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Gagging the Media
Animal Rights – The beasts of Big-Ag have been busy lately, pushing legislation oddly coined, Ag-Gag laws. These laws, in a vegetarian nut-shell, would make it illegal for whistleblowers to document horrendous acts of abuse at slaughter houses and factory farms across America – think skinning baby veal calves alive, or forcing downed animals (too injured or sick to even walk) into the slaughter line and supply chain.
You’ve probably seen or heard of these shockingly sad videos and swore off products form certain companies. Now, your right of knowing what you’re really supporting with your dollars is being threatened. These laws could even go as far as make it illegal to photograph a factory farm from the highway. Raise any ‘constitutional’ questions? We think so…
Cody Carlson of the Atlantic states, “The Ag Gag laws pretend to be about preventing ‘fraud,’ but they actually perpetuate it. They protect a system where consumers are regularly deceived into supporting egregious animal suffering, deplorable working conditions, and environmental degradation.” Carlson is a former investigator for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
The HSUS has also done their fair share of fighting these first-amendment threatening bills. Director of HSUS’s Farm Animal Protection campaign, Paul Shapiro spoke with CNN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell not too long ago about the Ag-Gag laws, asking the question, “What does the meat industry have to hide?” Watch the powerful interview below.
Act Now: Visit the HSUS’s website to learn how you can push back against Big Ag from passing laws that would only protect its own interests, and keep Americans in the dark about abuses against animals and workers, health risks, and environmental hazards.
Read the full Atlantic article here.