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February 20, 2021 - Watershed Sentinel

Ag-Gag Comes North

Ag-Gag Comes North
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Laws that criminalize exposure of inhumane animal treatment have come to Canada - will they be struck down, as they have in the US?

Upton Sinclair worked undercover for seven weeks in Chicago meatpacking plants to research The Jungle, his famous muckraking novelization of the brutal working conditions, filth, and animal cruelty commonplace in America’s stockyards and abattoirs at the start of the 20th century.

The public outrage from his exposé prompted the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act to regulate sanitary conditions in slaughterhouses, the Meat Inspection Act to govern the condition of livestock heading to slaughter, and the eventual formation of the US Food and Drug Administration.

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