Stop Florida Bill That Threatens Animal Welfare, Food Safety and Free Speech

Stop Florida Bill That Threatens Animal Welfare, Food Safety and Free Speech

    1. Stephanie Feldstein
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Feldstein

      Ypsilanti, MI

May 2011


The Florida Senate passed a bill that would have made it illegal to enter, photograph or video record any agricultural operation. Nicknamed an "Ag Gag Bill," this legislation was intended to shut down the types of undercover investigations by animal protection groups that have revealed shocking animal abuse and consumer safety risks at factory farms. More than 3,000 community members spoke out against this threat to animal welfare, consumer safety and free speech. In the 11th hour, the state House of Representatives withdrew the bill from consideration and let it die at the end of the legislative session.


Florida Senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa) has introduced legislation that would make it a crime for anyone to enter, photograph or video record "a farm or other property where legitimate agriculture operations are being conducted" without written consent of the owner.

With trespassing and other laws already in place to protect farmers, this is a blatant attack on animal activists to prevent them from exposing the reality of factory farm cruelty. It's also an attack on free speech as reporters photographing farms from the roadside could face felony charges, too.

Undercover investigations at factory farms have been critical in uncovering the mistreatment of animals as well as conditions that threaten food safety. Legislators should be protecting their constituents with laws that require monitoring of factory farms, but instead they're protecting the special interests of Big Ag and putting both animals and humans at risk in the process.

Whether you're worried about the treatment of animals, the safety of your food supply or protecting your constitutional rights, this is a dangerous piece of legislation. Tell Florida legislators to vote "no" on SB 1246.

Image: Abuse at Conklin Dairy Exposed by Mercy for Animals


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3 signatures
    2. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This bill could be up for vote in the Senate as early as today. Floridians: Please call your Senators and ask them to vote NO on SB 1246:

    3. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Florida Media Slams Bill to Criminalize Undercover Investigations (via Mercy for Animals):

    4. Reached 2 signatures
    5. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Humane Society of the United States points out that undercover investigation led to humane slaughter laws: This bill would protect animal abusers, not animals or consumers.

    6. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Orlando Sentinel "Big Brother in Tallahassee moves into animal farms"

      The bill has passed the Senate Agriculture Committee and needs to be stopped. Keep the pressure on to protect animals and consumers!

    7. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From the Florida Independent: “There are currently no mechanisms in place to monitor animal welfare on Florida’s farms, with inspections focusing on the food itself, not the conditions of the animals.”

    8. Reached 2 signatures
    9. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      A similar bill is on the table in Iowa. After you signed and shared this one, check out:

    10. Reached 1 signatures
    11. Florida Bill Criminalizes Those Who Uncover Food Safety Risks, Animal Abuse

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Hidden cameras on reality shows rarely reveal any profound secrets. Undercover filming on factory farms, however, is a horse of a different color (sometimes literally). This type of footage oftentimes reveals unsanitary conditions that threaten human...

    12. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      From the Florida Independent: “Whistleblowers play an important role in our society — exposing waste, fraud and abuse not just in agribusiness but in any industry,” HSUS spokesman Paul Shapiro says. ”Agribusiness is notoriously secretive because many of its standard industry practices are so extreme, so cruel, that they are out of step with what mainstream American values would demand of our treatment of animals.”

    13. Reached 750 signatures
    14. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Florida farms are notorious for animal welfare, environmental, and workers rights issues. They have a lot they're trying to hide. Check out Grist's commentary on this bill:

    15. Reached 500 signatures
    16. Florida Bill Would Make Documenting Animal Cruelty a Felony

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Undercover investigations have been critical in exposing the reality of factory farm cruelty, from the sadistic abuse of calves at Conklin Dairy in Ohio, to pigs going insane from extreme confinement in gestation crates at a Smithfield facility, to...


    Reasons for signing

    • vanne hanisch-godoy VICTORIA, AK
      • over 3 years ago


    • Ruth Serra CLEARWATER, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Reality Check

      No matter what people say and do it is as GOD WILLS IT!!!

      And if GOD does not like something he will make it be known!!

      Remeber we are all living on a melting pot of a planet, the core of the planet is as hot as the sun and who is protecting us, God!!!

      You can do all the wrong you want, but don't forget that when the time come when you are DYING, you can not ask God to forgive you for all the Cruelty that you have inflicted on his Creation he will NOT listen!

    • Kevin Porterfield GAINESVILLE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      We must stop the abuses going on in our state and on all factory farms. Undercover video is the only way that PROOF of ABUSE is documented. Please don't take that away, for the sake of the animals, and not greedy, uncaring Big AgriBusiness!

    • Bernie Campbell GAINESVILLE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Please do not follow the notorious Gov Nixon of Missouri (Misery) where he basically repealed the wishes of his constituents.

      Undercover documentation is the only way to bring to light the hidden autrocities that go on behind closed doors. It is cruel and inhumane the way these workers treat the animals, and it NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. Undercover documentation is the BEST WAY to bring these abusers to justice and stop the torture of the animals in these factory farms.

    • Michael Collier OAKWOOD, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      From my observations, factory farm workers have shown abuse, cruelty beyond comprehension, and totally unacceptable behavior of animals. The FL senate couldn't possibly disgrace themselves by passing such an onerous and dishonest bill as SB 1246, or could they? You would have to dig really deep to find something as reprehensible as this bill represents. Don't disgrace yourselves.


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