On Tuesday, San Francisco’s board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution that declares animal agriculture as a climate and public health threat, as well as an abuse of animals’ rights. Thus, the resolution encourages California to halt the construction of new factory farms, feeding lots, and slaughterhouses. It also urges the US to support the Farm Systems Reform Act.
Matt Haney, who introduced the resolution, said in an email to One Green Planet, “Across California, millions of animals are routinely confined, abused and killed in animal agricultural facilities, violating California animal cruelty laws with little to no enforcement.”
The resolution was made in conjunction with the No More Factory Farms campaign led by Direct Action Everywhere. DxE has fueled this resolution, revealing the horrifying conditions that the animals live in, the abuse from workers, and the exploitative conditions for staff on factory farms.
Four Direct Action Everywhere investigators are currently facing felony charges for doing the important work of bringing factory farm abuse to light, as well as for removing distressed animals from the farm. Their preliminary hearings began on Monday.
Instead of punishing those who are working to end injustice by exposing cruelty, officials should focus on punishing and regulating the industry responsible for abusing countless animals.
This resolution is a great step forward for animal rights and a testament to the effectiveness of activists’ hard work.
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