Dairy farm prosecution delayed in BC because government simply doesn’t care
The Vancouver Humane Society is running into some slow moving problems, namely a nineteen month delay in the prosecution against a factory farm whose cruelty was exposed in a Mercy For Animals sting in 2014. Peter Fricker of the Vancouver Humane Society expressed his frustrations. “The Humane Society wrote Attorney General Suzanne Antonne late last year inquiring about the delay, but Fricker said the organization has received no reply,” reported Toronto’s CP24. As one learns to expect from a sting video, there is footage of cows being beaten, dragged, and kicked by eight different workers on a dairy farm. “The farm’s owner, Jeff Kooyman, said at the time the video was “horrifying to watch” and pledged to work with the SPCA on better training for staff.” What’s horrifying is the entire concept of dairy.
The delay, while unsettling, is not surprising. It’s a lose-lose situation. If the prosecution manages to go through and welfare is re-worked, dairy cows will still be forcibly impregnated, have their babies taken out from under them, and be treated as commodities, not as beings. It’s important for activists to stress that dairy is not okay under any circumstances, even if cows aren’t being dragged around in chains.
Governments also don’t have much interest in prosecuting such a powerful industry to begin with, after all, North American animal rights activists have been classified as terrorists for decades. In many parts of the United States, filming farm abuse is prevented by law by putting strict limitations on whistleblowing. The government isn’t kind to animals, there’s too much cash at stake to shut down all exploitations, so instead of focusing on reforming industries to make them “humane” when they inherently aren’t, let’s form the conversation around ending animal use altogether.
Animal rights lawyer Anna Pippus told the press, “It’s been a very long time that they’ve been saying, ‘It’s just around the corner, it’s just around the corner.”‘ For some reason, I just don’t trust it’s coming.