Tuesday, May 14, 2013


In a week when Minnesota has become the 12th state to recognize same-sex marriage and biopsychiatry has finally started to receive its comeuppance, Will Potter reports that
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has vetoed a bill that would punish whistleblowers who expose animal welfare, environmental, and workers’ rights abuses on factory farms and slaughterhouses. It’s a huge victory for Tennesseans, but it also has national significance. The tables have turned on Big Ag, and corporate front groups are desperately trying to pick up the pieces of the worst PR blunder in the industry’s history.
(And may Andy Holt’s statement be preserved for history.)

Haslam received thousands of calls and emails, and Potter’s online petition against ag-gag laws has gathered over 100,000 signatures.

Next up: North Carolina’s SB 648, the “Commerce Protection Act.”

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