U.S. House Bill 126, introduced by pro horse slaughter advocate Rep. Sue Walllis, is advancing in Wyoming. The Ag Gag bill would pave the way to punish activists who secretly videotape animal cruelty at farms.
With this bill, there is no doubt that Rep. Wallis ignores the cruel abuse of horses (and other animals) that continues unabated in agriculture operations. This bill not only applies to footage obtained by covert means without consent, but even if the footage is obtained by an employee.
Already in 2013, States that have filed or introduced similar Ag Gag bills are Wyoming, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Arkansas and Indiana. Read in detail more about this disturbing trend in Food Integrity Campaign’s: Ag Gag 2013: A Continued Attempt to Silent Whistleblowers. Food Integrity Campaign collaborates with many coalition groups who oppose the legislation, which typically criminalize the individuals who expose wrongdoing rather than the perpetrators of it.
In another related article on this very alarming subject, Bruce Friedrich writes in The Huffington Post, “Incredibly, instead of working to prevent the abuse, the meat industry is now vigorously pushing laws to prevent people from finding out about it — to make criminals not out of the animal abusers or those who foist dangerous meat onto school-children, but out of undercover investigators. That’s right: The industry’s response to years of evidence of egregious, and often criminal, animal cruelty and of diseased and adulterated meat entering the market is to attempt to outlaw undercover investigations. In 2011, the meat industry backed laws in four states to make taking photos or videos on farms and slaughterhouses illegal. In 2012, the industry pushed similar laws in 10 states. This year, we expect even more.” Read the whole article here in Anti-Whistleblower (AgGag) Laws Threaten Human Health, the Environment and Animals.
Canadians need to keep a very close eye on this movement towards totalitarianism in the agriculture industry.
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