In today’s big brother society, Homeland Security uses the slogan, “If you see something, say something” harking back to the days of Soviet Russia and East Germany. It is not American to nark on your neighbors. But in some cases, saying something is a good thing. For example, if you see someone assaulting a woman or child. Or if you see an animal abused. The animal rights movement, however, doesn’t want you to say anything, ever. Sounds polar opposite, doesn’t it? All across America, thse activists are lobbying against what they call “ag gag” laws that interfere with their profit making advocacy. They make millions off of images of abused animals. The more images they have, the more money they make. They don’t want to see animal abuse stopped because then they can’t exploit it for cold hard cash.
For example, in North Carolina, the pro-animal rights Governor recently vetoed an agriculture Property Protection Act, which the activists referred to as an ”ag gag” bill. The North Carolina legislature then rightfully overrode Governor Pat McCrory’s veto. Activists claim that these laws prevent them from reporting animal abuse. They claim farmers are hiding something from the public. They lie. Animal rights activists do not want to report animal abuse. Instead, they film it for their snuff films to raise money from the public. Farmers are the ones that want to report and stop animal abuse in its tracks. Many bills like the one in North Carolina have been filed in recent years in states across this Nation to force animal rights activists and others to report animal abuse when it happens. Some versions of these laws include provisions that any witnessed animal abuse must be reported to the authorities within 24 to 48 hours. Activists are opposed to reporting an abused and injured animal. Instead they want to film the suffering animals, sometimes for up to 9 months, just so they can get their animal snuff film images.
A chronic offender in this category is a group called Mercy for Animals (MFA). Recently the Dairy Farmers of America issued a statement calling out MFA for not reporting animal abuse in a timely manner. MFA sent an activist named Jessica Buck into the Geordert dairy farm in Colorado who then didn’t do the job she was hired to do, which was to take care of their animals. Instead the female activist spent two months filming animal abuse by a few of the farmer’s 30 employees and not reporting it to anyone.
"We couldn't believe that someone who we hired as a milker and trusted to do the right thing and care for our cows would act so contrary to our values," said Marie Goedert of the undercover activist, Jessica Buck. "Why not bring these concerns to our attention immediately?"
The employees in question had already been fired by the Geordert’s by the time MFA released their video to the public. In addition, they are working with the local Sheriff to ensure that everyone who abused animals on their farm is prosecuted. So tell me, who’s speaking up for the best interest of animals? The farmer or the activist?
In the past, activists from the animal rights front have been accused of actually staging the animal abuse themselves both in Idaho and Colorado, and other states, in order to discredit American farmers and discourage consumers from eating meat.
In the Colorado case, activist Taylor Radig, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty for failing to stop the abuse she witnessed for over two months. Instead of reporting what she saw, in violation of state law, she simply filmed the actions so her employer, Compassion over Killing, could release the video to the public months later and exploit the situation. She didn’t care about the actual animals who were suffering in front of her.
Instead all she and others like her care about is selling snuff films to a gullible public and pleading for donations. Donations that do not ever go to the animals you saw in those videos. These so-called ag gag laws are needed to force people to say something if they see animal abuse occurring.
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Katharine Dokken is a Public Affairs Specialist at The Cavalry Group and the author of a new book, The Art of Terror: Inside the Animal Rights Movement, available on Amazon.
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