Daily Archives: April 25, 2012
“Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!” My father yelled at me. “Can’t you do anything right?” Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn’t prepared for another battle.
“I saw the car, Dad. Please don’t yell at me when I’m driving.” My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt.
Dad glared at me, then turned away and settled back. At home I left Dad in front of the television and went outside to collect my thoughts. Dark, heavy clouds hung in the air with a promise of rain. The rumble of distant thunder seemed to echo my inner turmoil.
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Written by Jeff Mackey:
PETA pal and superhero-for-animals Bob Barker cites PETA’s vital work exposing animal mistreatment and neglect on factory farms in his letters urging Missouri state senators to oppose an “ag gag” bill—Senate Bill (S.B.) 695—requiring that abuse documented on farms be reported within 24 hours, effectively preventing investigators and whistleblowers from exposing routine cruelty to animals.
Don’t ‘Gag’ Investigators
The horrors revealed by PETA’s latest factory farm investigationshow how important it is that organizations and individuals not lose the ability to uncover cruelty to animals, especially when it’s carefully hidden from public view. These sorts of exposés require months of scrutiny to document how the abuse is habitual and systematic, rather than being mere isolated incidents, so the requirements of S.B. 695 would make investigators’ work virtually impossible.
As Bob—whose alma mater is Drury University in Springfield, Missouri—stated in his letter to state legislators, “Missouri lawmakers must realize that consumers are demanding better treatment of animals used for food, not for the agriculture industry to cover up illegal acts and penalize those who try to expose routine cruelty. Please show consumers that Missouri has nothing to hide by opposing S.B. 695.”
PETA is grateful to celebrities like Bob, Cloris Leachman, and Katherine Heigl for making the public aware of the dangers of “ag gag” legislation because the wealthy industrial-agriculture interests pushing these bills appear to be ensuring that they’ll wield influence behind the scenes by making large donations to lawmakers, as seen recently in Iowa and Utah.
How You Can Help Animals on Factory Farms
If you’re a Missouri resident, please join Bob Barker in asking your state senatorsto vote against this bill and to continue to allow people to expose blatant cruelty to animals.
Article – www.Peta.org
Picture – www.Peta.org