Activist Group Recruiting Undercover Investigators to Go On-Farm
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) alerted its membership this week that the animal rights activist group, Mercy for Animals, is recruiting undercover investigators to go on farm to record animal abuse and neglect.
“While there is no cause for alarm, this does serve as a reminder to be vigilant when it comes to hiring practices,” DFA said in its notice.
In addition to doing thorough background checks on job applicants, dairy farmers need to ensure they have up-to-date standard operating procedures regarding animal care and wellness, use of cell phones, camera and recording device policies, and protocols requiring employees to sign statements that they have read and will follow farm policies and that they will immediately report any violations they witness to farm management.
“If you suspect an employee is undercover, or see any signs of animal abuse or neglect, reach out to local law enforcement immediately,” recommends DFA.