Animal rights activists may now be legally restricted for rising evidence against their industrial agriculture factories that continue acts of animal torture and abuse. Iowa and Florida have proposed a new law that would make undercover recording of these abuses illegal.
In order to prevent the outside world from seeing these atrocious acts of cruelty against the animals themselves, and the conditions that these animals are confined in, undercover workers who are trying inform the public would be thrown into jail for their efforts.
These undercover stories are not just for the animals sake within the factories, but they have also exposed extreme food contamination cases such as the largest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008, and the recent salmonella outbreak within a Iowa factory that had to recall over half a billion eggs.
Undercover work is extremely important in the effort to raise public awareness about severe animal abuses and food safety, and this work is being censored, These factories are indeed only looking out for their public image and they “want to prevent their very own customers, America’s consuming public, from learning about the production practices that bring food to their tables and plates.
Title: Big Ag Wants To Make It a Crime to Expose Animal Abuse at Factory Farms
Author: Wayne Pacelle
Source: The Humane Society of the United States
Student Researcher: Elizabeth Michael, Sonoma State University
Faculty Evaluator: Peter Phillips, Sonoma State university