Also featured on the tape: A USDA inspector warning Pete not to tell him about the most egregious violations, since it would force him to shutter the plant.

Both cases reflect the reluctance of some authorities to fight animal abuse. Meanwhile, Big Ag still hopes to criminalize the few people willing to expose it.

This past February, it bagged its first catch.

Scene from Country View Family Farms
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Scene from Country View Family Farms
“One of my colleagues called it ‘pulling carpets,’ because they stuck to the bottom of the cage,” says Cody Carlson of how chickens were kept at Rose Acre Farms.
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“One of my colleagues called it ‘pulling carpets,’ because they stuck to the bottom of the cage,” says Cody Carlson of how chickens were kept at Rose Acre Farms.

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Watch the undercover animal cruelty videos that spurred Big Ag's censorship crusade.

Twenty-five-year-old Amy Meyer was standing on a public road in Draper City, Utah, watching the cows at the Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing Company.

As she would later tell independent journalist Will Potter, she noticed "a live cow who appeared to be sick or injured being carried away from the building in a tractor as though she were nothing more than rubble."

Meyer took out her cell phone and started recording. A Smith manager called the police, claiming Meyer had trespassed. But a Draper City officer allowed her to leave, believing she had remained on public land.

Two weeks later, city prosecutor Ben Rasmussen charged Meyer with "agricultural operation interference," a crime under Utah's new ag-gag law. She became the first person in American history to be ensnared for the crime of filming cows.

In April, Potter posted the tale of Meyer's travails on his website, Green Is the New Red (greenisthenewred.com). The story went viral, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers before the site crashed from the volume.

Within a day, Rasmussen decided Meyer didn't make a very good criminal after all and dropped the charges.

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11 comments
smeagol_jr
smeagol_jr

I was raised on a farm and the culture of cruelty is not a thing I find surprising, howver, it is incomprehensible to me that rural men cosnider cruelty, ignorance and insensitivity to be necessary masculine virtues.  Yes, it costs MONEY, and often a great deal of it, to provide "comfort" to livestock, but abject cruelty is definitely unnecessary in the rearing of livestock.  And people actually DEFEND these cruel practices.  I'm no "bleeding heart", but intentional ignorance and crueltyfor the sake of profit are simply evil and inhuman.  I can't understand, either why any legislature would encourage the incarceration of anyone trying to expose and stop these cruelties, (unless, of course, they've been bribed by lobbyists in favor of industry...  But that never happens, does it?) 

jlserkes
jlserkes

barbaric and has to stop. these are living breathing mammals. I am so disgusted. Keep the info in front of the public and change will happen. Photos and videos.

Susanne Coyle
Susanne Coyle

Thank you for your article, I was ecstatic to hear my sister say she is not buying factory farm meat after reading the article! The connection between these factories; the crap they expect us to shove in our mouths, and the norm is animal cruelty clicked-really pissed her off. Said meat is now a luxury but worth paying more for a Certified Humane product. So proud of her & one of the best days of my life :).

pclaytene4vip
pclaytene4vip

Even though some activists encourage vegetarian and vegan diets, if farm animals were allowed to live comfortable, natural lives, instead of being subjected to the many forms of sadistic abuse and violence, as well as being shot full of antibiotics, etc., that is commonplace in the agricultural industry, (big Ag and farms alike), there would be no reason for the public to be outraged, would there? Then, after a happy life, if need be, a humane death. Let the sadists get their kicks out on each other and leave the defenseless animals out of it! Thank you for continuing to expose these creeps for what they are!

thavylor
thavylor

Love all the stories!! Thank you brave activists for exposing the truth!! <3

shabawasing
shabawasing

"...the average cow will lay down eight-plus hours a day..."  What a crock!!  That is absolutely untrue!!  Sure they will if they are caged up...but not if they have room to roam and graze.  This veterinarian is a liar.

harrowmichelle
harrowmichelle

Great article!  Thank you for bringing attention to these ridiculous bills/laws!  I think as more of the public finds out about this there will be mass outrage.

karkos
karkos

Glad these young people are doing something good for society.

Lindsay Duggan
Lindsay Duggan

Really horrifying. This abuse should not be allowed to go on. People just want to turn their heads and not think about where their meat is coming from.

Jeff Furlow
Jeff Furlow

If they don't have anything to hide then they shouldn't care.

 
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