The following op-ed appeared in Iowa's Cedar Rapids Gazette last Wednesday, February 29, before Gov. Terry Branstad signed the "Ag Gag" bill into law on Friday, March 2. As a matter of policy, the Gazette doesn't post op-eds on its website if they are authored by non-local sources. Ergo, FIC is posting the full text here.
Editor's Note: While the Iowa Senate amendment did remove the specific language restricting undercover video, the bill is clearly aimed at holding whistleblowers who use such means to convey the truth legally accountable (More on this here).
Some things people just have to see to believe. Travesties that can take place behind food production facility walls are some of them.
Yesterday, the Iowa Senate passed legislation that illegalizes the act of taking undercover video at farms and similar facilities. Iowa is one of at least six states that currently have pending similar bills, commonly known as "Ag Gag" legislation, which would extend to all individuals – including plant workers who witness gross wrongdoing and threats to public health.