Target: Governor of Idaho, Butch Otter
Goal: Don’t imprison undercover animal activists who film or record agricultural operations without permission
On February 28, 2014 the governor of Idaho signed a bill that will jail any animal activist who secretly films or records the operations at Idaho’s agricultural facilities. The new law is specifically aimed at undercover animal activists who obtain jobs at agricultural facilities in order to film the abuse of the animals within the establishments.
As a result of this new law, any person who is caught secretly filming or recording the agricultural facilities without permission will be faced with up to a year in jail, which is double the maximum jail time for animal cruelty. The punishment hardly seems fair considering the fact that animal activists only wish to uncover the abuse of the animals within the operations rather than inflict cruelty.
The owners of the agricultural businesses in Idaho argue that they are not trying to cover any wrongdoing within their facilities. Yet, the law does just that. It draws a curtain over the animal cruelty that may be happening inside the agricultural operations and gives them the power to jail any person who captures any cruelty within their facilities. Undercover animal activists are needed to unmask the cruelty being done to animals within these operations. Sign this petition and stand against this new law.
Dear Governor Butch Otter,
It has come to my attention that you have recently signed a bill that allows the arrest of anyone who secretly films or records the operations within agricultural facilities without permission. I must say that I disagree with this new law. It gives the owners of these agricultural operations a curtain to hide behind. It seems that filming and recording in secrecy is the only way to capture the wrongdoing within these facilities.
What I have found to be most appalling from this new law is the fact that the people arrested for filming or recording without permission will receive up to a year in jail time, which is more than half the maximum jail time for a person who commits animal cruelty. The punishment seems unfair because the animal activists who are capturing the cruelty within these facilities only mean to save the animals and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
I urge you to rethink this law because imprisoning people who care about the welfare of animals is not the answer to anything.
[Your Name Here]
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