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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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nanci00

May Ms. Karma find Butch Otter, sooner rather than later! My hope is that he ROTS, from the inside out, slowly but completely, stewing in his own evil bile!

Amy

Why isn't this getting more coverage on CNN or other news channels? We need support from the media to get these stories on the air, no matter how ugly and heartbreaking. SO many people don't know what goes on these "farms." Frankly, farm is the wrong word as it connotes something entirely different.

manuela

i agree amy , this has to get out there just like the way you are saying it , animal abusers should be put away for good

Annette Overstreet

We have to change people's mindset, and the only way to do that effectively is through the media. The media has to get involved, and heavily.

Jackie B.

Why would anyone want to protect anyone who abuses animals?????

Christine Corutky

Otter is a sub-human who has a vendetta againt the wolves in his state also, I'm not surprised that he signed this into law....look what he's doing to the wolves....he is a rancher, hunter, macho son of a *** and people like him will never change their ways - we need to get these sub-humans out of office...

Anonymous

amen Christine - couldn't have said it better

Nicoletta

ASPCA should write the proper petition and circulate it among all of us, that is the ASPCA supporters, so that we can send our signed petition(s) requesting clear and tough humane farming laws to our local (state( politicians) and even to the President Obama, who seems to care for animals and farming.

Possibly, ASCA should also contact the major distributors ( supermarkets) and ask them to continue to show on their meat products a) that the meat that they sell comes from certified farms that do not abuse animals and b) that they will support ASPCA by devoting a small percentage from meat sales. I suppose ASPCA has creative people that can figure out what can be done to stir the compassion of sellers and buyers without breaking the law.

Wendy

Agreed....please compose a "Letter to your Representatives" or some specific guidance on how we can help make our feelings known on this issue.

I would love to see a list of food producers that I could boycott. Hitting them in the wallet is truly one of the best ways to combat this kind of behavior and make them pay attention.

Carol

Why anyone would want to pass a law like this is beyond me. This makes me sad.

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