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Help stop new Ag-Gag bills introduced early in several states

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Originally Posted: January 26, 2013

Help stop new Ag-Gag bills introduced early in several states

FROM National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)

ACTION

In 2011-2012, fourteen ag-gag bills were introduced. Thanks to the actions of animal advocates like you, 11 out of 14 bills were defeated.

Take action to OPPOSE bills now pending in the following states—letters can only be sent if you are a resident of that state.

Copy/paste URLs into your browser to take action if you live in Arkansas, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Wyoming:

Arkansas: SB 14 Creates the criminal offense of “interference with a livestock or poultry operation,” including recording images or sounds at a facility, applying for a job at a facility with the purpose of recording image or sound, or making a false statement to gain entry to a facility with the purpose of recording image or sound:
http://www.kintera.org/c.cuIXJjNVKfL2G/b.8102055/k.BCB5/State_Legislation/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=cuIXJjNVKfL2G&b=8102055&aid=519151#.UQQ16qUb70c

Indiana: SB 373 and SB 391 SB 373 makes it a misdemeanor to enter any agricultural or industrial facility and take any sort of recording without the owner’s consent; SB 391 increases the penalties for property damage and trespass when they are committed on agricultural facilities; creates a registry of persons that have been convicted of any crimes concerning agricultural facilities or livestock operations; makes it a crime to make any recording of activities on an agricultural facility without the consent of an owner:
http://www.kintera.org/c.cuIXJjNVKfL2G/b.8102055/k.BCB5/State_Legislation/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=cuIXJjNVKfL2G&b=8102055&aid=519152#.UQQ2AKUb70c

Nebraska: LB 204 Requires all evidence of abuse to be reported to the police within 24 hours of the activity:
http://www.kintera.org/c.cuIXJjNVKfL2G/b.8102055/k.BCB5/State_Legislation/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=cuIXJjNVKfL2G&b=8102055&aid=519153#.UQQ2EKUb70c

New Hampshire: HB 110 Requires any recorded activity to be turned over to law enforcement within 24 hours
http://www.kintera.org/c.cuIXJjNVKfL2G/b.8102055/k.BCB5/State_Legislation/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=cuIXJjNVKfL2G&b=8102055&aid=519155#.UQQ2JqUb70c

Wyoming: HB 126 Criminalizes any and all recording in agricultural operations without the consent of the owner; invokes criminal penalties for failure to report abuse; requires that any criminal conduct be reported to the facility owner—not the police!:
http://www.kintera.org/c.cuIXJjNVKfL2G/b.8102055/k.BCB5/State_Legislation/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=cuIXJjNVKfL2G&b=8102055&aid=519149#.UQQ2NqUb70c

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

A rash of new legislation has been introduced in states across the country to prevent activists or whistleblowers from exposing the abuse of animals in “agriculture facilities.” These bills would universally make it unlawful to record the sounds or images in places where animals are raised or kept for food production, and sometimes in the laboratory as well. Most bills also make it unlawful to take a job at a facility with the intent to document the abuse.

These bills, dubbed “Ag-gag” bills because they seek to silence efforts to expose animal abuse at agricultural facilities, are motivated by the recent success of groups such as “Compassion Over Killing” and “Mercy for Animals,” who place undercover activists in the facilities to record the abuse.

In just the past year, criminal charges were brought against numerous factory farming operations. Charges were brought against the North Carolina Butterball facility after a recording showed turkeys being violently kicked and thrown and having their wings pulled by employees. A hidden camera revealed abuses towards laying hens at Sparboe Farms in Iowa, Minnesota, and Colorado, including workers maliciously torturing animals, dead birds in cages along with live laying hens, and employees throwing live birds into plastic bags to suffocate. A hidden video at Central Valley Meat Co., a slaughterhouse in Hanford, California that supplies meat for the USDA's National School Lunch Program and other federal food initiatives, documented egregious inhumane treatment, improper slaughter methods, and intentional cruelty to sick and injured cows. The violations at this facility were so egregious that it was shut down by the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

While the agricultural industry has long received protection from prosecution for acts of cruelty to animals on the grounds that the alleged abuse is actually “standard agricultural practices,” these videotapes show that the level of cruel and abusive behavior being exposed is anything but “standard.” The response to these exposes is simple: punish the people documenting the abuse instead of the people perpetrating the abuse.


Thank you for everything you do for animals!


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