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At Sentient Media, we report on an industry that touches all our lives yet operates in secrecy: factory farming.

On #WorldPressFreedomDay, we call on governments to lift #AgGag laws and share 13 findings we could only report thanks to the help of undercover investigators.👇1/17 Image
“Ag-gag” laws punish whistleblowers and investigators for recording footage inside #FactoryFarms.

In 2021, @ALDF released a film on how #AgGag laws conflict with the First Amendment while concealing pollution, food safety threats, and animal cruelty. 2/17…
“These companies keep their practices under wraps because they know that the public would be horrified.”

Former @AnimalOutlook investigator Scott David reports how #AgGag laws enable farmers to conceal the realities of #meat, dairy & egg production. 3/17…
In 2021, a #pork industry investigation by @vivacharity revealed workers kicking and beating pigs, decomposing pigs, and stressed pigs engaging in acts of cannibalism.

@lexrigby reports on Hogwood Farm, a @RedTractorFood-certified supplier of Tesco. 4/17…
In November 2019, undercover investigators found decomposing carcasses at a Spanish #pork farm. Months later, the bodies were still there.

@matthewzampa reports on photographer Aitor Garmendia of @Tras_los_Muros investigating Spanish pig farms. 5/17…
"About 32 hours had elapsed [...], and during that entire time, we never once saw the pigs being let out for rest, food, or water."

In 2021, @AnimalOutlook investigators followed a truck across the US, documenting the realities of #LiveTransport. 6/17…
In the UK, #dairy farmers are banned from shooting calves but are allowed to sell them.

In 2021, a @ajpReact investigation showed #calves as young as 9 days old being kicked and beaten at a collection center for male dairy calves, @nimi1621 reports. 7/17…
"These animals really are just treated as objects [...]. They process about 200,000 animals every day."

Last year, our executive director @AnaBrdly spoke with Cheryl Leahy about @AnimalOutlook investigating a major US #poultry producer. 8/17
"There’s a huge disconnect between what industry tells us, what the public thinks, and what the politicians are being told," says @VegJen of @DxEverywhere.

Jesse Harris reports on the conditions #animal activists witnessed at a #duck farm in Ontario. 9/17…
Many believe the term #organic to be synonymous with "cruelty-free," but undercover investigations prove otherwise.

In 2019, @ARMInvestigatio documented severe mistreatment & neglect inside the "organic" #dairy farm @npdfarms. @matthewzampa reports. 10/17…
A 2021 investigation found workers killing piglets with hammers and female pigs suffering from severe uterine prolapse at a “high welfare” #pork farm in Scotland.

@McKayJournalist reports on the conditions uncovered by @animal_equality. 11/17…
"Many #horses were struggling with overgrown and cracked hooves—several animals were coughing and sneezing in the freezing temperatures."

@JessLReid reports on @AnimalsAngelsEV and Tierschutzbund Zuerich investigating Canada's horse #meat industry. 12/17…
Many people don't know that #dogs are used as test subjects.

A 2020 @rise_foranimals investigation found that Marshall BioResources breeds tens of thousands of dogs, mostly #beagles, in New York State to sell them to the #AnimalTesting industry. 13/17…
"This is yet another investigation that shows the sheer scale of suffering of animals on legally operating #fur farms," says Connor Jackson of @OpenCagesUK.

In 2021, workers killed #minks with metal rods at a Polish fur farm, @taylorthemeek reports. 14/17…
Fish are one of the few farmed animals not protected by the Humane Slaughter Act.

A 2021 @AnimalEquality investigation found that #catfish, turtles & other bycatch fish were routinely left out of the water before slaughter, @iltaylorwriter reports. 15/17…
The first-ever undercover investigation of a #salmon farm was released by @AnimalOutlook in 2019.

It showed overcrowded tanks, diseased and dead #fish, and employees kicking, throwing, slamming, and stomping on fish, @KristaKihlander reports. 16/17…
#PressFreedomMatters. Since 2018, Sentient Media has been delivering journalism on food systems issues.

On #PressFreedom day, help us continue our reporting on factory farming and other industries that involve the commodification of animals. 17/17👇…

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