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Farm abuse kept under cover?

  • Ag-Gag bills could stop undercover investigations that expose animal abuse on farms
  • Anti-whistleblower bills have passed in Wyoming, Iowa, and Utah


For years, animal rights organizations have been going undercover to expose abuse on factory farms. In 2008, the Humane Society of the United States released a video of diseased downer cows being used for commercial beef at a California slaughterhouse. That video led to the largest meat recall in United States history.

Now several states are introducing legislation that will ban these undercover investigations. Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to Humane Society spokesperson, Paul Shapiro, to find out why states are trying to silence the whistleblowers.

For more on this story watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7pm ET on HLN.

To learn more about this legislation visit

Editor’s Note: HLN reached out to the states with this legislation for comment. Calls were not returned. 

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