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shockra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 09:22 PM
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Iowa House OKs ban on secretly filmed farm videos
DES MOINES, Iowa The Iowa House approved a bill Thursday to prevent animal rights activists from getting hired on farms just so they can secretly record what they believe is the mistreatment of livestock.

The bill has had strong support from farmers angered by repeated releases of secretly filmed videos claiming to show the mistreatment of farm animals. It was introduced after groups around the nation released videos showing cows being shocked, pigs being beaten and chicks ground up alive.

The Republican-led House approved the measure 65-27. It must pass the Democratic-controlled Senate and be signed by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad to become law.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-undercover...

There is similar legislation underway in Florida, drafted on the behalf of Wilton Simpson, an egg producer.

http://floridaindependent.com/24298/egg-producer-reques...

Several of Iowas largest egg producers had also been the target of numerous exposs by the Humane Society of the United States in early 2010, only months before the USDA issued the largest egg recall in U.S. history due to salmonella:

More recently, in April 2010, a video from Rose Acre Farms and Rembrandt Enterprises, two Iowa egg producers, was released as the end result of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States. Only weeks later two different Iowa egg producers voluntarily recalled millions of eggs linked to salmonella outbreaks.

The group argues that the egregious animal cruelty that they uncovered is what has prompted Iowas agribusiness industry to push for this specific bill.

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Taking a photograph at or of a farm would become a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 09:23 PM
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1. Absolute unconstitutional, I imagine this will be challenged almost immediately.
What a fucking crock of shit.

PB
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Generic Other Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 09:26 PM
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2. So you now arrest a reformer who films your dirty operation
Way to publicize your problems.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 09:35 PM
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3. It will die an ignoble death
Edited on Thu Mar-17-11 09:35 PM by rpannier
Courts will not enforce a law that endorses illegal behavior
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Countdown_3_2_1 Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 09:37 PM
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4. I live in Iowa. Farmers rule here.
any party must do what they say to stay in power. Its just the way it is.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 09:40 PM
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5. Is it the Farmers or the corporate farmers that want the bill? n/t
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shockra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 10:07 PM
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7. Corporate.
Or it wouldn't have gotten this far.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 09:43 PM
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6. if they don't like employees filming animal cruelty, they should maybe stop with the animal cruelty
Edited on Thu Mar-17-11 09:43 PM by fishwax
:think:
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 10:17 PM
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8. Its funny but those of us who are small farmers would welcome the scrutiny
Agribusiness has so distorted "farming" nobody knows what that means anymore.

It would be a welcome relief to actually SPEAK to a real, live representative of the USDA and tell them about what happens to the "lost" 10% of true, organic, farmers.....

Please take photos of OUR operations! Please make sure OUR farms are humane. I hate that "agribusiness" is able to tar the operation of "farming" as some kind of torture operation.
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Mariana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 10:24 PM
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9. ...record what THEY BELIEVE is the mistreatment of livestock.
Edited on Thu Mar-17-11 10:24 PM by Mariana
Cute.

If it isn't ACTUAL mistreatment of livestock, if it's just in their fevered imaginations and they only BELIEVE it's mistreatment of livestock, there's no reason to prohibit the recordings, is there?
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BoWanZi Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 10:44 PM
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10. Ummm, how would they even begin to enforce something like this?
Its not like the farmers are looking for their employees who are filming. I imagine that all filming is done on the sly and the employee would not want to be outed as a "spy".
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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 11:10 PM
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11. I would LOVE to be the activist to take this shit to trial
think of EVERYTHING that would get exposed in that courtroom. HA! this is bullshit meant to scare people - which is what republicans are best at. I'd call their bluff on this one in a second. No way anyone accused of this would EVER see the light of a courtroom. what a joke. :rofl:
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Thunderstruck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 11:14 PM
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12. So let me this straight, rather than make the inhumane treatment illegal,
they are trying to make videotaping said treatment illegal instead?

Regressives are so fucking stupid.

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shockra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 11:53 PM
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16. You know, in other countries they are capable of the opposite reaction...
...to cruelty investigations.

UK recommends slaughtercams.

http://www.meattradenewsdaily.co.uk/news/131010/uk___cc...

Five UK Supermarket chains to require slaughtercams from their suppliers.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/03/abattoirs-s...
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 11:23 PM
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13. ALEC is apparently behind this and the Florida bill. Links, including link to the ALEC model bill.
ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council, which is backed by the Koch brothers among others and has lots of state-legislator members who introduce model legislation written by corporate representatives.

Link to the topic I posted about the Florida law a few days ago, quoting a filmmaker/activist's letter about the Florida law being part of a larger ALEC initiative:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Link to the reply about ALEC's "eco-terrorism" bill in my more general topic about ALEC:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

There's a link in that reply to the PDF file with the text of the bill, and I'm going to include it here, too:

http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/wp-content/Images/...

From Section 3 of that model bill (p. 23 of the PDF file):

2. Obstructing or impeding the use of an animal facility or the use of a natural resource without the effective consent of the owner by:
(a) damaging or destroying an animal or research facility, or other property in or on the premises;
(b) entering an animal or research facility that is at the time closed to the public;
(c) remaining concealed in an animal or research facility with the intent to commit an act prohibited by this chapter;
(d) entering an animal or research facility and committing or attempting to commit an act prohibited
by this chapter;
(e) entering an animal or research facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera, or other
means with the intent to commit criminal activities or defame the facility or its owner;

-snip-


ALEC has been pushing legislation like this for years. Here's something Bill Berkowitz wrote about it in 2003:

http://dissidentvoice.org/Articles5/Berkowitz_Animal-Ac...

Anti-factory Farm Activists Under Fire

State Legislatures Launch ALEC-backed Attack on Anti-factory Farm and Animal Rights Campaigners

by Bill Berkowitz
Dissident Voice

June 7, 2003

-snip-

If HB 433 passes and is signed into law in Texas, family farm and animal rights activists could face jail time and a fine of up to $10,000 for taking pictures of penned-up animals on factory farms, writing a check to a group involved in peaceful protests or civil disobedience against corporate farms, or paying membership dues to an environmental organization involved in a corporate campaign.

-snip-

Authored by Representative Ray Allen of Grande Prairie, HB 433 amends the state's penal code whose prohibited offenses already include vandalism, arson, breaking and entering, theft of an animal or natural resource, and trespassing. The Texas American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is concerned that if passed and signed into law, HB 433 would make it a Class B misdemeanor to take photographs or to videotape in an animal or natural resource facility.

-snip-

Behind many of the bills being introduced across the country is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Mike Flynn, director of policy for the Arlington, Virginia-based organization, told ENS that he thought the language was appropriate and that it was a response to a growing problem that needs its own category of legislation. ALEC, a corporate sponsored and funded association of hundreds of state-based legislators, often provides legislators and their staff with model legislation.

The Texas bill is also intended to stifle independent reporters or news organizations from uncovering the facts about animal abuse on corporate run farms, by prohibiting them from "entering" facilities and taking "photographs or a video recording with the intent to defame the facility or the facility's owner." This legislation also creates an Internet database "of the names of animal rights and ecological terrorists, and requires that every person who commits an offense under the bill to provide all change of address information," claims the Texas ACLU.

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shockra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 12:03 AM
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18. Wow.
I can't believe I never heard of this connection. Thanks.
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FredStembottom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 11:27 PM
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14. People are gonna line up to be arrested for this!
Please, please arrest them!

The resulting trials would be the most enjoyably ridiculous spectacle possible!

Man.... these tea-baggers can't soil themselves fast enough.
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 11:31 PM
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15. This is THE definition of corporatism, collusion of corporate and state power.
Our grandparents bled and gave their lives by the hundreds of thousands in order to ensure that this kind of wrong can never win over the world. Back then, though, they called it fascism.
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-11 11:57 PM
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17. Bank robbers also want a bill passed
They want it illegal for banks to have video cameras, no bank guards, police need to have 24/7 donut breaks, no FBI intervention, no time locks on vaults.......makes as much sense
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shockra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 03:18 PM
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19. Animal activist Mark Hawthorne
Big Ag and Lawmakers Push Ban on Undercover Cameras

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Not a single federal law protects farmed animals from cruelty during their short lives in factory farms, and Iowa specifically excludes these animals from anti-cruelty protection. Without undercover investigations, there are no meaningful watchdogs protecting animals from egregious cruelty in these facilities, says MFAs executive director Nathan Runkle. This bill is a blatant violation of free speech and freedom of the press. It keeps consumers in the dark, threatens public health, and hurts animals by shielding animal abusers from public scrutiny.

<snip>

Laws like those being proposed in Florida and Iowa could potentially impact all kinds of undercover work. Its not difficult to imagine a wide variety of industries lobbying for similar legislation that will keep undercover activists and reporters from revealing what goes on behind their closed doors. But as Wagman points out, Big Ag has specifically targeted animal welfare and animal rights investigators because they are doing such a good job of revealing the neglect and violence that are so rampant and often standard practice in animal agriculture. With this industry, all you have to do is get inside the facility to be exposed to some of the most horrific cruelty and treatment of animals imaginable, he says. For a variety of reasons, the government is unable to provide the oversight and investigatory power to discover this abuse. The only real way to expose it is to do what these courageous men and women are doing.

http://strikingattheroots.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/big-...
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