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TV Icon Joins PETA in Urging Lawmakers in Five States: Don't Let Factory Farms Cover Up Animal Abuse
March 18, 2013
Wendy Wegner 202-483-7382
Los Angeles -- TV icon and
lifelong Republican Bob Barker, inspired by his successful efforts to
stop Wyoming's "ag-gag" bill, which would have hindered undercover
investigations on factory farms by banning filming and forcing witnesses of
abuse to report it within 48 hours of the first incident, is turning his
attention to five states where other GOP-sponsored "ag-gag" bills are pending: Arkansas, Indiana,
Nebraska, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. In letters sent last week to legislators on behalf of PETA, Barker explains that
evidence of repeated, routine abuse is crucial in
order for law-enforcement officials to make a strong case against an
"I am a lifelong Republican who feels that authorities
should have access to everything that they need to enforce the law," writes
Barker. "Americans today want better treatment of animals killed for food,
not for their legislators to hide illegal cruelty on farms behind locked doors.
… I hope to hear that you'll stand up for protecting our right to document and
expose cruelty to animals."
The sponsors of Wyoming's "ag-gag" bill acknowledged that "negative
publicity" killed the bill. Similar bills have died or been tabled in
Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York, thanks in part to
opposition from prominent people, including Mary Matalin and Temple Grandin.
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