Tell Utah Legislators to Keep Whistleblowing Legal!

HB187 is 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 humanely.

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.


  • Your Governor
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