E6 Cattle Co. in Hart, Texas, where workers bashed the heads of calves with pickaxes by direction of owner. After Hauff met with prosecutors, charges were filed against six workers, the foreman, and the owner.
Our case challenges the state’s ag gag law. It’s a clear violation of our rights and makes whistleblowers and watchdogs “criminals” merely for documenting cruelty to animals and using the evidence to expose the abusers. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of myself and the following: ALDF, PETA, the political journal CounterPunch, journalists Will Potter and Jesse Fruhwirth, and professor James McWilliams.
We all rely on undercover investigations in our professional work. In our own way, each of us exposes egregious cruelty to animals and, of course, food safety violations. Continue reading →
Today in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed an historic lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of “ag gag” laws. Given my years overseeing some of the most important undercover investigations for farmed animals in U.S. history, I am a plaintiff in the case.
Ag-Gag laws are unconstitutional.
What better way to show how much animal agribusinesses have to hide than for them to push for laws that violate our constitutional rights and target a specific demographic of “rabble-rousers?” Some of my biggest heroes are the people who wire up with hidden cameras and pull back the curtain on the meat, egg, and dairy industries. They show us exactly what would happen on any other day.
We legally expose and educate the public on all of the gruesome violations of basic human decency to those who are incapable of fighting back – nonhuman animals – and I ask that you stand with us in this fight.