FARM WHICH WAS FILMED ALLOWING WORKERS TO SEXUALLY ABUSE, TORTURE AND INJURE ANIMALS IS TRYING TO BAN FILMING ON FARMS LIKE HIS
In 2012, Mercy For Animals exposed horrific cruelty to animals at Bettencourt Dairies, Idaho’s largest dairy factory farm. During the investigation, MFA documented workers sexually abusing animals, and viciously beating, kicking, and jumping on cows in order to deliberately inflict pain. The investigation led to criminal cruelty charges against workers and a manager at the facility.
In direct response to an undercover recent investigation exposing horrific animal abuse and sexual assault at Bettencourt Dairies, Idaho’s largest dairy factory farm, corrupt lawmakers have introduced a bill to silence whistleblowers and keep the dairy industry’s dirty secrets hidden from public view.
Introduced as Senate Bill 1337, this ag-gag bill has already passed through the Idaho Senate, and is now pending in the House of Representatives. From there, it will go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. If enacted, SB 1337 would make it a crime to take photos or video at a factory farm without the owner’s permission.
SB 1337 is a pathetic attempt by pro-factory farm legislators to stifle undercover investigations and allow criminal animal abuse to continue, undetected, at factory farms and slaughterhouses across the state. And instead of fostering greater transparency in food production, Idaho’s ag-gag bill would allow factory farmers to ignore important food safety, environmental, and worker safety laws.
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