Ag-Gag Bills. What do they want to hide?

A number of states have recently introduced “ag-gag” bills, which aim to prevent exposure of cruelty and abuse on factory farms by criminalizing actions such as whistleblowing by employees and even the taking of any video or photographs without express consent from the farm owner (the specifics, while generally the same, vary by state).  If… 

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H.R. 5566: Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010

If you haven’t already heard the news, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously this week to ban crush videos (H.R. 5566:  Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010).  Yes, you read that right:  unanimously. Crush videos are videos of animals being tortured—burned, drowned, impaled, suffocated, crushed—all for the mere pleasure of the viewer.  It’s sick and… 

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Catalonia says “Adios” to Bullfighting

A while back I heard some talk about a movement afoot Spain to ban bullfighting.  That’s a hefty goal for a country whose rich culture has been steeped in bullfighting for centuries.  But today was historic for the Spanish region of Catalonia.  Today the Catalan Parliament voted to ban the barbaric blood-sport of bullfighting. Bullfighting… 

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H.R. 4870: The Healthy School Meals Act of 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama made a stop in Kansas City last week to promote her Let’s Move initiative, which aims to “raise a healthier generation of kids.”  We’ve all heard the statistics.  Currently in this country one in three children are overweight or obese.  Two thirds of the entire American population is overweight or obese. … 

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