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Federal Judge Strikes Down Iowa’s Shameful ‘Ag-Gag’ Rule

Federal Judge Strikes Down Iowa’s Shameful ‘Ag-Gag’ Rule

On Wednesday, a federal judge knocked down Iowa’s notorious ag-gag law as unconstitutional, according to Courthouse News Service. The law, put in place in 2012 by the Iowa legislature with the support of the agriculture industry, prevents animal rights activists and undercover journalists from reporting on animal abuse at livestock farms. Finally, U.S. District Judge James Gritzner in Des Moinse has decided the law violates the First Amendment.

“The law has the effect of criminalizing undercover investigations of certain agricultural facilities,” Gritzner wrote in his decision.

Unsurprisingly, the investigations by activists and journalists covered by the law have exposed truly horrific treatment of animals by the industry.

“For example, in 2011, an undercover investigation at Iowa Select Farms produced reports of workers hurling small piglets onto a concrete floor,” Gritzner wrote in his decision. “Another investigation at Iowa’s Sparboe Farms, documented reported mistreatment of hens and chicks. And yet another, conducted by PETA, exposed workers at a Hormel Foods supplier in Iowa ‘beating pigs with metal rods,’ ‘sticking clothespins into pigs’ eyes and faces, and a supervisor kicking a young pig in the face, abdomen, and genitals to make her move while telling the investigator, ‘You gotta beat on the bitch. Make her cry.’”  READ MORE>>

PIGS ON EXLAX: Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms VAST Open cesspools

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VLA comment: THE CESSPOOLS are open air 4 football fields in size then sprayed all over other farms and neighbors. Smithfield is now owned by a Chinese Corporation.  When it was owned by Smithfield approximately half of the pig production facilities fed the drug Ractopamine to their swine.  Ractopamine is banned in 160 countries including China.  It will be interesting to see if China maintains or bans ractopamine from the USA domestic sales as it continues to keep the r-free as exports.  It is to be noted that, prior to the China sale, all natural thyroid medication is sourced from ractopamine fed pigs.  Read more...