09/27/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

If Pets Are Protected From Animal Abuse, Why Not Farm Animals?

Most people know NFL quarterback Michael Vick jeopardized his career and went to prison for violating animal cruelty laws. What they likely don't realize is that unlike dogs and other pets, farm animals are virtually unprotected against cruelty, no matter how extreme. While every state in the country has animal anti-cruelty statutes on the books, most explicitly exempt farm animals. We think that should change.

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