Saturday, March 30, 2013
What's an Ag-Gag Law?
Mad cow disease. Do those words bring video footage of sick and staggering
cattle to mind?
Or maybe you can’t stand to think about it.
When AG-GAG bills pass, you won’t have to -- until you’ve bitten into a
tainted burger. Then, brain damage is on the way.
2013 is the year of Ag-gag laws which ban photographing or
videotaping farms without the farmers' consent.
Most bills make it a CLASS ONE
FELONY, even if images show criminal behavior that violates food safety laws.
Ag-gag legislation has cropped up in: Iowa, Florida, New York, Minnesota,
Indiana Utah ,Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, New Hampshire, New
Mexico, Tennessee, and Wyoming.
I may have missed a state or two, but I know that this month California joined the list.
When CBS "60 Minutes" partnered with U.S. Dept of Ag in to document food safety violations
on chicken farms, they discovered an "eight-foot-high vat of water ..where
as many as 10,000 chicken carcasses were...left to soak up moisture to increase their selling
weight. Dried blood, feces, and hair” floated around the dead birds. Diane
Sawyer later called it 'fecal soup.'"
Under Ag Gag laws, journalists or concerned employees would be jailed for revealing
what happened before those chickens were sealed under plastic at your grocery
store. Some bills are so stringent that Dept of Ag inspectors could be
prosecuted for not announcing their presence before taking photographs.
Just a heads-up, for people who eat.
Labels: Ag Gag laws, chicken farms, food safety, mad cow
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Terri Farley @ 7:51 AM