Recently an “ag gag bill” was passed by the Iowa House and Senate. This bill was established to ban undercover investigations, therefore, protecting animal abusers from any type of legal retribution.
Thankfully, a number of Mercy for Animals advocates were immediately on the scene, in hopes of getting the bill vetoed as soon as possible. Advocates executed a crucial and awakening demonstration outside of the capitol building in Iowa, and also put together a documentary titled “Ag-Gag: What are Factory Farmers Hiding? See for yourself," in order to educate the public. The purpose of this video, which includes footage from recent undercover investigations in Iowa, is to make the citizens aware of the unimaginable cruelty that goes on right in their homeland.
Unfortunately, this story does not have a positive outcome as Governor Branstad succumbed to the pressures of "Big Ag" and instated this bill. Since this bill has become a law, undercover investigators will be treated and punished as criminals if they expose any type of cruelty, hazardous conditions, or any overall concerns on factory farms.
The valiant efforts of the Mercy for Animals advocates who worked tirelessly to make a positive outcome are graciously applauded.
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