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Whistle-blowing suppression provision dropped in Florida!

February 8, 2012

Just read this on the Mercy for Animals website. The pressure on these legislators is working.

Ag-Gag Bill Flops in Florida

Undercover investigation

January 20, 2012

By Nathan Runkle

Time and again, MFA’s undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses nationwide have revealed abuses that shock and horrify most Americans – which is why the corporate animal agriculture industry is fighting so hard to keep the suffering of farmed animals hidden behind closed doors. Thankfully, the latest attempts by factory farmers to conceal animal abuse have fizzled in Florida.

Following two public hearings and facing intense public outrage from caring consumers who contacted their state representatives, Florida legislators decided to remove the controversial “Ag-gag” provision from the larger “agriculture omnibus bill” that would have punished those who bravely expose animal abuseenvironmental violations, and other problems on factory farms.

While it’s a temporary relief that this dangerous provision was removed from the bill, it is more important than ever for animal advocates to remain vigilant to ensure that shady factory farm interests aren’t able to sneak this provision into another bill at the last minute. It’s also important to remember that similar whistleblower-suppression legislation is still pending in New York, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

What exactly are these pro-factory farm legislators trying to hide?

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