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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:32 AM

Turn Off that Camera! Animal Cruelty Videos Being Blocked

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Turn Off that Camera! Animal Cruelty Videos Being Blocked

By CINDY GALLI and BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) Feb 7, 2013, 9:58 AM

Fearing arrest under laws pushed by the agriculture industry, animal rights activists have halted undercover camera investigations into animal cruelty in five farm states, including Iowa and Utah where the laws went into effect last year.

"We are not conducting our investigations in those five states," said Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, a group whose most recent hidden-camera exposť led to criminal charges against employees at the largest dairy farm in Idaho.

The Humane Society of the United States has also stopped its hidden-camera investigations in those states as a result of what it concedes has been a victory for the agribusiness industry.

"If you think that chilling speech and closing the curtain on our food production is winning, then yes, they've won," Wayne Pacelle, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States, told ABC News.

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G_j Feb 2013 OP
iwillalwayswonderwhy Feb 2013 #1
Catherina Feb 2013 #2
G_j Feb 2013 #6
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #9
Downwinder Feb 2013 #3
kenny blankenship Feb 2013 #4
stuntcat Feb 2013 #5
life long demo Feb 2013 #7
G_j Feb 2013 #8

Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:47 AM

1. Doesn't meat automatically come on styrofoam and wrapped in plastic?

Need I say this is sarcasm?

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:56 AM

2. They're considered *terrorists* in this great land of freedom and compassion

What a shameful state our country's in.


In 2006, Congress quietly passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, a sweeping new law that classified many forms of animal rights campaigning as terrorism.

AETA, which replaced an earlier, weaker law called the Animal Enterprise Protection Act (AEPA), prohibits anything done "for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise" or that "causes the loss of any real or personal property." (The earlier version of the law only covered "physical disruption" to operations.) The law also prohibits "economic damage" to an enterprise, which includes loss of profits and pressure put on any investors or other companies that do business with the animal enterprise. Even the definition of "animal enterprise" is so broad that it could be construed as covering any institution that has a cafeteria selling meat or cheese products, argues Rachel Meeropol, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is backing the plaintiffs in the case filed against Attorney General Eric Holder.

"Basically, the law is saying if you cause an animal enterprise to lose profits, then you've committed a terrorist act," Meeropol says. "The whole point of many protests is to cause a business to lose profits, to convince the public that a certain company doesn't deserve to be patronized."

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http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2011/12/are-animal-rights-activists-terrorists

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Response to Catherina (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:49 PM

6. Profits over ALL else

and yes, we will declare you a terrorist if you hold us accountable for our crimes.

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Response to Catherina (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:41 PM

9. +1

 

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:09 PM

3. If there was ever a place for surveillance drones.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:12 PM

4. Tyrannical laws pushed under the cover of anti-terrorism measures

Thank You, US Terror State.

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:35 PM

5. +1

And it would further hurt the economy to pull the wool from people's eyes about all the very nasty things that have to happen to support their consumption.

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Response to G_j (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:14 PM

7. This is so sad and wrong

So Being humane is against the law now.

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Response to life long demo (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:37 PM

8. if it means making less $$?

yes

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