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S5172 criminalizes “unlawful tampering with farm
animals” which includes the “unauthorized video, audio recording or photography
done without the farm owner’s written consent.”
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 imprisonment for up to one year or a fine of up
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, 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]