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Farmer anger as PETA advert calls for dairy ‘whistleblowers’

Farmers have warned the advert could encourage trespass and put the public in danger if they venture into farmyards

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Farmer anger as PETA ad calls for dairy ‘whistleblowers’

Animal activism group PETA has caused outrage after it took out full page advert in the Daily Post to encourage people to become whistleblowers against the dairy industry.

 

The advert encouraged the public to submit photo, video and written ’evidence’ of animal welfare violations including ’split hooves, untreated mastitis and untreated lameness’.

 

Shocked

 

Welsh farmer Gareth Wyn Jones said he had been ‘so shocked’ to see the advert in the North Wales daily newspaper which has a rural readership.

 

He said PETA was just looking for excuses to target farmers and make animal agriculture look bad.


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“They have attacked animal agriculture over wool, meat and milk,” he said.

 

And he warned the advert could be dangerous and encourage people to trespass onto farms.

 

“When they are telling people to go into people’s yards and into people’s fields it could be a disaster. There could be a bull there or there could be cows with calves at foot,” he said.

 

Danger

 

“Especially if they have no understanding of rural life. And they are not just endangering themselves they are stressing the animals.”

 

He added no one was perfect and every farmer ended up with lame stock. And members of the public would often not be able to tell the difference between an animal which has been treated and an animal that had not.

 

And if a member of the public did see a cow which had just been treated they may think it was lame.
"It is like everything else, if you turn your ankle or break your leg, you will have a cast and be able to see it even as it heals," said Mr Jones.

 

“Those things are not taken into consideration. They just want to target farmers and make them look bad.”

 

He added there were bigger animal welfare issues PETA should focus on such as dog attacks on sheep.

 

“We have got bigger fish to fry,” he said.

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