HSUS and #aggag bills

I subscribe to the Humane Society of the U.S.’s email blasts – mostly just to watch what they are saying. Like when they tried talking about saving coyotes and free-range chickens in the same sentence!? That one made me laugh.

imageAnyways, most of them I just glaze over, but yesterday’s email brought out my inner Homer Simpson – “doh”. Titled: Nothing.

It’s main purpose? To protect farm animals by throwing farmers under the bus by their so-called, “illegal and unethical activities to push anti-whistleblower bills – “Ag-Gag” bills – to prevent you from finding out about them.” Mainly what Wayne P. is referring are the bills proposed in 11 states which require footage to be sent to authorities in a 48-hour period of surveillance or secret video shot of the farm animals.

The purpose of these bills is to protect the farmer and his/her animals from activists coming onto his/her farm and portraying their practices wrongly. How many times have we all heard the stories that farm workers were hired and took secret footage – wrongly portraying what was happening on that farm/operation?

Wayne is complaining about this – obviously – because it wouldn’t let him get his propaganda out as easily. But a statement he made just made me want to bop him on the noggin and say – doh.
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Really, Wayne? If YOU don’t have anything to hide, why do you send workers onto farms, lie about what they are doing, and secretly videotape what is going on? Yes, these liars have caught some bad apples in food animal production, as there are in every industry. But why should these animal rights activists be allowed such secrecy when farmers shouldn’t even be granted their own right to their privacy?!

Animal welfare and food safety are both top priorities for today’s farmers and ranchers. They are not trying to hide anything they are doing – in fact I know several of them who have opened up their farms for tours to anyone that is interested. These proposed bills are in place to protect the farmer and rancher. If you really want to see a great tour of a farm and how animal welfare is a taking place, here are just a few of the great bloggers I know who do just that:

3 thoughts on “HSUS and #aggag bills

  1. I totally agree with you and I am sooo thankful that you posted this, but (just for clarification) the "Ag-Gag" bill does not make it illegal to take video of operations, it just states that the footage should be turned into authorities within 48 hours.

  2. I found this post very interested because I was unaware of this Ag-Gag bill, I think it is so interesting to see the way animal activists are trying to get their way in farms. I am slowly learning more and more about animal welfare and the different sides of the debate. In an animal welfare class I am in we discuss issues like this everyday and it really has brought this issue to my attention. I think you make a good point, why should animal rights activist have their own right to privacy if farmers don't? It's a valid point because I think people are more concerned about the "facts" Wayne is throwing out in the media instead of the actual truths in agriculture and it is hurting the industry. Reading things like this really is the driving force behind why I want to stand up for agriculture in the political world because there is a lot that could be done to help!

  3. I found this post very interested because I was unaware of this Ag-Gag bill, I think it is so interesting to see the way animal activists are trying to get their way in farms. I am slowly learning more and more about animal welfare and the different sides of the debate. In an animal welfare class I am in we discuss issues like this everyday and it really has brought this issue to my attention. I think you make a good point, why should animal rights activist have their own right to privacy if farmers don't? It's a valid point because I think people are more concerned about the "facts" Wayne is throwing out in the media instead of the actual truths in agriculture and it is hurting the industry. Reading things like this really is the driving force behind why I want to stand up for agriculture in the political world because there is a lot that could be done to help!
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