Another excellent editorial on the topic of the despicable ag gag bills appeared in the Washington Post over the weekend. These bills have been introduced in a number of states and have been actually passed in several. They criminalize the activities of people who have the laudable courage to gather and to pass along truthful information about the horrifying abuses of farm animals in factory farming facilities. The reports of what goes on in slaughterhouses and in factory farming operations (such as that of Smithfield Foods in Virginia) allow people to realize what dreadful suffering and abuse is inflicted on sentient animals in order to produce meat cheaply and inclines them to rethink whether they really want to support such an industry.
That is their right. Our country is founded on the principle of freedom of speech and nothing is more crucial to that right than the free flow of information. Our country needs more free flow of clear, truthful and unsparing information about the horrifying realities of what goes on in these slaughterhouses and plants, not less. If corporations are trying to get bills passed to prevent the truth from getting to us then we have to know that the truth is something they are ashamed of, and that we need to and have every right to hear. Let us do everything in our power to speak out against all ag gag legislation.
‘Ag-gag’ laws will deter reporting on animal abuse, Washington Post Opinions
Read it. And weep.
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