Should YouTube Have Banned This Animal Cruelty Investigation Video? [Updated]

By: Chris Crum - April 30, 2011

Update 3: A spokesperson for Mercy for Animals tells us, “Nathan [Runkle – Executive Director] says that it appears that YouTube is once again hosting the video, while it appears Vimeo has removed it. They will be communicating with Vimeo, as they did with YouTube, urging them to repost the video.”

Update 2: YouTube tells WebProNews that it does not comment on specific videos, but a spokesperson did give us the following statement:

With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.

Update: Now, the vimeo video embedded in this article says it “no longer exists”. Meanwhile, the video does appear to be back on YouTube, though it comes with a warning. I’ve contacted MFA for more details, and will update accordingly.

In the wake of the infamous elephant-killing video from GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons, there is another disturbing video involving animals making web news. This involves an “undercover investigation” into the practices of E6 Cattle Company in Texas. Mercy for Animals put its investigation footage on YouTube, only to have it removed.

Should YouTube have taken down this video? Tell us what you think.

“Mercy For Animals’ undercover investigation into E6 Cattle Company in Texas continues to be at the center of controversy now that YouTube has banned the video evidence documenting E6 workers committing acts of cruelty and abuse to dairy calves,” a representative for Mercy for Animals tells WebProNews.

“When news of the investigation hit early this week, the price of cattle futures fell, consumers were outraged, the American Veterinary Medical Association issued its condemnation, and agribusiness circled its wagons,” he continues. “YouTube’s notice characterizes the undercover footage as a ‘gross-out video’ that is ‘intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful.'”

“However, YouTube seems to have no qualms about videos glorifying hunting, dogfighting, or similar forms of animal cruelty,” he adds.

The video is below. Be warned, the footage is indeed disturbing.

No Mercy – Calf Farm Cruelty Exposed from Mercy For Animals on Vimeo.

Among the video’s contents (if you don’t want to see it), as listed by MFA:

  • Workers bludgeoning calves in their skulls with pickaxes and hammers – often involving 5 to 6 blows, sometimes more – before rendering the animals unconscious
  • Beaten calves, still alive and conscious, thrown onto dead piles
  • Workers kicking downed calves in the head, and standing on their necks and ribs
  • Calves confined to squalid hutches, thick with manure and urine buildup, and barely large enough for the calves to turn around or fully extend their legs
  • Gruesome injuries and afflictions, including open sores, swollen joints and severed hooves
  • Ill, injured and dying calves denied medical care
  • The budding horns of calves burned out their skulls without painkillers

MFA’s executive director has posted an open letter to YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar about its policies. The organization has shared the letter with WebProNews. Here it is in its entirety (minus the contact info):

Dear Mr. Kamangar:

I am writing on behalf of Mercy For Animals (MFA), a national, non-profit animal protection organization, to ask that you reinstate the “No Mercy – Calf Farm Cruelty Exposed” video on your website. The video can be viewed via Vimeo at www.MercyForAnimals.org/Calves.

Earlier this week, MFA received notification that our undercover investigation video documenting routine abuses of calves raised for the dairy industry at E6 Cattle Company in Texas had been disabled for violation of YouTube Community Guidelines. The notice states: “It’s not okay to post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies or similar things intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful. If a video is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional educational or documentary context and information.”

In keeping with YouTube guidelines, as well as MFA’s mission to educate consumers about modern animal agriculture practices, the video includes documentary context and information in the form of quotes from workers at the facility, explaining why sick and injured calves are neglected without veterinary care, as well as a statement from world-renowned cattle welfare expert and advisor to the USDA Dr. Temple Grandin, condemning the cruel practices at this facility: “It is obvious that both the management and the employees have no regard for animal welfare.”

MFA strongly agrees that videos of cruelty to animals are shocking and disturbing, but in the context of helping to expose and eliminate animal abuse they are extremely important.

Consumers have a right to know how their food is being produced, especially when the production methods are shocking or disturbing, so that they can make informed choices. MFA’s “No Mercy” video opens a critical dialogue about animal use and abuse in our society, as well as pressing social and consumer issues. Without open dialogue in a free society, broken systems remain unchallenged and unchanged.

It seems an obvious contradiction that YouTube censors MFA’s efforts to expose and eliminate cruelty to animals, while continuing to allow highly sanitized meat, dairy and egg industry propaganda videos that promote killing animals for profit, and countless sensationalized prohunting videos that glamorize gleeful hunters mercilessly maiming and killing animals for “sport.” YouTube was awarded a 2008 Peabody Award and cited as “a ‘Speakers’ Corner’ that both embodies and promotes democracy.” Silencing one side of the debate over how farmed animals should be treated flies in the face of democracy. YouTube seems to be sending a message that hurting animals for fun or profit is acceptable but speaking out against such abuses is not.

We understand that the “No Mercy” video documenting E6 workers bashing in the skulls of calves with hammers and pickaxes, dragging them by their ears, standing on their necks, burning them, and neglecting them to die without veterinary care is shocking and horrifying to most people. The “No Mercy” video was posted on YouTube precisely to draw public attention to this important case and give people the opportunity to learn about and speak out against cruelty to animals, and to use their democratic voices to help pass laws to prevent such shocking and disturbing abuses from occurring in the future.

MFA’s groundbreaking investigations have a long history of leading to successful criminal prosecutions of animal abusers, raids of factory farms, corporate animal welfare policy reforms and increased legal protection for animals – all testament to the crucial role these videos play in preventing cruelty and educating consumers.

For example, as a result of our Conklin Dairy investigation that was widely viewed on YouTube and exposed animals being beaten in the face with metal pipes, repeatedly stabbed with pitchforks, having their tails broken, and being kicked, thrown, and punched by employees, a farm worker was arrested and charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals, numerous dairy suppliers ended their relationships with the facility, support was generated for a statewide animal protection initiative, and consumers nationwide learned about the dark side of dairy production.

A 2009 MFA investigation at an egg farm in Maine, which was posted on YouTube, prompted the Maine Department of Agriculture and state police to raid the farm on grounds of cruelty to animals. Grocery chains nationwide dropped the farm as an egg supplier and, as part of a landmark civil settlement, the mega-farm pleaded guilty to 10 counts of cruelty to animals, agreed to pay over $130,000 in fines and restitution, and handed over authority to the state of Maine to conduct unannounced inspections of the facility for the following five years.

The “No Mercy” video posted on YouTube is part of MFA’s important mission to educate consumers and bring justice to animals who are routinely tortured and killed in factory farms and slaughterhouses. It is vital to our efforts to hold the E6 Cattle Company and its owner accountable for egregious cruelty to animals and that the public be able to access and disseminate this video.

We respectfully request that the “No Mercy” video be reinstated on YouTube as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Nathan Runkle
Executive Director

“It’s especially galling that YouTube removed the video at a time when legislators in several states (Minnesota, Iowa and Florida) are attempting to criminalize undercover investigations like MFA’s, which have exposed animal abuse, assisted law enforcement, and helped assure food safety,” the representative says. “Factory farms need more transparency and scrutiny, not less.”

Whatever your position is on all of that, the whole thing does raise questions about YouTube’s own strategy, particularly as it gets more into both citizen journalism and the movie business. As you know, movie content is also often disturbing. In fact, there’s a whole genre dedicated to that emotion. It’s called horror. Where will the line be drawn on that? Currently, the NC-17-rated “The Gore Gore Girls” is feature in YouTube’s movie offerings. It could definitely be considered a “gross out movie”. I’ve seen it. It’s by H.G. Lewis, if that tells you anything. He’s often credited as the “Godfather of Gore”.

Often, reality is more disturbing than fiction, and video is a big part of journalism. YouTube has encouraged citizen journalism, even starting its own citizen news channel. Will this be compromised if the footage isn’t family-friendly?

Currently, there is still a broadcast news clip featuring edited footage from the E6 investigation video on YouTube.

Should YouTube have banned this video? Comment here. ]

Chris Crum

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  • http://www.jordankasteler.com Jordan Kasteler

    No way! If the nature of what we eat is so violent and horrific that we can’t even show it on YouTube then we should be deeply reconsidering what we eat.

    Also, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that display these atrocities as well such as “Meet your Meat” so I don’t see what the issue is with this one.

    • Rob

      Shut up and save the calfs

  • Keith Flotte

    BY ALL MEANS THEY SHOULD HAVE BANNED IT!

    • harriet

      WHY???????

    • http://beaelliott.blogspot.com/ Bea Ⓥ Elliott

      Please expound on why you believe in censorship? Thanks.

      • Sara

        He prob works at E6

    • Rob

      I’m with you save the calfs

  • Matt Letten

    Absolutely not.

    This undercover video is clearly shown in a documentary style, educational fashion. It is the unfortunate horrific truth behind the dairy industry.

    How hypocritical to ban this video, while actively hosting videos making dairy and meat companies look wholesome, showing a nice little cut of meat on your plate and a smiling family. This is the truth. The truth should be told.

  • Like Woah

    That was incredibly hard to watch. I didn’t even make it through the whole thing.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Understandable.

    • harriet

      Watch from “Farm to Fridge”. If you think this video on calves was bad, you won’t even believe what this one shows, it’s horrific, but it’s the TRUTH about our society- disgusting

    • Rob

      I only got through a quarter of it it’s so horrible

  • Jack Carone

    This is in no way a ‘gross-out” video, whose intent is shock for shock’s sake. This is a serious and grim expose of a huge industry’s unacceptable violence. It is an industry that is, unfortunately, financed and supported by a majority of consumers, who deserve to know what they are abetting, and to have a response to the information. The fact that it is so difficult to watch is, in itself, proof that it is something that should be seen and dealt with.

  • http://www.foodispower.org loraxkat

    I echo other comments that this video was done in an educational manner, exposing the realities of the dairy industry. It’s absurd for YouTube to have banned this video. Kudos to Vimeo and other video sites for remaining censorship-free on important issues.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      It is an interesting point that vimeo is allowing it while YouTube’s not.

  • holly wilson

    Hello Chris,
    Thank you for this opportunity to speak on behalf of the voiceless. Banning the latest undercover video from Mercy For Animals is an infringement of our basic freedoms as American citizens. How our food is made should not be kept cloaked in a veil of secrecy. Animal agriculture is subsidized by our government, and I am infuriated that my tax dollars are contributing to the confinement and torture of sentient beings. We as a species have evolved in terms of technology and knowledge- but remain in the dark ages in regards to our food choices. If there were undercover footage obtained from a strawberry processing plant- I hardly think anyone would bat an eyelash.
    Furthermore, YouTube has easily available videos on dog fighting, the rodeo, even animal slaughter. Why was this particular video from Mercy For Animals banned? The video should absolutely be reinstated.
    Thank you.

  • http://www.reversestreetads.com Mike

    Absolutely not! We have the right to know what goes on with these cattle & other farms. When I saw the picture in this story, I knew what was going to happen so I didn’t even want to watch the video.

    There was a similar video posted online a while back about the inhumane abuse of cattle. They should have passed a law just as soon after the video was released but it seems like getting congress to agree on anything these days is useless. All they wanna do is argue over every issue that comes to congress.

    I think they should investigate the FDA. They put enough sugar, sodium and other processed chemicals in the food we eat. No wonder they’re are so many people with health problems in the US.

  • Laura Farrell RN

    I also found the video extremely hard to watch; however, I found it very educational. I never knew where my food came from, or how the animals were treated. In a country like the US where we pamper our pets, I assumed we treated farm animals humanely. I was soooo disappointed to learn the truth. That being said, I have changed my life and my thinking on this subject. I will never buy another animal product until the industry changes.

    I believe the issues here as far as banning this video screams censorship to me. why would you tube allow videos of puppies being thrown from bridges, torture of animals, raping of animals, fighting of dogs, hunting of deer and fish etc etc etc and not allow a video that is designed to educate. It makes me question if AG has you tube in their pocket.

    I am a registered nurse and my eyes were opened to the disgusting unsanitary conditions on factory farms and IMO these places are a huge health risk.

    why would anyone want less rather than more transparency in regards to how their food is processed? e.coli salmonella MRSA? do we really want to be eating these diseases because of the filth?

    we need more transparency not less. shame on you, you tube!

    • harriet

      Laura- you have made the best choice you will ever make in your life. I am a new vegan after also discovering the cruelties that go on in U.S. farms and slaughterhouse, and I have never been happier. And this video isn’t even the worst of it, I promise you. People need to be educated on these issues, because clearly there are sooooo many people, like you and i, who have NO idea about the truth of where their food comes from. Please continue to do what you’re doing, it may be hard at first but it’s well worth it and there are sooooo many vegan options that are delicious, healthy, and non-harmful!! Thank you.

  • Liz

    It absolutely should not have been banned. I hope that YouTube realizes the error of their ways on this one and the video is again posted on their site.

  • linda

    No way should the vidoes be removed . People might want to know the routine torture of sentient beings especially if they eat them. If they don’t want to watch knowing its graphic then no one forced them to do so .

  • andi hayes

    No, this should not have been banned on Youtube! Hundreds of videos depicting disturbing and shocking treatment of animals in hunting and dogfighting videos are still allowed on Youtube. It’s crystal clear why only this one was banned — because of the pressure from meat & dairy farms who have something to hide with the appalling cruelties that go on behind closed doors. This banning also sets a dangerous precedent and a slippery slope of whistleblowing becoming criminalized while the abusers continue to make profits with no repercussions for their illegal and despicable behavior. The public has a right to know!

  • http://mightyfleissradio.wordpress.com/ Glen Naughty

    No censorship! Tried 2 watch butt way 2 gross. Reminds me of that Hallmark animal abuse in California by PETA although more graphic. Still, a stern warning of it’s content is adequate as 2 the nature of it’s animal abuse cause; it’s disrurbing 4 sure

    Self censorship like GoDaddy.com elephant killing is obviously meant 2 soften the impact (after the PR backfire), while exposing abuse of another immoral company is another matter, should not be censored 2 gain maximum impact, assuming it’s the real thing

  • Jack Styles

    This video should not have been banned from youtube, the consumers of the world deserve to know where their food comes from and this is preventing that from happening.

  • http://www.dunwelldoughnuts.com Daniel Dunbar

    I’m so let down by Youtube for removing this video. Though I understand that the video is graphic, and youtube has an open policy about certain kinds of explicit violence being posted, the nature of this video is completely different. This is not recreational footage, uploaded by some masochist in order to get laughs from friends. This is an important documentation of the reality behind the dairy industry.
    This was also a tremendous opportunity for Youtube to show that it isn’t just about tween girl music videos, and slapstick humor. This was an opportunity for Youtube to expand itself as a prominent networking site and media for social and political change. I’m afraid that by removing this video Youtube is not taking its potential seriously.

  • Jack

    Where is this society going to.. when they question the video and not the content.. I mean Why would they kill them like that?? I am shaking as I am writing this.. YouTube has no right to choose content for me!! these stupid websites, that’s right, only established domain names.. think they are now in control of what we get to watch and learn.. just like the damn media!! lets not forget that we make you, who you are.. you work for us.. I hate anyone who tries to stop others from doing good! Anyone who thinks this video should be banned and not the process of killing these animals in this cruel way, then I only hope you will watch a family member of yours get their head bashd in like that!! sick world!! sick!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dsimon1027 Dave Simon

    No, YouTube should not have removed this video. Conditions in factory farms are disgusting, but those facilities are responsible for 99% of the meat eaten in the U.S. People need to know. These kinds of abuse are not anomalies – they’re regular occurrences.

  • Heather Leughmyer

    Shame on YouTube for banning the TRUTH and supressing freedom of speech! This is an outrage!

  • Yvonne

    The video should not have been banned. While shocking, it’s clear that shock value, sensationalism, and disrespect were NOT the reasons behind its posting. It’s abundantly clear that the reason for its posting is to expose the horrific abuse factory-farmed animals suffer, and to inform the public so they are more empowered when deciding what to support with their dollars. Beyond that, prosecution of those responsible for this abuse is being pursued. Lastly, Mercy for Animals satisfied YouTube’s requirements by presenting the footage in documentary context and with additional information, including quotes from renowned authorities. It’s clear MFA’s motives do not come even remotely close to the qualities YouTube has cited as the basis for prohibiting a video. Given this, YouTube has no justification whatsoever in removing this video.

  • http://cheapoilchanges.net pricehunter

    This makes some stop eating meat and that hurts these huge corporate interests.

    I have known a some who have stopped eating meet because people like the ones in this video act like children and not men.

    ” 18 For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” King Solomon -Ecclesiastes –

    It is now just here but horrible things are going on all the time in almost every place. Mankind is not good.

  • Linda Nelson

    Youtube was wrong to ban this video. MFA has bravely revealed what happens behind closed doors in our nation’s factory farms. The fact that this E6 video shows the ugly truth is reason to promote it as opposed to banning it. For too long the powerful meat and dairy industries have been allowed to profit by forcing animals to endure unspeakable horrors. For too long people have purchased their sanitized carton of milk or styrofoam package of hamburger while being completely unaware of how those foods were produced. The information provided to people has been one-sided for too long. We need to see the actual images in order to make the correct moral choices. This film is so disturbing because real animals are suffering through these really cruel acts! To hide it is to deny this suffering and to deny our responsibility to change it.

  • paul

    NO WAY should this video be banned! it is cruel, distasteful and difficult to watch, but so are so many other aspects of life which are chronicled with glee on youtube. the video should be seen by all who eat or wear animals, so that they may know what potentially happens every time they support an industry which is known for its cruelty.

  • Brittany

    NO! This video should NOT be banned! Everyone should watch it and be informed about what really goes on. We can’t just keep living pretending that animals on farms live happy lives, and are well taken care of. The consumers need to know the Truth!

  • c CHO

    NO>WAY! SHAME ON YOUTUBE.

  • SK

    Absolutely not – it’s shameful that this video was taken down while videos of outright abuse and torture remain. You have to wonder what Google/Youtube’s motives were here.

  • Tracey

    I think YouTube sold out freedom of speech for a price. I would not be surprised if Big Agribusiness was behind this decision. Money talks and YouTube was bought to silence Mercy for Animals. Mercy for Animals goes to great lengths to expose animal cruelty. The factory farm industry is already trying to stop them and others by making undercover investigative videos illegal and punishable under the law. Now, they are putting pressure on entities as “YouTube” to silence the whistle blowers. People have a right to know what they are purchasing and given the choice, I belive people would choose compassion over animal cruelty. The industry believes this also, but instead of reforming their cruel practices they are trying to hide them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001119697316 Marina

    This video needs to back up and stay back up.

    The content of this video is FACT this is what goes on…..people need to see this and face up to the cost of their desire to eat meat.

  • Anne Hoffman

    This is what the public SHOULD be seeing before they consume their animal products. THIS is the undeniable (and ever so sad) truth.

  • Lee Vester

    They should not have banned it. This is journalistic, not gross-out. And it won’t be long before the free press can’t do that if the anti-whistleblower bills in Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida pass.

  • harriet

    It is essential that this video and others like it be posted on YouTube and other websites for the U.S population to see the cruelty and abuse that goes on EVERY DAY. People need to see how the animals they eat are abused, tortured, neglected, and most of all, SUFFERING. It is disgusting, horrifying, demeaning, and completely immoral and inhumane what these farmers do to these animals. BOYCOTT CRUELTY, GO VEGAN!!! It is the only way to decrease the number of animals being tortured, and people need to be educated about the abuse that goes on at these farms and slaughterhouses. Would you want your dog or cat to be abused and maltreated in this way?? I DON’T THINK SO. So why kill one and eat the other???!!! GO VEGAN.

  • Sue McGuey

    This video should not have been banned…..It is an educational eye opener! The public should be aware of the horrific treatment these animals endure & the conditions they are forced to be in!!!The saying “The Truth Hurts” comes to mind….. makes you wonder as to whom the TRUTH of this video is hurting!!!!!!!!!WE, should decide what is inappropriate NOT Youtube!!!!This video should be put back UP!!

  • Laura Bruess

    Absolutely not. This is the truth, and people need to see it. As a vegan, I can watch a video of where the food comes from that I eat. Anyone who eats animals and dairy should be made to watch. Know the sadness of what you are doing. See it. Change. It’s simple.

  • Isobelle

    NO WAY!!!! PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THE TRUTH!!!

  • Beth

    Youtube allows people to post videos that endorse hunting, beastiality, violence, and other offensive subject matters. Youtube has no place censoring live footage of cruetly to non human animals that educate people about the inhumane, unforgivable treatment of the animals that will eventually end up on peoples plates, and in stores covered in plastic. The TRUTH must be permitted to be seen. This is the gross reality; and not videos for entertainment selfish entertainment purposes.

  • Meredith Weiss

    I think the MFA video should be shown. If it’s so horrific – why are we allowing it to happen? This IS real life.

  • http://www.henleylaw.com Cynthia Henley

    While I could not watch much of the video, it definitely needed and continues to need to be shared. People think the business of slaughter is a nice, wholesome situation. WRONG! Animals are tortured and abused all over the world – these just got caught on video – becoming “dinner” for the masses. If people do not want to watch it, they have the ability to click off. But information needs to be available.

  • Swartz

    People should know where their meat comes from. Only the meat industry does not want them to know.

  • Eddie Plotts

    I am a huge fan of youtube. However, their decision to remove the MFA undercover footage is outrageous. In fact, youtube could easily be seen as taking sides with the animal abusers. MFA’s footage is not showing horrific images of animal cruelty and killing with the goal of making money or gaining some kind of self satisfaction. Instead, the organization’s goal is to expose this inhumane treatment of animals through undercover footage. Please youtube, don’t be coplicit with this abhorrent behavior shown in this video. Thank you!

  • Debbie Peterson

    First of all You Tube management are Hypocrites to allow elephant killing and dog fighting and not a legit peace of journelism is absurd!!! Secondly, it appears they are afraid of big AGRICULTURE and the Thugs that commit these CRIMES aganinst innocent Calves!!! Thirdly turning a BLIND eye to the Slaughter Industry because they know they are part of the Problem and want to continue eating animals regardless of how farm animals are treated!!! Extremely disappointed in you tube.

  • Jennifer

    The video should absolutely NOT have been banned.

  • Crystal Foley

    Apparently youtube is pro animal abuse. They have just made that abundantly clear. They allow postings of videos condoning abuse of animals via hunting, fighting, rodeo, etc and are removing video exposing abuse on factory farms. Their actions also make one wonder who they have ties with and what pressure they’ve caved to.

    youtube absolutely should NOT have removed this video, nor should they remove any video exposing abuse … for all of the obvious, humane, conscientious and legal reasons.

  • http://beaelliott.blogspot.com/ Bea Ⓥ Elliott

    It’s absurd that youtube removed this video. It only shows how truly horrible the TRUTH is! So sad that they don’t give a second thought to all the fish and mammal hunting videos that are equally as barbaric and cruel… People who resist exposing these atrocities done to “food animals” and those who refuse to adjust their lives accordingly, will go down in history as the last vestiges of archaic, fossilized, non-thinking, unevolved minds. Youtube will not stop the age of information- It will only be re-directed to someplace else with higher standards of integrity for allowing honest facts their due place on the web.

  • kannan

    Please stop these nonsence, God please guide me to fight against these Devils

    • lisa shapiro

      hi kannan, the best way to “fight against these Devils” is to go vegan! it’s easy and delicious and it’s never been more urgent.

  • http://Care2.com Toni Hoffman

    What is it with Google and animals? I have signed 4 petitions and written 2 emails since yesterday about their offering a dog fighting video game (Dog Wars) on their Android Apps Marketplace. Now they are BANNING a video showing actual animal cruelty and abuse? REALLY makes me re-consider my loyalty to Google.

    ABSOLUTELY YES — had this video not been posted, the shameful practices of this cattle ranch would not have been known and publicized so vigorously.

  • Lisamarie

    These types of videos-called REALITY–should be REQUIRED viewing for those who support these industries! It’s HIGH PAST TIME we starting MAKING those who eat animals see a WAKE UP CALL as to just what they are supporting every time they buy that gallon of milk or order that hamburger! Things like this NEED to be seen, no matter how upsetting. This way we can have the opportunity to be empowered to CHANGE our way of eating-and thinking-when it comes to other sensient, living, and feeling beings.

  • CJD

    I have seen many videos on YouTube, some of which are violent. The only difference between those and this undercover video is that this was not simulated violence, but is actual violence – which is precisely the reason why it and others like it need to be shown to the public. These videos exposing cruelty are not posted for some sick voyeuristic thrill, but to bring these horrible acts out into the light for all consumers to see and hopefully to enact change.

    No being deserves what these defenseless creatures went through. Banning these videos encourages the abuse and violence to continue behind the shield of closed doors. Don’t let that happen.

  • http://none Olivia Seynaeve

    It looks like the farm factories extreme lobbying to cover up the structural and extreme animal cruelty committed on sentient beings is paying of.

    It’s outrageous that You Tube is banning this video!

    Everyone has the right to know what is happening behind the wall of these farm factories, so that they can decide for themselves if the are still willing to financially support the atrocities through buying meat of these severely abused baby’s.

  • Denise

    I’m really disappointed that YouTube censored this MFA video. Sure, the content was graphic and uncomfortable to watch but it was an educational documentary. Isn’t part of the reason rules against videos depicting graphic violence are enacted to protect the well-being of the subjects being filmed? The aim of MFA’s video was not to entertain via gratuitous violence but to educate and spread awareness of the standardized abuses suffered by farmed animals.

  • Janis

    yes, there is no excuse for animal abuse.

    • Sara

      Youre right, there is NO excuse and hopefully you also meant no to ban such videos. People should be aware of the industry’s guilt and we should stand up to it and hold them accountable. This abhorrent cruelty must stop.

  • Brian Wilson

    Absolutely not! This is blatant censorship of a very serious issue.

    Youtube has no problem showing pornography or letting users litter the site with profanity-laden comments, but they won’t permit a well-done documentary showing animal cruelty which the agriculture industry is trying to hide? This is something people NEED to see, not run away from. SHAME on Youtube!!

  • Wendy Cleaver

    There is a ‘bug’ in youtube’s system and it is Google! Why would you ban videos of obvious cruelty? We the public need to see what goes on behind closed doors, evil has no place being hidden and you are doing just that.
    Please restore the videos from Mercy for Animals to Youtube.

    We have a choice whether to watch or not. You are giving the public NO choice.

    Someone has gotten to you haven’t they? Stand up Google and stop being a coward!

  • http://AsTheRoosterCrowsRescueandSanctuary Sheila Ray

    This video exposes cruelty which happens on a daily basis in an industry that provides food for the public. This was not glorifing violence. This was reporting violence. We watch violent news reports all the time. It would be appropriate to warn the viewer, giving the viewer a choice, which is more than you get on TV, but that is all. It should be posted for the benefit of public awareness.

  • Joe Espinosa

    No, MFA’s video should have not been banned. People deserve the option of seeing how animal agriculture operates.

  • Debra Libby

    If you tube wants to ban the very videos that can help put a stop to this madness and bring public awareness,then they should consider themselves part of the problem to hide this dispicable act of cruelty!! I would think that they would want to play a roll in advocating humane policies. It would only suggest that they are compassionate concerned individuals!!!

  • Sara

    CNN HLN’s wonderful Jane Velez-Mitchell played the footage, why can’t YouTube keep it on their site? What a shame they took it down. In addition to writing our opposition here, we should all be writing to YouTube to back up MFA’s letter. That video should be shown and they never should have deleted it in the first place.

    Chris, I’d like to know: what are you going do with all these comments? Will you suggest to youtube’s CEO to allow such educational videos? It’s likely he won’t individually read this blog of comments. Someone in the business should have a friendly chat with him. Maybe you could send him Jane’s piece and have that posted, too.

  • Sara

    One more thing, Chris. This decision by YouTube clearly shows they are part of the cover up. They should be reminded there is a bill to try to ban undercover videos. By banning such undercover videos themselves, is YouTube therefore supporting such a bill? If undercover ops are banned inside the animal industry why shouldn’t undercover be banned for every other industry/situation. They won’t have many videos to post at all then. They should take a stance at least on this bill issue by showing the video and portraying that they would keep such undercover work on their site. Otherwise in my opinion Salar is right there next to these guys kicking the calves.

  • http://theveeword.blogspot.com Rhea

    YouTube should NOT have banned this video. The footage was only documenting the truth. People have the right to know what is going on at these farms. If YouTube thinks the tape was “too shocking,” why are there videos of dogfighting and other forms of animal abuse? Is it ok to show animal abuse when it’s considered entertainment (which is just sick) but not when it’s too uncover lies? This film is extremely educational and certainly doesn’t show the worst of what happens.

    YouTube is just helping to hide the truth from the public and is thereby, perpetuating this kind of behavior. Put it back up!!

  • lisa shapiro

    Outrageous that (NOT!) YOU Tube removed this important and educational undercover video, and because of it I am removing all my business with them and taking it to VIMEO.

    • Tina Volpe

      Oh Lisa – I think I’ll join you unless this decision is revoked…

    • Laura Farrell RN

      great idea and dont forget to stop using google, they are the same company. i for one am going to find a new search engine if they dont put that video back up. it seems blatantly obvious to me that their sponsors told them to remove it, ie the dairy industry, so if we stop using their services, before long they wont need to worry what their sponsors think because millions of people will go somewhere else.
      im also going to go to another video site and pull my stuff off you tube.

  • Tina Volpe

    Absolutely not, why should YouTube ban something that is reality, which could help animals suffer less by informing others of what they endure… and what happened to our constitution – it seems our constitutional rights are only available to us when someone else decides they are… that is ethically and legally wrong – expression is a human right.

  • Annoula Wylderich

    I feel it is irresponsible and hypocritical for YouTube to not permit the Mercy for Animals investigative video to be displayed. The public has a right and a desire to be informed. YouTube does not seem to have a problem allowing other forms of disturbing videos to be submitted to their site. I have to wonder what or WHO is influencing them to deny MFA the same rights. This is a true injustice to everyone, animals and the public alike. Very disappointing.

  • Deirdre Wilczak

    Our human world is so masked in untruths and cover-ups. If we don’t expose the inhumanity of farm factory existence for millions of animals not to mention the abuse towards wildlife and domestics alike~ nothing will ever change;it will only get worse.Yes- present these videos, yes- educate the public with the shocking truth, yes -give our representatives solid evidence that these atrocities do go on and only through legislation will the perpetrators ever be held accountable.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/should-youtube-have-banned-this-animal-cruelty-investigation-video-2011-04#comments jim & pat

    why would you ban something that shows how cruel we can be..
    Humane Euth. is something that should and could have been done

  • http://webpronews marvin lautt

    youtube needs absolute transparency if the website is to be truly reflective of the range of current opinion. so, in furthering this aim, the animal cruelty video should not have been banned, but allowed to remain in order that viewers’ opinion be expressed.

  • Paul K

    No. They should not have banned this video.

  • Lisa

    No, YouTube should not have banned this video. People need to be made aware of the horrific treatment of animals on factory farms. It is senseless and barbaric the way this animals are treated.

  • Eva

    No..People should be made aware of these atrocities!

  • Big G.

    This is outrageous that a video like this has been banned. Should the truth be banned? C’mon folks it is obvious that the animal industry do not want you to see this. If it it not obvious than good luck in life.

    You can put your head in the sand but realize while you do this your being part of the problem. If you still do eat meat at least have the courtesy to watch what does go on. This way you can decide wether or not it is worth it for them and you.

  • Laura Farrell RN

    if the movie was 3 min long it is back on you tube. im not sure if it is the same movie. this is what i searched for : No Mercy – Calf Farm Cruelty Exposed

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      I’ve reached out for comment. Thanks.

  • Eric Mills

    Shame on YouTube!

    This horrendous should be the lead story on every TV news program in the country. Only public outrage will stop these abuses. Nor is this recent Texas atrocity an anomaly. Such abuses are commonplace throughout the industry, often involving powerless illegal immigrants. Hell, Upton Sinclair wrote about this more than a century ago, in his book, “The Jungle.”

    If the animals must suffer these crimes, at the VERY LEAST the public must bear witness. And it’s the media’s duty to show this footage.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Mills, coordinator
    ACTION FOR ANIMALS
    Oakland

  • Katherine

    YouTube should not have banned this video. It’s sickening to watch, but it’s important for people to see what really goes on (as opposed to those silly propaganda videos on YouTube that are put out by animal ag firms). I am really disappointed with this decision and feel that YouTube is being irresponsible.

  • AlexK

    No, it should not have been banned. People have the right to see the truth of what is happening to ‘food’ animals. What should be banned, is the killing! It’s like YouTube is saying ‘it’s okay that it happens, but not okay that anybody knows about it’. WHOSE interests are being served by YouTube, and why? They allow hunting videos.

  • Kelly Carson

    Youtube has joined the attempts at legislation to ban hidden videos. We’ve all noticed the braggart hunter videos that are left up despite MANY complaints of animal cruelty. The Mercy for Animals video didn’t last 24 hours. Youtube needs to go public with their reasons for this decision.

  • Steve Miller

    I completely agree with Daniel Dunbar. I consider myself a pretty big fan of YouTube. I go on there daily to check out whatever: music videos, live concert footage, old TV show footage, etc. I am become aware of groups like ALF due to the footage posted on YouTube. However, this removal of this important footage of the atrocities in the dairy industry may be enough for me to put a boycott on YouTube for awhile. I always loved YouTube for the free range of videos they have to view for pleasure as well as education, as well as reading the comments everyone leaves on there with different opinions. For them to remove a video that could clearly change people’s minds on dairy is beyond a mistake.

  • Veda Stram

    NO, this video should not be banned from YouTube.

    If you are going to eat animals, you need to see the truth about the industry that “provides” those “products.”

    Veganism is soooooooooooo wonderful and easy and clean and mahvelous!

  • Stephanie

    No it should not have been banned – flag it as adult content if anything and make people sign in per usual, but ban, no.

  • Joe

    Lots of killers right there. If they killed and abuse animals like that they would kill a human beings and have a party afterwards.

    • Jean Bird

      TO JOE: yes, totally agree. The ‘people’ work at these horrendous factories and do these things are sick in the head and obviously enjoy it or they wouldn’t do it. As you say, the worrying thing is that when this doesn’t sate their desire they will probably turn to human abuse as this level is where most serial killers start (with animals).

  • Pixelmovement

    While I don’t agree with what’s going on in this video, I’m not going to stop eating meat. I’d like to think there’s a more humane way to obtain meat. Eating other animals is pretty natural. Also, plants are pretty alive too, bro.

    P.S. Hamburgers are the shiznit.

  • Bill

    Maybe YouTube is worried about getting sued. Remember the Oprah thing in Texas? And all she did was to say that she might stop eating beef. The law there says that you can’t do anything to harm the industry. With laws like that one, and the ones being proposed that were mentioned here, we won’t be able to even criticize ANY industry. Censorship of this sort is wrong. And YouTube is wrong. This makes them an accomplice. To paraphrase, all it takes for evil to triumph is for people to be silent (or silenced).

  • http://www.myrtlebeachwebdesign.com Jan

    I’m all into animal activism, and tried to watch it. I couldn’t get past the first 2-3 minutes. This is really too horrific to be on a public video site like YouTube. Children and young teens are on there, and it was so bad that it tore ME up…they should not be able to accidentally run across such a video.

    I would suggest them editing the video enough to get the point across without actually showing the animal fully being murdered so badly. For those who do want to see the full video, it’s easy enough to include a link to the unedited version.

    I hope these people are jailed and vilified by all for their evilness. But I can see YouTube’s point as well. It’s not an appropriate venue.

  • Ron Judge

    More Vegan garbage using someones cruelty to press there vegetarian view point.

    • Jean Bird

      To Ron Judge: not at all we don’t all have to be vegans or vegetarians to know that these practices are wrong. Where is your compassion for your food. I don’t have a problem with eating meat but I do have a problem with the way they are reared, mistreated and slaughtered. It wasn’t meant to be like this. This is what ‘man’s’ greed to make mega bucks at the expense of animal welfare has done unfortunately.

  • http://www.pagercall.co.uk Chris Hawkins

    As someone from outside of the US it is dissapointing that the so called land of free speach tollerates companies banning what is clearly a video intended to make consumers aware of just how their food is produced and the sacrifices made. YouTube should be ashamed! But then when has morals ever got in the way of money?

  • http://www.fasttrackonline.co.uk/ Jenny

    Once censorship starts, where does it end?

    I’m sure we could all find videos on Youtube we’d rather weren’t there, but if Youtube was “sanitized” what would we be left with? Another piece of dumbed-down PC correctness?

    “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall

    I definitely think this video should be in the Youtube 18+ restricted area, but removing it would be wrong.

  • Rhonda Lepsch

    YouTube you should have left it posted. Transparency is the only way this sort of cruelty will be exposed. People have the right to know where their food comes from. I have lived outside the US for 20 years and have seen cruelty to animals that is unbearable in developing countries in Asia, but you just don’t expect this to happen in the USA. Sad, just so very sad.

  • Andy Martin

    I do not agree that YouTube should have removed the video, otherwise YouTube is guilty of double-standards. YouTube should be unequivocal in it’s stance against animal cruelty & so should every other media platform. This is a cross-platform/cross-political/international issue & the protection of animals (including those in the aquatic realms) should be rigorously enforced. Censoring of such video investigations & revelations serves to suppress further the truth & goes against the best interests of the general public. By extension, those who do not partake in exposing the problem are themselves part of the problem, given that the problem has been advised. If not, then a case could be argued for ‘guilt by silence’. YouTube is in a unique position to bring this matter into the wider public focus & should take the moral high ground.

    “The assumption that animals are without rights & the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity & barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” – Arthur Schopenhauer.

  • G

    It seems Google has lost it’s way when it comes to morality and animals.
    It’s perfectly happy for people to promote dog fighting on its Android App shop but not happy for a charity to inform and educate when a company fails its duty of care to animals and customers by ignoring all codes of conduct on YouTube.
    Whilst Google makes up its mind on where it stands vis-a-vis morality it should remove its ‘don’t do evil’ commitment and only reinstall it when appropriate.
    PS As far as I know Google has not responded to any of the tens of thousands of people who’ve contacted it re dog wars… how long can a company prosper whilst it considers itself intellectually and morally above its customers?

  • http://www.snerdey.com Snerdey

    The video is not what should be banned. Those dairy farmers are making a mint. I don’t understand why it’s allowed to continue. This is an horrific behind the scenes video of “bad farmers” and their dirty, filthy little secrets.

    Why ban the video, isn’t the real issue here the violent dairy farm employees and owners?

  • Eric Frei

    It should not be banned. The removal of evidence will only hide further atrocities.

  • http://www.info@livexports.com Wendy Lewthwaite

    An Open Letter to Mr Kamangar

    Dear Mr. Kamangar:

    I am writing on behalf of (PALE) People Against Live Exports in conjunction with RSPCA QLD regarding your policy to remove video footage posted on You Tube which was posted on your site to educate the public of urgent needs to improve standards of animal welfare.

    In particular our NFP organization was curious to know why nobody contacted us about removing the video – before they did so.

    We see this as an attempt to A tamper with Freedom of speech and B a blatant attempt to mislead the public by gagging the truth.

    It is beyond the PALE that your You Tube should actively set out to interfere with the legal body’s appointed world in their tireless efforts to carry out their work to expose cruelty to animals.

    We respectfully request that the “No Mercy” video be reinstated on YouTube as soon as possible and also the PALE footage on live exports.

    Also pls disclose to us if any partner or staffer in you tube has vetted interests in animal slaughter business.

    There is something in my opinion very sinister behind you tube removing videos to educate the public about animal welfare.

    W Lewthwaite

  • Margaret Reinders

    I do not agree with YouTube taking down this video as cruelty to animals can only be stopped if people are made aware of the sort of abuse that animals are subjected to, particularly in the farming industry.

  • ken

    You people ever been outside the city limits? Stop in at a meat packing plant sometime. McDonalds and other fast food establishments advertize in local rural newspapers looking for crippled and downed cows.

  • Kate

    I do not think the video should have been removed. Provided there is a warning about the content, people should be left to make up their own minds – they are not forced to watch.

    The important part is that the cruelty stops: I am grateful to those who have exposed this so called, ‘farming’. America should be ashamed – very ashamed and with some urgency tighten its animal welfare policy and improve policing. We farm so I am well placed to comment and I find this level of cruelty shameful and sickening. Every animal, regardless of its purpose, should be treated with respect: there is no excuse for anything less.

  • Ellen

    I think it is ridiculous that YouTube will take down videos exposing this sort of behaviour towards animals, filmed to show people what happens to these animals in an educational way, but when it comes to someone filming themselves abusing animals for their and other people’s enjoyment, they are not taken down, and have to be ‘flagged’ first. How does this make any sense?

  • stephen

    No, it should not be banned, let us all see the sickening behaviour. I hope that those responsible for this inhumane slaughter get prosecuted. I also hope that the regulatory authorities do their job

  • Gigi

    yes anything that cruel should be banned if a few short words like go here
    and click on link “” and then lead to click on link”” to see it if you want to ,& click here to make a donation to end ::::::
    but having it show up on my page with other very sweet , loving pictures and messages was a bit too much I did not want to see it and did not help in any way for me to see it ,I felt it took from my personal choice not to see
    things like that , I turn those things off when they show up on the t.V…

    • Jeanette

      I can’t agree with hiding it. Most issues go ignored because they are simply labeled “click here” and have a nice day. A lot of nothing has happening in this world because of this philosophy. The in your face, wow!!, where did this come from?, and wow!!, that is just wrong and someone needs some serious jail time.

    • Jean Bird

      yes, and that is exactly why it continues, because people think that if they don’t see it, then it’s not happening. Well if you eat meat then you should know what these poor animals go through just so that you can enjoy your Sunday joint or your celebratory steak.

  • http://www.parosweb.com Nicolas Stephanou

    Clearly not. It looks like Youtube gives leverage to mainstream business interests instead of citizen’s journalism.

  • Jeanette

    Post the video, sometimes when only the animal cruelty people work hard to change abuse they are not heard hard or fast enough to make timely changes. But when “real” people see what is happening out there, more support equates to faster action taken by those who make the decisions.

    I lived on a farm for a bit when I was younger and I can tell you I have never seen anything so atrocious in my life, the family I lived with never “abused” their animals in order to get them to move around. The cows and calves were more than willing to move around with a good shove vs a crow bar.

  • Kate

    I should have added – We farm in the UK, in a small and ‘old fashioned’ way. The cruelty shown in this video exists not because people eat meat but because they eat too much and want to get it as cheap as possible and because it’s cheap, they are encouraged to eat more. This means factory farming and where there is factory farming, there is cruely.
    Our animals live very natural happy lives but to give them this quality of life (however short), means that we fight to survive. Anyone who buys cheap food should ask themselves these 2 questions: who is making up the difference and at what cost to animal welfare? We have meat available at all times but because we know how much it really costs, we probably eat less than most people and certainly appreciate it much more. We can all eat less – be better for it and in so doing, help to improve animal welfare. Eating less and paying a bit more would go a long way to sorting all of the issues raised by this video.

    • Bill

      You’re absolutely right. I’m a vegetarian but I have no problem with raising animals for consumption in a humane way, with a quality of life and a fast humane death. The problem is factory farming, which (as you said) is a product of cheap. As is adding hormones and antibiotics to feed. Disease would quickly wipe out a large portion of the animals at the “factory”. Even on smaller scale farms, there will always be people who abuse animals. Not much we can do about that. But we have, unfortunately, institutionalized animal abuse. It also amazes me how people can separate classes of animals. Can you imagine if this were the abuse of dogs or cats or horses? It would be on every news program, there would be government investigations, consumer boycotts and people would go to jail.

  • Kathleen Neufeld

    People have had to rely on Animals for food for many millions of years, and there are still families in the poorest parts of the world today who do. But aside from the necessity-over-starvation reason, there are many good alternatives to eating meat and most of us have the means to cook without it, i.e. store shelves are stocked with a large variety of healthy food. There are great recipes for good staple nourishing food – and it’s far cheaper and healthier than meat.

  • http://www.sniperwebconsulting.com alistair

    I haven’t watched the video so I can’t comment on whether it should be banned or not.

    Personally I don’t want to watch videos of the abuse of animals. I find it upsetting and it also makes me extremely angry.

    I just can’t understand why people abuse animals. If they can do this sort of thing to defencless animals I wonder what they do to defenceless children when they think nobody’s watching?

    Unfortunately this is just how some people get their kicks and it will always go on. I honestly believe that these people are just cowards though and I hope they might realise just how pathetic and weak they really are.

  • http://tejasanimalrefuge.ca nicole

    Definately not. You tube should have left it on. The only people it protected were the psychopaths,sociopaths, and serial killers who get paid to do what they enjoy the most…..torturing innocent beings. Mercy for Animals did the right thing posting it. People have to know what goes on if we want change. This also pleases the factory farmers, the slaughterhouses. The only thing that will stop the cruelty and abuse is for all to go VEGAN.

  • Jean Bird

    Absolutely not, it should be shown for people to understand that this disgusting cruelty to animals exists, if no one knows what happens then it will continue. With public knowledge then maybe, please god maybe this horrific cruelty will end. I sign a lot of petitions regarding animal cruelty in the hope that it will make a difference to the horrific treatment these poor animals in the food chain and for ‘entertainment’ such as the dreadful treatment of elephants and other animals in the circus trade.

  • Frederick

    No! YouTube should not have removed this video. There is far too much cruelty and abuse of farm animals and every exposure should be made as public as possible. Are there some sick people who would enjoy watching such videos? Probably, but the exposure also leeds to pressure from the public for the authorities to take steps to prevent and prosecute the offendors.

  • Kathleen Neufeld

    What I meant to add to my previous post is that I don’t think that Youtube should be banning this type of Video. Most people will turn away from it and find other Video’s to watch – no one if forced to watch it. As to those who say that farmers don’t kill their animals so inhumanely as shows on this video, then I think that they should ‘prove’ that with video of a meat plant.

  • http://theblogginguniverse.com/blog Venkatesh Iyer

    I am a vegetarian, and I coul dnot bear to watch the video for more than about 10 seconds. Almost surely, E6 reached out and in some, bashed YouTube on the head in the same way the workers bashed the calves and got YouTube to pull the video. SHAME ON YOU YOUTUBE!

  • http://www.my-blog-review.com S. Nickson

    No this video should certainly not have been banned !
    I have no problems with animals being reared & killed for meat, but it must be done humanely & with some compassion for the animals involved.
    I could only watch about a third of this video, I saw enough to know that the people (and I do use that term very loosely), that were carrying out those attrocities are just a thin line away from doing the very same thing to our sons, daughters & loved ones. They show no remourse, no compassion & no feeling what so ever. These horrific scenes have sickened me beyond belief & I realise fully now, that there is still a large percentage of the human race that are still living in the dark ages. Everyone should fear these people, because these are the very ones that commit war crimes in times of war, they rape, murder, torture & kill without any sign of compassion or remourse and therefore cannot be considered civilised human beings.

  • http://panama-real-estate-sales.com/blog Panama Real Estate

    no, it should not be banned.

    i would like to know if anything has happened to the cattle farm tho.

  • http://stumbleupon.com chris

    I think this is very disturbing..but no matter how many clips are up it will never change.Its not going to turn me of meat,I just wish they could us a more humaine way…but whats to stop the org that made this clip to pay those people to kill the calves in the worse way possible just to get people on their side…i mean those workers know that if they damage the calf too much it would be worth nothing to them …my dream world, if you want to eat meat, you have to strip to your underwear, a knife with a 6inch blade and you have to hunt your dinner mano a mano. then you can feel good about eating cows deers rabbit etc…p.s i couldnt watch this clip, stopped it before first strike.

  • http://purebathandbeauty.etsy.com Lynda

    I would like to give those fellas an education all right. Weather this video is on you tube or not doesn’t educate anyone. I have worked on a dairy farm for years and this is not common practice. I couldn’t even watch it for more then 10 seconds. Those who need to be educated are the workers who are actually doing the killing.
    Look we all know in order to eat meat the cow’s must die. We can have respect for them though and do it humanly as possible. It sickens me that anyone would think this will educate the public. People are not that smart…sorry.
    I want to know in what way do you feel this educates the public about the cattle or dairy industry? I am curious as to what you think the end result would be. You don’t want them to eat meat? What?
    Do I think the video should be ban? No but why does it matter. Those who need to see it are the wives and girlfriends of the men doing the abuse… What a bunch of nice guys!!!
    Anyone Have a hammer?

  • http://smokytopia.com Ray Barnes

    No, Youtube should not censor videos that contain information we need to make choices in our lives, and how our food is made is a vital interest.

  • Tracy

    WE cannot hange what we dont know so youtube should NOT have banned this video. Disgusting human beings in that video.

  • Anne

    No–this video should not have been banned. This type of horrific cruelty to animals and these sorts of “business” practices need more exposure, not less. Animals destined to become food CAN be treated humanely–there is no need for this abuse.

    This leads me to wonder who is pressuring YouTube, or greasing its palm. The industry, the government?

  • jacs

    Although I probabl;y would not watch the video – the descriptive evidence is enough to inform me – I don’t think YouTube should have removed it. Place a warning on it, for sure, but keep it online.

    I am a moderate meat-eater and would like to continue eating meat, but only if the animals are farmed and killed in an appropriate manner. I think it’s disgusting that society has allowed this to happen, purely because of human greed and so-called need to eat meat three times a day. I’m now forced to rethink my eating habits because of this. Perhaps I can source my food-meat from a small, traditional family farm where life is honoured, but it will be expensive to do that, and very difficult in our current economic climate.

  • Steve

    EVERY ONE should look at this video. Is the least we can do to for what US are eating and not do much.ore people expose to the truth the more people who can vote to change the way is been done to these today.
    Same on who dare to banned evidences like this. The people, including kids, will not have the opportunity to change actual minds.

  • wolf

    I have recently joined the vegan crowd and refrain from purchasing ANY animal products. I hope people put the meat industry down.
    I also hate anything Texass. Perhaps someone should ID these murdering thugs and send them a personal message.

  • http://marianydesigns.com Maria Ny

    I agree with MFA. The video should be reinstated. Whatever happened to the “free speech” constitutional right? Every argument has two sides, and it’s not right for factory farming to censor what apparently is an appalling problem here. I eat meat, but I certanly wouldn’t want to eat any meat that comes from a farm that abuses the animals it raises. Those animals are giving their lives for our sustenance. So, they should be treated with kindness and dignity while they’re alive and humanely slaughted.

    Dr. Temple Grandin did a lot of research and is a reuptable and authoratative source on the subject of raising farm animals. Reinstate the video. It’s a documentary and it does educate the consumer.

    • nedm

      Freedom of speech is person not with Youtube. I don’t agree with what they did but they have the right to do so.

      Is it cruel? Sure…but what would prevent that from occuring anywhere? 20 years ago was the Rodney King riots and that nearly looked the same.

      How do we know the meat wasn’t beaten? Buy kosher? maybe that might work..buy halel? maybe…

      I don’t use emotions to justify my opinion. I tend to use facts and logic. Check out Penn and Tellers BS episode about Peta. While it might make emotional sense not to eat meat animals still die within the cultivation of crops and there’s no way to prevent that.

  • Jeff Ludgate

    The only thing that should be banned is the animal cruelty not the film!!! You Tube and the Human Race need to stop this abuse now not hide it or pretend it does not exist. Organisiations the size of YouTube, MSN, Google, etc etc have it within their power to stop animal abuse. Why won’t they use that power for the good of all living things.

  • Christine Filipak

    I could not even watch this whole video but I do think it needs to be shown. This story, no matter how horrible, needs to be told. People must know how terrible life is for livestock. I live in OHIO and the laws for the protection of animals here are weak. This is news, it effects us as a culture, and it should not be censored.

  • Shelley Lincoln

    No, they should not. It is evidence of the cruelty that goes on within the confines of factory farms and people need to know what goes on and where there food comes from. This cruelty needs to stop and those responsible need to be held accountable. How will people know for sure if they aren’t shown?

  • http://www.highheel-shoes.com Susann Akers

    I did not want to watch the video I know I would be upset – the video should NOT be taken down. These cruel farmers need to know that the world is watching them.

    If there is a God and we are judged as to how we treated the other animals on this earth we are really going to get it !!

  • http://www.notheremylovelies.com Don

    NO ABSOLUTELY NOT !!!!!

    But what they should do is find out who they are so they can be reported and two who are they doing business with so that everyone can post this and ban the business that is taking this meat from this company I can promise a ban so large that the company could be bankrupt over night if you would be willing to tell us who these people are and who they are doing business with I would be willing to put it on all seventeen of my web sites and all seventeen corresponding Facebook pages and all social media pages attached

    To all you knuckleheads below this commit talking about this should be shown so everyone can see their meat companies at work you are only showing your ignorance most processing companies at least show them a merciful dealt not whacked in the head six times but one quick shot from straight through the head a dealt so fast they don’t know that it happened.

    This asshole is actually enjoying his working I am wondering how many times a week he beats his family or a is he a serial killer in his neighborhood this is why we have laws people.

    What I would like to know is since his face is shown why he has not been arrested.to all who think this is just hunky dory then I’m sure you won’t mind if that crazy kid down the street strings up you cat or dog and peels off his shin while he is alive

    This is just a sick asshole that society needs to deal with has nothing to do with our food chain so don’t try to go there next you will ban eggs after all you are eating a baby RIGHT !!!

  • Barry

    It should never have been banned. Industrial animal farming for greed and profit is horrific. People should see what animals have to go through just to please their taste buds. It is not up to me to judge anyone who eats meat, personally I am a lacto vegetarian, but back in the old days when there were less people on earth the killing of animals was done in a more humane way. It is so creepy what has become of the way the meat industry is the world. Personally I cannot take a life from something that I did not give life too. I do not believe that Saints and Jesus ate meat, can you imagine them tucking into a medium rare steak or munching away on spare ribs while blood trickles down their face onto their pure white robes. Eek! No I do not think so. Can you imagine having the mindset of these people that do this to animals, they have such hard hearts and are terribly cruel. You see it is easy including my own family who choose to turn a blind eye and even watch such footage. People do not want to see or even believe the truth. At the end of the day it is just murder and you are what you eat, people are eating “murder” and turning their bodies into grave yards for rotting flesh which can take up to a month to leave the digestive system totally. Can you imagine all the anti biotics that you are eating as well which they pump into the animals for fast growth to get them off to slaughter houses. These drugs cause deformities in the animals and obviously cancer in humans. There are many factors and this is a terribly sensitive topic and meat eaters could be offended but the awful truth as to how your food is “prepared” before it hits the supermarket shelves should be brought to light. It is easy to stick a picture on the pack of meat of a “happy cow” that was pleased to be murdered for human consumption. If anything people need to be more compassionate so what is the point of hiding the truth from those people who unaware?? It will never end, all you can do is try and either become veggie and feel compassion or at least turn to eating free range products. YOU TUBE MUST PUT THAT VIDEO BACK – – – or people should visit peta.com for more information. If you cannot kill the animal yourself for eating………why get someone else to do it for you??? Just a thought. I do not mean to offended anyone with my post but I had to have my say.Thank you.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    This video should not be banned.Let the people see it & make an informed choice about what they eat.
    What nobody else seems to have pointed out here is the moslem (Halal) and the jewish (Kosher) way of killing cows would NEVER allow this sort of thing to happen. The blood has to be drained out before death so it would be impossible for them to be killed or harmed in this way.
    so instead of becoming vegen or whatever buy your meat from a Kosher or Halal certified source.

    • Katherine McGill

      “Draining the blood out before death” is more humane? Please tell me that is not what you meant. If so, is that how we shall end the life of your beloved dog or cat when their time comes? (I didn’t think so)
      Sorry, this is NOT Kosher with me!

      • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

        You are not going to EAT your dog or cat ,so a lethal injection is what is used, this would make meat of a cow inedible so cannot be used. To kill the kosher way means that the animal is not hurt or mistreated before death just stunned in the last moment & blood drained out. This has been done for nearly 6000 years and is the most quick & humane, and healthy meat for the eater as toxins & undigested food ect in the blood are removed from the animal at death.

  • kathleenbeth

    I’m not sure if this is the save Video, seeing I haven’t watched the Video that is on this page. But Youtube does have videos that show disturbing abuse towards farm animals
    http://www.youtube.com/verify_age?next_url=http%3A//www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DKi57eFs7XFo

  • Katherine McGill

    NO! Youtube should NOT ban this video – this is REALITY, not simply cruelty, which can be found all over Youtube in the name of “hunting”.

    Three guess’s who demanded they ban this video?

  • Mik

    I don’t understand their reasoning for this censorship. They clearly either have been influenced by someone from the agribusiness or they’re simply no different than China’s Great firewall.

  • http://www.escalerayescaleras.es Ricardo

    No way.

  • http://www.escalerayescaleras.es Ricardo

    No way!

  • http://www.iwebmediaservices.com Chris

    This is such a horror. I also couldn’t watch the whole video. Kudos for them exposing the truth. And kudos to Vimeo (which is much better than Youtube, by the way) at keeping it online. There’s much more violent stuff on Youtube than this, and this is presented in an educational fashion. It’s not meant to “gross-out”. To be honest, I haven’t cared much for Youtube over the past year or so. I find myself frequenting others, like Dailymotion or Metacafe, Vimeo and Viddler. Youtube has always been hypocritical. Now they’re just much worse.

    It’s disgusting to see what really happens behind the scenes. I understand that we eat meat and drink milk. I do. But there is a humane way to accomplish this. And as for what’s in this video: First of all, if the calf’s had gotten proper health treatment, they may never have been sick. And if they did get sick, there’s a humane way to euthanize them. That’s why we have vets. It’s nothing more than a sleezy disgusting way to save a dollar… all at the expense of voiceless, defenseless animals. I’m going to find out how I can become involved in this fight against cruelty. I’m already a member of ASPCA, but now I wanna do more.

    Thank you Chris and WebPro, for bringing this to our attention. And thank you MFA, for being the voice for those who can’t speak.

  • Robert Blows

    No, the video should not have been banned, but maybe youtube should have given MFA a chance to add sufficient dialogue to the video, to make it acceptable.
    Personally I believe youtube have a moral responsibilty to ensure balanced informative articles get out to the public, and maybe some should be flagged as disturbing, but fact is humanity needs to be kept informed, as these sort of situations perpetrated apon animals by people are as criminal as they are, if they had been carried out against any man, woman, or child.

  • outraged in nc

    I am outraged and in streaming tears from that video and no it shouldnt have been banned. The calves are screaming for help YouTube, and we have finally heard their muffled cried loud and clear all over the internet. This video should be broadcast on all video airways including the national news. There has to be something done immediately, I will from this point on never eat that type of meat again. Its to sad to think all this time i was so uneducated about the welfare of my food.
    :(………. I’m crying.. SAVE THE CALVES!!

  • http://www.jshawsaddles.com Jerry

    The calves being killed in the video were not being slaughtered for food. They were sick or dying calves that were being hastened to their deaths because they were beyond saving or to save them was not feasible financially.
    Dairy cows don’t give milk unless they give birth to a calf. However, in order to get the milk to market you have to take the calf away. That leaves the dairy farmer with a calf that is worth only a few cents at market or is extremely expensive to keep alive. Many of them have to be put down. HOWEVER, there are a lot of more humane ways of doing it than clubbing them to death in the manner of the video.

  • http://aWiserStart.com Rey Tamayo

    I tried avoiding reading this article but it showed itself everywhere I went and I am glad I read it!

    I started writing a long comment here but decided it was best to post it as a blog http://inspirationalrey.blogspot.com/2011/05/googles-do-no-evil-means-not-banning.html

  • John

    Makes me very sad to watch this. The world needs to know about this cruelt to animals. They should be grassing on grass fields and roaming free. I hate the fact I may have drank milk from this farm which would connect me to this barbaric behavior.

  • suzie

    I think we as consumers have a right to know what is going on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.cpasitesolutions.com CPA Websites Guy

    Absolutely not. This type of abuse needs to be exposed.

    Why do I have a feeling that the banning of this video had very little to do with it being profane and a great deal to do with a phone call from an agribusiness lawyer in Texas?

    BTW, I raised heifers in Vermont. I can tell you for a fact there are more humane ways of slaughtering a calf than giving some moron a hammer. We used a .22 long, but you’ve got to know where to shoot. You bring them some oats and when they put their head down to eat it you just pop them once in the back of the head. For that matter you can use a hammer humanely, but you have to hit the cow in the right spot. These guys are hitting the animals in the side of the head. They’re either idiots or they’re deliberately torturing the cattle for kicks.

    This is clearly a small farm kill, but most small producers use a gun. Larger slaughterhouses use a “bolt gun”. This knocks the animal out with a single well placed blow to the skull. The animal is then hung upside down and bled out.

  • http://laptoplifts.com Chris Adams

    Google/YouTube is not “banning” or “censoring” the video, they are just deciding not to spend the resources or expose itself to the risks inherent in hosting it on their servers. MFA can host the video anywhere they like. YouTube is a publisher and now that they are starting to make money advertising they may have decided that certain content will drain money instead of make money.

    I am guilty of taking my googleDocs and Gmail for granted and all of the other awesome “free” things that I get from Google on a daily basis but at the end of the day those “free” things do not exist unless Google survives and thrives as a business.

  • Marilyn

    So sad the there is such little regard to the care of animals. All over the world they are beaten, abused and even sexually used. Only an ignorant, hostile uneducated person with no heart would harm a living creature that is helpless. They should all get life in prison and they are violent and sick people that deserve to feel what they’ve done to other living things.

  • Mohamed Christopher

    SHAME on you Salar Kamangar (CEO), and your YOU TUBE. The hypochrisy you show is breadth-taking. Until I read the full letter from MFA’s Nathan Runkle to you, (posted on Webpronews in an article: Should You Tube have banned this Animal Cruelty investigation video), I was not aware of the two-facedness of You Tube. Full marks to MFA’s Nathan Runkle and his well-argued and well-reasoned letter requesting You Tube to reinstate the video. You Tube, and Salar Kamangar, I dare you to do the right, just and conscionable thing !! This is a no-brainer.

  • Brian McDonald

    i find it hypocritical of youtube to ban this video. the only way things like this get changed is through public outcry and this censorship is rather obviously a way to choke off that outcry.

    have to wonder why youtube caved so quickly and completely to that corp shill’s nasty letter.

  • http://mediastreams.tv Pesi Unwalla

    I guess its OK to show videos of dog-fighting and other scenes promoting (even glorifying) animal cruelty, but when a genuine video expose of animal cruelty is aired, that video is immediately pulled.

    YouTube is one arrogant, hypocritical and shameless company that, if its recent decisions are to be considered, is headed down the path of self-destruction.

    Its highly unlikely that my action will have any consequence for a giant corporation like YouTube, but as of today I am switching from my YouTube account to another, more world conscious, video-sharing service and i hope others will follow.

    Shame on you YouTube – and shame on your corporate masters at Google!

  • http://www.willwebb.ca Will

    This is just sad and sickening to read. I didn’t view the video nor do I want to but something must be done about this.

    It’s even worst to hurt a defenseless animal than it is a person that can defend themselves. To E6 Cattle Company, I hope you and all your employees get what you deserve; shut down and in jail!

    • http://www.kratom-world.com Kratom

      I coudnt watch the video. Its a clear message that we should be drinking organic milk.

  • Rodrigo

    This video should NOT be banned!!! This type of documentary videos should help inform the general public of the abuse and torture of farm and lab animals that is occurring all over the US (and the world) so that this gruesome practice is terminated once and for all and those responsible are held accountable. We as a modern and democratic society should set a good example for the rest of the world in terms of human and animal rights. There is no reason to torture and maime animals for sport or to make a better shampoo or so that farm and slaughterhouse employees can have their “fun” doing so. I am outraged and sickened by the thought that this continues to occur in the US and so few do anything about it. If animals are to be used for food and other “human necesities”, at the very least treat these animals with kindness and respect during their lives and don’t make them suffer at their moment of death. Wake up America!

    A quote from Rachel Carson: “Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is–whether its victim is human or animal–we cannot expect things to be much better in this world… We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.”

    A quote from Ronald Reagan: “It’s just that I have this funny objection to torturing small animals no matter how scrumptious their body parts might be. … Our food industries are equal opportunity abusers: cows, chickens, pigs, and a special mention to those little calves who for their short, miserable lives are locked into crates too small to allow movement just so we can eat veal.”

  • http://www.kopffrucht-projekt.de Sören Both

    i think that everybody must see this horror-video…. i am a vegetarian and i know about this…. let everyone see, where his meal was coming from… it is all over the world the same… no respect for animals…. it is very shocking…
    At all People in the name of any calf all over the world:
    PLEASE GO VEGETARIAN… than their lifes can be saved for these horrific people.
    I Think everybody should have this link in there email.
    (sorry my worth english, i am german)

  • http://www.puamanawebdesign.com/ puamana

    While it is very disturbing to see these kinds of videos concerning the meat industry (not limited to cattle, but pork and poultry as well) the sad fact is that this is where most of our meat comes from. I don’t advocate showing it to young children, and it should therefore come with a warning for anyone under the age of say, 12 simply because it’s liable to cause nightmares.

    The fact is humans eat meat. Agribusiness corporations are amoral, and as such, they are under no mandate to ‘dial back’ the cruelty of those employees whose job it is to kill, or otherwise process animals in their workplace. Working at a “meat plant” like obviously this can desensitize employees to the pain and suffering of the animals they are working with.
    For the general population, who only see meat pre-sliced and packaged in cellophane at the grocery store, there is no indication what the conditions of its manufacture are. Only when each human being takes personal responsibility for that suffering, and changes their eating habits will these practices be stopped. Viewing these kinds of videos can educate people regarding the source of their meat and poultry. As horrible as it is to watch, only by watching can we get people to understand how inhumane these practices are, resulting in a general shift in attitudes away from factory farmed meats and poultry, or away from meat eating at all.

  • donna

    keith probably works there. these scumbags need to be in prison. KEEP ON FILMING and KEEP PUTTING IT ON YOUTUBE FOR ALL TO SEE!!

  • http://thewebtaylor.co.uk Web Design Portsmouth

    I think that freedom of speech is very important in todays society. Too many people get silenced and information doesn’t reach the public becuase certain people don’t want it to.

    People who want to learn about the harsh realities of how some farms are run will, and the people who don’t want to watch this horrific footage won’t!

  • Rizla

    No
    Humanity should be shown its ugly face until we start doing something about how we appear to anyone.

    Most people live with the misconception that doing good deeds make us good people… When, in fact, only good people will constantly deliver good deeds.

    What we do is just physical manifestations of who and what we are.

  • Jennifer A. Seals, DVM

    This should not be banned, unless they have a standard banning all cruelty. In this case it just looks to me as if they have been inluenced by someone, perhaps in the cattle industry? I am happily a meat eater, raising some of our own, but would not be if I thought this was how the animals were being handled and this makes me think twice about purchasing commercial meat.

  • Amelia

    In order for abuse of this nature to ever stop, people need to see it, need to be repulsed by the sheer horror of it, need to be so very disgusted by it you want to scream! If anyone is oblivious to this abuse and torture, seeing it puts their little world in a tailspin and hopefully the message that this is NOT okay gets across. Yes, there are horrific acts of cruelty going on in this world, in your town, under your nose… A video like this is a wake up call to those who haven’t a clue. In many ways, it is very disturbing and may seem like the very thing that a person with an evil mind is going to take to the next level. Well, there too, it needs to be seen to be believed and to get anything done about it.

  • Kat

    I worry about the people doing the harm. Cruelty to animals if often the sign of a potential cereal killer. I wonder what it is like to live with these people? Probably an abusive environment.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/should-youtube-have-banned-this-animal-cruelty-investigation-video-2011-04#comments Charlene

    Although I do not agree with some of the videos I have seen, I am appalled at what I have seen and strongly feel people need to know what is happening to these poor creatures. I think the videos should stay only for the fact to encourage people to flood the lawmakers to enforce severe penalties for the abuse and cruelty to animals. There should be extreme punishment not only for the animal abusers but also for the lawmakers that allow this to continue. This is a pure evil and I hope those involved experience the same treatment at some point. Anyone that that can do this to animals should be considered a danger to society. They are sick individuals.

  • http://mercyforalnimalscalfabuse Ann

    If it were not for the heroic efforts of Mercy for Animals all this like everything would be swept under the rug.
    Even when you have evidence the cowards hide behind their greed and inhumane psychotic behavior.
    People should see the behind video of what really goes on when a coward is left with a helpless animal.
    Their is no justice. Animals have feelings, fear and sense danger especially when a big idiot is standing and beating the cow with a tire iron in the face and bragging about what he has done.
    They are not sick humans their are deranged animals that belong in crates and given a quick jolt to their head and hear the crack of their thick skull.
    A big man with a tire iron and a helpless animal who can not talk but with the courageous actions and understanding from Mercy For animals the animals will have a voice.
    The legislator in charge of the origination for cruelty to farm animals should step up to the plate and do the job he is being paid to do…protect the animals not he money in the pockets of the sick individuals that are partaking in this scam.

  • Kate garner

    You’ve got to be kidding!! Why take it down? So we can pretend this is t happening all o dr the world? People need to see how the cheese on their pizza, the milk in their tea, the chicken in their nuggets and the back. On their breakfastatesisbeing produced.
    Our modern factory farming methods are like vice traction camps annex often times by sadists

  • camarata

    This should have been shown on a major net work to educate the public who do not use you tube ever. HBO did three documentory that showed the extent of animal abuse around the world and one a mid west company that bought stolen dogs to sell to testing co. The abuse was horrible but do to that investigation it was shut down. MANY PEOPLE where sent to prison. The other was the abuse of farm animals. All three impacted me greatly and hieghtned my awareness to spot abuse and report it ..to changing products I purchase. Maybe by making this more public more people will report it. They need to be in prison