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by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV.
Photo: National Geographic

Mercy For Animals (MFA) is known for its undercover investigations of factory farms, which have often led to criminal charges against workers for cruelty to animals. National Geographic will soon spotlight two of those investigations on an upcoming episode of their series “Inside: Secret America.”

The episode, set to air on July 31st, will feature MFA’s investigations at Bettencourt Dairies (a major supplier for Burger King) and a North Carolina Butterball factory farm. Warning: these links do include videos of the footage obtained by MFA, revealing horrific cruelty to animals.

Mercy For Animals writes, “Don’t miss the July 31 episode of National Geographic Channel’s new series “Inside: Secret America as Peabody Award-winning journalists Mariana Van Zeller and Darren Foster go undercover with Mercy For Animals investigators into some of the country’s largest farms. Titled ‘Animal Undercover,’ the episode features MFA investigators ‘Pete,’ who worked at a Burger King dairy supplier in Idaho, and ‘Jane,’ who worked at a Butterball turkey factory farm in North Carolina. Both of these landmark investigations exposed abuse so horrific that multiple workers were charged and convicted of criminal cruelty to animals.”

The episode will also include an interview with Matt Rice, director of investigations at MFA, who talks “about the factory farming industry’s un-American efforts to silence whistleblowers and keep its criminal activities hidden from public view.”

MFA adds that the episode will bring this important issue to millions of viewers. “Available in over 143 countries and viewed in more than 160 million homes, National Geographic Channel is perhaps the most well-known and respected source for documentary films. By going behind the closed doors of America’s factory farms, this episode is sure to open the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world to the plights of farmed animals.”

The organization adds that you can help by supporting “MFA’s brave investigators and their work to expose and end animal abuse,” through donations made here. All donations given by July 31st are also being matched dollar-for-dollar.

More information on the episode, “Animal Undercover,” can be found here on Nat Geo’s website. You can also check out a preview below.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Jen

    Any idea if this can be viewed on Nat Geos website or via Hulu? We don’t have cable….

    • Shannon Hardesty Giallombardo

      you should be able to watch it online somewhere