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SB 648 targets “fraud” in job applications (i.e., undercover
journalists who pose as employees) and would impose up to $50,000 in fines. The
bill would make it mandatory to turn any recording over to authorities within
twenty-four hours, and bans photography at any place of employment.
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 by making undercover
investigations into animal care illegal. Those who report and expose cruelty to
animals would risk huge fines.
Tell your legislator that being a whistleblower 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.
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