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Undercover investigations of animal abuse and unsanitary farm conditions would be outlawed in eight states, including Iowa and New York, under an expanding effort by legislators who say the exposes malign livestock industries.

Montana, North Dakota and Kansas have already passed ag gag laws to thwart whistle-blowers, who have targeted Tyson Foods Inc., McDonalds Corp. and Yum! Brands Inc.s KFC chicken suppliers. Iowa and New York are debating similar legislation, as is Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Utah.

Measures in those states, backed by Monsanto Co. and other agriculture companies, would halt activists from using deceptive practices to target producers in the $74 billion-a-year U.S. beef industry, or the $45 billion poultry business, as well as other businesses. Animal-rights groups such as the Humane Society of the United States contend food safety will be compromised if abusive and unsanitary practices go unexposed.
Lawmakers from farm states contend the depictions are misleading and an attempt by extremists to force retailers to drop or pressure their suppliers.

People view the activity as industrial terrorism, said Iowa state Representative Annette Sweeney, a Republican and author of gag bill, in an interview. Some so-called videos put out there are a fundraiser and dont depict whats going on within the industry. We cherish our livestock.

Iowa raises 28 percent of all U.S. pork, according to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Sweeneys bill is backed by St. Louis-based Monsanto, a biotechnology company and the worlds largest seller of seeds; pork producer Iowa Select Farms LLP, the subject of a 2011 undercover investigation, and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The bills aim to bring reasonableness to the debate, said Minnesota Senator Doug Magnus, a Republican from St. Paul and a farmer, who introduced legislation to outlaw undercover video at livestock operations. Weve even had folks claiming to represent the Department of Agriculture and Board of Health, and it was absolutely false, to gain access. To have these folks doing this is really disturbing.

Through this I just learned there's a bill proposed in my state. Welp, looks like I'm going to ready the cannons.
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