by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Animals
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30 Rock star Alec Baldwin took to his blog at Huffington Post to address rumors that the Working Families Party has contacted him about running for Governor of New York—which the actor denies. He did, however, affirm his passion for politics and shared his thoughts regarding what he believes is necessary in a New York Governor.

In the closing section of his blog post, Baldwin addressed the horrendous undercover video which was obtained by Mercy For Animals at Conklin Dairy Farms in Plain City, Ohio.

The 52 year old writes, “On another, certainly more important note, did you see the video posted here regarding the Conklin Farm animal abuse story in Ohio? Let me assure you, someone risked their health and maybe their life to record that video. When you see this, you will never again doubt the necessity for and courage of the animal rights movement.”

The Mercy for Animals undercover footage was released last week and revealed farm workers kicking cows who were too injured to stand, body slamming calves to the ground, stabbing cows in the face with pitchforks, punching cows’ udders, and bragging about beating animals to death.

  • http://blog.babyganics.com linda_sullivan

    Big stars who think of people (or animals) other than themselves should be commended for their work. It’s great that we have people like them.

    On the other hand, those barbaric workers shown in that video should be held liable for animal cruelty.

    • susan anrtonius

      Hopefully, these farm animal abusers will get the maximum penalty possible. This kind of behavior cannot be allowed to continue. It is appalling to think that the one particular worker shown in this video plans to become a policeman. He should not even be allowed to have animals of hos own if this is an example of how he treats them.

  • Walter

    Baldwin is right. And these cases of abuse are not isolated at all as factory-farmers want you to believe. Abuse is widespread and well-documented. Last year after another expose, several spokespersons for the egg industry admitted that grinding live chicks up in a wood-chipper was standard practice because baby male chicks do not make any money for an egg factory. They advocate such practices sincerely and with a straight face, which tells us about the depths of their inhumanity.

    Abuse is standard practice because it adds a large percentage to their profits. The more animals are crammed into smaller spaces, moved quicker through assembly lines, and treated as machines instead of the creatures they are, the more money factory farmers make make.

  • don miguelo

    Think about it, you either choose not to do that because it is inhumane, or if you do it, you treat the animals like they do not have any life at all. If you worked in that environment, where everyone has the perspective that the animals are just unfeeling objects that need to be pushed thru, caring about them would drive you insane.

    This is also a well-documented issue, that working in those environments desensitizes the workers by design. Look at any person who interviewed about being a pig-sticker, cow-throat-slitter or chicken-catcher. What’s also bad is that the management, in order to keep production at high levels, often treats the workers with an eerily similar mentality.

    This has always been wrong, but how can a significant section of Americans change their demand for these products? That’s the only way to stop this, but not everyone is going to go vegetarian (or vegan).

    I guess it’s easy to blame the workers involved here, but don’t miss that it’s also the industry that needs a’changin’. That can only come with the demands of the public and a lot better enforcement of some humane standards, not just a greenwashing media blitz and a rubber-stamp committee in Washington with no real power to enforce them. (How many times do we have to see THAT reaction)?!

    I hold the companies responsible when it all comes out in the wash. es, there is demand, and there is no code that says they can’t legally do this type of thing, but I think they should be held accountable for major animal abuse no question, to the tune of millions of dollars, to set an example.

    That ASIDE,
    We feel your pain, animals, know that you are not alone.
    We will help you any way possible, with celebrity money and spotlight, with NGO’s, with lawyers, with personal lifestyle changes, with boycotts, with lawyers, and with heart.

  • Mel

    Don,

    What a well-written response to this horrific act of animal cruelty. I live in Ohio, very near Plain City, and actually work with someone who knows the Conklin family personally. She venemently says the Conklins would never permit these kinds of acts, knowingly. As an animal rights activist, a recently converted vegetarian, and a person who’s soul wants to work at an animal non-profit, I am sick beyond words. But alas, your last words resonate through me….we feel your pain. We are their voice and we can shape our life to represent how we feel about animal cruelty.

  • Mark Alpern

    Why hasn’t the owner of the farm arrested when he was captured in the video abusing the animals?? Got to wonder if someone’s getting paid off there! THIS FARM NEEDS TO HAVE ITS LICENSES TO OPERATE PULLED IMMEDIATELY. It’s sickening & the fact that the owner is hiding behind the authorities like a small child hiding behind his mommies skirt tell you what kind of “man” he is. He makes me want to throw up. I’m glad my father wasn’t like this wuss.

  • Keon Robertson

    The abuse, neglect, and disregard humans show animals is disgusting. It’s no wonder I prefer animals over people.

    As Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

  • Bencat1000

    Good job Alec! We like that you mentioned these cruel, evil acts publicly. People need to see the criminal activity that goes on in these animal torture prisons. People need to see that their easy-going life of meat, milk and eggs has a brutal, wicked source.

  • AuntieM

    Many thanks to Alec, and the brave soul who videotaped the beatings.
    I am a vegetarian for just those reasons.

  • http://www.animalinterrupted.com/ Monica

    I *heart* you Jack Donaghy! We’re lucky to have you in our corner.