Investigation after investigation by The Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups document egregious acts of animal cruelty in our nation's factory farms and slaughter plants.
The agribusiness industry has responded to these exposés not with efforts to root out such animal cruelty, but rather with bills to prevent Americans from finding out about that cruelty in the first place. In three statesFlorida, Iowa, and Minnesotathe industry has introduced legislation to ban whistle-blowing at factory farms by making it a crime merely to take photos or video of what's happening inside these facilities.
Today, The HSUS is happy to announce that the Florida bill is officially dead, as the Florida legislative session ended this weekend without passing the bill.
Iowa and Minnesota, are you watching?
"These draconian bills to silence whistle-blowers show just how far the animal agribusiness industry is willing to go, and just how much the industry has to hide," said Paul Shapiro, senior director of farm animal protection for The HSUS. He added, "It's our hope that lawmakers in Iowa and Minnesotathe two other states with similar bills pendingwill follow Florida's lead and reject these irresponsible proposals."
Undercover investigations by The HSUS and other animal protection organizations shine a light on abuses that help prompt meaningful change for animals. Our 2008 investigation into the abuse of sick cows at Hallmark Westland slaughter plant in California led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history.
In 2010 alone, The HSUS released exposés of the three largest egg producers (Rembrandt, Rose Acre, and Cal-Maine), the largest turkey hatchery (Willmar Poultry), and the largest pork producer (Smithfield Foods).