Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 06, 2011 7:20 AM

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Videotaping ban would obscure truth

Supporters of a law that would ban anyone from videotaping cruelty in any animal facility say it would encourage people to report such abuses. Are we supposed to be so stupid and gullible as to believe that?

If you saw a traffic violation or crime of any kind, you’d be more likely to report it and get a conviction if you had proof — such as a video. Without the proof, you’d probably lose the case and be sued by the violator. Agribusiness doesn’t want you to have proof. Its overzealous drive to ban such videotaping only makes a smart person know it does have something to hide behind closed doors.

At the federal level, there are protections for whistleblowers, but the above zealots here in Iowa want to shoot the messenger — or just send him to prison. The lawmakers who approve such a dastardly law don’t care about humane treatment and fairness, they only care about protecting the campaign money that comes from big agribusiness.

I think the majority of Iowans would oppose any new hunting season on mourning doves. But this was also pushed through and signed by the governor before the ink was dry, before any letters and phone calls of opposition could come in. Big business and highly paid lobbyists rule in the Iowa Legislature.

Herman Lenz
Sumner, Iowa

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