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Utah Ag Gag Bill Passes House âEUR" Urgent Action Needed

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A Utah bill that targets anyone who photographs or films factory farm abuses, which supporters describe as "terrorism," has overwhelmingly passed the House.

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Kathy C (354)
Monday February 27, 2012, 10:18 pm
They won't be happy until every whistle blower and activist is in jail:(

Constance F (418)
Monday February 27, 2012, 10:43 pm
This as everyone knows is horrific and frightening! Industry and the political pandering to industry at the cost of EVERYTHNG ethical and responsible and humane. Our wildlife, farm animals, environments, air and water, health, ad infinitum - all sold out! Ok, calming down. We have the list of senators - I won't give up yet. We can email the senators - this all I know how to do! What else can we do?! I hope Utah raises bloody hell, but we can too. Email those senators!

Shirley S (187)
Monday February 27, 2012, 10:48 pm
Anyone who voted for that bill must have a WARPED view on life.

Jocelyn Koopmann (56)
Monday February 27, 2012, 10:50 pm
Noted & will share on FB. How weak can they get. Over the years of being on here Utah has done some terrible things to animals, so now they want to cover it up completely. What a disgrace. TY Kathy.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 27, 2012, 10:52 pm
Green is the new red indeed. What it comes down to, is that, any who get involved in activities like this, will have to assume they will be going to prison. Activists will continue to do it anyway. Those who lay down their lives, in this way, are still martyrs, because they have sacrificed all they hold dear for the animals.

Fiona O (565)
Monday February 27, 2012, 10:54 pm
Apply equal or greater force. You will be surprised how fast political bullies run from a fight.

Mary T (178)
Monday February 27, 2012, 11:05 pm
This is another way to shut us up, well I have news for them I will never be silent, Just sent emails to Idaho next stop is Utah I will be sending them as soon as I can and will share this on Facebook, For crying out loud they are not going to be happy until these idiots destroys this planet, I am sick and tired of these out of touch Washington politicians, Thanks Kathy

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday February 27, 2012, 11:09 pm
if these companies constantly pass inspections and then get busted by undercover video, doesn't that tell legislators that the system is broken. doesn't the truth matter to them. it's not even about animal rights. it's about following rules and regulations and operating in a transparent manner. and frankly, how does taking photos actually interfere with operations, as the name suggests. prove it.

Dotti L (85)
Monday February 27, 2012, 11:11 pm
The article said that if you live in Utah, E. Mail your Senators.

Kathy C (354)
Monday February 27, 2012, 11:25 pm
Our fears are that this will now spread out into other States.
Silence us, jail us,, since when is it okay to jail non-violent activists:(

Holly Lawrence (430)
Monday February 27, 2012, 11:36 pm
The Pen is mightier than the Sword so I have some writing to do! I will contact my state's politicans and anyone else I need to. This is totally outrageous - I am livid!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:17 am
Being that corrupt leader have the power & control they protect their own kinds. We are fighting a loosing battle unless we jail all those government leaders, politicians. lobbyist. banksters who are working against us. All of them robbing us blind. See my C2NN article posted this afternoon & you all decide if the time is now to make a change! Just click my noted avatar to take you to my posted articles. Thanks Kathy.

Constance F (418)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:19 am
I just read Dottie's comment. You can contact them if you want. People contact senators all the time from other states regarding legislation, pending if that state will give you access to them. I think you can get through here, when you click email - a blank email comes up. Sometimes it gets through, sometimes they require more info. You can try a couple and see if it goes through. People in Utah will hold more power because they are the voters, but no state wants bad press! Absolutely not - mass emailing can be effective. It's worth a shot. Nothing to lose. This effects all states, and Utah ships their kill out and we should have something to say about that.

Susan L (150)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:19 am
I have signed a petition on this (somewhere). It is absolutely outrageous that ANY thinking person would support the Ag Gag bills. Protections of humans, animals & environment are necessary for all of us to survive. It is crazy for anyone to want to stop one from protecting the other.

Michael Carney (217)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:59 am
It's becoming just like Nazi Germany in the 1930's...

Eternal Gardener (745)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:06 am
The situation is becoming more and more Kafkaesk and truly absurd, the fear of corporate right wing America is taken too seriously!

Edwin M (346)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:51 am
Something is terribly wrong in our country,those creating our laws have lost their moral compass. They know right from wrong and yet their decisions seem to be guided by self interest,greed and hatred. We seem to have forgotten how to be kind to one another.

Sandrea S (278)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:53 am
There must be big pay offs for this to happen...big bucks off the backs off beloved creatures. I'm ashamed to be an Earthling. I can't imagine being in jail for rescuing animals as so many are. Don't animal lovers ever win the lottery!?!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:47 am

Good on you for promoting awareness of this dangerous assault on whistleblowers and corporate accountability activists, Kathy!


Lisa N (206)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:29 am
From the article,These bills represent a wholesale assault on many fundamental values shared by all people across the United States. Not only would these bills perpetuate animal abuse on industrial farms, they would also threaten workers rights, consumer health and safety, and the freedom of journalists, employees and the public at large to share information about something as fundamental as our food supply.
Obviously much to hide, very scary precedent. Will send e-mails!! Thanks Kathy for posting.

Lisa N (206)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:30 am
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Lisa N (206)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:33 am
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Ingrid A (524)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:27 am
Thanks for the article Mary.

Lydia S (155)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:32 am
Factory farms have the one thing Politicians & Big Gov , truly feel they need above all lots, Of $$$ as we the other say 99 % do not ....
Well we know who's winning .
For now...


Jill Vickerman (416)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:34 am
Terrible news.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 7:58 am
Thanks Kathy and Constance for the forward...I'm on it.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:04 am
all that is necessary for bad deeds to triumph is for good men/woman to do nothing. we see multitudes of our fellow beings struggling but you should know that these are the days of our beginnings our time to stand and be counted to demand that destruction stops and the ignorance is out shined by education. we are change and It's time to open up the shadows of our hearts to the light and withdraw our consent. for as long as you give consent to the little things you shall observe the reflections in the big ones.. we see the world as we are not as it is..
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Kip Mapes (28)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:19 am
The love of the all mighty dollar speaks again hey. Where do I sign that says we are watching and that we Vote!

liz c (827)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:34 am
noted....thank you.

liz c (827)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:36 am
Sent report as inappropriate about Nayeie L.----lets cut the spam crap shall we????????????

Kathy C (354)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:40 am

Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:42 am
noted. nobody will silence me or all of us. life have value beyond measure.

Diana P (12)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:58 am
this is horrible. Whistle blowers are just protecting those that can't protect themselves. I can't believe this is in UTAH. A supposedly RELIGIOUS STATE.

pam w (139)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 9:03 am
Thanks....I'll send direct emails.

Sue H (7)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 9:04 am
Clearly, money talks.... they got bought off. Shame on them.. Heads up for all other states! When it becomes illegal for a human being to advocate for animal rights/safety, we have lost all decency.

Mike H (252)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 9:25 am
This is the triumph of greed over animal welfare and is another nail in the coffin of our rights of free speech.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 10:38 am
This is why the NDAA was voted in, for in combination with State laws they slip the noose around all of our necks. Anyone in the USA, effective March 1st can be whisked away in the dead of the night, for anything that may be deemed "terrorist", a word they have us so conditioned to. Is there little wonder why so many of these types of Draconian Laws are being put in place.

We are no more "terrorist" than the so called "terrorist" that bilions are being spent on for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other places we are chasing "terrorist". They make "terrorist" out of people so that we believe these people are doing wrong, when actually it is to protect the "special interest" of the Corporations, Big Ag, Big Oil, and that includes the Big Lie we are told to go into other people's Countries to go after their so called "terrorist". Lies they wrap in the flag to tell our sons how patriotic they are and then forget them as they come home to no jobs, affordable housing, and limited medical care.

Better wake up people, be you animal activist, environmental activist, anti war activist, or whatever your passion it all goes to the same sources. The Greed of the Corporations, the Few Elites, the Banksters and the Wall St, types, who have bought out most, not all, but most of our Government Officials, and the Supreme Court with it's ruling of Citizens United in 2010. Even some of the polititicans are seeing how this is nipping at their heels.....there are Rulers above them, they are finally realizing they are the Puppets to the True Rulers that pull the strings.

What does one expect with Michael Taylor, former Executive of Monsanto now the head of the EPA. For him to promote green, caring, kindness, non toxic, organic? Ya he is there to protect his "friends" and buddies in the Big Corporations and you can thank the members of our Government for placing him there. It is called the "Revolving door" Dick Cheney from Halliburton to VP to gain many things like the fracking loophole to not have to meet the Clean Water Act and therefore not disclose what the toxins are being pushed into the water table, to this with Michael Taylor.

P. L. Neola (21)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 11:20 am
I worked for Tyson Foods, Inc. for close to 10 years. Tyson Foods only cleaned up its act between 20 and 30 years ago because of the whistle blowers. The whistle blowers sacrificed their jobs by bringing in video cameras and taping what was going on. Most whistle blowers have families, and they did not then and do not now want their children to get sick or die due to improperly processed poultry products. The video footages usually ended up in the hands of the local media, but I even saw some footage on the national TV program, 60 Minutes!!!

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:18 pm
Needless to say, this is wrong. One would expect some evolution of society -- alas, Utahans have decided to go backwards. Guided by expediency rather than principle, factory farmers act like victims yet are culprits in disguise, while the criminalization of whistleblowers enables them to hide from view all the ugly truths that inevitably taint these farms by negative publicity. Thus they can continue their ignoble ways without having to amend them or being afraid of their exposure -- and there is no self-accusation --, which is, also, very expedient for them to do, as consumers will only see what farmers want them to see -- that is, a sugarcoated "reality", or a downright lie.

If you say that what is going on in CAFOs and slaughterhouses should be closely monitored, farmers may counter that it means a violation of their right to privacy or an intervention into their internal affairs. That being said, it cannot be so: Firstly, this does not concern them alone, as farm animals and consumers are concerned either; secondly, they do not move furniture or so but handle living, sentient beings!!! Many an undercover investigation has revealed serious transgressions in the form of routine ill-treatment and inhumane killings of factory-farmed animals living in filthy and cramped conditions-- transgressions that should be visited with severity, and not be waved off like a small matter or somebody's business, nor be covered up.

By passing this bill, Utah's representatives have show their true values, which can be translated like "animal abuse is okay," "animal abusers deserve protection," "farm animals have no rights, and those willing to speak on their behalf will be either silenced or prosecuted," "free access to information is prohibited," "consumers have no right to know what they consume", etc. And their line of thought? "And from now on everything ugly will be concealed and we can continue feeding people's ignorance and easing their conscience by presenting them our version of the reality--fairytales about happy cows and the like on a calm, sunlit, vast green pastures (carefully weighing our words and leaving many a thought unpronounced)."

Only those who want to be deceived will be deceived -- the knowing rest will not buy this. There remains hope that people will elect to fight for the rights of these animals to a decent life, as well as for their own right to know the truth and thus be free to choose accordingly.

Buffy F (93)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 12:23 pm
Noted, shared. They wont get us quiet. Never!!!! If only all of us would work on becoming vegan, they would not make money with these animals suffering. As long as people buy their products this will go on in one level or another. Or we should go to the streets and have massive protests around the world.

michelle t (41)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:03 pm
America has really dropped to an all time decrepid low.Zero compassion for animals.No wonder its economy is in a mess.NO ONE WILL EVER STOP ME FROM PLACING ANIMALS FIRST NO MATTER WHAT!!
I will film and report any act of cruelty or suspect cruelty I see

Lena Rehberger (109)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:08 pm
Does anybody know if there is a petition out there about this cause?

Heather R (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:11 pm
let's see what this boils down to: if you have lotsa money you can buy and/or influence politicians into making it illegal for anyone to stop you from doing any damned evil thing you want in order to line your filthy pocked further with money. i am vegan, not only for what the food industry does to animals, but also because of what the food industry is doing to people. chemicals, pesticides, genetic modification, horrific disease spreading conditions for animals, and in processing, anti-biotics, etc... and what do these politicians want to do? they want to allow it to continue and the only way to do that is to hide it. this is not right and i hope someone sues over this.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:12 pm
What these low life animal abusers don't understand is that time is coming for change and that coming is from GOD!!!

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:14 pm
What these low life animal abusers don't understand is that time is coming for change and that coming is from GOD!!!

Marilyn M (145)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:24 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting, Kathy.

. (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:55 pm
I have news for these people who call us terrioist, They are all we do is keep animals from being abused if they want us to be that way then they can get it. We don't destroy nothing but, we are suppose to sit back and watch animals being kick to death, or cows punched with fork lifts, or chickens being slung aroung by the head. If these are not terriost then who is? I scrub every thing I eat any more I trust nothing. I'm glad I'm a vergaterian for the things they are putting in animals and the way they smell for I have to cook for my husband I almost gag every time. I won't buy any thing that comes out of Utha Botcott there hind end just read lables and believe me I do. Yes Ruth you do have tthat one right too 100%. Thanks Kathy for I'm a terriost

Janet K (94)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:01 pm
Well, that's another state on my shit list!

Valerie H (133)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:22 pm
It is THEY who are the terrorists....certainly NOT us!

This horrifying news goes to show how MANY individuals couldn't give a damm about being kind to animals!!! What kid of sickness is that????

Valerie H (133)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:23 pm
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. (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 2:47 pm
Not that I ever wanted to live in Utah, but I wish I could sign the darn petition.

Gary L (138)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:02 pm
This is why we need to eradicate the republican party they are owned lock stock and barrel the only good republinazi is an unemployed rethuglican

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:06 pm
Animal abuse leads to people abuse & is a major indicator for serial killers..why does Utah want to protect serial killers?

naomi cohen (55)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:15 pm
the monsters that inflict horrendous experiments on poor, innocent animals are indeed the terrorists. they inflict terror on the animals. how stupid and absurd it is to state that heroes for the animals are the terrorists. how convenient it is to place blame where it does not belong. i admire every person who frees the animals from this horror.

. (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 3:55 pm
I am horrified to see a bill such as this passed, but sadly not surprised. The abusers are protected and the people who give a damn and speak up end up being the abused. What a sad state of affairs. We know who the real terrorist are and it's not the whistleblowers; it's the scum who allows bills like this to pass. Utah...are your brains in your ass??? Now do we have to worry about every state pulling the same crap? Please call and write, write, write to express your disgust. Thanks Kathy and Constance for the fwd.

Patty K (2)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:04 pm
Our government is so messed up, I don't know if we can even turn things around.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 4:14 pm
"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."

"And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe,
nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him
that it is right."

"Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?"
Expediency asks the question, "Is it polite?"
Vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?"
But conscience asks the question, "Is it right?"
And there comes a point when one must take
a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular,
but he must take it because his conscience
tells him that it is right...."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:32 pm
What has happened to our country, when we cannot expose those who break the law or those who commit laws against nature? This is a slippery slope, Utah is taking. It could easily backfire, in time, and I suspect it will.
In whose pockets, are they in? This smacks of a Big Business over-up.

Ellen Emerson (14)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:45 pm
I don't see a way to do anything unless you are a Utah resident... ? I am sharing on Facebook.

Gloria H (88)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 5:49 pm
When will they make us register cameras? You can shoot a gun, but not a picture.

Robert B (60)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 6:10 pm
If these laws are passed by our cowardly and corrupt politicians, then journalists and activists will have to commit civil disobedience and challenge all the way to the Supreme Court. There is no way in hell this can hold up. The Cretins will NOT WIN THIS!!! This is PURE corrupt political bullshit.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 6:17 pm
"The prohibition is needed because "national propaganda groups" are hiding cameras on agricultural property and using the footage as part of their larger agenda of shutting down the operations, said Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal, the sponsor of House Bill 187.

Allowing the groups to continue to film on private property is "akin to a neighborhood watch group that goes into your home and hides cameras because you may one day do something to your kids," Mathis said.

The bill will protect businesses to the detriment of animals, said Suzanne McMillan, director of farm animal welfare for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"Bills like this only serve to heighten suspicion that the agricultural industry has something to hide," McMillan said. "Americans deserve to know how their food is produced, and responsible farmers should welcome that transparency."

You see people, we are just part of a "propaganda group!"

janet f (29)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 6:26 pm
The only ones who oppose this are the ones who are abusing animals. This must be defeated. It is the only moral, compassionate thing to do.

Kim O (396)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 8:06 pm
Unfrickin' believeable!!!! Agree with all above comments. Anything I could add would have too much of this..#%(&^#)$(@. :o(

Romila Lal (9)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 9:22 pm
Who ever passed this bill is evil, and devil himself.

MmAway M (506)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 10:08 pm
Thank you Kathy, sorry I am late to get here. Kim O -- Agree with you totally and all of the above comments!

Kathy, I am nervous also, when One State gets a bill passed, someother Fool Politian promotes it for their state...these people that go undercover are what make our System work - if not for them there would be EVEN more CROOKS and Backsliders!

Susan S (187)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 10:17 pm
Factory farms equal abuse. The love of money is the root of all evil. There must be something despicable to hide if they have to go to such lengths to try to keep it obscured from view. This is sad news for animals.

W. C (7)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 10:33 pm
Agree with the previous comment.

Irene Leggett (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:35 am
Factory farming is just a legalized name for abuse, cruelty, torture, torment and any other concievable atrocity that can be carried out on animals by perverted excuses for human beings; and its all being covered up and swept under the carpet and until factory farming is monitored and welfare laws passed and enforced, the fat-assed profiteers will continue to worship their one aim, money. Shame on all who voted for this Bill, what have they got to hide????

Georgia L (209)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:47 am
Sue, these ARE NOT thinking people who support these laws. They are republicans.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:41 am
Keep fighting. Anything farm produced will be protected if we let this go. I think I'll stop eating for awhile.

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:45 am
They're all carnivores who really don't care about where their meat comes from and what happens to the animals they eat. If only they could suffer the repercussions from their unethical and often unhealthy habits I would feel there was some justice.
Georgia, many people do not think and like living in blissful ignorance. They think-of themselves.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 5:59 am
Very disturbing. I'm afraid that legislation like this wouldn't stop me from reporting on any animal abuse. We have to keep fighting.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 7:16 am
TU Kathy. We need to lock up the real terrorists...most of whom are politicians.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:53 am
Sadly noted.

Jan Garen (86)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 9:05 am
This proves to me beyond doubt that Utah has a lot to hide and that abuse of animals in these farms is rife. The authorities know about it and in collusion with the big farms have conspired to prevent the public and the rest of the country finding out about it. Absolutely disgusting - surely ithis bill is an infringement against the rights of every individual to see what is going on in these places.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:06 pm
the wrong people are being targeted.

Beth M (138)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 12:53 pm
Seems illegal to me. Hopefully an animal rights group takes this to court. We as consumers have the right to know what is going on with our food supply.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:11 pm
We are in a war! It's not sponsored or paid for by government.

It is sponsored and paid for by the people's sacrifice of time, work and tears. We are of the people, for the people, by the people. We are defenders of our children, our children's children, voiceless animals and Mother Earth herself.

We MUST remain positive, otherwise, if we get stuck in negativity we aid the enemy. Pray, postulate, visualize, do whatever you do to keep positive energy flowing, more and more so, toward that which we want.

Emphasize the positive (what we want to be) eliminate the negative as we turn the power of our works and our beliefs to erase and/or transform the negative energies.

Let us not concentrate on what we do NOT want but visualize, by whatever method we know and believe in, visualize what we DO WANT

The enemy fears us. That's why they are trying to gag us. Visualize them defeated.

We are the hope. Ours is the challenge.

Remember, the Native American prophesies of Rainbow Warriors speaks of us. (search internet) It is predicted that WE WIN!!!

Terry V (22)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 1:25 pm
That's funny I don't see the paparazzo ever going to jail or all those news people either. If your not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about. So what does this say are they afraid of something.
I THINK SO! And how dare they call it "terrorism" come see what happened in New York City. HOW DARE YOU!

Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:22 pm
This is just to much I hope all of the people in Utah who are concerned about animal rights remembers this when they go to the polls, local, state and federal. Why are these people so determind to have this bill go through, it has to make you wonder just what they have to hide, only guilty people feel the need to hide behind laws.

Sharon F (0)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 2:57 pm
What are Utah legislators learning about compassion from the big temple in Salt Lake City??? What is the role of religion in decent behavior? All animals should be treated kindly. Thank you.

Janis B (7)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:07 pm
Do these states go to the absolute bottom of the gene pool to get their governments.

Ken O (55)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 3:37 pm
This is horrible. Our government is effectively destroying our rights a little at a time in many areas. The Bush administration began their assault on Americans and it seems to be ratcheting up daily.
On the subject of Factory Farmings cruelty to animals one thing we can all do is give up eating any kind of creatures, no Salmon, no Tuna, no Chicken, no Beef no Pork, nothing. Every dollar you spend on meat products of any kind goes to enabling these monsters. Once it became clear to me that I, by purchasing meat products, was entering into a direct fiduciary arrangement with the viciously cruel people that do these things to animals, that, in effect I was paying them to do it, I could no longer eat meat. That was over 30 years ago, don't miss it at all.

Irene M (18)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:00 pm
One would imagine the USA to be a shining example to the rest of the world in human,and animal rights.I am deeply saddened to read that an unbelievable massive step backwards for animal rights has been taken today.What kind of sick people would pass such a Bill? You should be setting an example by encouraging people to report abuse,and cruelty of any kind, instead of going out of your way to cover it up. What are these farmers afraid of the public finding out? it would seem that abuse,and cruelty to animals does not matter at all....Family life is also private,will people be prevented from reporting abuse,and cruelty in a family situation too?....ALWAYS REPORT ABUSE HUMAN,OR ANIMAL...the suffering is the same and is totally unacceptable in either situation! It's a sad day for people & animals too!

Terri Hughes (416)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:36 pm
Sad, but this is the way many people are these days. All they care about is what they can beat somebody out of. The CROOKS PROTECT EACH OTHER. It's, you watch my back and I will watch yours. Scumbags protect each other. Doesn't matter if it is animal or humans that will be hurt, its all about making big money. This has to STOP!!!!

Julia R (296)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:46 pm
I can't believe this "1984" bill passed the House! These animals are totally voiceless and helpless and there needs to be basic laws to protect these animals just any animals from horrific exploitation and abuse! If this morally regressive bill passes the Senate, it will be a blow to civilization itself and much of the moral progress we have made as a Nation! It would not only be inimical to the protection of these helpless animals from terrible abuse but it would also be taking away important freedoms from workers' rights, journalists and consumers who have the right to know what is going on behind closed doors at factory farms for the best interests of our health as well! I pray that this horrible bill will not pass in the Utah Senate and the senators will show a higher level of intelligence and moral reasoning! I hope that many citizens in Utah will fight this bill which is so dangerous to our Democracy and rights as individuals!

JL A (281)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 4:58 pm
sounds like UT wants to take a see no evil, hear no evil approach to law enforcement in this arena

Gloria Morotti (14)
Wednesday February 29, 2012, 8:41 pm
Wish I could sign this one.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 2:34 am

Patricia Cannell (825)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 6:38 am
The world need all the whistle blowers it can get!! Noted.

Eddie O (95)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 8:20 am
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last week.

Dandelion, there was something on NPR yesterday about Obama putting, or wanting to put, major limitations on NDAA, which of course received immediate opposition from the Greedy Obstructionists, the Party of NO. The restrictions supposedly will pretty much prevent this bill from ever being used on US Citizens, from what I Understood. It restrengthened my support and hope for Obama doing the right thing, as best he can.

Eddie O (95)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 8:27 am
Sadly, one would think that in dealing with "human" beings there would be at least a little bit of intelligence, wisdom, and compassion, at the very least in public. It's just amazing that these "people" in power can be so blatant about supporting greed and money above all else, including animal's and people's; health, happiness, and well-being! These politicians absolutely need to be fired, and told how their stupidity, greed and lack of any resemblance of compassion let to their dismissal.

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Kathy C (354)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 11:15 am
Sources say china is the proud buyer of our farm lands, Now you know why the ag gag bills :(

IOWA Farmland Prices: In the half a dozen (auctions) the past three weeks the average has been between $6,000 and $7,000 an acre, he said. Yesterdays (Rockwell auction) was a whole new deal. The Rockwell farm on Thursday went for $7,600 an acre, or $1.216 million total. The high bidder was Chris Staudt, Dougherty. It was a strong sale, Greder said. One of the highest sales in North Central Iowa. Converting the total per CSR (corn suitability rating) it might have been the highest in North Central Iowa.
Another IOWA Farm Sale: The bidders drove over snow- and ice-covered highways for a chance to own one of the most lucrative properties in the Midwest: 120 acres of farmland in Greene County, Iowa. The winner of last month's auction offered $8,200 an acre -- nearly $1 million. That's 44 percent higher than the $5,701 per-acre estimate for average values in the county as of Nov. 1, according to Iowa State University data.

Sandrea S (278)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 12:18 pm
That is news that makes me barf!

cynthia l (207)
Thursday March 1, 2012, 5:51 pm
It is insanity that this bill was passed. Utah goes on my shyt list

Kathy C (354)
Friday March 2, 2012, 7:56 pm

Take Action Now! Call Iowa's governor Terry Branstad today at (515) 281-5211 and urge him to veto the ag-gag bill.

Ruth P (10)
Saturday March 3, 2012, 10:55 am
Absolutely disgusting.

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Elizabeth P (99)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 1:59 pm
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