Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Applaud veto of bill that would have criminalized undercover documentation of animal cruelty on farms.
Recently, the governor of North Carolina vetoed the Property Protection Act, which would have criminalized undercover filming and photography on farms in North Carolina. This law was heavily criticized by animal activist groups such as MERCY, which rely on such undercover documentation to obtain proof of animal mistreatment on farms to gain evidence to charge perpetrators of mistreatment. Now, thanks to the bill being vetoed, animal activist groups can continue using undercover footage to rescue mistreated animals from farms.
As this previous petition outlined, numerous cases of animal mistreatment on farms were uncovered with the use of undercover documentation. The Property Protection Act would have hindered the work of animal activists, and made the farm industry less transparent. The bill would have also discouraged employees from exposing illegal activities in the farm workplace due to their fear of getting fired. The transparency of the food industry is vital for consumers to understand where their food is coming from and how the animals are being treated. Corporate profit should never take precedence over animal welfare and food safety at any cost.
By signing the petition below, you are praising Governor Pat McCrory for vetoing this dangerous bill that would have made it more difficult for animal activists to investigate factory farms. Factory farms can continue to be monitored to ensure animal welfare and food safety.
Dear Governor Pat McCrory,
I am writing to thank you for vetoing the Property Protection Act, or “ag-gag” bill, which was being pushed in the state of North Carolina. The bill was very much opposed by many, including animal activist groups such as MERCY, as the bill would have made it very difficult for animal mistreatment to be uncovered on farms. The undercover documentation of animal mistreatment allows for animal activists to gather evidence and to stop the suffering of the animals involved. Without the evidence, not much can be done to help the abused animals’ cause, and perpetrators of animal mistreatment will continue to abuse their animals.
Thank you again for your decision to veto the bill. I hope other states that are considering passing this bill will follow suit and make the right decision of vetoing this bill.
[Your Name Here]
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