I subscribe to the Humane Society of the U.S.’s email blasts – mostly just to watch what they are saying. Like when they tried talking about saving coyotes and free-range chickens in the same sentence!? That one made me laugh.
It’s main purpose? To protect farm animals by throwing farmers under the bus by their so-called, “illegal and unethical activities to push anti-whistleblower bills – “Ag-Gag” bills – to prevent you from finding out about them.” Mainly what Wayne P. is referring are the bills proposed in 11 states which require footage to be sent to authorities in a 48-hour period of surveillance or secret video shot of the farm animals.
The purpose of these bills is to protect the farmer and his/her animals from activists coming onto his/her farm and portraying their practices wrongly. How many times have we all heard the stories that farm workers were hired and took secret footage – wrongly portraying what was happening on that farm/operation?
Really, Wayne? If YOU don’t have anything to hide, why do you send workers onto farms, lie about what they are doing, and secretly videotape what is going on? Yes, these liars have caught some bad apples in food animal production, as there are in every industry. But why should these animal rights activists be allowed such secrecy when farmers shouldn’t even be granted their own right to their privacy?!
Animal welfare and food safety are both top priorities for today’s farmers and ranchers. They are not trying to hide anything they are doing – in fact I know several of them who have opened up their farms for tours to anyone that is interested. These proposed bills are in place to protect the farmer and rancher. If you really want to see a great tour of a farm and how animal welfare is a taking place, here are just a few of the great bloggers I know who do just that:
- Dawn – Lady of Ag
- Joan – Dust in my Coffee
- Diane – Real Farmwife on the County Line
- Lana – Cattle and Kids Rock
- Anne – Feedyard Foodie
- Debbie – Life on a Kansas Cattle Ranch
- Ryan – Sitting in the Pasture
- Adam and Melissa – Born to Pharm
- Buzzard’s Beat
- Ryan – Days of the Weeks
- Tales of a Kansas Farmer
- The Agvocating Farmer