BREAKING: Idaho “Ag-Gag” Law Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court

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Idaho “Ag-Gag” Law Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court Victory for Animals: District Court Rules Anti-Whistleblower Law Violates U.S. Constitution For immediate release: Contact: Daniel Hauff, The OutJustice Foundation: 312-650-9210 (cell) dhauff@outjusticefoundation.org Nicole Roth, Animal Legal Defense Fund: 415-615-2016 (cell) nroth@aldf.org … Continue reading

We filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho.

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Constitutional Challenge Made to State’s Attempt to Silence Factory Farm Whistle-Blowers

Contact:   Daniel Hauff, DHAPR Group 312.650.9210

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE — A coalition of organizations dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights, and the environment, along with journalists and experts in covert operations, filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s newly passed “ag gag” statute, signed into law by Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter on February 28. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Idaho’s ag gag law (Idaho Code sec. 18-7042), and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho by national nonprofits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU), and the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Idaho is the seventh state to pass an ag gag law, and the first to do so since 2012.

The U.S. Constitution protects free speech and freedom of the press, including journalistic exposés of industrial animal production. Like other ag gag laws, Idaho’s statute criminalizes whistle-blowing investigations at factory farms, and specifically targets animal advocates who expose illegal and cruel practices. Idaho’s ag gag law makes it illegal for anyone to take photos or videos at a factory farm or slaughterhouse without the owner’s express consent. If convicted under the ag gag law, a whistle-blower would face up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. By comparison, the maximum jail term for a first-offense conviction of animal cruelty in Idaho is six months. In other words, Idaho more severely punishes those who expose cruelty to animals than those who commit it. Continue reading

Cancer. Julie. $, $, $. Faggots. (Obamacare)

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As a follow up to my previous post on Julie, a Cancer survivor used and abused by this misleading anti-Obamacare campaign, here is some more just out on the Koch brothers.

Shameless.

Did I mention that I have a few haters on my Facebook “public figure” page in response to the Julie post?

Not surprisingly, I’m still awaiting any substantive information on the false claims by my attackers, one of whom called me a “fruit cake” and a “sorry excuse for an American.” Continue reading

Oh, Julie: You are a Pawn. (BS attack on “Obamacare”)

New to Being Veg? Some good tips.

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There are lots of blogs and lists out there for those new to a compassionate, animal-free diet. One Green Planet just posted a great list of items to have on hand in your fridge to assure your taste buds are delighted, no matter what you are cooking up.
A vegetarian diet without any animal products, called “vegan,” is the only way to avoid paying others to be violent on your behalf.

Violence is inherent in the egg, dairy, and meat industries.

And yes, aquatic life are made of flesh, too, and therefore you cannot call yourself a vegetarian if you are eating flesh. Continue reading

Republican Policy: Kill Tens of Thousands of Americans

Jim Morin cartoon published in the Miami Herald makes a major point that irritates me greatly about the anti-universal health care stance of far too many (I'm certain all with their own health care coverage) people.

Jim Morin’s cartoon, as published in the Miami Herald, makes a major point – one that irritates me greatly about the anti-universal health care stance of far too many people in the U.S. I’m fairly certain those with this view all have their own health care coverage and probably haven’t been without it … yet. Note the “yet.”

I’ve got some points to make for all of those out there who are anti-universal health care.

If you are against universal health care,

you are pro-DEATH.

It’s true.

Point Number One: