Iowa to Make Undercover Investigations Illegal.

This photo would be more illegal than this abuse.

A bill is being considered in Iowa that would make undercover investigations of factory farms illegal.  

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.  

If you or some one you know lives in Iowa, please contact your representative today!

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.
—  Cody Carlson, Undercover Investigator
TJ Tumasse – Undercover Investigations
Intriguing interview with former undercover investigator!

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. 


Nanny State: The Undercover Film

Drop animal cruelty charge against undercover investigator in Colorado

I live in Colorado, and I recently heard about Taylor Radig who was working as an undercover investigator to document cruelty at Quanah Cattle…

Guys, we need to stop this! I can’t imagine how she must be feeling right now–– she’s be charged with animal cruelty for blowing the whistle on the people who were actually committing the crime. 

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.

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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.

Take action: http://bit.ly/HFATZ1

(Photo: Michelle L. Johnson, AP)

Undercover videos critical to exposing abuse

“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

An IPA a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Beer #139

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).


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New undercover footage shows cats having tubes SHOVED DOWN THEIR THROATS in training drills! SPEAK UP: http://www.peta.org/stlouiscats

Two Arrested in Prostitution Sting

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.


Arizona church is house of prostitution

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.