From: Roger Aldinger
I would like to respond to the Winona Daily News editorial of 3-20-13 in which they came out in favor of secret videotaping on farms. No business or individual should be subjected to this invasion of privacy on their own property. Would the WDN want someone secretly taping them so we can judge the accuracy of their reporting? Would any news organization want recordings made of conversations with their “anonymous sources” which they often quote?
Most secret videos that have been made on farms are done by people with an agenda. Usually they are sponsored by radical groups whose goal is to eliminate animal agriculture. Tapes are edited and often taken out of context. Most Americans today are far removed from farm life and have no idea what takes place on a farm. People would be disturbed by what sometimes has to take place in order to save a sick or injured animal. Likewise, a person with no medical knowledge visiting a hospital would be shocked to see doctors trying to revive a patient by pounding on their chest or seeing the body violently lift off the table when given electric shocks. We would demand that the hospital be shut down! Things are not always what they appear to be.
Unfortunately, as in any industry, there are abuses. These are unacceptable and should not be tolerated.
Agriculture is one of the most regulated industries. In a recent 12-month period, I had 5 routine dairy inspections on my farm (3 state, 1 interstate and 1 FDA) as well as a feedlot inspection. Every dairy farmer in America has every load of milk sampled before it leaves the farm. Any milk that contains antibiotics or is contaminated in any way is dumped and does not enter the food supply. Farmers spend countless hours keeping records and complying with the rules of the trade, all in order to produce a high quality product and protect the environment.
Our country’s food supply is very safe. As farmers we should always strive to do even better. I take great pride in being an American Farmer!