Pro-Ag Group Urges Prosecution of Undercover Investigators

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Pro-Ag Group Urges Prosecution of Undercover Investigators

From Tracy H. Blogspot

The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a pro-agribusiness group, is pushing for undercover investigators to be prosecuted for animal cruelty.

Animal-rights groups regularly hire these investigators to obtain employment at animal-exploitation operations -- pig farms, hatcheries, egg facilities, turkey facilities, etc. -- to secretly tape the goings-on.

Rather than admit that the cruelty witnessed on these videos is a common -- and sometimes legal -- occurrence, the Animal Ag Alliance would rather target the people working on behalf of animals.

It contends that when a worker (the investigator) witnesses animal cruelty, he should bring it to a supervisor's attention. (In many instances he has, to no avail.) By not doing so, the Animal Ag Alliance contends he is complicit in the cruelty. Of course, that group ignores the fact that the person is there in an effort to stop animal cruelty. By filming the abuse of these animals, he hopes to encourage the public to stop giving money to these industries -- thereby preventing future cruelty of even more animals.

As if this anonymous writer's proposal weren't bizarre enough, he also attempts to scare people into believing that these investigators are going to poison the food supply.

Another concern of grave importance to farm animal owners and to national security is the possibility these same tactics could be employed by individuals or groups seeking a very different agenda - the deliberate contamination of our national food supply.

Although he makes it seem like he's talking about a group other than animal-rights activists, this paragraph is stuck in a piece that is solely about animal advocates.

He isn't the first pro-agribusiness person to insinuate that AR activists could harm the nation's food supply. Troy Hadrick, a cattle rancher from South Dakota, did so in a blog post about a supposed terrorism expert who wrote a novel about agro-terrorism. Hadrick, who merely posts someone else's news story and then writes a paragraph stating his opinion, used a story that didn't even mention animal rights. Yet he threw us into the mix.

All of us have the images of 9/11 seared into our memory; they are as vivid as if it had just happened yesterday. However, the panic and destruction that occurred that day could pale in comparison to a successful agro-terrorism event. Chances are good that this type of event might not even originate from the Middle East, but quite possibly from a home-grown animal rights or environmental activist group.

The Animal Ag Alliance urges those in agribusiness to get a copy of their report "Farm and Facility Security Recommendations." Reflecting animal agribusiness's need to hide the truth, it's password-protected on its Web site.