According to Will Potter, author of Green Is The New Red and a speaker on animal protection issues, the move to pass ag-gag laws in Australia is the result of animal activists becoming more and more effective at revealing the cruelty endemic to factory farming. "There is a long history of open rescues and undercover investigations [in Australia], and activists such as Patty Mark and Animal Liberation Victoria are known internationally for their pioneering work," Potter wrote for the Sydney Morning Herald. "Australians have an opportunity that we lacked in the U.S.: [they] can stop these dangerous proposals before they ever become law."
Potter says the key to preventing the spread of ag-gag laws, as well as the horrifying factory farming practices they're meant to protect, is open dialogue. "If there is one thing I have learnt in my reporting on ag-gag laws," he said, " it is the power of an informed public to create change."
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