In recent years, whistleblowing employees and undercover investigations have repeatedly exposed animal abuse, food safety threats, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems at factory farms.
But rather than clean up its act, agribusiness has been busy pushing "anti-whistleblower" bills in state legislatures around the country.
While these "ag-gag" bills can take many forms, their goal is always the same: stop investigators, and the public, from learning about the inhumane and hazardous practices that the industry considers business as usual. These attempts to criminalize whistleblowing put animal welfare -- and the wellbeing of people and communities -- in jeopardy.
Without the ability to document and report on violations at industrial agriculture operations, we would not have been able to uncover the extreme confinement of pigs and feeding of piglets to their mothers at Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Kentucky, the abuse of animals by workers at Wyoming Premium Farms, which lead to criminal charges, or the shocking mistreatment of downer cattle used in our nation's school lunch program, resulting in the largest beef recall in U.S. history.
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