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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Iowa Legislature Tackles Factory Farming Issues

As you know, factory farms are a huge source of festering problems. They spread disease. They pollute the water. They practice animal cruelty on a scale so massive, it’s unthinkable.

Thank God for the people who conduct undercover investigations of factory farms. Without them, the public wouldn’t even know about the mass-scale abuse going on behind closed doors.

Fortunately, the Iowa legislature is about to take care of this problem. No no, they’re not doing anything about the factory farms. [sheesh] Even better — they’re planning to outlaw those pesky undercover investigations.

Problem solved.

Huge agribusiness corporations have been complaining about those meddling animal rights activists who keep filming their abusive practices; and they’ve instructed their prostitutes in the Iowa legislature to bend over and do the right thing.

Iowa Sen. Tom Rielly (D) said:

“They want to hurt an important part of our economy. These people don't want us to have eggs. They don't want people to eat meat.”

Gee, is that what “they” are complaining about? Or maybe they’re concerned about this kind of thing.

At least this is an issue that cuts across political lines. The above-quoted call girl is a Democrat. And Republican pundit Mary Matalin has denounced the legislation:

“I’m sorry to hear that House File 589, which would criminalize filming on farms, is still getting pushed along in Iowa. Lawmakers and consumers from across the political spectrum have found that while promoting agriculture is of prime importance, so is making sure that workers at farms and slaughterhouses adhere to anti-cruelty laws.”

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is undecided on whether to sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Once again, money trumps cruelty. Got to keep those bucks flowing. So what if a few animals suffer in the process.

If the animals were so smart, what are they doing on the farms anyway. They are just asking for it. Tell them to relax and enjoy it.

In the end, we are all food for the maggots anyway.

May 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

No one in business is ever to be inconvenienced in the slightest about anything. They are all so damned important.

Those who expose unclean, unsafe, inhumane practices at factory farms don't want people to eat meat or eggs — that passes for a political defense of cruelty.

This whole country has slid so far backward in the past 30 years that it's frightening. Look around at other countries and in one area after another you'll see them advancing toward being fairer, safer, better places to live, work, raise children, grow old, etc. Meanwhile, the U.S. is regressing to 19th-century ignorance, selfishness and backwardness.

May 22, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

A few years ago I would have said, "This will never stand up in court."

I'm not willing to say that anymore.

May 23, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

How many people still believe I'm nuts when I say that we are headed for a Soviet collapse?

Death by a thousand cuts. The Plutocracy cannot stand; it has no foundation to exist from. The money is all funny money, and too many people are left out. Why be loyal to a regime that turns a blind eye to this kind of bullshit?

May 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like they have renewed the battle on Upton Sinclair


May 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: Damn right those animals were asking for it. What were they wearing?

SW: "Look around at other countries and in one area after another you'll see them advancing toward being fairer, safer, better places to live, work, raise children, grow old, etc." Good description of almost every industrialized country except the U.S. We're definitely going backwards; I don't even know if the 19th century is far back enough for some people.

Thomas: I wouldn't say it any more either. The courts are almost as bought-and-paid-for as the legislative branch.

JR: I wouldn't doubt it a bit, that we're headed toward a Soviet style implosion.

Erik: We could use a lot more people like him.

May 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM  

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