Friday, March 22, 2013

Industry folks weigh in on bill



I've been getting industry reaction today to a bill in the Legislature that would affect undercover animal abuse videos, which I first reported on here. I've talked with Max Olvera of the Turlock Livestock Auction Yard, who supports AB 343. He says his operation has nothing to hide, although he'd like to see undercover videos outlawed like they're trying to do in other states because animal activists try to distort what's going on in facilities. However, California Cattlemen's Association officials say they wouldn't support an outright ban.

In any event, the Capital Press is trying to do what the knee-jerk MSM won't do, which is to do some actual research and talk to people who are affected.

The photos are from today's auction at the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard in Cottonwood. Officials there say they basically agree with Olvera but they didn't want to make comments for a news article, fearing it might invite the activists to come and try to trip them up.

For my story on industry representatives' reaction, check CapitalPress.com soon.

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