In recent years, whistleblowing employees have repeatedly exposed animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems on industrial farms. The agriculture industry’s response to these exposés has not been to prevent the abuses, but rather to try to prevent the American people from finding out about the abuses in the first place. The industry has introduced "anti-whistleblower" bills in numerous states in an attempt to make whistle-blowing on farms essentially impossible.
Pennsylvania’s anti-whistleblower bill (HB 683) must be stopped. American consumers have a right to know when animal cruelty exists on farms, and this bill is intended to keep them in the dark.
The effect of HB 683’s enactment in Pennsylvania would be to criminalize important undercover investigations by animal welfare organizations, including The HSUS's exposé into Kreider Farms. That investigation documented hens with legs, wings and heads trapped in wire cages, dead, mummified hens in cages with live, egg-laying hens and birds left for days without water, causing many to die.
Please urge your state representative to oppose HB 683.