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Ag-Gag Law Protest Saturday!

by Eric S. Peterson
- Posted // 2013-05-17 -

Activist Amy Meyer recently made news in Utah for being charged with violating Utah’s now infamous “ag-gag” law that prohibits the filming of farm and agricultural operations, even if doing so documents illegal animal abuse. The charges against Meyer were dropped but local activists have not dropped the issue and are rallying Saturday to protest the law.

Activists say Meyer’s “crime” was compassion when, from a public area, she began recording alleged animal abuse at the Smith & Sons Meatpacking and Slaughterhouse in Draper, and was subsequently charged under Utah's ag-gag law, a law activists say gives  companies a veil of secrecy they can use to abuse animals and allow for unsafe practices and dangerous contaminants to enter the food Utahns eat.

If you want to rally for agricultural transparency, then come check out this protest, Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m., at 12450 S. Pony Express Road, Draper. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.

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Posted // May 17,2013 at 21:42

Mr. Peterson, thanks for writing an article and announcing our event Utah's AG-GAG (Agriculture-Gag) law protest "200@2p" (200 citizens with 200 cameras) tomorrow, Sat May 18 at 12450 S. Pony Express Road Draper, Utah.

* We believe the Utah people have a right to know how their meat and food is treated because it’s a public health issue and how many choose to feed their families.
* Criminalizing whistleblowers, the media and under cover investigations who are reporting the truth about our food and animal abuse is unconstitutional and contradicts our freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
* Undercover animal abusive investigations on factory farms recently led to the largest meat recall in U. S. history and this is no longer possible under Utah’s new Ag-GAG law. ”

We started an organization called "Food Safety Utah" so concerned Utah citizens can unite about issues like genetically modified foods, abused and sick animals used for food, the use of food pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, food labeling, etc. . .   Readers may follow here http://www. Facebook. com/FoodSafetyUtah to stay up-to-date on local food safety matters.

Thanks again,