Stop Iowa Legislation from Criminalizing Undercover Videos from Farms
  • Petitioned Iowa Governor

This petition was delivered to:

Iowa Governor
Iowa State Senate
Iowa State House

Stop Iowa Legislation from Criminalizing Undercover Videos from Farms

    1. Todd Katz
    2. Petition by

      Todd Katz

      Chicago, IL

We have witnessed cruel treatment of animals, food processing, and awful working conditions in documentaries like Food Inc., on TV shows like Oprah, we have read about these issues from Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbra Kingsolver, or Omnivores Dilemma by Michal Pollan, or Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Big Ag, Big Food Industry, and Iowa's agricultural industry are concerned. They are trying to prevent future issues by making it illegal for an employee to take undercover video to prove the conditions these individuals work in and how these organisms are treated before they are processed.

With this new legislation "the bill would impose fines and prison sentences on anyone who seeks agricultural employment in order to capture footage" up to ten years in prison said Two bills are steadily advancing: Senate File 431 in the Democrat-led Iowa Senate and House File 589 in the Republican-led Iowa House. Both bills could come to a vote soon writes Jennifer Jacobs of

In the past, these video footages have exposed shocking conditions in several locations which have led to plant closures and meat recalls. We need this transparency and the ability to inform others about the food we eat and to keep the agricultural industry honest, moral, and appropriate. 

Please sign this petition so we can prevent this bill from getting passed into law. It is not acceptable to have our rights taken away to protect big business so they can keep on profiting from their immoral behavior. 


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Heather Ayala WAUKEE, IA
      • over 3 years ago

      This is a horrible way for big ag to hide their abuses. It is always undercover work that finds these cases, not the sheriff or investigators.

    • Deirdre Wilczak LEE CENTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I realize this is too late; it already has been passed-Now let's see this law repealed. For the sake of farm factory animals, all animals being abused and for the sake, the health of the public.This is unconscionable,shame on you; Iowa legislature

    • Lori Anne Agricola DAYTON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      The only reason you would criminalize undercover videos at such facilities is because you KNOW what's being done is wrong and will offend and disgust people, but you want to maintain the status quo without the public knowing about it. It's morally reprehensible!

    • Rocio Bolivar CHICAGO, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      The protection of animals, their welfare, and their rights are very important to me, my family and my friends. I urge you to take a stand to help these animals by making sure it never becomes illegal to show the world the truth about the conditions in which these animals are in. Our food is such an important part of our lives, knowing where it comes from is just as important. Please be kind and do what is right for the well being of all living creatures. I know that the meat industry is a powerful industry and their lobyists are the best at what they do, but to do what is right for a creature in need is priceless. I hope that you find it in your heart to be a part of a solution. Thank you.

    • Debra S SLATE HILL, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      We must have transparency. It is our right to know and put an end to such atrocities. Thank you.


    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.