Target: Mary Matalin, political consultant
Goal: Applaud recent victories in blocking ag-gag legislation
Ag-gag legislation is essentially aimed at stopping animal abuse investigators from doing their jobs. The legislation criminalizes the undercover investigation and reporting of animal abuse in factory farms. Since factory farms are not inspected for cruelty, this legislation would allow rampant and secretive animal abuse to continue indefinitely, while immobilizing the only group that can stop it.
Ag-gag bills are being proposed all over the United States and are already active laws in 9 states. A number of government officials, citizens, and celebrities are demanding a stop to these bills. Kentucky is the most recent states to throw out an ag-gag proposal following rejections in 11 other states. Tennessee has also removed text that supported ag-gag from two Senate bills.
A 2012 poll showed that 71% of Americans supported undercover investigations for animal abuse and 64% opposed making them illegal. Ag-gag laws solely benefit criminals and those who wish to cover up crime for the sake of a billion dollar industry. Those that are defending ag-gag laws are the exact people who profit from the industry. Thus it is completely unacceptable for legislators to enact these laws for the sake of the wealthy minority.
Applaud the efforts of the organizations and individuals who are doing everything they can to block unconstitutional ag-gag laws.
Dear Mary Matalin,
PETA’s recent report on the defeat of another ag-gag bill was a relief for animal rights activists around the country. Meaningful efforts have been made by various groups and individuals, however there is still a long way to go. We must work to repeal ag-gag legislation in the states where it has already been enacted.
Unfortunately for agricultural associations and biotechnology giants like Monsanto, animal torment is a small price to pay for unabated profits. It will take ongoing effort and thousands of voices to convince legislators that ag-gag laws are inhumane, unconstitutional, and criminal.
It is crucial that political figures speak up so that lawmakers see just how profuse ag-gag disapproval is. We thank you for your efforts in keeping ag-gag laws out of our government.
[Your Name Here]
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