Yesterday, vegan extremist group Mercy for Animals released a video of animal abuse at a dairy farm in Texas.
As a beef producer, I am outraged that anyone would treat a calf in such a horrible way.
My entire life has revolved around making sure that our animals are being taken care of properly.
Watching the violent treatment of the cattle in this video made me nauseous.
(I am not posting the video here because YouTube’s terms of service require that you sign in with a YouTube account and be over 18 to view it due to the violent content.)
It breaks my heart to think that anyone could treat an animal in such a way once, let alone repeatedly.
If someone was treating one of my calves like that, they would never set foot on my farm again. I would make sure that they were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
If I saw that kind of treatment on a neighbor’s farm, I’d tell the farm owner immediately.
I don’t understand why Mercy for Animals allowed the abuse to go on for weeks while they “gathered footage.”
It only takes 10 seconds of video to prove that these cattle are not being cared for properly, if you feel any mercy toward the animal how could you allow the violence to continue?
Isn’t it in the animal’s best interest to stop the abuse immediately?
Why didn’t Mercy for Animals notify the farm owner that their employees were abusing their cattle?
Why didn’t they give the owner a chance to fire those abusive employees and save the calves from the violence?
This is not the first time that Mercy for Animals has allowed abuse to continue for weeks in order to “gather footage.”
They did the same thing on the Conklin Dairy Farm in May of 2010.
Last fall, I had the unique opportunity to interview that farm’s owner, Gary Conklin. The majority of the Mercy for Animals video depicts one of Conklin’s employees violently abusing cattle.
This employee pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and is currently serving an eight month jail sentence.
Throughout our conversation, Conklin kept saying,
“I just wish they would have told me. If I had known about it I would have put an end to it.”
After hearing Conklin’s story, I really question if the undercover activists truly care about the animals.
If they had told Conklin about his employee’s behavior, the abuse would have stopped and Mercy for Animals wouldn’t have a video to post all over the internet and spread their vegan agenda.
Is it more important to Mercy for Animals to post violent videos on YouTube than to actually protect animals from abuse?
There are sick people in this world who think that its acceptable to abuse animals. Unfortunately, some of them get hired on farms.
If Mercy for Animals really cared about protecting animals from abuse, they would quit worrying so much about their agenda and stop the abuse as soon as it happened!
There is no place for animal abuse in the livestock industry.
There are thousands of farmers across the United States making sure that their animals are treated humanely ever day.
Below are some great posts from some of those farmers sharing their feelings on this topic.
I highly encourage you to give them a read.