Speak Out for Farmed Animals in Your Community

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on April 1, 2015

Want to speak out for farmed animals directly to your community? Letters to the editor are a powerful way to make your voice for heard within your larger community. These letters are one of the most widely-read sections of the newspaper. Elected officials often take notice of public opinion.

Visit ALDF’s Letter to the Editor Action Center—our personalized online resource helps you easily connect with local newspapers in your area!


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For example, ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells, wrote a letter to the editor about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s failure to regulate slaughterhouses that appeared in a local paper.

EDITOR: As noted in Tuesday’s paper, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to respond to reports of an intimate relationship between a USDA inspector and a Petaluma slaughterhouse employee (“Answers sought in Rancho closure”). Early this year, federal regulators ordered a nationwide recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef from the Rancho Feeding Corp., and they shut the facility down in February. Although Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, have called on the USDA to provide answers, the agency is using the cover of “pending investigation” to shroud itself in secrecy.

Unfortunately, the animal agriculture industry regularly colludes with government agencies including the USDA to hide operations from the public. Meanwhile, the understaffed USDA often fails to enforce the law, putting the public at grave risk. That’s why the Cotati-based Animal Legal Defense Fund, supported by a broad coalition of public interest groups, filed the nation’s first lawsuits against state “ag gag” laws (in Idaho and Utah) that silence whistleblowers on factory farms and slaughterhouses. The industry talks about transparency while shutting the public out at every opportunity. Taxpayers deserve some answers.

Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

If you’d like to speak out for farmed animals, here are suggested topics to consider:

4 thoughts on “Speak Out for Farmed Animals in Your Community

  1. Sharon says:

    Every life matters and deserves to be treated humanely

  2. diane van malderen says:

    Resêct voor boerderijdieren, en geen lijden , ga Vegan !!!

  3. Pattie Frost says:

    I hope people will make the connection with farmed animals and their consumption of meat.

  4. Pattie Frost says:

    Let’s treat all animals (domestic and wild) as beings worthy of life. Protecting the environment is an important part of this. Pattie Frost – Treasurer of Goat Mountain Ranch Sanctuary.

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