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#GAGhidesCRUELTY Troubled slaughter: Big Ag fights to keep out prying eyes

#GAGhidesCRUELTY Troubled slaughter: Big Ag fights to keep out prying eyes

There’s a Paul McCartney quote popular with veg-heads: “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” It may not be quite as simple as all that, but he’s definitely got a point. For a little over 10 years, groups such as Mercy for Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, and Compassion Over Killing have conducted undercover investigations into abuses and rules violations on factory farms, and publicized what they’ve documented to lobby for change. It’s worked: Individual campaigns have resulted in business closures, criminal charges, and even broader changes in social behavior. That has got Big Animal Ag scared. So it has done what Big Ag does best: crafted legislation and lobbied for it. State farm-protection laws, or “ag-gags,” as The New York Times ‘ Mark Bittman lovingly called them , come in many different forms, mixing various combinat...

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