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3 years ago

Can't  believe I read  this in  today's Washington Post....or  maybe, given it's America, I can.

[Yes, I read American papers]

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —In an effort led by the meat and poultry industries, state legislators nationwide are introducing laws to make it harder for animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety.

Some bills would make it illegal to take photographs at a farming operation. Others want to make it a crime to lie on an application for 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. In Indiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, it would be a crime to make videos at agricultural operations.

Critics say the bills are an effort to deny consumers the ability to know how their food is produced.

3 years ago

Anti-Whistleblower Bills

Ag-gag measures aim to keep us in the dark about factory farming

Dangerous bills in seven states would criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms, chilling the ability of the American public to confront animal cruelty, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems. See if your state has such a bill pending. Then learn more about these troublesome pieces of legislation below.

Whistleblowing employees have played a vital role in exposing animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems on industrial farms.

The agribusiness industry's response to these exposés has not been to work to prevent the abuses but to try to prevent the American people from finding out about the abuses in the first place. Their method is what's known as an anti-whistleblower bill.

What are anti-whistleblower bills?

Anti-whistleblower bills effectively block anyone from exposing animal cruelty, food safety issues, poor working conditions, and more, by way of the following:

  • Banning taking a photo or video of a factory farm without permission,
  • Banning possession and distribution of such photos or videos,
  • Essentially making it a crime for an investigator to get work at a factory farm, or
  • Requiring mandatory reporting with impossibly short timelines so that no pattern of abuse can be documented.

What would anti-whistleblower bills keep hidden?

These anti-whistleblower bills raise the question, "What does animal agriculture have to hide?"

This post was modified from its original form on 18 Mar, 22:49
3 years ago

By criminalizing whistleblowing, these bills would make important undercover investigations impossible—investigations like:

Which states have anti-whistleblower bills pending?

In the past, the agricultural industry introduced similar anti-whistleblower bills in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee. Most of these bills failed, thanks to a strong outcry from the public and newspaper editorial boards, both of which favor bringing more transparency to an industry shrouded in secrecy and protecting consumers’ right to know how their food is produced.

In 2013, these states have introduced anti-whistleblower bills:

Who opposes these dangerous anti-whistleblower bills?

The Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal welfare organization in the nation, and 59 groups including civil liberties, public health, food safety, environmental, food justice, animal welfare, legal, workers' rights, journalism, and First Amendment organizations strongly oppose anti-whistleblower bills

This post was modified from its original form on 18 Mar, 22:56
3 years ago

These newspapers have editorialized against anti-whistleblower bills:

3 years ago

The are called Ag Gag (Agriculture) Bills

Help Stop New Ag-Gag Bills Introduced Early in Several States ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, environment, cruelty, suffering, protection )
Cher - 5 hours ago -
Take action to OPPOSE bills now pending in the following states .... Arkansas, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Wyoming.
3 years ago
Oppose Silencing Agriculture Abuse in Wyoming ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, environment, protection )
Cher - 3 minutes ago -
Wyoming bill, HB 126, seeks to make it unlawful to record images or sound, to prohibit recording and taping which exposing the abuse of animals in agriculture facilities. Additionally, this bill requires that any criminal conduct be reported to the
3 years ago

Thanks Nyack, signed.

3 years ago

Thank you signed

3 years ago

These 'ag gag' bills are very disturbing indeed. As consumers, we not only need to know whayt we are eating, but we deserve the absolute truth from those who wish to sell to us. Shame on them.

3 years ago

`On the news here last night was film by an animal rights group of workers at a chicken farm performing incredibly violent acts on the chooks. The universal argument here was for more such exposure. Clearly Oz is taking an opposite route to the US.

3 years ago

Got that was a turkey farm. And just this minute on the news farmers are calling for US style ag gag legislation.

3 years ago

Six Butterball Workers Arrested After Turkey Abuse Exposed

Six employees from the Butterball turkey farm in Shannon, North Carolina have been arrested in connection with a raid that took place on December 29, 2011. Megan Drake from Care2 reported on Mercy for Animals’ (MFA) three-week undercover investigation of the farm and the raid that resulted from video evidence of animal cruelty and neglect.

Nathan Runkle, executive director of MFA, stated: “Butterball allowed a culture of cruelty and abuse to fester at its company-owned factory farms. Before ending up in restaurants and grocery stores, turkeys killed for Butterball are routinely crowded into filthy warehouses, neglected to die from infected, bloody wounds, and beaten by factory farms workers” (ABC)

In addition to the six Butterball employees arrested, Dr. Sarah Mason, a veterinarian at the North Caroline Department of Agriculture, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and obstructing a police officer. Mason warned a friend who worked as a veterinarian at Butterball about the existence of incriminating video evidence and the impending raid. Mason has been suspended for her job and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Mason released a statement apologizing for her actions and said that she contacted the Butterball veterinarian only to ensure that any acts of animal cruelty ceased immediately.

As a result of the scandal, Butterball is reevaluating its animal welfare policies and has fired “several associates for failure to follow Butterball animal care and well-being policies” (ABC).

3 years ago
Butterball Accused of Turkey Cruelty in Video | Watch the Undercover Video - Yahoo! News

Animals  (tags: turkey, butterball, NC, abuse, AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, animalcruelty, animalrights, animals, animalwelfare, investigation, killing, killed, protection, suffering )
Diane - 123 days ago -
Butterball, the largest turkey producer in the U.S., faces animal abuse accusations after an undercover video surfaced. Video shot in NC.
3 years ago

Maltreating turkeys must be universal.  The case I was referring to was here in Oz.

3 years ago

oooo... sorry George- I guess I misunderstood when you said;

"Can't  believe I read  this in  today's Washington Post....or  maybe, given it's America, I can.

[Yes, I read American papers]"

3 years ago

These industries want the right to treat a living animal with no more care than an ear of corn. I am disgusted and sickened by the lack of compassion. Maybe when you kill animals for a living you have to grow a thick shell in order to perform your duties. As for the corporations, they are soulless, mindless, heartless. They would do the same thing to any of us as they do to these defenseless, innocent ones. Profit is their God. I gag to think of eating meat.

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