Idaho Dairy Industry Pushes Ag Gag Bill

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Idaho’s dairy industry is pushing legislation that would make it a crime to document animal cruelty occurring on farms “agricultural operations” within the state. Under Bill SB 1337, any person caught taking photographs, video or audio recordings of animal farming practices could end up in jail for a year and face a $5,000 fine.

The ag gag bill is in response to an undercover investigation conducted by Mercy for Animals at Bettencourt Dairies back in 2012. Undercover footage showed workers beating and shocking cows and resulted in animal cruelty charges being filed against three employees. Since the footage aired on national television, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association has been trying to pass the bill.

Idaho Senator Jim Patrick, the bill’s sponsor, told ABC News the bill is intended to protect farmers’ private property and to ensure they are not being “set up” by animal rights advocates.

On the contrary, the only “set up” is the dairy industry trying to get support from the government to keep rampant animal abuse from being exposed, while protecting profits. Ag gag bills do nothing to protect the animals being abused and they criminalize the actions of the whistleblower. The bloody truth the dairy industry (and meat and egg industries) have so desperately tried to hide is finally being told and the public is listening.

To put a stop to this dangerous legislation, please call Idaho’s Governor Otter today at (208) 334-2100 and tell him to reject this shameful bill. There’s also a petition against the bill on Change.org.

24 thoughts on “Idaho Dairy Industry Pushes Ag Gag Bill

  1. This is not only an infringement on human rights, but a sign that there is too much to hide in this industry.

  2. Im writing this letter from london england.dairy farming is cruel.have you ever heard the cries of the mum when her calf is taken away.its heartbreaking.then the calf ends up in a box to produce veal.

  3. I am writing with urgency that this shameful, unlawful, illegal Agricultural Gagging Bill is not passed by your state !!!
    This does not protect property or farmers, it protects the criminal act of animal abusers!!! Who live in our society and are free to harm animals and humans ! Violence should not be encouraged or protected ! You are making a grave mistake to allow this to happen ! In the name of profit and greed? Animal suffering, polluting our environment and contaminating the human food chain with mass produced animal products ! I hope your conscience will help you make a righteous decision, as you stand before our God who created us all and will judge on your life works and decisions and look into your heart, thank you we are all depending on you to do the right thing by the vulnerable innocent dependants. Thank you

  4. What kind of government limits the caring of it’s people and calls them terrorists for attempting to ensure that the defenseless are treated well? There is something very wrong with this bill and the mindset that allows it to even be considered.

  5. What kind of government limits the caring of it’s people and calls them terrorists for attempting to ensure that the defenseless are treated well? There is something very wrong with this bill and the mindset that allows it to even be considered.

  6. Please consider rejecting SB 1337. If cruel and unusual circumstances are occurring, the public, who consumes products attained from these animals, have a right to know. Thank you for your consideration.

  7. If you are doing nothing wrong they what is the problem. The only reason to pass this bill is to confirm that your farms are treating these animals inhumane. What an awful state you live in.

  8. Dear sirs…I have watched all the footage and to any normal sane person what I have watched is just wrong…my father & grandfather have worked with cows well animals all there Iife, I never once saw them hurt or abuse any animal..there has to be respect on both sides..If video and photos are not allowed to show the cruelty, abuse and hurt these poor animals live in day in day out..then well it doesn’t bare to think about..The animals that live in factory farms sorry all farm have so very hard and short life..Please try to make it more easier than it is, we need to protect our animals , we are the voices and eyes..I’m not a crazy person …I just don’t like cruelty …I’m a mum…I care I want to help..I need to help..please don’t let cruel,evil people tell you what to do cause if they win…well that just makes you as bad as the monster in the video..thank you Maryann.

  9. An animal right activist using Evil should be punished like any other human doing an Evil act if that is the case. If it is not the case and if you are trying to protect your industry then instead please use your Conscience to protect these poor creatures. Animals need to be free and enjoy life like you do. Pushing Politicians to pass laws that delay this amazing movement since the existence of the human race will not do much in the long run. Best of luck on the Conscience part!

  10. This sort of legislation is oppressive. The Idaho Dairymen’s Association seem frightened that more exposes will appear about the cruel practices concerning the cows. The fact that they are trying to ban any and all communication about the practices involved and the treatment of cows in their dairy farms is an indication that they don’t want people to know the truth. It’s sad that the ill treatment of animals by those who work with them day-to-day is something that we, the public, will be prohibited from knowing about.

  11. If they are not doing anything wrong,why are they scared to be film to show the world,here in America we have the highest standards in our farming industry? Or are the standards that low you do not want Americans to know?
    After all they relieve tax money,so we the people have a legal right to know.Is that what you fear? We will find out you are miss using our tax dollars?

  12. How can protecting animals be a terroristic act? If we are not their voice than who is? Isn’t protecting helpless beings what makes us human?
    I can only hope that money does not win over humanity.

  13. Please stop animal cruelty! It has been proven abused and tortured animals that are fed to humans put off chemicals that are harmful to humans. That is one reason it needs to stop.. Yes I am an animal lover and that is the main reason I want an end to this kind of murder.. IF you believe the reports are fake, YOU need to investigate yourself.. UNDERCOVER so you can see the truth for yourself!! Stop the violence against animals.. God didn’t create animals for us to mistreat!!

  14. Ag gag bill is one of the worst things that can happen for the animals.
    The very fact that people are willing to go to such lengths to keep atrocities and abuse hidden and away from the publics eye is unconscionable.

  15. Ag gag bill is one of the worst things that can happen for the animals.
    The very fact that people are willing to go to such lengths to keep atrocities and abuse hidden and away from the publics eye is unconscionable

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