Senate Bill 648, the deceptively named “N.C. Commerce Protection Act of 2013,” is an “Ag-Gag” bill that would criminalize whistleblowing employees who expose animal cruelty, food safety issues and human rights violations on industrial factory farms.
It would make undercover investigations, like many that have led to important animal welfare reforms and worker safety improvements, essentially impossible.
Aside from jeopardizing animal welfare, food safety and workers’ rights, this bill is also unconstitutional. The First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press guards against this type of silencing legislation.
Instead of trying to prevent human and animal abuses, agribusiness is trying to cover them up. But North Carolina residents have a right to know where our food comes from.
Without the threat of exposure, these poor animals would have it much worse than it already is now, which is deplorable!