The Animal Agriculture Alliance has a long track record of promoting the implementation of science-based animal care guidelines and proper employee training on animal care and handling on farms and in processing facilities. The overwhelming majority of American farmers and ranchers adhere to nationally accepted animal care guidelines and demonstrate their commitment to their animals and their land on a daily basis.
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Another concern of grave importance to farm animal owners and to national security is the possibility these same tactics could be employed by individuals or groups seeking a very different agenda - the deliberate contamination of our national food supply. The Department of Homeland Security has recognized agriculture and food production as critical components of our national infrastructure and national security. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that business owners continue to strengthen the security of their facilities and improve employee hiring procedures and operations to ensure that the food supply is not made vulnerable.
The Alliance strongly encourages, and will assist with as possible, a thorough investigation of all reports of mistreatment, and if the investigation information confirms that acts of animal cruelty occurred, then all individuals involved should be held accountable, disciplined, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law - including those who participated in such acts solely for the purpose of recording them.
For more information on what you can do to protect against illicit employment by activists, the