Iowa House agrees to prohibit secret animal-abuse videos
#1 Mar 18, 2011
Why are the representatives elected to serve our citizens (not corporations) and defend our constitution doing exactly the opposite? In an era where some of the very same people are crying out for transparency, these evil lackies of corporate interests are conspiring to keep our citizens in the dark, and conspiring to violate the first amendment, and probably the fourth, fifth, and eighth. This isn't about protecting national security or even corporate trade secrets. This is about hiding ugly truths. Why would anyone who is not evil and corrupt even dream of proposing penalties as harsh as those for vehicular homicide for exposing the truth. Even extreme animal abuse is a misdemeanor, but this would make reporting such abuse a severe felony?!?
The house and senate bills violate the spirit and intent, if not the letter, of the federal whistleblower protection. The legislators (and lobbyists) supporting this legislation should be charged with conspiracy, have all their assets seized, and be thrown in federal prison.
In keeping with the spirit of this legislation, I would propose federal legislation that would make it a capital offense to pass laws that punish whistleblowers.
#2 Mar 18, 2011
To secretly record mistreatment of livestock seems to be necessary to ensure that people really know what happens on some of these farms in Iowa. It is our right. The activists are the "honest" set of eyes that can show positive or negitive treatment of livestock.
When farmers are reluctunt and fight to make sure the public is not allowed to see what really goes on, what are they hiding? If animals are treated properly they should be happy to have the work on their farm filmed.
The activists are usually there because they have been informed there is possible mistreatment. You know "proof" is always required and without the
whistleblowers filming mistreatment there are no grounds legally to stand on. I disagree with Rep. Sweeney's comment as she thinks passing this would lead people to report abuse more often. It would only silence the problem, closing outsiders eyes to the situation at hand. Iowa can be a leader in the future of treating livestock with the respect and dignity they deserve. The animals give their lives "unwillingly" and the least we can do as humans is treat them properly.
Please Senator Harkin, don't let this pass! Ensure the rights of the citizens and play the role of whistleblower when necessary.
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