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SB13 makes an
“improper animal investigation” by someone who is not a “certified law
enforcement officer” a Class B misdemeanor with a potential civil penalty of
$5,000. SB14 makes “interference with livestock or poultry” a Class B
misdemeanor. “Interference” is defined as creating a concealed image or sound
recording or by applying for employment as part of an undercover investigation.
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, these bills will protect large factory farms by making undercover
investigations into animal care illegal. Those who report and expose cruelty to
animals would risk huge fines.
Tell your legislator 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, these bills will simply
ensure that the public never learns about it.
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