Animal Doctor Articles Weekly on July 05, 2011

Question

Would you please comment on "Undercover TV," regarding the filming of mistreated livestock and dogs used for food in China.

It bothers me a great deal and I'd like to know if things have improved, because a lot of the videos are dated.

S.G., Highland, NY Jul 04, 2011

Answer

Many "undercover" films have been produced that document the cruel and ignorant mistreatment of "downer" cows going to slaughter and the unimaginable conditions under which pigs, hens, broiler chickens and veal calves are raised on factory farms and cows-and-beef-cattle feedlots. Check my website for my own photo-documentation. These food animal production systems must be phased out for animal health and welfare.

Being informed, thousands of people have chosen to become vegetarian or vegan or to only consume meat and poultry from certified, organic free-range systems.

Documentary films showing dogs and cats being captured and butchered in China and some other countries in the Far East are part of the process of social change. Making such undercover films is not without risk and could mean imprisonment in some countries, notably here in America, where states such as Iowa, Minnesota and Florida have legislation pending to make it a criminal offense for anyone filming what goes on in puppy mills and livestock and poultry factories, slaughter plants and animal-testing laboratories. Such legislation should be opposed, since financial interests should not trump ethics and compassion.

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