Out of Sight, Out of Mind

I hope I can make some sense with this.  Yesterday I read an article in the paper that was titled “Bills Seek to Restrict Animal Abuse Videos”

I was pretty annoyed by the article to say the least.

The article talks about how state legislators across the country are working on making  it harder/illegal for “animal welfare advocates to investigate cruelty and food safety cases.”

Here are some of the key points that really bothered me.

Bills in California, Nebraska, and Tennessee state that anyone who collects evidence of abuse must turn it over to law enforcement within 24-48hrs. 

They claim this will help the police in stopping the abuse quicker than waiting for a video to be made.

My thoughts:  Should police be notified when animal abuse is taking place? Yes, sure.  But honestly that doesn’t do much good.  When this happens the factory farms or the workers committing the abuse tend to get a slap on the wrist, possibly fired/fined and the farm is shut down briefly but that’s about it.  America doesn’t usually get to hear about it.  I feel that films like Food, Inc. and Vegucated are valuable because they are available to everyone to see.  They can help open peoples eyes to where our meat is really coming from.  Things change when people’s eyes are made to see.  Plus, if animal welfare groups aren’t allowed into the farms to collect video/evidence of cruelty then who’s going to do it.  Police aren’t going to go out of their way to find the problems.  If the videos aren’t being shared with the public nothing will get better.  Out of sight, out of mind.

The Bills are sponsored by the meat and poultry industries.

Who else would fund it?  

Lobbying is what should really be illegal.

“The meat industry’s mantra is always that these are isolated cases.”

If they are so rare and there really isn’t anything to hide then why are they putting so much $$ into making it illegal for people to find out about them? The truth is these aren’t rare cases.  These bills are “an effort to deny consumers the ability to know how their food is processed.”  That’s not cool.  We have a right to know where our food is coming from.    I know for my husband and me, we couldn’t continue giving our money to such an unnecessarily violent industry. I feel that for the most part if the public knew about these practices they would not be okay with it.  Thus the reason they spend so much so we don’t find out about it. This is just another example of the government and the meat/food industry wanting to cover our eyes while they make a buck.  

It just makes me sad that the ability to make educational films could be considered a crime someday.  Positive changes come from these films.  Plus I’m pretty sure this violates freedom of press laws.

I love America but I hate that government can be paid off by businesses so the business can get what they want.  In this case continue to torture animals before slaughter in an often dirty environment and then sell it to unsuspecting customers.  Congratulations guys.

Well sorry to be so negative today, hope I made some sense and that you can understand where I’m coming from on this one.

Do you agree or disagree with the article?

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