Undercover investigators exposing animal abuse have a very difficult job. They have to immerse themselves into some horrific conditions and bear witness to many horrible acts of cruelty toward animals. But without their bravery and dedication, the animal rights movement would not be able to progress. Considering all the important, necessary work they do, it’s mind-blowing to think that an undercover investigator who recently exposed cruelty toward calves on a dairy farm is being charged with animal cruelty.
Taylor Radig was working as an undercover investigator for non-profit animal advocacy group, Compassion Over Killing. She recorded footage of repeated acts of cruelty toward dairy cows at Quanah Cattle Company in Colorado. When her footage was released, Quanah Cattle Company and local investigators sprung into action. Three employees of the dairy farm were terminated due to their abusive actions, but then soon, Radig was slapped with animal cruelty charges, as well. Why? Because she witnessed the abuse for several months and “didn’t do anything about it.”
“The violence against calves that I documented and reported to local authorities was so egregious, three workers from the facility were charged with criminal cruelty to animals ? and now I’m being punished because I told the truth about the cruelty that took place at this facility,” writes Radig in her statement with COK. If convicted, Radig could face up to 18 months in jail.
“Undercover investigators are breaking down the dangerous wall of silence and secrecy that surrounds factory farms,” says COK’s executive director, Erica Meier. “By attempting to punish whistleblowers, the meat industry is showing us just how desperate it is to prevent Americans from seeing what our hidden cameras are capturing on film… Undercover investigations are at the heart of what we do.”
If you want to stand with Taylor Radig, consider signing this Change.org petition, asking Colorado officials to drop the animal cruelty charges against her. It’s obvious that Radig was doing the right thing and fighting for justice for these animals. Let’s stand up for her and whistleblowers everywhere.
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