Warning: don’t watch this video if you don’t want to be seriously disturbed. Says thinksquad, who posted it:
Hidden camera video secretly shot by an investigator with Mercy For Animals at an Ohio dairy farm reveals shocking, malicious cruelty to calves and cows. The video, recorded between April and May, 2010, shows dairy farm workers beating cows in the face with crowbars, stabbing them with pitchforks, breaking their tails, and punching, throwing, and kicking calves.
And, I would add, enjoying it.
I have to admit I didn’t actually realize that this type of cruelty against cows existed… I knew their conditions were terrible and the way they’re fed and cramped and killed are inhumane, but I didn’t know that people beat them like they might beat a human or a dog, and just for fun.
Watching this video made me even more disgusted by the ag-gag bills that are sweeping through the states, criminalizing the archiving of farm animal cruelty (and malpractice in a much wider swath of industries) by photo or video. A New York Times editorial earlier this month explains:
Factory farms, like all homes and businesses, are already protected by law against trespassing. The so-called “ag-gag” laws now being considered by several states, including California, Illinois and Indiana, have nothing to do with protecting property. Their only purpose is to keep consumers in the dark, to make sure we know as little as possible about the grim details of factory farming. These bills are pushed by intensive lobbying from agribusiness corporations and animal production groups.
The legislation pending in Indiana “criminalizes anyone who video records or photographs animal welfare, environmental, workers’ rights, and health violations not just in factory farms, but in any industrial or mining operation as well,” according to Will Potter at Green is the New Red.
These laws aren’t only protecting big ag and related industries against liability for the cruel and unlawful ways they conduct their normal business (like housing, feeding, milking, and slaughtering), they also protect this kind of senseless brutality against animals that really makes you sick to watch. Ag-gag laws insulate corrupt industries from the public outrage that would ensue if videos like this could make it to wider audiences.
I don’t ever want to watch a video like this again. Thanks to ag-gag bills, I probably won’t have to.
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Congressman Vows To End TSA Screening
Rep. says TSA can no longer hide from oversight on his watch
Mar 27, 2013
Congressman John Mica, a consistent critic of the TSA, who has pushed for airports to ditch the agency and replace it with private security screeners, has set about his biggest step to date to end the Federal agency’s rule throughout the nation’s airports.
Mica, who now heads up a subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, intends to introduce legislation to return all security authority in airports to private companies. He also says he is determined to push for up to half a dozen hearings this year alone to get it done.
“I’m telling you, whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or if there are a few independents left, people have had it right up to their eyebrows with TSA,” Mica said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “It’s not a partisan issue.”
Mica, who wrote the legislation that established the TSA after 9/11, has routinely declared the agency to be a miserable failure in recent years. Up until this Congressional period, Mica has sat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (TIC), which unlike the Reform Committee does not have subpoena power.
Back in November, the TSA refused to attend a House Transportation hearing called by Mica, with agency head John Pistole personally refusing to appear and declaring that the Congressional Committee has “no jurisdiction over the TSA”.
Now Mica DOES have jurisdiction over the TSA, there can be no such backing away from oversight by the federal agency.
“I have clear jurisdiction, investigative jurisdiction with subpoena power,” Mica said. “I intend to use whatever it takes to get answers to try and change the agency.”
Mica described the move as having “strong momentum,” noting that the bill would aim to return airport screening duties to private screeners within two years.
The TSA “should not be conducting the screening,” he said. “They should be setting the standards, conducting the oversight. TSA should be a security and intelligence agency.”
Screeners employed by private companies are already used at 16 airports under the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). Mica has pressed TSA head Pistole to implement the mandate and accept applications from other airports. The Congressman has also personally written to 200 airports advising them of the opportunity to opt out of using TSA screeners.
“It’s critical that TSA get out of the business of running a huge bureaucracy and human resources operation and refocus its attention on security, analyzing intelligence, and setting the highest risk-based security standards. TSA needs to focus on going after terrorists — not little old ladies, veterans and children.” Mica has said.
However, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released in December, pointed to “insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions of improved performance under SPP (Screening Partnership Program) when compared to federal screening services.”
That conclusion led Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, to advise the TSA not to accept any more SPP applications from airports until the issue has been looked at in further depth. Thompson wrote “…some privatized airports do not perform passenger screening as well as their federalized counterparts.”
The move has already prompted airports to back away from ditching TSA screeners, including Sacramento International Airport, which did a complete 180 turn around on the issue in January, announcing that it will stick with using the federal agency for security at the airport.
The TSA has been keen to downplay the opportunity for airports to dispense with their screeners, fearing a mass exodus that could undermine the justification for the agency’s continued existence, especially given the fact that its reputation has been repeatedly savaged by a number of scandals.
A previous GAO report in November found that the TSA does not have an adequate system to measure passenger complaints, has failed to factor in many complaints in its evaluations, does not consistently inform travelers of how they can file complaints, and could be ignoring complaints altogether because the agents investigating the cases are in the same chain of command as those being investigated.
Scores of airports throughout the country have now applied to evict the TSA, forcing the agency to reconsider applications after it arbitrarily suspended the SPP program in 2010.
Congressman Mica has said he intends to call his first hearing in April to examine the TSA’s highly dubious claim that spending cuts are going to cause longer delays in airports, despite the fact that at the same time the agency has recently signed a $50 million contract to buy uniforms, and continues to invest in expensive body scanners that have been proven unreliable.
Mica says he intends to use further hearings, as well as his proposed legislation, to further marginalize the widely loathed federal agency from aviation security.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.
SPICED CHOCOLATE CARAMEL PEAR CAKE
Dairy cows in Holland are let out to pasture for the first time since the winter months
this is hilarious and adorable omfg i love cos so much
Yes I eat meat but I do make a serious effort to buy from farms where animals were ethically raised and this video is awesome.
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