NOTHING. That's what big agribusiness wants you to know about what happens on factory farms. Don't let ag-gag bills hide animal abuse from the public»
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August 21, 2013
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It's a gag order.
Over the years, our undercover investigations have exposed shocking animal cruelty on factory farms -- and have helped win much-needed reforms.
You might remember, for example, our investigation into shocking abuse of downed cows at a slaughter plant in California, which led to cruelty convictions, new federal reforms, the largest meat recall in U.S. history, and the shut-down of the number-two supplier of ground beef to the National School Lunch Program.
But instead of correcting their illegal and unethical activities, agribusiness has been pushing anti-whistleblower bills -- "ag-gag" bills -- to prevent you from finding out about them.Please don't let ag-gag bills hide animal abuse from the public»
Ag-gag bills seek to criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms -- essentially making it a crime to conduct undercover investigations -- and they've been cropping up state to state.
This year, ag-gag bills have been proposed in 11 states. So, 11 times we have mobilized -- meeting with lawmakers and getting word out to the public -- and all 11 bills have been blocked. But they are sure to come back next year, and we need to be ready.
Help us stay on the offensive and continue pulling back the curtain on animal abuse -- pledge to stand against these dangerous ag-gag bills»
The question I keep coming back to is this: If there's really nothing to hide, then why the need for such unrelenting secrecy?
The reality is that oversight on animal welfare and food safety is already lax -- and often nonexistent. We need more eyes on our food system, not fewer.
Make sure we continue to punish those who abuse animals, not those who work to expose it;tell them you won't be silenced»
Thank you for all you do for animals,
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
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