In an effort to protect animal abusers, the State elected officials of Iowa have created a bill that will make supplying false information on a job application and filming or photographing animal abuse on factory farms illegal. Penalties for either offense would range from misdemenor to Class C felony which would carry a 10-year prison sentence.
Democratic Rep. Brian Quirk supports the bill and told press:
“I think the intent of the bill is spot on. These people need to be dealt with. They’re terrorists and this is wrong. These producers’ rights are being trampled when they’re taken advantage of in this way.”
I believe he must have misspoke. It’s actually the animals in Iowa that are “trampled” and “taken advantage of” NOT the producers. At least that’s been the case historically such as in this investigation, and this one, and this one.
The government in Iowa is so deeply controlled by the animal industry that they would rather pass legislation that protects animals abusers than pass legislation that makes it harder to commit abuse.
Once, I watched as a mother sow cleverly engineered a prison break by loosening the hinges of her crate with her tongue until the front door fell off. After escorting out her piglets, the sow immediately began to do the same for another sow’s door. My coworker told me that several sows had orchestrated such ‘liberations’ in the past, and that those sows had to be put down.
Victory! After our undercover investigation into Triple F Farms, the USDA has fined the company nearly $17,000 for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Learn more and take action here: http://bit.ly/Pfbfx6
Ever wonder what it’s like to be an undercover investigator inside
some of the nation’s largest commercial farms? Animal Place interviewed
TJ Tumasse, former investigator and current manager of investigations
at Animal Legal Defense Fund, to discuss his work.
Oh, what a week it has been! What a month, what a year, what a century! But let us confine ourselves to this week. And, of course, every week in Kinwick is remarkable. Why else would I choose to possess a musty old typewriter in a newspaper office?
San Antonio College Prostitution Ring Leader Arrested
In state news, a six month undercover investigation leads to the arrest of a man accused of running a college prostitution ring.
Investigators say 38-year-old Steven Sumlin forced around 30 female college students to work for his escort agency called ‘School Girls by Jazleen’.
Sumlin has since bonded out of jail.
Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh.Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.
“Just the sounds from an undercover video recorded at an Idaho dairy farm would give most people chills. Workers’ roars echo off the slick floors and walls, punctuated by the deafening cracks of metal poles against the animals’ skin and bones. Sick and injured cows bellow in agony as they are kicked, stomped on, dragged, beaten, and even sexually molested.
Without undercover investigations, sadistic and often criminal acts of animal cruelty on factory farms would go undetected, unaddressed, and unpunished as would major threats to public health and the environment. This is a fact to which Mercy For Animals can attest.”
The Planned Parenthood sting has prompted a number of questions regarding the use of undercover videos, but according to Mercy for Animals president and founder Nathan Runkle, undercover investigations are a First Amendment right, and an effective tool for exposing and ending animal abuse. Read his thoughts here.
Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale (Lagunitas Brewing Co)
The story on this beer is pretty funny. So after an undercover investigation found Lagunitas guilty of running a “disorderly house” (I’m guessing noise related?) and the brewery received a 20-day suspension of operations, in true Lagunitas fashion they dedicated a beer to the event.
This is a malty, ESB-ish beer that’s very highly hopped and has a very high ABV. The nose is intense, with pungent alcohol showing through, very sweet caramel malty nose, and very piney hops. I feel like this beer could benefit by scaling the alcohol back a bit, but as is it’s very good (even for a bottle I bought 3 weeks ago, when it was even better).
A prostitution sting ends with the arrest of two women.
Fifty-six year-old San Juana Longoria Leon and 26 year-old Breaza Cazares were arrested Friday after an undercover investigation revealed the two were offering sex in exchange for money near the bar district on west Robertson Street. Both were charged with prostitution, their bonds set at $8,000.
A church called the Phoenix Goddess Temple has been accused of being a house of prostitution, and a six-month undercover investigation has resulted in the arrests of 20 women and men who worked there, Phoenix police said Friday.
Authorities are still searching for 17 more people – all of whom have been indicted – in connection with the prostitution enterprise, said Sgt. Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman. The 20 people arrested so far have been charged with prostitution or other offenses, police said.