A few days ago I watched a video that has become quite a hot topic in the ag world over the last few week. Radio, blogs, and newspapers have all highlighted the cruelty the video has shown.
The one thing most of them have in common is they are all asking the question “Why didn’t the Mercy for Animals investigator video taping this abuse stop the act from even occurring?”
Which is worse- watching it happen or having the ability to do something and not?
To sum it up..
A Mercy For Animals investigator goes under cover and video tapes the abuse that is occurring on a large farm in Texas. At the end of the video they encourage viewers to become vegetarian.
This video is one of the worst videos I have seen in regards to animal cruelty and what happened in itself is a terrible thing.
Let’s be honest, any abuse to any living thing is wrong and is a complete disregard for life.
At our farm our animals get taken care of long before we do. We get up in the middle of the night to check our calves in order to ensure they are safe and comfortable. We monitor their diets to make sure they are getting exactly what they need from their mothers and when they’re not we spend time with bottles.
After watching this video, I of course tried to make an immediate comment on Youtube.
I stressed that this is a horrible, cruel act that occurred, but there are thousands of farmers who do not do these things to their animals. I asked viewers to please not define all farmers by this one awful event. And the real question I want answered is why didn’t the person taping this video stop the abuse as soon as it started?
I hit post after typing out a well thought out response, and it comes back that it needs to be approved.
Well, it has officially been 48 hours and they have yet to post my response.