Posted from Green is the New Red
North Carolina is the latest state to consider a new law targeting whistleblowers, undercover investigators, and journalists who expose factory farms. The legislation was introduced on the same day that a fifth Butterball employee pled guilty to criminal cruelty to animals — charges that wouldn’t be possible without the undercover investigations that bills like this aim to criminalize.
The wave of legislation called “ag-gag” bills has been met with increasingly mainstream media exposure and outrage, such as the excellent front page story in the New York Times this week.
North Carolina’s SB 648, the “Commerce Protection Act,” is a good example of how corporations and industry groups are responding to the media backlash. Continue reading
Nez Perce National Forest employee Josh Bransford poses with a wolf trapped in north Idaho
Grisly images, depicting a badly injured wolf captured in north Idaho, have gone viral. Posing alongside the animal is a grinning Josh Bransford, an employee of the Nez Perce National Forest. The pictures, which surfaced on the Web in March, continue to stir fierce debate over an already-emotional topic. And now, some environmental groups are asking for a formal investigation into possible animal cruelty.
The Moscow-based Friends of the Clearwater and the Portland-based Center for Biological Diversity have banded together to ask Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service to look into the incident and the images.
The pictures were reportedly posted to the website trapperman.com. An accompanying description indicates that the wolf was trapped and shot by someone other than Bransford.
“The egregious torture of a wolf needs to be investigated by Idaho’s attorney general and the Forest Service,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “And Josh Bransford should be fined or dismissed from his position.”
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cross-posted from shac.net
Numerous Huntingdon Life Sciences internal documents have been leaked from inside HLS, putting their confidential client documents, experiments, invoices, unpaid bills, staff communications and even their secret alter-ego in the public domain. The documents reveal previously unknown suppliers and customers, as well as re-confirming existing ones – so please don’t hesitate to contact them by finding their details using the tabs on the left. These documents go to show that HLS are still full of holes – even people working within their own company hate them enough to dish the dirt on them!
>> HLS Secret Alter-Ego: “LSR Associates”
And if that isn’t enough, we can reveal that HLS have a secret alter ego. In a desperate attempt to shed their well-earned reputation of sloppy work and animal cruelty, HLS have dreamed up a new company – LSR Associates – which they operate under in the UK alongside HLS. So desperate for people not to put two and two together, they’ve not even published their full address which includes the word “Huntingdon”!
The reason? HLS want new clients to test their chemicals at their labs under a ‘new’ scheme brought about by an EU Directive, known as REACH. This directive demands that all existing substances (currently already in use by the population) be re-tested (see more info here). Knowing that potential new contracts lie on the line, HLS have concocted this cute little fake identity to groom the potential new customers by appearing as a respectable company. The testing phase for REACH substances finishes at the end of 2012, so it’s important to contact the REACH customers now and ask them not to use shabby HLS either directly or indirectly via LSR Associates. REACH customers are marked as such on the customers page.
To download the leaked documents, visit: http://www.shac.net/2012_leak/index.html