We have witnessed cruel treatment of animals, food processing, and awful working conditions in documentaries like Food Inc., on TV shows like Oprah, we have read about these issues from Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbra Kingsolver, or Omnivores Dilemma by Michal Pollan, or Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Big Ag, Big Food Industry, and Iowa's agricultural industry are concerned. They are trying to prevent future issues by making it illegal for an employee to take undercover video to prove the conditions these individuals work in and how these organisms are treated before they are processed.
With this new legislation "the bill would impose fines and prison sentences on anyone who seeks agricultural employment in order to capture footage" up to ten years in prison said Democracynow.org. Two bills are steadily advancing: Senate File 431 in the Democrat-led Iowa Senate and House File 589 in the Republican-led Iowa House. Both bills could come to a vote soon writes Jennifer Jacobs of DesMoinesRegister.com
In the past, these video footages have exposed shocking conditions in several locations which have led to plant closures and meat recalls. We need this transparency and the ability to inform others about the food we eat and to keep the agricultural industry honest, moral, and appropriate.
Please sign this petition so we can prevent this bill from getting passed into law. It is not acceptable to have our rights taken away to protect big business so they can keep on profiting from their immoral behavior.