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Humane Society of US targets 'ag-gag' bill

Posted May 27, 2013
Updated May 28, 2013

— The Humane Society of the United States is joining People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as the latest organization to launch a video protest of the so-called “ag-gag” bill, which would curb the use of undercover video to film animal cruelty at meat processing facilities and big factory farms.

The organization has created a television advertisement, which launches Tuesday, calling on politicians and the North Carolina Chamber to stop the bill because it would criminalize undercover investigations and violate freedoms of speech and the press. Senate Bill 648 is not on a list of measures that remain eligible for consideration this session, but it is possible the language could find its way into another measure.

“Rather than trying to prevent animal cruelty and food safety problems, this bill shows that the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s intent is to keep Americans in the dark. Undercover investigations expose abuses that would otherwise remain hidden behind closed barn doors,” Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for the HSUS, said in a statement.

Last week, PETA released a video featuring “meat-eating conservative Republican” Mary Matalin advocating a similar message.

Opponents of the legislation say it would prohibit investigations that uncover examples of animal abuse and the like. For example, a 2011 hidden-video investigation led to the conviction of workers and the state's top poultry veterinarian. Under this bill, the worker who made those video tapes could be subject to prosecution.

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  • lolasandvik May 29, 11:53 a.m.

    It is in society's best interest to prevent animal abuse anywhere it occurs. Hopefully, those in the NCGA will be well versed in the research correlating animal cruelty and inter-human violence.
    http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/saa/2004/00000012/00000001/art00003

  • Scubagirl May 29, 11:46 a.m.

    "Just remember people, this is the meat you are eating. You are consuming the flesh of an animal whose death was the best thing that could ever happen to it, after having lived it's entire life in confinement, probably abused, no life whatsoever, fed the same thing daily just to fatten it up. Just remember that next time you sit down to have dinner.
    orionsune2"

    Your vegetarian outlook IS NOT what this story is about!

  • Cattle Gal May 29, 10:14 a.m.

    I agree with AlwaysABuckeye. Why would anyone not want someone to report abuse right away? This is what this bill will do. Stop eating meat - even for one day a week? No thank you! I value the health benefits today's meat provides, and I don't want groups like HSUS or PETA telling me how to eat. I don't tell a vegetarian or vegan what to do. We have millions upon millions of people in this world to feed (9 billion by 2050) and meat is an important protein asset.I've been in those so-called "factory" farms (they are actually large family farms, by the way), and the health and welfare of those animals is top priority. My family has been raising livestock for nearly six generations and we take our job very seriously.I wish people would ask farmers how they raise their food instead of "assuming" they know by reading what is in the media or what misinformed activists have to say. Most folks are three generations or more removed from the farm and have no clue how their food is raised. Sad!

  • AlwaysABuckeye May 29, 12:16 a.m.

    I would support this bill, if it would include a clause to hire additional humane officers to randomly inspect livestock facilities. I am 100% totally against PETA and most of the time HSUS, and especially of their so-called undercover sting operations. Please check out humanewatch.com for more information about what these two organizations are REALLY striving to accomplish. (Hint: It's NOT what you think!) These "undercover" operations are many times, exaggerated and/or completely staged by PETA to outrage the public and further their agenda (which is exactly the response this article is getting). Before ever backing PETA or HSUS on anything, remember -- if you have cats, dogs, chickens, birds, horses, or any other kind of pet - watch out! You might be on the chopping block next for having your bird in a cage, your dog on a leash, your cat in your house, or for sitting on your horse's back (gasp! How cruel of you to actually ride your horse!)

  • krimson May 28, 11:27 p.m.

    I'm reminded of South Park: Officer Barbrady: Move along, nothing to see here. LOL!

  • orionsune2 May 28, 8:51 p.m.

    I wonder how many animals would be saved if we all started small, like say give up meat at least one day out of the week? You know this sort of thing will continue as long as there is money in it. It's that simple. Take the money away from these people, but how? Stop eating meat, for morality purposes at least if not for health reasons.

  • orionsune2 May 28, 8:49 p.m.

    Just remember people, this is the meat you are eating. You are consuming the flesh of an animal whose death was the best thing that could ever happen to it, after having lived it's entire life in confinement, probably abused, no life whatsoever, fed the same thing daily just to fatten it up. Just remember that next time you sit down to have dinner.

  • krimson May 28, 3:38 p.m.

    Outlaw undercover video entrapment??? How will James O'Queef manage to get another 15minutes??? How terrible...

  • terrible terrier May 28, 11:37 a.m.

    This is probably the first time I've ever agreed with PETA and HSUS about anything.

  • Come On_Seriously May 28, 10:12 a.m.

    This is a disgusting bill by a disgusting group of legislators who believe that the right of business-as-usual trumps ethical treatment of animals (and people). Never mind that these groups also uncover evidence of sick animals being improperly put into the food supply as well as being mistreated. The GA needs to watch some of what is uncovered rather than simply help out their pals that this would benefit.

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