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Feds and State Govts Shred 1st Amendment Re Filming Animal Slaughterhouses
10 Apr 2013
an odyssey of repression
After the passage of AETA, the Animal Terrorism Enterprise Act, which defines
as terrorists not those who murder animals but those who seek to expose their
crimes to the public, (originally initiated by 4 Republican senators: Coburn
and Inhofe of
Oklahoma and Chambliss and Saxbe of Georgia) at least 3
state governors, Iowa's Terry Bradshaw, Utah's Richard Herbert and Missouri's
Jeremiah Nixon, have criminalized the filming of slaughterhouses, factory
animals. Also involved in this repression was Richard Blum, husband of
Senator Dianne Feinstein, when chairman of the overseers of the University
Besides axing to death the animals, the federal and these state governments
have axed the first amendment. While hospital, pharmaceutical and government
labs often cut out the vocal cords of animals
(called laryngectomies, debarking etc.), these politicians controlled by
butchers' mammon hope to silence the screams of the animals by muzzling
the microphones and darkening the video cams.
How different is their response to that of President Theodore Roosevelt who
when confronted with the hideous agony of slaughterhouses worked in the
opposite direction, to ameliorate
the suffering of the animals.
On April tenth the New York Times editorialized that
the people have a right to know how their food is made.
Thank you to the Times.
Butchers are exposed crushing baby chicks into paste,
kicking animals in the face and udders, etc.,
driving them into fences with forklifts, suffocating them,
electroshocking them, whipping them, punching them,
skinning them while alive, dropping them alive into boiling water.
All humane societies and animal charities have a right to act as citizen
In the meantime, millions more know that animals are not food, and choose
to stop eating the cadaver pieces
that their consciences know peace.
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