National Geographic to air exposé on animal abuse

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National Geographic is airing an undercover exposé on animal abuse and recent “ag gag” laws on July 31. The black screen prefacing the program with the words “Viewer Discretion is Advised” will seemingly set the tone for the rest of the report.

Mariana van Zeller and Darren Foster, a wife and husband team of investigative journalists, used undercover cameras to explore the abusive animal practices at meat and dairy production farms. This undercover operation was conducted with the sponsorship of the Mercy for Animals organization.

In the preview of this program, a representative of Mercy for Animals specifically mentions hog gestation crates and castration without anesthetic as abusive practices. The ethics of gestation crates have been in question lately. Actor Ryan Gosling recently appealed to Canada’s National Farm Animal Care Council to oppose the “iron maidens.” American pork producers argue, however, that they should be able to choose whatever housing system is safest for employees.

This program will address many controversial issues in the agriculture industry, but the question is if the program can accurately convey the farmers’ perspective to viewers. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video may stir up even more ruckus.

In a preview to this program, a National Geographic reporter interviews Kay Johnson Smith, president of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, about “ag gag” laws, which prohibit whistleblowing and undercover journalism in agri-business.

“The American public has really a knowledge gap of farming and ranching,” Smith told National Geographic. “People really don’t have any firsthand knowledge of how farm animals are raised, how their food is produced, so they’re very susceptible to any sort of video or representation presented by these activist groups. They are meant to create distrust and create a lack of confidence.”

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IndianaJohn    
NW Indiana  |  July, 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Yet more commies marching.

pamela flanagan    
houston  |  July, 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

When you have nothing to hide you hide nothing.

Patrick    
Wisconsin  |  July, 25, 2013 at 03:52 PM

Just more re-enforcement of the idea that farms should those little quaint places out in the country where Old McDonald works from sunup to sundown feeding the world by bringing in the sheaths. Anything that upsets that idea is to be hated and distrusted. Little stories like this is not helping anyone but the animal rights industry. Will there be a rebutel? Doubt it. Will there be a call for more ag marketers? Definitely!

michael    
kansas  |  August, 20, 2013 at 09:26 PM

Well, here comes another smear campaign (expose') disguised as "journalism" by those who exploit ignorance and controversy. Their experience in war zones, etc. in corrupt, 3rd world countries is obviously excellent preparation for undercover work in heavily regulated Modern Western Livestock Production. Nice to see both of these semi-Michael Moores have extensive experience with notorious liar and panic monger Al Gore's Current TV... now known as Al Jazeera USA.

michael    
kansas  |  August, 20, 2013 at 09:31 PM

Hey Pamela - I would like to look through your emails, bank records, medical history, mail and phone records. O.K.? I'm sure your purity will shine through and nothing, absolutely nothing, would or could be misinterpreted, misconstrued or misrepresented in a way that would make you look bad or guilty, right? Oh, and how do you feel about the CIA, NSA and DOJ going through your private communications - O.K. with you I betcha'.

michael    
kansas  |  August, 20, 2013 at 09:31 PM

Hey Pamela - I would like to look through your emails, bank records, medical history, mail and phone records. O.K.? I'm sure your purity will shine through and nothing, absolutely nothing, would or could be misinterpreted, misconstrued or misrepresented in a way that would make you look bad or guilty, right? Oh, and how do you feel about the CIA, NSA and DOJ going through your private communications - O.K. with you I betcha'.


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