Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Bill Moyers has an update to a story we published earlier this year.

Muckrakers and activists have been working to expose the brutality of industrialized meat production since Upton Sinclair’s writing of The Jungle in 1906. But an ALEC model bill known as “The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act” would make it a crime to film at animal facilities — such as factory farms or slaughterhouses — with the intent to “defame the facility or its owner.”

So-called “ag-gag” laws that appear inspired by the ALEC model have been passed in several states. This report, produced by Okapi Productions, LLC  and the Schumann Media Center, Inc. looks at the effect of these laws on both our food supply and our freedom of speech.

For more on the story:

Green is the New Red: “First ‘Ag-Gag’ Prosecution: Utah Woman Filmed a Slaughterhouse from the Public Street”

The New York Times: “Who Protects the Animals?” by Mark Bittman

Wired: “Ag-Gag Laws Could Make America Sick”

WRAL: “State official pleads guilty in Butterball farm raid leak”

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Jack is a North Dakota political blogger who also writes for He is a military veteran and a Christian Democratic Socialist.

  • Austin Warner

    That is awfull! I live just north of Dallas which is not too far from Irving and cannot believe it. I’m not a woman, but that seems unjustifiably invasive especially for marijuana. I am more concerned with drunk drivers, meth heads, thieves or pretty much anything else other than potheads. I can’t believe my tax dollars are being spent on this crap! Unbelievable! Another good reason to legalize it, preventing forced sexual harassment.