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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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Jennifer

Well, then Nancy you seem to know everything about us. And by the way, I am not French.

Tessa

Jennifer - take a pill and chill - I can barely follow your train of thought....all humans, in all countries are doing horrible things to animals - can we agree on that much?

Deb

My family lives in Germany and they do not eat horse meat and my grandpa lived in France and he did not eat horse meat. So it's like here...I do not eat pigs but a lot of people do. Your comment made you sound ignorant.

barbara

Why is it OK to eat other animals but not horses? I don't advocate killing ANY living creature for food, so one is not any better than another. At the very least, the creatures raised to be slaughtered for food should not have to endure inhumane treatment, be they horses, cattle, snails or frogs!

Jennifer

And about "eating horse meat" here is the truth: other than some very few Eastern European countries (e.g. Hungary), most of us do not want to eat horse meat. It is to us just as shocking as it is to you (think dog/cat). Some few big companies decided to do that without sharing this with the consumer. So you bought pork sausages or beef hamburger meat and in reality there was a certain percentage of horse meat inside. Due to our regular inspections, the truth came out and the media was informed. I can't express how shocked we were to find out that e.g. the salami we had bought for years had horse meat in it. Further investigations followed. People were trying to memorize which products contained horse and avoid them desperately. And there were many. So many that at some point we felt helpless. None of us in Western Europe is into it, trust me. This is why we are vigorously working on laws that
force the producers to say what's inside the product (and also if it's genetically engineered or not -another thing we Europeans don't like). We have to do our "homework" over there and make our politicians understand what we want. And you have to take care of what is going on here! Please, do not turn a blind eye on animals.

Jean F. Lee

To Jennifer...good comments and I think in many ways your country is way ahead of the US for addressing many environment issues. I only wish we could do the same but our elected Officials do what works for them first and it is so frustrating but that being said I sign as many petitions that I can to force them to get the picture of what mainstream people in all walks of life want .

Jennifer

Thank you for your kind words, Jean. I think signing petitions is crucial, since most politicians really care about being re-elected, so keep up the good work! We need any signature in this fight. Maybe one day things will change for the better and we will be able to offer our kids a better world.

Alan

Jennifer I lived in a county that had a horse processing plant, they had to send it over sears, don't know where, locally there were horses being stolen to sell to this plant. Animals all over the world should be better treated in these places and everywhere.

Jennifer

To Alan: wherever this plant was, in most countries of the European Community eating horse meat is forbidden (small exceptions). This was probably the reason why they could only send the meat overseas. Slaughtering animals is unfortunately not forbidden by law (cows, chicken, horses, turkeys etc.) At least they were not allowed to sell it legally to the stores there. The fact that the animals were stolen though is a different story and needs to be addressed. It is a crime by any law and those responsible will have to face fines or other punishment. (I guess you were working in one of the new EU-joining countries - just a thought since they are still trying to change their laws according to what is expected from them in the "European Government" and are at the same time challenged by a higher crime rate.) I know I am asking for a lot, but if you have any pictures, evidence etc. feel free to send it to the press of one of the old EU countries (as France, Germany, GB -not an EU country but they will show it, Netherlands etc.). You can remain anonymous if you want to. Again, while we may not be able to stop the slaughter (as we can't stop other animals from being slaughtered either), people can organize protests, boycotts or simply block the entrances to those places. As long as we know where they are....

Andrea

Sorry Jennifer, but in most countries in the EU it is NOT forbidden to eat horsemrat. There are just certain rules and registrations that have to be followed. These rules were not followed when horsemeat was found in foods labelled as beef. I also have lived and have family in Europe and although they do nit eat horse meat they defend the practice. Horsemeat for most europeans used to be meat that was eaten as a last resort during times of war and severe famine, now it has become something chic and somehow sexy. I recently saw horsemeat on the menu in several so-called fine retstaurants in Italy as well as in France. Let's at least be honest about this abomination...horsemeat can be eaten and sold in Europe sonlong as it is from horses who were raised a certain way, without wormers or other medications that are considered dangerous and toxic to humans.

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