It is a sad day in the history of America when those who see a crime and report it to the authorities are the ones prosecuted, while those who are breaking the law go unpunished. However, that is the case in Utah under the "ag-gag" law that our lawmakers recently passed.
Leading agriculture organizations are working with their legislative allies to introduce and promote whistleblower suppression laws (so-called "ag-gag" legislation) to make it a crime to take unauthorized pictures of animal abuse on farms. The New York Times reported on the issue, and dozens of major newspapers throughout the country have condemned this attempt to prevent the public from getting any view of what happens on farms that raise animals for consumption and other animal use operations.
We should encourage our Legislature, which sought to protect those who abuse animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses, to repeal this law as soon as possible.
We should all make every effort to prevent animal cruelty in whatever form it takes, and permitting those who witness these atrocities to come forth and be vocal advocates in its prevention is one way to help prevent this despicable practice.
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