Take the Pledge: Boycott Iowa, the Ag-Gag State
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Take the Pledge: Boycott Iowa, the Ag-Gag State

    1. Petition by

      Stop Ag-Gag Coalition

On Friday, March 2, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad quietly signed HF 589, the ag-gag law, which creates the crime of “agricultural production facility fraud." Anyone who gains access to a farm by lying on a job application and commits an act not authorized by the owner could face serious or aggravated misdemeanor charges.

The law is aimed at suppressing undercover investigations of Iowa agricultural facilities including:
-- Sparboe Farms, the fifth-largest egg producer in the country and a major supplier to McDonald's - http://www.mcdonaldscruelty.com/
-- Iowa Select, the state's largest factory pig farm - http://www.mercyforanimals.org/pigabuse/
-- Hy-Line Hatchery, the largest hatchery of egg-laying breed chicks in the world - http://www.mercyforanimals.org/hatchery/

Each of these investigations has resulted in international media coverage, shedding light on routine cruelty and abuse on factory farms.  But rather than cleaning up the abuse so rampant in their state's top industry, legislators and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad have elected to cover it up – by making it illegal to film at these facilities. The ag-gag legislation they have passed punishes not the factory farmers guilty of the abuse, but the whistleblowers bringing it to light.

See what Iowa agriculture has to hide at http://www.mfablog.org/2012/03/shame-on-iowa-governor-signs-ag-gag-bill-to-protect-animal-abusers.html.  Then sign this petition pledging to boycott Iowa, the ag-gag state.

Many thanks to graphic artist David Bethell for the petition image.

The Stop Ag-Gag Coalition includes:
-- Citizens Against Ag-Gag Legislation - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Citizens-Against-Ag-Gag-Legislation/146201808805567
-- A.E.L.L.A. - http://www.facebook.com/AELLA.ORG
-- Stop HumaneWatch - http://www.facebook.com/StopHumaneWatch
-- Boycott Iowa, the Ag-Gag State - http://www.facebook.com/BoycottIowaTheAgGagState


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Ricketts ST LOUIS PARK, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      I was born and raised in Ames, Iowa. I once loved to drive through the beautiful farmlands of Iowa. Now, I am only saddened by a landscape littered with barbaric confinement farms. As a result, I have boycotted pork, beef and chicken for 2 years. So you are LOSING business, Gov. Branstad. Gov. Branstad should be ashamed of himself. He legislated away free speech and upheld the cruel, inhumane treatment of animals. I love Iowa, but I am no longer proud of Iowa.

    • rachel novak CHARLETON, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I love animals and I live a perfectly normal life not having to kill any of them to get by.

    • Arnold Gorske SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I grew up working on a small country farm in Wisconsin. We were taught ethical values and how to treat others, animals as well as people.

      I am also retired from the Navy, and the law also subverts a person's freedom to even attempt to protect animals when necessary.

      Prior to this law I had thought the abuse of animals was a relatively rare thing.

      Neither the abuse of animals nor the loss of individual freedom should be supported.

    • Pat Boone ROCK RAPIDS, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am so embarassed to live in a state that promotes animal abuse-ugly!

    • Marcia Mueller SPOKANE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      The ag-gag laws are not only an infringement on freedom of speech, they are a cover-up of egregious abuse of animals. If factory farmers do not like what is revealed in undercover investigations, then they should clean up their act and stop torturing the animals in their care.


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