Editor’s note: The following is a statement by Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation, regarding farmer’s ethics dealing with animal care
“We condemn the actions of cruelty against farm animals that were on display in the undercover video released this week. At least one farm worker in question now faces 12 counts of animal cruelty. We encourage law enforcement authorities with jurisdiction in this case to pursue the maximum penalties possible for those responsible for these heinous acts of animal cruelty.
“Further, we encourage a deeper investigation into all aspects of how the animals on the farm in question have been treated. There is no excuse for the treatment those animals received.
“There is never justification for the type of mistreatment and cruelty that was displayed in the video. As farmers and ranchers, we must and we do care for our animals and the well-being of our animals. Caring for farm animals is an ethic that guides our every move. Even one case of abuse of farm animals is unacceptable.
“As farmers and ranchers, we know we are accountable for the humane treatment of the livestock in our care. We know it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to prevent abuse to farm animals. As members of the agricultural community, we also know it is our responsibility to stop any such actions if and when they are brought to our attention, including alerting appropriate law enforcement officials.
“America’s farmers and ranchers will not stand for cruelty against farm animals, and we must continue to be vigilant to stop those few who give livestock production a bad name. People who abuse farm animals do not deserve a spot in the agricultural community or in livestock production as a business.”
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation