Iowa State Representative Annette Sweeney has recently introduced a bill to the state legislature that would provide legal protection to famers and agribusinesses from undercover videos, reports the Animal Agricultural Alliance (AAA). A companion bill will be introduced to the Iowa Senate.
“It is imperative that activists be held accountable for their actions to undermine farmers, ranchers and meat processors through use of videos depicting alleged mistreatment of animals for the purposes of gaining media attention and fundraising—all in an effort to drive their vegan agenda,” says AAA in a press release issued today.
“Many of [the videos] appear to be severely edited or staged, and yet activists involved receive no repercussions for having contributed to the alleged animal suffering,” says AAA.
Conviction on a first offense would be an aggravated misdemeanor; second and subsequent offenses would be Class “D” felonies. To read the bill, click here.