Impossible Burgers, pig-napping and the situational ethics of ‘ag-gag’ laws

Impossible Burger (Photo: Impossible Foods)Impossible Burger

Michael Bugeja, Iowa View, Des Moines Register

Last week in Mankato, I ate my first plant-based “Impossible Burger.” I could barely tell the difference between it and beef as far as taste was concerned; the texture, though, was more like grilled meat loaf.

I still prefer a sirloin burger on my backyard barbecue.

Like many carnivores, I don’t think about the life of the steer when I check the fridge for condiments.

Animal activists (not to mention vegans) say that I should.

This brings us to a case in North Carolina, reported by the New York Times, in which activists concerned about antibiotics in hogs actually kidnapped one to showcase its maltreatment. The animal was stolen from an operation under contract with Smithfield Foods, the country’s largest pork producer.

Iowa’s newly enacted ag-gag law, also known as Senate File 519, was created for such infractions. An earlier version, under appeal, was deemed unconstitutional because of First Amendment concerns. The revised law criminalizes intrusions as aggravated and serious misdemeanors whenever a person or group uses deception to infiltrate livestock facilities with the intent to cause physical or economic harm.

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