APRIL 4 2012
Those who abuse and exploit animals have sunk to a new low. They're now determined to prevent whistleblowers from being able to say anything at all about cruelty or show any pictures of animal abuse!
Two bills are now before the Minnesota state legislature that would allow for criminal prosecution of whistleblowers who expose any of the horrific cruelty to animals occurring in laboratories, on factory farms, and in other facilities in which animals are abused. If passed—and there is a strong push to pass them quickly—these bills would make it a crime to photograph or videotape inside these facilities without the owner's consent, even if that evidence shows violations of the law. These bills would punish whistleblowers and make vital undercover work that exposes routine—and often criminal—abuse of animals impossible. That's why, of course, it is being so strongly supported by those who have plenty to hide!
A PETA undercover investigation at Crestview Farm in Minnesota revealed that a farm manager was ineptly strangling young turkeys with his bare hands and haphazardly bludgeoning dozens of others with what he called his "killing stick." Birds who did not die immediately were still tossed onto the "dead pile," where they were left to die slowly and in agony as they lay helplessly gasping among the bloody corpses of other birds. And a recent PETA investigation inside a laboratory exposed dozens of violations of federal law that government inspectors had not found and led to the indictment of three former workers and a former manager on felony cruelty-to-animals charges.
Please help us ensure that whistleblowers can continue to reveal incidents of shocking abuse, such as those I have described, by asking the Minnesota governor to oppose these two dangerous bills. Whether you live in Minnesota or simply might visit one day or buy something from that state, your voice is needed. So please stand up for animals right now, and get your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors involved if you can.
Don't let legislators silence those who are exposing and helping us stop animal abuse. Please take action now!
Very truly yours,
Ingrid E. Newkirk