So-called "ag gag" laws hit the news again this week as a federal judge struck down the principle behind an Idaho law that aimed to protect farmers from undercover investigations by activists. The laws have been hotly debated over the past few years, which I've followed on several occasions. When I lived in Tennessee, the … Continue reading Federal Judge Strikes Down Principle of Idaho Ag Law
Yesterday, a new undercover video was released from a Wisconsin dairy farm; a farm much like one of the many family farms across the country. Actually, after reading so many reports of animal welfare concerns, these revealing scenes from behind closed doors are pretty shocking. Watch the video for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuNSzrSiZ9w See the original undercover … Continue reading Undercover video reveals shocking images of Wisconsin dairy farm
Val Wagner is a North Dakota farmer, rancher and mother of four boys that talks about all things agriculture and crazy childhood antics over at Wag'n Tales (wagfarms.com). She's made it her mission to make sure that her boys have a future in agriculture, and hopes at least one of them will grow up to … Continue reading Conversations.
Thursday morning while checking my messages, a news release from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS, not to be confused with your local animal shelter) showed up in my Facebook timeline. Their latest move in an escapade to change the face of livestock farms includes Tennessee-based Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The press … Continue reading What will you do when HSUS shows up next door?
"Containers of accelerant were placed beneath a row of 14 trucks with four digital timers used to light four of the containers and kerosene soaked rope carrying the fire to the other 10," the e-mail said. "We were extremely pleased to see all 14 trucks 'were a total loss,' " the message said. "We're not … Continue reading California Activists Torch Cattle Trucks
As a part of my recently started Better Blogging series I want to share tips, ideas, and things that have worked for me in blogging for agriculture, and get feedback from you on these ideas. There's no particular order to these posts and last time I discussed how I come up with topics for my … Continue reading Better Blogging: PROactive not REactive
Another Animal Rights (Mercy For Animals) group is at it again; releasing videos of animal cruelty on their labeled "factory farms." This time it's a swine farm in Iowa that supplies to groceries like Costco and Krogers. The most pig raising I've ever done is raising a few for freezer pork as a kid, but … Continue reading Pig Farmers Care For Their Animals
The following video is about real animal welfare on farms and ranches across the country. Response to Mercy for Animals, Animal Cruelty video from a Texas Dairy.