Victory! Florida’s Ag Gag Bill Fails

A bill that was introduced in Florida this spring by Senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa) that would make it a felony to take photos or videos of “a farm or other property where legitimate agriculture operations are being conducted without the written consent of the owner,” was shot down.

The “Ag Gag” bill was directed at both whistle-blowers who go undercover to document the cruelty that animals on farms suffer, as well as anyone who wants to just snap a shot while standing on the side of the road. Documenters would have been left facing criminal charges, while abusers would be left unaccountable.

The bill was openly promoted by agribusiness on the basis that it would somehow improve animal welfare and protect family farms, while also deterring trespassers. In reality, all it would have done was keep what happens on farms hidden from the public and allow the agriculture industry to turn the tables and call those who are catching them in the act of abusing animals eco-terrorists. Additionally, we already have laws that deal with trespassing, theft and destruction of property. 

Undercover videos from organizations such as Mercy for Animals and the HSUS that open the doors to otherwise closed facilities and prompt thought, debate and reform regarding the treatment and use of animals in agriculture would have been swept under the rug. 

While this is a victory for the First Amendment and animals, similar bills are still pending in Iowa and Minnesota.

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Sign the petition asking the Minnesota House of Representatives not to allow a bill that would criminalize documenting cruelty become a law.

Sign the petition asking the Iowa Senate not to pass this bill in any form. 

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79 comments

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 2 years ago

good news,thank you for sharing 16/7

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

great news please, keep on coming!!!

valda p.
valda p.3 years ago

Only -'Those who do have something to hide 'would contemplate enforcing a law that prevents the pedophile animal abusers being exposed -shame on all those who for their -own questionable agenda want this depravity to the animals -enforced.

Susan Griffiths
Susan Griffiths3 years ago

The various legislations are of course being proposed to ensure that the public does not know what cruelty is being perpetrated on animals by business AND sanctioned by governments.

I firmly believe that stopping the passing of such legislation and repealing such legislations that are already in place should be the NUMBER ONE priority of our various animal lobby groups.

Without the heroes that go undercover (and the evidence they gather) we have no proof to convince the public of the atrocity that fur farming, factory farming, slaughterhouses, animal testing laboritories, puppy/kitten mills, etc etc really are.

Those of you who agree with me - we must start lobbying our animal lobby groups to take this on as number one priority.

Carol Henderson
Carol Henderson3 years ago

Way to go, New York!

Thomas P.
Thomas P.3 years ago

Thanks...good news.

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine5 years ago

I AM THINKING MORE AND MORE GOVERNMENT IS FILLED WITH PERPS.

Roy V.
Roy Vanderleelie5 years ago

The Agri is run by big business and to them the only thing they care about is the bottom line, to hell with the welfare of the animals. Maybe it is time to treat them the way they treat animals, see how they like it and I volunteer to poke them, kick them etc.

Peggy Peters
Peggy Peters5 years ago

Yes!!!!

rene davis
rene davis5 years ago

yahooooo alrite!