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AgGag Victory in Australia

November 10, 2014
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Source Green is the New Red
By Will Potter

A U.S.-style “ag-gag” proposal to restrict undercover investigations has just been defeated in South Australia.

The Surveillance Devices Bill would have cracked down on undercover investigations—particularly those by animal rights groups—by criminalizing the publication of undercover video.

Activists and journalists would have faced a $15,000 fine or imprisonment of three years. Organizations involved in the investigations would face a maximum penalty of $75,000.

It was strongly opposed by animal protection groups such as Voiceless, and also media organizations and labor unions.

“The concerns with this bill were held by both the media and also civil society advocates for whether it was animal rights or consumer affairs,” Greens MLC Tammy Franks said.

The proposal was similar to U.S.-style “ag-gag” bills promoted by the agriculture industry to stop the negative publicity created by covert undercover video of animal cruelty.

The bill did not explicitly focus on slaughterhouses or factory farms, but Minister Gail Gago noted when it was introduced that animal activists were central to the debate.

Ag-gag has been a growing debate in Australia within the last year. I recently completed a month-long tour about ag-gag laws there, and the media and public response to the bills was overwhelmingly against them.

The defeated of this proposal in South Australia is a major victory. But more ag-gag proposals are being concerned at the state and federal level.

“The (Victorian) Government has been considering workable measures that can be introduced to give legitimate farming business protection against unlawful activism,” a spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said.

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awesome news for our animal friends.
hopefully soon ALL abuses
will end 🙂

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

7 Comments leave one →
  1. J. David Scott permalink
    November 10, 2014 7:49 am

    This is great news for animals. The ag industry maintains they treat their animals humanely yet they support ag-gag laws. Classic example of trying to suck and blow at the same time.

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 10, 2014 8:54 am

      Personally I believe animals are treated horrifically regardless of “standards” (although there are no “humane” laws governing “food” animals – animals exploited for food are specifically excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, not that it does any good in any case), but supporting ag-gag laws just emphasizes how inhumane all animals are treated. I cannot believe there is not more opposition to these egregious laws – where the hell are people in standing against such nonsense? You are so right, thanks, David.

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  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 10, 2014 8:52 am

    awesome news for our animal friends.
    hopefully soon ALL abuses
    will end 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. November 10, 2014 10:25 pm

    Reblogged this on WORD WARRIOR DAVIES-TIGHT.


  4. narhvalur permalink
    November 12, 2014 6:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


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