We all know about the effort by some agribusiness interests to make it a crime for whistleblowers to take photographs or videos that document the suffering animals on a factory farm, or for an animal advocate to apply for a job at one of these facilities. These"ag-gag" laws have been widely condemned in the media as efforts by agribusiness to hide the abuse and suffering that animals endure at some operations. If they didn't have the First Amendment to contend with, maybe factory farmers would next seek to stop journalists from writing unauthorized works about factory farming, or filmmakers from depicting animals languishing in confinement, or artists from painting images of the fouling of our waterways with pig offal from factory farms.
It's fine, by the factory farmer's way of thinking, for consumers to buy their products in the marketplace, but please, just don't ask questions or make demands about how they make those products. Damn those consumers for trying to tell agribusiness that it has to let animals turn around, or for raising a ruckus about the factory farms' leaking, football-field-sized lagoons of pig feces and urine that infiltrate America's waterways and reservoirs. They just don't understand what we do – and just better for them not to worry their heads about it.