The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was honored with a 2011 Silver Telly Award for the organization’s video “Undercover at Smithfield.”
The exposé revealed the inhumane treatment of pigs at a farm owned by a subsidiary of the nation’s largest pork producer and processor, Smithfield Foods.
“The video shows how much Smithfield’s breeding pigs suffer when confined in cages so small, they can barely move an inch,” said Mary Beth Sweetland, director of investigations at The HSUS. “This Telly Award underscores the importance of whistle-blowing investigations that the agribusiness industry is now trying to suppress with draconian legislative proposals.”
Legislation that would criminalize the documentation of abusive practices and even in some cases the possession of those materials has been introduced in New York, Minnesota, Iowa and Florida.
The bills, of course, are backed by agribusiness.
The Telly Awards honor “the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.”