In the past if a factory farm was caught allowing animal cruelty, there was a good chance legal action would be taken, against the farm of course. Well now in Iowa legal action will still be taken, but not against the farm but the people or organizations who are trying to prevent the animal cruelty. Yes that's right, now in Iowa if you video tape animal abuse, you are a criminal.
Iowa's Governor, Terry Branstad, signed a bill which makes it criminal for undercover investigations to expose cruelty, corporate abuse, dangerous working conditions, and food safety concerns on factory farms.
The Governor gave into pressure from large agribusiness to create a protective bubble that will shield these abuses. The law basically says its ok for animal cruelty to occur on Iowa’s farms, just hide it from the public.
Organizations like Mercy For Animals and the Humane Society of the United States who work with undercover investigators could now find themselves being prosecuted. These organizations were founded on the belief that all living creatures deserve to be treated with compassion and not abused for profit. The thought of protecting the people and the businesses that allow this abuse in the year 2012, in the United States, shows that there is something very wrong with the system.
What can we do?
Stop the Ag-Gag - legislation to criminalize the exposing of animal cruelty is now being considered in the following states. If you live in one of these states, please take action below:
Illinois: HB 5143 - Take Action
New York: S 5172 - Take Action
Utah: HB 187 - Take Action
Indiana: SB 184 (bill pending)
Minnesota: HF 1369/ SF 1118 (bill pending)
Missouri: SB 695 (bill pending)
Nebraska: LB 915 (bill pending)
If you live in Iowa, and you agree this law is wrong, write your Governor.
Or go vegan, it's the easiest way to voice your opinion.