30 Jan '13, 1am

Will 2013 be the year of ag-gag bills?

Will 2013 be the year of ag-gag bills?

The U.N. has declared 2013 to be the Year of Quinoa . But it’s also shaping up to be the Year of Ag Gag, those bills that make it illegal to covertly investigate factory farms for animal and ecological abuse . From Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary : In 2011, the meat industry backed laws in four states to make taking photos or videos on farms and slaughterhouses illegal. In 2012, the industry pushed similar laws in 10 states. This year, we expect even more. Shutterstock In 2011 and 2012, Iowa, Utah, and Missouri all enacted some version of an anti-whistleblower ag-gag law, while similar proposals were struck down in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee . This year, more such laws are proposed in Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Wyoming. Ag-gag laws are hardly the first attempt to keep the prying eyes of the public — activists, journalists, ...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/will-2013-be-the-year-of-ag-gag-bills/

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