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Underhanded Ag-Gag & Other Farm Animal News for Late-March 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:30am
Underhanded Ag-Gag & Other Farm Animal News for Late-March 2014

Chicken Scratch is an ASPCA Blog feature that highlights interesting news about farm animals and their welfare.

  • This might be a new low. Lawmakers in Kentucky got sneaky and added ag-gag language to a bill to ban gas chamber use at animal shelters—a bill that the ASPCA and other animal welfare groups had previously come out in support of. They’re trying to make it illegal to expose animal abuse on factory farms. The same thing is happening in Tennessee. Please take action if you live in TN or KY. Wherever you live, become a part of our Advocacy Brigade to stay updated.
  • With the help of our advocates and a multi-interest coalition, this year we’ve defeated ag-gag in New Hampshire and Indiana. Last year we defeated ag-gag bills in all 11 states that proposed them.
  • Finally, all 50 states will have felony-level penalties for animal cruelty now that South Dakota has passed Senate Bill 46—a huge milestone. But this and many other state laws exclude farm animals from protection. We will continue to work to close loopholes: All animal abuse should be taken seriously and punished appropriately. 
  • The Food and Drug Administration says drug companies have agreed to comply with the agency’s recommendation to phase out antibiotics used to accelerate farm-animal growth. Unfortunately, the same drugs can just be relabeled and used to “prevent” the illnesses caused by inhumane, unsanitary conditions on factory farms. This won’t help animals or the growing number of children getting sick from antibiotic-resistant infections.
  • A Dutch advertising standards commission decided that McDonald’s in the Netherlands was wrong to say on its website that it does not use cheap, fast-growing broiler chickens, and forced the company to take down the language. But these are the same types of chickens used for meat in the States, too. Learn more about fast-growing chickens at
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How in the heck can a state criminalize disclosure of inhumane treatment of animals. It doesn't get any more convoluted than this. It goes against all that we know as moral and right. Don't have to be a brain surgeon to see that this is being fueled by the dispiccable practices of big ag.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. --I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi (1869-1948)


Dhyan. You could not have said it better. The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the treatment of it's animals. Where are the morals of so called human beings. Go Animal right activists. Ghandi is great. The U S is not doing so great are they.


Not only Ghandi is good. There is a man who is still alive named AD Williams. He has some beautiful quotes about animals and our world we share with these beautiful creatures.


The gag is the single stupidest thing I've heard of. Why don't the states in question do something about the idiots supporting said gag. Don't they understand that unsanitary living conditions are bad for the people consuming said animal products... People who vote.


My heart feels heavy tonight. I do not understand how the US can allow animals to be treated with cruelty. Why does the US have anything to do with countries like China who skin dogs and other animals alive and then let the fur be sent back here to be used on our clothing. Why would the FDA consider sending our chickens to China to be processed and then sent back knowing how many poisonous products of food have come from the same place. I recently learned that China won't allow the US to send any cosmetics there that have not been tested on animals first, yet we can't buy anything here almost that doesn't say made in China. I know that China is not the only country that practices horrible cruel things on not only animals but it's people. I can't imagine one of my dogs screaming in pain and trying to get away as its fur is being cut from its body and then being thrown on a pile while it breathes it's last breath. I'm both saddened and angry!! What can we do to stop the cruelties!! Those done to not only farm animals but all animals?


good point jackie i love all animals and totally agree with you.
but you can't just hate china becase some people kill and torture animals cos most chinese people love animals so you can't
blame a whole country.
I'm not saying i agree with hunting skining and slaughtering all the
animals I just don't want to be an ignorent racist.
I only hate the people who are in the fur industry and and help
kill the animals but a whole contry is just not right.
Save the animals!!!!!!!!


I will NOT let the fur industry go on.
and i WILL stop it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I run a small organic farm and have been farming for a bit over a year. Being antifactory farm I thought the best way to fight the system and educate myself would be to actually get in and do it. I've learned alot, and interestingly, I'm less anti-factory farm than I was. I still think everyone is better out on pasture, but im sure when its 35 degrees out and raining a few of my hogs wouldn't mind a vacation to a dry 70 degree climate controlled building.

Not using anti-biotics has increased my rate of viral death in infants. I borrowed a boar pig from another organic friend and can think thats the only place where a pig virus came to my farm. Either way my gilt farrowed and 8 or 9 of the 14 piglets died late term inside mom due to a virus. It was really painful to watch dead baby after dead baby fall out of mom. It was too late to treat the other two pigs who were pregnant and exposed, luckily they didn't get sick. Though they had two failed pregnancies before, so maybe they already lost their litters to the virus. In that case I really don't know where the virus came from. But, hey, humans the the flu randomly, too.

I also tried worming "natural" ways. One of the young pigs was continually sickly looking and growing slow. I finally pulled out the big guns and used chemical ivermectin and all my pigs dropped loads of round worms. Judging from the evidence in the pasture the sickly girl dropped a fist sized ball of worms out of her guts. Now she's growing.

It did really make me question not using antibiotics and wormers at all. People who don't farm demand anti-biotic free which is both good an bad. Seeing animals suffer in the name of "organic" does no more good than shooting them up with antibiotics. There needs to be a middle ground and an understanding *most* farmers, even many *gasp* factory farmers, really do care about their livestock.

Sick livestock is less productive and profitable. However, using antibiotics unnecessarily also costs money. More and more farms are using bio security practices to protect livestock, but its still not 100%

Please don't try to vilify antibiotics. Outlawing all preventative antibiotics won't stop suffering. It will change the kind of suffering. Again, I'm not saying that all antibiotics are good any old time, but to take away tools and options from farmers in keeping their herds healthy is cruel in its own way.

Instead of fighting with farmers try to work with them, not fight them. The more the animal right fights the farmers, particularly with language that stirs more emotion than fact, the less they care to listen to our concerns and the more they move to defend their corporate overlords.


Politicians who would support cruelty to animals. How low and ignorant and despicable can anyone go.

l. phillips

Not only does China skin the dogs and cats alive but they also torture them for 60 days before killing as they think that makes the meat better. Just look at pinterest if you doubt what I'm saying. Think about it, China doesn't raise cows. Can't the people taking these horrific pictures save the animal? Why do they skin them alive can't they euthanize them if they have to eat them for food? What can be done to help these dogs and cats in China and Korea? I've never seen such horrible treatment. The pictures will haunt you 24 hrs everyday.