Tuesday, October 01, 2013

‘Ag-gag’ reflex State legislatures are pushing to stifle factory farm investigations

State legislatures are pushing to stifle farm investigations, and some news associations are fighting back

By Deron Lee

FAIRWAY, KS — On Feb. 8, Amy Meyer, a 25-year-old activist, recorded cell-phone video of activities at a slaughterhouse in a Salt Lake City suburb. Eleven days later she was informed, much to her surprise, that she was being prosecuted for a Class B misdemeanor under a new Utah state law prohibiting “agricultural operation interference”—an offense that could mean up to six months in jail.

1 comment:

  1. Factory Farms collude with State Departments in Michigan as well. As per usual, follow the money! As a 31 year State of Michigan employee who started out in the Construction Grants Program which funds Sewer and Wastewater Treatment Plant construction, and ended with a Water Bureau Supervisor Jon E. Russell fabricating a complaint against his most experienced Inspector, I know just how corrupt the Michigan DEQ is. The DEQ routinely violates Equal Opportunity Hiring Laws to staff their ranks with Yes Men and Women who got their jobs because of their rich white family connections (ie, welfare for the wealthy) Individual employees who have integrity and fight bad decisions by management are harassed without mercy. In the end the wealthy get wealthier and regular Joes are left to pay the bill.

    Considering that Michigan has a well deserved "F Grade" for lack of ethics from the National Center for Public Integrity http://www.publicintegrity.org/

    Signed, Allison MacArthur-Ruesink