Monday, April 8, 2013

Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime -

Absolutely disgraceful.  Our good old friends the Koch brothers (funders of ALEC) strike again:
But a dozen or so state legislatures have had a different reaction: They proposed or enacted bills that would make it illegal to covertly videotape livestock farms, or apply for a job at one without disclosing ties to animal rights groups. They have also drafted measures to require such videos to be given to the authorities almost immediately, which activists say would thwart any meaningful undercover investigation of large factory farms.Critics call them "Ag-Gag" bills.Some of the legislation appears inspired by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a business advocacy group with hundreds of state representatives from farm states as members. The group creates model bills, drafted by lobbyists and lawmakers, that in the past have included such things as "stand your ground" gun laws and tighter voter identification rules.
Same guys that fund the "libertarian" Cato Institute.  All they really care about is (1) cutting taxes for rich people and (2) protecting big business to the expense of everyone else.

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