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

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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. ]

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

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