Reporting animal cruelty to become illegal

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  • sirtacos 12 Apr 2013 06:59:30 7,276 posts
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    ...in the USA

    It's basically a massive pre-emptive gag order. Iowa, Utah and Missouri already voted 'yes' last year.

    And on a similar note, a bill protecting Monsanto, the world's most lovable agricultural megacorporation, was stealthily passed in Congress recently.

    The provision protects genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks and has thus been dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act” by activists who oppose the biotech giant.

    According to reports, many members of Congress were apparently unaware that the “Monsanto Protection Act” even existed within the spending bill, HR 933; they voted in order to avert a government shutdown.
    o_o

    That corporate interests can manipulate state bureaucracy to their own ends is old news, but that they can do so so brazenly, and on such a scale... that's a bit shit.

    Edited by sirtacos at 07:09:15 12-04-2013
  • Immaterial 12 Apr 2013 07:19:13 1,337 posts
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    that is absolutely bonkers. is it simple for a subsection of a bill to be repealed?

    Think I'll just switch everything off.

  • Nades 12 Apr 2013 08:37:39 1,211 posts
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    So long story short if you report animal cruelty you'll be punished for it? Or am I wrong?

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  • neilka 12 Apr 2013 08:40:49 15,869 posts
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    Great news!

    /pushes an ape down a flight of stairs

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  • Shikasama 12 Apr 2013 08:42:01 6,761 posts
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    It's insane that any private enterprise can be protected from a civil action by law.
  • Deleted user 12 April 2013 08:44:25
    neilka wrote:
    Great news!

    /pushes an ape down a flight of stairs
    FUCK YOOOoooooouuuuuuuuu
  • Trowel 12 Apr 2013 08:59:31 17,683 posts
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    Thread title doesn't really represent what's actually happened, which is bad (in the sense of the 24h reporting requirements) but nothing like making "reporting animal cruelty illegal".
  • Deckard1 12 Apr 2013 09:09:38 27,773 posts
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    /puts gerbil in microwave

    Hush you ponce

  • S.J.Rogers 12 Apr 2013 09:11:52 3,557 posts
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    Reports Deckard1..!
  • rudedudejude 12 Apr 2013 09:14:37 2,163 posts
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    Doggy-ing my donkey is still ok though, ja?
  • sirtacos 12 Apr 2013 09:23:17 7,276 posts
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    @Immaterial No idea. But I imagine the process is about as practical as entering a tractor into a go-kart race. (Or trying to come up with a better analogy.)

    Oh, and the person behind the Monsanto thing has been 'exposed'.

    And by 'exposed', I mean that he openly admitted it and suffered zero consequences.

    What the fuck kind of United States are they? Where bribery, fraud and other sorts of chicanery can not only be practiced with impunity, but are ingrained into the system?

    Senator Roy Blunt has, apparently, made a lucrative career out of whoring out his senate seat to the highest bidder. Still, he's just one senator. Corrupt officials are par for the course in politics, I understand that. Likewise, corporations shouldn't be expected to be vanguards of moral purity or respect the sanctity (lol) of democratic institutions.
    These things are not necessarily indicative of a decrepit system, rotting away from the inside.

    What frightens me is that the collusion between this Senator and his Creepy Biotech Giant bedfellow hints at exactly that. Corporations and public officials should be kept apart, not brought together under the auspices of the Senate like in some expensive brothel.

    Edited by sirtacos at 09:32:27 12-04-2013
  • RobAnybody 12 Apr 2013 09:25:53 890 posts
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    Trowel wrote:
    Thread title doesn't really represent what's actually happened, which is bad (in the sense of the 24h reporting requirements) but nothing like making "reporting animal cruelty illegal".
    Quite.

    Does the OP write headlines for the Daily Mail by any chance? ;)
  • sirtacos 12 Apr 2013 09:26:23 7,276 posts
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    Yep, thread title is sensationalist and misleading. I did it because I'm lonely. So ronery

    Edited by sirtacos at 10:22:52 12-04-2013
  • Razz 12 Apr 2013 09:39:02 61,098 posts
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    T_T that's so sad.
    /bro hug

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  • sirtacos 12 Apr 2013 09:47:08 7,276 posts
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    Aww thanks Razz.
  • Zizoo 12 Apr 2013 09:51:49 8,288 posts
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    But you have so many followers!
  • neilka 12 Apr 2013 09:53:46 15,869 posts
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    Whenever I'm feeling lonely I go down to the park and punch a duck in the face.

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  • Dirtbox 12 Apr 2013 09:56:21 77,756 posts
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    I'm reporting an abusive animal.

    +1 / Like / Tweet this post

  • webespresso 13 Apr 2013 14:10:50 89 posts
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    I wonder if the BNP animal is still a protected species on here?
  • RobTheBuilder 13 Apr 2013 14:30:52 6,521 posts
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    The Monsanto act is truly heinous. America should be utterly utterly ashamed.
  • mal 13 Apr 2013 14:52:13 22,473 posts
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    Do they not have show farms in the US? AFAIK the animals in those are still sold for slaughter when they get to the required age, although to be fair, you don't get to see inside any slaughterhouse. Still, sounds like some of these laws would stop you taking your camera to such places.

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  • RobAnybody 13 Apr 2013 15:13:52 890 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    The Monsanto act is truly heinous. America should be utterly utterly ashamed.
    More on this:

    http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/politics/blogs/what-is-the-monsanto-protection-act

    Also, a noteworthy last paragraph:

    "As much controversy as the provision has generated, though, it has a relatively short shelf life. Unless it's renewed by Congress this year — and the Senate Appropriations chairwoman is now on record saying she opposes it — the Monsanto Protection Act is slated to expire after six months, when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30."



    Presumably it will be snuck in again via another backdoor route .......
  • RobTheBuilder 13 Apr 2013 15:16:36 6,521 posts
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    @RobAnybody good spot, but sadly your last point is probably also true. People need to protest it to put then off renewing it
  • Khanivor 13 Apr 2013 15:47:31 40,558 posts
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    Now it's in the wild the Internet should kick up enough fuss to kill it. Such laws are unpopular with the left and right.

    The ridiculous restrictions on turning in video are another matter. A number of other states are considering this blatantly corrupt concept. It's also ripe for action as people do seen to be getting fed up of being poisoned at their dinner table.

    Here's hoping.
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