Target: Governor Clement Leroy Otter
Goal: Repeal law that criminalizes animal abuse reporting
Idaho lawmakers have signed a bill creating harsher penalties for those who report factory farm abuse. Abuse investigators who hide their intentions in order to gain access to farms may receive both jail time and a large fine. This means more protection and less accountability for workers who abuse factory farm animals.
Lawmakers claim that animal abuse investigators create “interference with agricultural production.” However this would clearly not be the case as long as no abuse was occurring. Unfortunately when animal rights investigators do spy, they frequently find abuse. Thus, this bill is directly preventing animal abusers from being caught and prosecuted.
Lawmakers have completely ignored public outcry against the bill thus far. Many believe it is simply an attempt to maintain profits from Idaho’s growing meat industry. Many believe that the recent growth in Idaho’s factory farms can be attributed to the weak regulations, making it a desirable place for irresponsible factory farmers.
This is not the only anti-accountability law Idaho has passed in recent years. Money-obsessed factory farms need to be held accountable like all other businesses, and the government does not even seem concerned. Please sign and share this petition demanding that Idaho lawmakers repeal this disgraceful law.
Dear Governor Otter,
Despite thousands of petition signatures and community protests, Idaho lawmakers signed a bill that criminalizes the reporting of animal abuse on factory farms.
Reporting such issues would not be necessary if factory workers would simply follow the laws that are already in place. However, more often than not, undercover investigations unveil illegal activity. Unsanitary conditions and horribly injured animals are the norm, and by enacting this law, you give the public no option but to accept it.
Americans who buy from factory farms would like to know that what they are eating is safe and free of disease. More importantly, Americans would like to know that animals are not being severely abused by criminal workers. However severe abuse has already been discovered in Idaho.
It is clear that this law benefits no one except criminal factory farms. Animals suffer, the public suffers, and farms continue to go unregulated. The government of Idaho must pass harsher laws, or require more thorough farm inspections if this law is to stay in place. Animal rights are not a priority in Idaho, and prosecuting animal rights investigators is the harshest offense yet.
This law ignores the wishes of the majority and supports factory farms for profit. Repeal this law.
[Your Name Here]
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