Rebuttal Exercise – jcirrs

Antagonistic 3: Strikes Down Ag-Gag Law

“Idaho’s so-called “ag-gag” law, which outlawed undercover investigations of farming operations, is no more. A judge in the federal District Court for Idaho decided Monday that it was unconstitutional, citing First Amendment protections for free speech”. This quotes shows that Ag-Gag laws violates farmers privacy rights because this law is used to eliminate undercover investigations on private farms without the consent of the farmer. These laws were designed and crafted to try and protect First Amendment rights while also trying to provide some personal property protection.

Antagonistic 1: Reporting Abuse Will Become “Terrorism”

“New Hampshire, Wyoming and Nebraska are the latest states to introduce Ag-Gag laws aimed at preventing employees, journalists or activists from exposing illegal or unethical practices on factory farms”. Ag-Gag laws passed 20 years ago payed more particular attention to prevent the occurrence of people from destroying property, or from either stealing animals or setting them free. 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.

Supportive 3: Daily: Do You Support Ag-Gag Laws?

“But, Amanda, I know animal abuse is real; I’ve watched all those videos on YouTube of factory farmers beating their animals”.

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