people from all parts of the world, that the message does not need to be watered down in order for people to get it. Animal Farming is Animal Farming, regardless of the size of the operation. Please be careful in assuming that the rate at which people will change their own actions(moving towards a Vegan lifestyle) has any relationship to the core message...just because some people don't go vegan overnight doesn't mean we need to modify the core message to something that is confusing, misleading or watered down. It is important to understand that we are against the taking of an individuals life against their will regardless of what prayer you say, what size the farm is, how fast you cut their throat, how big the enclosure was, how gently they were raped, etc. It's actually pretty simple and straight forward and so the message conveyed to the public should be just as simple. The first question you will get if you continue to us the term "factory farming" is..."so are you ok with a type of farming that is considered to be something other than "factory farming"?

Maria Huerta
4 Years Ago

Perros que Son perdon por lo de perros ojala les diera una infeccion.y.no. lo puedan volver.a usar

Stela Maricic
4 Years Ago

We are living in real Hell and we are going nowhere! :-( Honestly ashamed to exists as a human ! :-(

Pat Parkhurst
4 Years Ago

no words :(

Jeannie Terry
4 Years Ago

Disgusting and cruel and needs to be stopped asp!!!

Lis Phelps-Akers
4 Years Ago


Helen Ashkin
4 Years Ago

why is the nsa not aware of it

Alice Mullins
4 Years Ago


Alice Mullins
4 Years Ago

there are petitions to sigh on anti Ag-Gag sites....

Judith St John
4 Years Ago

This crap really needs t stop !! I just don't understand the human race, this makes me sick t my stomach, and ashamed that kind of shit goes on in our country...


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