After undercover reporters revealed animal cruelty at an Idaho dairy facility, guilty parties moved quickly to address the problem: almost immediately animal agriculture interests in that state introduced a bill to criminalize any reporting of such abuse. Idaho’s ag-gag bill passed the Senate earlier this month, then yesterday cleared the House. Now it only awaits a swipe of the governor’s pen to ensure that criminal prosecution focuses where it belongs: on people who tell you where your food comes from, and what’s done in your name to get it onto your plate.
Last week, the latest in a series of undercover cruelty videos highlighted some of the animal abuse intrinsic to dairy production. Dairy consumption can also cause or aggravate many health problems, and creates enormous environmental pollution. If you’ve been thinking of exploring a dairy-free lifestyle, there’s never been a better time to try it out! Shifting towards a more compassionate, healthy, sustainable dairy-free kitchen doesn’t have to be daunting. Armed with a little knowledge, an adventurous spirit, and some vegan cheesecake recipes, going dairy-free can be surprisingly easy and delicious!
USDA regulators suspended operations at a Hanford, CA dairy-cow slaughterhouse on Monday, after receiving video documentation of rampant cruelty within the facility. Like other recent dairy cruelty scandals brought to light by undercover video, this ugly incident brings the true motive behind ag-gag legislation into sharp focus: any time people see what industrial agriculture does to living things, they are rightfully appalled! This latest example of dairy cruelty also offers an opportunity for consumers to reflect on what is for some an uncomfortable truth: the dairy industry is riddled with hideous and unjustifiable animal cruelty, whatever ‘humane’ label advertisers may slap on the package.