Rebuttal Exercise – alexmoran17

Antagonistic 2:

“1) Criminalizes unauthorized video and audio recordings by activists, employees and journalists on farm premises.”

This claim found in “Last Chance for Animals – What is Ag Gag?” is crucial in the Ag Gag legislation laws. Therefore, due to the claim, the surveillance will be monitored much more carefully. After the farm is under careful surveillance, the risk of contaminated foods from the farms are less likely, also unreported or hidden abuse of animals are less likely to occur as well. By bugging farms, things that most farms may get away with, either for a cheaper method, or faster production-enthused method will not occur and animals will be taken care of the way they deserve.

Antagonistic 1:

“Today’s ALEC-inspired bills take direct aim at anyone who tries to expose horrific acts of animal cruelty, dangerous animal-handling practices that might lead to food safety issues, or blatant disregard for environmental laws designed to protect waterways from animal waste runoff. “

In the early stages of the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), their main focus was on deterring people from stealing, destroying property, or releasing animals, rather than the aiming towards animal cruelty and food safety issues of contamination on farms. It is apparent that the advancement in food has also advanced down the train of a bad reputation, animal cruelty, rather than a more secure fence on things like releasing animals.

Supportive 2:

That’s because this new statute – designed to prevent people from documenting what goes on in factory farms, like all of the now seven total ag gag laws in the U.S. – is alarmingly broad, according to senior ALDF attorney Matthew Liebman, affecting “virtually any place where there’s any interaction between humans and animals and plants.”

In the supportive article of Ag Gag laws, “Conservationists join animal rights groups to challenge Idaho Ag Gag law” it is brought to our attention that Idaho would indeed intend to pass an Ag Gag law to never have to document whatever may go on a farm premises. With Idaho becoming its own supportive candidate, with such little background support, the chance of an absurd law such as this will become slim to none. Contrary to popular belief, the whereabouts and security of animals (or plants) on farms should be a top of the chart bullet point on a list of “What to Do” for the day. 

Supportive 3:

With 98% of farms and ranches in the U.S. family owned and operated, I know that today’s food is grown by people who care about the animals, the environment and the final retail product.

In the BEEF Daily, the supportive details of saying that the farmers behind the U.S. family owned and operated farm, are that they take care of the animals because they live and breathe everyday through the labor and look after of their farm. So, with the Ag Gag law in effect, the trust that is built up between ALEC and farm owners will all that will need to be said.

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