What Won't Animal Rights Activists Resort to? AAA's Kay Smith Shines Light on Their Criminal ActivityWed, 06 Dec 2017 10:25:45 CST
According to Kay Johnson Smith of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, an activist watchdog organization, animal rights groups have been noticeably ramping up their attacks and getting more aggressive all the time. She spoke recently to Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City about this radical side to the anti-agriculture movement.
"You still have the groups that are trying to work for incremental changes, but again with the goal of eliminating animal ag. But then you have these other groups that are breaking onto farms in the middle of the night, stealing animals from farms and destroying the biosecurity protocols within farms," Smith said. "They think they are justified because they are 'rescuing' animals and really they're 'stealing' animals. We have to call it what it is."
Essentially, these groups are participating in criminal activity, with little disregard for the people and businesses they are jeopardizing. And despite their good intentions towards the animals they are supposedly rescuing, their activities are actually endangering the animals and exposing them to various risks off the farm. Smith says her team at the Animal Ag Alliance works diligently to monitor these groups and their activities, but says they are harder to pin down, often working as lone wolves.
"They operate very much like terrorist organizations where they're not structured as an organization with campaigns and boards of directors," she said. "They operate in very much individual cells and they inspire online, people to take action wherever they are."
Listen to Kay Johnson Smith describe the criminal activity that activists engage in, under the veil of their various causes, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today's Beef Buzz.
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