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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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Aussievick

What a sniveling, arrogant, self-righteous twit you are. Americans are NOT the provincial, self-satisfied untraveled hillbillies you make us out to be. And speaking of WW2, it was AMERICA who fed you with the Berlin Airlift after they "saved" you from Fascism/Communism.

Having had ONLY rescues for 47 yrs., I know it was America who began the world-wide process of slowly recognizing animals rights to be decently taken care of & not abused. Shooting dogs in Sochi & Norway killing a giraffe because it was "not wanted" showed the world your "advanced" thoughts along those lines.

Many of us have traveled, including Europe, & marveled at the many outstanding contributions you have made to mankind. I leave for Australia in a couple of months to visit family, so I'm an intrepid traveler. But if you "prize" horsemeat, get it somewhere else; it's NOT in our "culture."

Anne

Actually it was the defeated Germans who were fed with the Airlift in which GB took part. And as for who 'saved' Europe from Fascism, it was those "Commies" - their armies reached Berlin before the Allies (which group was not comprised of Americans alone, who anyway came into the war only after the bombing of the naval installations at Pearl Harbor in Dec. 1941; WWII had begun in Sept. 1939).

As for the US taking the lead on protection of animals: not true. The RSPCA began in London in 1824.

As for horse meat - that is not part of British food culture. In some parts of Europe (France, Belgium and possibly eastern Europe) it was and is.

Feed lots - one of the most hideous means of raising animals for slaughter - now these were an American specialty. But no doubt there are similar methods used in Europe, too, nowadays, capital being global and all.

Anne

Should have written "the rest of the Allies" because at the time the Soviet Union was an Ally.

Karen

You eat horse meat - how uncivilized... I suppose dog will be next on your menu.

stewart parks

I totally agree.!!

Maggie

Jennifer - when we had horse slaughter plants here in the US - horse theft became a problem as well as other crimes. Maybe that's what the poster meant. You're right - we could learn from you on many things. But since Mexico & Canada are still shipping horse meat to Europe - people there have to be aware that this meat is from OUR horses (American) with all the meds, supplements, wormers etc that are given to them in their lifetime. Supposedly this was to be stopped because our horses don't have lifetime passports stating all the drugs they have been given. And why should they? Our horses aren't raised for slaughter. j
Everyone SHOULD write & call their reps AND vote them out if they don't listen.

Ken

Unfortunately, horses from all over Europe are specially raised and sent to France and Italy for slaughter. This year Poland alone will send over 50,000 horses to Italy for slaughter.
I am not anti-European; on the contrary, I have lived for years in European countries and know them well. However, too many people both in Europe and the United States consider horses a money making project; look at how many horses are sent from the USA to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered.
This will only change when people stop being so selfish and greedy, use horses for their own purposes and then simply throw them away. It's irresponsible, but
humans are often like that. Things must change!

CanyonWind

Well said. In my opinion, no animal should be a money making project. I don't eat meat, partly because I don't trust ANY industry as to what kind of animals might be in my burger, not to mention how they've been treated! Anybody who hasn't seen the documentary, Food, INC., should watch it.

toni

My family relocated to Europe (we lived in a number of countries over nearly 10 years). I don't know where people get these ideas - we were impressed by how much respect Europeans have for nature, agriculture and the environment. The laws in all the countries we lived in and those we visited and made enquiries about go incredibly further than those we were accustomed to in the U.S. in everything from animal welfare to recycling. European countries actually seem to act with some degree of conscience, something that has been filibustered and bought out of the U.S. government for far too long. Also, I did meet 3 extremely rude French people in the nearly a decade we lived overseas, but I can't count the number of my countrymen whose behavior left me chagrined and mortified. People are individuals and associating character traits with a specific nationality, ethnicity, religion, or any other association is blatant bigotry.

Matthew

European laws ARE way more modern and humane than American laws. It's true... I lived there for a while and they don't have chickens in crowded cages with no room to move, forced to lay eggs for one example. Yeah where did Debbie get her info about horses?

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