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Bill would make it illegal to take pictures at a farm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- An undercover video that showed California cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. In Vermont, a video of veal calves skinned alive and tossed like sacks of potatoes ended with the plant's closure and criminal convictions.

Now in a pushback led by the meat and poultry industries, state legislators across the country are introducing laws making it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases.

Some bills make it illegal to take photographs at a farming operation. Others make it a crime for someone such as an animal welfare advocate to lie on an application to get a job at a plant.

Bills pending in California, Nebraska and Tennessee require that anyone collecting evidence of abuse turn it over to law enforcement within 24 to 48 hours – which advocates say does not allow enough time to document illegal activity under federal humane handling and food safety laws.


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Our legislators are always

Our legislators are always ready to protect evil at all costs. If you're a farmer and would be embarrassed to let me see any part of your operation please don't sell me any food. And double for the slaughterhouses.


There's the farm lobby at work - using the government to supress information.

What are they so afraid of - tha Americans might learn the TRUTH?

Which might harm their profits?

Most people know about the horror within slaughter-houses.

If not, "Meet Your Meat"
But be fore-warned - it 'ain't too good...

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Can someone get the lawmakers that are

Can someone get the lawmakers that are starting these laws
They need to be in the news!!!

This is to hide the truth.
I mean how many cops have you seen that think for them self except when they are abusing someone?

USA is so elite running both sides.
If your still thinking someone is automatically on your side because they say they are
1. Christian
2. Republican
3. Democrat

You maymore than likely are a fool.

Just want what seems to be missing, Truth and Justice for ALL
What is fraud except creating “value” from nothing and passing it off as something?

Sounds like a private property matter.

Farms aren't public institutions.

Interestingly (excitedly) enough, appears the video equipped

is a bigger problem today for the gov't than the gun equipped. Hmmmm...

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

"I think using animals for food...

"I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life, and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect."

—Temple Grandin

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

I had never heard of her

Thank you.

Other criminals must be envious.

How special that the meat and poultry industries have legislators willing to tailor make laws for them that would make criminals out of those who would try to expose their crimes and abuses.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Other criminals will get their turn

Good call

Might it all be simply a precedent-setter?

"Hey, you think you get to film officers?"