Mike Wolf, Compassion Over Killing

Undercover investigations by animal protection groups have completely changed the national discussion about food. By working on factory farms and documenting egregious animal cruelty, and also standard farming practices, these investigations shine a spotlight on what the agriculture industry wants to keep hidden from consumers.

One of these investigators, Mike Wolf, spent almost four years working in animal agriculture and documenting animal cruelty. His investigations include hog farm suppliers to Smithfield and Hormel, which combined, have resulted in dozens of criminal cruelty charges. Mike is now the Investigations Manager at Compassion Over Killing, where he oversees investigative efforts into meat, dairy, and egg facilities.

I sat down with Mike talk about what he’s learned as an investigator, what changes these investigations have created, and what’s next in light of new ag-gag laws criminalizing these whistleblowers. [click to continue…]

factory-farm-virtual-reality-sundance“What I am about to show you is very difficult to experience; once you have been inside, there’s no turning back, ” narrates Jose Valle just before he walks you into a pig farming facility in Mexico. “This is your last chance to leave.”

The ominous warning marks the beginning of a new documentary investigation by Animal Equality, an animal protection organization, and Condition One, a virtual reality production company. The film, Factory Farm, premiered at Sundance Film Festival, but is seen here for the first time.
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Join or Die sticker for animal rights and animal liberation activists, uniting social movements.

If you’ve been reading Green Is the New Red, you know that one of the most prevalent — and effective — tactics against social justice movements is to divide them, and let the factions turn on each other.

Animal advocates are challenging the most powerful and wealthy industries on the planet. This sticker (with the acronyms for a wide range of animal protection groups) is a reminder to focus on positive activism, rather than differences and disagreements with other activists.

Animal-abusing industries have been united in their campaign to label activists as “terrorists,” and lobby for the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and “ag-gag” laws. It’s time activists do the same.

Design by Jessie Duke of Pioneers Press.

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truth-and-power-will-potter-droneI’m excited to be part of a new television series called “Truth and Power” that’s narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal and executive produced by award-winning filmmaker Brian Knappenberger (who made The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz).

The episode scheduled to air this Friday, February 19th at 10pm on PIVOT, takes a close look at how animal rights activists have been classified as “terrorists” by the FBI. [click to continue…]

This woman rowed straight into a hurricane. And you should too.

Tori Murden McClure dreamed of rowing across the Atlantic in a small boat, and found herself alone in the middle of a hurricane. Her boat capsized over and over again, and audio tapes of her journey captured her desperation. She thought it was the end.

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6 Lessons From How the FBI and Media Treat Militia Groups

The way the media and police have treated an armed white militia in Oregon reveals systemic discrimination. But we need a better response than “they’re terrorists, too!”

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Here’s How One Activist Convinced the FBI to Leave Him Alone

New FBI documents confirm that when FBI agents come knocking, the best response is to shut the door and call the press.

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A Brief History of Secret Prisons in the United States

Secret prisons reflect a parallel legal system for prisoners who are denied access to communications, deprived of their due process rights, and hidden from public scrutiny. Investigative journalist and TED Fellow Will Potter explains.

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One Million Views!

Will Potter’s TED talk about secretive prison units reaches one million views.

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New TED Talk Goes Inside Secretive Prison Units on U.S. Soil

“The secret US prisons you’ve never heard of before.”

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