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PETA VP Takes on Video Ban Bill

Written by PETA | April 8, 2011

PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews was in Tampa this week to speak at the University of South Florida about a proposed bill that would make filming and photographing farms without the express consent of the owner a felony. Dan invited Senator Jim Norman from Tampa, who proposed the bill, to join him onstage to present his arguments, but the senator didn’t show. Maybe he was afraid someone would take his picture.

Dan quipped, “That’s right, a Kodak moment of a cow or a chicken is on par with rape and murder in Senator Norman’s world.”

After widespread ridicule, the language of SB 1246 was changed to make photographing farms a misdemeanor, but why should it be a crime at all?

“What is the Ag Committee afraid will be filmed?” asked Dan. “Are farmed animals engaged in illegal gambling late at night when nobody’s looking?”

Or is the answer much more sinister: Do factory farmers (and their influential lobbyists) simply want to prevent the public from seeing the abuse going on behind their walls?

PETA’s “Glass Walls” video, narrated by Sir Paul McCartney, shows exactly what farmers are afraid you’ll see: animals jammed into filthy, windowless sheds, where they stand in their own waste and have their bodies mutilated without any painkillers. Not to mention the beatings by workers—and that’s all before they’re slaughtered. Unfortunately, factory farms and slaughterhouses don’t have glass walls, which is precisely why it is so important for undercover investigators to be able to expose the abuse and alert people to what they’re paying for every time they buy a chicken breast or a pork chop.
Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Christine de Lailhacar says:

    It’s the typical reversal of roles practiced by bad faith. We are accused of poking our noses into agri-industry’s business while we should mind our own business. But is i s our “business.” To prevent suffering — by any living being capable of suffering — is a universal ethical responsibility.

  • Maureen says:

    I would love to see the faces of the animal abusers. Farms, schools, labs, individual owners, on television. The people and or institutions of such hell on earth should be televised for all to see. I think the people responsible for it, their families probably do not have a clue to what their loved ones are capable of. I f we started showing the people themselves it may make a difference.Or show a caption ” These are the people involved in experimenting on dogs,cats pigs sheep” so on so forth.It should be like a commercial.Certainly there can be no harm in this if all is true.They would have no legal leg to stand on to sue, and we get to see who they are, may be a neighbor. With all the investigations going on RARELY do we get to see the the actual offenders. It is about time we do.

  • HANS333 says:

    Glad to see executive action. He needs to head for IOWA immediately, as they are proposing a similar ban for the same reasons. Good Work!

  • Saucy says:

    They are soooooooooo incredibly stupid and self serving. They have deluded themselves into believing that they are just so darn rightous that even God can’t see BEYOND THE BARN DOOR. Oh God how I look forward to the day and hour when God brings VENGENCE down upon their WICKED little heads.

  • Jay says:

    It is so, so, so, important that such legislation never becomes reality. Let’s face it- big business would like a world where they are immune from consequences. That this bill has even been proposed should have constitutional scholars screaming. The purpose of the proposed bill is so transparent. Thank you PETA!

  • Mindy says:

    HELL YEAH! Go PETA. Losers are trying to censor what groups like PETA know works. America is changing its attitude about animal products and farms. Why do you think that’s happening? Take a wild guess! Big Ag is getting scared! Go PETA!