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States Seek "Ag-Gag" Laws to Silence Farm Whistleblowers

So-called “ag-gag” bills, which protect factory farms from potential undercover whistleblowers have been recently introduced in five states. “This week, the Indiana Senate is debating a proposal to criminalize taking photographs or videos inside an agricultural or industrial operation without permission,” Think Progress reported.

As Grist noted last month, “in 2011 and 2012, Iowa, Utah, and Missouri all enacted some version of an anti-whistleblower ag-gag law, while similar proposals were struck down in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee. These laws are specifically designed to stop whistleblowers providing evidence of animal abuse or other poor practices from reaching the media or animal rights groups. As TP noted:

Since trespassing is already illegal, ag gag laws can only have one clear motive: to punish whistleblowers, advocates, and investigative reporters who use undercover recordings to reveal the abysmal conditions in which our food is produced. Undercover investigations have captured factory farms all over the country abusing livestock, passing off sick cattle as healthy, and discharging unregulated amounts of animal manure, which the US Geological Survey identified as the largest source of nitrogen pollution in the country.

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I am seriously considering

having a live "chick-cam" so people can see EXACTLY how their food is raised. No "organic" certification, no claims of "natural" even - just "see for yourself."
I am a little worried that watching them grow up might turn too many potential customers off, but I think those that understood what we were doing and why would pay "organic" prices for our chick-cam dinner.
And while we are on the topic...
So, all those "animal hoarders" will be left alone now? No more tattling on the "puppy farms" either? Those situations really bother me. I know of a lady who was told she had to get rid of all her horses and cows, she could not keep up with the feed bill and they were going to come take them from her if she did not get rid of them, so she did. Two weeks later her CHURCH dumped a bunch of unwanted dogs or cats, I forget which, on her. Knowing full well what had just happened to her, and knowing she would be unable to say "No" because that is just how she is. And through all of this, NO ONE seemed to notice that the HUMAN was not getting enough food, either.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Very telling of where we are when they're that comfortable..

...as to put forth such blatant, in your face, tailor made proposals/laws to shield special interests.