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30 October 2016 - Violators Should be Prosecuted

This is my property. Keep Out! I think I would have used those words, and much stronger words, had I been involved in an incident in California a few days ago. Here’s the story.

A radical animal rights group, I will not name them because I do not want to give them publicity, released video footage, claiming it was acquired during stealth visits to a California egg farm. The leader of the group said the activists were in the barn several times in late September and early October, mostly at night. Then the founder of the group said they felt they had the right to enter the property because they suspected animal cruelty.

Let me flip that story. What if it was the family of one of the members of the animal rights group sitting at home after dinner with their small children watching television and the door opens, strangers walk in and start shooting video because they suspect children are being abused in that home. You know the police would be called immediately and the intruders would be charged with criminal trespassing and invasion of private property. So why do animal rights activists feel they have the right to do what they do because they suspect something?

This is truly a serious situation because it is not only a complete disregard for private property, and illegal, but it is even more dangerous to the birds and livestock housed in those barns. It is certainly a major violation of our food and agriculture bio-security laws that are in place to prevent the spread of a serious disease in our livestock and poultry.

All we need to do is look back to last year and the major bird flu outbreak that caused the euthanizing of 45-million birds because the disease was widely spread by wildfowl and people transmitting it from one farm to the other. Who knows if these activists bypassing a farmer’s bio-security are spreading viruses that could cause a major outbreak of a disease that could threaten our food supply.
It is a blatant violation of the law and a violation of the Homeland Security Act charged with keeping our food supply safe.

If you suspect animal cruelty, report it to local law enforcement officials and let them handle the situation. You do not have a legal right to become a vigilante and take the law into your own hands because you “suspect” there is mis-treatment of livestock. It is illegal, it is a crime and I would hope you would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. THIS IS MY PROPERTY - KEEP OUT!

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