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· NPA challenges Channel 4 over programme glamourising theft of pigs
… This documentary, entitled How to Steal Pigs and Influence People, will be shown on Tuesday January 14. It follows what the programme makers describe as ‘a unique community of vegan and ex-vegan influencers’…
· Channel 4 defends ‘how to steal pigs’ programme
Filmmakers have defended a forthcoming TV documentary that will reveal how vegan activists steal pigs and harass farmers…
· Animal Agriculture Alliance Shares Activism; Farm Security Resources
… One of the Alliance’s newly updated resources is the animal rights activist groups web...
NPA challenges Channel 4 over programme glamourising theft of pigs
By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)
January 9, 2020
The NPA has written to Channel 4 to express serious concerns about a programme scheduled to air next week that it says appears to condone and glamorise the theft of pigs.
This documentary, entitled How to Steal Pigs and Influence People, will be shown on Tuesday January 14. It follows what the programme makers describe as ‘a unique community of vegan and ex-vegan influencers’. “Some embark on farmyard heists, others are devoted to back-bedroom chicken sanctuaries,” the programme teaser states.
In a letter to the broadcaster, NPA policy services officer Lizzie Wilson highlighted how the British pig industry and its farming families have been consistently targeted by animal rights activists. This activity has increased over the past two year, with activists ‘brazenly trespassing on farms either at night or during the day to ‘expose the realities of British pig farming’, she said.
“In some instances, they ‘liberate’ the pigs they find, which is of course a criminal act of theft. Furthermore, our members have been subjected to three ‘Meat the Victims’ protests where large groups of protesters descend on and occupy a pig farm for up to 9 hours, harassing the farmer and their staff and distressing the animals in their care,” she wrote.
She said the NPA was aware that a Channel 4 production company (Paradigm) was present at the first Meat The Victims event in Lincolnshire.
“We are extremely concerned therefore that the planned programme could be televising and potentially glamorising acts of criminality, such as the theft of pigs, burglary and the movement of pigs without the necessary licence, therefore inciting others to do the same, particularly against the background media frenzy surrounding Veganuary and the eating meat/climate change agenda.
“One of the activists involved already has a criminal conviction for theft of a pig from a previous incursion.
“On that basis, I am seeking assurance from you that Channel 4 will not be televising people in the act of committing illegal acts.”
Ms Wilson also highlighted how the programme could potentially encourage the spread of notifiable diseases such as African swine fever.
“Some animal rights activists are known to travel from country to country, trespassing on various pig farms with no consideration as to how they endanger the health of the animals they claim to care so much about. I sincerely hope Channel 4 does not condone or participate in such irresponsible behaviour,” she wrote.
The NPA has been in contact with the farmer and will continue to support them where needed. The farmer was notified by the production company that the programme was going to be aired and has been assured that no farm name or location will be featured.
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Channel 4 defends ‘how to steal pigs’ programme
Michael Priestley, Farmers Weekly (UK)
09 January 2020
Filmmakers have defended a forthcoming TV documentary that will reveal how vegan activists steal pigs and harass farmers.
The programme, How to steal pigs and influence people, is scheduled to air on Tuesday (14 January) on Channel 4 – and it has prompted strong criticism from the National Pig Association (NPA).
Channel 4 says the documentary follows “a unique community of vegan and ex-vegan influencers. Some embark on farmyard heists, others are devoted to back-bedroom chicken sanctuaries”.
A letter from the NPA sent to Channel 4 claimed that the programme appeared to “condone and glamourise the theft of pigs”.
The NPA said it was also concerned about the biosecurity risks of moving pigs without a necessary licence and the condoning of activists travelling from country to country to trespass on pig farms.
‘Fair and balanced view’
In response, Tom Calvert, head of legal at Dragonfly – the production company behind the programme – insisted that the programme did not glamourise, encourage or condone crime in any way.
Mr Calver added: “The negative impact of the event on the farmer and her animals is made clear to viewers.
“The programme also features people who actively oppose the vegan movement.
“We believe that the programme gives a fair and balanced view of the ‘Meat the Victims’ event from both sides, as well as presenting a fair reflection of vegan activism in the UK.”
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “This is an observational documentary on a relevant and topical subject which is widely discussed.
“The programme complies with the Ofcom Broadcasting Code and does not condone or encourage criminal activity.”
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Animal Agriculture Alliance Shares Activism; Farm Security Resources
Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance
via FarmJournal's Pork - January 9, 2020
The Animal Agriculture Alliance has a new website and updated resources to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. With the mission of the Alliance being to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork, its website features resources to help farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and supporters of the industry engage in any and all conversations about animal agriculture. To explore the website, visit https://animalagalliance.org.
Issues such as animal welfare, antibiotic use, sustainability, nutrition and animal rights activism are covered throughout the Alliance’s website, including in the updated and reorganized Resource Center. “The site is very clean and intuitive with terrific content as always,” said Jamie Mara, director of strategic communications at Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and Alliance member. “The website is a very helpful resource for our team as I’m sure it is for others.”
One of the Alliance’s newly updated resources is the animal rights activist groups web...
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