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Join Our Fight Against Anti-Whistleblower "Ag-Gag" Laws

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10:45am
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You may have heard a lot of talk about Idaho recently, and it’s no small potatoes. Idaho’s governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, recently signed into law a controversial anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” bill that punishes those who expose abusive conditions on factory farms. Though Governor Otter claims this law will keep agriculture producers “secure in their property,” we, and countless others concerned about the welfare of animals, are extremely concerned about the greater implications of ag-gag.

In passing this bill, Idaho became the seventh state to enact an ag-gag law. By effectively closing out journalists, investigators, and even the general public from animal production facilities, the agribusiness industry can continue to keep consumers in the dark about where their food is coming from.

We have seen countless instances of abuse on industrial farms, including the recent case of a Wisconsin dairy farm that produces cheese for the frozen pizza brand DiGiorno. Undercover footage taken by Mercy For Animals caught workers at this farm viciously kicking, stabbing, beating, and dragging cows, and the footage led to 11 charges of criminal animal cruelty. Without such footage, we may never have known of these horrors, and because of ag-gag laws, we may never learn of countless other, similar instances.

Sadly, these bills are popping up everywhere, and we’re up against a mighty opponent. We, and the animals, need your help to make sure that no more of these bills, or any others that imperil the lives of animals, pass into law.

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For the animals, for the safety of our nation’s food supply, and for the health of you and your family, please stand with us today.

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Animal Lover

Want to know the truth of the matter? There's massive animal cruelty in Connecticut, especially East Hartford, where the Dog Warden there doesn't hardly ever bother to enforce the State Dog Anti-Roaming law.
So many innocent defenseless dogs get attacked on a constant basis if their owners try to walk their dog in the town of East Hartford.
And if your dog is attacked by a vicious dog running out of its yard, which isn't even wearing a collar on it, the Dog Warden in East Hartford, will INSIST that you must "verify" that your dog has even been attacked by insisting that you bring in your injured dog into the Police Station or even INSIST that you MUST give out your physical address to the Dog Warden.
Meanwhile the Dog Warden doesn't bother to find out the address of the home where the vicious dog ran out of its yard either.
That's super dangerous and life-threatening, not only to dogs but also to humans.
You surely don't want to get Rabies from a vicious dog or see to it, your own dog gets Rabies from being attacked by a vicious dog either.
You certainly do NOT want to walk your dog in East Hartford, Connecticut if you value your dog's life or your own life.
We've actually seen a huge Pitbull running loose up at Bushnell Park, also, in Hartford, Connecticut at a concert in October, 2013 in a park where several people were standing.
That's illegal by the way. And to make matters worse, there were 2 Police Officers standing near the crowd who could EASILY see the Pitbull running loose, but they did NOTHING about it.
Let fact facts here. Pitbulls can be very aggressive and dangerous dogs to not only dogs but humans.
There was an innocent young female toddler who have been attacked and killed by two Pitbulls who lived at her home awhile back in Connecticut.
The State Anti-Roaming Law is NOT being enforced in Connecticut and it's putting many many dogs lives at risk, not to mention their owners, and especially Disabled People.
And if you write or call the State Agriculture Center who handles these cases in Connecticut, they'll do NOTHING about it....just sweep it under the rug.
Don't come visit or bring your Dog to Connecticut if you value its life. You could easily have your dog attacked.
We've seen many people letting their large German Shepherds running loose too, at the Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT also.
Connecticut is a very dangerous, negligent, corrupt state, sadly enough.
There's been way too much violence and dangerous situations taking place which, unfortunately, many Police, both, State or Local, don't wish to do anything about it.
We actually went to a Rally at Hartford, Connecticut at the Capitol building which was running the Rally-Stand Up For Israel, and there was a very hostile, cruel State Senator Aide who was actually verbally abusing the Speaker for Stand Up for Israel ttoo, a short while after he started speaking to the crowd.
There was ALSO two State Police standing in the crowd and saw this happening and again, they did NOTHING about it!
To think that a State that had two State Senators who were actually Jewish have this happen is disgraceful!
Don't visit Connecticut if you're Disabled, have a friendly dog, or are Jewish, you'll probably regret it!

Patricia Dehler

Look at the states where this is coming from mostly Republican governor or legislature. They have little regard for animals life. It makes me furious.

Tom

I live in Idaho and the laws in this state see animals as property. Nothing more. So just like you beat on the steering wheel of your car for not working, so too can ranchers, farmers and dairymen beat their animals. The stupidity of this is that a healthy, contented, and well fed animal will produce a better product. Like Kobe beef where cattle are massaged, pampered and probably sang to. I hate this ag gag bill, but here, they're worried about their guns than their animals.

Karen Slyman

Maybe before hiring these loser workers they need to be more thorough on who they hire. No human or animal should be treated in this manner. It makes my stomach sick. Great for the wistle-blowers

Kandice Alexander

I would like a list of the other states that have ag-gag laws. I am going to write some letters to Governors, Senators, Congressmen (women). It is the people of the states though who must get busy. Let your representatives in government know that you will join with other animal advocates and vote people in who will turn this around. When those who care about the suffering of animals unite we can get things done. Remember Michael Vick. We must work harder to turn this around. Together we can do it. Government representatives will, for the most part do what will keep them in office. That is the key. Let them know you wont stand for it, and neither will a lot of others and things will change. Organize, lobby, scream! Remember, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease". Start squeaking loud and long and they will do something just to shut you up. That's what we want, for them to do something about animal abuse. The thing that gets me is do believe that campaign contributions probably got the ag'gag bills passed in these states. If the ranchers and dairy farmers etc had put that money into surveillance cameras to record abuse and give them the ability to monitor treatment of animals we wouldn't be having this conversation. It probably cost them more greasing politicians palms. Wouldn't it be better to promote good will with consumers by getting rid of animal abusers? Now they have a lot of people thinking it is time to go vegan. Well, I hope they do. Hit the ranchers in the wallet again by not buying their products. "Money talks" and you know the rest of that saying. I went veg 5 years ago. That is the only thing they understand.

Leanne

This is ridiculous - that laws protect farmers/ranchers who abuse and mistreat animals. Why would laws punish people who report abuse? That makes no sense! If ranchers and farmers can't do their jobs without abusing animals and treating them humanely, then they should find different work. I agree, with the price of meat going up we need to start boycotting at the register and the restaurants and not buying meat, to send a message!

cathy wright

this country was not built up on endangering animals for gain. what has happened to the USA when all they care about is the next dollar and they dont care who or what suffers for it. animals are alive they do have feelings give them the respect they rightly deserve not the abuse that no one deserves

Linda Hoover

Hope enough raise a stink that something will be done!!!!!

Barbara Spencer

Cruelty is not necessary! Why would a law be passed that hides cruelty? This should not happen!

allan graupman,...

I don't mind signing a petition if there is a pending law to stop this outrageous behavior. But an email asking for a donation causes me to wonder what kind of agenda these people have. I don't have enough money to live on so I can't donate. , but I can join in on the rage against horrible laws against animals.

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