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a new bill that would make an investigator “guilty of agricultural operation
interference if the person, without the consent of the owner of the operation,
records an image of, or sound from, an agricultural operation.”
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]