In Iowa today, Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill that outlaws whistleblowing in factory farms. See the raw and uncut version of the bill at the iowa.gov website here: x.co/HF589Iowa.
The House File 589 Bill is easy to pass if one looks at an animal like an economic token for state revenue. Agribusiness is not about emotion or ethics; unfortunately it's about the dollar in Iowa. This is business and government at its worst. Iowa is basically legalizing animal cruelty and then hiding it from the public, cowering at the thought of what people may think if these morbid practices were transparent.
More to the point, if Iowa is going to legalize animal cruelty in industrial factory farming, why hide the nature of business operations from the public? The Branstad Administration could argue that it's to protect industry secrets and that there are already regulatory entities ensuring "legal" practices within the walls of these industrial factory farms. Rather, it is cowardly to hide the mistreatment of animals in the rearing and slaughter process in the name of "good business" for the state of Iowa.
Bigger picture, a lack of transparency in Agribusiness will also lead to a loss of credibility in other areas of state government: state fuel tax, education planning, urban development, job creation, allocation of federal grant money and administration of the legal system to name a few. Trust in the Branstad Administration surely will be dwindling after this bill is discussed in social media. -ABA