Industrial Ag’s abusive livestock factory farms have just suffered a severe blow.
Federal Judge Gritzner ruled First Amendment provisions protect journalists and activists trying to document outrageous mistreatment of livestock. Similar Ag-Gag laws have already been overturned in Utah and Idaho.
Those of us honest family farmers who humanely raise livestock on our farms should not fear this march towards justice. Exposure of systematic criminal animal abuse on factory farms is long overview.
Consumers without an agenda will understand that the 10,000 year-old tradition of sound animal husbandry is being still being practiced today by the vast majority of family livestock farmers who treat their animals humanely and with respect.
While livestock is a minor activity on our farm, we do raise cows and pigs on pasture which is grown within our soil-building potato-based crop rotation. Our animals convert solar energy (grass) into protein we people can utilize. Also, their manure in turn helps maintain the fertility in our fields. Caleb, Jim & Megan
“A federal judge in Iowa says it’s no longer a crime to go undercover at factory farms, slaughterhouses and any other ag-related operations. The 2012 law was a clear violation of the First Amendment, the judge said…
“‘Ag-Gag laws are a pernicious attempt by animal exploitation industries to hide some of the worst forms of animal abuse in the United States,’ ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. ‘Today’s victory makes it clear that the government cannot protect these industries at the expense of our constitutional rights.'”