SELECTIVE APPLICATION

Posted in Quick Hits on April 8th, 2013 by Ed

In response to undercover videos from animal welfare groups depicting cruelty to and torture of animals in large scale farms and food processing facilities, state legislatures are passing tough new laws to crack down on individuals and employers who abuse animals.

Ha! No, just kidding, they're passing laws making it illegal to record video of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and processors, or to apply for a job with any of those without disclosing involvement in animal rights groups. These efforts are remarkably similar to last year's effort to pass laws (most notably in Illinois) criminalizing video recording of on-duty police.

In both instances the argument that, "If you're not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about!" is conspicuous in its absence. I guess that applies only to the rights of individuals, not of corporations (which are people, right?) and police (who demonstrably are not).