04 Mar '12, 7am

Taking Undercover Animal Cruelty Videos Now a Crime, Say 4 States

Taking Undercover Animal Cruelty Videos Now a Crime, Say 4 States

This week, after a year's worth of controversy surrounding an Iowa bill that would make undercover footage and photography at factory farms illegal, the bill passed the Iowa legislature. It's one more hurdle for animal rights activists looking to expose farms that break the rules. The Iowa bill makes gaining access to livestock operations under false pretenses a crime. Montana, North Dakota, and Kansas have already enacted similar laws and Illinois, Missouri, Utah, New York, Nebraska, Indiana, and Minnesota are considering such bills. "We have a number of activists that want to gain access to farms ... to take some films and make it look as dramatic as they possibly can, to affect the public," Craig Hill, president of the Iowa Farm Bureau, told the agriculture news site Brownfield. But animal welfare groups say that animal producers who want such laws enacted have somethin...

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