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ALEC Behind Iowa’s Ag-Gag Law

ALECorIOWAALEC is behind ag-gag and virtually every other horrifying law currently being passed in states around the country including Iowa -  from union-busting and  teacher lay-offs to voter ID and anti-abortion laws.   Remember that Governor-for-life Terry Branstad is a founding member of ALEC.  Don’t believe us.  It is right on ALEC’s website.  This is not a coincidence.  Make no mistake, Branstad wants to do to Iowa exactly what Scott Walker is doing to Wisconsin.

And just for the record, passage of the Iowa ag-gag bill came with support from these organizations who for some reason don’t want anyone snooping around in their bidness:

  • The Institute for Cooperatives
  • The Agribusiness Association of Iowa
  • Iowa Select Farms
  • Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
  • Iowa Dairy Association
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • Iowa Corn Growers Association and Monsanto Co.

On an even more depressing note, this bill had bipartisan support.  The Iowa Senate approved the bill on a 40 to 10 vote.  Iowa House approved it on a 69 to 28 vote before sending it to the governor.

Under the new law, food safety, human rights and animal abuse whistleblowers could face up to a year in prison and a fine of $1,500.  Link

Check out this Bill Moyers report and here’s what people around the country had to say about Iowa’s horrid bill.   Link  Link  Link  Link   Link

ALEC, Activists and Ag-gag (via Moyers & Company)

Muckrakers and activists have been working to expose the brutality of industrialized meat production since Upton Sinclair’s writing of The Jungle in 1906. But an ALEC model bill known as “The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act” would make it…

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to “ALEC Behind Iowa’s Ag-Gag Law”

  • Luke:

    Just another example of the massive impact that ALEC has had on the right. On a more positive note–check out ALICE, the progressive counterbalance. They work on the same issues and do a great job with making progressive legislation available on their website, alicelaw.org

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