BY DAN FLYNN | MARCH 1, 2012
Four years ago, undercover video recorded workers on forklifts forcing “downer” cows into slaughter at the Hallmark and Westland meat plant in Chino, CA, which at the time was a top supplier to the National School Lunch program.

The sting, by the Humane Society of the United States, put Hallmark and Westland out of business. When USDA saw the undercover video, it demanded the largest beef recall in U.S. history and it immediately cut off Hallmark and Westland from the lucrative school lunch business.

The damaged meat going to the National School Lunch program was also the subject of a $150 million lawsuit against Hallmark and Westland.

Other animal rights organizations have pulled off their own stings since the big one at Chino. These undercover investigations usually involve sending someone in to get a job with the company being targeted.

Until now, whenever one of these undercover videos was released, it usually meant whoever owned the animal facility where abuses were filmed was in big trouble.

But not any more in Iowa. Within a few hours on Wednesday, the Iowa Senate took up an “ag-gag” bill, made some amendments, and passed it on a 40-10 vote. The House then immediately took up the Senate changes and approved them without debate on a 69-28 vote.

Read more here: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/iowa-approves-nations-first-ag-gag-law/#.VFGxaohOKK2

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