Don't Let New York Outlaw Undercover Factory Farm Investigations
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Don't Let New York Outlaw Undercover Factory Farm Investigations

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

June 2011


The 2011 New York legislative session has ended and the bill to outlaw undercover factory farm investigations has died. New York was one of several states to propose an "ag gag" law this year, which would prevent anyone from photographing or making audio or video recordings of agricultural operations without the farm owner's consent.

Although the sponsors of the New York bill claimed it was intended to protect the food system from terrorism and prevent the theft of fertilizer used in meth labs, legislators were hard-pressed to cite instances of either of those situations posing a legitimate threat. However, there had been several instances in recent years of undercover investigations exposing criminal animal cruelty on New York factory farms.

Thousands of members have been pressuring state legislators to reject these attacks on animal welfare, food safety and free speech. New York has joined Florida, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri in dropping their ag gag bills following public outcry.

New York is the latest state to introduce an "ag gag" law in an attempt to shut down undercover investigations that expose cruelty to farm animals and consumer safety risks. New York Senate Bill 5172 would make it a crime to photograph, video or audio record agricultural operations without the owner's consent, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Undercover investigations have exposed shocking abuse of farm animals, which has led to criminal charges being filed, as well as new industry regulations. This is both why the industry is pushing for these bills and why it's so critical that they're defeated.

Without these investigations, the public would be left in dark about how their food is produced and how animals are treated on factory farms. 

New York SB 5172 is a threat to animal welfare, food safety and free speech. Similar bills in Florida and Minnesota were recently shot down. Help make sure that New York legislators choose to protect their constituents over agribusiness interests.

Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From TIME: A Legal Assault on on Animal Abuse Whisleblowers?

    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      What is agribusiness trying to hide? Check out the interactive map from Animal Visuals of factory farm investigations:

      Animal Visuals writes: "These laws may be found to be unconstitutional, but they reveal that animal agribusiness and factory farms have no intention of working to end abusive practices that the majority of society finds abhorrent. Instead their strategy is to prevent the public from finding out about what they are doing by making it a crime to expose their routine cruelty to animals."

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      SB 5172 will be heard by the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 2nd. Please take action to let your representatives know you oppose this legislation!

      Check out Animal Law Coalition for further information on where to contact committee members and call your senators:


    Reasons for signing

    • deadra ullman WILLIAMSBURG, VA
      • over 3 years ago

      Since animals cannot speak for themselves, we have to have undercover work for animals who are abused to get any justice and have their welfare preserved.

    • sara marie JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      i dont even want to eat anything here anymore.

    • Lauren Jennings STOCKTON, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      So basically they don't want people to know that they're doing something horrible to the animals and would like to make it legal to cover that up. Disgusting.

      If you treated your animals right and with proof, there would be no reason for people to have to go undercover to investigate.

    • Fran Hoef-Bouchard PORTLAND, ME
      • over 3 years ago

      To outlaw a tool (undercover investigations) that protects animals from torture, pain and suffering is a crime in and of itself. The people who seek to outlaw it should be investigated to see how much money they are being paid to vote in favor of such a hideous law.

    • Isabella V TRINITY, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      Why would you ever ban undercover investigations? If the owners of the farms are treating animals right they shouldn't have to worry about anything, should they?


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