13 Apr '11, 5pm

Minnesota next up to pass law banning undercover farm videos

If Big Ag has its way, even possessing this undercover image of a factory chicken farm would be illegal. Photo: Humane Society of the United States NPR had a report today on the anti-whistleblower laws in Florida and Iowa that would make it illegal to take photos or undercover videos of livestock facilities. (It's always nice to be NPR's assignment editor!) But it doesn't end in those two states -- this "campaign" by Big Ag to shield its production techniques from scrutiny is going national. Writer Will Potter -- author of the book Green Is the New Red about "how animal rights and environmental activists are being labeled 'eco-terrorists,' and what that means for the safety and freedom of us all" -- uncovered a Minnesota bill that would go even further. The bill -- proposed by a state legislator who is, according to Potter, the "past president of the Minnesota Pork Produce...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/factory-farms/2011-04-13-minnesota-n...

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