An undercover investigator named Taylor Radig worked at Quanah Cattle Company to document the violent abuse of baby calves, some of which were too young to have been taken away from their mothers. The cows are shown in the footage being dragged around by their ears, tossed onto their heads, and kicked until they cry.
Taylor helped document and report the abuses, leading to three of the workers being charged with animal cruelty. But then the sheriff charged her with a crime for simply witnessing and documenting this animal cruelty!
Going undercover in factory farms and slaughterhouses is becoming more and more dangerous as states around the country start passing laws that make it illegal to film or photograph inside of them. That's why it's so important that people like Taylor aren't punished for doing the right thing.
Animal welfare experts describe the footage from Quanah as unacceptable treatment and severe abuse. Without this evidence, baby cows would have continued to face violent beatings and cruel treatment without any recourse.
I believe that Taylor is being charged with animal cruelty as a way of intimidating other people who want to ensure humane conditions for livestock animals, even though she helped blow the whistle on these atrocious abuses. Pressuring the district attorney to drop the charges is important for whistleblowers like Taylor and for protecting farm animals everywhere.