Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Animal Abuse Covert Video Activism Leads to Politicians Being Prodded to Outlawing Cameras Instead of the Problem

Undercover investigations of animal abuse and unsanitary farm conditions would be outlawed in eight states... under an expanding effort by legislators who say the exposes malign livestock industries... backed by Monsanto Co. and other agriculture companies, (the new laws) would halt activists from using deceptive practices (covert video) to target producers in the $74 billion-a-year U.S. beef industry, or the $45 billion poultry business, as well as other businesses...

For politicians, it comes across looking like they’re trying to muzzle these groups,” said Wes Jamison, an associate communications professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida who studies interest-group activism, in an interview. “It’s putting restrictions on citizen ‘gotcha’ journalism.”

Media stories about animal welfare have a “significant, negative” effect on meat demand, especially poultry and pork, according to a 2010 study by economists at Kansas State University and Purdue University in Indiana on covert exposes and news articles. (more) (sample videos)