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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ag Gag bill introduced in Washington State

One of the bluest of the blue states passing an Ag Gag law?  Not likely.  “Ag Gag” refers to a law that criminalizes reporting or photographing animal abuse inside a factory farm.  The abuse itself is OK; you just can't report it.  So far eight states have passed Ag Gag laws, but those states are all part of Inbredistan.  Let's keep them there.

The Washington Ag Gag bill — HB 1104 — was introduced by Rep. Joe Schmick (R—Goes Down On Big Ag Lobbyists).  Joe Schmick is a member of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), which is basically a bill mill that's funded by the country's largest polluters.  ALEC sends out hundreds of anti-environment anti-worker “model” bills to rightwing state legislator/prostitutes, who dutifully pass these bills as their johns have ordered.

In addition to Ag Gag laws, ALEC is also the “brains” behind the spreading cancer of union-busting legislation, Stand Your Ground laws, and state/local laws designed to sabotage renewable energy development.

According to the linked article, the law proposed by Joe “Will Bend Over For Campaign Contributions” Schmick:

“...would basically turn eastern Washington into a 'no-photography zone due to it being either wheat fields or orchards.'  Sound far-fetched? Under Utah's ag gag law, people have been arrested and charged for taking pictures of farms from public roads.”

Joe Schmick's bill is being co-sponsored by two of his fellow hookers:  Larry Haler and Vincent Buys.  This bill doesn't stand a chance of becoming law in Washington.  But it's a chance for these three Big Ag boy toys to send out a mating call to their constituents and keep the base all riled up.  (See the two examples pictured below):

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they're starting to introduce bills like this one, maybe you guys should rethink that legal Marijuana.


January 18, 2015 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: LOL. That might explain it. I knew there had to be a downside to legal pot.

January 18, 2015 at 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

That's my old boyfriend right there. Yeah that one why are you mocking him, that's just not right. ALEC just got this one passed somewhere else too. They have been doing this for years and years to keep people running in one direction then putting the really bad stuff when no one is watching them.

January 20, 2015 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: He's quite the cutie. You got yourself a stud :)

Idaho was the most recent state to pass an ag gag law; I did a ranting post about that one too. I'm pretty sure the most recent ag gag bills that were introduced have been defeated. (I think Idaho was the 8th state to pass one.) I'm on the Humane Society's mailing list, and they've been front and center working to nip these abortional laws in the bud before they can become law.

January 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I sense mockery here Tom. had to break up with him when he got implants then veneers, he just wasn't the same guy I fell for ;)

January 21, 2015 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I agree, implants would ruin that salt-of-the-earth look that makes him so charming in his own way.

January 21, 2015 at 2:02 PM  

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