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Animal Farm Abuse in the News...Check it out ...very scary!

I was reading the NYT of today and I was shocked to read an article about the abuse of animals at the farms...here is an excerpt, I qoute the NYT:

"States Look to Ban Efforts to Reveal Farm Abuse

Undercover videos showing grainy, sometimes shocking images of sick or injured livestock have become a favorite tool of animal rights organizations to expose what they consider illegal or inhumane treatment of animals.

A Humane Society video from 2010 showed conditions at Iowa farms owned by two of the nation's largest egg producers.

Made by animal rights advocates posing as farm workers, such videos have prompted meat recalls, slaughterhouse closings, criminal convictions of employees and apologies from corporate executives assuring that the offending images are an aberration.

In Iowa, where agriculture is a dominant force both economically and politically, such undercover investigations could soon be illegal.

A bill before the Iowa legislature would make it a crime to produce, distribute or possess photos and video taken without permission at an agricultural facility. It would also criminalize lying on an application to work at an agriculture facility “with an intent to commit an act not authorized by the owner.”

Similar legislation is being considered in Florida and Minnesota, part of a broader effort by large agricultural companies to pre-emptively block the kind of investigations that have left their operations uncomfortably — and unpredictably — open to scrutiny.

Their opponents, including national groups that oppose industrial farming practices, say these undercover investigations have been invaluable for revealing problems and are a form of whistle-blowing that should be protected. They argue that the legislation, if passed, would essentially hide animal abuse and food safety violations.

More details at the web link below:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/14/us/14video.html

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What else do you expect from BIG AG! The answer is to buy locally and know your farmer personally.

Posted by Megan McDowell on April 15, 2011 at 05:18 PM EDT #

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