Recent Tactics Being Adopted by Animal Rights Activist Groups Becoming Alarming to Agri IndustryMon, 21 Aug 2017 11:29:42 CDT
For many years the Animal Agriculture Alliance has published reports on animal rights conferences, as a way to be the industry’s eyes and ears, to monitor activist groups in order to stay ahead of potential threats and offensive tactics towards producers and packers. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke with AAA’s Hannah Thompson-Weeman about the group’s latest report on the National Animal Rights Conference that took place recently, put together by the Farm Animal Rights Movement.
“The animal rights groups are more and more, encouraging their members to be very aggressive in going after animal agriculture,” Hannah said. “There have been speakers who have been to jail before. They encourage them to break the law; be willing to push boundaries and be as aggressive as you have to be.”
Hannah reports that of the many tactics discussed at this year’s conference, there was particular emphasis made for members to utilize what they term as “confrontational activism,” or “open rescues.” She says this is the opposition’s tactic for breaking into farms and releasing animals from barns. Speakers also are encouraging members to step up on-site protests and vigils at farms and processing plants.
“One speaker mentioned that if you have concerns about animal welfare - you should call an activist group, don’t call the police, because they think the police is somehow in cahoots with animal agriculture,” she said. “It’s very alarming to the industry about the tactics these groups are willing to take.”
Listen to Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance offer Farm Director Ron Hays more highlights on the report from this year’s Animal Rights Conference, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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