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A Rising Culture of Violence Among Animal Activists Exposed in Latest Report from Animal Ag Alliance
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:58:09 CDT
One of the objectives of the Animal Agriculture Alliance is to monitor animal rights extremists who are fundamentally opposed to animal agriculture. Each year, the Alliance published a report that highlights the activities of extremist groups at their annual meetings. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke recently with Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Alliance about the organization's latest report for 2018, detailing the events of this year's Animal Rights National Conference held at the end of last month in Los Angeles.
Listen to Thompson- Weeman and Hays discuss the rising culture of violence among activist groups
"We think it's really important for all of us to know what these groups are thinking, what they're talking about, so we can prepare for what strategies and tactics might be used against us next," Thompson-Weeman said. "A couple of big themes that we observed at this year's conference is these groups make it very clear that their goal is 'animal liberation.' It's not about animal welfare. So, make no mistake that is the objective of these groups.
While some of these groups attempt to appear more moderate in their stance on animal rights when trying to influence lawmakers or retail groups, Thompson-Weeman says among themselves, they have declared and encourage a culture of violence as a necessary tool to achieve their ultimate goal. According to the report, speakers at the conference have discussed pushing the boundaries of the law and using radical methods to advance their agendas such as protests and vigils at farms and slaughter houses. Thompson-Weeman says this year's conference was more or less on par with what they have seen in the past but have been doubly concerned due to an increase in the number of extreme instances across the country.
"We've seen a big increase in protests, break-ins on farms- We think producers unfortunately need to be aware of the potential for these things to happen, even if you're in a rural area, you could still be targeted," she said. "It's an unfortunate reality that we need to think through how we can prepare and try to avoid being targeted."
Listen to Hannah Thompson- Weeman and Ron Hays discuss the rising culture of violence among activist groups in the Alliance's latest report, on today's Beef Buzz.
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