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· US: What Won't Animal Rights Activists Resort to? AAA's Kay Smith Shines Light on Their Criminal Activity
… “They operate very much like terrorist organizations where they’re not structured as an organization with campaigns and boards of directors,” she said...
· UK: Animal rights activists hold protest outside livestock auction mart
What Won't Animal Rights Activists Resort to? AAA's Kay Smith Shines Light on Their Criminal Activity
Oklahoma Farm Report
06 Dec 2017
According to Kay Johnson Smith of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, an activist watchdog organization, animal rights groups have been noticeably ramping up their attacks and getting more aggressive all the time. She spoke recently to Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City about this radical side to the anti-agriculture movement.
“You still have the groups that are trying to work for incremental changes, but again with the goal of eliminating animal ag. But then you have these other groups that are breaking onto farms in the middle of the night, stealing animals from farms and destroying the biosecurity protocols within farms,” Smith said. “They think they are justified because they are ‘rescuing’ animals and really they’re ‘stealing’ animals. We have to call it what it is.”
Essentially, these groups are participating in criminal activity, with little disregard for the people and businesses they are jeopardizing. And despite their good intentions towards the animals they are supposedly rescuing, their activities are actually endangering the animals and exposing them to various risks off the farm. Smith says her team at the Animal Ag Alliance works diligently to monitor these groups and their activities, but says they are harder to pin down, often working as lone wolves.
“They operate very much like terrorist organizations where they’re not structured as an organization with campaigns and boards of directors,” she said...
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Animal rights activists hold protest outside livestock auction mart
Farmers Guardian (UK)
06 Dec 2017
A group of animal rights activists have protested outside a livestock auction mart stopping vans loaded with sheep and cattle as they enter the market.
Members of Norfolk and Suffolk Animal Save held a vigil at the event at Norwich Livestock Market in attempt to raise awareness “regarding auction houses and the cruelty that the animals are sold into”.
Protestors are temporarily stopping vans loaded with animals such as sheep and cattle as they enter the market, to “check the condition of the animals”.
The protest has been organised by Tom Fenner and Emily Noble, who also lead protests at slaughterhouses in Watton and Suffolk.
Around 30 people attended the first protest at Norwich Livestock Market and Mr Fenner said they would be there every four to six weeks.
“We are here to bear witness to the animals as they are taken into the livestock market,” he told EDP.
“What we are advocating is a vegan lifestyle without cruelty to animals. They are not property and shouldn’t be treated as commodities.
“The livestock markets are quite archaic. A lot of people don’t know they still go on. Outside slaughterhouses we are specifically advocating that we should not be killing animals but here we are saying we should not be buying and selling them.”
Mr Fenner said they reached out to the police and the livestock market beforehand, and both have been “very accommodating”.
“The key thing for me is this is on our doorstep and we should be doing something about it,” he added...
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