Whistleblowers can now be thrown in jail, fined and possibly imprisoned if this law passes according to Democracy Now!
Backed by Iowa’s agriculture industry, the move disregards the videos in the past which have revealed shocking conditions at a number of locations which have led to numerous plant closures and meat recall.
In Vermont, a slaughterhouse was ordered closed after a video showed calves kicked, shocked and cut while conscious. Their operating license was suspended three times earlier this year for similar conduct.
U.S. Department of Agriculture records show Bushway Packing Inc. of Grand Isle was shut down for a day in May, again in June and again in July after an inspector cited it for inhumane treatment of animals.
The Humane Society of the United States released video footage taken with a hidden camera which shows just-born male calves culled from dairy herds being dragged, kicked, repeatedly shocked with electric prods and apparently cut while still conscious.
“We found even two calves who appeared to be skinned alive while they were still conscious,” said Michael Markarian, the Humane Society’s chief operating officer.
We could write volumes on the amount of slaughterhouses that have implemented torture and abuse and would have remained open if not for the work of these animal rights activists.
If this unconscionable law is passed, Iowa will be the first State to implement punishment to whistleblowers, instead of concentrating on people that are torturing innocent animals.
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