Lift Ban on Undercover Camera Investigations at Factory Farms

Target: Gov. Dave Heineman, Nebraska, Gov. Mike Pence, Indiana, Gov. Mike Beebe, Arkansas, Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania, Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee and Gov. Jerry Brown, California

Goal: Protect animal welfare and human health by outlawing the ban on undercover camera investigations at factory farms.

Six states currently hold an active ban on undercover camera investigations at factory farms, making the use of photo and video equipment at farms illegal without the consent of the farm’s owner. These investigations are crucial in exposing inhumane practices performed at many factory farms, and are necessary to protect animal welfare and human health and safety in the consumption of meat products. That these states are closing the door to the investigations of well-meaning organizations is great cause for concern.

What factory farms have been caught doing by undercover investigations is appalling and disgusting. What these companies might do when no one is allowed to investigate is a very scary thought. Organizations like PETA thrive on undercover investigations – and the video footage and photos acquired during them – to fuel their campaigns for animal rights. Removing the possibility of investigation removes hope for the animals that are potentially abused at these factory farms.

According to ABC News, a representative of Mercy for Animals recently investigated a large egg producer in Iowa, revealing unsanitary conditions and animal cruelty. The footage acquired during this undercover investigation received national media attention, swaying corporations like McDonald’s and Target to cancel their contract with this egg producer. Undercover investigations make a difference. Sign this petition to remove the ban on undercover investigations in these six states.

THE PETITION:

Dear Gov. Dave Heineman, Gov. Mike Pence, Gov. Mike Beebe, Gov. Tom Corbett, Gov. Bill Haslam, and Gov. Jerry Brown,

It is imperative that you remove the ban on undercover investigations at factory farms in your state. These investigations are crucial to the welfare of animals, and to the health and safety of consumers.

Past investigations have revealed unsanitary conditions, and cruelty to animals, both unacceptable and unsafe to the consumer. Closing the door to these investigations puts animals and consumers at risk. If companies have nothing to hide, then undercover investigations should not be a concern.

As Governor, it is your duty to protect the citizens of your state, and to uphold the highest standards for the businesses representative of your state. A ban on undercover investigations at factory farms directly opposes these objectives, and therefore needs to be abolished.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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13 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    Reporting of all abuse to living beings is essential to any civilized society and basic to ethical existence.

  2. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT ALL OVER THE WORLD!

    KILLINGS AND ABUSES TO LIVING CREATURES ARE UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED SOCIETIES!

    HAVE YOU LOST YOUR HUMANITY, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE?

    People need to vote unacting authorities and BASTARDS acting irresponsibly out of occupations NOW AND FOREVER!!

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES: TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO RESPONSIBLES AND INITIATORS CONVICTALBLE TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS AND NATIONAL DAMAGES ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

    ON WHICH PLANET WE STAY HERE ALL TOGETHER WITH WHAT KINDS OF MONSTERS ?

    ETHICS OF RESPONSIBILITY IS TO USE IN LAW EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD !
    Normaltive ethic includes the claim on generally liability.

  3. It is an absolute joke if this ban to film & uncover animal abuse isn’t lifted. We’ll be left with a cruel government that arrogantly think they’re more important than other living things. Wrong!

  4. Sharon Stemple says:

    This is a travesty animals think feel pain and love as we do our world should be ashamed , this cruelty has to stop and stop now

  5. E. Gaston says:

    Not to mention the circumvention of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. These ag-gag laws will allow “law enforcement” to confiscate video footage from the rightful owner so they can’t release it to the public and cause a p.r. nightmare for these plants and the inept U.S.D.A. I wonder why these a-holes aren’t banning undercover exposes on people pretending to be 12 year old girls to lure pedophiles. They claim it is wrong to falsify paperwork and get a job under “false pretenses” to covertly film. What a load of crap. Maybe they should worry about the false/stolen social security numbers many of their illegals obtained to get a job there. These politicians passing this crap off on us is criminal. If we let them get away with it makes us idiots.

  6. Annie Joyce says:

    Time to stop protecting the animal abusers and their greedy bosses

  7. Emily Cohen says:

    We all have the right to privacy but not above all else.
    We all walk through security at the airport in order
    To ensure security and safety for all.
    People have a right to know that the meat they eat was treated humanely. And businesses do not have the right to hide from their consumers.
    As a Californian, I’m ashamed but not surprised that we have this unreasonable law protecting the industry.
    We can talk about “moral” “values” “ethical treatment” and the like all day long. But it means nothing if we can’t protect the most harmless beings from inhumane treatment.

  8. Betty Kelly says:

    Undercover cameras should be used all factory farms.

  9. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” Bullies, cowards, sociopaths, criminals land abusers look to prey upon the defenseless, victims behind closed doors where there are no witnesses to get away with it. Only transparency and report with consequences can have effect in stopping this or at the very least, punishing, fining, firing those individuals. Anyone who would support this is looking to hide something. It is wrong on every level! This is bad for us and horrific for our intelligent, defenseless, sentient animals.

    We cannot allow big corporate entities, such as big AG to run roughshod over us and our animals. They would love for us to go away and let them self govern, read: do whatever they want. They must be held accountable and the only way to do that is to have more access, not less. NO banning camera’s. NO harm/arrest for whistler-blowers and NO passing AG-GAG Bills!

  10. Teresa Chavez says:

    Stop the inhuman slaughter!

  11. Chris James says:

    Just don’t eat meat. If you do, and your posting comments here you are a hypocrite. I stopped eating meat 15 years ago and couldn’t be healthier! I will NEVER use my money to support the livelihood of those that inflict terror and butcher the innocent.

    • Danielle Hart says:

      Oh, the holier than thou attitude of some vegans is SO annoying! Just because a person eats meat doesn’t mean that they want the animals to be beaten, tortured and killed in horific ways. There are ways to rear, care for and kill animals humanely. I was a vegan for 4 years and my health deteriorated badly and I had to have three surgeries for related problems. I know it’s unusual and that most vegans are very healthy, but that did happen to me. Just remember that no one possesses the absolute truth and you should be more tolerant of people who have different eating habits than yours. It’s totally unrealistic to think that the whole world will go vegan. Let’s aim at a more realistic goal: the humane treatment of all animals, equally.

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