This story is directly from NPR. I don’t usually re-blog stories but, after reading this article I was horrified and outraged at the level of cruelty animals are subjected to that are considered “normal industry practices”. Bear in mind this story takes place in US, I don’t know the situation in Canada.
Bill 343 will essentially lessen the level of accountability of livestock producers by stiffing undercover investigations of animal cruelty.
Tammie Bryant, a professor at UCLA School of Law who focuses on animal law, admits, “legal action usually only occurs if there is media coverage, public outrage and pressure to prosecute.”
Some animal cruelty examples NPR gave was gouging a young calf’s eyes.
“Take the case of USDA veterinarian and slaughterhouse inspector . In 2010, Wyatt testified before a House subcommittee that, on several occasions, he was either overruled or threatened with demotion or transfer after he told superiors about instances of extreme animal abuse he’d witnessed.”
He witnessed the butchering of live animals.
For the full story on NPR – A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants