This past weekend, FFAC members attended the National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was especially inspiring ...
This past weekend, FFAC members attended the National Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was especially inspiring because it included prestigious speakers from a wide array of backgrounds who are all working on the issue of animal agriculture. Some of the highlights:
- Wenonah Hauter from Food and Water Watch gave a brief history of U.S. agricultural policy, which has become increasingly centralized and monopolized by a handful of corporations.
- Amanda Hitt of the Government Accountability Project's Food Integrity Campaign spoke about their work providing legal support for whistleblowers. They were featured recently in a Kansas City Star front-page story about a whistleblower at a Tyson pork plant who complained about stun gun levels being set too low, resulting in pigs that were still conscious for the slaughtering process. In response, rather than fixing the illegal and torturous practice, Tyson transferred the worker 120 miles away. GAP is suing on the worker's behalf.
- Many different speakers, from the Humane Society's Paul Shapiro to journalist Will Potter, addressed "Ag-gag laws" that seek to criminalize undercover investigations on factory farms. Thankfully this legislation has backfired; consumers have started thinking about what factory farms have to hide, and major news outlets are showing the very undercover investigations that factory farms want to squelch.
FFAC's executive director, Katie Cantrell, spoke as part of a panel discussion on Lessons from Agriculture Campaigns. She told the audience about FFAC's huge successes; presenting to over 3,000 people in just a year and a half, and winning advertisements on San Francisco's subway system two years in a row.
FFAC also tabeled at the conference and met hundreds of people from around the country, many of whom are interested in using our presentation to educate their local communities.