Target: Erica Meier, Executive Director of Compassion Over Killing
Goal: Support nonprofit worker being charged for calf abuse after turning undercover video over to police
A nonprofit worker and undercover investigator employed by the organization Compassion Over Killing is being charged for filming, failing to report, and participating in calf abuse. Taylor Radig, who worked at Quanah Cattle Company in Kersey, Colorado filmed just-born calves being thrown, kicked, and slammed into trucks. The video footage was released to police from Compassion Over Killing months after Radig’s employment ended. Radig has also been accused of participating in the abuse.
A police press release stated, “Radig’s failure to report the alleged abuse of the animals in a timely manner adheres to the definition of acting with negligence and substantiates the charge Animal Cruelty.” Sheriff John Cooke has said that the investigation is still ongoing and that that determination still need to be made about further arrests.
Compassion Over Killing criticizes prosecutors of lashing out against undercover investigators for exposing the truth. More details about the instances of abuse are expected to be released in the days ahead. However, this prosecution is little more than an attempt by big agriculture to send a message to investigators who record evidence of abuse and turn it over to police. That message is: if we’re going down, you’re going down with us.
Sign the below petition to support the employees of farms, ranches, and nonprofits who put themselves at risk to report abuse and end the cycle of animal violence. Thank Taylor Radig for doing her job and encourage other farm workers to follow by her example.
Dear Ms. Meier,
Thank you for the work that your organization is doing to end animal abuse and treat all living things with respect. I would like to sympathize with your former employee, Taylor Radig, for the unjustified accusations against her at the Quanah Cattle Company. She was clearly putting herself at risk by filming inhumane calf abuse, and your organization did the right thing by turning video footage evidence over to the police.
I am urging you to fight for Radig and end this unprecedented whistle-blower prosecution. As you know, the agricultural industry has been campaigning for “ag-gag” laws that make it illegal to film animal abuse on factory farms. This is unacceptable. Please continue to encourage your employees to stand up for animal rights and train them on how to handle the consequences.
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