Missouri Considers Bill Banning Animal Abuse Videos

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – The Missouri House has endorsed legislation seeking to make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at agricultural facilities.  

The legislation given first-round approval Tuesday would create the crime of “agriculture production facility interference.” The crime would apply to people who produce or distribute photos, videos or audio recordings of the activities at an agricultural facility without the consent of the owner.

The bill also would make it a crime for people to gain employment or access at agricultural facilities under false pretenses.

Supporters said the measure is needed to stop undercover activists who produce propaganda against agriculture, particularly where livestock are being raised or slaughtered.

Opponents of the bill said some of those undercover investigations have helped improve conditions at agricultural facilities.

News link:- CBS.St Louis

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Agriculture – Gov OKs bill criminalizing secret video of ag operations

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Utahns who take unauthorized video or photos of agricultural operations could face up to a year in jail under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gary Herbert, although the bill could face a legal challenge.

The measure is aimed at preventing whistleblowers from taking the type of surreptitious images of farms and processing plants that have proven damaging to the meat industry.

Animal welfare advocates had urged the governor to veto the bill, arguing that it would silence whistleblowers who they said have protected the public.

Nathan Runkle, executive director of the group Mercy For Animals, which has conducted several unauthorized operations, said that Herbert failed Utahns by creating “a safe haven for animal abuse and other criminal activity in the state,” and that Mercy For Animals and other groups are exploring potential legal challenges.

Read More here:- Herbert signs so-called ‘ag-gag’ bill

Protect Your Food and Animals!

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Do you know where your food comes from? Let’s hope not from Iowa.

On March 2, Iowa governor Terry Branstad caved to the factory farming lobby and signed a law designed to keep the public in the dark about the cruelty that pervades modern animal agriculture.

The so-called “ag gag” law is aimed at animal advocates who go undercover at factory farms to expose the exploitation of animals at these facilities; however, the law also poses significant threats to public health and safety. Undercover investigations are often necessary to expose not only criminal animal cruelty, but dangerous food safety violations — the sort that result in massive food safety recalls and all too frequently lead to outbreaks of food-borne illness.

That’s why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is proposing a law designed to minimize the risk to citizens of contracting food-borne illnesses by prohibiting state or local governments from purchasing or distributing food products from any jurisdiction — like Iowa — that passes an ag gag law.

Protect your food and farmed animals with a donation to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. ALDF is working hard to prevent factory farmers from hiding the truth about what goes on behind closed doors — to win justice for the animals already suffering in miserable conditions on factory farms and to protect the public from consuming unsafe food products.

ALDF’s Protect Your Food Act will not only help protect your family and the residents of your state from increased risk of exposure to contaminated food…it will also serve as a legislative strike back against the corporate agriculture lobby in states that choose to keep consumers in the dark by passing ag gag laws.

Curb corporate agriculture’s appetite for deception by donating today!

Support ALDF’s Protect Your Food Act and prevent factory farmers from hiding what goes on behind closed doors.

 Donate today! https://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5154/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=8241

Stop Big Ag’s Push to Hide Animal Abuse

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Don’t Let Lawmakers in Iowa make it Illegal to Document Cruelty In recent years, undercover investigators have successfully exposed horrific cruelty in the animal agriculture industry on video and in photos. Instead of improving conditions for animals and workers, big ag is trying to draw a curtain over their dirty operations. Iowa introduced a bill making it illegal to document, posses, or distribute any video or photographs of farm activity.  This so-called “ag-gag” bill is a violation of free speech rights and an attack on brave activists that risk their personal safety to expose the horrible cruelty of factory farms.

The bill has passed the Senate and House and is now sitting on the Govenor’s desk. Please help us ask him to veto this dangerous bill! HF 589 is being condemned by freedom of speech groups as unconstitutional and is designed to keep consumers and the public in the dark about what is really going on in factory farms.

The public has the right to know about illegal and unethical practices on farms such as food safety issues, environmental degradation, and blatant animal abuse.

TAKE ACTION: via Stop Big Ag’s Push to Hide Animal Abuse.

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