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a new bill that forces CAFO employees to make a report within twelve hours of
witnessing animal abuse, and tightens other requirements to make the reporting
process more difficult—and ensures that only legitimate employees (who perhaps
can ill-afford to lose their job) can make such a report by banning whistleblowers:
“Any person who obtains employment at an animal facility with the intent to
disrupt the normal operations of the animal facility is guilty of a Class IV
It’s clear the only reason for this legislation is to keep
the public from seeing the shocking conditions that exist on CAFOs. If passed
into law, this bill will protect large factory farms as well as puppy mills by
making undercover investigations into animal care illegal. Those who report and
expose cruelty to animals would risk misdemeanor or felony charges, heavy
fines, and jail time.
Tell your legislators that photographing CAFOs is protected
speech under the First Amendment, and if farmers don’t want their dirty laundry
aired, they should simply make their farms sanitary and treat their animals
Rather than stop cruel treatment of animals, this bill will
simply ensure that the public never learns about it. Rather than sending
perpetrators of animal cruelty to jail, agribusiness wants to send those who
expose the cruelty to jail.
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]