JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –– Taking aim at animal rights
activists and undercover reporters, the Missouri House has passed a
measure that would make it a crime to take pictures of animals in barns
without an owner's permission.
The ban would apply to still or motion pictures of farm
animals in barns or other areas where they are housed. Photographers
could be sentenced to up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
The animal photography measure was added to a larger
agriculture bill. It now goes back to the Senate, which on Monday night
had added a similar provision to a House-passed bill.
Rep. Ken Legan [see next article], who sponsored the
House amendment, said he doesn't approve of photographers on a mission
to expose the supposed evils of farming. His amendment also would apply
to animal-breeding facilities or any place that houses animals for
agricultural, business or research purposes.
"They'd like to come in and take pictures and say how
bad it is when in actuality (the animals) have never had it so good,"
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