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Big Ag Wants To Make It a Crime to Expose Animal Abuse at Factory Farms
03-25-2011, 03:29 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Lawmakers in Florida and Iowa have introduced bills to establish criminal penalties for going undercover at agricultural facilities and simply taking pictures.

March 21, 2011

What do Florida and Iowa have in common when it comes to animal agriculture? They've both been hot spots, past and present, for the movement to combat some of the worst abuses in industrial agribusiness. And now the factory farming industry is fighting back in both states—and their latest methods represent their biggest overreach yet.

In Florida, the Humane Society of the United States and other groups pushed for the adoption of the first statewide law in the country to restrict the extreme confinement of animals on factory farms. In 2002, voters there passed Amendment 10, to phase out the caging of breeding sows in gestation crates. In Iowa, HSUS and other animal welfare groups have conducted a series of undercover investigations (see the video) to expose cruelty in the nation's biggest factory farming state.

Now, these two states have something else in common. They are trying to make it a crime to photograph or videotape farm animals


So this is what's behind the law making it a crime to take pictures of cows in fields. So big Ag can continue to abuse animals as they consider profitable.

First they came for the chickens...
03-25-2011, 03:43 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Animal abuse?

03-25-2011, 04:14 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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ffs gaah.gif Exposing horrible conditions is a really efficient way to change them. Consumers are pretty sensitive to that sort of thing... JR, you're not helping 37.gif
03-25-2011, 04:24 PM #4
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Big Oil (chevron) & Big Fruit37.gif (dole) do the same with documentary film makers, putting out subpoena's for the film makers footage that it needs to be used in court and thus can't be released.

The cases stated below are not new cases, but show's what is happening. It can put off new documentary film makers, if they know, that the film they finance or seek to finance, may never see the light of the screening room

reuters - Dole sues "Bananas" documentary maker

Quote:Dole Food Company Inc filed a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday against Swedish film makers it accuses of knowingly including "patent falsehoods" in a documentary about Nicaraguan banana workers who sued Dole for allegedly exposing them to pesticides on its plantations.


Quote:r the raw footage used to make the 2009 film Crude.
Chevron fighting for documentary footage of Crude film

The award winning film, directed by Joe Berlinger, aimed to highlight the environmental impact of the oil firm's workings in the Amazon rainforest and claimed to show the alleged victims of oil contamination in the region.

However, Chevron is now demanding that the raw footage of the film be shown to help it fight its ongoing court battle against an environmental lawsuit brought by a group of Ecuadorians.

Just more attacks on civil liberties and the freedom of the press.
03-25-2011, 04:27 PM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Big Fruit? İmage

03-25-2011, 04:35 PM #6
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03-25-2011, 05:16 PM #7
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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coffeetime.gif rofl.gif




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