Friday, March 18, 2011
Legislation, moved by Florida senator Jim Morgan, would make it a felony to take photos or videos of farms without written permission from the owners. The bill does not explain the reasons behind it.
A similar bill was put forward in Iowa, but that one focuses on making it illegal for people to shoot undercover videos and gain access to farming facilities under false pretenses.
Proposed penalties include fines of up to $7,500 and up to five years in prison.
The Iowa legislation is in response to animal activist groups, which have released videos taken from inside farming facilities, said Iowa Senator Sandy Greiner.“They film it to bring a business down, and that individual that’s abusing those animals should be prosecuted as well as the person filming because they’re allowing it to happen without attempting to stop it,” she told theBrownfield Ag News. She also wants the bill to apply to county fairs, rodeos and other situations involving livestock.
Neither bill has yet been passed. The Florida bill is proposed to take affect July 1.
Factory farms and the people who work at them are not always very nice, but banning photography there is not the answer. These laws would be difficult to enforce and there are already rules in place to deter animal abuse.
But wait! As Republicans want cows and vegitables to have more rights, they want the poor to have less!
Republicans in Minnesota are pushing a bill which would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets on any given month. Previously, their proposal was to ban them for having any money at all.
None of the officials who moved these bills could not be reached for comment. WTF do you think?
Little Sara can't come out to play. She is in federal prison for 5 years for taking a picture of a cow with her pink kitty camera.
Really, what is wrong with you people!!!!!!!!