FROM Wayne Pacelle
Factory Farms, Cruelty to Animals and the Food Supply The preparation of food in America is a major industry. The New York Times reports that 9 billion animals are slaughtered each year. That’s hundreds per second, making animals a continuous stream of raw material—and making the treatment of individual creatures almost invisible. While cruelty to animals is a crime, in some places it’s also a crime to blow the whistle on animal cruelty in the agricultural industry. Undercover video of ghastly mistreatment have led to federal and local prosecutions. Factory farms have lost big contracts due to consumer outrage. But many states are making it illegal to record those videos, or to mislead employers about one’s intentions when applying for a job. We hear about privacy and property rights, animal rights and the implications for both food safety and the public’s right to know.
States Seek to Ban Undercover Videos of Farm Abuse Sometimes shocking images showing how farm animals are mistreated have led to meat recalls, slaughterhouse closings and even criminal convictions, along with apologies from executives of agricultural firms. In Iowa, Florida, Idaho and Minnesota, the industry is fighting back with efforts to make such investigations illegal. Wayne Pacelle is president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States , and author of The Bond : Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.
Proposition 2 Proposition 2 on next month's statewide ballot would set new standards for confining farm animals, including pregnant pigs, calves raised for veal and egg-laying hens. Veal and pork aren't big business in California, but eggs are a $337 million industry, which involves some 20 million hens. Prop 2 would require that calves, pigs and chickens be confined only in ways that allow them to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely. Violations would be misdemeanors with penalties including fines up to $1000 dollars and/or 180 days in jail.
Vick Indictment Draws Attention to Pit Bull Fighting Michael Vick has been indicted for sponsoring illegal dogfights across state lines. Even the Humane Society says the practices involved were unusually brutal. The indictment against the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons says losing dogs in his operation often died in the pit or were electrocuted, drowned, hanged or shot. The National Football League calls that " cruel and degrading ," but points out that the charges have not been proven. Wayne Pacelle is president of the Humane Society of the United States .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.