According to the Richmond County Daily Journal, North Carolina will be “a darker place when a controversial “ag-gag law takes effect in the new year. Supported by some of the most notorious animal abusing companies in the country, North Carolina’s ag-gag law is designed to sweep evidence of animal cruelty under the rug and shield animal abusers from public scrutiny and criminal liability.
Multiple Mercy For Animals undercover investigations in North Carolina have exposed sickening animal cruelty and led to police raids of factory farms and criminal convictions of animal abusers. Our investigation into Butterball—the largest turkey producer in the country—resulted in the first-ever felony conviction related to factory-farmed poultry in U.S. history. Just last week, a Perdue factory farmer was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals after we caught him stomping chickens to death.
Watch the video footage that led to felony animal cruelty charges against a Perdue factory farmer here:
Come January, it will be illegal to conduct undercover investigations to expose animal cruelty at factory farms or slaughterhouses in North Carolina. Clearly, North Carolina lawmakers don’t want to stop criminal animal cruelty; they just want to stop people from finding out about it.
By bowing to the factory farming industry, lawmakers in North Carolina have not only let down their constituents who overwhelmingly opposed this ag-gag law, but have also virtually guaranteed the perpetuation of criminal animal abuse in the state. As the Daily Journal pointed out in its scathing editorial, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s factory farmers will now be allowed to operate in the shadows—torturing animals under the dark cloak of ag-gag.
The good news is that each of us can cast a vote against animal cruelty every time we sit down to eat. By choosing humane vegetarian alternatives to meat, milk, and eggs we ensure that our money doesn’t support this cruel and corrupt industry.
To learn more and find out what you can do to help defeat ag-gag legislation across the country, visit NoAgGag.com.