It seems the courts aren't the only place where footage of factory farms is being stifled. Just over a week ago I posted about a video of dairy calves being bludgeoned in the head with a pick axe. Now Tom Philpott over at Grist tweets that the video has been taken down from YouTube, has disappeared from his own excellent piece on dairy calf abuse, and low-and-behold, it's gone from mine too. Makers of the video Mercy for Animals have released a letter to YouTube arguing that the video is in keeping with the site's guidelines, and stating that it is still viewable on Vimeo. Sadly, on visiting their site this morning, it seems the Vimeo video "does not exist" anymore either. More from the letter to YouTube:
It seems an obvious contradiction that YouTube censors MFA's efforts to expose and eliminate cruelty to animals, while continuing to allow highly sanitized meat, dairy and egg industry propaganda videos that promote killing animals for profit, and countless sensationalized prohunting videos that glamorize gleeful hunters mercilessly maiming and killing animals for "sport." YouTube was awarded a 2008 Peabody Award and cited as "a 'Speakers' Corner' that both embodies and promotes democracy." Silencing one side of the debate over how farmed animals should be treated flies in the face of democracy. YouTube seems to be sending a message that hurting animals for fun or profit is acceptable but speaking out against such abuses is not.