Target: Senators Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen, Daniel Coats, Joe Donnelly, Deb Fischer, and Mike Johanns
Goal: Strike down pending bills that ban undercover investigations of animal abuse on farms.
Recently, “ag-gag” laws, which are anti-whistleblower laws that prohibit undercover videos of farms, were proposed in several states. Ag-gag laws have come up every so often since the 1990’s. Footage obtained legally of animal abuse on farms, on websites like Meat.com for instance, have resulted in public outrage and demand for more humane treatment of farm animals.
Several states, including Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Tennessee, and Arkansas have outvoted or tabled these proposals. Wyoming recently shelved its version of ag-gag, House Bill 126, due to a public outcry led by Bob Barker, TV personality and PETA spokesperson. PETA has also conducted undercover investigations revealing horrific animal abuse committed on mostly large, corporate farms.
Ag-gag laws are already in place in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah. Ag-gag bills are currently pending in New Hampshire, Indiana, and Nebraska. The footage of how chickens are treated in KFC factories (burned alive, stomped on, thrown against walls, hundreds crammed into tiny cages) is among the more well-known results of undercover animal abuse investigations. But the torture happens on a wide scale on farms and in slaughterhouses all across the country.
Other activists, such as Temple Grandin, have also called for the end of ag-gag. By signing the petition letter below you will urge your state senator to continue allowing the problem to be known, so it can eventually be solved.
Dear Senators Kelly Ayotte, Jeanne Shaheen, Daniel Coats, Joe Donnelly, Deb Fischer, and Mike Johanns,
Anti-whistleblower laws banning undercover investigations of animal abuse on farms (“ag-gag”) have been on the books for a long time. Most states haven’t enacted them, because they prohibit the unspeakable torture faced by farm animals from even being brought to light, let alone prohibited. However, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, and South Dakota have ag-gag laws on the books, and these laws are currently pending in New Hampshire, Indiana, and Nebraska.
Legally obtained video footage from KFC’s slaughterhouses and on Meat.com, among other sources, have made the public aware of how farm animals are treated. The state of Wyoming recently shelved its ag-gag bill, HB 126, due to a public outcry led by PETA and its spokesman Bob Barker.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press. So not only do ag-gag laws prevent the public from knowing about these atrocities, therefore ensuring that they will continue in perpetuity; they are a violation of our Constitution. Please help oppose all pending ag-gag bills in your state, for the sake of humans and animals alike.
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