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.
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With farmers already protected against trespassing and other crimes committed on their property, this is a blatant attack against groups who expose the cruel treatment of animals in factory farm production. Undercover investigations have led to criminal charges and improved regulations that protect both animals and consumers.
People have a right to know how their food is produced. I urge you to take a stand for food safety, animal welfare and free speech. Please vote "NO" on SB 5172.