Iowa appears to be heading for trouble, and PETA is up in arms about a new Iowa

bill that could result in penalties on animal rights activists who pose as employees or attempt to get inside agricultural production facilities in other ways to expose possible animal cruelty.

The governor said

“If somebody comes on somebody else’s property through fraud or deception or lying, that is a serious violation of people’s rights … “

Of course,  it’s not someone else’s property, it’s a corporation’s property; but then again, corporations are people, according to Mitt Romney.

The rub is that some of this activism has exposed practices that not only are cruel, but which endanger the public health. To say that employees can still be whistleblowers and report bad practices ignores the facts that most employees will not want to lose their jobs, and many are not aware of some of the health implications of many practices.