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Roxy
- 544 days ago - humanesociety.org
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.



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Roxy H. (337)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:08 pm
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?"

The video below shows some of what's at stake with anti-whistleblower bills

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

The HSUS exposé of calf abuse at a Vermont slaughter plant that led to the plant's closure and a felony criminal conviction
The HSUS investigation of a cow slaughter plant in California, which prompted the largest meat recall in U.S. history and criminal convictions, too
The HSUS investigation of Wyoming Premium Farms, which documented rampant animal abuse and brought charges of criminal animal cruelty for nine workers



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:
New Hampshire (HB 110)—retained by House committee
Wyoming (HB 0126)—passed House; pending in Senate

Indiana (SB 373/SB 391)—pending: Live in Ind.? Take action now! »
Nebraska (LB 204)—pending
Arkansas (SB 13/SB 14)—pending
Pennsylvania (HB 683)—pending
Tennessee (SB 1248/HB 1191)—pending
New Mexico (SB 552)—pending
California (AB 343)—pending

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.


"Businesses, including large factory farms that are operating responsibly, don’t need—nor should they want—this bill to pass."
—The Journal Gazette (Indiana)

These newspapers have editorialized against anti-whistleblower bills:
The Times-Mail (Ind.)
Indianapolis Star (Ind.)
The Herald-Times (Ind.)
The Journal Gazette (Ind.)
Casper Star-Tribune (Wyo.)


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LINKS HERE!! ...............................

Urge New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee to Oppose Harmful Ag-Gag Bill
Ag-Gag Bill, HB110, will hide animal abuse, unsafe working conditions and environmental problems on industrial farms ....................... http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2013/01/NH-ag-gag-HB110-opposition-011413.html

Indiana: Stop Agribusiness from Hiding Animal Cruelty ,.......... TAKE ACTION PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

PETITION HERE .. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5959

Indiana: Stop Agribusiness from Hiding Animal Cruelty

In recent years, whistleblowing employees have repeatedly exposed animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems on industrial farms. The agriculture industry’s response to these exposés has not been to prevent the abuses, but rather to try to prevent the American people from finding out about the abuses in the first place. The industry has introduced "anti-whistleblower" bills in numerous states in an attempt to make whistle-blowing on farms essentially impossible.

Indiana's anti-whistleblower bill (SB373) must be stopped. American consumers have a right to know when animal cruelty exists on farms, and this bill is intended to keep them in the dark.

The effect of S.B. 373’s enactment in Indiana would be to criminalize important undercover investigations by animal welfare organizations, including The HSUS's exposé into Wyoming Premium Farms, which resulted in nine workers being charged with criminal animal cruelty (video above).

TAKE ACTION
Please make a brief, polite phone call today to your state representative (click here to look up their phone number) and urge them to oppose S.B. 373. You can say "I am a constituent, and calling to ask you to oppose S.B. 373 because it criminalizes whistleblowers and would allow animal abuse to be covered up."

After making your phone calls (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a follow-up message to your state representative. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.


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Giana Peranio-Paz (384)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 2:33 am
Noted and signed happily!
 

Danuta Watola (1199)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 3:44 am
Noted
 

Teresa W. (691)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:24 am
I can't find the petition.
 

Veronique L. (213)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:59 am
Thanks for sharing Roxy! Noted and signed!
 

DebrahAnna Esposito (10)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 5:53 am
this has to be exposed
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 7:00 am
Signed and shared for all the imprisoned suffering animals. Thanks Roxie.
 

Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:16 pm
signed. i just raised my 1005th animal humanely on C2. that's the main reason i'm here, against factory farms.
 

Christine Stewart (131)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:17 pm
Show your distaste for factory farming by not supporting the livestock industry at all! Go veg!
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:42 pm
Not only can I not sign the petition I cannot contact the USUS to tell them that their site is down or out of order.
 

EDWARD G. MRKVICKA (0)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 5:30 pm
noted and signed on 3-24-13 all 50 states need to make a law these animals do not need to suffer and by reporting the abuse i think is a very good idea.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:07 pm
For US only, sorry... Noted
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:46 pm
Its done.
 

Sylvie Bermannova (39)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 10:30 pm
Noted, but cannot sign -- Americans only. May the ag-gag bills fail!!!
 

. (6)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 10:49 pm
Noted and signed accepted from Canada! Thanks Roxie!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:11 pm
Noted , U.S.A. only , thanks Roxie .
 

Leslene Dunn (74)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:52 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Georgeta Trandafir (33)
Monday March 25, 2013, 2:46 am
noted, couldn't sign, usa only
 

Tanya W. (51)
Monday March 25, 2013, 6:31 am
Noted Roxie. Need zip code so I can sign.
 

Roxy H. (337)
Monday March 25, 2013, 8:05 am
54601 is a lacrosse Wisconsin zipcode ... use that ...Governor Walker needs more coming in on him :)
 

Roxy H. (337)
Monday March 25, 2013, 8:07 am
use my address also po box 401 lacrosse Wisconsin 54601-0401 if you need all the info
 

Roxy H. (337)
Monday March 25, 2013, 8:09 am
Wisconsin needs to be shut down, we have every animal getting killed in this state and they are trying to arrest every activist here.... please send in messages to this state if you feel the need... I have The Wolf Army open Clan Post office Box
 

Dianne Lynn Eakin (731)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 9:54 pm
Pa is pending,noted--ty
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 6:18 am
S&N
 

Lisa sick Windsor (154)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 4:01 pm
Signed and noted, thanks Roxie!
 

Laurie H. (714)
Wednesday March 27, 2013, 7:36 pm
Signed /Shared~~~With Thanks~
 

Yvonne F. (172)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:12 am
So signed!!! Beyond words that people can treat the poor animals like this! But it will also have a human cost in the end because this going to have negative effects on humans in the end!
Thanks Roxy
 
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