Dr. Howard Hill of Iowa Select Farms responds to undercover video released by Mercy for Animals on June 29. Agritalk reports reactions to the video, information regarding the undercover informant and more.
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- Retailers are MFA’s real target
The Mercy for Animals’ undercover video release on Wednesday was orchestrated specifically to increase pressure on food retailers—in this case, Kroger, Costco, Safeway and Hy-Vee. The animal rights group believes that targeting retailers is a more effective route to initiating change than trying to sway the American public.
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- Video focuses on Iowa Select Farms; industry responds
On Wednesday, Mercy for Animals released the latest undercover video that purports to show “animal abuse” on an Iowa Select Farms’ operation near Kamrar, Iowa. The animal rights group released the video at four consecutive news conferences held in Seattle, Des Moines, Cincinnati and San Francisco, the headquarter cities of Costco, Hy-Vee, Safeway and Kroger.
- Animal welfare group pressures grocers with videos
An animal welfare group that has used undercover videos to generate public outrage over the treatment of livestock said it now plans to use secret recordings to pressure large grocery chains to stop buying from farms that use practices it considers abusive.
- AWI wants retailers to choose meat suppliers on animal welfare criteria
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) wants grocery store and restaurant chains to monitor the animal welfare record of their meat suppliers and refuse to deal with any company that repeatedly violates humane standards.