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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:45 AM
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Will Potter: What Is Big Ag Trying to Hide? (ALEC bills criminalizing anyone who exposes wrongdoing)
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Will Potter links to this opinion piece from his own blog /

but to read the entire piece you have to go to HuffPo:

Will Potter
What Is Big Ag Trying to Hide?
Posted: 04/22/11 02:58 PM ET

Undercover investigations by the Humane Society, Mercy for Animals and other groups have exposed systemic animal cruelty at factory farms. The video footage has led to criminal convictions in Iowa, voter referendums in Florida, and consumer outrage at the most egregious animal welfare abuses.

Rather than put an end to these practices, though, corporations and agriculture industry groups have hit back with another plan: criminalize anyone who exposes their wrongdoing.

Iowa, Florida and Minnesota are all considering bills that specifically target anyone who documents the mistreatment of animals. In Minnesota, for instance, the bill criminalizes the recording, or mere possession, of an "image or sound" of animal suffering in a sweeping list of "animal facilities" and "crop facilities."


The language in the Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota bills is quite similar to provisions in model "eco-terrorism" legislation created by a corporate front group. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a non-profit funded by corporations, who contribute tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for having a say in drafting model bills. The bills are then introduced by state lawmakers across the country. ALEC's model bill is so broad that it includes undercover investigations, photography, videotaping and non-violent civil disobedience as "eco-terrorism."


Please read the entire piece. Potter points out the corporate influences behind this legislation and how long they've been trying to get these laws passed.

These bills are also mentioned separately in various replies in the long compilation topic on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). But this new opinion piece by Will Potter is the best overview I've seen of what's going on now.
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