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WATCH: John Oliver at 'The Daily Show' Takes on Ag-Gag Laws

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We thought we’d miss John Stewart, (and we do) but we’re all for his hiatus if it means we’ll get great pieces on animal protection issues.

Last night “The Daily Show” took on Ag-Gag laws and why whistleblowers are being targeted for trying to show the public the truth about the cruelty that happens on factory farms.

Al Madrigal talks to Emily Meredith (the gal defending practices like debeaking and hitting animals with wrenches) as well as Cody Carlson, a former undercover investigator for HSUS and Mercy for Animals. It’s definitely worth watching, and hopefully educated a good many people about this issue. But Al, please put down the chicken. We know. You did it to be funny. But blech. One of my favorite bits? The joke about editing. Nicely played. Meredith may try her best, but it’s hard to believe anyone would buy into her defense of an industry that cuts the tails off of pigs without any painkillers.

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