Target: Washington Representative, Joe Schmick
Goal: Do not incriminate animal rights activists for investigating animal cruelty on farms.
Animal rights activists could soon receive criminal penalties for the undercover recordings of slaughterhouses and farms. Washington Representative Joe Schmick has introduced a bill to the Washington House of Representatives that would allow the agricultural industry to continue with its current inhumane farming practices without fearing pushback from animal rights activists.
After the Los Angeles-based animal rights group Mercy For Animals showed workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating their cows in 2012, farmers have been on the defensive. They have been persuading lawmakers to pass “ag-gag” laws that prevent these animal rights proponents from filming their practices without their consent. Ag-gag laws have already been passed in Idaho, Utah, Iowa and Missouri.
“I view it as a way to protect the farmer,” Schmick told the press. It does protect the farmer, but the fact is that they don’t need protection from treating animals unjustly. If there was nothing to hide, they would not need this law. This entire bill is only for the purpose of shutting down animal rights activists who work to provide a better life for animals. If farmers are treating their animals with compassion then they should have nothing to fear.
Representative Schmick needs to know that we care about animal cruelty on farms and are not willing to sacrifice an animal’s well-being for the profit of farmers. Please sign the petition below to let Representative Schmick know that we will not tolerate animal cruelty.
Dear Representative Joe Schmick,
The introduction of your “ag-gag” bill is disappointing and wrong. This legislation would silence those who stand up for animal rights and who only want to make sure that animals are being treated fairly, rather than being abused in order for the agricultural industry to profit.
Farming is an important industry and farmers should not be wary of undercover recordings if they are treating their animals properly. You have said that you want to make sure that farmers are not unfairly distorted to make their practices look bad, but plainly beating cows and other incidents are not easy to distort. The agricultural industry needs to be held accountable.
Please stand for the people in your state who strongly oppose this bill rather than the lobbyists of the agricultural industry. No animal deserves to suffer for a quick profit.
[Your Name Here]
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