Farming facilities should be kept up to a standard, but most of the time they are not. There have been numerous reports of animal cruelty and neglect at these types of facilities. Consumers have a right to know how their food is handled before they choose to purchase and use it. Many consumers are still in the dark about what happens "behind-the-scenes", and before laws enforces better practices, it's up to the whistleblowers to let the consumers know what is going on.
The ability to police the practices of corporations is fairly limited. Since many of them have very closed off facilities it becomes difficult to assure that they are adhering to the standards set out by the government. Though the act of sneaking in cameras and other recording equipment are unethical, if they parties doing the surveillance are invited or allowed on premises, there should be nothing stopping the process.
Human rights has been a hot topic for a century, and rightly so. The United States has played an active role in insuring that people are treated fairly and justly both at home and abroad. We are not done with that job yet, either.
Now. We have a few problems. One, we are facing an unstable economy that while currently recovering, is bound to head down again because our current stock bubble is just that; a bubble. Bubbles pop. We need room for employment, and by cutting down the people who produce our animal products, not only do we make our standard of living more unaffordable and expensive (they raise their prices either to deal with lawsuits or because of monopolization after competitors are shut down) but it narrows down the number of potential employers in our country.
"Animal guilt" is a problem that we should not concern ourselves with. Animal rights is an exclusively emotional debate where demagoguery and pathos are the only promotional factors available. It is against our better judgement as a species to start shooting at the people who provide us with our food. Frankly, it's suicidal to be suggesting we cut down our producers like this. I say this garbage should remain illegal until we as a nation can get our act together and figure out what is a priority, and what is not. Animal Rights is not a priority.
Of course the “Ag-Gag” laws are not unfair or against the Constitution. No one has the right to trespass on anyone else’s property, including farms and businesses, to take pictures videos and make sound recordings.
Where does this nonsense come from? The far left liberal nutcases! It comes from the protect the poor little animals nutcases!
There are Federal Agencies that make sure what we eat is safe, as follows:
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA is charged with protecting consumers against impure, unsafe, and fraudulently labeled products. FDA, through its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), regulates foods other than the meat, poultry, and egg products regulated by FSIS. FDA is also responsible for the safety of drugs, medical devices, biologics, animal feed and drugs, cosmetics, and radiation emitting devices.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC leads federal efforts to gather data on foodborne illnesses, investigate foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, and monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control efforts in reducing foodborne illnesses. CDC also plays a key role in building state and local health department epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health capacity to support foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak response.
Http://www. Foodsafety.Gov /about /federal
As far as cruel practices in the killing of animals we eat; there are none. That is just pure BS.
We eat them and they are killed in whatever manner is quick and saves the most money. It does not matter if you far left animal right nut cases don’t like it. Too bad! You silly pukes should all be put in jail for breaking the Ag-Gag laws.
There are no First Amendment violations here. These are private businesses; private citizens do not have the right to go in and take pictures, make videos or sound recordings. Employees do not have the right take pictures or videos or make sound recordings. And, you don't have the right to apply for a job with the intention of taking unauthorized pictures, videos, or recording. So, it is entirely legal to have those questions on an employment application.
While the newly passed "Ag Gag" laws are a fundamentally unfair restraint on the on the process of investigative reporting, they do fall within the right of a state to establish laws affecting its citizens. The state has the right to establish laws that, while they are unfair, are not a violation of a citizen' s Constitutionally protected rights.