Bill To Jail Animal Abuse-Filming Activists Passes Idaho House
A bill that would punish people who secretly film animal abuse at Idaho farms is headed to Governor Butch Otter's desk after passing the House 56-14. Backers say they want to protect farmers from activists with agendas who sneak onto their property.
If Otter signs the bill into law, anyone who records without permission could face up to a year in jail. That penalty is double the maximum punishment for animal cruelty.
Utah has a similar "ag gag law," currently being challenged in U.S. District Court.