Ag Gag Laws to Thwart AR Intent to Cause Harm to Business

According to prior news, Utah passed an Ag gag law earlier this year, and other states may also try and do the same, despite a law in FL failing on same topic.  Interesting to see how the laws that passed were drafted.  In one case, there is only a 12hr time span to report animal abuse. Failure to do so is class IV felony.  Wow, never thought of drafting something like that in regard to ARs doing undercover surveillance but it would seem that if they are in there only to drag it out over time simply to use abuse as a motive to make those well known videos, then we think it’s a good idea.  (Do not know current status.) http://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Intro/LB915.pdf

More info below AR picture………….

Click here (links to animal law coalition articles on Ag gag law)

 

 

Constitutional law professor Mark Kende of Drake University says this (Iowa law) could infringe on free speech rights. It could silence any worker who sees abuse and films it.  “He can be threatened, not just with being terminated, but he can be threatened with criminal prosecution,” Kende says. Iowa has made it a crime for people to misrepresent themselves to gain access to a farm. The so-called “Ag-Gag” law targets undercover animal rights activists who secretly take videos.

The new law makes it harder for animal rights groups to get the video in the first place. It’s now a misdemeanor to lie on an application for a farm job with the intent of harming the business. It’s punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,500.

Unlike last year’s version of the bill, which never passed the Senate, this law doesn’t make it illegal to take photos or video of farms. Still, the law’s backers say the legislation is constitutional because it doesn’t stop people from reporting abuse.

“If you see abuse occurring, you have the right to videotape or to record and report that,” Seng says.

It will likely take someone being prosecuted to see how the law really works – and if it passes constitutional muster.

In the meantime, seven other states are considering similar legislation.

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