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Animal Rights and Factory Farms in Utah

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Monday, we're talking about a group of activists who snuck onto factory farms in Utah to document the living conditions of pigs and turkeys. Their actions highlight the reality of industrial meat production and the debate over animal rights.

RadioWest divider.

Last year, animal rights activists snuck onto factory farms in Utah to document the living conditions of turkeys and pigs. They say their findings show abusive treatment of the animals. Now, they face multiple felony charges for what the meat-processing company calls unethical and irresponsible behavior. Journalist Glenn Greenwald says the criminal case amounts to corporations using the justice system to settle scores. Monday, we’re talking about industrial meat production and the debate over animal rights.

GUESTS

  • Glenn Greenwald is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and a co-founder of The Intercept, an online news publication. He has reported extensively on animal rights activists' activities on factory farms in Utah and the legal cases against them.
  • Wayne Hsiung is a co-founder of the animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere.
  • Kevin Daniels is the Sanpete County Attorney handling the prosecution of Hsiung and four of his associates for their actions on a Norbest turkey farm in the county.
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.