ALEC 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
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…