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SF 431 criminalizes “animal facility
interference” for shooting a photo or video without facility owners’ consent or
knowledge, and “animal facility fraud” for people who obtain employment in
order to shoot videos or take photos. Penalties include fines and prison
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 senator 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
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.
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