Big Ag Wants to Make it a Crime to Expose Animal Abuse at Factory Farms. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, reported recently that transparency is critical in an era of systemic animal mistreatment and food safety threats.
Lawmakers in Florida and Iowa are trying to make it a crime to photograph or videotape farm animals. They don't want to criminalize animal cruelty, but they do want to make criminals of people trying to document abuse and to put an end to the cruelty. Lawmakers have introduced bills in both states to establish criminal penalties for going undercover at agricultural facilities and simply taking pictures.
Mr. Pacelle explains: Shabby, squalid, overcrowded conditions for animals on factory farms are also a food-safety threat for Americans, with millions of Americans sickened every year by contaminated food. It was, of course, an Iowa egg factory farm that was forced to recall half a billion eggs last year because of a Salmonella outbreak, creating one of the biggest food product recalls in American history.
These businesses ONLY have their bottom line in mind and could obviously care less about the quality or contamination of the food they are entrusted to produce for us.
Reducing the amount of meat we consume to more normal amounts allows us to also choose better sources of meat, which today may cost more....but the more people who support humane farmers and ranchers, the more the cost will be driven down due to the demand.
Start with going meatless today!