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Interesting that the investigators found that “authorities and security forces” (e.g., government) are complicit. I wonder how they found this information (or if they assumed it)?Anyone have this report? If so, can you kindly send it to me?



Wyoming’s House of Representatives is the latest legislative body pass a “ag-gag” law, a new breed of legislation which makes it illegal to record video or photograph inside factory livestock farms. From Food Safety News:

In her bill, [Republican Sue Wallis] makes it a crime to “knowingly or intentionally” record images or sounds of an agricultural operation with concealed devices without the consent of the owner. Six months in jail and a $750 fine are provided as penalty. But anyone reporting animal abuse to local police within 48 hours is immune from civil liability.

If the bill passes in Wyoming’s state senate, it would become the fourth state to pass anti-whitsleblower laws. Iowa, Utah, and Missouri all passed similar bills last year, though Wyoming would be the only state to mandate jail time for those (including employees) who film in slaughterhouses. 

New Hampshire, Indiana, Nebraska and Arkansas are all also considering their own versions of ag-gag laws. Last year saw 10 states attempting to pass similar piece of legislation, with many backing down after public outcry or worries about the constitutionality of the proposed bills.

Ag-gag laws have sprung up in response to the increasing number of videos taken in large-scale slaughterhouses showing a dizzying number of abuses. In Wyoming’s case, a video taken at a Wheatland, WY hog farm showed workers beating sows and tossing piglets. A later investigation turned up a number of abuses. From the Casper Star-Tribune:

A subsequent investigation by the Wyoming Livestock Board uncovered numerous harrowing incidents.

Among them:

— Workers cut off the testicles of piglets and fed them to their sow.

— A woman worker who weighed more than 200 pounds sat on a sow that couldn’t walk because of a broken leg and was screaming in agony.

— Workers throwing piglets as if they were balls.

— Keeping pigs in crates so small, the animals were nearly immobilized and helpless.

— A sow with a prolapsed uterus that was left to die slowly after a worker botched an attempt to pull her piglets from her uterus

The hog farm is now under new management, and nine employees were charged with animal abuse.

When not working as a state legislator, Wallis heads up Unified Equine, LLC,  a company that is seeking to build horse slaughterhouse in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Wyoming. Wallis has attempted to pass numerous bits of favorable legislation for large-scale animal production plants, winning her a fun nickname: “Slaughterhouse” Sue.

(Image: Thomas Bjørkan/CC 2.0)

"During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to "create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format." Last week, President Obama fulfilled that promise with the rollout of, which “brings records and data from across the federal government to one central location, making it easier for citizens to hold public officials accountable.” is available to the public and allows anyone to access and search the records of seven different databases:

• White House Visitor Records;

• Office of Government Ethics Travel Reports;

• Lobbying Disclosure Act Data;

• Department of Justice Foreign Agents Registration Act Data;

• Federal Election Commission Individual Contribution Reports;

• Federal Election Commission Candidate Reports; and

• Federal Election Commission Committee Reports.

According to a White House press release, the database includes millions of White House visitor records, records for entities registered with the Federal Election Commission such as PACs, records for each candidate who has either registered with the FEC or appeared on a ballot list prepared by a state elections office, lobbying registrations, and much more.

On his Sunlight Foundation blog, John Wonderlich, who is Policy Director for the Sunlight Foundation and an advocate for open government, wrote that while fulfilled the president’s pledge, “neither money and politics research nor executive branch oversight are going to be revolutionized by this search page — at least not yet.” He added that while it will not happen immediately, the site could become a primary destination for investigative journalists or ethics officials.”

More here and here.

Looks like a fantastic app.

Designed for Congressional staff and Members, but useful for everybody - search all bills in the current session of Congress, annotate as you read, do your homework (endorsing and opposing statements from advocacy orgs, summary statistics on voter sentiment, read letters from constituents). Good to see technology and Big Data being leveraged to make that bastion of slow progress (the federal government) a little more efficient.


300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds

(via greenpeacesemester)

Well worth bookmarking this excellent resource that shows the chemicals used in everyday goods. Glad to see the gvt posting this information. I’m sure manufacturers hate it (eg, disclosure is the major flaw of free market systems). There are thousands and thousands of products, everything from glue to motor oil to deodorant.  

Have you ever wondered what chemical ingredients are in some of the common household products that you buy? The Household Products Database can tell you about the product’s ingredients, any possible health concerns and give you tips on proper handling.

The database links several thousand consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by product manufacturers. The products in the database run the gamut from air fresheners to flea and tick control to mascara. The database lets you research products by chemical ingredients, manufacturer, or health effects, and can help you answer questions such as:

  • What are the chemical ingredients in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in other National Library of Medicine databases?

Information in the Household Products Database comes from a variety of publicly available sources including brand labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when the MSDS are available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

You can search the database by brand names, ingredients, and manufacturers.