States To Outlaw Undercover Photos And Videos Of Factory Farms

4944283870_202e5923c1A bill before the Iowa legislature would make it a crime to produce, distribute or possess photos and video taken without permission at an agricultural facility.

In Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota, laws are in the works to criminalize the documenting of animal cruelty and health violations in factory farming. With activists nosing around, “people are scared to death that they might be found in a compromising position,” [says the] president of the Iowa Farm Bureau — it’s about “making producers feel more comfortable.” The New York Times reports:

Undercover videos showing grainy, sometimes shocking images of sick or injured livestock have become a favorite tool of animal rights organizations to expose what they consider illegal or inhumane treatment of animals.

Made by animal rights advocates posing as farm workers, such videos have prompted meat recalls, slaughterhouse closings, criminal convictions of employees and apologies from corporate executives assuring that the offending images are an aberration.

In Iowa, where agriculture is a dominant force both economically and politically, such undercover investigations could soon be illegal.

Similar legislation is being considered in Florida and Minnesota, part of a broader effort by large agricultural companies to pre-emptively block the kind of investigations that have left their operations uncomfortably — and unpredictably — open to scrutiny.

37 Comments on "States To Outlaw Undercover Photos And Videos Of Factory Farms"

  1. Mr Willow | Apr 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm |

    “it’s about “making producers feel more comfortable.”

    i.e. covering up an abomination.

    (i.e. hiding a crime that could hurt profits)

  2. “it’s about “making producers feel more comfortable.”

    i.e. covering up an abomination.

    (i.e. hiding a crime that could hurt profits)

  3. What a way to Champion freedom of the press, God Bless America!!! lol

  4. What a way to Champion freedom of the press, God Bless America!!! lol

  5. So we can be covertly photographed and videotaped 200 times a day but we can’t videotape where our food comes from? Holy FU!

  6. So we can be covertly photographed and videotaped 200 times a day but we can’t videotape where our food comes from? Holy FU!

  7. Shouldn’t they be trying to solve the crimes these people are committing and not punishing people who expose criminals?

  8. Shouldn’t they be trying to solve the crimes these people are committing and not punishing people who expose criminals?

    • This is the Wikileaks discussion all over again. They’d rather limit press freedoms than be obliged to hold power people/institutions accountable.

  9. In related news: it is now illegal to videotape any person or persons who happen to have more money than you.

  10. In related news: it is now illegal to videotape any person or persons who happen to have more money than you.

  11. Anonymous | Apr 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm |

    Hmmm….

    Protests and exposures failed to stop POM…

    So, some radicals started sending “Messages” that of course lawful organizations don’t condone doing. Namely poisoning the juice and either sneaking it in (they only watch the stuff coming out) the stores or with friends at warehouse jobs. Not enough to kill, just enough to make very sick and even a “Missed a day at work, sat back and watched TV” sick call caused for a reason is enough to make a lawyer drool…

    Fake. But just the message did it.

    Not that I condone such extralegal actions, but I wonder if forcing exposure illegal, something that if they obey the laws they should have NOTHING to hide, might prompt others to make other decisions. After all, compare smuggling in a few things of POM to ways to mess up poultry…?

  12. greengestalt | Apr 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm |

    Hmmm….

    Protests and exposures failed to stop POM…

    So, some radicals started sending “Messages” that of course lawful organizations don’t condone doing. Namely poisoning the juice and either sneaking it in (they only watch the stuff coming out) the stores or with friends at warehouse jobs. Not enough to kill, just enough to make very sick and even a “Missed a day at work, sat back and watched TV” sick call caused for a reason is enough to make a lawyer drool…

    Fake. But just the message did it.

    Not that I condone such extralegal actions, but I wonder if forcing exposure illegal, something that if they obey the laws they should have NOTHING to hide, might prompt others to make other decisions. After all, compare smuggling in a few things of POM to ways to mess up poultry…?

  13. Hmmm, I say video tape the punks anyway and if they are doing something illegal then Fuck’em. Submit the video and let the law makers look like even more schmucks for allowing bad practices. That makes as much sense as Mansonto taking another farmers crops from them because there seeds blew in from a truck driving by.

  14. Hmmm, I say video tape the punks anyway and if they are doing something illegal then Fuck’em. Submit the video and let the law makers look like even more schmucks for allowing bad practices. That makes as much sense as Mansonto taking another farmers crops from them because there seeds blew in from a truck driving by.

  15. Robobagons | Apr 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm |

    Good Ol’ USA for ya right there!

  16. Robobagons | Apr 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm |

    Good Ol’ USA for ya right there!

  17. TheWrongStuff | Apr 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm |

    In related news…

    …a large flock of chickens ass rapes every 3rd mid-western fucktard that supports this bull shit and nobody seems to care.

    Film at 11.

  18. TheWrongStuff | Apr 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm |

    In related news…

    …a large flock of chickens ass rapes every 3rd mid-western fucktard that supports this bull shit and nobody seems to care.

    Film at 11.

  19. This is the Wikileaks discussion all over again. They’d rather limit press freedoms than be obliged to hold power people/institutions accountable.

  20. Eileenyoung | Apr 20, 2011 at 2:08 am |

    Protect animal abusers, so that they don’t feel uncomfortable whilst committing unconcionable cruelty and torture to innocent animals. What kind of disgusting human beings made these laws. It isn’t illegal to take photographs of anything. Are these people raping these animals before killing them. Just what are they so terrified of that we might find out. It must be pretty terrible for them to make this kind of law, even worse than we could possibly imagine. They are a real SICK bunch of Natzi’s. We will get them in the end!

  21. Eileenyoung | Apr 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm |

    Protect animal abusers, so that they don’t feel uncomfortable whilst committing unconcionable cruelty and torture to innocent animals. What kind of disgusting human beings made these laws. It isn’t illegal to take photographs of anything. Are these people raping these animals before killing them. Just what are they so terrified of that we might find out. It must be pretty terrible for them to make this kind of law, even worse than we could possibly imagine. They are a real SICK bunch of Natzi’s. We will get them in the end!

  22. Actually, MORE people should take photos and videos of those losers who hurt animals,
    it’s all a matter of number, if we’d all stand up together for a just cause, no bullshit law or any
    bullshit enforcer of those laws could have their way…..

  23. Actually, MORE people should take photos and videos of those losers who hurt animals,
    it’s all a matter of number, if we’d all stand up together for a just cause, no bullshit law or any
    bullshit enforcer of those laws could have their way…..

  24. Rhauschen | Apr 22, 2011 at 12:40 am |

    you wish

  25. Rhauschen | Apr 22, 2011 at 1:19 am |

    It’s a good law to fuckup stupid animal rights idiots

  26. Rhauschen | Apr 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm |

    It’s a good law to fuckup stupid animal rights idiots

  27. More Orwellian craziness from the fascists. How about we make THEM illegal.

  28. More Orwellian craziness from the fascists. How about we make THEM illegal.

  29. ewcollins | Jun 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |

    When a dog or cat is mistreated, then everyone is up in arms. “If someone could do that to a dog, then think of what they could do to a human.”

    When I mention that millions of cows, pigs and chickens are mistreated every day, then these same people become defensive. “Dogs and cats are family members. Pigs are food.” They resent the implication that it is acceptable to treat dogs the same as cows. At the same time, they object to any rights for animals on factory farms.

    I wonder if someone who works in a slaughterhouse is more likely to abuse children?  

  30. ewcollins | Jun 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm |

    When a dog or cat is mistreated, then everyone is up in arms. “If someone could do that to a dog, then think of what they could do to a human.”

    When I mention that millions of cows, pigs and chickens are mistreated every day, then these same people become defensive. “Dogs and cats are family members. Pigs are food.” They resent the implication that it is acceptable to treat dogs the same as cows. At the same time, they object to any rights for animals on factory farms.

    I wonder if someone who works in a slaughterhouse is more likely to abuse children?  

  31. When a dog or cat is mistreated, then everyone is up in arms. “If someone could do that to a dog, then think of what they could do to a human.”

    When I mention that millions of cows, pigs and chickens are mistreated every day, then these same people become defensive. “Dogs and cats are family members. Pigs are food.” They resent the implication that it is acceptable to treat dogs the same as cows. At the same time, they object to any rights for animals on factory farms.

    I wonder if someone who works in a slaughterhouse is more likely to abuse children?  

    • Anarchy Pony | Sep 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm |

      Cognitive dissonance hurts ya know.

      • Eliot W. Collins | Sep 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm |

        I wonder what would happen if explicit photos and videos of executions and abortions were easily available?    

  32. Cognitive dissonance hurts ya know.

  33. Eliot W. Collins | Sep 12, 2011 at 8:09 pm |

    I wonder what would happen if explicit photos and videos of executions and abortions were easily available?    

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