Laura Bardot
Laura Bardot

What happens when a farm girl kicks her boots off to blend in with radical activists at an animal rights conference?

Laura Bardot, a junior at University of Missouri, has spent the summer interning with the Animal Agriculture Alliance, which led her to attending HSUS’ Taking Action for Animals Conference, and Farm Animal Rights Movement’s 2016 National Animal Rights Conference.

There, she lived incognito, attending sessions such as “The Spirituality of Veganism.”

Aside from finding it painful to clap for speakers spouting off lies about animal agriculture, she found a lot of insight in the experience.

“I learned that most of the animal activists will believe the lies of "factory farming" without ever hearing the truth from farmers themselves,” Bardot says, adding that tactics used to spy on farmers are ruthless and unethical. “From drones, telephoto camera lenses, body cameras and the use of the Freedom of Information Act, activists are willing to stop at nothing to “free” the animals.”

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