Denair, CA – An animal rights group video showing farm animal abuse, posted to YouTube has sparked outrage from farmers seeking to defend their industry. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), a number of farmers are utilizing social media such as Facebook and Twitter to counter accusations by animal rights groups, and say abusive practices are not representative of their industry.
Ray Prock Jr., a second-generation Central California dairy farmer, who blogs and tweets about his field of work, is quoted by the AP as stating of the motivation for turning to social media to relay messages, “There is so much negative publicity out there, and no one was getting our message out.”
Prock is further quoted as stating in a blog post, “Every other farmer I know who cares for animals has at one time or another put those animals’ well being ahead of their own or their families’ time or needs.”
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Until people stop demanding animal products, the negative publicity will inevitably continue because the abuse will continue. As I always say, MONEY and PROFITS will always come before animal welfare. The biggest thing that we as consumers can do to help stop the abuse is to not participate in it. Go Vegan!