So far this year, advocates have also stopped legislative attacks on farm animals in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico and Washington. Each of these victories represents an enormous effort by caring people across each state and the country. If you have made a call, sent an email, met with your legislator or submitted a letter to the editor, pat yourself on the back!
Now the fight is on against another ag-gag bill, this time in North Carolina, and advocates in Rhode Island are fighting hard to get more than 30,000 hens used for egg production out of tiny cages.
In fact, there's a lot of work to do: millions of pigs and chickens are still locked in cages so small they can barely move, and lobbyists paid by the factory farming industry are working overtime to keep Americans in the dark about the mistreatment of our nation's farm animals. But every day this movement is gaining more momentum.
The well-funded special interests will keep money flowing to lawmakers in the hopes that they'll maintain the status quo in industrial meat production. But, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "a small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."