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Arkansas lawmakers take ‘civil’ approach with new ag-gag law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday signed Arkansas House Bill 1665, adding a civil cause of action to the state’s code that permits individuals to sue over the unauthorized access to non-public areas of commercial property. Although not a criminal statute, Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy for Animals, calls the measure an “ag-gag” law. “By signing this bill… Continue Reading

Alleged pig abuse at The Maschhoffs shown in activists’ video

A video that appears to show pigs being abused at an Oklahoma hog farm has prompted investigations by its owners and the Hormel Food Co., which it supplies. Hormel, makers of Spam, bacon, chili and other products, is looking into the Oklahoma facility, which is owned by The Maschhoffs LLC, large a hog production company… Continue Reading

Animal Cruelty Conviction in North Carolina Might Be The Last for Awhile

Animal activists from Los Angles-based Mercy for Animals are taking credit this week for the conviction of Danny Miranda on three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, but it might be awhile before they or others return to North Carolina to mount another undercover investigation. That’s because on Jan. 1, a new North Carolina law went… Continue Reading

Animal Rights Group Files Criminal Misdemeanor Affidavits Against Tyson and Six Employees

Undercover video shows mistreatment of chickens

For the third time since July, food industry giant Tyson Foods Inc. has been the target of an undercover animal cruelty investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. This time, the animal rights group has signed affidavits against Tyson Foods and six of its employees, hoping it can get misdemeanor criminal charges to stick. And Mercy… Continue Reading

Undercover Investigation Alleges Abuse of Chickens, Workers at Tyson Slaughter Plant in Texas

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has released undercover video footage from inside a Tyson Foods Inc. slaughter plant in Carthage, Texas, which the group asserts documents a system exploiting both workers and animals. The videotape includes an interview with the undercover investigator, filmed in shadow to protect her identity. This is the second recent undercover investigation involving Tyson Foods. In July, Mercy… Continue Reading

Tyson, McDonald’s Cut Ties With TN Chicken Farm After Video Showing Abuse

Two major food corporations with well-known brands to protect have cut ties with a Tennessee chicken farm that finds itself the latest target of an animal abuse investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals. First Tyson Foods Inc., which contracted with the Tennessee farm to raise chickens, and then McDonald’s, which is supplied with chicken… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Stop Censorship of Undercover Videos

Opinion

Constitutional rights not used or claimed might not survive from one generation to the next. It’s not good enough to say that because of New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), no prior restraint — meaning no government-imposed censorship or punishment — may exist against anyone’s rights to speak or publish under the First Amendment…. Continue Reading

Undercover Investigation Raises Questions About Foster Farms’ Animal Welfare Certification

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has her detectives investigating reports of possible animal cruelty at Foster Farms, which has two processing plans in Fresno and is the largest poultry producer on the West Coast. The investigation was prompted Wednesday by Mercy For Animals, a Los Angeles-based animal rights group, presenting the sheriff and the company… Continue Reading