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BREAKING: Charges Dropped Against Investigator Who Filmed Animal Cruelty

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In yet another blow to the ag industry's attempts to silence whistleblowers, the charges against an undercover investigator who filmed cruelty against farm animals have been dropped. ~Photo courtesy of Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue.

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Giana Peranio-Paz (406)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 9:56 pm
Good news, but this filming and investigating should be totally legal! Thanks Kelly.

Regan Copple (16)
Saturday January 11, 2014, 10:42 pm
I'm glad to see this outcome, those charges were complete bullshit, on the order of police arresting individuals attempting to film them. These actions are all motivated by the purpose of punishing whistleblowers & silencing dissenting voices in the public arena. We have to repudiate these kinds of campaigns whenever they start to preserve freedom of the press, & freedom of speech.

Charmaine Shannon (36)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:51 am
Noted and Shared...... Thank-You !!

Natasha Salgado (672)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 7:26 am
Great news! What a ridiculous law--it needs to go. Thx Kelly

Andrew C. (6)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:03 am
Awesome news!

Frances Darcy (231)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:18 am
As it should be...

cecily w. (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:48 am

Kathleen R. (192)
Monday January 13, 2014, 1:03 am
Good news. Keep up the undercover filming. Bless all you undercover activists who ever and where ever you are.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 2:11 am
These companies are unprincipled bullies who are determined to stamp out freedom of speech and democracy.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 4:40 am

Pat A. (117)
Monday January 13, 2014, 4:45 am
How wonderful that Taylor Radig is not going to be prosecuted for exposing animal cruelty - got nearly 200,000 signatures!

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday January 13, 2014, 7:12 am
Noted, thanks.

Raman V. (47)
Monday January 13, 2014, 8:13 am
Glad to hear that!

Paws for the Ne milson (627)
Monday January 13, 2014, 1:29 pm
FANTASTIC!!! We need more investigators going in and filming...We can't stop here, and I'm so excited she got off for her bravery. :)
Carl ~ Paws for the News

Birgit W. (155)
Monday January 13, 2014, 1:51 pm
Good news, thanks for sharing.

Margo R. (14)
Monday January 13, 2014, 1:56 pm
To arrest the people who are trying to protect animals is just wrong! Animals cannot speak for themselves and most need us to help them in whatever way we can!!! Good for Taylor Radig!!!!!!

Latonya W. (82)
Monday January 13, 2014, 3:40 pm
So happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Sheri Schongold (7)
Monday January 13, 2014, 3:56 pm
Good. Whistle blowers are always getting the short end of the stick and that is because the people they out know they are wrong, can't accept responsibility and have to find someone to blame. She was not responsible for any problems except to expose them.

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday January 13, 2014, 4:20 pm
Good news.

Colleen L. (2)
Monday January 13, 2014, 5:43 pm
Great news. Thanks Kelly

Lois Jordan (61)
Monday January 13, 2014, 6:31 pm
Noted. So glad to get this news. Thanks, Kelly!

Ondine J. (131)
Monday January 13, 2014, 6:46 pm
Noted , good news and may we have many more courageous people ready to film and expose the abuse on factory farms.

Isabelle J. (87)
Monday January 13, 2014, 8:36 pm
Good !

Dianne D. (477)
Monday January 13, 2014, 9:28 pm
Good news. What if this investigated filmed a human being abused? Would they have been charged? It needs to be the same for the voiceless and defenseless.

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday January 13, 2014, 10:46 pm
How can any Big Business have so much power, so as to try and stop people from taking pictures?
This is truly beyond the pale.

Tell me, just how much power are the Teapublicans willing to give Big Business?
Well, I guess the answer to that is, there is never enough, as long as you are being financially compensated.

Ben B. (36)
Monday January 13, 2014, 11:36 pm
Excellent news! Very happy that Taylor Radig will not be charged!
Also encouraging that some of our petitions are heard.

Inge Bjorkman (178)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 2:27 am
Is there actually so stupid laws?


Ruth Ann W. (198)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 3:52 am
Yay! Glad there are multiple posting of the same story. More and more people need to know this. More and more people need to stand up against such laws and fight big Ag

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:27 am

Ruth C. (264)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 6:50 am
Wonderful news!

Winn Adams (218)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:29 am
It's about time!!! Glad for the good news.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 11:52 am
Noted. Good News just read the cutest saying: " Vegans are vegetarians all grown up"

Maria Cristina A. (119)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 1:02 pm
Glad the charges were dropped :)

Avril Lomas (0)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 1:32 pm

Thanks to whistle blowers who refuse to be silent re. cruelty.To many I say. please do not look the other way. and say It is "Not my business. "YES IT IS.!

Gloria picchetti (305)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 1:36 pm

Muriel Servaege (55)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 1:58 pm
Well done. Thank you for the animals.

Kamia T. (90)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 2:06 pm
I think the ONLY reason these charges were dropped was because of the outpouring of attention to the case. After all, if no one had called the attorney's office, I'm sure that Taylor didn't have enough money to hire an excellent lawyer, but with such an unwelling of people complaining, there was the fear that defense could be crowd-funded. It's nice when activism works!

Nimue Pendragon (324)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 4:49 pm
Good news :)

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Tuesday January 14, 2014, 5:07 pm
Good post. I need it
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Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:08 pm
Great news! Thanks.

Lynda H. (106)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 7:35 pm

She wasn't charged under AETA: she was charged with "failure to report the alleged abuse of the animals in a timely manner", therefore negligent and substantiating the charges of animal cruelty.

So she could collect enough incidents to make a good shock-value video, Ms Radig watched the calves suffer inhumane treatment for the whole time she 'worked' there, and A FURTHER TWO MONTHS after she left. Three farm workers have been cited for animal cruelty, but one wonders how many calves would not have suffered abuse if Ms Radig had reported it immediately, as she was legally obligated to do.

Alicia N. (87)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 9:54 am
great news and good luck to them.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 3:08 pm
Good news.

Linda P. (0)
Wednesday January 15, 2014, 10:24 pm
Good news. Animal cruelty cannot be swept under the rug and ignored. What these people do to these innocent victims is so wrong and they need to pay the price for the treatment of them. The public is getting sick and tired of the abuse of animals and to try to punish the ones that are filming and trying to help change this is disgraceful. No animal should be kicked, thrown, pushed and what is done to the calves makes me sick, these are babies. The meat and dairy industries need to be inspected and without notice and have cameras around the area to make sure the animals are not being abused. Should not be a problem for them if they aren't doing anything wrong. We appreciate the ones that are filming this abuse so it will have to end, these animals can't speak up. To me it is no different if I saw a child being abused, I will speak up for them. Something needs to change in these industries now, not later.
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