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Iowa about to criminalize videotaping animal abuse

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posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:17 AM
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That is so nice. Making it a crime to expose a crime. The ``beef lobby`` strikes again.

Opposing sides dig in as Legislature considers ban on secret farm taping

Iowa is on the verge of becoming the first state to criminalize recording farm sights and sounds without prior permission from the farmer or business owner.

It’s become a hot-button issue in the waning days of the legislative session, one that pits environmental and animal rights activists against farmers and agribusiness interests.

On one side are the activists who surreptitiously record how animals are kept or slaughtered on farms. On the other side are the farm owners who don’t want them to do that.


I love meat. And I love farms. But if companies are cutting corners/abusing animals... customers NEED TO KNOW so we can boycott the companies that do so they CHANGE THEIR PRACTICE and become what they should be, RESPONSIBLE business owners OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS.




posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:28 AM
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This one is kind of a mixed bag. The thing is, any mass production of food from animals is cruel in some regard. I've seen these activist videos before where sometimes I'm like "Holy #$@" and others I'm like "Ok, that's blowing things out of proportion". I think it's the latter that this law is meant to protect farmers against. I like the fact that I can go to the grocery and pick up some meat for dinner, but I am also aware that for this to be possible, yes, some animals may have suffered, albeit sometimes unintentional. Unintentional as in some systems set in place for slaughter might not always be 100% full proof of survival.

Of course at the same time, one could look at this and think, if child porn and snuff films are illegal, maybe animal abuse should be too. Though I understand the purpose of such animal abuse documentation.

It's a foggy line, though I do believe farmers who have never had intention of animal abuse may deserve protection, though negligence should be corrected.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:30 AM
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That is insane!
That would make any investigation in to malpractice etc next to impossible!

Seriously though, what the hell is going on with America at the moment!
You guys seem to be losing rights, left right and centre (ha-just read that out loud there)

I've said it before but its like your being pushed to see what your breaking point is.

I also believe anyone that mistreats animals are worse than scum.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:31 AM
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Outrageous.

If it would be up to me, I would make a law requiring all animal farms to have cameras with a public feed to the internet installed, so anyone can check up how the animals are treated. And this is coming from a meat-eater.

Animal farms are the concentration camps of the 21st century.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:48 AM
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The allowed exposing through camera documentation has opened up a lot of change in how some factory farms are treating their animals. It brought about more farms to be free range, which does very well for the animals and the farmers.
A lot of factory farms are still conducting business by quantity and non compassion over quality... caring for the livestock. Slaughtering sick, as well as not cared for properly, animals to feed to people, will make the people sick too.
Suppressing, will further obstruct justice when it is needed in certain cases. Criminalizing it is just ridiculous.



posted on May, 26 2011 @ 04:15 AM
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Originally posted by Maslo
Outrageous.

If it would be up to me, I would make a law requiring all animal farms to have cameras with a public feed to the internet installed, so anyone can check up how the animals are treated. And this is coming from a meat-eater.

Animal farms are the concentration camps of the 21st century.




Exactly.

I'm a meat-eater as well, but I don't think it's right that we place animals in such terrible conditions before they are slaughtered. For thousands of years man has domesticated animals, however in the past they roamed in pastures and lived somewhat natural lives. Now they are penned in cages, injected with hormones (and god knows what else) and treated like meat-producing machines.

Just because we eat them doesn't mean they don't deserve a fulfilling life before the slaughter. We need to re-evaluate our priorities as a nation. Sometimes it's better to pay a little more if it means doing the right thing. Also, pasture-raised grass fed beef tastes WAY better than the factory stuff.



posted on May, 27 2011 @ 02:05 AM
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Here is an example of why video taping these horrors should NEVER be made illegal. This is the kind of
horrors these sick cruel sub-humans don't want you to see!!!
WARNING VIDEO IN ARTICLE IS GRAPHIC. VERY HARD TO WATCH.

www.mfablog.org...



posted on May, 27 2011 @ 03:05 AM
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They don't do a good enough job of preventing such horrific things from happening in the first place, so instead of fixing that problem, they want to stop people from documenting it and showing how much it's actually happening. Rediculous.



posted on May, 27 2011 @ 03:12 AM
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Why do they even need a law for this? Just post a sign that says "no recording allowed without permission" or something and it comes instantly illegal.



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