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.
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.
[Your Name Here]
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