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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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Heide

Thank you so much for having the guts to speak out in defense of every European ... I, of course, being one of them! It is incredible that there are so many ignorant people around! Yes, we all get upset with animal abuse but, please, don't attack unless your accusations are well founded! So just simmer down and reread what Jennifer wrote ... she is dead on!

Heide

Thank you so much for having the guts to speak out in defense of every European ... I, of course, being one of them! It is incredible that there are so many ignorant people around! Yes, we all get upset with animal abuse but, please, don't attack unless your accusations are well founded! So just simmer down and reread what Jennifer wrote ... she is dead on!

Marie Burton

Excuse me - I am from Europe and I have never had nor seen horsemeat on any menu. Where are you getting these ideas that Europeans eat horse meat - we don't!

Jessica

Iceland is technically part of Europe and they eat horse meat. It's on the menus of many restaurants.

Kandice Alexander

USDA???? They "inspect" horrible egg facilities where mites crawl all over the eggs, chickens are dead in cages and have horrible injuries and there is filth everywhere. They also "inspect" puppy mills where filth and suffering abound. Government agencies "inspecting" anything is meaningless. USDA is a Good Ole Boy network that puts on a show of keeping things in order but really isn't. Undercover whistleblowers are the ONLY thing standing between those animals and psychotic animal abusers. Now the abusers have a free hand in Idaho and the 6 other states with Ag-Gag laws. I can only imagine what the animals in those states are going through. I wont see it, you wont see it. We are not allowed to know about it thanks to the protectors of Animal Abusers. I was thinking maybe Ag-Gag was UNCONSTITUTIONAL. What about Freedom of Information? There has to be a way to keep the abuse from being swept under the rug. WE must find it.

cherri martinez

you are so right Kandice and if I see any abuse I will video and document everything but I probably won't get too far because I would never ever be able to just stand there and watch while any animal is being abuse but I would probably be arrested for beating someone in the head with the same pitchfork or shovel or instrument of choice being used on a defenseless animal I would be in a rage on anyone I caught doing this abuse . I can tell you this much anyone who supports this ag gag laws is worthless and needs to be eliminated from society that's why I love animals more then I like most men

Barbara Dominguez

If these people abuse and sexually harm an innocent animal's I would hope they do not have children' mark my words they are probably doing it to them too,,,,shame on you . You are slobs and deserve the harshest punishments available. Burn in hell.

J Alexander

Work to overturn these "laws" (really outlaws) and until that succeeds, show the pictures of factory farming, protest and sign petitions in front of governors' offices and state legislatures. They don't want to expose agribusiness, let's expose them and what they stand for.

Christine Heidt

I agree with you. Boycotting Big-Ag and exposing their brutal practises is the only way to inform and sway the public to overturn this, in my opinion, criminal act.
Petitions, demonstrations, e-mails, facebook should be utilized for maximum exposure.

maria K

Absolutely....continue to show pics, put in print the names of the legislators who support the ag-gag laws, write letters to the editors in the areas where these laws are in effect, etc.

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