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‘Ag Gag’ Bill Fizzles in New York

Written by PETA | June 10, 2011

Ding-dong, the wicked bill is dead—almost. A New York Senate bill—which, like similar bills in other states, aims to criminalize filming on farms—is dying on the vine because no one across the aisle on the Assembly side will cosponsor it.

The good news comes after PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews spoke at a news conference about the bill in Albany on Tuesday—just days after the bill was moved forward by the state’s Ag committee. Joining him was New York Sen. Tony Avella, one of the lone members of the Ag committee to give the bill a thumbs-down. “Lawmakers and the public need to know how PETA works hand in hand with law enforcement on these cases,” Avella said.

Making the case for the necessity of such investigations, Dan pointed out that a PETA investigation at a New York foie gras farm revealed horrors such as ill ducks who were unable to move  being eaten alive by rats, female hatchlings being drowned in feed sacks, and one duck with a neck injury so severe that water poured out of the wound when he drank.

While an “Ag Gag” bill in Florida is already history, similar bills are unfortunately still alive in Iowa and Minnesota. You can help by e-mailing the governors of both states and expressing your disgust at any law that protects animal abusers.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Frank Adamick says:

    Governor Otter of Idaho has signed “Ag Gag” legislation into law. I urge everyone to boycott anything produced by the State of Idaho; especially their renowned potatoes. And if you really want to learn about the sadistic cruelty and inhumane abuse that animals are subjected to then watch the film: EARTHLINGS (2005) narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. The full documentary is available on YOUTUBE.

  • Mat says:

    tango, animal agriculture produces half of all the greenhouse gases produced by human activity. Regardless of your disregard for the suffering and deaths of tens of billions of sentient beings every year, expanding rather than reducing factory farming will only exponentially worsen climate change. Plus, producing meat requires many times as many resources (land, water, grain) than a nutritionally-equivalent amount of plant-based food. The meat-based diet actually contributes to malnutrition and starvation.

  • tango says:

    I’m sorry, but in a world of exploding populations and climate upheaval, I’m not very concerned with HOW we are going to be able to feed the billions and billions of open mouths…only that it gets done. And, since there is no slowing of the population growth on the horizon, we are going to need more and more industrial farms to meet the need of the “starving masses”. So let’s not get all over-emotional on an issue that involves “human” life & death.

  • DWD says:

    Conservative teen it is so sad to find someone one would expect to be kind and loving is already cold and heartless, animals have been hear millions of year before we came then we came along. I wonder if God could have ever imagined the horrific things man would end up doing to his beautiful animals. We were put hear to be their gaurdians but as it turns out it is us (people like you)they need gaurding against.

  • day says:

    “Show me the enforced laws of a state for the prevention of cruelty to animals and I in turn will give you a correct estimate of the refinement, enlightenment, integrity and equity of that commonwealth’s people.” ~ L.T. Danshiell, Animal Rights Advocate This is what I learned from God & country: “The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, helpless, faithful animal race form the blackest chapter in the whole world’s history.” ~ Edward Freeman, English Historian and Commentator

  • Amy Shin says:

    @A CONSERVATIVE TEEN: That is not right! If animals were there for man, then we can kill them little by little! Not thousands and thousands! You should think about it before you blow out something like that!

  • Wendy Herbig says:

    A conservative teen needs to read the Bible instead of bringing God’s word into disrepute with nonsense like has been posted on this site. Shame on a community which raises such sad children

  • Wendy Herbig says:

    Slow down ! Stop altogether ! How can anyone support a bill which hides cruelty. Have some of us gone completely mad ????

  • kathy says:

    @a conservative teen, you mentioned christian values. do you really think what you wrote is christ-like?

  • Donna Reynolds says:

    It was a pleasure to meet Dan at the press conference in Albany on June 7. What an impressive speaker and effective voice for the animals: clear, focused, firm, and even a moment of humor. A stellar diplomat to those with the political power to create change.

  • Chris says:

    Christian teen.  These hidden videos represent something Christianity can and shall never provide—PROOF.  And there is further proof that animals feel the same pain as a child.  Pigs have the mental development of a three year old child, and they should be protected because they are also “innocent,” like a child.

    Too many Christians say things like “animals are for my use.”  In the past the bible has been used to justify slavery.  You call us crazy, but believing in something without evidence is how most define crazy.  Animals have a nervous system, but you can‘t prove you have a soul.  You certainly lack humility, and would never be able to “pull a Jesus” and turn the other cheek.        

  • Samuela says:

    Stay vigilant! I just read a New York Times article “When food kills” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/opinion/12kristof.html?_r=2&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB a very good analysis of how making money at the expenses of the consumer is becoming the norm. Just like “medical research” is doing at the expenses of people just like some of my friends, who blindly believe that animal testing is necessary to “keep us safe”.

  • Jo says:

    We need to watch what people do to animals,as there is as much cruelty and intent to do harm, as there is love for them.

  • Heather says:

    Couldn’t agree more with you MA Moore!!! :)

  • SHARON MONAGHAN says:

    Should we even have to ask, this should of been a must a long time ago

  • MA Moore says:

    Kudos! Lets keep the momentum going! Put a camera in every stockyard, slaughterhouse and factory farm! Consumers have the right to be informed about their food choices. Go Vegan!

  • A CONSERVATIVE TEEN says:

    WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TO FUSS ABOUT ANIMAL RIGHTS. THEY WERE PLACED HERE FOR THE BENEFIT OF MAN. I WILL EAT AND WEAR ANIMALS AS I PLEASE. THE ONLY USES FOR ANIMALS ARE AS FOLLOWS: FOOD,CLOTHING, LABOR, MEDICAL USES,PETS, AND ENTERTAINMENT. I’M SORRY, BUT YOU ARE CRAZY WHEN YOU CAN EVEN KILL A BUG IN YOUR HOUSE. I’M SORRY IF I OFFEND ANYONE, BUT THIS IS HOW I FEEL. OH AND BY THE WAY I’M 16 AND I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE REBELLIOUS TEENS THAT SUPPORT THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA. I STAND FOR TRADITIONAL, CHRISTIAN VALUES, THAT SEE PEOPLE ABOVE ANIMALS. SINCERELY, A CONSERVATIVE TEEN

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