Letter: Whistleblowers shouldn’t be shielded

Apr. 20, 2013 @ 01:53 PM

To the editor:

With millions of animals raised for slaughter in North Carolina, the least we can do is ensure that they do not spend their short lives enduring unimaginable violence. Whistle blowing employees in North Carolina have documented animal abuse so egregious that they have resulted in criminal animal cruelty convictions.

In 2011 and 2012, undercover investigators recorded violence and neglect at Butterball facilities in North Carolina. They videoed Butterball workers kicking and throwing animals and abandoning injured and ill animals to suffer infection and infestation from insects.

In 2007, at the House of Raeford Farms, in North Carolina, an undercover investigation documented workers throwing, punching, kicking and decapitating live animals.

Investigations into animal cruelty in our state have resulted in criminal convictions and have generated massive significant media coverage. We need to end this shame by fighting Senate Bill 648. Known informally as the “Ag-Gag Bill,” it seeks to criminalize anyone who documents illegal or unethical practices at these industrial operations.

SB 648 will shield industry from whistleblowers rather than force them to take the ethical steps to change.

Peggy Satterwhite