What’s There to Hide? Ag-Gag Laws, the Food Industry, and the First Amendment

Posted by Anthony Tiberio on April 30th, 2013 :: Filed under Events  
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Tuesday, April 30
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Columbia Law School JG 106

 

Ag Gag Flyer

 

Please join SALDF and WRSC tonight at 7:00pm-8:30pm for a special panel discussion on the implications of Ag-Gag laws, which outlaw the taking of photos and videos on industrial farms that would document animal abuse as well as workers’ rights violations and environmental problems.

 

Panelists include:
- Timothy Pachirat, author of “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight” and Assistant Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research.
- Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel and Policy Advisor in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, focusing on the First Amendment.
- Suzanne McMillan, Director, Farm Animal Welfare Campaign, ASPCA.
- Mickey Osterreicher, veteran photojournalist and General Counsel for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
- Cody Carlson, journalist and former investigator for Mercy for Animals and the Humane Society of the United States. 

 

The event will be moderated by Susan Kraham, Senior Staff Attorney and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic.  

 

If you cannot make it in person, CLICK HERE FOR A LIVE-STREAM of the event!

 

“First U.S. Animal Abuser Registry Makes Convicts Public”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on May 8th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“Monday, Suffolk County activates the first animal abuser registry in the United States, which will make public the identities of convicted animal abusers. The internet registry will display their names, addresses and photographs.

The law requires pet stores, breeders and animal shelters to check the registry and not sell or adopt animals to anyone on it, according to the Animal Law Coalition. Abusers will stay on the registry for five years each, and will face jail time or fines if they do not sign up for and renew their registrations throughout that period. . . .”

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“Are We in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction?

Posted by Elizabeth Block on May 6th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“Nearly 20,000 species of animals and plants around the globe are considered high risks for extinction in the wild. That’s according to the most authoritative compilation of living things at risk — the so-called Red List maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

This should keep us awake at night. . . .”

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“Exotic Animal Law Review Ignited By Ohio Exotic Animal Stampede”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on May 1st, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“Yet, by some estimates, there are thousands of tigers in captivity in American backyards — more than there are in the wild on the planet. . . .

Reps. Howard ‘Buck’ McKeon, R-Calif., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., introduced the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act in February to require owners of tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, panthers and other cats to register with the Department of Agriculture. Breeding would be banned except at accredited zoos and research and educational institutions. Penalties would include seizures, fines and jail. . . .”

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“Q&A: Jed Painter, Assistant District Attorney of Animal Crimes Unit, Nassau County D.A.’s Office”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 28th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“Created in February 2010, the [Animal Crimes Unit] was formed to investigate felony and misdemeanor cases ranging from animal abandonment to severe physical abuse and dog-fighting rings. With the help of a 24-hour hotline established to encourage the public to report crimes against animals, the number of animal crime-related arrests has jumped from eight in the two years before the unit’s creation to 40 in the past 24 months. . . .”

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“Judge Says Snake River Dams Should Go”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 27th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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” A federal judge who spent a decade presiding over one of the most contentious environmental court fights in the Northwest — the fate of endangered salmon in the Columbia River Basin and four hydroelectric dams that interrupt their migration — has said in a recorded interview that the dams should be removed to help the fish. . . .”

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“Unimaginable horror as helicopter-borne poachers massacre 22 elephants before hacking off their tusks and genitals”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 25th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“. . . Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia’s scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region’s newly affluent classes.

A record number of big ivory seizures were made globally in 2011 and the trend looks set to continue in 2012 as elephant massacres take place from Congo to Cameroon, where as many as 200 of the pachyderms, listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as ‘vulnerable’, were slain in January.

In South Africa, nearly two rhinos a day are being killed to meet demand for the animal’s horn, which is worth more than its weight in gold. More are being killed each week now than were being taken on an annual basis a decade ago.

Conservation group TRAFFIC, which monitors the global trade in animals and plants, said 2011 was the worst year for large ivory seizures in the more than two decades . . .”

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“Robin Lohre Awarded $65,000 After Posh Maids Leaves Dead Dog Under Dining Room Table”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 19th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“After a 3-hour cleaning job went awry in August 2011, Posh Maids faced a lawsuit attempting to hold the company responsible for the death of a client’s dog. Now nearly ten months later, attorneys with The Animal Law Center have announced a $65,000 ruling for the woman.

‘The ruling sets a damages precedent that animals are worth more than their replacement value,’ said Jennifer Edwards, attorney and founder of The Animal Law Center in an emailed statement. ‘When we lose a pet, we do suffer emotional distress and heartache, just as we would with any other member of our families.’  . . .”

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Nicholas D. Kristof: “Is an Egg for Breakfast Worth This?”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 12th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“. . . In some cases, 11 hens were jammed into a cage about 2 feet by 2 feet. The Humane Society says that that is even more cramped than the egg industry’s own voluntary standards — which have been widely criticized as inadequate.

An automatic feeding cart that runs between the cages sometimes decapitates hens as they’re eating, the investigator said. Corpses are pulled out if they’re easy to see, but sometimes remain for weeks in the cages, piling up until they have rotted into the wiring, he added.

Other hens have their heads stuck in the wire and are usually left to die, the investigator said. . . .”

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The Humane Society urges you to take action to support the Egg Producers Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.  More info can be found HERE

“Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals”

Posted by Elizabeth Block on April 12th, 2012 :: Filed under Articles  
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“Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity — caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests, on primates and other mammals, that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.”

Watch Frans de Waal’s TED Talk HERE

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