The meat industry wants to pass so-called AG-Gag bills. These laws make it a crime to go undercover and videotape abuses at factory farms. Right now, as we speak, about 9 Billion animals are living out their lives in these factories.
Meat industry groups say those harrowing undercover videos present an inaccurate image of their industry. But, animal protection groups say, the cruelties are not aberrations and instead are the industry standard. They point to pigs kept in gestation crates the size of their bodies--unable to even turn around for months on end. Critics say these crates are clearly cruel and constitute torture.
The Humane Society of the United States says other standard practices include tail docking, that's cutting the tails off of cattle without anesthesia, and cutting the beaks off of live chickens, also without pain medication.
The President of the Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle spoke to Jane Velez-Mitchell about this controversy over these AG-Gag bills.
For more on this story go to the Humane Society’s webpage and tune into Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7pm ET on HLN.