Seattle PI’s Joel Connelly wrote about COWED on March 9, 2015, highlighting “ag-gag” laws that make “voicing criticism of meat, livestock feed or conditions under which animals are raised” illegal. We’ve excerpted part of the conversation below, and linked to the full article here:
Under our cherished 1st Amendment, Americans can speak freely, voicing praise and criticism for just about any politician, denomination or enterprise — except feed lots, cattle pens and “pink slime.”
Thirteen states have passed “ag-gag laws” patterned on Texas’ False Disparagement of Perishable Food Products Act, under which persons can be sued for voicing criticism of meat, livestock feed or conditions under which animals are raised.
Oprah Winfrey was sued after she reacted to Montana rancher who explained how cows in America are fed ground up animal parts, including parts of dead cows.
“It just stopped me cold from eating another burger,” Winfrey said. The jury ruled that she had not disparaged Texas or the farmers who sued her.