Target: Missouri State Senate
Goal: Don’t ban undercover investigations on Missouri farms
Recently, Missouri’s House of Representatives passed a bill which makes it illegal to record pictures or video of a farm without the owner’s consent. This bill was drafted following videos that exposed inhumane conditions at farms across the United States. Although these videos were not filmed on Missouri farms, Missouri lawmakers still seek to protect the industry. However, this protection will only allow the industry farms to continue any inhumane practices.
Undercover investigations have exposed terrible things at factory farms, including animals being beaten and inhumane holding conditions. These practices would have continued if the investigations had not occurred. Although the agriculture industry’s support of banning these investigations does not directly prove there are any cruel practices going on in Missouri, it does lead to some people wondering what exactly the industry’s motivations are. Matt Dominguez, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States, has said, “What’s interesting with the Missouri bill — and similar ones being considered in other states — is that it singles out agriculture. Other industries don’t need these kinds of protections. So, the question becomes, what do these industrial farms have to hide?”
If there are any inhumane conditions at farms in Missouri, they will never be discovered because of this bill. Undercover investigations allow consumers to see where their food comes from, and are a vital part of making sure farms keep humane conditions. If there is no cruel action in the agriculture industry, then there would be no reason to ban these investigations. Therefore, it seems likely that farms are banning these investigations because they may have something to hide. Tell the Missouri legislature to continue to allow undercover investigations to show what is truly going on at these farms.
Dear Missouri State Senate,
Recently, a bill was passed by the Missouri House of Representatives that bans undercover investigations on industrial farms. Undercover investigations have, in the past, exposed such inhumane practices as cruel beatings of animals. Stopping these investigations will allow these practices to continue.
I ask you to oppose this bill and protect undercover investigations. If there is no wrongdoing at any of Missouri’s industrial farms, then there is no harm an undercover investigation can do. The agriculture industry is an important industry, but that does not mean that cruel actions should be allowed to continue.
[Your Name Here]