Saturday, July 20, 2013

You Are a Terrorist If You Film Animal Abuse or Unsanitary Conditions

From Real Farmacy:

July 18, 2013

In five states of the U.S.—Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Utah, and South Carolina—you are a criminal for exposing public health dangers and animal rights abuses. If a person takes pictures or films at animal facilities, that person can be prosecuted under laws modeled after a document called “Animal and Ecological Terrorism in America.” 

How did such an obscene thing come to be? As we have documented at REALfarmacy, there is a little-known but powerful group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that introduces model bills across the country on behalf of its corporate members.

ALEC drafted the “Animal and Ecological Terrorism in America” model bill just two years after 9/11, capitalizing on the fear of terrorism being stoked by government and media. The model bill goes so far as to compare “extreme animal rights activists and environmental militants” to the terrorist group al-Qaida. It would put people on an actual Terrorist Registry for taking undercover pictures and films that “defame the facility or its owner.” Pennsylvania’s proposed law even criminalizes those who download such material over the internet.

Several agribusiness corporations and organizations have been funding members of ALEC such as Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and the National Pork Producers Council. As it does for other powerful industry groups like oil and gas or Big Pharma, ALEC seeks to dismantle consumer rights using the power of state government.

Most ordinary people would dismiss the ludicrous notion that health and animal rights activists with cameras are the same as those who blow up innocent people for political reasons.

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