WOTY candidate (Dysphemism category?)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 16 05:55:58 UTC 2013

Here is an instance of the term in an article released shortly before
the NYT Op-Ed by Mark Bittman. The piece appeared on the Alternet
website and was written by a member of the Humane Society. The title
contained "Ag-Gag".

Date: April 14, 2011 (Date listed on web article - not verified by me)
Title: 'Ag Gag' Laws Would Punish Whistleblowers, Protect Animal Abusers
Author: Wayne Pacelle
Affiliation of author: The Humane Society of the United States
Website: alternet.org


On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> ag-gag law: a law of a kind already passed in some states and being considered in others to make it illegal to investigate unsavory practices at factory farms and to label undercover investigators as terrorists
> The term is attributed here
> http://animalrights.about.com/od/animallaw/a/What-Are-Ag-Gag-Laws-And-Why-Are-They-Dangerous.htm
> to Mark Bittman, but the link in the above piece is to this op-ed by Bittman from two years ago
> http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/who-protects-the-animals/
> in which he writes 'Minnesota’s “ag-gag” law — isn’t that a great name?', which seems to me to imply he heard it from someone else rather than that he's coining it here.  Apologies if this has been discussed on an earlier thread.  Ben?
> Anyway, I've seen several references to such laws lately, including several in letters to the editor in today's Times, so even if it's been around for awhile it may be picking up steam.
> LH
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