The footage that was collected is graphic in nature, featuring violent images of mistreated animals. You can view parts of it in this HSUS commercial via YouTube.
For nearly two years, millions of Americans who care about food safety, animal welfare and the environment were on a winning streak. In state after state, they beat back more than twenty similar ag-gag legislative bills that had been pushed by animal agribusiness in an attempt to keep the public in the dark.
Sadly, that streak came to a halt earlier this year in Boise when the dairy industry used its influence-built up with years of hefty campaign contributions and a slew of misleading statements-to push lawmakers into passing the country's first ag-gag law since 2012. (Fortunately, this didn't start a trend: several states, including North Carolina and Tennessee have since rejected similar ag-gag legislation.)
One would think Idaho's dairy industry would be eager to make meaningful reforms after the negative light cast over it by the ag-gag controversy. Instead, this memo is further evidence that dairy executives have decided to stick with their flawed strategy of doing whatever it takes to keep consumers in the dark about what is happening on Idaho's dairy factory farms.