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YEA Camp Animal Advocates Speak Up by Taping Their Mouths Shut

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As part of Mercy For Animals‘ campaign to inform people about where their food comes from, and the cruel treatment of animals on factory farms and slaughterhouses, YEA Campers from all over the country are participating in the #noaggag campaign.

After  dozens of undercover investigations  exposing horrific animal abuse and resulting in consumer outrage, instead of trying to transform the conditions animals are raised in, agribusiness’s strategy has been to make it harder for people to find out about the terrible ways these animals are treated.

10258696_780256495421997_4008503310652907925_nThis week, the state of North Carolina is considering joining Idaho, Utah, Iowa, and Missouri in passing an “ag-gag” law, an anti-whistleblower law that criminalizes filming animal abuse inside factory farms or slaughterhouses, and Mercy For Animals is encouraging people to speak up against it by showing how ag-gag is silencing them.

11139442_10152949116671843_1257294549136478588_nYEA Campers Morgan (top) and Claire (left) from Michigan are incredible advocates who are absolute heroes for animals. They have organized circus protests, rallied at the State Capitol for wolves, volunteered at Michigan VegFest events, tabled for “Cowspiracy” screenings,  done walks for Farm Sanctuary, and much more. YEA Camper Kailyr (middle) from California, whose main issue that she advocates on is bullying, still wanted to be involved in this campaign when she saw other campers participating in it.

“I’m against ag gag laws because they prohibit the documentation of what really happens on factory farms,” Claire explained. “If these laws are passed, nobody will know what happens behind the closed doors of the animal agriculture industry.”

11062766_440095419490927_6479736221536370083_nYEA Camper Leah from Connecticut not only “spoke out” on this herself, but she also got the school club that she runs at her school animal rights club, the CARE Club to participate in this campaign as well. (She’s in the middle in the front row.)

Animals used to produce meat, dairy, and eggs are shipped all over the country, so statewide ag-gag bans affect consumers no matter where they live, and everybody has a right to know where their food comes from so they can make informed choices about what they want to eat.

11349834_1577930815829736_109082811_nYEA Campers all over the country – including Alayna from Kansas – have gotten involved in this campaign. Won’t you too?

Sign this petition to the governor of North Carolina to oppose ag gag, and you can submit your own photo by uploading a picture to social media using the hashtag #noaggag.

If you are a teen who cares about animals, there is no better place to be this summer than YEA Camp, with sessions in California, Oregon, and New York (but you can see our campers come from all over to attend!).

And if your main passion is another social justice cause, YEA Camp is perfect for you as well to develop knowledge, skills, confidence, and friendships to help you make a bigger difference. We hope you’ll join us this summer!