Victory! “AG GAG” Bills Die In Minnesota, Florida
Victory in Minnesota!
In April, I wrote here about the egregious new bill in Minnesota, which would mean that anyone caught going undercover to film or record animal abuses at a factory farm could be sentenced to five years in jail.
Almost 5,000 of you signed our petition to protest this bill that would criminalize photographing on farms, and now The Humane Society is reporting that this bill, along with a similar one in Florida, is dead. In fact it simply expired as the legislative session ended, and lawmakers didn’t even give it a hearing.
These bills are attracting well-deserved notoriety as media outlets across the country expose animal agribusiness for attempting to silence whistle-blowers and continue abusing animals with impunity. For example, the “New York Times” recently editorialized against the bills, and the paper’s columnist Mark Bittman published a scathing commentary against them. CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ and a number of other national and local outlets in Florida, Iowa, and Minnesota have also covered the issue.
Thanks to all our wonderful Care2 members who helped make this happen!
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