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Letter: Animal videotaping bill will help stop cruelty

It is ludicrous to claim that a proposal to require the reporting of videotaped farm-animal cruelty to law enforcement is aimed at preventing prosecution of rogue employees who abuse animals.

There’s nothing in the bill to indicate that law enforcement would ever tell an undercover videographer to stop gathering evidence.

If law enforcement felt more evidence was needed to prosecute, then undercover filming could continue. Or law enforcement could choose to act immediately to stop the abuse.

It’s hard for a bill to be more straightforward.

In order to stop cruelty, law enforcement needs to know about it. In contrast, it is animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States that have an ulterior motive in opposing this bill. Animal rights activists have held footage of farm-animal cruelty for weeks or months without getting law enforcement involved. Why? To prepare media campaigns, which they can also use for fundraising purposes.

In opposing this reasonable duty to report, they are throwing animals they claim to speak for under the bus for selfish purposes.

WILL COGGIN

Washington, D.C.

(The writer is senior research analyst for the Center for Consumer Freedom.)

Legacy Comments4

So many fake non-profits. And so many corporate and billionaire tax loop holes, thank God for the little guy with his payroll taxes or the government wouldn't be able to fight any more wars.

Amazing the Concord Monitor would publish this letter from a paid DC lobbyist, who works to protect factory farms, when NH residents find it so difficult to get a letter published. Anyone who says HB 110 is anything but an ag gag bill is either misinformed, dishonest, or delusional.

By publishing this letter from the lobbyist it makes clear exactly who this bill would benefit and I actually think the Monitor did the people opposed to this bill a favor.

The bill Mr. Coggin refers to is indeed straightforward. It's called an "ag-gag" bill, a bill carefully designed to prevent undercover investigators from accumulating enough evidence to file charges against the criminals. Its sole purpose is to protect inhumane companies from public scrutiny and from the law. It's not surprising to find Mr. Coggin defending this, as he is a representative of a notoriously unethical front group for agribusiness interests. His boss, Rick Berman, has a nifty little scam in which he creates phony nonprofits to attack legitimate animal welfare groups. His for-profit PR firm then bills the shell corporations for op-eds like this one, an ongoing abuse of nonprofit tax laws that has netted Berman more than $35,000,000.00.

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